Pressing Pause

You might have noticed that we’ve been a bit quiet since lockdown started. Whereas this time last year we were posting a couple of times a week, we’ve only managed to make five posts in the last three months – The practicalities of having a family and a job don’t work right now, let alone trying to do anything over and above that, such as writing a blog. So it’s with a heavy heart that I’ve decided to press pause on things for a while until life is a bit more “normal”.

Things came to a bit of a head with yesterday’s #letthemusicplay activity, where I didn’t have the capacity to get anything together which is ridiculous given that I started the blog to get to more gigs, but I also didn’t have any time to post anything in support of Black Lives Matter, which I regret.

This is just a pause though – we’ll be back at some point later in the year. See you then.

Brighton Rocks # 33 : Nick Hudson / The Academy of Sun

Who are the your favourite local bands?
Hmmm. Spleen, Fragile Creatures, Collect Call, Twenty One Crows.

What’s the best venue?
Damn I miss The Hanbury Ballroom. I’d say The Hope, with a stentorian shout-out to Leon,
who’s engineering is peerless. Otherwise, The Old Market, for the diversity of its programming.

What’s the best rehearsal space / studio?
We’ve started using Botega to rehearse in, and they’re awesome. I just really hope they survive the economic devastation of the pandemic. As for recording studios, we lived in Church Road Studio for two years while we were making The Quiet Earth, and it’s fair to say Julian and Paul are truly excellent humans and engineers. Adaptable, ingenious and inventive. Also Audiobeach, where I made a collaborative record with Oli Spleen. Forbes, Rocco and Old Clunky are a triumvirate to be reckoned with.

What’s the best club?
I don’t really go clubbing, Though we did play The Volks last November, which was beautiful
chaos. Sad to see Legends close, not because it was a great club per se, but because of the late night potential for preposterous hijinks. And for their insane lasers in the basement club.

What’s the best record shop?
I love, and have always loved Wax Factor. It’s browse-to-revelation ratio is particularly strong
and I frequently spend time in there just ranting with proprietor Mark. Will always miss
Rounder. And Monkey Music. Sigh.

Where’s the best places to eat?
Mange Tout and its sister restaurant Plateau are consistently excellent. Bincho Yakitori and
Ephesus on Preston Street are to die for. Riddle And Fins are still great and I’m still in pursuit
of lockdown lobster. The Setting Sun offers an incredible menu, and I’d say the same even if
my brother weren’t the head chef. Famous Szechuan on Queens Road is my favourite oriental restaurant in town. With an unassuming exterior, their menu and service are at once world-beating and homely.

What’s the best pub?
The Hand In Hand, Kemptown. It’s been my living room for over ten years. It functions as a
rustic bar, a psych ward, a hedonist’s miniature playground, a storyteller’s lounge, a tiny venue, a brewery, a community, a Fellini-esque speakeasy and a last refuge of the hangdog and esoteric. Jen is a local legend and deserves colossal applause. Their beer hatch during the lockdown is a wonderful thing.

Who’s your favourite Brighton celebrity?
Well, it’s always nice to know Nick Cave is in our realm, scratching out his red hand files from deepest Kemptown. We once had a natter about songwriting at a parking metre and he was a true gentleman.

What’s the best thing about Brighton?
It’s a weirdly malleable place. You can kinda forge your own version of it, within reason. It’s
small enough to be walkable and easily-escaped (and the downs, and the rock pools beyond the marina have proven cherished boltholes during lockdown) and big enough to sustain a degree of momentum and identity of its own. I also have a kinda authorial fascination with the way various disparate demographics intersect to form its strange socio-cultural ecosystem. Like, the gangsters, the lunatic chefs, the musicians, the queer community, the old level-heads in their KLF threads, the curious paradox that is Tory queens, the bar poets, the Soho exiles, the sprinklings of Crowleyana.

When was the last time you had any Brighton Rock?
I’ve never had it! Though a friend was telling me about Sellafield rock actually. Which reminds me of the time an old friend walked into The Hand In Hand using an unirradiated nuclear cooling rod as a didgeridoo.

