New Brighton Music

Here’s this week’s new music roundup. I’m going to start this week’s post with a band described by a friend as “The best live performance I have seen in some time”. He was talking about Penelope Isles, who have a new single out called Shining Gold. The beautiful chiming lo fi folk number coincides with the band’s current tour, which started at the Prince Albert on 18th September (which is where the quote above came from). Since then they’ve been down to the South West and hit London tomorrow before heading north, but this bit of the tour comes back to Brighton next Saturday where they play a joint headline gig with Porridge Radio at Latest on Saturday 30th September.

Next we have Muskets with You’re So Cool, which is taken from their new album Chew which comes out on 20th October. If you pre-order the album from their bandcamp page you get instant downloads of this track and two others:

Normanton Street‘s new single It’s Been a While comes with a gorgeous sun drenched video and some fantastic laid back early 90s vibes. Normanton Street play one of their biggest Brighton gigs to date headlining the Haunt on October 7th:

In the early days of the blog we wrote about a band called Sparrow, who were great, but went quiet for about five years. They’re back now, without the vowels, and with new material on End of the Trail records. There was a single (below) called Atmosphere (The Most Daring Escape) which came out on 11th August, and another called The New Deafening Sound, which has been played on BBC Introducing but which I can’t seem to find a stream for. The album is called Post Truth, which is out on 6th October, which is also the date of their launch gig at the Prince Albert.

The Haze is the gorgeous new single from Orange Soul, which has actually been knocking around for a few months but has only just appeared on our radar. Lovely stuff:

Burrows, the lead track on the new EP from Chalk Hands starts off gently, then quickly goes to show that you can’t always judge by first impressions. It’s backed with a track called Arms – given that the full title of the EP is Burrows & Other Hideouts you might assume that “Other Hideouts” might be the other tracks, so that’s another first impression you shouldn’t judge by. The EP is out now via the band’s bandcamp page:

Next up we have the new track from Jumanji, which came out last Friday.  Higher is three and a half minutes of soaring pop music:

White Room‘s double A side single The Blue / Tomorrow Always Knew came out a few weeks ago, but they’ve already got in touch to tell us about a double EP and tour later in the year. The Eight EP comes out on 1st December and the Brighton date on the tour is on 27th November at the Hope & Ruin:

Plans is the new single from Halcion. It comes out this Friday (29th September) and has a video filmed up at Stanmer Park:

The PR email for any band who are even vaguely psychedelic these days will tell you that they sound like Tame Impala. You can’t blame them – if I was in a psychedelic band, I’d want that comparison to be made. For most bands though, that’s not the case. I haven’t received any PR email from Underwater Boys or their people, so here the comparison is coming from me. Everyone You Know is out digitally on 4th October and on 7″ later next month.

Finally, we have Stuck in Paradise by Roman Scott, showing that music out of Brighton isn’t all indie guitars, as much as it might seem like it sometimes:

 

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Brighton Rocks #10 – Brigitte from Battery Operated Orchestra

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What’s the best thing about Brighton?

The Real Patisserie, Kantenya and Yum Yum supermarkets, Pavillion Gardens, sitting outside the Waggon on a sunny day while Brighton drifts past.

Who are the your favourite local bands?

JØTA, Petra Black, I’m Being Good, Mary Hampton, Black Channels

What’s the best venue?

The Prince Albert and the Cowley Club.

What’s the best rehearsal space / studio?

Our house.

What’s the best club?

Our house again!

What’s the best record shop?

Resident

Where are the best places to eat?

Inside Out cafe for breakfast, Burger Brothers for the best burgers in the UK.

What’s the best pub?

The Basketmakers

Who’s your favourite Brighton celebrity?

Raymond Briggs

When was the last time you had any Brighton Rock?

I think it was an after dinner mint about a year ago. I’m not really a fan!

Radiation, the new single by Battery Operated Orchestra, is out now:

New Brighton Albums

We haven’t done a new album post in a few months, so it’s about time we stopped and looked at what local albums have come out recently, and what’s coming up.

Last night, Time for T launched their debut album Hoping, Something, Anything at the Rialto. There’s a new single, Ronda, which you can see below:

The Dials new album That Was The Future comes out on 13th October, but will be sent out early if you pre-order from the band’s website. You haven’t missed the launch gig for this album yet though – that’s on 6th October at The Hope & Ruin.

Ghost on the Stairs is the new album by Meemo Comma, the latest alias of Lara Rix-Martin who runs record label Objects Ltd, which puts out electronic music from an exclusively women and non-binary roster. The album has been out a couple of weeks already and if you want to hear more of her brand of ambitious electronica, you can catch her headlining Spectrum at the Basement on 30th September.

The New Faith launch their new album Me On You with a gig at the Brighthelm Centre on 13th October. As well as entrance, your ticket will also provide you with two beers, which is certainly something that appeals to us. The album includes previous singles Too Sad to be Young and Fritter Away:

AKDKThe new AK/DK album comes out on October 20th. It’s called Patterns Harmonics, and includes Morphology, the track we included in our most recent New Music post last week. You can pre-order the album now via their bandcamp page on digital download, cd or lush looking white vinyl. The band are off on a mini-tour to launch it at the end of October, kicking off with a gig at the Green Door Store on 24th. AK/DK are arguably one of Brighton’s best live bands – you’ll definitely see us down the front of this gig.

