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Interview / Ed Tullett

Brighton based solo artist Ed Tullett has been paving his way through the music universe for some time now. And with a serious gift. His acclaimed remix of Bon Iver’s Hinnom, TX, collaboration with Novo Amor as well as having his music featured on TV shows such as Pretty Little Liars, Bones and Catfish all led to the recent release of his debut Fiancé, which ought to be described as an epicly powerful masterpiece with beautifully haunting sound waves.

Check out MGMB’s convo with Ed about Fiancé and all things music.

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Ones To Watch / Interview – High Tyde

Brighton based band High Tyde arrive with an infectious sound filled with extremely uplifting vibes and great energy. The young and passionate four-piece have been named as one of THE bands to watch in 2013 by BBC Introducing and have recently sold out both headline shows at The Haunt and Concorde2 in Brighton. Their newest single ‘Get Up Tonight’, taken from their upcoming EP, will be released via iTunes on September 15th! Check out the new exclusive video for the single below!

Spencer (lead guitar) gives MGMB some more info about the band in our following interview.

Can you tell us about the forming of High Tyde and characterize the sound you make?

We formed about a year and a half ago just through all being very good friends within other bands and decided to put it together and create different sound prior to what we had been doing before. Sound that we have created takes many influences and genres stuck together – a bit of this and a bit of that.

How would you describe each of you in the band with one word?

Passionate.

You’re about to release a new EP. What was the recording of it like?

It was a great progress and we had a lot of fun with it. We record in a small studio and it makes us feel very at home, so we can have a laugh whilst taking it seriously and creating something we love.

What’s your favourite track on this EP?

We all have separate favourites on this EP but mine would probably be ‘Bicycle Trixx’.

Is there a particular song of yours, you enjoy playing live the most?

Most of our songs are equally fun and enjoyable to play live purely to the fact of adrenaline from the crowds buzz, but I would probably say ‘Waiting’ at the moment.

Which is the best show you have played so far?

There’s two – the first time we played The Haunt in Brighton, where we were just shocked at the amount of people who came down to see us and had such and interest, and then our own headline show there in July.

If you could go on tour with any band, who would you pick and which places would you like to play?

We would choose The 1975 or The Rolling Stones and play over the world. Japan would be amazing, New York – Madison Square Garden… EVERYWHERE!

What’s your favourite live venue in Brighton?

That would definitely be The Haunt.

What are the long term goals for High Tyde?

Gig, gig, gig, write, write, write and just get out there as much as possible and expand.

Apart from your EP release, what are your plans for the near future?  

After the EP release, we are going out on our first tour around the UK in November/December.

Links –  SoundcloudFacebook, Twitter

Video Feature / Half Hour Hotel – Run From Sirens

Half Hour HotelBrighton based indie rockers Half Hour Hotel have released their first official video for Run From Sirens, which is their debut single and it’s available on iTunes from today!

The band has been together for over a year now, working their way up in 2012 by writing songs, touring and gaining followers on the way.

It seems 2013 is going to throw in some exciting things for them, following the release of this strong debut, which features enormous sound with melodies as colourful as the video below.

The guys are on tour at the moment and you can still catch them at the following places:

20th Feb
Petersfield – The Square – Acoustic Show

21st Feb
Croydon – The Scream Lounge

23rd Feb
Horsham – The Shelley Arms

Links – Website, Facebook, Twitter

Live Music / The Revival Tour 2012

Some of you my friends have heard of The Revival Tour, some of you haven’t, so let me tell you something about it and why every music lover should experience this wonderful musical event.

The Revival Tour is about a bunch of great musicians/songwriters hitting the road together and bringing people a real musical experience. It’s about sharing music in an old fashioned way,  a collaboration of great artists who come to our towns to remind us what real music is about.

Chuck Ragan (Hot Water Music), whom you’ll never miss on The Revival Tour, came up with the idea of this event about 5 years ago, and it’s had a great success in America, UK and Europe since, gaining more and more followers each year. There have been many great artists involved in the past, including Frank Turner, Dave Hause, Brian Fallon of The Gaslight Anthem or Dan Andriano of The Alkaline Trio…

But this years line up has been as outstanding as the previous ones. The Revival Tour came to Brighton and I was there, happily enjoying and absorbing each moment of it.  Chuck Ragan was joined by his good friends – Joe Ginsberg and Jon Gaunt, as well as an American singer/songwriter Cory Branan, Australia’s Emily Barker, Canada’s Jay Malinowski (Bedouin Soundclash) and Texan Rocky Votolato. Each one of these artists put on a beautiful performance and each one of them brought something original to this event. They joined each other on the stage, wholeheartedly sang each others songs as well as their own, and gave the audience an unforgettable and truly unique experience. Their humble and gracious approach to people was inspiring and it was really good to see, that there are artists out there, who care to come out and give us – music lovers, something to remind us why we actually love music.

