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TicketWeb’s pick of DRILL : BRIGHTON

TicketWeb’s pick of DRILL : BRIGHTON

 

This weekend, Brighton played host to the 3rd DRILL Festival: DRILL : BRIGHTON   – over 100 acts over 4 days across the city (which, I must add, was very generous in terms of sunshine considering it’s officially Winter now).

 

Curated in part by Wire and in collaboration with promoters One Inch Badge, DRILL : BRIGHTON celebrated a massive selection of artists both internationally renowned and local talent.

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Blood Red Shoes played at Bleach

 

Here’s TicketWeb’s pick:

 

Helen Money

Noisy cello!  LA based Helen Money played an intense mix of haunting, beautiful cello melodies looped over layers and layers of distortion and noise.  Triggering drum loops and using an extensive pedal board to turn her cello into a powerful machine, she hypnotised the audience and left us inspired and excited.

Helen Money

Helen Money

 

Mono

Sheer beauty! Headlining The Haunt on Friday night, Mono kept the audience captivated.  From whispers, as the audience held their collective breath, they build and build upon simple guitar melodies to reach blissful post-rock heights.  These soundscapes are individual works of utter splendour.

 

British Sea Power

Less noise, more indie rock!  Local gang British Sea Power played a very special set in All Saint Church, Hove on Friday night.  Opening with a couple of Sea Power classics, then joined by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet, they concentrated on the quieter moments from their back catalogue but kept the audience bopping in the pews.

 

Negative Pegasus

Brighton based noise mongers Negative Pegasus describe themselves as “HARD PSYCH”.  Brutually awakening us from our Saturday slumbers, they blew the cobwebs from the Green Door Store.  Dualling guitars rival eachother with heavy riffs and feedback galore, backed by some pretty nifty beats from drummer Carla.

 

Zu

Baritone sax through a Marshall stack!  Zu fuse heavy metal, noise and jazz in a particularly distinctive way, and one which has caught the eye of many influential artists, from The Stooges to Sonic Youth –  this is no ordinary power trio.  Half an hour of brilliant grooves and squawks, to a sweaty and packed out room at the Prince Albert, they temper big bass riffs with wild saxophone distortion.

ZU

Zu

 

Swans

Arguably the legends of the weekend, Swans headlined The Old Market to close the festival on Sunday night.  Wave upon wave of guitars build their distinctive sound to create a hypnotic wall of noise.  They are a visual spectacle, expertly headed by Michael Gira.  Add to this Thor Harris pounding at the tubular bells, trombone, and array of exotic percussion, Swans are compelling to watch and hear.

SWANS

Swans

 

 

 

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