The Quiet Earth by The Academy of Sun is out on Friday 19th June and can be ordered from Bandcamp

New Brighton Music

So, it turns out that even if I have the desire to keep the blog update, the combination of lockdown, a job and childcare mean that there aren’t enough hours in the day, which is why it’s been over a month since our last post. Here’s an attempt to catch up, with no promises about when I’ll get to make my next post! In no particular order, here’s more than twenty tracks that have come out from local acts since we last wrote:


Ellis D / Puppeteering
Jetstream Pony / It’s Fine
Fragile Creatures / Parallel Lines
Dan Sumner / Electric Light
Lucy Feliz / Magic Hour
Will and the People / Head in the Sand
Psychic Shakes / Wage Slave
Nancy / Call Me On Your Telephone
Billy Carr / Swinging
Jon Mcleod / The Cavalry Comes
Libra Libra / Juicy Lucy
Maurice Business / Inside (from Songs for the Office EP)
Mrisi / West Baby
Thrillhouse / : Ready When You Are
Sit Down / Told U So (from Nice One EP)
The Daylight / Ghosts (Clementine remix)
Politeburo / Middlechild
Dom Champ / Slow
Candid / Oz
Fruity Water / Telephone Song
Thudd / What Once Was
Joe Peter / Self Adhesive
Maida Vorn / Manic in Me

New Brighton Music

We took a bit of a break over lockdown, but after a couple of other posts this week we’re properly back. We’ve got a bit of catching up to do with our new music, so this week’s post has over thirty tracks:

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5TmKIDKouCEbbD8D2oD53I?si=XuNikwuATaWsYsfXae29Og

Cate Ferris / Keep Going
Battery Operated Orchestra / The Getaway
CLT DRP / Like Father (Sit Down remix)
Kudu Blue / Are You With Me (DJ Zinc remix)
El Train & Kallitechnis / MAD
Megan Lara Mae / Jungle
Jacko Hooper / You Don’t Understand
Oxomo / Keep it Blessed (feat Skinny Tallss)
Idyll / Sunny B
Maida Vorn / River (from Face Like Thunder EP)
Penfold Gate / Asteroids
MarMan / Space
SABRINA / Losing Sleep
Black Square / The Hope and the Crutch (from Beggars Opera Album)
Alysha / Stronger
Jack Barnes / Down & Out
Para Fiction / Roy (from Pandemic EP)
Boudicca / Mountain (from Pushing Up Daisies album)
Beachtape / Somewhere Better (from Bigger Picture EP)
Osaro / Think of You
Hear Lies / Ministry (from In War, Grief, Hope & Peace EP)
Tilda Allie / Boi
Niches / Beautiful Daydream
Orpine / Two Rivers
Sianon / Overthinking
The Psycho Relics / Rocking Chair
Giant Sinclair / Mountain’s Gone
Gulls / Shame Shame Shame
Nature Trip / Parley
The Brave Faces / In The Dark
Octopuses / Yesterday Man

Brighton Rocks #32 : Projector

Some Brighton Rocks take a bit longer to come to fruition than others. I first approached Projector last September about getting them involved but with touring, holidays, and line up changes throwing spanners in the works we didn’t end up meeting until March. It felt like one last twist of fate that on the day the weather was awful, but it turned out that Coronavirus would the last laugh. So finally, we’re happy to present Brighton Rocks number 32:

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 Who are the your favourite local bands?
E: We’re both big fans Laundromat.
L: Some of my favourite bands ever operate out of Brighton – Tigercub and Demob in particular, but also Sick Joy, Murmur and Zooni.

What’s the best venue?
L: Hard one…depends on the kind of evening you’re anticipating. I love the Hope, I’ve played many happy shows there. Controversially I’d also say Brighton Electric, for the many fine parties they’ve put on over the years. And the Bee’s Mouth for a rare evening of jazz.
E: Green Door Store, my place of work and play.

