New Brighton Music

We’ve been writing about albums more than individual tracks and without realising suddenly there’s loads to catch up. So without further ado, here’s the new one from Fujiya & Miyagi. It’s the first track to be shared from EP2, the follow up to EP1 which came out earlier this year. The track’s called Outstripping (The Speed of Light) and is out on 28th October. Fujiya & Miyagi have also announced a mini tour taking in Paris, Istanbul, Barcelona and Bristol, ending up in Brighton at The Haunt on 11th November:

Brighton Music Blog favourites Sea Bed have a new track out today, called Geneva. You can catch them live at Patterns on 3rd October supporting Oscar.

Staying with the synths, here’s the new one from Dark Train, entitled Untied:

I’ve heard protest songs about many things, but this is the first song I’ve heard I’ve heard about saving the bees. Octopuses new track Not The Bees has had social media support from Caroline Lucas and you can watch the video for it here:

Red Deer People‘s self released Fun Fun Fun EP came out a couple of weeks ago. The three tracks accentuate the band’s post punk side, and is still available to download at bandcamp or buy on cd from Resident. Red Deer People will be supporting grasshopper at their EP launch on 3rd October at the Prince Albert.

Fickle Friends keep churning out the pop bangers. Here’s their latest, Cry Baby:

Celebrating their Reading and Leeds debut, High Tyde have shared a new track called Gold. The band hearing out on tour around the UK in October and November, stopping off at the Concorde 2 on 30th October.

We seem to be having quite a video heavy week this week. Here’s another, Tereshkova by JØTA, written about the first woman in space:

Rounding things off this week is Ellis, by Heimway, a track which starts gently but builds to a big rock finish. Heimway play Sticky Mike’s next Tuesday.

 

Album news – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and The Wedding Present

Last week I posted about the Cold Pumas album and described the band as giants of the local scene. They might be important but there’s a handful of local acts who aren’t just big in Brighton but big everywhere, for whom it does them a disservice to describe them as local acts. Fatboy Slim is one of them, and we’ll be writing a few words about the twentieth anniversary of his debut album soon. Another two have albums out around, and they’re Nick Cave and The Wedding Present.

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Skeleton Tree is the 16th album from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and is accompanied by a film called One More Time with Feeling. Initially the film was just going to be a documentary of the making of the album, but last year’s personal events meant that the film would always be much more than that. The film is showing all weekend at Duke of Yorks cinema although at the time of writing only the late night showing on Saturday night has any seats left. Skeleton Tree comes out on cd and LP/download tomorrow.

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The Wedding Present‘s new album Going, Going… came out last Friday and also has an accompanying film. Despite not being traditionally associated with the Brighton music scene, David Gedge has been putting on his The Edge Of The Sea festival has been running at the Concorde every summer since 2009 and has supported many local bands over the years. For the new album David didn’t just want to put out another bunch of tracks so the summer before last he set out on a road trip across America and made films to go with recordings that he’d made, and has put out the recordings as CD (or LP) and DVD format. Resident currently have signed copies in stock – the band played an instore last Friday for customers who had preordered the album – but a wider variety of formats are available through the Scopitones website.

 

Album news – Cold Pumas / Hanging Valley

We dropped the ball a few weeks ago and missed posting about the release of The Hanging Valley, the new album by Cold Pumas, which came out in the middle of August on local label Faux Discx (run by Cold Puma Dan Reeves). Cold Pumas are giants of the local scene and we’re kicking ourselves for missing the launch at the Hope & Ruin a couple of weeks back. It’s not too late for the London launch though, which takes place tomorrow night at Moth Club. Check out the album below, buy the album digitally from bandcamp, or physically on cd or white vinyl direct from Faux Discx or from Resident.

 

Porridge Radio – Rice, Pasta and other fillers

Brighton Riot-Girl Punk-Rock Emo Scream-core  heroes hit with Pasta, Rice and other Fillers


Porridge Radio were already one of our favourite live bands. Georgina’s self-confessed bouncing and squawking distracting us from the impassioned vocals and punk rock guitar of front person and songwriter Dana in turn distracting us from one of the tightest rhythm sections in town in the form of Sam and Matilda. Seriously distracting.

And now after an array of demos and occasional ad hoc releases they’ve gone and produced one of the best albums you’re likely to hear all year. It’s all riot-girl and punk rock, but full of dynamic structural changes and an underpinning of brilliant lyricism.

Dana Margolin does young-person angst better than anyone we’ve heard for quite a while. In ‘Barks like a dog’ she takes a well-worn phrase, stretches it further and then puts the knife to the canvas of her emotions: “Beauty seeps in the cracks where the pain comes in,” she sings, before noting that “all the things that break me and really hurt me keep me sane and warm“. And she sounds sane and warm.

That song precedes a cover of Daniel Johnston’s Walking the Cow, which in turn is followed by the stunning ‘Can You Hear Me Now’ which typifies the prolonged scream at which the band seem to excel.

“My problems are meaningless so listen to someone else
I’m sick to death of me
Listen to yourself listen to someone else
I’m sick to death of me…”

 

‘Can You Hear Me Now’ is brilliant and it’s followed by the stunning ‘Sorry’. More emotion, more passion, more pain, more confusion, wrapped up in a musical whirlwind:

“Theres one hundred ways of dealing with this shit But I think I’ve only got the energy To cry”

The shorter track that follows, ‘Worms’, takes a simple metaphor of “this is the worm speaking to the maggot” to comment on modern culture and tears apart the veneer of celebrity and comparative privilege:

“It’s a beautiful day for an ugly girl to wake up feeling pretty,” she sings.

Those are probably our three favourite tracks and they encapsulate the themes that flow throughout the album. There are plenty more thrilling and memorable moments.

Now you have no excuse not to discover Porridge Radio for yourself and we think you’ll love them as much as we do. They regularly gig in Brighton so check out their facebook page for more details.

The album ‘Rice, Pasta & Other Fillers’ is available on limited edition cassette or as a free download from Memorials of Distinction on bandcamp

 

Review and photograph by Jon Southcoasting

 

 

 

 

 

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