Brighton Rocks #10 – Brigitte from Battery Operated Orchestra

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What’s the best thing about Brighton?

The Real Patisserie, Kantenya and Yum Yum supermarkets, Pavillion Gardens, sitting outside the Waggon on a sunny day while Brighton drifts past.

Who are the your favourite local bands?

JØTA, Petra Black, I’m Being Good, Mary Hampton, Black Channels

What’s the best venue?

The Prince Albert and the Cowley Club.

What’s the best rehearsal space / studio?

Our house.

What’s the best club?

Our house again!

What’s the best record shop?

Resident

Where are the best places to eat?

Inside Out cafe for breakfast, Burger Brothers for the best burgers in the UK.

What’s the best pub?

The Basketmakers

Who’s your favourite Brighton celebrity?

Raymond Briggs

When was the last time you had any Brighton Rock?

I think it was an after dinner mint about a year ago. I’m not really a fan!

Radiation, the new single by Battery Operated Orchestra, is out now:

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New Brighton Albums

We haven’t done a new album post in a few months, so it’s about time we stopped and looked at what local albums have come out recently, and what’s coming up.

Last night, Time for T launched their debut album Hoping, Something, Anything at the Rialto. There’s a new single, Ronda, which you can see below:

The Dials new album That Was The Future comes out on 13th October, but will be sent out early if you pre-order from the band’s website. You haven’t missed the launch gig for this album yet though – that’s on 6th October at The Hope & Ruin.

Ghost on the Stairs is the new album by Meemo Comma, the latest alias of Lara Rix-Martin who runs record label Objects Ltd, which puts out electronic music from an exclusively women and non-binary roster. The album has been out a couple of weeks already and if you want to hear more of her brand of ambitious electronica, you can catch her headlining Spectrum at the Basement on 30th September.

The New Faith launch their new album Me On You with a gig at the Brighthelm Centre on 13th October. As well as entrance, your ticket will also provide you with two beers, which is certainly something that appeals to us. The album includes previous singles Too Sad to be Young and Fritter Away:

AKDKThe new AK/DK album comes out on October 20th. It’s called Patterns Harmonics, and includes Morphology, the track we included in our most recent New Music post last week. You can pre-order the album now via their bandcamp page on digital download, cd or lush looking white vinyl. The band are off on a mini-tour to launch it at the end of October, kicking off with a gig at the Green Door Store on 24th. AK/DK are arguably one of Brighton’s best live bands – you’ll definitely see us down the front of this gig.

Fujiya

Next, news of a new old album. Fujiya & Miyagi‘s breakthrough album Transparent Things originally came out in 2006, but never got a vinyl release at the time. Unthinkable now, but a lot has changed in the last eleven years. The reissue (available to preorder here) is coming out on transparent vinyl, obviously, as well as on cd and download. If you bought it first time around and are wondering what’s in the reissue for you, it also comes with Reeboks in Heaven, which was a bonus track on the US release, and Different Blades from the Same Pair of Scissors, a running mix made for Nike in 2011. To celebrate, the band are playing a handful of gigs, including one at Patterns on 7th December. The first non-festival gig we saw Fujiya & Miyagi at was at Patterns, when it was still Audio, which kicked off our long standing love of the band, so this should be pretty special.

Kev Minney launched his album Stories of the Sky with a gig at Café Plenty last Saturday, after releasing his album the day before. You can pick up his album via his website, or the usual digital outlets.

 

Pete Fij & Terry Bickers at the Rialto gallery

A week ago today, Pete Fij and Terry Bickers played at the Rialto on the Brighton date of their tour to support their new album We Are Millionaires, and we were privileged to be invited along. The album is a beautiful thing, not nearly as downbeat as Pete and Terry described it on the night. Sure, it’s not a cheery pop album, but it’s more reflective than depressing, and the thing that we loved was the quality of the songwriting an musicianship on show. Support on the night came from Les Black. (click on pics to view large)

September Gig Preview

One of these days we’ll get around to posting our gig preview posts at the end of the previous month rather than a few days into the new month. Not this month though. If I was on the ball, I’d have posted about ZOFFF’s gig at the Prince Albert last Sunday, where they were joined onstage by Terry Bickers and Jo Spratley and lit by Innerstrings. As a consolation, ZOFFF are playing again on 30th September at the Prince Albert.

