One of the reasons I go to festivals is to discover new music. I rarely walk away without hearing something new that caught my ear. Last year's Great Escape Festival in Brighton, England was different because I went in with a schedule of artists and bands I wanted to see. I was on vacation in a foreign country and had to maximize my time after all. In all, I filled my schedule with about 10 bands per day. I was so excited to finally see all of the bands I'd written about here at Aimless Skylarking, many I doubted would ever make it near my hometown in Alabama. Young Romance, Cut Ribbons, Pinact, PINS, Black Honey, Furs, Novella, and Fever Dream immediately come to mind. However, I didn't leave myself much room to hear anything I'd not heard before. That is until when I showed up early to see the PINS at the Brighton Dome Studio and was met with a queue 100 deep with seemingly no chance of getting in before their performance was to start.
Since I had seen the band the night before, there was no way I was standing in that queue. After wandering around a bit, I bumped into Leigh of Just Music I Like and tagged along with him as he made his way to see folk singer Siv Jokobsen at the Fishbowl. The tiny bar was rammed and muggy. We could hardly get in the door, but managed to slip inside and get swallowed by the crowd as a band I'd never heard, Dios Mio, just started their set. The longer they played, the deeper I fell. I was mesmerized by Helena Coan's big voice along with a combination of shimmery guitar flourishes and alt-rock guitar growl. Dare I say it was as perfect a set as I had seen so far. I found myself wishing set times were longer than 30 minutes, I had to hear more.
The band recently released their debut EP, Hinterland, and I hope there's more music from the band in 2016. When I spoke with Julian via email in December, he said the band's plans are to write and record towards another EP/LP which they'd hopefully release towards the end of 2016. He also went on to say they'd be gigging and releasing singles along the way. I cannot wait to hear more from this promising band, and hope I can catch another performance when I return to the UK in the Spring.
And my favorite from the band.