So, that’s January pretty much done with, which means it’s time for our February gig roundup. First up is an all dayer at the Green Door Store this Saturday from our friends over at Brighton Noise. Thanks to the Facebook event saying “in no particular order” we can’t quite work out who’s headlining out of Dirty White Fever, Breathe Panel, Garden Centre, Penelope Isles (playing songs from their individual solo projects), Leatherhead, Tilt, Merlin Tonto, Perch and the National Intelligence Agency, but we trust their judgement and it’ll be great whatever you get to see.
The big gig for us this month is the Go! Team, who have had the venue upgraded for the hometown show of their tour to the Concorde 2 (so please don’t go to the Haunt!). They’re supported on 11th February by Neon Saints Brass Band (who are also on their great new album) and Berlin’s Gurr.
The following night (Monday 12th February) promoters Hot Wax and Tigmus to put on this months Locals night at the Prince Albert. This time round that’ve got Hanya, Circe, Tuval and Olivia May Green on the bill. Then on Wednesday 14th why not take your valentine to Rixson Music’s Support Your Local Girl Gang night at Sticky Mike’s where CLT DRP are headlining.
As well the Go! Team, another of one of Brighton’s heavy hitting bands are playing – If you’re lucky you will have got yourself a ticket to see British Sea Power play at the Concorde 2 on 20th. Unsurprsingly, It’s sold out.
Finally, our last recommendation is the Strange Cages single launch on February 23rd, where they’re playing CBGBs night at the Green Door Store to celebrate the launch of their next release Hypothalamus Blues, with support from Guru and a DJ set from Wytches.
Dirty White are a new Brighton rock band, who’ve just put up their first tracks which they’re calling their “Demonstration” recordings. You can catch them live at the Admiral on Elm Grove on 8th February:
We saw a couple of fantastic local bands last night at the Hope & Ruin, comprising a range of familiar local talent.
Brother Twain are the band of brothers Adrien and Etienne Rodes, and fronted by Miles Heathfield (of Clowwns) they play a 60s influenced garage psych with great applomb. Their first album was released a year ago and can be heard here but they have a range of new tunes now too.
Headliners The Pure Conjecture are fronted by Matt Eaton, an unlikely looking soul singer but a man who carries his songs well, and with a tight backing band (including three quarters of the Brakes) who manage to create real energy and excitement behind Eaton’s excellent Stax-Motown influenced songs. Reminiscent to thse ears of Elvis Costello and the Attractions in their Get Happy guise, this was a thilling set featuring songs from all three of the band’s albums and including excellent guest vocal appearances from trombonist Gram Parsons, on Baby Stop Crying a barnstorming Andrew Willis.
The Pure Conjecture‘s superb ‘No Ghosts’ LP from last year is available to listen and buy on bandcamp.
After a couple of weeks of live posts, here’s our second new music post of the year.
Our first track this week is the new release from Adal called Synthesize. Tight eighties synths provide the perfect accompaniment to vocals provided by Alexanderson from Cardiff’s XY&O.
Next is Gone Today, taken from The Fiction Aisle‘s new album Jupiter, Florida which comes out tomorrow. The kind of track where I’d normally say “close your eyes and it might be summer”, but instead I’ll tell you to watch the video which instantly transports you to sun drenched days on the beach
Knightstown released their new single Charlatan last Friday. It comes backed with a remix by Pye Corner Audio, which can you can hear on Fat Cat records Soundcloud page:
I had a dream last night where the centrepiece of the upcoming Brighton Festival was a concert by The Go! Team, but instead of being in a venue it was a parade through the streets with the band accompanied by a brass band and a steel band and loads of vocalists and dancers. It was a joyous celebration. As the procession wound it’s way around the lanes the crowds grew bigger and bigger, culminating in a massive finale on the beach. Sadly it was just a dream, but close your eyes listening to the band’s new album Semicircle and it isn’t too hard to imagine (and if David Shrigley or anyone from the Festival reads this, it’s not too late to make it happen!)
The Go! Team return this Friday with their fifth album Semicircle, a joyous slab of day-glo kaleidoscopic psychedelia. What marks their new record out from their previous releases is that it’s also their funkiest yet, thanks in part to collaborations with the Detroit Youth Choir and Brighton’s own Neon Saints Brass Band. The samples are still there, from 1960s French pop on Hey! through to a bouncing ping pong ball at the start of Tangerine Satsuma Clementine, but it’s the live instrumentation of parts that Ian Parton would have previously used samples for that gives the record a real boost.
It isn’t all about the funk though – Chico’s Radical Decade is one of those brilliant instrumentals they do so well with woozy flutes that wouldn’t sound out of place on a Boards of Canada record over skittering beats which slowly somehow morphs into the theme to an imaginary remake of Bonanza. There are 8 bit bleeps and reversed sections on Chain Link Fence, and All The Way Live packs a hip hop punch that wouldn’t have been out of place on their 2007 album Proof of Youth. With any luck they’re holding back the release of If There’s One Thing You Should Know as a single until May or June when, if there was any justice, it wouldn’t leave the radio for the whole summer.
The album closes with the words “It’s alright” being sung over triumphant brass. Semicircle isn’t alright – it’s much, much better than that.
Last night we went along to the new Support Your Local Girl Gang night at Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar. The night has been started up by local promoters Rixson Music after reading about how under represented women are on bills across gigs and festivals in the UK. We got there a little too late to see opener Holly Deanna, but we did see Anna Leigh Stainton, IVI and Stranger Girl, all of whom are names to keep your eyes out for – we’ve had a couple of IVI’s tracks on the blog over the last year, and will no doubt be featuring the others in due course. Here’s our pics, as always, click to view large:
Happy Birthday Green Door Store! Yesterday our favourite venue in town invited us along to their birthday gig. As we mentioned in our January gig preview post there were a couple of Brighton bands on the bill – Guru and Desire – so we pointed our lens at them and you can see the pics below. Click through to view large: