It is with pleasure & much excitement that we can finally confirm our first live, real-life gig since February. Co-hosting with our friends at Musics Not Dead, we will be bringing the great Pete Fij & Terry Bickers (House Of Love, Adorable, Levitation) to the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill-On-Sea for a COVID-safe show on Sat November 21st, with support from the fantastic Zooni & our very own Winter Gardens. A very, very limited amount of tickets go on sale via the DLWP website at 10:00am on Monday (26/10) with an exclusive pre-sale link being available to AUS newsletter subscribers now. This is gonna be very lovely, cool, nice and wicked..... Clicking the flyer below MAY also take you to the super secret pre-sale link...
As part of the C60 Club, we here at austerity will be catching up with some of our favourite artists of the underground music scene. This month, we’ve spoken to Connor & Joe - the men behind the psychedelic alt-dance duo known as RADIDAS…
Hello RADIDAS, & welcome to the C60 Club.
R: Hey austerity!
From being heavily featured on BBC Introducing programming to securing support slots for the likes of Wolf Alice & Bat For Lashes, RADIDAS have achieved a lot in a relatively short amount of time. Please fill us in on the story of the band so far…
We’re both from Maidstone in Kent & have been friends for over 10 years now - we both played in the local music scene in other bands, but quickly discovered we shared a really similar music taste. We began hanging out & jamming, & spent ages playing with synths & loops in a home-production set up where we wrote our first EP, “Dream Button”. We moved to Brighton in 2017 to study & pursue the band further & have since released several singles & music videos, playing a number of shows in both Brighton & London & a short UK tour. Our last two single releases have been working with local label Pool Valley Music.
The RADIDAS sound is a very unique take on modern disco & experimental/psychedelic electronica that sits in a genre all by itself. What inspires such a distinctive & exciting sound?
After releasing our first EP, which was more psychedelic/guitar-inspired, we started getting into & learning more about drum machines & synthesis, which is now a big part of our sound. Our musical style is established through a lot of experimenting, both in the practise room & at home, self-recording & producing our tracks to find unique synth sounds that we can also use in our live set. As for our musical influences, we grew up listening to bands like Klaxons, Hot Chip & Crystal Castles - we’re also huge fans of a lot of records from the early 80’s, which also heavily influences our sound.
Despite originally forming elsewhere, the band has flourished in Brighton’s underground scene. What does the local music community mean to you as artists?
The Brighton music scene means a lot to us & it is a really distinctive place. Although we sometimes feel we’re a little leftfield for Brighton’s DIY scene, which is so heavily driven by guitar & noise bands, we really enjoy engaging & playing live shows with other local acts. Having the electronic influence on our music gives us the opportunity to remix some amazing bands - most recently we’ve worked with LIME to create a disco edit of their track ‘Surf N Turf’ which went down really well. We definitely feel there is space for more of an electronic scene around here!
A vast number of local venues, clubs, bands, promoters & just about every other profession related to music & the arts have suffered profoundly during the unfortunate events of 2020. How has this year affected RADIDAS & is there any bands or venues etc. that you feel are integral to the recovery of the local scene?
Like for a lot of unsigned bands, the live scene is an integral part of what we do. It’s a chance for us to try out new samples & effects discovered through writing & put it together with the live aspect of drums & guitar; everything comes together. We feel that Brighton’s local scene has a really diverse variety of bands & that every act, no matter the genre, is important in keeping it alive during these difficult times. The live scene has obviously come to a stop & a lot of the local venues are at risk of closing & potentially never opening their doors again. But, hopefully, campaigns like the Live Is Alive series of events can bring attention to how important local venues like The Dome, The Hope & Ruin & The Green Door Store are to Brighton’s scene. Losing these establishments will have a huge impact on culture & lifestyle for many people in the area, & the most important thing to do now in our opinion is to support organisations like the Music Venue Trust that fight for local venues.
The C60 cassette of “The Hits” EP is the first time your popular singles have been featured on a physical format, & your first release since your debut EP back in 2016 that isn’t digital-only. How does it feel to have your music released on a physical format again & what does the medium mean to you?
