Pub Rock with Clowwns and Mum Dad & The Kids

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Mum Dad and the Kids opened last night for the newly renamed Clowwns (extra ‘W’) at the Gladstone Arms on the Lewes Road. Tim Harbridge’s band play a brilliant high-tempo compound of power pop and glam rock, with some excellent … Continue reading

Album News – Tyrannosaurus Dead, ZOFFF, FVNERALS, Bunty

We quite often put up blog post about new tracks, but we don’t post about new albums so much. Tonight’s post makes a small step to redressing that balance, rounding up a few bits of local album news.

First up is news about Flying Ant Day by Tyrannosaurus Dead, which came out on 10th November on Odd Box records. Yes, that was a fortnight ago, and we admit that we took our eyes off the ball on this one but in our defence, the band didn’t make any announcements on Twitter or Facebook on release day saying that it was actually out, and we seem to have dropped off their PR list. Anyway, by all accounts it’s a great album – Drowned in Sound gave it nine out of ten. Here’s the title track:

Next up is a new release from ZOFFF, psychedelic krautrock band assembled  from various members of Crayola Lectern, but not sounding anything like their alter identity. ZOFFF have played gigs around town as LSD25 and The Bad Black Dots, but have settled on ZOFFF as their name for their first full release. The launch party for the album takes place this thursday at Club Stramonium at The Hope where they support Knifeworld. Here’s a five minute snippet from the album:

If there’s a Brighton band who sound like their name it’s FVNERALS, whose album The Light comes out on December 1st. Don’t expect any Christmas cheer from this record though – The band’s sound is sombre and, well, funereal, and the album is laden with minor chords and large slabs of sound. At times though it shimmers with it’s majesty, and Tiga let’s a little light through the cracks. There aren’t any tracks that we can embed, but you can listen to album opener Oath over on Soundcloud, as well as another track from the album. FVNERALS are on the bill at Drill Festival taking place all over Brighton in a few weeks time.

Finally news of Bunty‘s Multimos album – the culmination of the Multimos project which was launched at Source New Music at the Dome Studio Theatre back in September 2012. The launch party will be a full on audio visual treat and is happening on 12th December at the Brighthelm Centre, and will feature an all new AV live show from Metaluna, and an audience choir.

New Music

It’s been a few weeks since we’ve made a New Music post – not because there hasn’t been good new music coming out, but because life’s got in the way – so we’ve got some catching up to do.

First up is the first music put online from the White brothers new project The Fiction Aisle. They’ve played a couple of gigs at the Prince Albert (with the next in their residency being on 26th November) but Blue is the first most people would have heard of the new band. Where Electric Soft Parade were all about a guitar based sound, The Fiction Aisle present beautiful shimmering pop:

Next up is a new tune from Ambassadeurs written while on tour recently in the States. From You is four minutes of effortless electronica.

BentCousin post up far more tracks than we get a chance to but their latest effort, Hid, is rather lovely, a simple string backed song with Amelia taking on the bulk of vocal duties.

Great Pagans launched their album Cupid In Error at the Green Door Store on 6th November at and haven’t rested on their laurels since then, sharing a remix of So Pure by fellow Brighton act Acquaintance.

Fickle Friends have breathed some new life into some of their old singles in the past few weeks, with a few remixes popping up and now a Vevo featured video of For You:

Time for T launch their self titled EP next Monday (24th November). They’re holding a London launch on the day, but the Brighton party isn’t until 13th December. As a taster, they’ve shared EP track Long Day Home

Last but by no means least is New Year’s Prayer, the lead track from Night House‘s upcoming debut EP, which is also self titled:

 

The Miserable Rich live album

The Miserable Rich were one of the finest bands ever to have emerged from Brighton, and we don’t say that lightly. After three superb albums all of which received excellent reviews and an awful lot of touring, but very little commercial success, the band sadly called it a day at the end of 2012.

