40 Years of Good Stuff

Goodness, Brighton is full of talented people. Not that this will be news to anyone living here of course.

Infinity Foods, the terrific North Laine health food store, celebrates its 40th Anniversary this year, and their staff have got together to record an excellent album to raise some money for Worlds Aid Day and the Sussex Beacon charity.

Released tomorrow 1st December online, you can listen, purchase and donate at this link here or via bandcamp at the links above

Highly recommended!

The Hydrant plays host to sleazy rock’n’roll

The Hydrant pub on the London Road played host to some sleazy garage band rock’n’roll last night Five raucous and talented bands for free made for an energy-filled noisy bargain of a night.

First up was Thee Mouldous Hypotenuse, who played electric garage-style blues songs with passion and verve.

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Next up the hardest-gigging and hardest-rockin’ band in town, Deadbeat Descendent. They’ve been described as a combination of the Stooges and the Fall, which is pretty spot on. They put on a pretty lively performance.

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Out-of-town mayhem came via the Silver Brazilians who produced a blistering live show of excellent bluesy swamp rock. Powerful songs – and enough charisma to break into a version of the Beatles’ Happy Birthday mid set when they heard there was a birthday celebrator in the audience!

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Next up were Clowns, one of the best live bands in town, with their spikey and sharp post-punk pop songs. The vocals suffered a little from the Hydrant’s sound system by this point and couldn’t seem to keep up with lead singer Miles’ leaping off the stage and dashing into the audience, but it was great fun. They ended a wonderful set with their classic ‘She calls me a Clown’.

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Last to play were the headliners Mudlow, taking us past midnight and into the early hours. More bluesy garage band sound, loud and fast as it ought to be.

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All photographs by Jon Southcoasting

Sea Monsters

In case you’ve missed it this week, Sea Monsters – a mini festival / series of gigs, put on by local Promoters One Inch Badge – is back next January, expanding by a night on this January’s five night run at the Prince Albert. This year there’s six consecutive nights of gigs, all from local bands (which means that if we’re not writing about it, we’re missing a trick). Tickets are a measly £4 for each gig, which is a bargain already, or if you want to go to all six, it’s a ridiculously cheap £20. There’s more info on the Facebook event, and the Source have got a big feature in this months issue too. Here’s the full line up:

Monday 23rd January 2012
SONS OF NOEL & ADRIAN
ROBERT STILLMAN
HELIOPAUSE

Tuesday 24th January 2012
FEAR OF MEN
CINEMASCOPES
SOFT ARROWS
TYRANNOSAURUS DEAD

Wednesday 25th January 2012
I’M BEING GOOD
NEGATIVE PEGASUS
PLAGUE SERMON
SEA BASTARD

Thursday 26th January 2012
RESTLESSLIST
NULLIFIER
SPEAK GALACTIC
DA-10

Friday 27th January 2012
MUNICH
BLACK BLACK HILLS
JUMPING SHIPS
TWIN BROTHER

Saturday 28th January 2012
TALL SHIPS
US BABY BEAR BONES
SQUADRON LEADERS
PHYSICS HOUSE BAND

Laish – She is clever

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The new video single from Brighton folk band Laish is called She is Clever. It’s really rather good.

The Laish album came out on local Willkommen label earlier this year, and despite a number of very good reviews seems to have gone by largely unnoticed. That’s a shame because it’s really rather brilliant. The lead Laish man Danny Green (the band name translates as ‘Tribe of Dan’) is one of this town’s finest songwriters. He’s now reformed the band, or formed a new one, and is busy recording a second album.

This song’s from that. I can’t wait.

Danny and the Champions of the World at GDS

Danny and the Champions of the World played the Green Door Store last night and rocked the house.

The band have dropped any semblance of folkism and gone all out for a rockin’ set, with a sound and pace as big as Springsteen’s.

Danny and the Champions of the World by Jon Southcoasting

Support was from the excellent The Lucky Strikes, a great live band reminiscent of The Frames with some fabulous songs and a lively show. We look forward to seeing them again in Brighton!

The Lucky Strikes by Jon Southcoasting

Photographs by Jon Southcoasting

New Label, New EP

Brighton has a new record label in it’s midst – it’s called Love Thy Neighbour, and it’s been set up by Daniel Copeman from Esben & The Witch and Brighton Promoter Andy Rossiter. Their first EP has just just hit the shops (I picked it up from Resident last saturday), and is by local cellist singer songwriter Abi Wade, entitled “And Blood And Air”:

Before I even start to describe the music, I have to say how impressed I was with the packaging. The “air” is cut out from the sleeve, there’s a separate band around the outside, and the text on the main part of the cover is hand printed. I’m a sucker for nice packaging, and this is pushing all my buttons.

And then the music – it’s a little bit folky, and quite minimal, mostly with just Abi singing and playing the cello, sometimes with the vocal doubled up to give harmonies, and sometimes with some light percussion. The cello is used to great effect, not just bowed, but plucked in a manner of styles to fill the some of the gaps where a bigger band might have guitars or bass or drums. You can listen to one of the tracks off of the EP on soundcloud here:

There’s more details on her myspace, and occasional updates on twitter. I’ll keep an eye out for some links for the label and post them when I find them.

On gigs and things

One of the best things about living in Brighton, and one thing I really can’t ignore on this blog, is the fantastic live music scene. However, one thing I’m not going to try and do is put together a comprehensive list of who’s playing where. I could put in a lot of time and effort, but inevitably I would miss things, and there are other places you could look which already do the same thing – One of the best sites for this is The Source, or if you would rather someone read things out to you, Juice do a round up of the gigs in the evenings too. I will mention the odd gig here and there when they come onto my radar, and there’s some more bloggers joining me soon, who no doubt will be able to talk about some of the bands and gigs that I’ve missed.

Cate Ferris

It is worth mentioning the Source and Juice monthly new music nights though – The next Source New Music night is tomorrow (Thursday 10th November) at the Pavilion Theatre, and is headlined by AK/DK with The Woo!Worths, June Deer and Cate Ferris (the photo above was taken by me and is on the flyer for the event). More details here. The next Juice New Music Showcase is on the 30th November at the Green Door Store and is headlined by Ice Black Birds. More details here.

Rizzle Kicks album goes top ten

Rizzle Kicks performing at Great Escape 2011

I saw Rizzle Kicks at the Great Escape Festival earlier this year, before they’d even had any singles out. Nobody had heard of them, and I don’t think they benefited from the outside stage or the time they were playing. While I was there, I bumped into James Kendall from the Source who had just interviewed them for their June issue – he told me to watch out for them, because in a few months, they’d be huge. And he was right. After several successful singles, the album got released this week and went top 10. Congratulations!

Maccabees Tour

The Maccabees are off on tour in January to promote their upcoming album Given To The Wild. The dates are:

23rd – Glasgow QMU
24th – Newcastle Academy
26th – Brixton Academy
27th – Birmingham Institute
28th – Manchester Ritz

(what no Brighton date?)

Tickets go on sale tomorrow morning at 9am through HMV. More details on the band’s tumblr.