Sea Monsters 3 compilation to see physical release on One Inch Badge

8 Jul

Anyone needing further proof of the strength of Brighton’s musical underground need look no further than the third installment of One Inch Badge’s Sea Monsters ‘Best of Brighton’ compilation – packed with 25 uniquely seminal tracks from the most pressing and important bands in Brighton, Sea Monsters 3 unleashes almost two hours of unmissable music spread across two incredible CDs and digital download.

Choosing from the innumerable Brightonian artists on the scene is always a daunting task, but some always burn too bright to be ignored. This year, it seems only apt for One Inch Badge to team up with some of the key local collectives, labels and promoters to collaborate in presenting the most crucial local talent around, involving Source Magazine, Teen Creeps, Love Thy Neighbour, Punk V Hardcore and Slip Jam B.

Just a few of the highlights and successes of this year’s Sea Monsters are; psychedelic space jazz three piece The Physics House Band, who since the Sea Monsters festival have signed with Blood & Biscuits (home of Three Trapped Tigers, Tall Ships & Sleep Party People), released their debut EP and toured the UK extensively; kraut-grunge-poppers Traams, who recently signed to Fat-Cat records and have their new EP Ladders coming out on 10th June 2013, in the midst of selling out shows left, right, and centre; songstress Abi Wade, whose fusing of incredible vocals, beats and immense cello manipulation have led her to sign to Brighton indie label Love Thy Neighbour, and receive an invitation to tour the UK and Europe with Patrick Wolf; four piece Kins and their lush, layered and elegant pop gems, which have earned them comparisons to Radiohead, Fever Ray and Alt-J (with whom they share a management team), two performances at the official Great Escape festival and lots of Radio One love; Gnarwolves, undisputed favourite darlings of the UK punk scene, whose fast and frenetic live shows have since seen them sign to Big Scary Monsters/Pink Mist and sell out all copies of their forth-coming EP ‘Funemployed’ in six hours and songsmith Jacko Hooper, who has caught the attention and hearts of the continent with collective YouTube hits of over a 1/4 million, a bustling French tour and a number one on the Reverbnation singer-songwriter charts

The other 19 artists are a welcome feast of diversity, encapsulating the seaside town’s beating musical heart and enviably rich lifeblood. These great talents pushed online plays to over 20,000 in just the first week, with total plays in excess of 50,000 now. The entire compilation is available to stream here:

Since last year’s critically acclaimed Sea Monsters 2 (which featured artists such as Tall Ships, Fear Of Men and Sons of Noel And Adrian) One Inch Badge have gone on to promote over 214 shows throughout the UK for over 500 bands – a serious amount of talent! This year’s Sea Monsters Festival, as ever, took centre stage in the January ‘what’s on’ guides and boasted to be the biggest and most successful so far, with 29 bands taking to the stage at Brighton’s renowned Prince Albert venue. With the backing of the city, the compilation and festival continues to raise the awareness of Brighton’s ever thriving music scene.

Keep your ear to the ground for details of the free record release parties, which are on course to devastate London and Brighton with sets from four of the most undeniably exciting bands from the compilation.



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