However, a live album has now emerged, along with a collection of the band’s formidable array of covers. The recording comes from Germany, where they had a small but dedicated following, and from the band’s final year so they are very much at the top of their game. The concert is from one of those small intimate venues so the crowd feels mostly invisible except when the drinking songs take over and we get a gorgeous warm-hearted sing-along on the chorus of Pisshead!., What we have here is like a greatest hits collection of alternative versions of some really excellent songs, beautifully played and sung, as they always are.

If you haven’t heard the Miserable Rich you should listen to this. if you have you will want to own it. We really hope the band recoups its energy, reforms and starts creating more music of such high calibre.

Demob Happy play the NME New Breed Tour at the Haunt

For the last few weeks the NME New Breed Tour has been making it’s way around the country and last night the tour came to Brighton. The main support on the tour has been Honeyblood, but a local support has been chosen for each date by headliners Superfood and NME. Superfood’s choice of Demob Happy isn’t so mystifying – the two bands have toured together in the past and both played a packed out secret show at Nowhere Man Cafe at this year’s Great Escape. Demob Happy were onstage early and played a cracking set of scuzzy psychedelia, closing with new single Succubus. We were down the front and caught the band in action (click on the pics to view large):

IYES – Glow

First time we heard Glow was a while back, in demo form on Soundcloud, the second demo IYES had put up after getting the whole of the internet’s attention with Lighthouse. Both tracks have long disappeared from Soundcloud and IYES have been pretty quiet in 2014, save for a few remixes, but then a couple of months ago Glow came back into our lives, soundtracking an ad for the new Sony Smartphone.

News came in earlier today letting us know that the single – sounding even better than ever in it’s newly re-recorded state – comes out on 22nd December on Love by Mistake, a new imprint of Sony records run by the band. The debut album is due in Spring next year and if you want to catch the band live they’re playing at the Hoxton Square bar and kitchen on 3rd December.

October Top Ten

We probably posted more new music in October than we had in any month in the three years we’ve been writing (we turned three on Friday!). Here’s our top picks from what we’ve heard:

1. Fujiya & MiyagiDaggers (Stephen Morris remix)

When we’re not listening to bands from Brighton, there’s a good chance that New Order ends up on the stereo, so when we read last week that one of our favourite Brighton bands had been remixed by a member of New Order it was almost inevitable that we’d love it.

2. Native RosesShadows (Ambassadeurs remix)

More Ambassadeurs than Native Roses, this remix of lush textured electronica didn’t bear a great resemblance to the original, but it’s beauty won us over.

3. Great PagansTangled up in Chemistry

Great Pagans album Cupid in Error was one of the highlights of the month. We could have picked any of the tracks – it’s all good – be we chose Tangled Up in Chemistry

4. Normanton StreetThis Wolf

We gave Normanton Street’s Much Respect EP a post of it’s own a day before it’s release last week, and deservedly so. The track we’ve chosen for our top ten is the beautiful stripped down This Wolf.

5. HeliopauseCity of Glass

Heliopause have popped up quite frequently on the blog over the years, as folk, then nudging post rock, and most recently as more straightforward indie. It suits them.

6. The DuBarrysUndress Your Soul

The DuBarrys had a self titled EP out this month, and lead track Undress Your Soul is a beautiful folk-pop classic in the making.

7. Fire EyesHide Out

Random Acts of Vinyl’s latest 7″ release by Fire Eyes is a great track on it’s own, but it confirmed it’s place in our top ten with remixes by the Bad Seeds’ Barry Adamson and AK/DK.

8. Eva BowanLacerta XI

Eva Bowan’s latest EP Hyperspectacle has been released by local label KLDCP and is possibly her most accessible, most cohesive work yet. We loved EP opener Lacerta XI.

9. Dog in the SnowConcrete Wall

Technically, Concrete Wall came out last month, being released as the B-side to Dog in the Snow’s Africa single, but it only got posted up to Soundcloud this month, and it’s still getting a lot of plays around these parts.

10. NightkitesDrones

We got the heads up about Nightkites’ future garage from GAPS who posted up a link to the music on their facebook page. The EP is named after the paranoid yet slightly hopeful standout track Drones.