Brighton Rocks #5 – Eleanor Rudge from The Hundredth Anniversary

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What’s the best thing about Brighton?

It’s colourfulness and liveliness. And it’s got loads of my friends in it.

Who are the your favourite local bands?

Penelope Isles & Porridge Radio at the moment, both for their live shows.

What’s the best venue?

I went there for the first time this weekend, but it was great and I want to play a show there… The Marlborough Theatre

What’s the best rehearsal space / studio?

Brighton Electric

What’s the best club?

haha, umm… I’d probably go to Volks if I was going to a club.

What’s the best record shop?

Resident’s obviously great and we’re lucky to have it. But I also like the selection of records in The Family Store a lot…

Where’s the best places to eat?

There’s so many nice places, the place I want to try next is Manjus, they do vegetarian Indian street food and I’ve heard it’s great.

What’s the best pub?

Great Eastern for cosiness / Mucky Duck for the vegetarian roast / Marlborough for the free pool and inclusiveness

Who’s your favourite Brighton celebrity?

I’ve got a feeling David Shrigley lives down here now… if so, he gets my vote.

When was the last time you had any Brighton Rock?

Never, I’m afraid. But I’d take one of those fake fry ups you can get that are made out of rock instead I think.

The Hundredth Anniversary’s album Sea State Pictures is out now on Faking Jazz Together Records, and is available on download on bandcamp or physically from the band’s webstore or Resident.

Manchester

I took a day off blogging yesterday in memory of the people of Manchester. To continue as if it hadn’t happened would have been inappropriate, and our thoughts are with anyone who has been affected by the incident at the Ariana Grande concert at the MEN Arena.

While Brighton Music Blog is very much about Brighton many of my favourite bands are from Manchester, and it was photographer Kevin Cummins’ shots of bands from Joy Division to Oasis that sowed the seed of the idea of a city having a scene that might work for Brighton too. I went to a gig at MEN Arena once about ten years ago – an all dayer for Manchester Vs Cancer, where New Order, Doves, Elbow, 808 State, Johnny Marr and Badly Drawn Boy all played. On that day the people of Manchester showed hope, resilience and unity against a common cause. They did too following the IRA bombing in 1996 too, and I’m sure they will again.

New Brighton Music

I had a thought this week that I should make all my new music posts on the same day of the week, and then they’d be New Music Mondays or something like that, but then I realised I could never be so organised as to organise my week like that, so we’re stuck with New Brighton Music as the post name, and they’ll come out as I manage to get the time in front of my computer. Anyway, our first track this week is from Dog in the Snow, a song called Magic taken from their upcoming album Consume Me due later this year:

A few years after their first collaboration, Pete Fij and Terry Bickers have returned with some new material. There’s an utterly gorgeous single – Let’s Get Lost Together – all chiming guitars, beautiful harmonies and a lovely world weariness, that they describe as a Bromance song. It’s taken from an album called We Are All Millionaires which comes out on July 14th which we’ll definitely be writing more about in time.

Alyss‘ new EP Alchemy came out earlier this month and is packed with some of the best bass and beats we’ve heard in a while. You can check out the lead single Pyramid from it here:

At completely the other end of the musical spectrum are new Brighton band LOM. Accompanied by some beautiful animation, There is a Place is taken from the band’s Kingdom EP which is out now.

White Room were one of a number of bands whose people got in touch to ask if we’d be catching up with them at the Great Escape. We do our best, but unfortunately we didn’t make it to their gig, but to make up for it, here’s their new single Take Me Away:

We did make it up to the Black Dove to see Bloom though. As well playing three shows at the Great Escape, they’ve also put up a video for their new single Such a Shame, and finished posting all of the tracks for their Letting Go charity remix album too.

I’m not sure about their name, and I’m even less sure about their graphics, but Tidal Rave‘s new EP Neon Pants Party is actually a pretty good synth pop record. I say “record”, but apparently it’s been released on a USB stick inside a UV wristband that you can wear out raving. Obviously.

 

Brighton Rocks #4 – Will Charlton from The New Faith

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What’s the best thing about Brighton?

We have the best and most liberal shant anywhere in the country.

Who are the your favourite local bands?

