Listening to these particular Brightonians is a little daunting. They're unpredictably unforgettable, with a live show that will stay with you for decades.
Their songs are winding stories that never go where expected. They drip with fuzz and roll in the dirt while retaining clipped, pointed drums. Swaggering cinematic eighties synths hover with confidence over Cyndi Lauper melodies and distorted bass lines. I envy the alt-rock youthfuls that might be able to say Thyla were their first gig.
RAW MEAT: Tell us about your local music scene; what’s your favourite local venue, are there any record labels or stores that we should look up, what’s the scene like where you're from?
THYLA: Brighton is quite literally full of creatives, young musicians read about it being the birth place of great bands and they flock here, it's awesome. It makes for a competitive scene but one that's inclusive. Everyone works hard at their craft, and most turn out to support each other. Every venue here is really unique so it’s hard to choose... if we had to we'd pick The Green Door Store because we owe a lot of our development to that place! With regards to labels, check out Cannibal Hymns, they just put the Our Girl single out and its dope! For stores you should definitely check out Resident if you haven’t already, and Bella Union have their shop in Brighton. Both of those are a must!
Name one track or band that you love from the past.
My Bloody Valentine - 'Soon' (Mitch)
The Pixies - 'Debaser' (Dan)
Cocteau Twins - 'Heaven or Las Vegas' (Millie)
The Police - 'Hole in My Life' (Danny)
Name one track or band that you're loving right now.
Shame - Songs of Praise
A real collaboration of sounds, not just everyday punk but something thats been reimagined for the current climate. It’s nice to hear somebody playing something the way they want to.
Name one track or band that you think we should be listening out for in the future.
Freazy, they were first on first night of tour with INHEAVEN. These guys are swimming in potential.
What are you up to now?
We put out our single ‘I Was Biting’, we’re really proud of it, so it feels amazing to have it out in the world and we had a our biggest London headline yet at the Sebright Arms on March 14th.
What can we expect from you next?
We have some exciting live announcements in tow, being a Brighton band we’ll obviously be knocking about at The Great Escape this year. Aside from the live stuff, writing has been our main focus and will continue to be so expect more tunes!
Photos were supplied to us from Thyla's tour supporting INHEAVEN back in February.
Experience Thyla live at the below dates:
19/04/18 - Purple Turtle, Reading
12/05/18 - Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich
26/06/18 - The Castle & Falcon, Birmingham