Live – Safety Jacket | Maximilian | Pastil at The Rialto Theatre Brighton

Safety Jacket, Maximilian & Pastil at The Rialto Theatre, Brighton, 12th August 2022

After a couple of years in the making, Safety Jacket launched their debut album Honey from the Wasp Nest into the world on Friday night in the stunning setting of Brighton’s Rialto Theatre. 

Kicking things off, Pastil opened proceedings with some smooth dream-pop tunes, just the thing to escape from the heat outside to. Announcing a name change to bobbysmiles, watch out for what’s to follow.

Next up, having swiftly emerged from behind the first set’s drum kit to take the mic for the second – Maximilian with an almost Cure-esque quality to his vocals, and some more familiar faces to hand from the local scene.

And so to Safety Jacket – a special evening for the Brighton three-piece and lots of support in the room. Honey from the Wasp Nest is as much a collection of short stories as a collection of songs. Dedicated to vocalist George’s grandad Derek, a photo of whom is projected above the stage, it feels like a very honest and heartfelt project, the ethos of which will be relatable to many. Veering from indie rock to almost Bragg-like protest poetry, the album is full of twists, turns and mood swings.

With lots to reflect on, it’s clear that the band have put everything into making this record and it stands up as a piece of work that manages to avoid the pitfalls of sameness that it’s easy to fall into in an attempt to follow trends. Something of a concept album, showcased at the theatre with a great reception and a call back for one more song at the end? I reckon Derek would’ve loved it.

You can listen to and purchase the album here

Words and photos by Siobhan

15th August 2022