On The Radar #106 Fragile Creatures

NEXT month Fragile Creatures... And Other Wild Things will be the debut release from new city label Brightonsfinest.

Hotly tipped Brighton band Fragile Creatures have already earned more than 150,000 plays on their Soundcloud page and featured on Tom Robinson’s BBC 6Music Introducing show.

Tonight they are headlining Spectrum, Brighton Dome and record shop Resident’s regular new music showcase.

Below vocalist and guitarist Adam Kidd introduces the band.

We’re from Brighton via Chiswick, Portsmouth and Hull. I met Aaron Neville (keyboards) and Tom Alty (lead guitar) at Cardinal Newman school in Hove. I started writing songs at about 15 when I was in a band with Tom called Rift. He was 13 at the time of our first gigs and his Les Paul was taller than him! Several years and various bands later Aaron and I started writing together and doing acoustic sets around Brighton. We felt we were onto something and that's when we started to play with Tom again and recruited first James Crump (drums) and then, the final piece of the puzzle, Mr Adam Whittles (bass).

We are musical magpies, taking whatever we fancy and throwing it into the mix. My tastes are very eclectic, and it wouldn't form a useful blueprint for the describing the Fragile Creatures sound if I were to start listing bands I listen to. My formative years were in the 1990s, so a lot of what people were calling Britpop at the time influenced me - but those bands all owe a huge debt to the great song-writers and innovators of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.

We have self-released an EP and a couple of singles. They've been discontinued now because we started to work with new local label Brightonsfinest Presents who are putting out our debut album ...And Other Wild Things on March 18th, on vinyl, CD and digital download. Resident Music are currently taking pre-orders on the vinyl.

We'll be supporting the album release with lots of shows; we're planning a UK tour and some festival appearances. I'm really excited about all this stuff of course, but at the same time I'm most excited about the new material we've been writing. I can't wait to get recording, I think the second album is going to be insane!

Our second live show as Fragile Creatures was opening up at one of the Dome’s Spectrum nights, where they shine a light on up and coming local talent. It's very cool to come back a couple of years later promoting our debut album and topping the bill.

Fragile Creatures headline Spectrum at Brighton Dome Studio Theatre, in New Road, on Friday, February 19, doors 7.30pm, tickets £5. Also on the bill are Fierce Friend, Prince Vaseline, The Willing Gales and Aaron King.

Adam will play an acoustic set as part of the Sussex Refugee Solidarity Music Quiz and Charity Auction at Synergy Centre, in West Street, Brighton, on Thursday, March 24 from 7pm supporting Alison Moyet. Tickets cost £10 from sussexrefugeesolidarity.uk

And the band are supporting Liverpool Britpop legends Space on Saturday, April 16, at The Haunt, in Pool Valley, Brighton. Tickets cost £15 from 01273 606312.

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