2015 was a watershed year for Brighton noise/shoegaze-punks Sealings,as it finally saw the release of their long-awaited I’m a Bastard debut album. First seen around 2008/09 playing white noiseouts with an iPOD for a drummer, they continued their iconoclasm through a series of increasing ferocious demos and 12” releases that attracted both national and local attention. I’m a Bastard surpassed all expectations thanks in part to their most professional recording job to date and a previously unseen range of song writing – encompassing aggro-drone (‘My Boyfriend’s Dead’), noisy punk (‘White Devil’), gorgeous ambient (‘Transient Curse’), raging guitar noisescapes (‘Malloy’) and the title track’s Witch House inflections.
The press release for their debut album described their live performance as “based more on confrontation than anything else” and “willfully abrasive,” as anyone who saw their riotous set to conclude our Day 2 all-dayer last July would testify. Never content to stand still, we would expect to hear plenty from an as yet unnamed future album at this show.
Featuring one of the most underrated Brighton based musicians, guitarist and vocalist Thomas House – ex- of much missed post-hardcore types Charlottefield and current of British doom’s best kept secret Sloath – Sweet Williams have been poised for a breakout for some time now. We’re hard pushed to think of a local band who care about how they sound as much as them, be it on the glacial exercise in the beauty of restraint ‘So Right’ or the rifftastic, industrial tinged ‘Bliss.’ We understand they are soon to follow up 2011’s bliss shortly, which is very good news indeed.
We featured the krauty-punk of Red Deer People in our top 10 tips for 2016 on the back of a jaw dropping performance at our Oxjam event last year. Excitingly, their sound falls between a lot of Brighton stalls, too structured to be a garage rock band in the ‘Late Night Lingerie’ sense, too noisy and spiky to be an indie-rock outfit, yet too linear and direct to be at home among the Faux Discx crowd. They most remind us of Wire, on their first three genre defining albums. That’s about as high as praise gets.
Words: James McLarnon
Picture: Simon Brice