With events in New York and London under their belts, the DRILL team has proved to be adept at finding public arenas for avant-garde art.
Deciding to see out the year with a fresh festival, DRILL has its sights set on Brighton. Not only that, but continually inventive punk legends Wire have agreed to come on board as co-curators.
Running December 4th-7th at venues around the south coast city, DRILL: BRIGHTON is the perfect way to chase away those winter blues.
Clash asked four acts from the bill - step forward Wire, The Wytches, Samaris and Lonelady - to name potential highlights.
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Wire's Colin Newman chooses...
Ulrich Schnauss - 'On My Own'
From his 2003 album 'A Strangely Isolated Place', it is a track which is both ground-breaking for its time and gorgeous in its intricately crafted structure. Anyone wanting to know more about Ulrich should definitely start here!
TOY - 'Left Myself Behind'
The B-side of their first single, it's got that motorik [feel] but in addition the end section, where the guitars build and build but in a completely non-obvious way, is a total joy.
Lonelady - 'Marble'
From her 2010 debut album 'Nerve Up', a minimalist groove with her very distinctive guitar playing style wrapped around a rather beautiful song.
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Dan Rumsey from The Wytches chooses...
Black Honey - 'Sleep Forever'
People should go and watch Black Honey. They are fairly new but live they really bring it with skilful songwriting and pop melodies. I think they have about four songs out already online, 'Sleep Forever' being the first they put out earlier this year.
Gianni Honey from The Wytches chooses...
Traams - 'Head Roll'
In my opinion one of the most underrated British bands around. Me and Leigh, their bassist, got hammered at a festival in York once. They played great and we sucked, as I couldn't negotiate the slanted stage.
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Jófríður Ákadóttir (Samaris, singer) chooses...
These New Puritans - 'Fragment Two'
I'm curious about these because of their use of classical instruments.
Three Trapped Tigers - 'Cramm'
I really like Three Trapped Tigers, mainly because of their energy on stage.
Courtney Barnett - 'Avant Gardener'
I chose this one because of our friend Alicia who lives in Sydney - we listened to Courtney on the Australian radio on our way to the beach last January.
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Wire - 'I Should Have Known Better'
Wire always delight me; there's something about their musical personality, both collectively and as individuals that totally sparks my antennae. They have a kind of portfolio of musical languages; economical, inventive, playful, abrasive, melodic, atonal, the list goes on... They explore so much territory while always sounding like Wire. They operate between poles of high art and pop catchiness - and it's just perfect to my ears.
Graham Lewis (under the name 'Gilbert and Lewis') - 'Ends With The Sea'
I know there's a whole back catalogue of weird and wonderful Graham Lewis releases out there I've yet to get around to hearing. Esoteric, experimental, 'difficult', absurd? Great, bring it on.
These New Puritans - 'We Want War'
Having played (all too few) shows with TNP I am a big fan of 'Hidden'. I liked seeing a band unafraid of presenting something ambitious and serious. I am interested to see how they continue to absorb and wrangle with contemporary classical influences and 'pop' song forms.
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DRILL: BRIGHTON runs between December 4th-7th - TICKET LINK