New Brighton Music

Here’s this week’s new music post, two weeks after our last one – we were out of the country last week though, so we’re playing catchup a bit now. Our first tune this week is from Brighton supergroup Alien Stadium, made up of Steve Mason and Primal Scream‘s Martin Duffy. Their first release is a track called This One’s for the Humans, a lolloping almost-baggy almost-bluesy number which is taken from a mini LP called Livin’ in Elizabethan Times which gets released on 1st December. Have a dig around for the version that’s up on Spotify which clocks in over six minutes long and gets a much more psychedelic groove on.

Next up is the return of the incredible Dark Horses who are back with some ghostly krautrock vibes. Their new single VIII comes out on Tricky Spirits Records:

The Fiction Aisle describe their new single Some Things Never Die as having “Winehouse-does-Spiritualized narco-pop vibes”. There’s more Amy than J Spaceman to these ears, but it’s every bit as lovely as everything that’s gone before in the world of the Fiction Aisle. If you’re as big fans as us then we’ll see you down the front at the Hope & Ruin on December 13th.

Dig is the sultry new single Black Honey, who currently on the road with Royal Blood playing huge venues across the country (they stop off at the Brighton Centre on 29th November). It’s coming out on white 7″ on 14th December, but you can pre-order here now.

Psylhouette first graced our pages back in the summer with their single Asking. They’ve teamed up with Berlin vocalist Juli Holz once again for their new EP entitled Everything & Nothing. Here’s the EP opener Rain:

Knightstown‘s new single Border came out last Friday. The album is due next year on Fatcat records – we’ll bring you more details of that as we have them

We gave the most recent Projector single Love a mention back in August but that feels like an age away – it didn’t actually come out until October and the video for it has only just come too. They’re on our list of bands that we MUST get around to seeing in 2018, so we’re more than happy to give it another plug:

Pussyliquor wrote to us a month ago with details of their debut double A side single, but streams have only just gone online this week. Get Out is backed with another track called Kitty Kitty and comes out on 8th December. You can catch them live on 1st December at the Haunt supporting Los Albertos.

It’s been about three years since we last wrote about Anushka, and they had dropped so far off our radar that we missed Do You Have Soul? that they put up last month. It’s obviously all systems go with them now because it’s been quickly followed up with another new track called Mountains:

Next up we have Cannibal Song by White Room, taken from their forthcoming double EP Eight (out this year the PR blurb said without giving a date, but there isn’t that much of this year left). White Room go on their first ever headline tour later this month, playing a date at the Hope & Ruin on 27th November:

No So Bad by Johnny Kills came out last month, but even a mid October release stretches their claim of being a summer single a bit:

These Blind Giants are a new Brighton band who’ve just released their debut single Witch Magnet . You can catch them playing at Brighton Electric on 18th November.

Bella Spinks has been a fixture on the Brighton scene for a number of years, but she’s only just gearing up to release her debut album. The first single to be taken from it is  Noble Lie, out now on Spotify, but with a live piano version here (since Spotify links always seem to look terrible)

 

 

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Brighton Rocks #13 : The Delta Bell

Our thirteen Brighton Rocks is with Kate Gerrard, songwriter and frontwoman for The Delta Bell:

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What’s the best thing about Brighton?
The sea and the people.

Who are the your favourite local bands?
Stephanie Goodman, grasshopper, Seadog, Lucas & King (they’ve only moved down the coast, so it still counts). Have to mention my label mates Palm Springs and Beat Hotel too!

What’s the best venue?
The Prince Albert, the Brunswick, and the Pelirocco’s great for a cheeky gig.

What’s the best rehearsal space / studio?
Church Road studio is our spiritual home, we rehearse there and that’s where we recorded the album. I’ve spent many an hour sitting on that sofa looking at the back of Paul Pascoe’s head.

What’s the best club?
Does the Bleeding Hearts Club count?

What’s the best record shop?
Wax Factor.

Where’s the best places to eat?
Red Snapper, The Blue Man, Solera. The George for giant slabs of halloumi.

What’s the best pub?
So many pubs in Brighton but I only ever seem to go to The Crescent, The Heart and Hand or The Albert.

Who’s your favourite Brighton celebrity?
Super Hans! Though it’s always slightly disconcerting to see him with a child attached to him.

When was the last time you had any Brighton Rock?
We played on a Cantonese Junk boat on the Seine in Paris last year, and we took sticks of Brighton Rock with us to give the audience. We ended up eating most of it!

The Delta Bell’s new album Hold Fast The Fire is out now, with a launch party at Hotel Pelirocco on 16th November.

November / December gig preview

For this month’s gig preview post we’re actually going to cover November and December. Generally there aren’t as many gigs in December, and we’re normally distracted with end of year stuff on the blog, so it’s seems appropriate to cover two months in one post now.

