Universal Records have announced that they have signed a 30 strong Gay Men’s Chorus to join the label that is home to U2, Grace Jones, PJ Harvey and Paul Weller. The first ever major record deal for a gay men’s chorus, an alternative choir, The Brighton & Hove Gay Men’s Chorus will release their debut album of alternative music in October.
From barman to baker, teacher to travel agent, The Brighton & Hove Gay Men’s Chorus have come a long way since forming six years ago by John Hamilton and Jason Pimblett. The overall aim of the Chorus was to provide a community for gay men to share experiences, have fun but most importantly develop and learn vocal abilities and embrace new styles of music not often associated with the gay community.
In a move to dispel the clichés surrounding what one would expect to hear from a gay men’s chorus, the album will feature a variety of unique interpretations and alternative arrangements of alternative/rock singles and B-sides, by artists such as Ian McCulloch (Echo and the Bunnymen), Radiohead, Neil Young, The Enemy, David Bowie and Nine Inch Nails. The album will also feature one original song.
With sights set firmly beyond the seafront of Brighton & Hove, this group of ordinary gay men from the South of England are reaching for the stars, with the hope of setting a brand new standard for the gay community, united in their love of singing.
Their eponymous debut album is out on 3rd October.