Morphers Band: Time to catch up!


Scene Sussex loves new bands, and when we can we get out to catch gigs from new and exciting artists. We sometimes come back for more! This is the case of Morphers Band, they are rocking audiences and leaving them opened mouthed and wanting more – and so a revisit is definitely due!

Morphers Band

Scene Sussex gave you an intro to this band about a year ago after seeing them play Concorde 2 twice and a set at The Rialto. Since we all first met Morphers Band have changed! They were originally a four piece and now they are down to three with a new drummer in the line up. The present line up has been constant now for a good while, and it shows! These guys are fresh to the Brighton music scene. They describe their genre as Garage Rock, well yes they are, but, they are so much more than that. Think of Ty Segall or that pysch King Gizzard sound, with some of Brighton’s own Skinny Milk and a hint of early Queen all thrown into the mix, and you are starting to get close.

The Band

Vocals/Guitar: Josh
Bass Guitar: Ryan
Drummer: Archie

Morphers Band – Vocals/Guitar: Josh

Morphers Band - Vocals/Guitar: Josh - pic by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

Morphers Band – Vocals/Guitar: Josh – pic by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

Morphers Band: Bass Guitar: Ryan

Morphers Band - Bass Guitar: Ryan - pic by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

Morphers Band – Bass Guitar: Ryan – pic by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

Morphers Band: Drums: Archie

Morphers Band: Drums: Archie - pic by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

Morphers Band: Drums: Archie – pic by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

After a last minute schedule change and I do mean at very short notice, which meant a few people who were coming to see them play missed their set, and the Scene Sussex team only just made it after receiving a text, Morphers hit the stage. They absolutely delivered. Anyone in a band who has had this happen to them will know how disruptive that this can be. But, this young band took it in their stride and powered through a strong 30 minute set.

I have seen these guys play a few times now, and they get stronger every time. The previous week they had put in a terrific set at The Albert in Brighton which totally floored the crowd that was there. It was a seriously good set from them and they had a small mosh pit open up! That set was backed with a strong spot on mix from the Albert sound desk. They have played other venues around the city and each time they play they garner new supporters.

Morphers Band - Vocals/Guitar: Josh - pic by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

Morphers Band – Vocals/Guitar: Josh – pic by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

Morphers Band: The Music

The set was cut back sadly but we got to hear and enjoy a 30 minute set. These young musicians know how to build a song and deliver it. They work hard to produce the sound they want putting in many hours of rehearsal. They recently had a full recording session done, the band were not settled with the results so it was all shelved. They are young and determined so they got themselves some space and the equipment and set about doing it themselves to produce something they were all happy with. The band said it was in final stages of mixing and should soon be available. If the quality of a studio recording is as good as their live performances, well, we cant wait to hear it!

Morphers Band - Bass Guitar: Ryan - pic by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

Morphers Band – Bass Guitar: Ryan – pic by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

Josh plays his Fender so hard to give us a genuine authentic sound. Just watch him go! He also delivers the vocals for the band. Ryan on his unique Russian bass guitar, he was a guitarist with the band previously, nails some gut shifting powerful bass. Sometimes Josh and Ryan almost do a duelling banjos selection – each trying to out do each other, but they work so well together both guys win! And the man at the back the most recent addition to the line up is Archie.

Morphers Band: Drums: Archie - pic by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

Morphers Band: Drums: Archie – pic by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

And the man at the back, the most recent addition to the line up, is Archie. He is the youngest member of the band and I have seen him grow in stature and skill over the months as he lays down some serious fills and patterns working closely not only with Ryan on the bass but also unity with guitars and vocals from Josh. These guys are strong and unstoppable when they play together.

Morphers Band: The Set

Their songs are unique and show some real creative genius in their construction. We have the searing tear your face off tracks such as Bacterium and Lampin which would not disappoint a crowd say at Glastonbury… Power chords, bass riffs and the sublime drops that create an anthem. We get a more melodic side which can switch up tempo real fast and can catch you off guard. Some of this material contains many influences. I have mentioned early Queen – say Queen 1 and Queen 2 – and the way the songs play out remind me of some of those tracks. Then you get the mix of the more progressive garage and psych fuzz. All welded firmly into place and delivered totally on point. The music and songs blend into each other, sometimes without a break, and this creates a great atmosphere, a sense of continuity and engaging with their audience. These guys don’t drop a note and are totally tight.

Morphers Band: pic by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

Morphers Band: pic by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

The were loud, tight and performed their own material (always a brave thing to do – but they have utter confidence in that material) No covers from these guys.  We had Lampin, Gazer and then Warped, Temple Of Skies and that went into one of my new favourite tracks from these guys, Forfeit Of Gods.

Morphers Band: A Video

A video of the guys in action with the new line up at their recent appearance at The Green Door Store

Morphers Band, as the name suggest are constantly evolving. The sounds change, new songs and sets and even the songs you know change slightly every time.

Well played Morphers Band – you have a unique and new sound for Brighton. I could see these guys take it all the way. They deserve the big crowd, the lights and the action. Well played – and enjoyed the set.

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