What’s the best rehearsal space / studio?
E: We are long term punters at Brighton Electric. But we also love the Small Pond.

What’s the best club?
E: Hove chess club

What’s the best record shop?
L: Sadly I have little money for records at the moment, but obviously Resident is a place I like to go and pretend. The last record I bought there was Oscar Peterson’s Night Train.
E: I listen exclusively to mini-disks.

Where’s the best places to eat?
L: I cannot possibly recommend Hove Tandoori enough. I will not eat any other curry. Nothing compares. If readers were going there tonight I would recommend to them the Vegetable Balti or Massala, with added paneer, complimented by a glass of their Sauvignon Blanc and finished off with the garlic naan.
E: Pom Poko.

What’s the best pub?
E: Rossi Bar for cocktails, Caxton Arms for macaroni cheese burgers
L: I am also a devotee of Rossi and their charming bar staff. But I love the Neptune, near fourth avenue in Hove. It is very small and warm, like someone’s living room, the drinks are reasonably priced and sometimes there will be someone playing some sort of old folk stuff. Sort of place I’d have imagined bumping into Billy Connolly.

Who’s your favourite Brighton celebrity?
L: I’m a big fan of Steve Coogan. I *thought* I saw him on the beach the other day but no dice. I’m told he’s always accompanied by extremely attractive young women. I’m not really one for meeting my heroes though, I imagine they’d disappoint me, or in this case I’d get nervous and shout AHA etc.

What’s the best thing about Brighton?
L: I’m going to say Brighton Electric if we’re quantifying this with happy Brighton memories. I first visited in 2012 when they just had a hatch, no bar etc, and I was in tiny old room 4 (now absorbed by the live room). Since then I must have spent hundreds.

When was the last time you had any Brighton Rock?
L: I have very sensitive teeth and avoid that shit like the plague.

Projector were finalising work on EP2 before lockdown started and are posting snippets of recordings on their Instagram and Facebook pages.

Save Our Local Live Music Scene

These are difficult times – Lockdown has forced venues and pubs to close putting the live music scene on hold. Gigs have been postponed or cancelled leaving the venues and promoters with their overheads.

The Music Venue Trust have instigated a Save Our Venues campaign, with the Hope & Ruin, Green Door Store, Komedia, Latest Music Bar, Pipeline, Old Market and The Brunswick linked to the campaign. Head over to the Save Our Venues website to find out more. The Prince Albert has their own crowdfunder link and there’s also the opportunity to donate to Brighton Dome

The Rose Hill have mentioned on their facebook page that they may join the Save Our Venues campaign, but I can’t see anything for Chalk or Concorde 2. I’ll update this post if anything comes up for them.

Venues are only half the picture though – It’s one thing having places to go but someone has to put the gigs on in the first place and the promoters are the unsung heroes of the scene. They’re the ones picking up on the bands you haven’t heard of yet, booking them for gigs months ahead. They’re the ones working out whether a band would be best placed to play a big room like the Old Market or somewhere smaller like the Hope & Ruin. They’re the ones dealing with bands suffering from tour fatigue and making sure things are in place so that they still put on a good show. It’s their experience and devotion to the local scene that makes it what it is, and they’re suffering too. So here’s a shoutout to Melting Vinyl, Love Thy Neighbour, Acid Box, Lout, Dictionary Pudding, Hot Wax, Brighton Noise, One Inch Badge, Joy and everyone else who brings gigs to Brighton.

Melting Vinyl, stalwarts of the local scene for over twenty years, are running a crowdfunder to help keep the lights on, with rewards ranging from gig posters to a promoting masterclass with MV founder Anna Moulson. Brighton Dome, who run Brighton Festival, gave ticketholders the option of donating a percentage of the value of their tickets when offering refunds. The advice generally has been to keep hold of any tickets you’ve bought which will still be valid for rescheduled gigs.

