Track Of The Day: Projector – ‘Superstar’

“Don’t wanna be a woman with a smile like flat champagne” sings Projector’s vocalist & bassist Lucy Sheehan on the band’s latest single ‘Superstar’ – and we couldn’t agree more here at GIHE.

Based in Brighton, Lucy, Demelza (drums), and Ed (vocals/guitar) formed Projector in 2017, and began creating music reminiscent of the 90s grunge era. Their blend of poetic lyrics and abrasive, yet catchy sounds caught the attention of PRS & Festival Republic’s ‘Rebalance’ initiative in 2018, and since then the trio have been busy recording and gigging across the country.

Filled with crashing drums, powerful vocals and strung out guitar riffs; ‘Superstar’ is an immersive, raw exploration of the uncertainties that come with trying to make it big. It’s an atmospheric new offering from this promising trio.

Listen to the track below, and follow Projector on Facebook for more updates.

Projector UK Tour Dates 2018
Oct 15th – Electrowerkz, London (w/ Thyla)
Nov 7th – Green Door Store, Brighton
Nov 8th – Paper Dress Vintage, London
Nov 14th – Heartbreakers, Southampton

Photo credit: Jessie Morgan

Kate Crudgington
@kcbobcut

EP: Projector – ‘How Does It Feel?’

A visceral, grunge-infused exploration of love, loss and anxiety; How Does It Feel? is the knockout debut from Brighton trio Projector. Released via Roadkill Records on 9th November, the four track EP showcases the band’s ability to fuse nostalgic 90s noise with crushingly relatable modern sensibilities.

Recent single ‘Full Circle’ is an impressive opening track, and Bassist Lucy’s vocal range is beautifully showcased here. Switching between coarse, gravelly screams and clear, magnetic harmonies; her voice is enviably distinctive. Drummer Demelza’s beats drive the song to its conclusion, alongside Edward’s spiraling guitar sounds. It bleeds in to ‘I Am Shamed’, which is a raging onslaught of furious, fx-soaked riffs. Edward’s vocals take center stage here, giving the track an urgent, manic dimension.

The band’s earlier single ‘Break Your Own Heart’ is just as infectious after multiple listens. It’s a thundering, three and a half minute blur of aggressive, melodic sound. Closing track ‘Let Me’ is an ode to mutual self-destruction. “Let me ruin you, I’ll let you ruin me too” sings Lucy, an invitation that’s underscored by brooding bass lines and more of Demelza’s perfect percussion. It bookends a brief but blistering record that’s been crafted with aggressive intricacy.

So, ‘How Does It Feel’ listening to Projector’s debut EP? It feels pretty fucking good. We recommend you invest your listening time in the Brighton trio, and that you catch them live at Moth Club on 10th November. Tickets are available on DICE now.

Order your copy of ‘How Does It Feel?’ here. Follow Projector on Facebook for more updates.

Photo Credit: Jessie Morgan

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

Track Of The Day: Projector – ‘Full Circle’

Brighton’s Projector have shared their latest single ‘Full Circle’, and it’s swept us up in to a grungy haze. The track is taken from the band’s debut EP How Does It Feel? which is set to be released via Roadkill Records on 9th November.

The trio’s debut explores themes of “anxiety, love and loss”, and ‘Full Circle’ encapsulates all three. Bassist Lucy’s vocal range is impressively showcased on the track – switching between coarse, gravelly screams and clear, magnetic harmonies – whilst drummer Demelza’s beats drive the song to its conclusion, alongside Edward’s spiralling guitar sounds.

After a string of sold out home town shows and support slots including Tigercub, Demob Happy and Deap Vally, Projector will be headlining their own shows in celebration of their debut release. The band will play in Brighton at The Haunt on 9th November, and at London’s Moth Club on 10th (tickets are available on DICE).

Listen to ‘Full Circle’ below and follow Projector on Facebook for more updates.

Photo Credit: Jessie Morgan

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

Track Of The Day: Projector – ‘Break Your Own Heart’

Brighton trio Projector have released new single ‘Break Your Own Heart’ via Roadkill Records; and it’s a thundering, three and a half minute blur of aggressive, melodic sound.

Together, Lucy Sheehan (bass/vocals), Edward Ensbury (guitar/vocals), and Demelza Mather (drums) combine elements of grunge, shoe-gaze, and post-punk to breed their all-encompassing noise. Lucy’s sultry, scratchy vocals urge you to “Kill yourself, break your own heart” on the new release, whilst Demelza’s powerhouse drums collide with Edward’s manic riffs to sustain the aural head-rush.

After a string of sold out hometown shows and support slots with Tigercub, Demob Happy, Deap Vally and Kane Strang, Projector are due to release their debut EP later this year. The trio were awarded funding from the PRS Rebalance scheme, a project run in conjunction with Festival Republic, which promotes gender equality both on stage and in the studio. In the run up to their debut EP, they’ll begin recording again with a female producer in Leeds.

Listen to ‘Break Your Own Heart’ below, and follow Projector on Facebook for more updates.

 

‘Break Your Own Heart’ is available on limited edition cassette (order here) and on the usual digital platforms now.

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

Track Of The Day: Projector – ‘Love’

Brace yourselves for the devious, swirling sounds of Brighton trio Projector‘s new single ‘Love’. It’s a gritty, sultry, reverb-soaked affair with a stylish accompanying video that shows the band performing live and generally looking painfully cool in the process.

We’ve been hooked on the sounds of Lucy, Demelza & Edward since we saw them live at DOLLS’ single launch in October, and their Sonic-Youth-meets-Bloody-Valentine vibes have been buzzing around our brains ever since.

The band will be playing at KidBrother’s single launch at The Monarch on the 7th November(RSVP here), as well as a headline show at New Cross Inn in January (event details here) so make sure you head down to see them if you’re free. Watch the vide for ‘Love’ below, and follow Projector on Facebook for more updates.

‘Love’ is available to download now.

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

LIVE: DOLLS – The Shacklewell Arms, London 06.10.17

London duo DOLLS brought the house down at Shacklewell Arms at their single launch show on Friday night, and our cassette copy of ‘Armchair Psychiatrist’ hasn’t left our tape decks since. Presented by Roadkill Records & We Can Do It Promotions, the night was a showcase of impressively raw talent, culminating in a knockout headline set from the pair

Balloons and Barbie dolls littered the stage throughout the sets of supporting bands Gaygirl, Krush Puppies & Projector, and the room stayed packed with supportive spectators for the duration of their performances. Projector in particular were something to behold; their alternative “GOO era Sonic Youth” sound was delivered with impressive precision and energy.

Both naturally charismatic performers, headliners DOLLS (aka Jade & Bel) were a joy to watch on stage. Combining grunge & blues sensibilities with garage rock attitude; songs like ‘Kid Kannibal’ and ‘Killing Time’ were impossible not to sway too, and the same can be said for the pair’s latest single ‘Armchair Psychiatrist’. Played mid-way through their set, guitarist Jade switched seamlessly between sweet and snarling vocals, whilst drummer Bel smashed away on her kit, singing the seminal chorus line “feeling good, just worried about everyone else”.

At the close of the set, Jade broke the fourth wall and entered the crowd to deliver the last few minutes of DOLLS’ grunge laced anthems. Their time spent relentlessly gigging across the capital over the last year has clearly paid off, and thy were rewarded with waves of appreciative applause as they left the stage.

Order your copy of ‘Armchair Psychiatrist’ on cassette here, and follow DOLLS on Facebook for more updates.

Photo Credit: Keira Cullinane

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut