Demonstrations are an alternative dark guitar pop three-piece based in Brighton, UK, exploring eclectic influences of 80s synth new wave and indie rock. Their live performance has been described as a raw, dramatic exploration of diverse genres – from abrasive, energised noise to enigmatic, idling back-beat motifs – in the vein of XTC, Dry Cleaning & HEALTH. Demonstrations leave an immersive, dream-like energy in their wake.
The band began as a bedroom project four years ago by creating self-produced demos, they spent an entire year rehearsing and writing before playing their first shows towards the end of 2017. They have since continued to experiment with their sound through their creative home recording way of doing things, their debut track ‘Extradite’ released in August 2018 captures their more abrasive, earlier noise rock influences. They channelled this energy further towards a more polished, guitar pop release ‘Kingfisher’ in November 2018 that gained notoriety within the Brighton DIY scene, after a sold-out single launch show at the compact upstairs space of the East Street Tap. Their following single, ‘Holy Water’, was recorded with Theo Verney and released in May 2019 - incorporating choppy electronic samples to create a new-wave indie anthem with a fast-paced danceability; their accompanying music video shot in London’s East End captures the bands developing identity and style.
Demonstrations are set to conquer after having landed support slots with the likes of YAK, FEET, FUR, Hotel Lux, Avalanche Party, DITZ, Crocodiles and Famous; as well as playing alongside notable rising local names World News, Youth Sector and GURU.
Running with the energy and style of ‘Holy Water’, Demonstrations continued to explore electronic genres and spent the rest of 2019 carefully curating this sound and the use of samples, synths in an intensive writing process that revolutionised their set. The band debuted this exciting direction through the release of ‘Clang!’, with an electrifying sold-out single launch at The Hope & Ruin with Stoked and Broke. The single received fantastic feedback after it caught the attention of BBC Introducing’s Melita Dennett, who featured the track on the BBC Introducing: The South radio show.
Demonstrations’ latest release ‘King Craig’ is a wild dive into indie punk, with disco beats and a turbulent effects loop creating a rollercoaster experience into Demonstrations’ ever-evolving sound. Over lockdown, unable to put their usual energy into live shows, the band instead focused their creativity into creating a completely DIY music video to accompany ‘King Craig’ - the single is out now on all major streaming platforms, the video goes live on Friday 11.09.20.