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:

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

Who are the your favourite local bands?
grasshopper

What’s the best venue?
The Brighton centre. Not really.
I have a real soft spot for the Prince Albert. That’s where Fujiya & Miyagi used to play early on and whenever I go there it brings back fond memories.

What’s the best rehearsal space / studio?
Church Road Studios for recording and Ooosh in Portslade for practicing.

What’s the best club?
I honestly have no idea. There’s a northern soul night happening at the komedia on 10th November which looks good.

What’s the best record shop?
I like Monkey Music Emporium and obviously Resident. The one at the bottom of trafalgar street is good too but I’ve forgotten what it’s called. It’s a shame Borderline and Rounder are no longer around. And the one that used to be above the comic shop in Kensington gardens was interesting.

Where’s the best places to eat?
I don’t really like restaurants. Pizza express is ok.

What’s the best pub?
Watchmakers near Hove station.

Who’s your favourite Brighton celebrity?
Does Nick Berry still live locally? My dad enjoys ‘Heartbeat’ so he must have something about him.

When was the last time you had any Brighton Rock?
Never.

Ex-Display Model by Ex-Display Model is out now, available on Spotify, iTunes and Bandcamp (by clicking the image below)

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Brighton Rocks #19 :Yumi & The Weather

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What’s the best thing about Brighton?
Brighton would not be what it is without the people… but love the starlings flying about by West Pier, also sitting in Pavilion Gardens with friends on a sunny day. I also love the buildings in Brighton and the graffiti.

Who are the your favourite local bands?
I’d say at the moment: Knightstown, Slugabed, Wild Cat Strike and Bobbie Johnson.

What’s the best venue?
Very hard to narrow it down. I really like Sticky Mikes cause it’s like a bass cave and great for bands and electronic music – but have also seen some amazing international acts at Rose Hill, and you can’t miss out Concorde 2 and The Dome. Some great shows have been seen there.

What’s the best rehearsal space / studio?
We usually switch it up between Studio 95, Small Pond and Brighton Electric, but ultimately, Studio 95 – as just the one room which we know well and the assistant manager is a Cat called Ponyo who steals and eats cigarette filters.

What’s the best club?
Green Door, Casablanca, and The Haunt are great for a boogie.

What’s the best record shop?
Used to love browsing at Borderline but now it would have to be Rarekind or Resident.

Where’s the best places to eat?
Planet India, Giggling Squid, Hells Kitchen for the best baguette.

What’s the best pub?
Too hard. Variety is the spice of life. For food – Saint James’. Black Dove is great and Lion and Lobster is really nice layout and garden.

Who’s your favourite Brighton celebrity?
My Auntie Alexia Lazou. A photo of her dressed as a Victorian was on some of the Brighton buses.

When was the last time you had any Brighton Rock?
Too long ago, I think I am overdue.

Yumi & The Weather’s self titled debut EP comes out this Friday on MIOHMI records

Brighton Rocks #18 : Fröst

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Who are the your favourite local bands?
Jo: Electrelane, Gazelle Twin (not technically Brighton anymore…), Grasshopper, Merlin Tonto, AK/DK, I Am Ampersand…
Steve: All the above plus Pete Fij & Terry Bickers, Transformer and Jamal & Alaa

What’s the best venue?
Jo: The Prince Albert – it’s intimate and feels super special. The Dome has got to be up there too. I also love going to The Rosehill – Kassia and Jules have created a real hub.
Steve: I’ve also seen some great gigs in the Green Door Store recently.

What’s the best rehearsal space / studio?
Jo: Brighton Electric. Most of the time we rehearse in my little studio room at home though.
Steve: Ooosh Tours in Portslade has a great rehearsal space. For recording, Church Road Studios in Hove is excellent.

What’s the best club?
Jo: With a bunch of friends we’ve recently started a film club which involves lots of wine drinking, swimming in the sea, and talking about great films. My kind of club these days…!

What’s the best record shop?
Jo: Resident
Steve: I also like Mr Bongo

Where’s the best places to eat?
Jo: Cin Cin on Vine Street is a current favourite. Carlito Burrito, Fatto a Mano, Murasaki, Plateau, Kitgum Kitchen, Baby Boa at The Pond are always good options and The Set for a special occasion. Belgian Chips on St James are amazing with all the Belgian sauces just like back home.
Steve: I love the Chilli Pickle

What’s the best pub?
Steve: I normally drink in the Reservoir or the Village in Hanover these days, but I like the Battle of Trafalgar when I’m in town.
Jo: The Great Eastern

Who’s your favourite Brighton celebrity?
Jo: Matt King aka Super Hans and Nick Cave obviously.
Steve: Steve Coogan

What’s the best thing about Brighton?
Jo: being so close to the Downs, the cliffs, the sea; so easily connected to the rest of the world via Gatwick; and on top of that being a place of open mindedness, creativity and a green dot in the sea of blue.
Steve: Brighton & Hove Albion and the music scene of course

When was the last time you had any Brighton Rock?
Jo: don’t think I’ve ever had one…
Steve: Not sure I have either. I had some Southend rock when I was a kid.

