Hutch explore elaborate universes with a mixture of soft-psych and experimentalism, taking influence from beat music, disco and the kind of melodies whose origins lie firmly in the 1960s. Singer Pritchard’s vocals sit on a bed of lush harmonies with bass that walks what they describe as a ‘tightrope of McCartney riffs and dance repetition.’ Their well crafted sound is certainly worth witnessing live for its curious, sunny, ambience. The band explain, “We used to write really sad songs until we realised nobody feels better after listening to them. So we went in the opposite direction of complete escapism.”
Next Brighton show: Fri 17 Sept at Hope & Ruin supporting PROJECTOR
This three-piece have a special ability with rhythm, texture and detail, making their brand of post-punk a particularly rewarding listen. Early singles explored the darker elements of 80s synth new wave and alternative indie and secured them dates with YAK and Avalanche Party.
Their new single ‘Evening Run’ has a more euphoric flavour to previous efforts, but their expert attention to rhythmic quirks makes this a 10/10 stone cold banger with real flair and danceability. The band also recently celebrated a signing to Disobedient Records.
Next Brighton show: Fri 1 Oct at the Hope & Ruin supporting CEIL
All Better combine a talent for high energy punk and creating the most irresistible hooks. A brutal focus on quality song-writing and an energetic live show is glued together by some outstanding musicianship.
Latest single ‘Joker Song’ follows two EPs ‘A Turn at Being Cool’ (2018) and ‘How It All Worked Out (2019) and showcases a punchy production as well as their signature visceral urgency, infectious melodies (and just a dab of dark humour.) Fans love the band for their eccentric, creatively produced music videos and ultra tight performances. Extensive tours across the UK and Europe have only made All Better an even more impressive live spectacle.
Next Brighton show: Thurs 9 Sept at Hope & Ruin supporting Couples Therapy
Formed by songwriter Heather, HANYA’s beautifully crafted shoegaze has attracted the fandom of Jack Saunders, Tom Robinson and Huw Stevens for its otherworldly pop. Their brilliant latest single ‘Lydia’ combines lush, imaginative textures with confident songwriting and a charming, world-weary yet euphoric chorus. You can rely on HANYA for an elegant production and expert musicianship, which unlike most psych-pop, shoegaze has a firm grasp of structure, hooks and songcraft.
Brighton power-duo Arxx, made up of gal pals Hanni and Clara, have been tuning their garage rock into something more aggressive and more polished. Recent bangers ‘Deep’ and ‘Not Alone but Not With You’ are perfect pop songs, with new fans among the DJs of Radio 1 and BBC 6 Music. Their live performance is a joyous, well put together show with the perfect kind of rough edges that belie their punky origins. Arxx are destined for great things so be sure to catch them soon.
Next show: Arxx headline LOUD WOMEN festival London Sat 18 – Sun 19 Sept