Had a certain you-know-what not ruined our year, we’ve absolutely certain that Egyptian Blue would have stormed this summer’s festival season. Based in Brighton, the hotly-tipped four-piece have become renowned for their hi-octane, adrenaline-charged performances. Channelling Wire and Gang of Four, their edgy, combative post-punk sound offers an exhilarating jolt to the brain and a considerable wallop to the eardrums – and it’s even more thrilling in the live arena.
Blue have been slowly developing that sound for a number of years
now. Originally formed in Colchester, the band’s founding trio –
Andy Buss and Leigh Ambrose, both on guitar and vocals, and Luke
Phelps on bass – would spend their free time indulging in marathon
jam sessions above a local jewellery store. As their ambitions began
to flourish, the band relocated to Brighton where they added
fresh-faced drummer Isaac Ide to the mix.
two EPs to date, last year’s Collateral
and latest release Body
have rightfully seen them hailed as one of Britain’s most exciting
young guitar acts.
Showcasing their penchant for punky, in-your-face riffage and frantic
rhythms, those EPs also revealed their fondness for socially aware,
thought-provoking lyricism. Standout track ‘Never’, for example,
explores the increasingly diminishing relationship between authority
and the truth.
“We need to constantly question what we’re being told,
particularly from world leaders, whatever side they’re on,” the
the past year, the band have received plaudits from Bristol punkers
Idles (“Fucking sick,” was frontman Joe Talbot’s glowing
assessment), and they’ve also supported The Murder Capital and YAK
on tour. Suffice to say, whenever live music finally returns to our
schedules, Egyptian Blue are firmly at the top of our ‘must see’
Wire’. Clocking in at just over two minutes, this short, sharp slab
of post-punk is the band’s most concise offering to date – and
their most electrifying.
FANS OF: Foals,
Girl Band, Friendly Fires, The Strokes.