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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: https://soundcloud.com/oneinchbadge/sets/sea-monsters-3

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.



Sea Monsters 2 coming soon to One Inch Badge records

22 Feb

Following last year’s fantastic celebration of Brighton’s musical underground Sea Monsters is back, bigger and better than ever! Expanding by five extra bands and nearly 40 extra minutes Sea Monsters 2 will be released by One Inch Badge on April 9th showcasing the 23 most exciting bands from Brighton across two fantastic CDs!

It’s been an incredible year for Brighton since the last Sea Monsters: a wealth of new DIY scenes emerged around new venues The Green Door Store and The Haunt; new promoters emerged to bring some of the most exciting and experimental international music to Brighton. The Maccabees, The Kooks, Esben and the Witch, Rizzle Kicks and Gross Magic all released some incredible material proving yet again why Brighton is king of the British music scene.

As always it was incredibly difficult to whittle the scene down to just 23 standout new artists. Across this comprehensive compilation you’ll get to hear the indie-pop perfection of Munich and Black Black Hills; the quirkiness of Restlesslist and Us Baby Bear Bones; the youthful exuberance of Tyrannosaurus Dead and Fear of Men; the electronic assault of DA-10 and The Physics House Band; the balls-out psychjamzzz of Negative Pegasus; and the heavier-than-thou dark-side of Sea Bastard and Plague Sermon; amongst many, many others. It’s an experimental set of music that switches genres more times in the space of two discs than even Madonna dared to, a real testament to the true depth and excitement of the Brighton scene in 2012.

Scoring over 4000 plays in its first week alone you can stream the entire Sea Monsters 2 compilation over at the One Inch Badge soundcloud page.

1. Restlesslist- Magma
2. Nullifier – Canguu Thunderbolts
3. Munich – Hero of Mine
4. Tall Ships – Hit the Floor
5. Soft Arrows – The Arcade Grave
6. Fear of Men – Doldrums
7. Tyrannosaurus Dead – 1992
8. The Physics House Band – Titan
9. Speak Galactic – Long Distances
10. DA-10 – Respirator
11. Squadron Leaders – Brothel Creepers

1. Sons of Noel and Adrian – Rise
2. Us Baby Bear Bones – Rain
3. Jumping Ships – Talisman
4. Black Black Hills – Celebration
5. Heliopause – Try to Lose
6. Robert Stillman – Impossible Tree
7. Twin Brother – Backseat Routine
8. Cinemascopes – Small Blue Waves
9. Negative Pegasus – Floating Omen
10. I’m being Good – Nanoparty
11. Plague Sermon – Black Sleep
12. Sea Bastard – Taedium

Biographies for the individual bands can be found below:

