Gigs Of The Week
Egyptian Blue are the latest exciting prospect to pop up on the buzzing British post-punk scene and without mincing many words … they’re just really good.
Egyptian Blue are Andy Buss and Leith Ambrose, both on guitar and vocals, Luke Phelps on bass, and Isaac Ide on drums.
Egyptian Blue’s four-track debut EP titled Collateral Damage released on Yala! Records is all that can be found on streaming services. Released this year, the record is more than enough to get fans hooked. The duel-fronted foursome sound chaotic yet accomplished, acknowledging that sole producer Theo Verney was instrumental in achieving this wild and energetic aesthetic.
Each track is filled with in-your-face riffs and fiery frantic rhythms reminiscent of some of the best of early Foals. How the beauty of an intense punk rock gig was captured on this record has been celebrated by the likes of DIY, NME and post-punk royalty IDLES (“They’re f***ing sick”, IDLES frontman Joe Talbot says of Egyptian Blue).
Check out the bizarrely captivating video for debut EP lead single Collateral:
The band originally formed in Colchester where the then trio had marathon jam sessions above a jewellery shop. This practice regime and location proved unsustainable so the band upped sticks to Brighton where they added fresh faced drummer Isaac Ide to the mix. Now they all share a house together in the rock-appropriate seaside town.
Here, recording, practicing and playing live shows became much easier. Egyptian Blue took a liking to The Haunt, one of the brilliant little Brighton venues where they crafted their raucous live performance suited to a wonderfully sweaty, punk rock energy-filled gig space. Their sound and vibrant performance has seen them support fellow post-punk boundary-pushers The Murder Capital on their latest run of UK shows in July, having released the excellent EP Collateral Damage earlier this year. They also played the Alternative Escape and All Points East Festival in, what was, a busy summer.
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Where can I see them live?
Autumn looks set to follow on from Egyptian Blue’s busy summer, with a couple of headline performances sandwiched between Swn Festival and supporting London-based alt-rockers Yak.
Find tickets for upcoming Egyptian Blue live dates at TicketWeb.uk