We feel that physical releases are an important milestone for a band - it’s being able to see & feel your work in a tangible form, which is just such a special feeling as an artist. Our last physical release was a special vinyl print of our “Dream Button” EP in 2016, & since then we’ve only released via digital formats, so we are thrilled to be working with austerity to put all of our work out on a limited, special-edition cassette. We’ve really enjoyed collaborating on the creation of the tapes & can’t wait to share them.
With a crazy & almost surreal year winding down & 2021 just around the corner, what are RADIDAS’ plans for the near future?
After our most recent release ‘Daisy Chain’, we are taking some time to work on new material. We’re kicking off 2021 with a recording session at Devon Analogue studios, so new music is on the way & we can’t wait to share it. We’re going to spend the next few months transforming our live set for the new year, to do something unique & exciting for when gigs are hopefully back to normal & we can all enjoy a boogie again.
RADIDAS’ “The Hits” EP (AUS-C02) is available on baby-pink cassette in the austerity webstore now. ORDER HERE
To say we are over the moon is an understatement. Nearly a year on from the first recording session at Brighton Electric with Engineer Alex Gordon and Producer Luke Marsden, we are finally here with a rather gorgeous looking vinyl in our hands. We have been overwhelmed with the response from the two lead singles 'Tapestry' and 'Zigzanny', both still gracing the radio-waves with repeat plays and glowing response. The band are incredibly proud of this short masterpiece of elegantly transitioning tracks, the EP showcases the bands sound in a mere twenty minutes, from the fuzzy 'Stereolab' upbeat groove of 'Zigazanny' to the emotional shoegazing soundscapes of EP finisher 'Wonders Bleak. As always, the EP is now available to stream over all major platforms including the high-fidelity of 'TIDAL'. The vinyl are selling quick and we only pressed 200... so grab one now!
Rolling on from the success of the first release last month, our C60 Club continues with the mesmerising, head bopping grooves of Radidas. We fell in love instantly with their performance for 'Love Thy Neighbours' 2018 Triptych and have been following with a keen ear since. Hailing from Kent but now residents of the thriving Brighton alt scene, the wavey psych-dance duo have been on our radar for a while now & it’s great to finally be able to work with Connor & Joe.
The new music video for “Zigzanny”, the second single taken from the debut Winter Gardens EP, is now available to stream HERE. This song is simply a fun, energetic 'fairytale' that centres around a juvenile outlook on love & teenage fantasy, hopefully something that we can all relate to. Also available now to stream on Spotify, Apple Music & TIDAL.
We are overwhelmed with the response from our debut release for our 'C60 Club'. What an absolute cracker of an EP 'Sea Shoes' is too, it's had many a play since it's release, the exclusive track 'Slice' is the cherry on this surfy/garage/shoegaze cake. The last one has just left the shelf, Roll on AUS-C02!
As part of the C60 Club, we here at austerity will be catching up with some of our favourite artists of the underground music scene. This month, we’ve spoken to Heather- the vocalist, guitarist & dream-weaver of the first ever C60 participants HANYA…
A: Hello Hanya, & welcome to the C60 Club.
H: Thanks for having us! I can’t wait to see the cassettes, they look beautiful.
The band has been around the live music scene in various incarnations for a few years now. Please tell us a little more about Hanya & the story so far.
Get comfortable!The band in its primitive-form kinda started in 2015. Jack (drummer) & I had both moved to Brighton together from Dorset, living our big city dreams. I had been writing music for years solo, & he’d always hounded me about putting drums on my tracks. Eventually, we started jamming, & my cute baby-folk tunes quickly became gritty, washy & psychedelic.We were a two-piece for about 3 years under a different name before we released our first EP ‘I Used To Love You, Now I Don’t’ under HANYA in late-2018. Eventually, we realised the songs could be so much more with the addition of bass, & then second guitar. Voila! We were born.
The idea of the C60 Club was born out of our belief that physical releases are as integral as digital. What are your thoughts on physical media?