Restlesslist : Brighton’s surf prog instrumentalists Restlesslist are about to go cataclysmic. Hauled up through 2011 preparing what we can fairly say is the most ambitious sound to come out of Brighton ever since errrrr ever!
Nullifier : Nullifier is the musical experiment of Jim and Todd. Jim, cynically, sees reality as sentimental. Todd drinks beer and dances a lot. Sometimes they get it together & finish a song. They are big advocates of basslines chopped to 1/8, and distorting EVERYTHING. Live they grow 12 extra legs.
Munich : Munich deliver an ambitious stadium sized patchwork of cinematic British anthemic pop. A widescreen guitar based blanket to delve under on a cold and gloomy day, or a super-soaked in the middle of summer.
Tall Ships : Tall Ships combine complex, layered and beautiful soundscapes with intelligent songwriting. Drawing from elements of math rock and angular pop Tall Ships draw influence from Battles, Minus the Bear, Sigur Ros and Prince.
Soft Arrows : Taking the raw, direct energy of a garage band and the expansive, wavering melodies of shoegaze and playing in near darkness, Soft Arrows create big sounds and claustrophobic vibes.
Fear of Men : Fear of Men are undoubtedly one of the key breakthrough acts of the Brighton scene in 2011. Drawing influence from The Chills, Grouper, The Raincoats and Daniel Johnston, FOM create youthful fuzz-pop which instantly caught the ears of both Italian Beach Babes and Sex is Disgusting.
Tyrannosaurus Dead : Formed only a year ago TD create a melodic and fuzzed sound unlike anyone else around yet manage to retain a warmth and familiarity owing to the amalgam of their strong Dinosaur Jr and Sonic Youth influences.
The Physics House Band : Born from a love of classic 70’s fusion and contemporary electronica, PHB make compositions reminiscent of Jaga Jazzist, Yes and Pink Floyd, coupled with the technical tunefulness of The Mars Volta and Battles.
Speak Galactic : Speak Galactic make nonlinear, underwater pop music, using pitch-shifted guitars and reverb smeared tape loops.
DA-10 : Made up of MPC master 10-David and synth genius Danalouge, DA-10 take their name from a mythological piece of hardware with the power to fuse crispy drums, twinkling lead lines and poo-your-pants bass.
The Squadron Leaders : Born out of the ashes of Fission Ignition (an experimental fusion of electro, surf guitar & bebop brass) came The Squadron Leaders, a group of true instro/surf originals.
Sons of Noel and Adrian : Hot off tour supporting Mumford and Sons, the undisputed kings of the folk-noir scene offer up a sneak preview of their forthcoming sophomore album ‘Knots’ which will be released on 12” vinyl via OIB in 2012.
Us Baby Bear Bones : Us Baby Bear Bones are Daisy Warne and Puff Gandolfo. Creating often ethereal sounds, they combine uncomfortably honest lyrics, sweetened vocals and flights of fancy, with sounds akin to Why?/Pinback.
Jumping Ships : Jumping Ships are an alternative rock pop quartet who have just released their second EP ‘Standard Bearer’ (Rocksound 8/10) through Alcopop! Recent shows include supporting Bombay Bicycle Club, Camden Crawl, and The Great Escape.
Black Black Hills : Intricate and complex without compromising their perfectly crafted melodies, BBH create indie pop music at its most intelligent and exciting. 2011 saw Black Black Hills release their two most accomplished singles to date, The Cebration and A Drowning.
Heliopause : Begun as a way of articulating those inexplicable, intimate moments in life, Heliopause produce lush- sounding, understated, cinematic pop.
Robert Stillman : Robert Stillman is a composer and multi-instrumentalist whose work lives at the intersections of song, sonic arts, and history. Reflecting an awareness of process, location, and medium, RS’s compositions draw upon popular and folk forms – most recently, American pre-jazz and rural music. 2011 saw the release of Stillman’s critically acclaimed album ‘Machine’s Song’ on One Inch Badge.
Twin Brother : Twin Brother is the stage name of 20-year-old multi-instrumentalist Alex Wells. Possessing a strong vocal likened to Nick Cave and Tom Waits, TB will excite fans of Arcade Fire, The National, The Strokes.
Cinemascopes : With a heavy arsenal of kraut rhythmed, pedal ridden, panic stricken jams, Cinemascopes are one of Brighton’s most exciting bands. With their debut record coming in 2012 expect to hear a lot more from these boys.
Negative Pegasus : Neg Peg make hard-psych noise rock from echos, feedback and whispers. All prehistoric rhythms, down-tuned riffs and disintegrated electronics.
I’m Being Good : Brighton bands don’t come much more historic than I’m Being Good. Starting life as bedroom warrior Andrew Clare’s early 90’s guitar-dirge-on-tape steed, TBG swiftly clocked up five LPs of beautiful, ugly, detuned, spitting and spluttering rock as well as an infamous ‘Peel session’.
Plague Sermon : In the 7 years since its inception, Plague Sermon has meandered far from it’s scream roots. Picking up members of Charlottefield, State Icons and Trencher, the band has forged a volatile, unpredictable blend of minimal, hypnotic, cyclical drones, ethereally grinding melodies and deafening sludge riffs.
Sea Bastard : Formed in July 2011 from the ashes of recently-deceased Brighton doom bands, Jovian and Funeral hag, Sea Bastard is a fusion of their two sounds; the uncompromising lethargy of Jovian meeting the groove of Funeral Hag.

Two Robert Stillman shows upcoming

23 Jan

Multi-instrumentalist Robert Stillman has informed Rarely Unable HQ of two exciting news shows upcoming. Here are the details:

MONDAY 23rd January 8:00

Part of ‘Sea Monsters II’ festival “6 nights of the most exciting Brighton bands” – info and tickets HERE. Just £4.00.
Pre-booking recommended, as this series sold out nearly every night last year.
W/ Sons of Noel and Adrian and Heliopause.

Playing live scores to short abstract films by Ben Rowley and Shaun Clark.
part of ‘Free Range’ series: FREE experimental music, film and poetry events at Veg Box cafe (above Canterbury Whole Foods.
More info HERE.
These events are free but email to reserve seats as space is limited.
Short improvised piano set by Sam Bailey at 8:30- Film and Music at 9:00.