Tomorrow night (6th September) Bloom head up an international showcase at the Rosehill, joined by Bell Lungs from Glasgow and Sam Goodwill from Ohio. There’s a cheap list if you post your name on the facebook event.

On Friday Night, Small Pond and Sugar Free Records are throwing a fundraiser for Dan from Cleft, unsubtly called Fuck Off Cancer. Local bands Bearded Youth Quest and Exploder Than You join Axes to complete the bill.

As mentioned in our new music post earlier this evening, GAPS launch their album As It Is at the Prince Albert on 14th September. Support comes from TEEFF and Japanese Sweets plus  a Foreign Skin DJ set.

The launch for Projector new cassette based double A side single Love / Dreaming is at the Green Door Store on Friday 15th September. Support comes from Sick Joy, Loa Loa and Murmur

We’ve already mentioned one gig on 30th September, but there’s actually another two that have caught our eye. The first of these is the Porridge Radio / Penelope Isles co headline gig at Latest put on by Brighton Noise. That Friday night also sees the return of Spectrum, the gig series put on by the Dome, which has taken a break while the Studio is being refurbished, but is coming back in some new homes while work continues. The first of these is at the Basement and is hosted by Objects Ltd, a local label only releasing acts who identify as female or non binary. Objects Head Honcho Lara Rix-Martin headlines the night under her Meemo Comma alias, and is joined by Drill Folly and Ingrid Plum.

 

New Brighton Music

Here’s this week’s new music post. Without any further ado or any preamble, we’ll kick off proceedings with the very exciting news of the return of AK/DK and their new single Morphology. It’s taken from their upcoming album Patterns/Harmonics which comes out on 20th October, with a launch gig at the Green Door Store on 24th October.

We meant to include Wasted Summer by Fruity Water in last week’s New Music post, but the link they shared with us didn’t work. Now the single is out (it came out last Friday) we’ve got a working link to share with you:

Today sees the release of Twilight Driving‘s debut single Soft & Pink. You can catch Twilight Driving live supporting Vanguards at the Hope & Ruin on September 12th.

GAPS second album came out back in June, and after a summer with other commitments, they’re having an album launch at the Prince Albert next Thursday. Since the album came out they’ve also been involved with another track called Keep Me Warm – another collaboration with Maya Jane Coles on her new album Take Flight:
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Matt Finucane has given up on albums, so is releasing his new set of songs over two EPs. The first, Threaten Me With Your Love, comes out on 25th October, and you can hear the title track here:

 

New Brighton Music

It’s only been 10 days since our last New Music post, but somehow it feels like we’ve got a month’s worth of new music to share. Things are normally quiet in August, but the last couple of weeks have gone crazy. First up is the new single from Other States entitled Come Back To Me. Other States headline Brighton Electric on 19th September.

Dog in the Snow have just put out the second single from their upcoming album Consume Me. The single is called Child and was out last Friday. We’ve got a Brighton Rocks lined up with Helen coming up sometime soon, so watch this space.

Projector are releasing their new AA side single Love / Dreaming on cassette on 15th May with a launch party at the Green Door Store.

Resonators new single Right Time came out last Friday on Wah Wah 45s. Alongside the normal download options, there’s also a super-limited 7″ with the remixes, but hurry if you want one because there’s only five left on bandcamp at the time of writing:

The New Faith release their new single tomorrow. It’s called Fritter Away and is taken from their upcoming album Me On You, which is being launched at the Brightelm Centre on 13th October.

Battery Operated Orchestra are back with a new electro banger of a single, the title track from last year’s album Radiation. It’ll be available as a free download for a week from 12th September via the band’s website.

