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Monday 04 December 2017

The RPMs: Spooky New Single & Homecoming Gig For Brighton's Finest Indie Boys

Straight off the back of a string of summer gigs and festivals up and down the country, The RPMs return with a bigger sound and a new focus.

New single Your Ghost is an upbeat keyboard driven number that fuses widescreen melancholia against a classic backdrop of modern indie pop, to create a song that has all the promise of a future indie pop classic in waiting.

The RPMs recent second EP Agents Of Change revealed a band getting to grips with coming of age in an increasingly volatile world with the band offering their take on the hold of social media in modern life. 

Hailed by the BBC as a 'spookily young Brighton trio with killer melodies and an Arctic Monkeys rasp", The RPMs have made short work of putting the gears of the hype machine into action thus far..

Talking about the EP, Jack Valero said:

"We're a band like many others at the moment who are very aware of how our lives as young people are so heavily under the spotlight of social media likeability these days. 

"Social media has brought great freedoms to people allowing them to connect and share with anyone in the world, but also brings great pressures to be forever feeding the machine.  

"It"s crazy that in the age of information, people seem more uninformed than ever. We hope to address these issues in our new music and reflect on society and our place within it.  

"Our lyrics express the exasperated way I think a lot of young people such as ourselves feel about the world around us and what we feel is wrong with it."

With the fresh single in the pipeline the band are gearing up to hit the road running with new tour dates, one of which will see them headline a home town gig in Brighton.

The RPMs play The Hope and Ruin, Brighton, on 7th December 2018. CLICK HERE for more info.

by: Mike Cobley


This year marks a brand new chapter for English alternative rock band, Mallory Knox, as their latest single, Black Holes, is turning heads, with frontman Sam Douglas describing the new music as “terrifying and exciting” and “the most energised Mallory has ever written”. 

Carleen Anderson has been hailed by the Godfather of Soul, James Brown, as 'phenomenal and one of a kind' and now, for Brighton Fesival 20018, she's joining ranks with virtuoso pianist Nikki Yeoh, and Mercury Music Prize-winning rapper Speech Debelle.

Brighton bound Catholic Action are a product of Glasgow's famously fertile music scene but have won fans across the UK thanks to a run of peerless pop tunes.

Roger Daltrey is set to release new solo album, As Long As I Have You, which features Pete Townshend's inimitable guitar on seven tracks as well as guest performances from Mick Talbot on keyboards (Dexys, The Style Council).

RadioReverb, Brighton's not for profit radio station, will be Broadcast Media Partner for Brighton Festival 2018, following last year's partnership.

As part of World Poetry Day, the world's first and only mobile poetic first aid service will be open to everyone at Jubilee Square, Brighton, on Wednesday 21st March 2018, 11am – 4pm. 

Snow Patrol will return later this spring with Wildness, their first album in seven years, which finds the band searching for clarity, connection, and meaning, while staying true to the melodic songwriting prowess that brought them to prominence. 

The sexual health and contraception (SHAC) team in Brighton will be using new visual aids to help overcome female patients' embarrassment and stigma about their bodies after receiving a donation from Brighton artist, Jamie McCartney.

“Sometimes you have to go to the edge of the world in order to come back again,” says Chris Difford on the rollercoaster ride his eventful life in the music business has provided.

Reef, the revitalised west-country quartet, have returned with Revelation, their first studio album since 2000's, Getaway.  
The Damned by Steve Gullick 2018

It's 2018 and the results of The Damned's collaboration with another legend from pop's golden age – Tony Visconti, is about to be unleashed on an unsuspecting public

Described as “the missing link between David Bowie and The Sex Pistols” Doctors of Madness exploded onto the music scene in 1975 with their theatrical, William Burroughs-inspired Sci-fi nightmare, they were misunderstood by many, but those who knew understood the importance of the band's dangerous, uncompromising approach to lyrics, to music and to performance.

In 2015 The Handsome Family became famous for providing the theme tune to Season 1 of HBO's hit TV drama series True Detective, introducing them to a whole new audience and a whole load of new fans. 
Charlie Craggs: Founder of Nail Transphobia

Brighton Dome joins forces with Brighton Women's Centre and Brighton Museum to celebrate International Women's Day 2018. Enjoy stalls, talks, tasters and specially commissioned work reflecting on the issues raised throughout the day.

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