Brighton Rocks #6 – Animal House

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What’s the best thing about Brighton?

The people. We were incredibly warmly welcomed into a big group of friends as soon as we arrived and it’s never been difficult to meet a friend here. The music scene follows along that same vein.

Who are the your favourite local bands?

Blue Spectre – garage surf rock
Strange Cages – 70’s style psychedelia
Other States – sort of Western style crooning, little bit like old Nick Cave with modern production

What’s the best venue?

I mean – Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar is always a laugh, The Hope & Ruin is great upstairs, Green Door Store has a great garagy feel; they’ve all got their selling points.

What’s the best rehearsal space / studio?

Our one! We lucked out when we arrived and have a space in a DIY rehearsal room we share with several other bands and musicians. We pay a monthly rent and have basically unlimited access, it’s bloody wonderful.

What’s the best club?

You want classic bangers, The Haunt on a Friday or Saturday, though I might be vilified for that. Legends is lovely and Volks is a classic super late night / early morning club innit.

What’s the best record shop?

To be honest I like just snooping around all of them. Some owned by old legends who have a collection of a billion records they’re selling and know each one like the back of their hand, I always have the most fun in those. Resident genuinely has to be the best for new music though.

Where’s the best place to eat?

One of my favourite local haunts is Milk No Sugar on Trafalgar street. It’s a happy little Vietnamese restaurant, cheap, delicious and the dude who owns it is literally the friendliest person there ever was.

What’s the best pub?

The Great Eastern, also on Trafalgar Street is just such a great little English Pub, best enjoyed in Winter though. In the summer, I mean, I hate to say The Fortune of War but it’s a classic beach front destination.

Who’s your favourite Brighton celebrity?

Has to be Steve Coogan. I’ve served both him and Nick Cave separately when I was working in cafes. I tried to make a joke regarding a banana loaf to Steve Coogan but he didn’t hear (or pretended not to) and I died a little bit.

When was the last time you had any Brighton Rock?

You mean the candy? Ummmmm… a year ago at a party probably?

Animal House‘s Hot Bodies EP is out now, headed up with the super-catchy Coca Cola. You can catch them live on 28th July when they play a headline gig at the Hope & Ruin:

Brighton Rocks #5 – Eleanor Rudge from The Hundredth Anniversary

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What’s the best thing about Brighton?

It’s colourfulness and liveliness. And it’s got loads of my friends in it.

Who are the your favourite local bands?

Penelope Isles & Porridge Radio at the moment, both for their live shows.

What’s the best venue?

I went there for the first time this weekend, but it was great and I want to play a show there… The Marlborough Theatre

What’s the best rehearsal space / studio?

Brighton Electric

What’s the best club?

haha, umm… I’d probably go to Volks if I was going to a club.

What’s the best record shop?

Resident’s obviously great and we’re lucky to have it. But I also like the selection of records in The Family Store a lot…

Where’s the best places to eat?

There’s so many nice places, the place I want to try next is Manjus, they do vegetarian Indian street food and I’ve heard it’s great.

What’s the best pub?

Great Eastern for cosiness / Mucky Duck for the vegetarian roast / Marlborough for the free pool and inclusiveness

Who’s your favourite Brighton celebrity?

I’ve got a feeling David Shrigley lives down here now… if so, he gets my vote.

When was the last time you had any Brighton Rock?

Never, I’m afraid. But I’d take one of those fake fry ups you can get that are made out of rock instead I think.

The Hundredth Anniversary’s album Sea State Pictures is out now on Faking Jazz Together Records, and is available on download on bandcamp or physically from the band’s webstore or Resident.

Brighton Rocks #4 – Will Charlton from The New Faith

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What’s the best thing about Brighton?

We have the best and most liberal shant anywhere in the country.

Who are the your favourite local bands?

Other States are great, they’re a publishers dream. Proper tight and look class. The singers got a great get-up.

What’s the best venue?

Green Door Store… despite not the best sound has good memories for me.

What’s the best rehearsal space / studio?

Small Pond are good, they’re making a good go of it, it’s round the corner and has an Nintendo 64 😉

What’s the best club?

Clubbing is for boyz

What’s the best record shop?

Wax Factor, because it feels like organised chaos. They also let us play our test pressings in there.

Where’s the best places to eat?

Market or the Golden Arches

What’s the best pub?

Any whose bar staff wear costumes. I like the Brighton Beer Dispensary because it’s unpretentious in a pretentious kind of way.

Who’s your favourite Brighton celebrity?

Frankie Cocozza, he’s as beautiful as he is prolific.

When was the last time you had any Brighton Rock?

None ever, but I’d assume it’s not too dissimilar to Southsea Rock.

Too Sad To Be Young by The New Faith is out on 2nd June. The launch party is at the Prince Albert on 29th May.

Brighton Rocks #3 – Anneka

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What’s the best thing about Brighton?

