January 2018 gig previews

After posting our 2017 reflections in our top 25 over the past few weeks the time has come to look forward again. Here’s our January 2018 gig preview post.

GDS 7First up is a band who were in the top five of our end of year list. Fresh from supporting Fujiya & Miyagi on their UK tour in December, grasshopper are headlining their own gig at the Green Door Store on 3rd January, supported by Red Deer People and Olm.

Talking of the Green Door Store, they’re holding their 7th Birthday Bash on Saturday 6th January. There’s a couple of Brighton bands on the bill (Desire and Guru), but the whole night looks great to us with Crows, Hotel Lux, Madonnatron and Lice also playing.

Wednesday 10th January is the first of new night at Sticky Mike’s called Support Your Local Girl Gang. It’s been started by Rixson Music after reading a report in the Guardian which said that 69% of gig sin the UK were made up of only male musicians. The first night features Strange Girl, MOMAC, IBI, and Ann Leigh Stainton. If you can’t make it, then the next Support Your Local Girl Gang will be on 14th February.

On the Friday of that week (12th January), Acid Box Promotions put on their first gig of the year at the Hope & Ruin – Projector are headlining and support comes from Strange Cages, Gaygirl and Sit Down.

The following week see’s two of Brighton’s biggest rising stars playing headline shows – Yonaka play at the Green Door Store on Wednesday 17th January, and then on Friday night (19th January) Tigercub play the Concorde 2 supported by Our Girl, Glum and Sick Joy.


Then, in the last week of January Love Thy Neighbour hold their second Triptych mini-festival at the Hope & Ruin. The concept is the same as last year – three bands on three nights, showcasing family and friends of the label – some bands who’ve released music on Love Thy Neighbour and others hand picked by label boss Andy Rossiter. Additionally, each night also has a very limited lathe cut vinyl release featuring the three bands playing. Triptych 1 on Thursday 25th January features The Hundredth Anniversary, Penelope Isles and Prince Vaseline, Triptych 2 on Friday 26th January sees Dark Horses, Projector and Circe playing, and Triptych 3 on Saturday 27th January finishes up the festival with Jungfrau, Speak Galactic and T House.


Brighton Music Blog 2017 Top 25 – number 1 – Fujiya & Miyagi


Even if they’d just put out one album Fujiya & Miyagi would probably have still topped our list, but this year they managed two. Granted, the second was a reissue of Transparent Things, their breakthrough album, which came out in 2006 but really gained momentum in 2007 (the first time we saw them live was August 2007 at Loop Festival) so it’s an anniversary release of sorts. It didn’t get a vinyl release first time around which has been remedied with the reissue – it’s clear rather than black vinyl, so a transparent thing in more than just name. There was also an eponymous album – Fujiya & Miyagi was the collection of the three EPs that had been put out over 2016 and 2017 – But where Transparent Things hadn’t had a vinyl release originally, the EPs only came out on 12”, only coming out on cd / digital download upon the release of the album. It’s no understatement to say that it’s one of their strongest releases for years – from the self-deprecating lyrics on Extended Dance Mix to the throbbing electro of Serotonin Rushes, Fujiya & Miyagi are on top form right now.

Brighton Music Blog 2017 Top 25 – number 2 – Pete Fij & Terry Bickers


We Are Millionaires by Pete Fij & Terry Bickers was released back in July, quietly understated but at the same time accomplished and powerful. The band describe their songs as being miserable, which you can’t deny, but there’s also a majesty to them too. Most of all though, they make it look effortlessly easy, which everyone knows is the really tricky bit.

Brighton Music Blog 2017 Top 25 – number 3 – AK/DK


RZ9A3797esThis year, AK/DK released their second full length long player Patterns / Harmonics, a further refinement of their anarchic analogue kraut-punk-techno sound and the follow up to 2014’s Synths + Drums + Noise + Space. As great as they are on record though, it’s live where the band shine and their album launch at the Green Door Store in October was our gig of the year.


Brighton Music Blog 2017 Top 25 – number 4 – grasshopper


We haven’t managed to make it along to many Bleeding Hearts Recordings related things this year, but we’re still fans of what they do with their regular monthly nights ploughing a different furrow to everyone else. They’ve only put out one record this year, which felt (to us at least) like it was a long time coming. Since the recording of the three tracks on grasshopper‘s Nothing Like Us single they’ve changed guitarists a number of times, but have now settled on a line up which has added some meat to the post-punk bones of their previous post-punk incarnation. Where so many guitar bands in Brighton opt for a grungey shoegaze sound it’s always refreshing hear grasshopper (which you can do on the 3rd January at the Green Door Store)


Brighton Music Blog 2017 Top 25 – number 5 – Anneka

We’ve put a couple of bands in our top five who only had short form releases, whose music we love and we feel still deserve a place in our list despite not having released an album. The first of these is Anneka, who released her Life Force EP at the end of April on Anti-Ghost Moon Ray. The tracks managed to be both electronic and organic at the same time, layering synths over ethereal vocals and blurring the distinction between the two. When we met up to do her Brighton Rocks shoot in May she told us that there was a follow up planned at some point so hopefully we’ll see that soon in 2018.


Brighton Music Blog 2017 Top 25 – numbers 10-6

We gave you numbers 25 through to 11 last week, now it’s time for the bottom half of our top ten

10 : Saint Etienne
Home Counties is one of our most listened to albums this year, and Saint Etienne would have score even higher if more than just one of the trio lived in the city. Pete Wiggs is also half of The Séance DJ duo alongside James Papademetrie, and have just released a track called Chetwynd Haze on compilation All The Merry Year Round for the experimental music site A Year In The Country.

9 : Alien Stadium
There was a period when I was younger when supergroup was a dirty word – a sign of excess and mutual back slapping. However, Living in Elizabethan Times – The Super Furry Animals-esque aliens-are-watching concept mini-album made by Steve Mason and Primal Scream’s Martin Duffy – doesn’t overstay it’s welcome with only four tracks, and sounds like two world class musicians making the music that they want to make, free of the constraints of delivering a dozen three minute songs to make an album for a record label.

8 : Porridge Radio
Technically Porridge Radio’s album Rice, Pasta and Other Fillers originally came out in last year, but it’s vinyl pressing only came out in March and the number of barnstorming gigs they’ve played this year have earned them a place in our top ten.

7 : Dog in the Snow
Helen Brown’s debut album Consume Me was released in very busy autumn for her. As well as her own launch shows, she’s also been part of the touring band for Simon Raymonde’s Lost Horizon’s project.

6 : Physics House Band
Physics House Band are one of those local acts I’d implore everyone to see live, simply to marvel at their musicianship and incredible talent. On top of that they’ve had a fantastic album out this year – Mercury Fountain which came out in April.