22219815_1643943542303616_7426102628117662491_oThere’s lots of launch gigs that caught our eye this month. Red Deer People launch their single C’est Bon at the Hope & Ruin on 10th November, supported by Porridge Radio and Jungfrau. Then on the 16th November the Pelirocco is playing host to the launch of The Delta Bell‘s new album Hold Fast The Fire, supported by Stephanie Goodman. Not billed as an album launch gig, but coming shortly after the release of Ojala, Simon Raymond’s new band Lost Horizons play a sold out gig at the Rialto on 18th November. The Lost Horizons live band includes Helen “Dog in the Snow” Brown (who also provides support on the night) and Chris “Crayola Lectern” Anderson.  The last launch to mention is for the new Night House single The Roots in the Wires, which features Ellie Ford. As with Lost Horizons, Ellie Ford will also be playing as part of Night House on the night and will also be the support. The gig is at the Unitarian Church on 24th November and will be raising money for the Hummingbird Project refugee charity.

22289784_1581396571924520_4191942121452910496_oThere’s plenty of gigs that have caught our eye over the next weeks – Moulettes headline an all day even at One Church on 2nd December to celebrate Moulettes-linked label Sotones Records 10th Birthday. Rather than list everyone involved, you can read more and buy tickets here. Fujiya & Miyagi play Patterns on 7th December. They’re on the road at the moment to promote the vinyl release of their breakthrough album Transparent Things, so not exactly a launch gig. The Fiction Aisle are playing their second annual Christmas gig at The Hope & Ruin on 13th December. As if the Fictional Aisle wasn’t enough of a draw Rose Elinor Dougall is also on the bill, who should be headlining but hasn’t topped a non-festival bill in Brighton since 2010. We were sad to hear that King Porter Stomp will be heading out on their last ever tour at the end of November. After a week or two out on the road, their last ever gig will be at The Haunt on 19th December. Finally Spectrum have two more gigs coming up – Animal House headline Brighton Youth Centre on November 24th alongside Porridge Radio who get their second mention in this post, and then there’s a second mention for Ellie Ford, who headlines the Spectrum Winter Special at Brighton Museum on December 7th.

 

Spectrum / Dog in the Snow Album Launch gallery

Last night we went along to our first Spectrum gig in about eighteen months. They haven’t been quite as frequent in that period, but those that there have been we haven’t been able to make it along to. Now that they’re back to monthly again, hopefully they’ll be appearing a bit more regularly in these pages too.

Saturday evening’s Spectrum doubled up as the launch for Dog in the Snow’s debut album Consume Me which came out last week. Support came from Knightstown and Yumi & The Weather, although we didn’t spend quite as long watching the latter thanks to an incident with a missing camera memory card. Anyway, here’s our pics. Click through to view large.

Interview with the Delta Bell

Kate Gerrard is the singer-songwriter and frontwoman of Americana Brighton band The Delta Bell. They’ve just released their second album ‘Hold Fast the Fire’ and we caught up with Kate to ask her about the band and the songs on the album.

The Delta Bell comprise Kate on lead vocals and guitar, James Brandenburg on bass, Bob Baker on drums, Andrew Blake on guitar and Beth Chesser on backing vocals. The album is released on the Random Acts of Vinyl label on beautiful sounding vinyl (and digital download). It’s a great album of what the band call ‘post-Country’ (rather than alt-country) and builds on their excellent debut ‘Bow out of the Fading Light’ from 2015. It still sounds country, but more like an Americana band who grew up listening to the Velvet Underground, a description that gets a resounding “Yes!” from Kate.

We definitely tried to scuzz it up! We wanted it to sound scratchy and imperfect.

With country music you are always running the risk of sounding cheesy so we made a conscious decision not to do that. We love country music, but we’re all Indie kids as well.

The ten songs on the album were recorded live at Church Road studios in Hove in just two days, and to get the band that tight they hired a house in the countryside by the coast to rehearse, which Kate likened to the movie Spinal Tap, although she says there were more games of scrabble than bottles of spirits involved.

Opening song ‘Berlin’ was actually written a decade ago in Norwich where Kate grew up, after she had returned from her first trip to the German capital. She played the song a bit but she didn’t think it worked as a solo number and she forgot about it until she played it again relatively recently and decided it would work with the band. The song captures that sense of “being a bit lost, feeling tired of life.” (Kate was only 24 when she wrote the song). “The line ‘it feels like such a long time since I felt like a child’ reflects the pressures of being a grown up and having to make decisions.” It also has a big sound, aided by a classy added string section.

Second song ‘Lonesome song’ is a really touching song, full of heart and emotion. But Kate says “I wrote it in twenty minutes. I just sat down with a guitar and there it was.” 

‘Little Girl Lost’ seems to pick up on the theme of vulnerability, but Kate says it’s not about that at all. “This is going to make me sound like a really bad feminist, but it’s a bit of a bitchy song.” It’s directed at someone who’s behaving like a little girl and the song is telling them to pull themselves together, although its subtle harsher edge doesn’t come across directly. “It’s not like saying they’re f++king things up, it’s just telling them to pull themselves together.”

