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.

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Brighton Music Blog 2017 Top 25 – numbers 25-11

Making end of year lists is tough, especially for us. No, hear us out – this isn’t just some sob story. Most of the bands we write about are just starting out, so haven’t had albums out yet – should they be lower down the list or even omitted because they haven’t put out a long player? And conversely what about the bands who have released an album – surely they shouldn’t be higher in the list by default. And what about the more established bands – should we be including them at the expense of smaller bands? And how are we going to get around the fact that bands with more recent release or live dates are nearer the front of our mind than those who put records out at the start of the year? It’s a metaphorical minefield, so our list is rather arbitrary. It could easily have been twice as long, and as usual we’ve gone for bands rather than tracks or albums to get around it. Here’s numbers 25 through to 11:

25 : Lucky Soul

24 : Normanton Street

23 : Other States

22 : Prince Vaseline

21 : Tigercub

20 : The Hundredth Anniversary

19 : The New Faith

18 : Knightstown

17 : Clever Thing

16 : Wax Machine

15 : The Delta Bell

14 : Black Honey

13 : The Fiction Aisle / Black Bunny

12 : British Sea Power

11 : The Go! Team