Brighton Rocks #11 – Gbenga from Metronomy

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What’s the best thing about Brighton?
The seeming agreement amongst most people here that there’s no need to be a douchebag. And the sea, obviously.

Who are the your favourite local bands?
The Wytches and Lower Slaughter are pretty awesome. And I saw a blistering bass/drums two-piece called Human Leather at the Lower Slaughter album launch a few weeks ago. Are British Sea Power still based around here? If so… them too!

What’s the best venue? 
OOH. That’s a hard one. The Haunt is my fave mid-sized venue, I guess. You can’t go wrong with The Dome for the bigger shows. I saw a particularly excellent Laura Marling show there a few months ago.

What’s the best rehearsal space / studio?
I’ve only ever rehearsed at Brighton Electric – that was pretty cool. I take my son to a music class at Under The Bridge studios and I always hear interesting sounds coming from the other rooms. Plus, it’s a delightful juxtaposition seeing bemused musos weaving their way through throngs of children and parents when toddler classes and psych-rock rehearsals overlap.

What’s the best club?
Patterns has an incredible sound system and always seems to get great electronic acts and DJs in.

What’s the best record shop?
I must admit that I haven’t done much record shopping in Brighton. I’m one of those dreaded people who streams everything now or buys online. I’m gonna give a shout here for my favourite shop in Brighton, though, which is Dave’s Comics on Sydney Street.

Where’s the best places to eat?
Plateau serves up a seriously awesome marriage of British and French cuisine. I had my best ever fish and chips from The Eagle pub in the North Laines. Abyssinia has brought Ethiopian food to Brighton and that is a wonderful, wonderful thing.

What’s the best pub?
That’s a tough one. There are so many. My local is The Independent on Queens Park Road. They get brownie points for having a live jazz night once a week that is actually very good. I’ve been in Brighton long enough now that I’ve seen a few great ones close (RIP the Duke of Norfolk and Blind Tiger).

Who’s your favourite Brighton celebrity?
Peter Andre. All day.

When was the last time you had any Brighton Rock?
Sometime around 2002, which would have been the first time I came here. I was in town to see Godspeed You! Black Emperor at the Corn Exchange.

Metronomy play Brighton Dome this Sunday (23rd October)

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