Last Friday saw the first ever URF X Smashed Vinyl Presents gig and it is safe it say it went off. The music was loud, the drinks were flowing and the people were dancing.
With five of the best unsigned bands in the south playing the show it was always going to be a good night. There were debut shows for both nesting and RADIO KIDS, the former opened precedings with a tight set consisting of dreamy and dancey indie pop to soothe your weary soul. They describe themselves as"kinda lo-fi" and "pretty fun" both of which proved to be true with pleasing results. They are yet to release an EP but they have told us it is coming very soon and we have heard the demos and can confirm it is going to be special.
Next to take the stage were punk rock troubadours RADIO KIDS, for their first show these punks from Brighton really impressed starting their set with a fast paced track about tinder and prozac and then going into a powerful cover of Green Day's Holiday that saw frontman, Ewan Atkinson, don a rather large American flag. The band finished their high energy set with a joyful cover of Blink-182's All The Small Things. RADIO KIDS are yet to release anything but when they do you know it's going to be good.
A band who definitely have released something are King Bee, one of the loudest bands in Brighton. Performing on the night on the bounce after having recently released the massive EP BUZZKUT, King Bee brought thumping drums and mind destroying riffs to the show. The band were unbelievably tight throughout the set and left the entire crowd in awe at their Royal Blood esque rock, it will always be impressive how two people can bring so much noise. If you ever get a chance to check them out, you definitely should you will not be disappointed. You can also check out their BUZZKUT EP here.
Next onto the stage were "punk witches from hell", DREAM NAILS who brought 2017 Riot Grrl to Brighton with all the passion and energy you would want from a band who ended their set with a song called Deep Heat that has a chorus of "nobody cares if your dick is on fire". Their set was packed full to the brim with feminist spirit and a love of music, with songs you can dance to and songs that make you want to smash stuff, it is impossible not to enjoy yourself at a DREAM NAILS show and last Friday was no exception. Check out their latest EP DIY here.
Last onto the stage were King Smo who bought with them a battalion of pink King Smo t-shirt wearing fans. There was entertainment, there was laughter and there was music. King Smo proved to have both a stellar collection of tracks under their belt and all the showmanship of a great band to put on a great show. With medolic basslines and tight drums accompanying Jamie's roaring and Em's compelling vocals King Smo are definitely one of Brighton's hottest new bands. With EP number 2 o the way, expect plenty more night like this in front of the excellent trio that is King Smo. Listen to their debut EP here.