Brighton Strangler - 10 Question Music Interview
Brighton Strangler are a five piece band influenced by distant memories of the Gang of Four and the Buzzcocks.As the story goes, lead singer Matthew decided to form a band after his singing was dissed at a party. He recruited Nick, Tim and Robert none of whom had played in bands before and started they started rehearsing.Four years later, the band picked up veteran bassist Mikey.
After losing their first drummer to tinnitus, Brighton Strangler arrived at their current line up of Matthew, Nick, Robert, Mikey and Steve. Despite their late start they are making up for lost time and the band's energetic and committed live performances are gaining them a following. The release of Dancing Outrageous brings their old punk energy to a new audience.
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
Lead singer Matthew decided to form a band after his singing was dissed at a party. He recruited Nick, Tim and Robert none of who had played in bands before, and started rehearsing. Four years later, having picked up veteran bassist Mikey, and lost the first drummer to tinnitus, they arrived at the current line up of Matthew, Nick, Robert, Mikey and Steve.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
Matthew deciding to form a band with no previous experience. Finding out as he went along that he could write songs, something which he hadn't previously realized. He simply had these ideas for songs going around in his head which he sang to Nick who got the ideas down on his guitar.
What has been the high point of your music path?
Releasing our debut album, Dancing Outrageous, making a fantastic video for the title track, playing at a local music festival and getting mentioned by blog Pop Is On Fire as one of their bands to watch out for in 2020.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
Ideas pop into my head anywhere, it could be the supermarket, at home, while out in town or even when I am in bed. It is important that I sing these ideas into my phone at that moment and then review them later. If i don't do this at the time the idea vanishes. Once I have reviewed these recordings I find that many of them are nonsense, but a few will have a nugget of something which I can build on. I then sit down and spend a day working on those ideas.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
Listen to all the bands who are trying to break into the music industry, there is so much talent. If they are good give them opportunities regardless of whether they have a following, an agent, or deal, or have even performed before. We've got a great album but very few people have heard of us, even though we are working hard.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
The Gang Of Four. Their debut album is pure genius and has influenced so much of my life. Andy Gill R.I.P. was the finest guitarist I have ever heard and his presence on stage, a nerve jangling, vibrant experience. Today their music still stands up to the very best.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
Generally Matthew and Nick go away and work on Matthew's new ideas. When they have knocked them into shape they bring them to rehearsals and the rest of the band play along with their fledgling idea. Sometimes Matthew will bring the idea for a bass line as well. The songs change and evolve during the process with the input of the whole band. Then it's a matter of practicing until perfect.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
Paper Cuts, which was one of the first songs I wrote. It has a stop start structure going from fast to slow and back to fast again. In many ways this song taught me and Nick a lot about how to form songs and were we to write it now it probably would not have the same distinctive structure. The lyrics are also challenging covering the topic of mental health and illustrating that vulnerable people need to be shown love and care. In many ways this song being one of the first and so different proved to be one of the founding blocks for the Brighton Strangler style.
What's coming up in the future?
A couple of local gigs and we have applied to play in festivals in the UK. Fingers crossed on this. We are also following with interest our popularity in places like Phoenix, San Francisco and Halifax in the US. Maybe a US tour is on the horizon. In the meantime we are writing new songs for a second album and making arrangements for an official video for Let's Party.
Tell us where fans can access your music?