Brighton Magazine

The Brighton Magazine

Selected Brighton Magazine Article

Thursday 09 November 2017

MMODE: Brother & Sister Duo Are Reborn On Dreamy, Psychedelic Alt-Pop Debut

MMODE – aka Belfast brother & sister duo Lucy & Thomas Gaffney – have  announced that their self-titled debut album, MMODE, will be released next month.

(c) Gone Fishing + Marathon Artists 2017

The broad themes of the album, the band say, are love, loss and escapism: 

"A lot of the songs did come out of situations of being completely overwhelmed when we were in England," Lucy says, her brother picking up her train of thought - "When you're young there is a sense of not knowing who you are.

"When you're in your mid-twenties, it's quite a difficult time and that's probably mostly what our album's about. 

"It's trying to deal with feeling out of control, finding that control and how that made us feel." 


Their debut single Waiting In The Desert was originally recorded with Mark Rankin (Queens Of The Stone Age, Bombay Bicycle Club, Adele). 

It originated as a simple folk song written by Lucy, before evolving in the studio to encapsulate the vision and sound of the band. 

Current single Gustav picks up the duo's journey as they headed to Belfast. Written by Thomas, its titular character is that of Gustav Klimt, a print of his piece The Kiss sat framed by the piano.

Originally known as Southern, they scored a record deal when they were 21, moved to Liverpool and quickly began garnering the attention of the industry and fans alike - touring with big names and appearing in fashion shows for Burberry, YSL and Fred Perry. 

Following a sudden illness the duo returned to Belfast for Thomas to recuperate. Instead of giving up their dream, they reset themselves creatively. 

They built a home studio in their family home and invited all their friends to come and play with them. 

"It gave us loads of freedom to become writers and musicians again, and have that kind of carefree feeling you have when you're a teenager jamming with your friends in your mum's garage," says Lucy. 

Shut away in their own world, they began transforming into MMODE and working on what would become their debut album.

The album is immediately different to anything Lucy & Thomas have done before - the dynamic approach brought in completely different styles and perspectives, further developing their fertile creative vision. 

They describe this new sound as "dreamy, psychedelic alt-pop" and it's influenced by artists like Beck, Zero 7 and Portishead. 

The eponymously-titled debut charts their journey - it's a refreshing listen and one that's hard to pin down; never boring as it savvily weaves big pop hooks into its layers of intrigue.

Self-titled debut album, "MMODE," will be released on Friday 8th December 2017.


by: Mike Cobley



Related links

MMODE

Share    


Jim White gets around. When he's not releasing his own critically acclaimed solo albums he splits his time producing records for other songwriters, exhibiting his visual art in galleries and museums across the USA & Europe and publishing award winning fiction.

To mark 150 years as a performance venue, Brighton Dome is seeking memories from across its rich history. Submissions will help inform new heritage displays which will go on show when the refurbished buildings re-open in late 2018.

Greg James and Chris Smith's Kid Normal has been chosen as the 2018 'big read' for children across Brighton & Hove and beyond. 

Son of Dave is fifty years old, and has lived for twenty-one years in the UK, hailing originally from Winnipeg Canada where he was steeped at a young age in the blues-bar tradition. 

The stand-up Jon Richardson is chatting from a rather unusual location. He reveals that,“I'm currently in the Aldi car park in Clevedon.” Who said that the life of a comedian isn't non-stop glamour?

A remake of one of Brighton's most iconic films, Brighton Rock, is set to take place this week on the 70th anniversary of the classic starring Richard Attenborough – and members of the public are invited to dress up in vintage 1940s attire and take part.

Brighton charity Same Sky has launched its crowdfunder for Burning the Clocks 2017 – an uplifting antidote to the excesses of a commercial Christmas. 

The WWE bandwagon rolled into Brighton recently to deliver its quality brand of big names and even bigger action.
Pic by Ian Kelsey

It's not often a group of young men pool their creative resources to benefit the health and wellbeing of others. It's even rarer when those young men are musicians. But that's exactly what the Brighton-based collective, 40 Shillings On the Drum, have done with the release of their new single. The English Coast.

Direct from an extended season in London's West End, Bill  Kenwright's production of Alan Ayckbourn's farcical tale of matrimonial mishaps, How the Other Half Loves comes to Theatre Royal Brighton, this month.

Experience the whisper of stories, speaking of the Black Atlantic, singing of jazz and Harlem and the African American literary renaissance in As Waves of One Sea. 

Louise Redknapp rose to fame as a member of the girl group Eternal. She left the band to carve out a successful solo career achieving sales of over five million records with five albums.
Stereophonics (c) Andrew Whitton 2017

Twenty years after their debut (Word Gets Around) and six No.1 albums later, Stereophonics are set to release their new album Scream Above The Sounds, this week.
Pic by Ian Kelsey

Loneliness affects people of every race, age, and gender at any time of the year, and not having anyone to connect with can have a devastating impact on people's health & well-being. 

Archive search

Search our archives for what's on and gone for the best of this city's theatre music comedy news and much more...







Organising a conference or event in Brighton?
See our Brighton Conference section.
Brighton web design by ...ntd