Demonstrations are an alternative dark guitar pop three-piece based in Brighton, UK, combining 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, spending 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 home recording, incorporating backing vocals and synth loops via an SPDX. 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 most recent single recorded with Theo Verney and released in May 2019 ‘Holy Water’ incorporates 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 growing 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.