Goodbye Brighton began writing music together when Mia Linnett (vocals) and Dustin Price (guitar) met in 2012 and performed local gigs as duo Linnett & Price. Four years have now passed, they’ve added two new members – Jake on bass and Joe on drums – and have a new name, but the ethos of the band remains the same, ‘less is more’.
That much is evident on their debut single ‘Devil In My Eyes’. Subtly blending Linnett’s ethereal vocals with a sultry bassline and bluesy guitar, ‘Devil In My Eyes’ is a remarkably mature effort for a band of early twenty-somethings. Taking the powerful vocals of Alabama Shakes and the haunting vibes of John Mayer, Goodbye Brighton showcase striking confidence in what they’re making.
‘I think the track in general is an accurate representation of what we’re about as a band’ Linnett said about ‘Devil In My Eyes’, and they stress the importance of being ‘organic’, something which this certainly track is. Calling it bare-bones could perhaps be perceived as a disservice, but it’s not. Doing away with excessive production and staying true to the music they want to make, the London-based band retain their authentic and soulful sound that they’ve possessed for years.
Where do Goodbye Brighton go from here? A debut EP is in the works, with the band meanwhile continuing to gig in the process. Their debut single initially premiered on BBC Introducing… and there’s no reason to believe that they cannot replicate this storming start and improve with each release.
‘Devil In My Eyes’ is available to buy from their website now.