Record Still Spinning by Fröst is out now. It will appear on the album Matters, due out on 28th September on Lost Room records

Brighton Rocks #17 : LibraLibra

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What is the best thing about Brighton?
BETH: It’s a very open and accepting city, it’s a place where you come out of your shell and be your true self. I think what’s really telling of this is how the Brighton art/music scene is flourishing, there are some crazy talented bands / musicians / artists left right and centre. It’s an exciting place to be right now.

What are your favourite local bands?
BETH: Brighton has a lot to give but at the forefront of this Tigercub are one of my top favs – their sound is huge, bold and fierce and send shivers down my spine.
JOE: I’m absolutely loving Yumi & The Weather – their new single is guna be massive – check it out and get to know.
BETH: Others that should most definitely be on your radar – Dog in The Snow, Blush, Crayola Lectern, Drip Gloss, Clt Drp, Projector… I could go on.

What the best venue?
JOE: We love the Green Door Store, the team there are fantastic, run by Toni, who is very cool and let us completely decorate the venue for our single launch on the 22nd June.
BETH: Yeah it’s great when a space lets you have complete control and has no qualms with letting you run wild. It’s a great place for bands to start out too.

What’s the best rehearsal space/studio?
BETH: Small Pond – Joe helped build it and runs it with a team over there and we’re there writing, recording and rehearsing all the time.

What’s the best club?
JOE: For electronic/ dance and club nights Patterns definitely wins, they work really hard at getting the best djs and artists in and the sound system is awesome.
BETH: Tbh I’m happy at the 80s night at The Haunt.

What’s the best record shop?
JOE: Resident is a bit of a Brighton institution, isn’t it – they have a great collection, some awesome in store shows. I’d also like to mention Rarekind they always have a cool collection and worth checking out.

Where’s the best places to eat?
BETH: Well… there are so many and I love food. Narrowing it down is very very hard but I was taken to 64 Degrees on my Birthday and my God – it was beautiful and an experience too.
JOE: Now being Vegan, finding a good Vegan pizza has been challenge until Purezza, they smash it.

What’s the best pub?
JOE: We are both suckers for Lion & Lobster, it’s the best in the winter.

Who’s your favourite Brighton celebrity?
BETH: Nick Cave, he is one of my hero’s – If I have seen him I just go red and have ‘I’m not worthy’ running in my brain and dart off.

When was the last time you had any Brighton Rock?
JOE: I think I was nine…
BETH: I’ve looked but not touched.

Tongues by LibraLibra is out now

Brighton Rocks #16 : Crayola Lectern

Normally we’re very strict about making sure we only write about Brighton based acts, and Crayola Lectern lives in Worthing these days, but he’s one of the precious few who we relax our rules for. He’s been a fixture on the Brighton scene for a number of years now, his first album came out on Brighton label Bleeding Hearts Recordings, and the launch for his new album Happy Endings was at the Rosehill.

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What’s the best thing about Brighton?
For me, these days it is its proximity to Worthing. This works both ways as the two towns complement each other and provide things the other lacks. I love Brighton for its vibrancy and the feeling that you may follow your dream, at least for a while, that you can be your glorious, unedited self without fear of small town tut-tuttings. It has worn off significantly on the neighbour town, where a burgeoning community of creative types, writers, artists, weirdos, poets, bad-ass rock’n’rollers, radish-worshipping occultists, DJ’s, string quartets and experimentalists all do their thing whilst the town retains a sleepy serenity. Collaboration between the towns is increasing dramatically culturally, not least with Brighton’s creaking City College having being merged with Worthing’s thriving Northbrook, whose Theatre departmant is one of the top in the country and whose music department boasts some of the best equipped recording facilities in the South, giving incredible opportunities to students.

Who are your favourite local bands?
Le Juki – the album doesn’t seem to want to leave my CD player. Very organic, kind of playful, oddly beguiling, familiar somehow, yet a little out of reach, like a dream. The sound of being alive. I love it.
Here’s a list of ones who are up to interesting things who I recommend: Dog In The Snow, MUMMY, Brother Twain, Chop Chop, L C Pumpkin, Libra Libra, Map 71, Porridge Radio, The Fiction Aisle and Muddy Suzuki for starters.

