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Marky Edison

Beach Riot Medicate For Success

Brighton's Beach Riot are now streaming their fuzz-laden lead track taken from their debut EP out now via Vallance Records. These four songs were recorded by Blood Red Shoes' Steven Ansell who continues to be an integral part of all Beach Riot recordings. ‘Medicate For Success’ is arguably the band's heaviest single to date packing sludgy riffs and a driving bass line, layered with Beach Riot's signature double-tracked, melodic vocals of Rory O’Connor and Cami Menditeguy. It's a frustrated battle cry at the plethora of fake news accusations and public PR disaster of American President, Donald Trump and written with a strange condition known as synaesthesia.

Frontman O’Connor discovered his synaesthesia condition existed as a 17-year-old and until that point believed everyone had it until it was explained as a rare condition. It's a perceptual phenomenon in which stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to automatic, involuntary experiences - such as being able to taste words, or to have the ability to actually see sounds. In Rory's world he hears music in colour form which helps, and sometimes hinders his song-writing:

“I don’t sit down and think ‘what colour shall I write in today, it’s more of a feeling and state of mind’, explains O'Connor. “So, I’ll start something new, like Medicate's intro riff, and in my mind's eye it’s a very blurry, hazy white noise grey, and that helps me really jump into the dimension that the song lives in, where the song can sort of just create itself as I play. It’s the same when I play live, without even thinking about it each song has a very specific colour and feeling, and I just get lost in that image and try and channel that through my guitar and vocals.”

Previous single, ‘Good To Know (That I’m Still On Your Mind)’, for example, is mainly a rusty yellow in Rory's perceptual state, but parts of it are tinged purple. "I’ve noticed that FX change the colour too - chorus and modulation tend to be purple/ blue and ethereal," he explains. "Classic valve sounding guitars are yellowy brown, sometimes it can be a dull green, slapback delay is a bit red, with a touch of purple."

‘Medicate for Success’ is one of four new Beach Riot songs that form their debut EP, made up of sublime, crunchy, fuzzy-pop and duel vocal harmonies collide, big riffs and a firm, unapologetic nod to the ‘90s. The band, whose live following has started to grow over the last six months, formed when co-front woman, Cami Menditeguy won a bunch of cash gambling on horse-racing to buy a plane ticket to London where she had always dreamed of fronting a band. 


See Beach Riot play live at the following shows:

December 11th – Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar, Brighton (Supporting Blood Red Shoes)

February 9th - The Good Mixer, Camden, London (FREE ENTRY)




Midge Ure 1980 Tour

At the end of the 1970s momentous change was afoot in Britain and the world – in society, politics, fashion and culture – and the musical landscape was also about to change forever. The guitar-driven dominance that had propelled rock and punk throughout the decade was about to end, as synthesizers signalled the sound of the future and video transformed the look of the pop charts. The 1980s were about to explode into life and nothing would be the same again.

At the heart of this seismic leap into a futuristic new dawn were two records that set the template for much of what was to follow. Visage’s single ‘Fade To Grey’ from the band’s debut eponymous album and Ultravox’s single ‘Vienna’ from the album of the same name were global hits that shared the same stark ambience, European aesthetic and electronic heart. The albums that birthed those landmark singles expanded that sonic palette even further and brought the art-school alternative into the very centre of the mainstream.

Both records were co-written, recorded and produced by one of the leading characters in British music, Midge Ure, and not only transformed the charts around the globe but his life in the process. “Autumn 1979 was a pivotal point in my career trajectory,” Ure explains. “Over the previous two years I had grown from ‘pop band’ (Slik) to ‘post punk band’ (The Rich Kids) to being a stand in guitarist for Thin Lizzy. Over the course of autumn into winter 1979, while working on the Visage project with Billy Currie, I was invited to join Ultravox. The work we did that winter on the ‘Vienna’ album was an exhilarating rush of creativity the likes of which I had never experienced before. Forty years later I want to celebrate this period and as we pass from 2019 into 2020 play the Vienna album in its entirety along with highlights from the eponymous Visage album. Join me and my Band Electronica celebrating the year of release for both the Vienna and Visage albums....1980”.

Four decades on, as we come towards the end of another turbulent decade, momentous change is once again afoot in Britain and the world. Can we face the next decade with the optimism and futuristic brightness that flooded the 1980s, and will there be a new cultural birth that will change music, fashion and society? The 1980 Tour reminds us that these things are possible. Both Vienna and Visage were the sound of the future… and yet still sound unearthly, romantic, impossibly beautiful and full of promise.

Brought to life by Midge Ure and Band Electronica, this is the very first time in the 40 years since it was made that the Vienna album will be performed in its entirety. It is also the first time that many of the songs from the debut Visage album will be played live. The music will be performed in a stage setting designed to reflect the atmosphere and ambience the albums deserve.



6th – Norwich, Theatre Royal

7th – Birmingham, Town Hall

8th – Leicester, De Montford Hall

10th – Cambridge, Corn Exchange

11th – Cardiff, Tramshed

12th – Aylesbury, Waterside Theatre

13th – Glasgow, Barrowlands

15th – Guildford, G-Live

16th – Leamington, Assembly

18th – London, Palladium

19th – Southend, Cliffs Pavilion

20th – Ipswich, Corn Exchange

21st – York, Grand Opera House

22nd – Gateshead, Sage

25th – Manchester, Albert Hall

26th – Liverpool, Philharmonic Hall




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