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Fri 1st Apr 2016 @ The Prince Albert

Headliner: Sealings
Event: Brighton Noise Presents......
In support: Sweet Williams
When: Fri 1st Apr 2016
Time: 7:30pm
Age restriction: 18+
Other info: Event page

Sealings play their first Brighton Noise show since their remarkable headline at DAY TWO and the release of their superb debut album ‘I’m A Bastard.’

SEALINGS
Sealings are a three-piece based in the dilapidated seaside resort of Brighton. Their debut LP I’m A Bastard follows numerous releases on UK independent lynchpins such as Italian Beach Babes, Tie Dye Tapes and Clan Destine Records. I’m A Bastard marks their first release proper on Brighton-based label Faux Discx, who have once again joined forces with the aforementioned Italian Beach Babes (as they did on Cold Pumas’ much celebrated 2012 release Persistent Malaise) to release the long-player.Sealings are a band whose live show has been described as both “based more on confrontation than anything else” and “willfully abrasive”. To attempt to capture this mindset of total sonic annihilation Sealings recorded at home and in windowless ex-toilets, before handing over to like-minded peers MJ (Hookworms, Suburban Home Studio) and Mikey Young (Total Control/Eddy Current Suppression Ring) who mixed, and mastered the record respectively to both temper and bolster the group’s caustic tendencies.The LP opens with live staple ‘My Boyfriend’s Dead’, a brooding drum machine-led seminar in despondency, which echoes The Jesus & Mary Chain, Rema Rema, Blessure Grave and other acts whose currency is misery offset by melody. ‘No Summer’ is an agitated post-punk assault, mordant guitars weave around reverberating vocals. This is followed by ‘Unnerved’, an unsettling noir workout that steadily builds in anxiety to noise-drenched completion. Elsewhere, ‘Malloy’ points to both the minimalist composition of Glenn Branca and the punishing assault of A Place To Bury Strangers. ‘The Ultras’ is a metallic and theatrical departure from the rest of the album, showcasing Sealings’ disparate influences which extend to both black-metal and rock & roll music, oblique blast-beats offset melodic rock structure. The album closer is an anomaly for Sealings in that it could be considered touching, that is, if it were not for the title; ‘I’m A Bastard’. Haunting blown-out synth by way of Warm Jets Eno or cold-wave pioneers Ruth. Inventive guitar dramatics and jittering drum machines make way for genuine emotion and the album closes on a sombre and melancholy note.

I’m A Bastard is an LP that showcases the multitude of tricks that Sealings have mastered. Whether careering three-chord punk, industrial instrumental passages or fervent noise-rock, Sealings are beginning to carve their own individual place that owes much to each genre they mine from, whilst never being reductive of them.

SWEET WILLIAMS

Brighton doom/ drone/ grunge legends fronted by Thomas House (ex-Charlottefield)

RED DEER PEOPLE

A heady mix of Wire influenced post-punk and krautrock structures that excels live.

The Prince Albert

Address

48 Trafalgar Street
BN1 4ED

Contact

T: 01273 730499

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Sealings, Sweet Williams & Red Deer People @ Prince Albert 01/04/2016

01/04/2016 By James McLarnon

Sealings2015 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

Brighton Noise

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