‘Rain on Love’ is a song Kate describes as a power ballad. “I think I was just feeling really sorry for myself. It’s kind of one of those songs. It’s grown on us all and a few people have said it’s their favourite song on the album.

Fifth song ‘Catacombs’ was written about 3 or 4 years ago for her boyfriend, although it’s a maudlin song. “Some people might say I’m intense!” she jokes. The imagery in the song comes from some horrific Sicilian myths about the bodies buried in catacombs, which hardly sounds like material for a love song but this emphasises the album’s battle between romance and edginess., or country and indie-rock.

The song ‘Modern City’ is the least country and most VU-inspired song, with some driven Mo Tucker style drumming (Kate says she banned Bob from playing cymbals). It was written on the plane to Berlin and is another love song, about “when you are just feeling worn out with love and life and someone comes along and rebuilds you.”

Their producer Paul Pascoe called the next song ‘Golden’ a thinking man’s Bond theme (possibly due to the strings at the end). The song came to Kate in a dream and she recorded the chorus into her phone in the middle of the night and then went back to sleep. It’s mainly about “enjoying your life with someone who is awesome“.

‘Killing Heart’ also has obscure origins. “I have a sneaking suspicion it is about the Ugandan President,” Kate says, written at a time when she was working for an HIV charity and thinking a lot about how people can oppress other people.

‘Ride Out’ was “inspired by broken rollercoasters” or “about the end of love, the end of relationships.” It’s the image of things made for fun that break down.

The last song is ‘These Days’ although Kate says she hadn’t heard of the Jackson Browne song of the same name. It’s a song about “people who have no hope of getting out of a situation and there’s nothing you can do to help them. All you can do is hope.” It’s just Kate and Beth playing on this track. “We tried it with the band but it didn’t work so we stripped it all right down.

The album ‘Hold Fast the Fire’ is launched in Brighton on the 16th November at the Pelirocco Hotel and there’s also a London launch on the 18th November at Biddle Brothers in Hackney. Both gigs are free entry – but come to buy the vinyl!

You can hear or order ‘Hold Fast the Fire’ at the bandcamp link below

 

 

New Brighton Music

Another week chock full of new Brighton music for you all. First band this week is Black Biro who have just put up their new track The Organist of Agony. Black Biro play the Prince Albert this Saturday, picking up a headline slot on only their second gig:

Abattoir Blues announced their debut EP Blinded last week. They’ve shared the title track which you can hear below, and you can hear the rest of the EP when it’s released on 24th November. The band head out on tour in December, finishing up with a gig on 15th at The Haunt.

Bad Family‘s second EP, imaginatively entitled EP2 comes out on 17th November. The first taster of this is On Your Wall which was shared online yesterday:

The new The Academy of Sun album Codex Novena comes out on 9th November, and is being launched with a gig at the Hope & Ruin on 16th November. It’s preceded by a single called Some Boys Like Thunder which you can watch below:

News arrived of the new Matt Finucane EP while I’ve been typing this blog, so this is hot off the press. Threaten Me With Your Love came out yesterday on Light Crude, and will be a followed up with another already finished EP early next year

I don’t know a great deal about King Kuda. Their new EP Lately / Halfway to Neptune is on Soundcloud and Spotify, but I can’t seem to find them anywhere else online (although there are a lot of other King Kudas on twitter and Facebook). Here’s side one of their new release anyway:

The latest Fond of Rudy single came out on 13th October. To Be Mine is the follow up to July’s L O V E and the mail we received promised some live dates, although didn’t give any detail of them. We’ll keep you posted.

Finally, Jungfrau, who are supporting Red Deer People at their single launch on 10th November at the Hope & Ruin, dropped their Glass Neck EP last weekend. Here’s Oysters and Jewels from the EP:

 

Brighton Rocks #12 – Dog in the Snow

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What’s the best thing about Brighton?
The hint of sea salt in the air

Who are the your favourite local bands?
Mother Me, Anneka and Merlin Tonto

What’s the best venue?
Studio Dome Theatre which is currently under renovation but I look forward to its return. Rialto Theatre is a nice little gem too.

What’s the best rehearsal space / studio?
Small Pond is my new favourite.

What’s the best club?
I have no idea, probably my own room with Todd Terje on.

What’s the best record shop?
Bella Union Vinyl shop!

Where the best place to eat?
Sushi Garden on Preston Street. I pretty much take anyone I know there.

What’s the best pub?
Robin Hood.

Who’s your favourite Brighton celebrity?
I live near Noah Taylor so I walk past him occasionally. The last time I saw him he had on the most miraculous sky blue coloured suit I’ve ever seen.

When was the last time you had any Brighton Rock?
I’ve never had it! I don’t really like sweets :0

Dog in the Snow‘s album Consume Me is released tomorrow (20th October) and is launched at the next Spectrum gig on 28th October which will be at Wagner Hall (and not at the Basement as previously mentioned)