 

New Brighton Music

It’s been a funny few weeks since I last posted – Coronavirus has changed the world as we know it. Festival season has been decimated – Glastonbury has been cancelled this year, as has Brighton’s own Great Escape. I doubt I’ll be doing my monthly gig previews post for a bit. But there is still music to listen to, so here’s what’s new including a few Lockdown themed songs:

Knightstown / Rewire (from Rewire EP)
Man Like Malcolm / Don’t Cry For Me
Ruby Dutch / Listen To The Rain
The Ducks / Disco Fox (from Up To No Good album)
Ahsoka / Creature of the Deep
Ralph TV / Making Movements (from Cabin Fever Dreams LP)
Chxrlotte / Don’t Save Me
Mariah Casals / For You
Night House / To Be With (from Everyone is Watching from Afar LP)
Heights / Let Down
CLT DRP / Worth It (AKDK remix)
Samuel / Karma

Kate Gerrard and Beth Chesser from The Delta Bell / May You Bring Light // The New And The Old

Yumi & The Weather / Struggling

LibraLibra / Panic Buy

Sit Down / Quarantine

Brighton Rocks #31 : Lau Ro from Wax Machine

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What’s the best thing about Brighton?
Brighton seems to attract very interesting characters. I’ve met all sorts of crazy people here, that’s the best part for me.

Who are the your favourite local bands?
Off the top of my head I’d say Rokurokubi, Hill, Woody Green, Codex Serafini, Count Kujo, Strange Cages, Oh Mama, Jouis…
There’s also a great new upcoming project called ‘Anona’ to keep an eye out for.

What’s the best venue?
The Rialto Theatre is quite an interesting space and we’ve had some great nights there. The Hope and Ruin has good sound too. I reckon anywhere Acid Box or Melting Vinyl go for 🙂

What’s the best rehearsal space / studio?
Brighton Electric is cool and they got good gear. But we don’t have much money so we usually jam/rehearse in a mysterious dark and damp cave under a bridge.

What’s the best club?
Mmm I don’t really go to clubs. Been to some good Eight Miles High club nights and I’d definitely recommend the Sidereal Ziggurat if you wanna have a boogie or freakout.

What’s the best record shop?
Resident seems to have its finger on the pulse of local music and more.. One day I hope to have the necessary funds to buy more records.

Where’s the best places to eat?
Izzi and I treated ourselves to breakfast at Brewed this morning. But basically anywhere in the Lanes or around the Open Market.

What’s the best pub?
I don’t go to pubs very often but I’d say The Great Eastern or White Rabbit.

Who’s your favourite Brighton celebrity?
Apparently Aleister Crowley had his funeral here, I like to think that I can feel his presence when walking around Woodvale.

When was the last time you had any Brighton Rock?
Never!

Earthsong of Silence by Wax Machine is out on Friday 20th March. It’s available to order through the bandcamp link below, or via Resident.

At the time of writing, there’s a launch party at the Hope & Ruin on 21st March, but keep an eye on the Facebook event for updates.

New Brighton Music

It’s New Music Time! We’re going to kick off this week’s post by saying happy release day to Orchards, Slum of Legs and Knightstown, all of whom have new albums out today (Knightstown also has an EP of material that isn’t on the album but we’ll post something from that next time around.

Orchards / Burn Alive (taken from Lovecore album)
Slum of Legs / Benetint & Malevolence (taken from Slum of Legs album)
Knightstown / Gossamer (from Locus album)
Beachtape / Somewhere Better
Boudicca / Caveman
Thrillhouse / Lesser
Para Fiction / Episode 47
Eden Farrow / Baggage
Jarki Monno / Wet Shave
Treadell / Marks
Idlewood / Waiting for Something (from Idlewood EP)
Indigo Riot / Pay No Mind

Normanton Street / Whatever

New Brighton Music

We’ve got a massive new music post for you all this week. The kind of post that normally means I’ve skipped a week, but it’s not been that long since I posted. Things kick things off with the new single from Orchards, whose debut album comes out next week: Continue reading