Other States are great, they’re a publishers dream. Proper tight and look class. The singers got a great get-up.

What’s the best venue?

Green Door Store… despite not the best sound has good memories for me.

What’s the best rehearsal space / studio?

Small Pond are good, they’re making a good go of it, it’s round the corner and has an Nintendo 64 😉

What’s the best club?

Clubbing is for boyz

What’s the best record shop?

Wax Factor, because it feels like organised chaos. They also let us play our test pressings in there.

Where’s the best places to eat?

Market or the Golden Arches

What’s the best pub?

Any whose bar staff wear costumes. I like the Brighton Beer Dispensary because it’s unpretentious in a pretentious kind of way.

Who’s your favourite Brighton celebrity?

Frankie Cocozza, he’s as beautiful as he is prolific.

When was the last time you had any Brighton Rock?

None ever, but I’d assume it’s not too dissimilar to Southsea Rock.

Too Sad To Be Young by The New Faith is out on 2nd June. The launch party is at the Prince Albert on 29th May.

Brighton Music Blog Great Escape / Alt Escape 2017 preview

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It’s almost that time again – the highlight in the Brighton musical calendar, when anywhere you can fit in a PA becomes venue for a few days. Yes, this coming weekend is The Great Escape Festival. We haven’t finalised our plans, but we’re probably going to end up seeing more Alt Escape stuff than proper Great Escape stuff, because that’s where the bulk of the local bands are playing. If you haven’t got yourself a ticket yet then you can get into all the Alt Escape stuff without one anyway.

If you want to start really early then there are actually a couple of shows on Wednesday night, our pick of which is the Fiddlers Elbow where you can see the likes of Fable and Porshyne.

Things really kick off on Thursday though. We’ll probably spending a lot most of the day at Alive Gym on Castle Street – not to work out, but to enjoy the Small Pond / Republic of Music all dayer which has an ace line up – Pussy Liquor, The Hundredth Anniversary, Our Girl and Dream Wife are all on our list. There are also three unannounced acts, which is often Great Escape code for secret gigs by much bigger bands. We’ll also be spending some time up at the Black Dove, which has a line curated by Octopuses that includes Bloom, Fukushima Dolphin, Tom White, Speak Galactic and Frost. In terms of non Brighton bands, we like the look of Anteros at 2pm at Bleach and Gurr who are playing at 3.30pm at Sticky Mikes and also at 9.15pm at Green Door Store. Liberty Music PR’s GRL PWR showcase at Hotel Pelirocco has a mix of tourists and Brighton bands, including Ex-Phanton Runner Adal who’s joined by Michelle O Faith, who are on at 8pm. Also representing Brighton on the main line up are Yonaka (8.30, Patterns), Jacko Hooper (9.15, Jubilee Square) and Fickle Friends (11.15pm, East Wing).

Possibly the strangest gig of the weekend is early afternoon on Friday when Nick Heyward from Haircut 100 (ask your mum) plays at the Black Lion. What we’re most looking forward to though is the Shipwright’s Yard Sessions (also put on by Republic of Music, who seem to be pushing all our buttons at this year’s festival). The whole bill look pretty good, but we’re most excited by The Magic Gang at 4.55pm and Rose Elinor Dougall at 5.35pm. It’s an Alt Escape gig, but you need to register for a ticket so don’t miss out. Elsewhere Porridge Radio are playing at the Hope & Ruin at 6.30pm, Thyla are at the Mucky Duck at 8.30pm, Dog in the Snow play at the Windmill at 10.30pm, and Chris Anderson plays in all three of his Crayola Lectern, La Momo and Zofff guises at the Black Dove over the course of the day.

