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High Hopes: Black State Highway

Introducing the Brighton blues-rockers whose music has been known to make children weep.

Rewind to 2010, and the newly formed Black State Highway were officially Brighton’s worst nuisance neighbours. “At the start we all lived together, and it was carnage,” remembers guitarist Olie Trethewey. “We had beer bongs running off our balcony down to the garden, while we partied and played football. One time one of us had a girl in his room and we were all throwing potatoes at him while he was trying to get it on. I once got locked out on the balcony all night. I noticed that after we left they gutted the place.”

Four years later, the line-up of Olie, Liva Steinberga (vocals), Gordon Duncan (bass), Jon Crampton (guitar) and Harry Bland (drums) are still not averse to “titting about”. But recent times have brought new management and a sharper focus, culminating in the band’s blazing self-titled debut album, released in August. 

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