31
Jan
09

THE RECOMMENDER – NUMBER 23

It’s been a while since I listed a Brighton band on here and being from the greatest of UK cities for new music it surprises me it’s taken this long between posts. Suffice to say, I am plumped up and encouraged to be able to list not one, but three Brighton-based recommendations on this post. The other weekend I found myself out on the piss with two of the below bands and for a group of people making such spiky, punked Indie music, they’re a actually a bunch of very lovely folk indeed. This Brighton-themed post will therefore be dedicated to Laura, Elliot, Tim and Andy…

MATHS CLASS
Indie-Punk music should be an attitude right? Perhaps not anymore? Surely the guys playing it should be just as hard-edged as the music, right? Well not anymore. This 5-piece are all about allowing the music to be plenty sharp enough without all that necessary dicking around. Does anybody outside the NME office really enjoy all that Frank Carter abuse when the Gallows play? Most of these bands put the attitude first and quickly forget the music. Don’t get me wrong, Maths Class are plenty lively enough when you see their set, (although they’re still doing that thing where they rarely look up at the crowd whilst playing), but they are enjoying an ever-growing locker of fast-paced tuneage. As they peel out of town to play in Paris the buzz in Brighton increases. Like the band below, they play out a guitar set that involves rapid bass notes and a lead that’s all about the sharp riffing. We love it. Certainly at their best when they layer the vocals with Andy and Piers joining in. It’s an obvious comparison, but if you enjoy the Foals and Late Of The Pier, then you’ll enjoy these fella’s. We’ll be watching their rise closely…

Find them here:         Myspace

Hear them here:        MATHS CLASSNERVES     (ysi)

HEELS CATCH FIRE
So this is the second of our Brighton highlights that I wanted to loyally dish the opinions on today. The speed and frenetic energy that these guys possess in their pacey Indie music is astonishingly bright. With Elliott on vocals I really don’t quite know how he riffs such up-the-neck guitar sounds whilst keeping one eye on fronting the singing. Add Laura’s superb guitaring stage left and the power soars. We walked into the room during a recent gig, they’d already begun, and we had one of those moments when the door opens and wham!! we received a slap in the face from the noise they generated – that’s what gigs are all about. Relentless, yet always enjoyable, with a strong chorus to whip you up, this 4-piece are bouncing around the circuits as if, well, their heels were indeed on fire. Catch them soon at the NME club night at Coalition, (…or wait for us here at The Recommender to remind you in an upcoming ‘Gig List’ posting…)

Find them here:        Myspace

Hear them here:       HEELS CATCH FIREA BRIGHT LIGHTS NOT WHITE     (ysi)

DOLL & THE KICKS
If a tour suporting Morrissey is a sign of good promise, then this band are well tipped for a huge 2009. The last of my Brighton highlights today, these guys and dolls are supplying us with an attractive soundscape. They play out a spellbinding variety of pace, with tunes sometimes a funky, slower rhythm that then float into the middle of a song, before splashing out into a brilliant, lively crash. Hannah, (or Doll if you want to get the set up), is on lead vocals and provides obvious comparisons to Kate Bush, ( – it seems this crops up in so many reviews of the recent batch of female singers – see Little Boots, or La Roux, or Marina & The Diamonds this year already – are we spotting a theme here!!), although I personally recognize more of Blondie in her.  Having met at Sussex University in Brighton they are already, just three years later, a shining light in the local scene. They seem to have set their sights on an album release in 2009, following their single release (see below) late last year, so look out for much exposure in the run up.

Find them here:        Myspace

Hear them here:      DOLL & THE KICKSROLL UP THE RED CARPET     (ysi)

It’s great to be part of a city that, outside London, shows off some of the best new bands on the scene. As we wade into the Spring and Summer festival circuit expect a batch of showcases from the above bands and no doubt plenty of new discoveries to add to the already exciting horizon.

Mike

Advertisements

6 Responses to “THE RECOMMENDER – NUMBER 23”


  1. 1 man
    February 1, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    it’s heels CATCH fire

  2. February 1, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    Damn it! I did know that, but made the error. So much typing!

    Thanks for letting me know. Now corrected it. Sorry guys…
    Mike

  3. February 2, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    I’d recommend the Drookit Dogs if we’re going for Brighton bands, they’ve always been a sort of favourite of mine.

  4. February 8, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    May I recommend Brighton-based boys End Of Level Baddie?
    They’re originally from my home town Ashby-de-la-Zouch, and like the other Ashby band of note The Young Knives, their drummer is an Askew, Oliver’s younger brother Joe.
    It’s a small world, but they rock it.

  5. 5 Jerry
    June 28, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    theres a new maths class video here if anyone’s interested:
    Maths Class – Peach from underdog on Vimeo.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


The Recommender's Flickr Photos

January 2009
M T W T F S S
« Dec   Feb »
 1234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
262728293031  

BUTTONS

HYPEMACHINE

The Hype Machine

BLOGLOVIN'

Follow THE RECOMMENDER

VICE BLOG NETWORK

Part of Vice blogging network

SHUFFLER.FM

32px

TECHNORATI

Add to Technorati Favorites

ELBO.WS

mp3 blogs

LOADED WEB

Loaded Web - Global Blog & Business Directory

PREVIOUS INTERVIEWS

CLOCK OPERA

THE GOLDEN FILTER

MIRRORS

WE HAVE BAND

MARINA & THE DIAMONDS

LITTLE BOOTS

CLUB SMITH (Previously known as THE HAIR)

CONTRIBUTORS

Mike Bradford (MB) - Creator and Contributor (UK)

Olivia Gable (OG) - Contributor (Austin, USA)

Matt Allfrey (MA) - Contributor (UK)

Natasha Ryan - Photographer (New York, USA)


%d bloggers like this: