Brighton, as you are probably aware, is littered with musical talent. Every so often, you come across an act that has real potential. Here are a few bands you might want to keep track of in 2016.
Since we first saw them in 2014, Strange Cages have been going from strength to strength. They have been gigging around the UK for the past year, gaining a lot of momentum and they don’t look like stopping. In 2015 they grew their fanbase and received a lot of praise from huge magazines such as Q and Gigslutz.
In 2015 they made numerous appearances at venues all over the country, and were featured on some huge blogs giving them massive exposure. A recent change in musical direction has set them up for a great year in 2016.
Golding’s plan for 2016 is simple but solid. “I feel like we sort of know what we’re doing now,” frontman Kipp tells me, “we’ve become a bit darker, more sophisticated, and possibly a bit more mature now than we ever have been before.”
“We’re gonna get out there, meet the new neighbours and get back in to playing more frequent gigs”.
They’re releasing a single in March, which they’ve uploaded to SoundCloud for listeners to stream. Golding will also be going on a mini UK tour to promote their new single.
After catching the end of their set at a gig last year, I’ve been keeping tabs on Episodes. Their energy, ever present in their songs, will be a huge factor in propelling them through 2016.
Towards the end of last year they released an EP entitled “Motion” which despite only being four tracks long, managed to show the array of abilities the band possess. There’s a little bit of everything in this EP: from energetic ‘Paradox’ to the mellow tones of ‘Portrait’, right through to the elements of funk in ‘Hunny Please’ and the fast paced party tune ‘Tropicala’.
We’ve known them since they were The Basis, and since then they’ve grown into a band with a strong, mature sound and have appeared at numerous festivals including Reading & Leeds. The release of their debut EP ‘Fizzy Liquid’ and a support slot for Paul Weller saw White Room really make a name for themselves in 2015. This year you can expect nothing less than brilliance.
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