Saturday daytime is all about Love Thy Neighbour’s Alt Escape gig downstairs at The Hope & Ruin for us. From 2.30pm there’s a run of Kub followed by Our Girl followed by TEEFF which you’ll be hard pressed to beat. Saturday night things get really busy at the festival so your best bet to avoid the queues is to get into a venue early and stay there. There are two great Brighton heavy line ups which we’ll be torn between – Over at the Old Market,  Blood Red Shoes headline with Tigercub and Marthgunn lower down the bill. Alternatively at Sticky Mike’s Magic Gang, Dream Wife, Abattoir Blues and Our Girl are all on the bill at Cannibal Hymns showcase. Also on our list (which has clashes everywhere) are LOM at the Prince Albert at 12.50pm, Bloom at Café Plenty at 1pm, Fable at Hotel Pelirocco at 2pm, Kudu Blue at 2.30pm upstairs at the Hope & Ruin, and The Big Moon at 11pm at Horatios. Saturday night is also Bleach’s last day ever. After the Great Escape festival they’re shutting their doors and closing the venue. Who knows what’ll happen to it – whether it’ll be a function room for the Hare & Hounds, or whether they’ll build it into more pub to be used on a daily basis, or hopefully it’ll come back as a new venue before long – but if you have fond memories of the place Saturday will be your last chance to say goodbye.

Brighton Rocks #3 – Anneka

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What’s the best thing about Brighton?

Forgetting how great Summers are here, then being reminded by Spring of what’s to come.

Who are the your favourite local bands?

I’ve been enjoying the latest Fear of Men album recently – they released it last year but I’ve only just got around to giving it a proper listen. I’ve not seen them play so will have to check them out next time they perform here.

What’s the best venue?

The Green Door Store for the venue, The Haunt or the Brighton Dome Studio Theatre for the sound.

What’s the best rehearsal space / studio?

Brighton Electric. I’ve heard great things about Small Pond recording studios so need to give that place a go when I start rehearsing for live shows again.

What’s the best club?

I’m a bit out of touch with clubbing now! I used to be a regular at The Volks and Audio (now Patterns). Now I’m getting nerdy and older – I prefer to play Risk 2210AD with friends while drinking and listening to music from the comfort of a chair at 1am on a Saturday night.

What’s the best record shop?

Resident.

Where’s the best places to eat?

Bincho Yakitori (very tasty Japanese) and Food For Friends (best cocktails and delicious veggie food) are my currently top of my list. One of my favourite things to do here is getting pizza at Franco Manca before watching a film at The Dukes Komedia.

What’s the best pub?

It was The Foundry but it’s recently closed! Such a shame, hopefully whoever takes it over will keep it as it was. At the moment The Dover is becoming a new favourite. Although you can’t fault sitting outside The Waggon & Horses on a sunny evening.

Who’s your favourite Brighton celebrity?

I saw the actor who plays SuperHanz in Peep Show with the most amazing puppy the other day. So he’s a clear winner.

When was the last time you had any Brighton Rock?

A very long time ago, not a fan.

Anneka’s Life Force EP is out now on Anti Ghost Moon Ray records

New Brighton Music

We’ll hopefully have the third in our Brighton Rocks series for you some time this week, but until then, here’s a regular dose of new music. Our first track is the new one from Fröst, their third in about six months. Delta Antenna wouldn’t sound completely out of place if it had been put out by Steve Lewis’ other band Fujiya & Miyagi:

Demob Happy are back with a new single to keep us on our toes while they work on their new album. You can listen to Dead Dreamers below, and catch them supporting Gang of Youths at the Green Door Store on 30th May:

Time for T have finished recording their album Hoping Something Anything, but it won’t be out until September. Here’s the new single to be taken from it though, called Wax:

The riff heavy Just The Once is the new single from Projector. You can catch Projector at an Alt Escape show sometime next week – keep an eye on their facebook page for more details.

We can tell you when Thyla‘s Alt Escape show is though – they’re on at the Mucky Duck on Friday night. There’s a good chance that they’ll play their new single Ferris Wheels:

This Party‘s new EP Lover comes out next monday, and they’re celebrating with with a show at the Prince Albert on Tuesday (16th May):

Momotaro‘s new EP Between Places came out last week, and we shared the lead track Gone Places in a previous new music post. Here’s another for you called Invisible:

GAPS new album As It Is comes out next month, but unfortunately there’s no Brighton launch. You can console yourself with another track that they’ve shared from the record, Hide Behind The Years:

Last, but by no means least is another track from Bloom‘s Letting Go remix series, which I think we may have missed some of. The remixes are on sale for charity, so go and take a listen to them and put your hand in your pocket. This week’s 12 minute long epic remix is courtesy of Nmesme. Oh, and you can catch Bloom’s Alt Escape Show on Thursday night at the Marlborough: