New Brighton Albums

I promised an album post last week, maybe even the week before, but what with the heatwave we’ve had, sitting inside writing blog post hasn’t been top of my agenda. So of the albums I’m about to write about that were out already this post is a little bit more out of out of date, but for those albums that aren’t out yet perhaps it’s a bit more relevant.

St Et Home CountiesThe first couple of albums are by bands not traditionally associated with Brighton but who have a couple of members now resident in the city. Saint Etienne’s Pete Wiggs has been based in Hove for nearly ten years now, but the band won’t ever shake their London associations. Their new album Home Counties references their childhood in the outskirts of London and beyond – Pete and Bob’s formative years were in Reigate and Croydon, and Sarah was born in Chelmsford and spend some of her youth in Windsor. The album’s not about being children though, but instead uses the locations as reference points in passing with songs such as The Angel of Woodhatch, and Whyteleafe, and the widescreen vision of Sweet Arcadia taking in train journeys across all of the home counties (where to bring things back to Brighton, Peacehaven gets a mention). Home Counties is out now on Heavenly Records.

Lucky Soul Hard LinesLucky Soul were also a band who had London associations, Greenwich to be precise. These days though, two of the band – bassist Russell Grooms and guitarist Ivor Sims – are both based in Brighton. There’s a gap of more than seven years between their last album A Coming Of Age, and their new album Hard Lines which comes out on August 11th. They’ve ditched their “Motown Meets Morrissey” sound from the first two albums and have gone disco for the new release, but the sound is still unmistakeably Lucky Soul. So far they’ve only announced one London gig so far (and haven’t even said where that is), but they had a photo of them rehearsing at Brighton Electric in their Instagram feed so we’re keeping our fingers crossed for one a little closer to home.

Gaps As It IsWe’ve given the GAPS album As It Is a few mentions over the last few weeks, as they’ve dropped tracks from it on Soundcloud, and met up with the duo for our most recent Brighton Rocks post. The album came out last weekend and is available through iTunes and the other usual download stores.

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Pog Little TrophiesWe saw a poster for the launch gig for Pog’s Little Trophies album up in a café a few weeks ago and made a note to check it out (although we couldn’t make it – it would have been on 1st June). According to their bandcamp page the album been out since January, so we really missed the boat there. Then we did a bit more digging and read that Little Trophies was Pog’s FIFTEENTH album. So we’ve really, really missed the boat with Pog. We’ll be paying more attention in future

Theo Verney One Small PieceLast week Theo Verney shared Letter Down, the second single from his upcoming album One Small Piece, which comes out on 7th July on Cannibal Hymns. If you pre-order the album now through Theo’s bandcamp page you’ll get immediate downloads of Letter Down and previous single Mind Fire.

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Fij Bickers MillionairesPete Fij & Terry Bickers have also recently shared the second single from their upcoming album. The single’s called Love’s Gonna Get You, and is taken from We Are Millionaires, which comes out on 14th July on Broadcast Recordings. There’s a mini tour at the end of August which stops by at The Rialto on 30th. See you down the front.

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Kemper NortonLast up, news of an album inspired by inspired by the story of a semi-legendary Danish privateer and gang leader who terrorised the north Cornish coast in the late eighteenth century. Obviously. The album from Kemper Norton is called Hungan, which is Cornish for Lullaby and is out on July 17th. If that’s too long to wait, you can pre-order the album now and download two tracks from the record immediately, or you can catch them, at Brighton Noise’s Day VI all dayer at the Green Door Store on 8th July.

 

 

 

Brighton Rocks #7 – GAPS

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What’s the best thing about Brighton?

The sea.

Who are the your favourite local bands?

Foreign Skin

What’s the best venue?

Blimey. Err…The Hope is pretty banging now the room has been moved round.

What’s the best rehearsal space / studio?

We rehearse at home. That’s a pretty sweet rehearsal space! Very cheap.

What’s the best club?

Green Door Store.

What’s the best record shop?

Resident

Where’s the best places to eat?

Burger Mother Lovin’ Brothers!

What’s the best pub?

BasketMakers / Brighton Beer Dispensary

Who’s your favourite Brighton celebrity?

The elderly gentleman who dances with his hands. [we think they mean Disco Pete]

When was the last time you had any Brighton Rock?

Never had it. eek.

As It Is, the new album by GAPS is out now:

 

Brighton Rocks #6 – Animal House

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What’s the best thing about Brighton?

The people. We were incredibly warmly welcomed into a big group of friends as soon as we arrived and it’s never been difficult to meet a friend here. The music scene follows along that same vein.

Who are the your favourite local bands?

Blue Spectre – garage surf rock
Strange Cages – 70’s style psychedelia
Other States – sort of Western style crooning, little bit like old Nick Cave with modern production

What’s the best venue?

I mean – Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar is always a laugh, The Hope & Ruin is great upstairs, Green Door Store has a great garagy feel; they’ve all got their selling points.

What’s the best rehearsal space / studio?

Our one! We lucked out when we arrived and have a space in a DIY rehearsal room we share with several other bands and musicians. We pay a monthly rent and have basically unlimited access, it’s bloody wonderful.

What’s the best club?

You want classic bangers, The Haunt on a Friday or Saturday, though I might be vilified for that. Legends is lovely and Volks is a classic super late night / early morning club innit.

What’s the best record shop?

To be honest I like just snooping around all of them. Some owned by old legends who have a collection of a billion records they’re selling and know each one like the back of their hand, I always have the most fun in those. Resident genuinely has to be the best for new music though.

Where’s the best place to eat?

One of my favourite local haunts is Milk No Sugar on Trafalgar street. It’s a happy little Vietnamese restaurant, cheap, delicious and the dude who owns it is literally the friendliest person there ever was.

What’s the best pub?

The Great Eastern, also on Trafalgar Street is just such a great little English Pub, best enjoyed in Winter though. In the summer, I mean, I hate to say The Fortune of War but it’s a classic beach front destination.

Who’s your favourite Brighton celebrity?

Has to be Steve Coogan. I’ve served both him and Nick Cave separately when I was working in cafes. I tried to make a joke regarding a banana loaf to Steve Coogan but he didn’t hear (or pretended not to) and I died a little bit.

When was the last time you had any Brighton Rock?

You mean the candy? Ummmmm… a year ago at a party probably?

Animal House‘s Hot Bodies EP is out now, headed up with the super-catchy Coca Cola. You can catch them live on 28th July when they play a headline gig at the Hope & Ruin:

New Brighton Music

Back to a normal sized New Music post this week, which doesn’t take me several evenings to write up. We’ve got plans for a new album roundup later this week too, so watch this space.

Our first track this week is Impossible Objects of Desire by Fujiya & Miyagi, taken from their self titled album, or EP3, depending on how much you like vinyl. Listening to the lyrical content of the track, I’d say that they’d probably describe it as being from EP3:

Next up is Normanton Street, who played at the Unitarian church last weekend to launch their new single Supreme. As with a lot of their videos, it’s filmed around and about town, so see how much you can spot while you listen:

Dog in the Snow launch their new single this Saturday at the Green Door Store. It’s called Magic and it’s taken from their upcoming album Consume Me:

 

One of the supports at the Dog in the Snow launch is Mother Me, whose debut single  Make Me Whole was premiered on Gold Flake Paint last week:

 

Lastly (I told you it was much more manageable this week) we have M U M M Y, who have just released an EP entitled Others. M U M M Y have a few gigs coming up, supporting Aquaserge at the Prince Albert on Wednesday 28th June, and also on the same bill as Stephen Evans at the Green Door Store on Sunday 9th July.

 

 

 

New Brighton Music

It’s been a fortnight since we made a new music post, and as usual when it’s been slightly longer, somehow there’s disproportionately more tunes to write about (and that’s not counting the ones we’re missing out because the Spotify / WordPress plugin isn’t working for us these days). So without further ado, our first track this week is another new track from the upcoming GAPS album. If We Remain is the latest track the band have shared from As It Is, which comes out on 22nd June (according to the iTunes preorder page)

Theo Verney has shared Mind Fire, the first single from his debut album Once Small Piece which comes out next month on July 7th. You can pre-order the album now on bandcamp, which gives you a free download of Mind Fire.

Next up is the new single from Warsaw Radio called Still Have You To Hold. They’re playing at The Brunswick on July 7th, and are also currently working on their debut album with producer Jag Jago, who’s worked with The Maccabees and Florence Welch in the past.

Slightly more rough around the edges is the new Black Biro track Off The Shopping List. There’s no Black Biro gigs coming up as far as we know, but members of the band will be playing at the Kinks Under Kover night at the Prince Albert on 18th June.

Last time we mentioned Morning Smoke was back in January of last year. Since then they’ve regrouped and reformed as Method Actress and have just shared their debut single Point of View:

If it was a while since we mentioned the last band, it’s been even longer since we wrote about Grace Carter, who we caught supporting Fear of Men at the Dome Studio Theatre back in 2014. She’s now released her debut single, a beautiful, minimal track called Silence:

Other States have been on our list of bands to check out after The New Faith recommended them in their Brighton Rocks interview. As luck would have it, just yesterday they shared a new track, My Beau, which is the b-side to their new single Make Amends:

Talking of the New Faith, our next band were the support at their single launch recently. We caught the last few minutes of Grymm‘s set where they played their new single Gravity:

Next, an apology to Animal House. The original email from their people got lost amongst the hundreds of other emails that get sent to us, and we didn’t pick up on Coca Cola, until they sent us another asking what we think of it. We’re glad they did:

Now we have the debut single from Johnny KillsLet’s Talk about Me, just under three minutes of trashy rock’n’roll:

Sunday is a funny old day to release a single, but that’s what Somebody’s Daughter are doing with their new single Pretty Game. Handily though it does tie in perfectly with the launch gig, which takes place at Latest Music Bar:

On the subject of bands with launch gigs on the day their record comes out, now’s the time to mention the debut Common Tongues album Divisions, out on 16th June with a launch gig at The Haunt. Here’s Pioneer, which came out as a single last month:

Horace sent over a taster of his  In The Garden EP before it was public, which we liked very much. Now it’s up for everyone to listen to it would be rude of us not to include it in one of our new music posts:

Our last track this week is by BUNKR, a Lost Idol spin off  project. A 12″ has come out on Love On The Rocks records, and this is one of the tracks from it – Juno’s Revenge:

 

The New Faith at the Prince Albert gallery

On Monday night the New Faith launched their new single Too Sad To Be Young at the Prince Albert. When we chatted to them for our recent Brighton Rocks feature they invited us along and we were more than happy to accept. We brought along our camera, because that’s what we do (albeit nearly as often as we used to) – click on the pics to view large: