Words + Photos by Mike Burnell

Resident Records has been a major part of the Brighton music scene for more than 15 years hosting regular instores by the varied likes of The Maccabees, Blood Red Shoes, Public Service Broadcasting, Nadine Shah, Slowthai and many more, as well as having BBC 6 Music broadcasting live from the store a couple of years ago as part of Record Store Day.

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19th August

This week the store has had a busy run of four instores in four days, kicking off with 90s shoegazers Ride playing a selection of stripped back acoustic versions of their back catalogue mixed in with new tracks from their latest record ‘This Is Not a Safe Place’.

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20th August

Day two was left to Blanck Mass, the solo project of Benjamin John Power from Fuck Buttons, who played a nonstop 30 minute mix from his new album ‘Animated Violence Mild’. This tested the stores limited sound system to its limit, sounding brilliant, meaning the prospect of his full on live performance in a few weeks at another of Brighton’s venues fills me with joy.

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21st August

Day three was for the relaxed soothing sounds of Shura whose lovely soft voice made for a chilled out evening, only broken by her dark humour between songs. Always good to see one person with an acoustic guitar holding a crowd’s attention like this.

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22nd August

Day four and the best was kept till last. The Murder Capital may have arrived late at the shop, but they brought with them a full live set up, and played close to a full set to a packed out shop. After one song the lights are turned almost completely off, and the real fun began. Playing most of the new album ‘When I Have Fears’ this band are on top form. The emotional full on performance really has all the signs of a band that should be playing arenas before the year is out. Without doubt one of the best instores I have had the luck to witness over the last 15 years.

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See the full photoset from Resident Records’ Instores here.

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