Last night Clowwns played at the Hope & Ruin (supported by Mum Dad and the Kids, but we got there a bit late for them because Clowwns played a two sets). The band, who disppeared off the scene for a few years are back for 2020, and played a mix of old and new songs, all as tight and angular as they ever were. Lighting was provided by the seemingly omnipresent Innerstrings (who’s also going to be hard at work next weekend running Lewes Psych Fest, alongside last night’s promoter Melting Vinyl). Click through the pics to view large:
It’s Christmas Eve Eve, and we’ve left it a bit late to come up with our end of the year round up. Without much further ado, here it is – We say it every year, but this isn’t an ordered list, because you just can’t compare a band who’ve been releasing records for over twenty years with another who’ve just put out their first release. So hopefully there’s something in here for everyone, whether you’ve been listening to Nick Cave since he played with The Birthday Party, or you discovered CLT DRP at a sweaty night at the Green Door Store:
Nancy / Clic Clac
Fujiya & Miyagi / Gammon
Penelope Isles / Gnarbone
BUNKR / For The Birds
Laundromat / Humans
HANYA / Dream Wife
Blood Red Shoes / Howl
Orchards / Young
Barnacles / Manatee
CLT DRP / Speak To My
The Soft Walls / Every Target Can Afford To Wait
Projector / Go Ahead
Guru / Don’t Talk
Murmur / Cradle
Demob Happy / Less is More
Cate Ferris / Gyroscope
My Life Story / Taking on the World
Winter Gardens / Coral Bells
Dog in the Snow / Dual Terror
El Train / Feels Like
Ida Vallens / Mt Whitney Hotel
La Lune / Holding Onto U
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds / Gallen Ship
Meemo Comma / Murmur
Honorable mentions also need to go to the Spotify conscientious objectors, Electric Soft Parade and Andres Y Xavi:
It’s been a while since we’ve put up a gallery of live image, but we brought our camera out to Penelope Isles‘ homecoming gig at Chalk earlier this week. It was their hundredth this year, and one of a handful with projections from Innerstrings. Support was the debut performance from Itchy Kid (who would also join Penelope Isles for a song in their set) and Ciel (who were joined by Jack Wolter for one of their songs). Click through to view large:
Almost our last New Music round up of the year – of the decade, thinking about things. Not much gets released in December, so there’ll probably be maybe one more, then we’ll have some kind of end of year post, which I haven’t really thought about yet. Anyway, here’s what to listen to this week:
Hanya / Dream Wife
ARXX / Swallowed The Sun (taken from Wrong Girl, Honey EP)
Beach Riot / Stuck Inside
Meljoann / Assfuck the Boss
Sunny / Infinitely Endless (title track from the album of the same name)
Johnny Kills / Right Now (taken from Panic EP)
Dead Skin Sessions / London, England (from Health & Safety EP)
The Academy of Sun / Rose Devoid of Form
niff / Stuck in my head
Ahsoka / Beg For It
RALPH TV / Loverboy
Super Creature / Lynx
Heroes of Limbo / Madchester Woman
Beat Hotel / Feel It
Jetstream Pony / I Close My Eyes
Here’s this week’s new music, coming on a Saturday rather than midweek, so we’ve caught all the tracks that just dropped yesterday too, including tunes from the new albums by previous Brighton Rocks subjects Dog in the Snow and Animal House (and a new video from BUNKR too). Anyway, onto the music:
Laundromat / Humans
Gnarlah / Fix Me
Murmur / Cradle
Kate Daisy Grant / Lullaby Chapter Four (taken from new album Lullaby)
Matt Finucane / Evil Relief (taken from The Seizure EP)
King Lagoon’s Flying Swordfish Band / 100,000 Islands (taken from The Golden Lagoon album)
Thyla / Lenox Hill
Gudjohr / Laidback
Gene Pool / Silver Suit
Fond of Rudy / Lucky
Dog in the Snow / Light (taken from new album Vanishing Lands)
Animal House / My Head Ain’t Right (taken from new album Premium Mediocre)
BUNKR / Left for Dust
Winnipeg, MN / Stars
Dead Skin Sessions / Health and Safety
What’s the best thing about Brighton?
The Downs. We’re in a city that is surrounded by top notch nature. Lucky!
Who are the your favourite local bands?
I really need to make more effort to see local acts. Must book a baby sitter! Having said that – Physics House Band for sheer originality and musicality, and The Mingus Underground Octet for playing the music of one of my favourite composers so well.
What’s the best venue?
The Rose Hill. What Kass and Jules have done with that space is truly amazing. I’m excited to see how the new Haunt sounds. I played at the Dome with Resonators and that was and ace gig, maybe one day Barnacles can do the same!
What’s the best rehearsal space / studio?
Currently I do all my rehearsing at Bottega rooms. Cheap and best and also rather convenient as the studio I share with Cate [Ferris, Brighton Music Blog fave, and Leroy’s partner] is there too. If I need high end gear and sound it’s always been Brighton Electric.
What’s the best club?
Any Roots Garden event. When I first moved to Brighton I was at the Tuesday night Jazz Room sessions every week without fail. I’ve always had a big passion for reggae and always try and get to the sound system sessions.
What’s the best record shop?
Rarekind records on Trafalgar Street, where incidentally you can purchase the new Barnacles album!
Where’s the best places to eat?
The food at Brewed on Lewes Road is awesome. Plus Chris and Thom are great. We’ve been going there since before my son Obi was born. He knows how to use the till now!
What’s the best pub?
I hardly ever drink these days but if I do I’ll head to Brighton Beer Dispensary. If it’s date night and we’re feeling flush The Plotting Parlour cocktail bar.
Who’s your favourite Brighton celebrity?
Nick Cave put some money in our hat when we were busking once.
When was the last time you had any Brighton Rock?
I never have. I don’t think that’s such a bad thing. Is it?
And So It Begins by Barnacles is out now:
Here’s this week’s new music post, which features the return of Orchards who today announced their biggest headline tour to date. Gone are the days of seeing them in small venues like the Hope & Ruin or the Prince Albert – their next gig in Brighton will be in April at Chalk.
Orchards / Sooner
Inwards / Tottertot
Sick Joy / History
This Party / Skin & Bone
MarthaGunn / Heaven
Johnny Kills / Editing
Nick Hudson (with Oli Spleen) / The Bedroom (World Aids Day single)
Nature TV / Only One
Altamotion / Threat of Happiness
Scarlett Fae / Solace