What’s the best venue?
Well, on this subject I’m going to have to rule out all the venues without pianos, which will narrow things down somewhat. Komedia Studio Bar has given me some treasured memories (piano 9/10) and is lovely, ditto the Friends Meeting House (grand piano 9/10). Brunswick is good too (piano 6/10) and The Verdict (piano 8/10).
But my winner here is The Rose Hill, a very vibey space, great layout, good people, top sound, a low upright (piano 7.5/10) which is of course great for sight lines. Feels like a hub for my kind of musical echo chamber.
If we could include Worthing, I’d say St Pauls Arts Centre, a deconsecrated church, feels like you’re in a film, such is the enchantment of the place (piano 10/10).

What’s the best rehearsal space/studio?
I like the way Brighton Electric has grown over the years. It is such a beautiful old building and is so conducive to band practising with the whole lounge / bar thing, whilst being really well laid out and equipped.
For recording, I use Metway as again, I love the space itself. You can hole yourself up in there without fear of the outside world intruding.

What’s the best club?
The only club I’ve really attended with any frequency over the last few years is Synthesize Me. It was hosted at Pelirocco Hotel and the lights of Innerstrings competed with the kitsch interior decor to provide a setting in which some weird and wonderful sounds would be regularly exorcised from musicians and DJ’s alike. It has moved to Worthing now. I just went there again yesterday at the groovy Coast Cafe. Always a great feeling in the room.

What’s the best record shop?
Bella Union vinyl shop. The day Simon Raymonde upped sticks from the big smoke was a great day for Brighton. A generous soul, meticulous curator, laid back (but slightly dangerous) rockstar / label boss and maximum dude, his little shop hidden away on Ship Street Gardens is a magic place to discover some of the musical gems from the incredibly impressive Bella union family. It is like a sweetie shop for music lovers.

Where’s the best places to eat?
I always stop off at Necot in Kemp Town, whose Americanos hit the spot exactly, as they add the perfect amount of water of water, ensuring the “hit” is achieved and the taste uncompromised. I actually look forward to going by there, very calm environment, light, food looks tasty and the people working there are ace.
For food, I’ve phoned a friend and Bic recommends the Vegetable Patia from Maharani or Bankers for chunky chips. As he says, “who doesn’t like chunky chips?”

What’s the best pub?
The Robin Hood or The Bees Mouth if I’m over that side of town. Dimly lit, dens of iniquity generally are good for evening japes.

Who’s your favourite Brighton celebrity?
The Australian Contingent. Noah Taylor, a friend, I bumped into right after this photo shoot on my way home and his buddy, Mr Cave without whom….

When was the last time you had any Brighton Rock?
La Mômo (krautische punky pop band with Sadie and me) had some bespoke Brighton Rock made up as band merch in about 2004. We also did La Mômo knickers which were amazingly popular. I still have the rock. Horrible stuff!

Happy Endings by Crayola Lectern is out now on Onomatopoeia Records now. The next Brighton Crayola Lectern gig in on 17th September at the Komedia supporting Lost Horizons.

Brighton Rocks #15 : La Lune

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What’s the best thing about Brighton?
I think the best thing about Brighton is how free-spirited it is. It’s so quirky and weird, and no one’s afraid to express themselves, which is really cool – you don’t get that so much in other places. I’m from London originally, and I now find it quite plain, but also sort of pretentious in comparison. Also, the beach is great, obviously!

Who are the your favourite local bands?
I’m probably biased because their my friends, but my favourites are Peace In Protest, Seeva, the Yellow Bellies, and Sal Paradise. I also love Yonaka – the front-woman seems so cool, and is an incredible performer.

What’s the best venue?
The Old Market is such a nice venue! I’d love to play a show there one day. I’m yet to go to the Haunt or Brighton Dome for a gig – I’m really keen to check those venues out. During the Great Escape, they open Wagner Hall as a venue for Vevo, and it’s honestly amazing! I think it’s usually a gallery or exhibition centre or something, but it makes such a cool venue.

What’s the best rehearsal space / studio?
Small Pond is great – although not if you’re in the same room as a sweaty band that have just finished practicing.

What’s the best club?
I’m not really one for clubbing, but Casa Blanca is decent. They have a sick live band that play all the classic bangers, so it’s good fun. And if I’m smashed, Revenge is a great night out. I went to Shooshh once. Never again.

What’s the best record shop?

Before I moved down to Brighton, I always used to go to Resident to buy my records. I really like it there – it’s a nice vibe, and they often have in-store performances and signings, which is pretty cool.

Where’s the best places to eat?
Terre à Terre does the most amazing vegan food – it’s actually insane. It’s a bit pricey, but SO worth it.

What’s the best pub?
As trashy and uncultured as it, I do love a good Wetherspoons. You can’t beat their pitchers of cocktails to get you started. Crowns is also good – they do £3 doubles for students.

Who’s your favourite Brighton celebrity?

I sometimes see Gabrielle Aplin and Natti from Fickle Friends around. They’re super cool music ladies.

When was the last time you had any Brighton Rock?

Maybe when I was, like, twelve? It has been a while!

Love / Sick is out today on Spotify, iTunes and Apple Music