10 Pool Valley
Pissed Jeans have been slaying the toilet circuit (that’s enough of that – Ed!) since 2004 with their vicious strain of noisy scuzz-rock that recalls early Black Flag or a nastier METZ if you like your bands of a more recent vintage. Their live reputation is virtually peerless amongst similar acts and rarely for an act entering their second decade, they’re as uncompromising as ever. If anything age has made them gnarlier and more feral.
Formed in 2004, the band released their debut album a year later Shallow, before they were picked up by Sub Pop for their corrosive second album Hope For Men. There they have remained to this day, organically picking up followers, most of whom would agree that the Allentown, Pennsylvania 4-piece’s finest hour to date is most recent effort Honeys released last year. Lyrically astute, Matt Corvette’s coos and screams reflect his move further into adulthood responsibilities, as despite their high profile status relative to their scene they work day jobs. It seemed that the band used a four year wait between third and fourth records to hone their precision bludgeon, opting for shorter track lengths.
Remarkable, sometimes heavy, pretty much always melodic post-hardcore types Exes support. They have very recently released their debut album to no small wave of attention, with Clash Magazine in particular being impressed, including Phantasmaboring in their list of the best albums of July. It’s as mature and focused as one would expect from a group whose previous credits include Tropics, Narrows, Bullet Union and Meet Me In St Louis. Opening the show are Rodeo Death Burger.
Founded by Alex Murray, One Inch Badge (or OIB it’s also known) is an independently minded music collective based in Brighton. Disheartened by the lack of support the true Brighton scene was receiving at the time, OIB Records launched as a label that focused on the artist and did justice to the innovation and creativity of the underground.
While One Inch Badge Records has expanded beyond its original parameters, releasing records for acclaimed international artists as well as less established acts, they remain dedicated to supporting the local scene that built and inspired them. This is particularly evident in the April 2011 released 18 track compilation ‘Sea Monsters’ which is a comprehensive 18 track compilation of the most crucial bands out of Brighton right now.
The One Inch Badge collective are also active and prominent local promoters on the Brighton scene, recently promoting Brighton shows for MF DOOM; Wire; Venetian Snares; Sage Francis; Nina Nastasia; Why?; KRS-One; 65daysofstatic; Health; Wolf Parade; Vashti Bunyan; Pains of Being Pure at Heart; Liars; and many more.