New Brighton Music

We didn’t have a new music roundup last week, because we only had two tunes to write about, so we had two Brighton Rocks in a row. Now we’ve left it another week we’ve got plenty:

Artist: The Academy of Sun
Track Name: The Lily Tree
Taken From: The Lily Tree EP
Release Date: 15/6/18
https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/6RTYH9zYFBAyung0M4lE2u

Artist: La Lune
Track Name: Love / Sick
Taken From: Love / Sick single
Release Date: 15/6/18

Artist: LibraLibra
Track Name: Tongues
Taken From: Tongues single
Release Date: 21/6/18

Artist: Giant Peach
Track Name: Melatonin
Taken From: Melatonin single
Release Date: 21/6/18
https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/2Je46d5rnycpVB9kDgvhPi

Artist: Battery Operated Orchestra
Track Name: Bella
Taken From: Snare LP (due in August)
Release Date: 21/6/18

Artist: Oktoba
Track Name: Chance
Taken From: Folklore Vol 1 EP
Release Date: 29/6/18
Next Gig: Launch happening right now at the Prince Albert

Artist: Big Spring
Track Name: New Wave
Taken From: New Wave EP
Release Date: 21/6/18
https://open.spotify.com/embed/artist/5mGGqrCotZt5NvTxb6nsma

Artist: Trench
Track Name: Revolver
Taken From: Electric Imposter EP
Release Date: 21/6/18

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Brighton Rocks #16 : Crayola Lectern

Normally we’re very strict about making sure we only write about Brighton based acts, and Crayola Lectern lives in Worthing these days, but he’s one of the precious few who we relax our rules for. He’s been a fixture on the Brighton scene for a number of years now, his first album came out on Brighton label Bleeding Hearts Recordings, and the launch for his new album Happy Endings was at the Rosehill.

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What’s the best thing about Brighton?
For me, these days it is its proximity to Worthing. This works both ways as the two towns complement each other and provide things the other lacks. I love Brighton for its vibrancy and the feeling that you may follow your dream, at least for a while, that you can be your glorious, unedited self without fear of small town tut-tuttings. It has worn off significantly on the neighbour town, where a burgeoning community of creative types, writers, artists, weirdos, poets, bad-ass rock’n’rollers, radish-worshipping occultists, DJ’s, string quartets and experimentalists all do their thing whilst the town retains a sleepy serenity. Collaboration between the towns is increasing dramatically culturally, not least with Brighton’s creaking City College having being merged with Worthing’s thriving Northbrook, whose Theatre departmant is one of the top in the country and whose music department boasts some of the best equipped recording facilities in the South, giving incredible opportunities to students.

Who are your favourite local bands?
Le Juki – the album doesn’t seem to want to leave my CD player. Very organic, kind of playful, oddly beguiling, familiar somehow, yet a little out of reach, like a dream. The sound of being alive. I love it.
Here’s a list of ones who are up to interesting things who I recommend: Dog In The Snow, MUMMY, Brother Twain, Chop Chop, L C Pumpkin, Libra Libra, Map 71, Porridge Radio, The Fiction Aisle and Muddy Suzuki for starters.

What’s the best venue?
Well, on this subject I’m going to have to rule out all the venues without pianos, which will narrow things down somewhat. Komedia Studio Bar has given me some treasured memories (piano 9/10) and is lovely, ditto the Friends Meeting House (grand piano 9/10). Brunswick is good too (piano 6/10) and The Verdict (piano 8/10).
But my winner here is The Rose Hill, a very vibey space, great layout, good people, top sound, a low upright (piano 7.5/10) which is of course great for sight lines. Feels like a hub for my kind of musical echo chamber.
If we could include Worthing, I’d say St Pauls Arts Centre, a deconsecrated church, feels like you’re in a film, such is the enchantment of the place (piano 10/10).

What’s the best rehearsal space/studio?
I like the way Brighton Electric has grown over the years. It is such a beautiful old building and is so conducive to band practising with the whole lounge / bar thing, whilst being really well laid out and equipped.
For recording, I use Metway as again, I love the space itself. You can hole yourself up in there without fear of the outside world intruding.

What’s the best club?
The only club I’ve really attended with any frequency over the last few years is Synthesize Me. It was hosted at Pelirocco Hotel and the lights of Innerstrings competed with the kitsch interior decor to provide a setting in which some weird and wonderful sounds would be regularly exorcised from musicians and DJ’s alike. It has moved to Worthing now. I just went there again yesterday at the groovy Coast Cafe. Always a great feeling in the room.

What’s the best record shop?
Bella Union vinyl shop. The day Simon Raymonde upped sticks from the big smoke was a great day for Brighton. A generous soul, meticulous curator, laid back (but slightly dangerous) rockstar / label boss and maximum dude, his little shop hidden away on Ship Street Gardens is a magic place to discover some of the musical gems from the incredibly impressive Bella union family. It is like a sweetie shop for music lovers.

Where’s the best places to eat?
I always stop off at Necot in Kemp Town, whose Americanos hit the spot exactly, as they add the perfect amount of water of water, ensuring the “hit” is achieved and the taste uncompromised. I actually look forward to going by there, very calm environment, light, food looks tasty and the people working there are ace.
For food, I’ve phoned a friend and Bic recommends the Vegetable Patia from Maharani or Bankers for chunky chips. As he says, “who doesn’t like chunky chips?”

What’s the best pub?
The Robin Hood or The Bees Mouth if I’m over that side of town. Dimly lit, dens of iniquity generally are good for evening japes.

