Another week, another round of new music for us to share. First up this week is the new single from Golding, which comes out on 14th March and is called Feel Alone. Golding play the Prince Albert on 17th March:
We haven’t posted up a gallery of a local gig since October last year, and the last time we featured a gig at the Green Door Store was back in 2014. It’s been a while. So here are some shots from last night’s gig. Prince Vaseline headlined supported by Red Deer People and grasshopper, and turnout was surprisingly good for a grey Sunday in January. Click on the pics to view large:
Since we’re well and truly in the new year, then surely it’s time for some new music. It’s been a little while since we last had a roundup of Brighton’s best new tunes, but that’s mostly because everything goes quiet over Christmas. Everything’s back up and running now, so without any further ado let’s catch up.
Morning Smoke‘s latest single Soft Decay actually came back on 15th December on local label Cannibal Hymns, but by then we were far too busy feeling festive. You can catch Morning Smoke live at Sticky Mike’s on 5th February.
Rob finally got around to posting Rob’s top ten for 2015 local Brighton tracks of last year. As ever it’s a great mix, but there’s too much good music emanating from Brighton so Jon thought he should pump it up a little with ten more stonking south coast classic tracks released over the last 12 months. Obviously, between us, we’ve missed loads, for which we’re sorry, but we look forward to the coming year and more great Brighton music.
10. Grand Palace – Let it go
New alt-country duo of Hayley Savage (vocals & guitar) and Dan Harding (drums) have a fine collection of songs which we look forward to hearing more of next year.
9. The Raving Beauties – All we’ve got is now
After a while in the wings, Brian Bell finally released his album of power-pop classics written with Gordon Grahame (Lucky Jim) on local At The Helm label and it was terrific.
8. Rockerswitch – Show me
A limited edition vinyl single by Simon Bate and Martin Jenkins which perfectly absorbs a fantasy psychedelic sixties vibe.
7. Tiger Lion – Empty Chair
In a tribute to freedom of movement within the European Union, mysterious Frenchwoman Clémentine Blue produced an enchanting EP on the formerly-of-Brighton now-German-based label Woodland Recordings, from which this track is taken.
6. Mum Dad & The Kids – When In Rome
Another continental reference from live favourites MDK let this track slip as the b-side from their forthcoming single on Bleeding Hearts Recordings. We can’t wait.
5. The Delta Bell – Carry Us Home
Kate Gerrard and her band released a wonderful album this year, from which this track is taken
4. Rooster Cole – Up to the Teeth
A stunning new EP ‘Bird Don’t Sing’ included this wonderful Bad Seedish video from the inimitable Mark S Aaron.
3. Self Help Group – Luigi’s Waltz
Second album from The Self Help Group came out this autumn, and this song was the first single. The forthcoming second single Smile Club is also fabulous – due out shortly.
2. Kristin McClement – Planks
The long-awaited debut album from Kristin McClement was called ‘The Wild Grips’ and came out this year. This track is from it.
1. Bella Spinks – Regenerate
From her wonderful debut EP, suitably entitled ‘Debut’ this track was our favourite. We couldn’t find a video or bandcamp link but we like this song so much we’re sending you over to Soundcloud where you can hear the full EP
Here’s a blog post that I meant to write back at the start of December, but you’ve probably read enough excuses from me about why I’m not blogging as much as I ought to these days. As ever, it’s been a nightmare to cut things down to ten (which is why we’ve got eleven), and if you asked me tomorrow the order would no doubt change. But any further ado, here’s our end of year round-up:
10 : Tigercub / Demob Happy
Back in October Demob Happy snuck out their debut album Dream Soda, and then at the end of November Tigercub released their Repressed Semantics EP. Both releases are fantastic, and both bands have been touring hard all year. we couldn’t choose between the two:
9 : Prince Vaseline
Prince Vaseline’s first full length A Naturally Coloured Pleasure really was a pleasure for us when it came out in the middle of this year:
8 : Black Honey
Last time we saw Black Honey they were supporting fellow Brightonians The Wytches at The Haunt and they wiped the floor with them:
7 : Grasscut
We kept going back to Grasscut’s third LP Everyone Was a Bird, and everytime it sounded better and better, and then last month they gave us a video premier of The Field:
6 : The Go! Team
We thought that The Go! Team had split up for good after 2011’s Proof of Youth, so their return this year, sounding fresher than ever, with The Scene Between was some of best news we heard:
5 : IYES
IYES have kept a lower profile live this year, but put out two very strong EPs called Part One and Part Two:
4 : Clowwns
We’ve been waiting for The Artful Execution of Macho Bimbo for years here at the blog. We only wish we’d been recording when Bleeding Hearts label boss Chris explained the reasons for all the delays over a pint about a year ago, although half of it was prefaced with “this is just between us…”
3 : Sea Bed
Sea Bed were our great new find this year. Electronic music with soul who we end up evangalising about to everyone we meet. They haven’t got much music online at the moment, but there’s promises of exciting things to come this year:
2 : The Fiction Aisle
Heart Map Rubric was a thing a majestic, beautiful work of art and was arguably the finest thing that Tom White has put his name to to date:
GAPS managed to top last year’s collaboration with Maya Jane Coles with In, Around The Moments, their first long player which straddled the line between electronic and acoustic while managing to sound unlike anything else which would be labelled folktronica: