Brighton label Palmist is some what of an oddity in this world of big shot A&R men trawling toilet venues in order to sign the next big things to their multi-million pound labels. Instead palmist is run without turnovers in mind, or a certain amount of digital downloads, they are well and truly all about the music adopting a very DIY style of record production. So far, only limited run vinyl have been released of artists they feel deserve attention, and these two bands Beaters and Prize Pets sure as hell deserve recognition.

Beaters don’t waste any time, on first song ‘Fishage’ you can instantly gauge what this band are about. Frantic drums, heavily distorted almost beyond recognition vocals, throbbing bass guitar and all of the right punk influences. Lead singer Jeremy Riojas wails “Ahhh Ahhh Ahh Ahhh Ahh” in such an infectious manner it’s almost impossible not to get taken along for the ride. Slightly more dark elements take effect in the two latter songs ‘Dark Haunter’ and ‘White Hate’ perhaps influenced by the bands notably punk credentials: growing up in a cult and serving time in prison. This sense of rebellion and paranoia manifests itself in much more interesting ways than your bog-standard angsty screaming punk band, as the thunder of Beaters music is just as intricate and enthralling as it is loud by adopting clever melodies and hands in the air style punk rhythms. With such a DIY attitude towards recording it seems Beaters really do go hand in hand with Palmist records, and this recorded output is very promising indeed.

On the other side of the record are the slightly more restrained Prize Pets, following up their debut Rory Atwell (Warm Brains) produced 7” ‘New Weirdos’ with 4 tracks which add to a strong case for a revival of decent British guitar bands. Prize Pets deal with the gritty realism currently adopted by the likes of indie favourites Art Brut and Let’s Wrestle, but instead of becoming carbon copies add their own idiosyncrasies. Opener ‘It Takes Time’ is a catchy yet hardly groundbreaking song on the face of it, but the real point of interest comes in the form of George Habaris’ Confessional lyrics which act a kind of motivational talk; “It takes time to figure out exactly what you want to be” shows that Prize Pets aren’t just another hollow guitar band desperately trying to crack the big time, but instead carry a message in their music with genuine meaning and sincerity behind it. Meanwhile ‘Nasty Man’ combines B-52s style vocals with urgent and groaning bass and even a well-placed jilted guitar solo. Ending the Prize Pets tracks is a slightly odd cover of ‘Melvin’ by cult 60s garage-pop girlgroup ‘The Belles’ which bops along quite nicely despite feeling slightly out of place with the other tracks.

All in all though, this is a very promising record label showcasing tracks by two excellent guitar bands both of whom surely have a bright future ahead of them and are well worth checking out if you haven’t already.