Fujiya

Next, news of a new old album. Fujiya & Miyagi‘s breakthrough album Transparent Things originally came out in 2006, but never got a vinyl release at the time. Unthinkable now, but a lot has changed in the last eleven years. The reissue (available to preorder here) is coming out on transparent vinyl, obviously, as well as on cd and download. If you bought it first time around and are wondering what’s in the reissue for you, it also comes with Reeboks in Heaven, which was a bonus track on the US release, and Different Blades from the Same Pair of Scissors, a running mix made for Nike in 2011. To celebrate, the band are playing a handful of gigs, including one at Patterns on 7th December. The first non-festival gig we saw Fujiya & Miyagi at was at Patterns, when it was still Audio, which kicked off our long standing love of the band, so this should be pretty special.

Kev Minney launched his album Stories of the Sky with a gig at Café Plenty last Saturday, after releasing his album the day before. You can pick up his album via his website, or the usual digital outlets.

 

Pete Fij & Terry Bickers at the Rialto gallery

A week ago today, Pete Fij and Terry Bickers played at the Rialto on the Brighton date of their tour to support their new album We Are Millionaires, and we were privileged to be invited along. The album is a beautiful thing, not nearly as downbeat as Pete and Terry described it on the night. Sure, it’s not a cheery pop album, but it’s more reflective than depressing, and the thing that we loved was the quality of the songwriting an musicianship on show. Support on the night came from Les Black. (click on pics to view large)

September Gig Preview

One of these days we’ll get around to posting our gig preview posts at the end of the previous month rather than a few days into the new month. Not this month though. If I was on the ball, I’d have posted about ZOFFF’s gig at the Prince Albert last Sunday, where they were joined onstage by Terry Bickers and Jo Spratley and lit by Innerstrings. As a consolation, ZOFFF are playing again on 30th September at the Prince Albert.

Tomorrow night (6th September) Bloom head up an international showcase at the Rosehill, joined by Bell Lungs from Glasgow and Sam Goodwill from Ohio. There’s a cheap list if you post your name on the facebook event.

On Friday Night, Small Pond and Sugar Free Records are throwing a fundraiser for Dan from Cleft, unsubtly called Fuck Off Cancer. Local bands Bearded Youth Quest and Exploder Than You join Axes to complete the bill.

As mentioned in our new music post earlier this evening, GAPS launch their album As It Is at the Prince Albert on 14th September. Support comes from TEEFF and Japanese Sweets plus  a Foreign Skin DJ set.

The launch for Projector new cassette based double A side single Love / Dreaming is at the Green Door Store on Friday 15th September. Support comes from Sick Joy, Loa Loa and Murmur

We’ve already mentioned one gig on 30th September, but there’s actually another two that have caught our eye. The first of these is the Porridge Radio / Penelope Isles co headline gig at Latest put on by Brighton Noise. That Friday night also sees the return of Spectrum, the gig series put on by the Dome, which has taken a break while the Studio is being refurbished, but is coming back in some new homes while work continues. The first of these is at the Basement and is hosted by Objects Ltd, a local label only releasing acts who identify as female or non binary. Objects Head Honcho Lara Rix-Martin headlines the night under her Meemo Comma alias, and is joined by Drill Folly and Ingrid Plum.

 

New Brighton Music

Here’s this week’s new music post. Without any further ado or any preamble, we’ll kick off proceedings with the very exciting news of the return of AK/DK and their new single Morphology. It’s taken from their upcoming album Patterns/Harmonics which comes out on 20th October, with a launch gig at the Green Door Store on 24th October.

We meant to include Wasted Summer by Fruity Water in last week’s New Music post, but the link they shared with us didn’t work. Now the single is out (it came out last Friday) we’ve got a working link to share with you:

Today sees the release of Twilight Driving‘s debut single Soft & Pink. You can catch Twilight Driving live supporting Vanguards at the Hope & Ruin on September 12th.

GAPS second album came out back in June, and after a summer with other commitments, they’re having an album launch at the Prince Albert next Thursday. Since the album came out they’ve also been involved with another track called Keep Me Warm – another collaboration with Maya Jane Coles on her new album Take Flight:
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Matt Finucane has given up on albums, so is releasing his new set of songs over two EPs. The first, Threaten Me With Your Love, comes out on 25th October, and you can hear the title track here:

 

New Brighton Music

It’s only been 10 days since our last New Music post, but somehow it feels like we’ve got a month’s worth of new music to share. Things are normally quiet in August, but the last couple of weeks have gone crazy. First up is the new single from Other States entitled Come Back To Me. Other States headline Brighton Electric on 19th September.

Dog in the Snow have just put out the second single from their upcoming album Consume Me. The single is called Child and was out last Friday. We’ve got a Brighton Rocks lined up with Helen coming up sometime soon, so watch this space.

Projector are releasing their new AA side single Love / Dreaming on cassette on 15th May with a launch party at the Green Door Store.

Resonators new single Right Time came out last Friday on Wah Wah 45s. Alongside the normal download options, there’s also a super-limited 7″ with the remixes, but hurry if you want one because there’s only five left on bandcamp at the time of writing:

The New Faith release their new single tomorrow. It’s called Fritter Away and is taken from their upcoming album Me On You, which is being launched at the Brightelm Centre on 13th October.

Battery Operated Orchestra are back with a new electro banger of a single, the title track from last year’s album Radiation. It’ll be available as a free download for a week from 12th September via the band’s website.

We missed the launch date (and launch gig) for Jenna Bennett Brighton themed single City By The Sea, although in our defence, we didn’t actually hear about it until after the event. You can watch the video here, and listen to the audio through the usual outlets:

We missed the launch of Luna Blue‘s Nightjar EP too, which was last Friday at the Hope & Ruin. Here’s the lead track from their EP which is out now:

Next we have the new one from Kev Minney, Like I Always. It’s taken from his upcoming album Stories of the Sky, which launches at Café Plenty on 9th September.

Finally, here’s Haze by Grapefruit Moon. Their debut album is due for release in November but you can catch them live before that on 5th September at The Joker.