After an exciting first year of Hidden Herd shows on the south coast, tonight we bid farewell to 2018 with an eclectic night of new artists at The Hope & Ruin. Our grand finale, Hidden Herd Presents: Pizzagirl, looks set to be a fun-packed curtain call, with everything from 50s doo-wop to retrofuturistic bedroom-pop on our musical platter.
First on the menu are Brighton trio Suzi Island, whose bold ambition, widescreen sound and accessible hooks mean they already seem hell-bent on UK domination. Singles ‘Show Me The Way’ and ‘Actor’ are the sort of whopping pop bangers you’d expect to hear coming from an open-top car on a palm-lined boulevard, but unreleased cuts ‘Welcome To The End Of The World’ and ‘The Real Life’ promise to be even bigger still, with subtle shades of Foster The People and MØ thrown into the effervescent mix.
Brimming with giddy guitar lines and peppy refrains, Jumanji’s adventureland of tropical songs follow on in the same vein and prove equally evocative of ray-soaked shorelines. The Brighton-based sextet bring a big slab of sparkling indie-pop sheen to the table tonight, segueing effortlessly from one stellar single (‘Higher’) to another (‘Constellations’). It’s a joyous and infectious set from the opening note to the last, culminating with the sort of dizzying conclusion we’ve come to expect from one of the south coast’s most promising bands.
Continuing the festive party vibe, London crooners Honey Moon rewind the clock with a grin-triggering stint. The charismatic foursome are purveyors of wide-eyed jangle pop and their feel-good live show is awash with moreish melodies, each chorus a little more swoon-worthy than the one that precedes it. Finishing with a flourish on the back of exceptional single ‘Why Do You Think You’re So) Special?’ (one of Hidden Herd’s Tracks of the Year 2018) and a warm fuzzy cover of The Cardigans’ ‘Lovefool’, they’re an act who could grace any stage and make it their own.
Their set is the ultimate appetiser ahead of labelmate Pizzagirl (AKA Liam Brown), who marks the end of this year’s Hidden Herd Brighton shows by welcoming The Hope & Ruin into his nostalgia-laced world. Despite being solo with just a laptop, guitar and sequencer for company, the Liverpool bedroom-popper is a totally captivating live entity, and he unveils his dazzling array of Eighties-indebted nuggets to near-unanimous delight. Among them are highlights aplenty, but recent single ‘gymnasium’ and a cover of Kavinsky’s ‘Nightcall’ take the prize this evening thanks to VHS-era synths, vividly emotive hooks and dynamic guitar licks. Gripping and utterly unique from the get-go, surely 2019 is Pizzagirl’s for the taking?
Join us for a special four-night series of Brighton shows called Hidden Herd Presents: Sptlght in early 2019, featuring performances from Ed The Dog (8th February), Hey Charlie (2nd March), Swimming Girls (22nd March), The Vegan Leather (26th April) and many more at Green Door Store. Tickets available via DICE.