True words written by Jonah Bayer: ‘There really is no other experience like the Revival Tour.’

The Revival Tour will be back in the UK in November, so make sure to check the links below for more info!

The Revival Tour Links – Website, Facebook, Twitter

Photos – The Revival Tour 2012 in Brighton

Individual Artists:

Chuck Ragan (with Joe Ginsberg and Jon Gaunt)

Cory Branan

Emily Barker

Jay Malinowski

Rocky Votolato

Ones To Watch: Great Pagans Interview

Great Pagans are a Brighton based group that is also a part of the Anti-Ghost Moon Ray collective. If you enjoy a good dose of guitar packed indie pop with a great beat, feel-good vibe and originality, then you’re in the right place. These guys have what it takes to be the Brighton’s next big thing.

Their self titled EP is coming out on Monday 8th October so make sure you grab one!

Here’s an interview with the lead singer Alex…

What is the story behind forming Great Pagans?

We’re all good friends, who have been playing in various projects together for a while, mostly based around the Anti-Ghost Moon Ray collective/label we’re part of. Great Pagans is the culmination of one side to everyone’s music taste and my determination, that it’s still possible to write interesting guitar music.

How would you describe your music to people who haven’t heard of you before?

I’d do my best not to because I suck at it. But if pushed, I’d say we play bittersweet noisy indie with intricate arrangements. If pushed…

Could you tell us about your new EP and its recording?

We recorded most of the EP live together in a little studio just outside Brighton. It was an old barn with the enormous, free-roaming ‘Grunge-cat’ interrupting takes. The rest was done in a makeshift booth, where our drummer’s bed once was. The process was derailed for several months by various physical and emotional nightmares in the band, but we managed to get it done and are really happy with the final product. And it was great that we could produce the whole thing on a budget of hardly anything.

Where did you draw your inspirations from while making this EP?

The songs are pretty close to home, and the lyrics very much drawn from my life over the last year. I don’t often tend to write about different characters or use fantastical imagery etc., because I think there can be a lot in the mundanity of real life, that carries that same magic more concisely. Anxiety, love and heartbreak are probably subjects, that will never be exhausted. Each generation has their own take on each.

What do you think are the pros and cons for any starting band these days?

It can be quite demoralising if you stop and think about how many new bands there are, so I’ve found the best thing to do is completely ignore the fact and focus on your own music. Computer software has had a huge levelling effect and people (including us) are slightly obsessed with it and more adept at production, now more than ever. This will probably just mean that songwriting will become even more important, and the cream will rise to the top… I hope.

There is a great music scene in Brighton. How do you think you fit in and how often do you get to play live?

Along with Gazelle Twin, Bernholz and The Enormous Shadow we started the Anti-Ghost Moon Ray collective, blog and now record label (http://antighostmoonray.com), to promote our music and pool our resources to benefit everyone in a completely DIY manner. It works well for us and has started to take on some exciting developments in the last few days, which we’re hoping to announce when they’re more concrete. We like working with other Brighton acts though, like the amazing Speak Galactic and Regal Safari amongst others, and hope we’re not seen as a clique. In Great Pagans specifically though, we’re dying to get out and playing as much as possible.

How would you describe your live performance?

Noisier and more unhinged (less hinged?) than the recordings, with small amounts of awkward chat.

Are there any artists/bands, that have influenced you as a band? 

I suppose there are more and less obvious influences. There’s a proud Sonic Youth, David Bowie, and My Bloody Valentine contingent in the band, but we’re all music geeks with broad tastes, which permeate the sound of the band. This EP particularly though, had a strong late 80s/early 90s indie influence, but there’s other stuff like the Beach Boys, John Coltrane and US hardcore, which I think have also really shaped my sense of harmony and texture.

What are the future goals of Great Pagans?

We’re writing for an album next year but for now, we’d love the chance to be heard above the tide of a thousand bands. “Did you see the drummer’s hair…”

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