Brighton Rocks #36 : Great Pagans

More than five years in the making, Great Pagans return in the next few weeks with their new album Aux Follies, coming out on local label Cupboard Music. We caught up with Alex Painter to give him the Brighton Rocks treatment:

What’s the best thing about Brighton?
I’ve lived in various parts of the country and never felt as at home and at ease as in Brighton. I suppose that’s why I’ve been here 15 years now. Also there’s always someone weirder than you, which is reassuring.

Who are your favourite local bands?
The biggest pleasant surprise recently has been Ensemble 1, the album ‘Guitar, Bass & Drums’ is amazing repetitive, morphing guitar patterns but not dry and emotionless like that could be. Also Japanese Sweets, Owen from Speak Galactic’s modular synth project. He creates really beautiful human sounds with them.

What’s the best venue?
I like the Pipeline, it has that same DIY feel that upstairs at Fitzherbert’s used to have before they gentrified it. But with a better PA. Green Door Store will always have a place in my heart too.

What’s the best rehearsal space / studio?
Friendliest staff has to be Small Pond, and they have a nice range of cables to borrow when I invariably forget something.

What’s the best club?
Hard to recall after the last couple of years but downstairs at the Rossi Bar has a nice feel. Small, great sound, interesting nights like Flex etc.

What’s the best record shop?
We’re totally spoilt for record shops here aren’t we. I think a special mention should go to the great little well-curated record corner in Family Store though. It’s nice to have a selection chosen by real people and not just what will sell well.

Where’s the best places to eat?
Any of the myriad posh bakeries we’re blessed with in Brighton.

What’s the best pub?
I would consider having my ashes scattered in The Basketmakers.

Who’s your favourite Brighton celebrity?
I love the old guy who walks slowly through the lanes in a different glam rock/punk outfit every day. He used to have a little dog and often wears platform boots and like bright blue velour suits. I’d love to know his story if anyone knows?

When was the last time you had any Brighton Rock?
I am a Brighton Rock virgin. Saving myself for that special rock.

Aux Follies comes out on 3rd September, and the band are playing on the bill of a free gig at the Hope & Ruin on 1st September.