Synthetiquette is fast making a name for itself as a hub for the most innovative, upcoming names who know their attack from release. Bringing some of the most exciting names in Brighton and from further afield to the utterly fantastic venue The Hope, the line-up for March 19th is more exciting than waking up one morning to find you can shoot lasers out of your eyes that turn things to Caramac by pulling on your left earlobe. That's right, mashup bastard pop fireballs The Kleptones, the hyperactive triangular force that is Neon Highwire and the finest in live 8-bit electronica to leave you spamnoodled, Officer 82.
The Kleptones understand that recycling musical styles is a pop tradition that's older than the blues, but times have changed. Never before has a band taken as many chances in the studio as The Kleptones. These guys are apparently very sensitive. Then again, we wouldn't have it any other way. Most of the time, The Kleptones can't shake their reputation. Call it a tragical history tour. There's plenty of lyrical mumbo-jumbo about the group confronting its demons and pretending to be a pirate. Underneath their antics lies a compelling artistic maturity that reveals how they have grown since they were young punks. Imagine the aching walls of sound of Bob Seger's "Night Moves" grafted, as if by a mad scientist from the bayou, to the crass hip-hop assault of the No Limit Tank Soldiers, and you haven't even come close. Their sonic assault has made them the heroes of a whole new generation. Does anyone over the age of 15 like this stuff? The Kleptones is not so much a band, but an exercise in marketing. Do these guys really need more money? I liked it better when it was called "Pearl Jam's Greatest Hits".
Neon Highwire is three determined men from two countries with one goal: to make you dance like a grizzly bear on a Turkish hotplate. A fusion of dirty electro and angular post-rock guitar soundscapes, their sound is strapped into intricate structures with three part vocals that amplify and propel the songs to their irresistible climaxes. It's their first ever ever show in Brighton and in the bands own words "We are very rarely on fire, but this may be because we operate through triangular forces. This does mean we pay less taxes, but is that really so bad Bernard? We're gonna be wearing our TonightWeMeanIt socks for the Brighton show, we've faked it long enough and I'M ALL OUT OF COTTON". If that doesn't let you know what to expect, then nothing will.
Loved by Betabet and Brighton's own Officer 82 will leave you rapidly wilting with their unique live 8-bit electronics. They belong in your mouth.