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Top 20 Brighton bands of 2007

Meatbreak - 2007-12-03 02:36:25

As featured in this months Source Magazine, my Top 20 Brighton bands/people/performers of 2007, in no particular order other than alphabetically.

-A+M â Album of the year contender number 2. Few bands send us records (actual vinyl ones too), this beautifully packaged, with this much astonishingly beautiful music in them and the skill to back it all up live with just a few nylon strings for comfort.

Bat For Lashes â For dividing opinion more fiercely than anyone else in town, for repping Brighton at the Mercuries and being one of two girls to be 'robbed' of the best artists award by the four day-glo horsemen of the apocalypse.

Bearhead / Fallingboy â This year Oliver Hill has started his record label, Constant Vertigo and sold out of every thing he has released, tempted Wolf Eyes' Mike Connelly onto his roster, begun an intense night of the same name playing cosmic heaviosity at The Penthouse, and continues to find the time to play as both his solo outfits and with Noise&Drums trio Terminal Outputs and hardcore act End The Agony.

Blood Red Shoesâ For totally running away with Reading festival and releasing some of the sweatiest singles this year. Oh, and the It's Getting Boring By The Sea Blamma Blamma Remix totally ups the ante on that Gossip one.

Coin-Op â For returning in a blaze of hyper speed indie-disko glory, winning over everyone who sees them play and for creating the kind of songs that create cues at the DJ booth to find out who that was that we just danced to.

Diagonal â We haven't seen too many prog-rock bands in town, but the one we did see reconfigured our synapses in ways King Crimson could only dream of. Plus, they hid a CD in Snoopers for us to find.

Dylan Nyoukis â For bringing the Colour Out Of Space festival to Brighton, even bigger and better than before, for it being a charitable event featuring some of the most talented (non?) musicians in the outsider scene. Not even London has something like this.

Everyone To The Anderson â The killerist post-rock-rock-Rock band in town. Immense sprawling tunes over two EPs released through Toy Soldier (also worthy of a big mention)

The Flesh Happening â This band dive head-first into places most people fear to even tread both musically and lyrically, with live shows proving that, in Oliva Spleen, they are in possession of the best front man in town, bar none.

Foalsâ Best New Band in Brighton. Britain? The World? Maybe next year, but the crown is coming.

The Ghost Of A Thousand â Kerrang! award nominees taking the UK hardcore scene by storm who also appear in This Is Menace alongside members of Killing Joke, Carcass and Napalm Death. You've got to be good to associate with those kinds of people.

Maths Class â For accelerating out of the stocks of new-band-dom into a limelight stealing position in what, like a week or something daft? At such a young age too. Our Arctic Monkeys? Fuck that â Our Maths Class.

The Miserable Rich â One of the few bands to unite the entire office which is rarity enough to earn them a place, but moreso because they write the kind of tunes capable of uniting nations.

Monsters Build Mean Robots â The most politicised band Kranky have yet to sign released a self titled album that makes my Top 5 of the year. An incredible way with sonic detail.

Old Mayor â UK doom just got itself the most succinctly devastating act in the form of this improbably loud and dynamic two piece with the riffs to take down bands as big as Boris

Peggy Sue And The Pirates - Folk punk-anti-soul and indescribably cool. We might have said that about the Pipettes a few years ago (and we did â we take no responsibility for what happens after), but we are going to stick our necks out and say it again.

Prinzhorn Dance School â For basically being the most difficult interviewees since BRMC and releasing singles on a dance label that you can't actually do anything to. No MySpace neither.

Transformer â Best New Band in Brighton II. Like our Ed said: Transformer aren't just one of the best dance bands in Brighton, they are one of the best in the country. Simian Mobile what now?

Vile Imbeciles â One gig featured an audience member shouting 'Sex machine!' after every song. As far as wrapping this band into two words goes, there aren't many better choices than those.

Zettasaur- Here comes our new Charlottefield. More tightly poised, possibly louder with a self-imposed limit of 4 Brighton shows a year. Quality, not quantity.


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