The Isle of Wight, it’s in a bit of a time warp, is it not? I ask Douglas Richards, who along with his older brother Jamie, and Chris Newnham, founded Plastic Mermaids earlier on this decade, with bassist Tom Farren, and drummer Chris Jones eventually completing the line up. “Yeah, definitely a little bit. There’s definitely some warped sides to it. There’s a lot of chavs, and then there’s a lot old people, and a lot of Brexit voters. And generally, anyone I went to school with who had half a brain, left the Isle of Wight,” he laughs. “Some people decide to come back, when they have kids and stuff. But, there’s also quite a creative community. I think there’s quite a few hippies from the 70s festival who ended up just staying in Ventnor (on the South Coast of the island) and breeding. There is a lot of really good music here, but not masses of people to go to gigs. It’s a slightly strange dynamic.”
It is the inaugural Brightonsfinest Radio show with Jeff Hemmings and it packs a powerful punch to kick things off. Along with fantastic new tracks from the likes of Ezra Furman, Black Country New Road, Strange Cages and Richard Dawson, there is an exclusive interview with The Murder Capital which takes a look at their fascinating debut album.
7th September 2019
With an apparent administrative cock up with dates to deal with, The Great Escape was a week earlier than normal, very soon after Easter and the Labour Day Bank Holiday. Would this have an affect? Would there be less sun and less people? Well, when you’re living in a highly changeable climate, but with the dark clouds of Brexit looming larger than ever, you’d be forgiven in thinking the party might not get started.
It’s episode 2 of the Brightonsfinest Radio Show and presenter Jeff Hemmings has with him a tantalising treat of the best new tracks from the past month; including Feet, Bombay Bicycle Club, Girl Band, Sampa The Great and Bat For Lashes. Plus a brilliant interview with the fantastic Isle Of Wight creatives, Plastic Mermaids.