Couldn’t agree more. Although digital releases are much more accessible, I do envy bands of the 60’s & 70’s recording to tape &releasing everything on vinyl especially.Everyone in HANYA has some sort of collection of vinyl records, CDs & cassettes. My vice is vinyl: my collection has grown over the years since I’vebeen working at a record shop. If I love a piece of music I willalways make sure to buy it on a physical format. It’s so much more pleasing to the senses, & you know you’re supporting artists to continue much more so than streaming a release.
Had you ever planned on releasing “Sea Shoes” on a physical format? The EP was originally released in February on digital platforms only.
Plans have been & gone… we often float the idea of pressing the EP to a cheeky little 10”, but the upfront cost for an unsigned band has always been hard to swallow. One day, we promise!
The notion of the sea & the beach is a recurring theme throughout this EP, which in turn makes us think of hometown Brighton & the surrounding areas. What makes Brighton & its music scene so special to you?
Most of us are from seaside towns, but Brighton has been our respective home for close to 10 years. The music scene here has nurtured our growth beyond belief; Its helped us find our feet, meet new friends & be a part of a community of DIY musicians. Brighton itself is a funny little city - it’s always been an oasis of creativity & the string of artists that have been through here is mind-boggling. We couldn’t love it more.
With coronavirus & the subsequent dwindling of the economy threatening the live music industry’s very existence, is there any venues/promoters in Brighton that you hold in a special light?
Oh so many! Independent promoters Love Thy Neighbour, Acid Box, Melting Vinyl & JOY have been so good to us. They are key to continuing the great music scene here & have supported us throughout our many incarnations. We’ll always have a place in our heart for the venues Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar (RIP), The Hope & Ruin & TheGreen Door Store. I hope this situation doesn’tdamage our grassroots scene - it’s such a shame to hear of places like the Deaf Institute [in Manchester] potentially closing from the lack of help that’s available right now.
Obviously, the year 2020 has not gone to plan for anyone so far. With the world slowly starting to recover, however, what are your plans for 2021 & beyond?
Well, not to let any secrets slip, but we’ve been busy writing throughout lockdown for a very exciting project. Despite the uncertainty, we’re looking forward to getting back on the road eventually & playing our songs to the world.
The video for Winter Gardens lead single from the upcoming 'Tapestry' EP is finally here! Directed by Jamie Windless and shot/edited by Nathan Still with additional visuals from Nick Weekes. I swirling visual delight for your eyes.
Following on from last week’s introduction, we are happy to announce the very first participants of our new C60 Club, the magnificent Hanya. We’ve been big fans of the Brighton garage-gaze quartet for a long time (since the days as a two-piece!) & we could write paragraphs on their incredibly beautiful music, but we’ll let them introduce themselves in their own words:
.“Named after the HANNYA mask traditionally worn in Noh theatre, Hanya was constructed by vocalist & guitarist Heather exploring the many faces of a female psyche; consequently enlisting her three closest friends to assemble the group. The result is a heady concoction of 90s-esque dream pop/shoegaze, swirling sunshine guitars, heavy energetic beats & thick-grooved basslines, all spiralling to a heavyweight of impressive growls vs. sweet nothings, inviting the listener into an encompassing headspace to explore the groups' introversions. There's a lot to be said for a group hailed by @clashmagazine as able to ‘create truly a mesmerising & unforgettable experience’.”
Hanya will be releasing “Sea Shoes”, their sophomore four-track EP, as part of our strictly-limited, cassette-only collection on August 06th. Pre-order info will be announced shortly.
A lot of us grew up not only collecting vinyl records, but collecting cassette tapes too. The look & feel, the analogue warmth of the sound, making mixtapes - these were all big factors in those formative years of our music fandom. With that, we are more than proud to introduce our new C60 Club, a bi-monthly, cassette-only series of releases from artists that we know, love & respect. The tapes, made from recycled plastic where possible, will come with a fully-printed o-card (& extras) & will be strictly limited to a one-time-only 25 copies per release. No re-issues, no second editions. Announcements regarding participating bands are imminent.