Three weeks in a row. This IS now a regular feature! Except in a couple of weeks it’s Christmas, and it could all go to ruin, but we’ll do our best.
Our pick for Friday night is the Source New Music night at the Dome Studio Theatre (which you might still be calling the Pavilion Theatre). We’re a fan of the regular monthly night at the best of times, but this month’s is a bit special, being the Miserable Rich‘s last gig before they take a sabbatical. The night also has Cate Ferris, Donna Fullman, and Ingrid Plum. (It’s also a big night for non Brighton Musicians, with Beth Orton, Rodriguez, and Father John Misty playing around town. Happy Mondays and 808 State were also meant to be playing but that’s been put off until June next year)
Our choice for Saturday is a night called Endless Christmas at the Prince Albert – Saturday is the first of December, so we’ll let them get away with using Christmas so early. The night’s headlined by Surfin’ Lungs who are supported by local acts Los Fantasticos, Space Agency and Squadron Leaders. There’s not enough Surf Rock in Brighton, so it’s good to see this happening. This saturday is also the House of Hats next Harvest Sessions at the Brunswick, which comes highly recommended. Support comes from Conrad Vingoe and Kat Rose.
Sea Monsters is BACK! And it’s bigger than ever. Earlier this year they packed in dozens of bands into six days. In January 2013, One Inch Badge bring us seven days of Sea Monsters, and we’ll be there to cover it all again. The full line up is down below underneath the poster:
Monday 21st January – OIB vs. THE SOURCE
WRITTEN IN WATERS
Tuesday 22nd January – OIB vs. TEEN CREEPS
Wednesday 23rd January – OIB vs. LOVE THY NEIGHBOUR
Thursday 24th January – OIB vs. PUNK V HARDCORE
IF HEROES SHOULD FAIL
Friday 25th January – OIB vs. SLIP JAM B
Saturday 26th January – OIB vs. OIB
PHYSICS HOUSE BAND
Sunday 27th January – OIB vs. BIZARRO WORLD
Performing special, once in a lifetime tribute sets…
Deck the halls with boughs of holly
Fala lala laa la la la laaa
Tis the season for bloggers to make end of year lists
Fala lala laa la la la laaa…
But how could we make meaningful lists when one week we’re writing about a band’s debut gig in a room above a pub, and the next we’re putting up something about a major label artist who’s having millions spent on marketing? Is the best gig the one at the nicest venue with the biggest crowd? Is the best single the one with the best production? We’re not so sure. We’re also not sure about how you could make a list of best albums, when that would exclude so many people we’ve written about who have played some great gigs but maybe only released a single or two. So instead, over the course of December in the run up to Christmas, we’ll be posting daily about some of the bands we’ve enjoyed the most this year. Some of them have been nominated for music industry awards and fill stadiums, some you probably haven’t even heard of. But they’re all bands from Brighton who we think deserve your ear.
Pop by on Saturday the first of December to find out who’s behind the first window.
The past casts two very long shadows over The Defenestration of St Martin. The first is that of Martin Rossiter’s musical history with Gene, who he fronted back in the nineties. They were pigeonholed as britpop, but there was always something a bit more complex and cerebral about their lyrics and their music. Events conspired such that despite their differences, their career would follow a similar arc to britpop, and Gene split up in the early noughties. Music continue to flow through Rossiter’s veins though – teaching at Brighton’s ATM college, still writing for himself, and picking up the bass to play in Call Me Jolene. Now, more than eleven years after the last Gene album, Martin Rossiter has released a new record.
The other long shadow over the record is the pain that Rossiter has suffered over the years. If ten minute opener Three Points on a Compass – an incredibly personal, beautiful but damning song about his father – doesn’t have you crying into your headphones, then quite frankly, you’ve got no heart. Difficult lyrical matter continues throughout, as titles like I Want To Choose When I Sleep Alone, No One Left To Blame and My Heart’s designed for Pumping Blood attest, with little respite throughout. This isn’t an album to cheer yourself up to by listening to the words.
However, this doesn’t mean that the album isn’t a thing of magnificent beauty. Musically, simplicity rules throughout with Rossiter’s voice, stronger than ever, soaring over fantastic ballads with no instruments other than piano. Rossiter describes the tracks as secular hymns, and there is a very religious feel to everything here – slightly solemn, with very eloquent, articulate lyrics. The lightest moment on the record comes from the least religious moment with the most religious – I Must Be Jesus – sounding almost a show tune, with deliberately over the top lyrics, exaggerated for effect. Only in it’s closing moments does the album does the album allow itself to break free. In the last minute of Let The Waves Carry You drums beat and a guitar riff kicks off before the album fades out, a reminder of the music that Rossiter used to make, and hopefully a pointer to what we might expect in future, now that he’s back in the limelight.
Time to collect together a few bits and pieces that have dropped into our inbox recently. First up is a remix of Cate Ferris’ Doll on a Music Box by Talking Books:
Next up, the new video from The Levellers, who are making a video for every single track on their new album, which we’ll round up when they’re all done. Until then, here’s Mutiny:
The New Union have put up a video for the b-side to their single Without You. This is Home:
Finally, London Commands You (don’t be fooled by the name – they’re local!), have a new single out called Truth. And for the life of me, I can’t find a way to embed the video into the post. So you can click through and watch it here, or you can buy it via amazon here.
In what’s almost becoming a semi-regular feature of the blog (well, this is the second post of it’s type in as many weeks), here’s a few gigs happening this weekend that have caught our eye.
On Friday, Mean Poppa Lean play their last ever gig at The Haunt, before they call things a day. Support comes from Mean Poppa Lean – the original line up – before the current line up play a headline set. Once things finish at The Haunt, the evening moves on to Sticky Mike’s where they’re holding the afterparty and where no doubt the craziness will continue into the early hours. If you want something a bit folkier, Mountain Firework Company are at the Green Door Store, and for those with more esoteric tastes, Crayola Lectern are at Hotel Pelirocco.
On Saturday, there’s a triple EP launch at the Prince Albert. The Evil Son headline, launching their eponymous EP, and support comes from Dead Cars launching their Good People Have White Teeth EP and They Might Swim, whose My Cardiologist EP is just out. We’ve also just been told (after asking about a copy of the fantatic poster to use), that there’s now a fourth band on the bill too, called Leyez. A bargain, and only four quid on the door. Bands from 8pm, apparently. And if after everything else, you prefer a bit of hip hop, this weekend’s Brighton Rocks night at Sticky Mike’s has Astro-Physics at the top of the bill.