Previous Local Picks
Battery Operated Orchestra
Bridget Rose & Chris Black are electronic duo BOO aka Battery Operated Orchestra and their third studio album release titled ‘Snare’ was our local pick for July. From Glasgow and Tasmania originally, they describe themselves as magnetically drawn across the globe to unite here, on the South Coast and began pulling sounds from the ether. Taking inspiration from ABBA and DEVO they unashamedly put the pop in electro-pop utilizing the analog bleeps smothered in Bridgets smooth vocals to head back to that hay-day of 80s keyboard electronica.
The featured single ‘Bella’, the second release from the forthcoming album, is a seriously summery affair with shimmering syncs and sun-kissed melodies and driving beats. The gorgeous dreamy artwork that accompanies the video was also created by Bridget, as is the CD artwork and it’s fair to say they embody DIY in all they do. In fact, they’re self-releasing the album as a hand-made 6-panel digi-pack CD with a 12-page booklet as well as a digital download available from Bandcamp.
Our local pick in June came from Brighton based alt-rock duo Paper Hawk with their debut EP ‘The Tide’ which was released through Brighton’s boutique record label, Folklore Sessions.
Songwriters Rebecca Brandler and Scott Booth started the project after meeting a few months after both moving to Brighton to study and they’ve been gigging and making music ever since.
‘The Tide’ is available to buy on iTunes and can be streamed on Spotify. The debut music video for the single ‘Trails’ chronicles a volatile relationship.
Our local pick in May came from Brighton based four-piece electronic alt-rock band, Swoon. A dynamic, high-energy band that only formed last year after posting a Gumtree ad of all things! These guys have been non-stop ever since with constant gigs and recordings. With influences ranging from Bowie to metal, the band have a very free sound. The single ‘Fun Police’ is an upbeat alt-rock number where front-woman Alice really gives it some welly!
The video for the track is a black and white performance video shot in Brighton.
This electro/indie-pop duo only formed in 2017 and have already released their debut album Thirst Takes on Big Salad Records. The music is electronic, experimental and incredibly playful. We featured the single ‘Dance With Me’ which is a joyous synth-pop dance tune.
Thieves by the Code
This blues-rock 3-piece formed in Brighton back in 2017 through a mutual love of Blues and 60’s Psychedelia. They bring these influences together in their latest album Ava’s Revenge, inspired by B-movies and Horror soundtracked. The album is jam-packed with heavy guitars, synths, riffs, ferocious hooks and melodies. We featured the track ‘The Touch’ and it’s psychedelic video.
This slack-pop quartet released their self-titled debut EP back in January 2018 through French, independent label Nice Guys. The tunes are dreamy, soulful and totally trippy with tight grooves and a really smooth sound overall. We featured the track and video for ‘Taxi Boy’, filmed around Brighton.
Alien Stadium could be referred to as a supergroup because it is a union between Beta Bands Steve Mason and Primal Screams Martin Duffy. We featured the track ‘This One’s For The Humans’ from their concept mini-album Livin’ In Elizabethan Times on Double Six Records. The Brighton residents joined forces to deliver an eclectic, operatic mini EP that blends prog, pysch, blues and synth-pop, effortlessly.
Young Sahara are an energetic 4-piece from Brighton with a brand of contemporary rock that is musically well-crafted, song-driven and satisfyingly loud. We featured the video for ‘Thank You Letter’ which was filmed at Brightons Hare & Hounds.
AK/DK are an electronic, synth-pop, dance duo with an outstanding level of energy and skill in their music and live performances. Their latest album, Patterns/Harmonics was released on Little Miss Echo Recordings and was an album of the week with BBC Radio 6 back in October 2017. We featured the video for their single ‘Morphology’ which is a frenzied, psychedelic delight and fits the music perfectly.