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Sit Down: Nice One – album review

Review by Julie Riley of I am HER

Nice One is a slice of nonchalant genius. Already a fan of Sit Down (have you seen them live?) and their track Mothership (from their first EP, Cheap Luxe) in particular I was excited to hear about this release. Their bio on FB claims: ‘Summoning fiery garage rock with infectious energy and acid-tongued wit, Sit Down forge their own brand of art rock that borders on doom, hip hop, and everything in between’. This EP does not disappoint. They say of it that they have been sitting on these songs for a while which is weird because this 4 -tracker could easily be a journey through (some of) the various states we might be experiencing in lockdown.

Told U So is a musical journey of a track akin to the slide into the new normal of our quarantined situation. There is a sparse middle eastern intro before an electronic beat starts up, soon followed by a seething bass. Then swagger as drums come in. The layering of these elements gives an industrial sound worthy of Nine Inch Nails. The use of vocoda gives the vocals a pop/disco style of a darker hue, contrasting with shouted choruses.

Banana Split is going to be my anthem for lockdown. It sticks in your head like every classic should, it has swagger (yes, again), a filthy bass sound and overall production values that Butch Vig would envy. The lyrics are startling on point (did they really not write this right now?)  and reference the self- revaluation that all  artists  probably go through as they try to make a living through their art. However it does feel all the more poignant right now….with lines like ‘nothing like a change of pace to make you fall apart’ …’maybe that’s thing with art, you won’t now where you are going but you might find who you are’ and ’who the fuck are we if we’re not doing this’.

Promiseland could be a musical version of Milton’s Paradise Lost or Heironymous Bosch’s Hell, a perfect outburst venting visceral anger and confusion demanding we ‘get it done’.

Feel It is the therapy track to heal. Run to it, have a gong bath in it, doing whatever it does to help you cope. As the lyrics say….’scream until you feel it’.

The title of this EP is an understatement Nice One is bloody awesome, swagger-some and I highly recommend you go get you some.

Huge fun at the LOUD WOMEN Christmas party last night!

Doris and Doris of I, Doris

Last night was TOP FUN! Thanks so much everyone who came and celebrated with us! Huge thanks to stars of the show Young Romanceand Sit Down, and I, Doris we’re on particularly awesome form too if I do say so myself 😍 a lovely night filled with lovely music and people – hurray! If you missed it, do check out the bands’ pages and show them some love – we only book the very best you know!

Young Romance

Special thanks to the multitalented and ever generous Jelly Cleaverwho rushed over after band rehearsal and came and sold merch to help us raise funds for the night. People like Jelly keep the DIY scene going ❤️ check out Jelly’s music page while you’re at it too!

Sit Down

Right then. That’s LOUD WOMEN done for the year! Next stop … New York!! 2019 is gonna be a very exciting year for us – thanks to all our amazing friends and supporters for coming along on the ride. Lots of festive love to you all ❤️💋❤️💋❤️💋

Sit Down: 10 question interview

Sit Down

Brighton’s Sit Down are coming to play our  Christmas party on Thursday 13 Dec at the Lexington with Young Romance and I, Doris.  In the meantime, get to know them a bit better with our 10 question interview … 

1.Who would you most like to cover one of your songs?

Compressorhead – they’re a rock band from Germany made entirely of robots. 

2. If you could add one member to your band – any person, living or dead, musical or otherwise – who would it be, and what would they play?

I think we’d do a Bill and Ted and have our time-travelling future selves with beards and babies come and make a super group.

3. What was the last song you wrote, where were you when you came up with the idea, what inspired it, and how did it turn out?

The last song we wrote is called ‘Knives’. It’s on our latest release. I’d just finished reading the Scott Pilgrim graphic novels and realised that his high school love interest Knives Chau deserved so much better than how Scott treated her, so we wrote a song about it from the perspective of one of his other ex girlfriends, Envy Adams.

4. Which was your favourite gig you’ve a) played and b) watched? 

Favourite gig we played was the most recent one. We flew to the South of France to perform at the opening of a french alien collective’s new headquarters. It was wild. The best gig we’ve been to is probably Promiseland supporting The Voidz at Concorde 2 last month. So much energy, and just completely unexpected.

5. Recommend a record you think our readers might not have heard of.

The Swiss Army Man soundtrack featuring Daniel Radcliffe and Paul Dano. An absurdly beautiful collection of sounds for an absurdly beautiful movie.

6. What’s your best piece of advice for young musicians?

I don’t know this is advice as such but the most important think we’ve learnt so far is: start off saying yes to everything, then learn when to start saying no. When we started, we wanted to be playing shows every night of the week, and we got to a point where we almost were. While we had a great time and got some good experience, it didn’t take long for us to realise there’s no longevity in that. Now we know how best we work, we plan our next steps carefully.

7. Name an album that inspired you growing up?

We actually had this very strange moment early on where we realised we were both raised on the exact same obscure compilation CD ‘Air Guitar: Volume III’. I guess it was a very Dad thing to have in 2003, and we both grew up listening to it on car journeys and stuff and the rock’n’roll infiltrated our minds.

8. What are your musical goals?

To write a rock opera about our lives, with us being played by Tenacious D and accompaniment by Compressorhead.

9. What’s the most important thing we need to know about you/your band right now?

We’re not related.

10. Give your top 4 contemporary bands/musicians 

Gaye Su Akyol – a fierce queen from Istanbul who makes captivating psychedelia with traditional Turkish roots.
The Garden – they just make whatever they want and release it. You can’t help but love the brashness of it, even if some of it is terrible.
The Voidz – Julian Casablancas from The Strokes’ newest venture. It’s like he’s fallen out of the matrix and completely given up caring. It’s so good.
Surfbort – garbage trash old school punk comprised of raucous frontwoman Dani Miller and her ‘Dad’s’ (She’s 25 and they’re all 45+). Their sense of humour and attitude is just so refreshing. I guess the bands we like aren’t really about the music most of the time, it’s more about their don’t-give-a-fuck attitude towards making it.

Catch SIT DOWN at our Christmas party next week at the Lexington!

Young Romance, Sit Down and I, Doris – 13 December 2018 at the Lexington

Young Romance
Indie popstars with a spangly brand new album, ‘Don’t Look’, on Banquet Records
Sit Down
OMG-loud power duo from Brighton.
“Feminist post-punk delivered with a fun DIY attitude and heaps of humour … I, Doris are hilarious, thoroughly entertaining and ready to take the patriarchy on one gig at a time.” – Soundblab
Plus raffle, singalong punk Christmas choir, and Christmas Magic* more!
* only for believers