We missed the launch date (and launch gig) for Jenna Bennett Brighton themed single City By The Sea, although in our defence, we didn’t actually hear about it until after the event. You can watch the video here, and listen to the audio through the usual outlets:

We missed the launch of Luna Blue‘s Nightjar EP too, which was last Friday at the Hope & Ruin. Here’s the lead track from their EP which is out now:

Next we have the new one from Kev Minney, Like I Always. It’s taken from his upcoming album Stories of the Sky, which launches at Café Plenty on 9th September.

Finally, here’s Haze by Grapefruit Moon. Their debut album is due for release in November but you can catch them live before that on 5th September at The Joker.

The Real Si-B ‘Lost in a Hug’

The Real Si-B at the Dover Castle

The Real Si-B is the monicker of Simon F Baker, a UK Swamp Country-Roots Singer Songwriter & One Man Band, who mixes traditional influences with a love of the quirky & unexpected.

Originally from the rougher side of Croydon and brought up on a commune in Suffolk, Si is now based in Brighton and Hove. In ‘Lost in the Hug’ he’s produced a surprising and enjoyable album, mixing a strong musicality with some gutsy, heart-felt rhythm and blues, be-fitting a man who claims one of his favourite smells is the inside of an acoustic guitar.

The album was mainly recorded in Si’s small home studio in Hove with some parts recorded live in Alfriston Chapel and then sent to Finnish producer Jerry Icon, formerly of Brighton but now in Italy, who played & recorded bass for the songs & mixed & mastered the album. Keith Osborne of Hastings also added a gorgeous lapstring steel part to ‘Dear Sam’.

The album is refreshing and while rooted in old music still sounds fresh and new. Particular favourites to our ears are the upbeat ‘Alabama Mambo Blues’, the strangely psychedelic rootsy spiritual sound of ‘Pigskin Shoestring Song’ and the beautifully gentle, memory-filled ‘Dear Sam’ which seems to oose sunshine and personal stories. But there’s not a weak song on the whole album. Give it a listen at the link below.

Si says many of the songs on the album were written about people he knew “like ‘Elephant’ which popped out after a conversation with my brother. Or ‘Rings of Gypsy Gold’ which is a true story about Eastern European gypsies who flagged me down on a motorway flyover & scammed me out of whatever cash I had on me in exchange for some fake ‘gold’ rings. I got hoodwinked – but I got a song out of it!”

Si says he grew up listening to “a lot of Jamaican Ska, as well as punk bands like The Clash and The Slits and all the weird eclectic stuff John Peel used to play” which left a lasting impression. But as he grew older he found himself “more & more drawn to types of music which have a simple timeless beauty & penetrating honesty about them”. He became attracted to Apalachian folk & hillbilly Country music as well as the early 20s and 30s blues singers which inspired the American Folk music revival in the 1960’s, and which comes through loud and clear in the album ‘Lost in the Hug’.

“Really though I wanted to try & do it in the way that came most natural to me rather than trying to apply any kind of formula or style of someone elses,” Si says. 

That certainly worked. While the album has elements of the raw warmth of Seasick Steve or the quirky pop sensibility of the Talking Heads, it is much more rootsy, reminisicent a bit of the Louisiana swamp music as well as a touch of Chas & Dave and the pub rock of the late 1970s. However, it’s very much Si’s own sound, aided by his excellent grasp of his instrumentation also shown to good effect in his one-man-band live shows.

The Real Si-B live at the Brunswick1

Si is currently working on new material for his next album, as well as looking for interesting small venues in the South East to play at and other sympathetic artists to work with. He says that anyone interested should not hesitate to get in touch.

 

Listen to and/or download ‘Lost in the Hug’ from The Real Si-B’s website here

and catch Si next on Friday 1st September at The Bugle Inn (24 St Martins St, Brighton BN2 3HJ)   8.30pm – free entry

or Saturday 4th November at The Dover Castle Pub (Southover St, Hanover BN2 9UE) also a free entry gig

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Words by Jon Southcoasting

Photo (1) by Jon Southcoasting and (2) by Graham O’Connor-Laurence