Brighton’s favourite gospel-tinged alt-country Americana band The Delta Bell release their debut album today on At The Helm records. It’s a wonderful collection of songs written by Kate Gerrard, and highly praised by the blogsphere.
Listen to album opener ‘Carry Us Home’ below
The album launch show is on August 20th at the Verdict Jazz Bar on Edward Street, and the CD is available now from all good record shop.
The band CLOUD are an enigma, a mystery. Their origins seemingly prehistoric, lost in the annals of time.
Born in Brighton, Cloud have been reinventing Krautrock for a 21st century austerity England. Their live shows are rare but the stuff of legend, a barrage of intense, rhythmic, electric and psychedelic rock’n’roll.
The band’s membership is ever changing but with a few core members whose names are often elusive but rumoured to include Scott Power (g), Mikey Rawlings (b), Alex White (d), Matt Benzi and Pete Mason (synths).
And now we have an album.
Six songs, each between seven and ten minutes long. Mainly instrumental with big violent riffs, like the stormy opener ‘Big Clock’. Some mournful and evocative with haunting vocals, like second track ‘Spirit’ featuring Dave Ringland. There’s the awesome power beat of third track ‘Houston Tx’. The modern disco assault of ‘Proton’ follows, then the Joy Division-esque grandeur of ‘Minor Age’ (with more Ringland vocals, in a gothic lovers duel with Bryony Bird) and finally the murderous punchingly drunkenly repetitive ‘A.C.D.’ It’s excellent stuff. Switch it on and lose yourself in the void.
Sorry it’s been a bit quiet recently round here. Turns out that looking after an eight week old baby eats into the evenings that you might otherwise be able to spend listening to going to gigs, new music and blogging about it all.
Anyway, in lieu of a full new music catch up (and don’t worry – we’re keeping a list of everything we’ve been sent and we haven’t forgotten about you if you’ve emailed us), here’s some new material from IYES who have an upcoming EP entitled Part One. So far they’ve shared So Crazy and No Wonder. Melis descibes No Wonder as “my middle finger in a song, basically”. We’ve been fans of IYES for a long time and we’re sad to read that they’ll be relocating to Berlin soon, so celebrate their part of the Brighton music scene while we can.
It’s been a few weeks since we’ve done a new music roundup. There’s doesn’t seem to be quite as much music coming out as there was a couple of months back for some reason, but there’s still plenty for us to write about. We would write about the new Tigercub track Destroy, leaner and more angular than some of their melodic tracks, but we can’t share the stream. You’ll have to click here to go over to soundcloud and listen for yourself.
Clowwns have just released their album The Artful Execution of Macho Bimbo on Bleeding Hearts Recordings, and are holding the launch party this Friday at Latest Music Bar (a fiver to get in, support from Prince Vaseline). We dropped Brighton’s premier post punk / new wave quartet a line to find out about everything that’s gone on to get the album out there, and the missing lost cover version which didn’t make the final cut.
Over the course of June, The Go! Team took their new album The Scene Between on the road. The tour ended on 21st June in Manchester but didn’t include a hometown gig, so last night they reconvened and blew the roof off of the Haunt. The setlist was a Go! Team superfan’s dream taking in tracks from all four albums – including Thunder Lightning Strike’s closing track Everybody’s a VIP to Someone, complete with banjo – as well as a brand new track She’s Got Guns. The band were clearly out to enjoy themselves without any pressure to trot out their greatest hits – Ladyflash didn’t get an outing, but nobody cared because there was too much fun being had by all. Support came from grasshopper, who seem to be getting all the right attention these days after supporting The Charlatans earlier this year.
Here’s our pics from the night. Click to view large: