Yesterday afternoon I was getting all nostalgic catching up on some stuff by a few Brighton based bands, checking them out on Wikipedia, MySpace and YouTube. Basically seeing what they were up to.
When I was in the UK I used to spend a lot of time in Brighton as it’s a great place to catch both new and old bands at intimate venues like the Concorde 2 and The Engine Room, amongst others, plus it has some cool shops to check out at the weekends. Three of the ‘harder’ Brighton bands that seem to have attracted attention over the past few years are: Telegraphs, Architects and The Ghost Of A Thousand. Here’s a bit of information about them from Wikipedia:
Formed in 2006, Telegraphs is made up of members Darcy Harrison (vocals), Hattie Williams (bass/vocals), Sam Bacon (drums), Darren LeWarne (guitar) and Aung Yay (also known as Gary Yay) (guitar/backing vocals). They play alternative rock, emotionally-charged lyrically and accompanied by cutting angular guitars, riff based melodies and pounding, driven drum-rhythms, influenced by such bands as Biffy Clyro, Reuben, Oceansize and Idlewild.
Recommended listening – We Were Ghosts
Architects are an English metalcore band from Brighton, England, formed in 2004. The band went through several name changes before they decided upon Architects. Their first name was Inharmonic, which was swiftly changed to Counting the Days. After a couple of years this was in turn changed to Architects.
They are currently signed to Century Media Records worldwide and Distort Entertainment in Canada. The band have toured the UK and Europe with the likes of Bring Me the Horizon, SikTh and The Chariot. They have played at a number of independent UK festivals, as well as the Download Festival 2007 and 2009, and Sonisphere 2009. The band have completed a European tour and a Canadian tour, receiving great receptions from crowds in different countries and gradually spreading their fan base. They released their second album Ruin on June 26, 2007, and released a split EP with UK band Dead Swans in early 2008, following the release with a double headed tour of the UK.
Recommended listening – Hollow Crown
The Ghost Of A Thousand
The Ghost Of A Thousand is an English five-piece punk rock band from Brighton, UK.
After signing with Undergroove Records in 2007 the band toured extensively, playing alongside Zico Chain, Gallows, Alexisonfire, Saosin, Poison the Well, and Reuben. They have also had a presence on the festival circuit: playing the Lock Up Stage at the 2007 Reading and Leeds Festivals. In October 2008 bassist Gez Walton left the band, citing musical differences. The band’s previous bassist Gaz Spencer returned in his place.
In February 2009, it was announced that the band had signed with Epitaph Records to release their second album New Hopes, New Demonstrations.
Recommended listening – New Hopes, New Demonstrations