Brightr (Laurie Cottingham) and Chris from H_ngm_n have teamed up to release a split EP, celebrating a friendship years in the making. Featuring acoustic tracks from each artist as well a cover of one another’s songs.

Out October 25, the EP will be released on digital and limited-edition CD through Real Ghost Records. The first single, “Ghost,” is an acoustic version of the H_ngm_n track.

Each limited-edition CD (30 copies only!) will feature a Polaroid photo as featured on the EP cover.

About the EP from Chris (H_ngm_n):
“My name’s Chris, and I play in an emo-punk two-piece called H_ngm_n based in Brighton. I guess the plus side of being a two-piece means that the songs can easily be stripped back to an acoustic set-up, which has allowed me to tour a lot more and be a lot more flexible with certain shows. Although I always miss the better half of H_ngm_n, James!

“I got to know Laurie (Brightr) about eight or nine years ago. I’ve been a promoter in Brighton for about that long, and I booked Laurie’s old band. From then on, I think we both started H_ngm_n and Brightr at a similar time, and ended up playing shows and all-dayers together and have always had a fun time and got on loads. From that, we ended up doing a load of tours together.

“We’ve talked about doing a split release for a long time. I think for me, it’s just been very long overdue, as I’ve never had any acoustic stuff recorded. During lockdown, I got a lot of feedback and help from the lovely Daly George (The Ranch) and learnt the basics of home recording and mixing. I think had I had some stuff recorded, this would’ve definitely happened sooner as we’ve toured together so much, it just makes sense. Both our music is quite similar in terms of influences and compliments each other really well.

“I’ve been trying to learn a bunch of Brightr songs throughout the last few months (no chance I could learn the guitar parts!) but yeah, touring together loads, I know the songs really well, and so it just made sense. It’s really strange hearing someone else cover your song, but when Laurie sent over his version of “Matchsticks,” it was really humbling and just kinda makes you grateful for the good friends that can come out of playing music together. Well excited for people to hear both covers!”

Preorder the album here. 


Addison is reviews and online news editor for New Noise. She specializes in metal, queer issues, and dog cuddles.

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