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Sleeper – Interview - 2017

Sleeper – Interview - 2017

Back in the mid-90s, Britpop was all the rage. Blur, Oasis, Pulp, Elastica et al. Fighting it out for airtime, media coverage and gossip columns. It was a BIG thing, perhaps the last major hurrah in the world of guitar-driven pop music, when the singles charts really mattered and TOTP was still on the air. Sleeper have been largely forgotten about, but for a while they too were a major player, with three consecutive top ten albums, and eight top forty hits to their name, all between 1995-1997. And in Louise Wener they had a guitar-toting sex symbol, a woman who adorned front covers and for a while was a mini-celebrity who appeared regularly on Chris Evan's TFI Friday. She was known as 'Just another woman fronting a guitar band', while her male bandmates were collectively known as 'Sleeperblokes'. When they split up in '97, Wener embarked on a successful literary career, and has so far produced four novels, as well as an autobiography My Life As A Pop Star. But, Sleeper have decided to reform, and dip their toes back into the world of live music. Brightonsfinest to spoke to Lousie ahead of their first gig in 20 years at The Haunt, in Brighton.

Boo Seeka - Interview - 2017

Boo Seeka - Interview - 2017

Sydney based duo Ben Gumbleton and Sam Croft, otherwise known as the alluring live electronic duo Boo Seeka, blew Brighton away at the 2016 Great Escape and look set to do exactly that again in The Prince Albert next month. Ahead of their headline show and debut album release I caught up with Sam from the band.

Lucy Rose - Interview - 2017

Lucy Rose - Interview - 2017

The London-based singer/songwriter has already enjoyed considerable success as an occasional contributor to Bombay Bicycle Club, and creator of two top ten selling albums, 2012's Like I Used To, and 2015's Work It Out. But, despite that success, she became increasingly restless musically, desiring to go back to a simpler, more acoustic-based approach. Inspired by a number of Tweets and Spotify streams coming out of Latin America she, along with her husband, headed out there and spent two months performing for free to fans, and staying with fans. The resulting short documentary of that experience is both a revelatory and quite brilliant watch. Equally so, is her new album, Something's Changing, released on the Communion Label, and recorded in Brighton with Tim Bidwell and assorted musicians. Brightonsfinest met up with her prior to hitting the festival circuit and touring the new album.

Gogol Bordello - Interview - 2017

Gogol Bordello - Interview - 2017

Formed in 1999, with charismatic frontman Eugene Hutz at the helm, this gypsy-punk-balkan outfit will be releasing their seventh studio album in August, Seekers and Finders. And, it's another blizzard of violins, accordions, trumpets and marimba, amongst the standard rock basics of guitars, bass and drums. Their multi-cultural adrenaline rush of a sound (tempered with the odd ballad) is made for the live stage where they put on a brilliantly colourful and carnival-esque performance, with the aim of making you want to party. Eugene Hutz took some time out whilst in the middle of a European tour to have a chat with Brightonsfinest.

BadBadNotGood - Interview - 2017

BadBadNotGood - Interview - 2017

Formed after meeting at Toronto's Humber College's Music Performance programme in 2011, Matthew Tavares (keys), Chester Hansen (bass), Alex Sowinski (drums) and Leland Whitty (sax) initially attracted attention with their jazz interpretations of hip-hop tracks, leading them to work with artists such as Tyler, The Creator and Frank Ocean. They then took the music world by storm with their 2014 LP, III, a brash yet refined record of angular jazz improvisations, lush ballads, krautrock, and futuristic hip-hop-tinged rhythms which led to a couple of years touring the world and collaborating with some of the best and brightest artists around the globe, including a slot at 2014's Great Escape. Their most recent album, IV, features a collaboration with Future Islands' Samuel T. Herring, and they've just played at Glastonbury Festival, on the West Holts Stage.



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