Brighton Rocks #27 : BUNKR

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What’s the best thing about Brighton?
It’s hard to single out one particular thing, so I’ll be a cop out and list a few. The merry month of May for the Brighton Festival, Fringe and The Great Escape. The thriving live music scene. The general feeling of acceptance. The surrounding Sussex countryside. And of course the seagulls (the birds, not the football team) – they’re the true keepers of
the city.

Who are the your favourite local bands?
When I moved to Brighton in 2002 the first gig I went to was Fujiya & Miyagi playing at a friend’s night called Slouch which happened every Sunday upstairs in The Prince Albert. They completely blew me away and I’ve followed them ever since. I love the fact that they’ve persevered when so many other bands would’ve chucked the towel in years ago, and they’re still making great records (new album Flashback is a corker). So yeah, them. As newer bands go, grasshopper are amazing, as are Frost. On the more electronic tip Alex Banks is producing some technically and melodically amazing music, and of course I’ve got to doff the cap to Orbital as they’re one of the originals who sparked my interest in electronic music in the first place.

What’s the best venue?
Currently I’d say the Rose Hill. It’s just got great vibes and is run by good folk who have a passion for putting on a diverse selection of bands.

What’s the best rehearsal space / studio?
I’ve only ever recorded and rehearsed at home, so I’d have to say my shonky home studio.

What’s the best club?
Being honest, I don’t know. I never go to clubs. Seems somewhat strange I guess
considering I make vaguely club-orientated music. I think I’m probably more of a free party kinda person. I used to love the thrill of trying to find a soundsystem set up in some disused quarry in nowheresville, jumping around to acid techno for 8 hours. It’s funny, the only experience I’ve had like that recently was the For The Birds installation during Brighton Festival in 2017. You got on a bus from Asda in Hollingbury then got whisked off to a mystery location in some woods. There was strange lights and illuminations in the trees, audio loops and all manner of oddness going down – the whole experience totally felt like an illicit rave, minus the banging techno and comedowns.

What’s the best record shop?
Edgeworld (RIP) will always hold a special place in my heart. That was definitely my favourite Brighton record shop. These days it’s got to be Resident – it’s good to see they’ve expanded and are doing a lot to support artists and releases with instores and signings.

Where’s the best places to eat?
On my sofa with a good fish biryani cooked up by my wife. We’re pretty spoilt for veggie curry with Planet India and Manjus, can’t go wrong with Fatto a Mano pizzas and I’ve recently discovered Souvlaki Station near my work who do some banging gyros.

What’s the best pub?
I’ve got to shout my locals really – The Signalman and The Roundhill. Actually The Roundhill has recently been taken over by some good people who serve up some amazing veggie/vegan food. Props too to The Joker for dishing up the dirtiest chicken burgers in Brighton (in a good way). I almost forgot the Bee’s Mouth – love that place. Always expect the unexpected in the Bee’s Mouth.

Who’s your favourite Brighton celebrity?
I’m no royalist, but living in Brighton you’ve got to acknowledge the Prince Regent for setting up his decadent den of debauchery in the city. I think if he hadn’t have set up shop here all those years ago things could have turned out very differently for the city. I’ve heard Jimmy Cauty (ex-KLF) lives down here – that’s pretty cool. When I was a kid the KLF had a huge impact on me. Teaming up with Extreme Noise Terror at The Brits and firing blanks in to the crowd. Shipping a load of journalists off to a remote Scottish island to partake in
some culty Wickerman-esque ceremony. Pop stars these days have a lot to learn from the KLF. They played the music industry at it’s own game and won, at least until they burned all their cash.

When was the last time you had any Brighton Rock?
Can’t say I ever have. Am I missing out?

The Initiation Well by BUNKR is released on VLSI records on 6th September and has a launch party on the same day at the Rose Hill

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Brighton Rocks #25 : El Train

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What’s the best thing about Brighton?
The lanes. Great shops, great food and great pubs!

Who are the your favourite local bands?
Yakul – They make amazing Jazzy, neo-soul music. Normanton Street – Staples of the Brighton music scene, making a cool hybrid of hip hop, soul and Jazz music. Sophie Faith – Seriously one of the best singers I’ve heard in the last few years, I’ve had her track ‘Salt’ on repeat since it dropped a few months ago.

What’s the best venue?
I’d say Patterns. Not only is it the best club venue in the city, they also put on some of the best live gigs in Brighton, whether it’s local acts or people coming from elsewhere.

What’s the best rehearsal space / studio?
You can’t really go wrong with Brighton Electric.

What’s the best club?
I’m gonna have to say Patterns again. I’ve seen nearly all my favourite DJ’s playing here.

What’s the best record shop?
Rarekind records is my favourite record shop in Brighton. Whether you’re looking for the latest releases or rare hip hop gems, this the place to go. Also shout out the Mr Bongo for all the crazy rare re-releases!

Where’s the best places to eat?
There are so many amazing places to eat in Brighton that this list could go on forever, however I will pick my three favourites. First up the Joker pub, they make the best wings I’ve ever tasted! Second I will go for La Choza, definitely the best place in Brighton for Mexican and finally Giggling Squid for the best for the amazing Massaman!

What’s the best pub?
Lion and Lobster, the most Brighton of Brighton pubs!

Who’s your favourite Brighton celebrity?
It’s got to be Caroline Lucas, I mean what’s not to like?!

When was the last time you had any Brighton Rock?
Actually not that long ago. A couple of friends got married recently and they were giving rock out to all the guests, could it get anymore Brighton!

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Brighton Rocks #23 : Fragile Creatures

On the weekend of the release of their new EP, we caught up with Adam Kidd from Fragile Creatures to take some photos and ask our set of ten questions:

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What’s the best thing about Brighton?
I just think it’s a really beautiful place to be both aesthetically and in terms of the inhabitants. It’s a really pretty little city and it’s full of lovely people. I miss it terribly whenever I go away! Continue reading

Brighton Rocks #21 : Guru

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What’s the best thing about Brighton?
Simon: Most definitely the people here, it’s hard to find another place where you instantly feel so comfortable and vibe off other people. The sea is alright as well.
Ferg: I like how small it is too. Some people don’t like that but it’s nice being able to walk from one end to the other in half an hour. I don’t like public transport Continue reading

Brighton Rocks #20 : Ex-Display Model

A few months ago, a new account appeared in Instagram suggested people to follow section. It was in the name Ex-Display Model, but it didn’t have any posts, or any follows. Thanks, but no thanks Instagram. It popped up again a few weeks later, followed by a few music accounts that I follow, but still with no posts, so this time I thought maybe I would start following it myself. Then a few weeks later a single picture was posted, which looked like it might have been David and Ed from Fujiya & Miyagi, but I wasn’t 100% sure.  And then in August, Ex-Display Model put out their first single Immaculate Rip. A couple more tracks were drip fed out, then last Friday their self titled debut album was released with no great fanfare, slipped out for people to discover themselves. I got in touch to ask if they fancied doing a Brighton Rocks, but it turned out that AKDK are on tour in Brazil for the next few weeks so Ed wasn’t about. David was keen to strike while the iron was hot though, so he arranged for a stand in and the photo shoot went ahead anyway: Continue reading