Who’s your favourite Brighton celebrity?
The Australian Contingent. Noah Taylor, a friend, I bumped into right after this photo shoot on my way home and his buddy, Mr Cave without whom….

When was the last time you had any Brighton Rock?
La Mômo (krautische punky pop band with Sadie and me) had some bespoke Brighton Rock made up as band merch in about 2004. We also did La Mômo knickers which were amazingly popular. I still have the rock. Horrible stuff!

Happy Endings by Crayola Lectern is out now on Onomatopoeia Records now. The next Brighton Crayola Lectern gig in on 17th September at the Komedia supporting Lost Horizons.

Brighton Rocks #15 : La Lune

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What’s the best thing about Brighton?
I think the best thing about Brighton is how free-spirited it is. It’s so quirky and weird, and no one’s afraid to express themselves, which is really cool – you don’t get that so much in other places. I’m from London originally, and I now find it quite plain, but also sort of pretentious in comparison. Also, the beach is great, obviously!

Who are the your favourite local bands?
I’m probably biased because their my friends, but my favourites are Peace In Protest, Seeva, the Yellow Bellies, and Sal Paradise. I also love Yonaka – the front-woman seems so cool, and is an incredible performer.

What’s the best venue?
The Old Market is such a nice venue! I’d love to play a show there one day. I’m yet to go to the Haunt or Brighton Dome for a gig – I’m really keen to check those venues out. During the Great Escape, they open Wagner Hall as a venue for Vevo, and it’s honestly amazing! I think it’s usually a gallery or exhibition centre or something, but it makes such a cool venue.

What’s the best rehearsal space / studio?
Small Pond is great – although not if you’re in the same room as a sweaty band that have just finished practicing.

What’s the best club?
I’m not really one for clubbing, but Casa Blanca is decent. They have a sick live band that play all the classic bangers, so it’s good fun. And if I’m smashed, Revenge is a great night out. I went to Shooshh once. Never again.

What’s the best record shop?

Before I moved down to Brighton, I always used to go to Resident to buy my records. I really like it there – it’s a nice vibe, and they often have in-store performances and signings, which is pretty cool.

Where’s the best places to eat?
Terre à Terre does the most amazing vegan food – it’s actually insane. It’s a bit pricey, but SO worth it.

What’s the best pub?
As trashy and uncultured as it, I do love a good Wetherspoons. You can’t beat their pitchers of cocktails to get you started. Crowns is also good – they do £3 doubles for students.

Who’s your favourite Brighton celebrity?

I sometimes see Gabrielle Aplin and Natti from Fickle Friends around. They’re super cool music ladies.

When was the last time you had any Brighton Rock?

Maybe when I was, like, twelve? It has been a while!

Love / Sick is out today on Spotify, iTunes and Apple Music

New Brighton Music

Here’s this week’s new music, which kicks off with a brand new track from Fickle Friends that only went up earlier today. Not too many gigs to mention alongside the releases this week though for some reason.

Artist : Fickle Friends
Track Name : Wake Me Up (alternate version)
Taken From : You are Someone Else (versions)
Release Date : 14/6/18

Artist : Simon D James
Track Name : In The Fields
Taken From : Dream Long Forgotten EP
Release Date : 16/7/2018

Artist : The Self Help Group
Track Name : Pictures
Taken From : Pictures single
Release Date : out now

Artist : Adal
Track Name : Synthesize
Taken From : Synthesize single
Release Date : out now
https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/79U6dOegFyrBjGUgqttqsW

Artist : Oxomo
Track Name : Get Rich or Try Sharing
Taken From : Get Rich or Try Sharing single
Release Date : out now

Artist : Dirt Royal
Track Name : Glory Days
Taken From : Glory Days single
Release Date : 15/6/18

Artist : Klae
Track Name : Expectations / Fake
Taken From : cassette on Weather Girl Records
Release Date : 15/6/18
Next Gig : https://www.facebook.com/events/175953993219971/Friday 15/6/18 at the Hope & Ruin supporting Cape Cub with La Lune

Artist : Para Fiction
Track Name : W Y S X
Taken From : W Y S X single
Release Date : 8/6/18

New Brighton Music

Here’s this week’s new music post. Last week’s more minimal format seemed to work, so we’re going to carry on that way (for now at least).

Artist: Immersion
Track Name: Propulsoid
Taken From: Sleepless LP
Release Date: 15th June 2018
Next Gig: Friday 8th June at Rosehill Arts Centre

Artist: Orchards
Track Name: Double Vision
Taken From: Double Vision single
Release Date: 31st May 2018
Next Gig: https://www.facebook.com/events/157828714887779/supporting Rolo Tomassi at The Haunt on Thursday 7th June

Artist: Phoria
Track Name: When Everything was Mine
Taken From: When Everything was Mine / Rrotor single
Release Date: 31st May 2018

Artist: Voodoo and the Crypts
Track Name: Off My Mind
Taken From: Off My Mind single
Release Date: 1st June 2018

Artist: Reuben J Falle
Track Name: State of Glow
Taken From: State of Glow EP
Release Date: 1st June 2018

Artist: Great Pagans
Track Name: Renaissance
Taken From: Renaissance single
Release Date: 29th June 2018

Artist: Saltlake
Track Name: Dreaming in the Dark
Taken From: Dreaming in the Dark single
Release Date: 1st June 2018

Artist: Oxomo
Track Name: Here for the Ride
Taken From: Here for the Ride single
Release Date: 1st June 2018