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Sunday 15 March 2020

Watershed: German Art-Pop Band Giant Rooks Bring New Music To Brighton Chalk

German Art-Pop band, Giant Rooks are set to arrive in Brighton, this spring, on the back of new single Watershed; a melancholy banger that begins with a reverb laced piano hook before launching in a beautiful slice of angular indie disco.
Credit Frederike Wetzels

Giant Rooks do not hide the fact that the song borrows from house and electronic music in its urgency and hedonistic sound, they simply weave these elements into a track that is the perfect soundtrack to late nights in dive bars, either in London or Berlin.

"We listen to all kinds of music," the band told Miro Magazine's Music Editor Ruby Flanagan. 

"From American hip hop to more classic songwriting and indie music, to jazz. Just music we like. 

"When it comes to our own work, we really try to combine all these different influences and mix it up in a new way that is exciting for us!" 

The lo-fi video for the track leans heavily on the band's own lives, being young musicians living in Berlin for the first time. It tells an abstract tale of life and love in the city.  

They've come a long way from their humble beginnings

Formed in 2015 by Frederik Rabe (guitar/vocals), Finn Schwieters (guitar), Luca Göttner (bassist), Jonathan Wischniowski (keys) and Finn Thomas (drums). 

The band have toured around Northern Europe and earned themselves slots on high profile festival stages. 

Currently based in Berlin, the band continue to write radiant, euphoric art-pop songs with just the right touch of bittersweet sentiment.

Last year the band released their acclaimed EP, Wild Stare which has already raked up over fifty million combined streams and cemented their status as ones to watch. 

As well as releasing more new music, in 2020 the band will be hitting the road and bringing their sophisticated pop sound to Brighton Chalk on Tuesday 5th May 2020. CLICK HERE for tickets.  

by: Mike Cobley


Whats on in Brighton today

Whilst under lockdown two Brighton-based footballers have used their permitted daily exercise allowance to raise over seven thousand pounds for Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS charitable funds because they want to show gratitude for the NHS workers.

At nineteen years old, Icelandic singer-songwriter Axel Flóvent moved into his first apartment in Amsterdam and “felt so isolated. I was supposed to be in a music mecca, but I never left the apartment.” 

With the world now in isolation, we need to ensure those who are already isolated, lonely, and vulnerable are not forgotten, nor are they allowed to languish in the difficult weeks ahead.  
Credit Laura Meek

After the darkened soul surrealism of their debut single Dripn Angel, Scottish trio Check Masses explore the duality of the protest song and the love ballad on their follow-up Lonesome Little Paradise, a left-field 'roots and culture' freedom chant.

Later this year in Brighton, renowned artist Gary Hodges will host an exclusive exhibition and auction of his embellished wildlife prints to raise vital funds for international wildlife charity Born Free.

One of Wales's biggest trad-folk bands will, ahead of a rearranged date in Sussex, premier their new album from one of the world's smallest stages... the front room of a semi in Cwmbran.
Credit Phoebe Fox

We increasingly hear from musicians that music should be an escape these days - that there's enough suffering in the world, enough misery on the news, without writings songs about it too. New album A Billion Heartbeats by Mystery Jets makes all that sound like a bit of a cop-out. 

"We're from the days when a number 14 bus and a supermarket trolley got us around." Soul II Soul mainman Jazzie B remembers the lengths he and a school friend used to go to play dances with their first sound system when they were just thirteen years old.

Fast becoming a master of the avant-garde, dark-pop sound she's become synonymous with, Belgian songwriter Blanche returns next month with her new album Empire.

“This is, in a lot of ways, is the first lyrically uplifting record we've made,” Larkin Poe's Megan Lovell says. “People can go through terrible things. People can weather immeasurable sorrow and hard times, and yet we can still come out on the other side, pull ourselves together, and thrive. This record reflects some of the joy and positivity that we ourselves feel and appreciate.”
Credit Steve Gullick

Best known as the lead singer and co-writer of UK band Savages (whose first gig was as support to British Sea Power in Brighton), Jehnny Beth has spent the band's down time recording her solo album, To Love Is To Live.

Wendy James, one-time fearless front woman of chart-topping alt-rockers Transvision Vamp,  returns with her new album Queen High Straight, and a show at Concorde 2, Brighton, in September. 
Credit Daniel Brereton

For the last two years The Lovely Eggs have sat back and watched England and the rest of the planet slowly eat itself.

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