Forgetting how great Summers are here, then being reminded by Spring of what’s to come.

Who are the your favourite local bands?

I’ve been enjoying the latest Fear of Men album recently – they released it last year but I’ve only just got around to giving it a proper listen. I’ve not seen them play so will have to check them out next time they perform here.

What’s the best venue?

The Green Door Store for the venue, The Haunt or the Brighton Dome Studio Theatre for the sound.

What’s the best rehearsal space / studio?

Brighton Electric. I’ve heard great things about Small Pond recording studios so need to give that place a go when I start rehearsing for live shows again.

What’s the best club?

I’m a bit out of touch with clubbing now! I used to be a regular at The Volks and Audio (now Patterns). Now I’m getting nerdy and older – I prefer to play Risk 2210AD with friends while drinking and listening to music from the comfort of a chair at 1am on a Saturday night.

What’s the best record shop?

Resident.

Where’s the best places to eat?

Bincho Yakitori (very tasty Japanese) and Food For Friends (best cocktails and delicious veggie food) are my currently top of my list. One of my favourite things to do here is getting pizza at Franco Manca before watching a film at The Dukes Komedia.

What’s the best pub?

It was The Foundry but it’s recently closed! Such a shame, hopefully whoever takes it over will keep it as it was. At the moment The Dover is becoming a new favourite. Although you can’t fault sitting outside The Waggon & Horses on a sunny evening.

Who’s your favourite Brighton celebrity?

I saw the actor who plays SuperHanz in Peep Show with the most amazing puppy the other day. So he’s a clear winner.

When was the last time you had any Brighton Rock?

A very long time ago, not a fan.

Anneka’s Life Force EP is out now on Anti Ghost Moon Ray records

Brighton Rocks #2 : TEEFF

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What’s the best thing about Brighton?
The people. I’ve lived in Brighton for nearly 10 years and in that time I’ve met so many free-spirited, creative individuals. That’s what’s kept me here. Lord knows it’s not the rent prices!
Who are the your favourite local bands?
I’m adoring Other States right now. They have this sleazy, coy, American vibe going on which just does it for me.
What’s the best venue / rehearsal space / studio? 
I really like Brighton Electric as a venue. Primarily it’s a recording and rehearsal space but they also put on gigs and when they do, there is a real sense of community that comes from all of the musicians gathering in one place to support each other.
What’s the best club?
I don’t really go out clubbing anymore, I’m more of a get-smashed-on-a-bunch-of-cocktails kind of girl so I’m not sure.
What’s the best record shop?
Spotify. Jokinngggg! Resident I’d say, they stock all the music that I like (including my new EP ‘Who Are You, Really?’. Available now in all the best record stores!)
Where’s the best place to eat?
It’s got to be Riddle And Finns. I’ve only eaten there once and that was when my friend won £500 and offered to take me out for dinner anywhere I liked… So I picked the most expensive place I could… I’m sorry Josh. Champagne and oysters are just what I crave.
What’s the best pub?
From day one it’s always been the Bees Mouth. It’s so womblike in there. My friend and I used to play the open mic night in there when we were underaged and broke so that we could get a free beer for playing. I hope they still let me back in despite BREAKING THE LAW!
Who’s your favourite Brighton celebrity?
Bird Man.
When was the last time you had any Brighton Rock?
Never. The doughnuts on the pier are good though!

Who Are You, Really? by TEEFF is out now on Love Thy Neighbour:

Brighton Rocks #1 : Jim Corbin from Sea Bed

Being called Brighton Music Blog, we don’t actually talk too much about Brighton. Sure, we write about plenty of bands from Brighton, but we don’t often go much beyond that. All that’s about to change with our new feature, Brighton Rocks, where we hear a bit more about what local bands like about Brighton, and get a shot of them somewhere unmistakeably familiar. First in the hot seat is Jim Corbin, from BMB favourites Sea Bed:

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What’s the best thing about Brighton?
The feeling of being able to truly be yourself. That and the fact you can escape to the beach in about 10 minutes from wherever you are.
Who are the your favourite local bands?
Theres so many… TEEFF is a new electronic project that is really exciting us. There’s also Kudu Blue who are pushing the electronic alternative pop sound in the same vein as us. Yonaka are also killing it at the moment so Brighton’s in good shape.
What’s the best venue?
The Haunt when packed or sold out is something special. Saw Moon Duo there a few years ago and it still stands out as one of the best raw live performances I’ve been to. And Savages at Concored2. My head hurt after that one.
What’s the best rehearsal space / studio?
Best rehearsal space is Brighton Electric hands down. Studio wise Saint Studios has it going on for us.
What’s the best club?
MONO along the seafront. For me is picking up a lot of the interesting underground and electronic music that the larger clubs cant justify putting nights on for.
What’s the best record shop?
Middle Floor above Rarekind Records. Underground house techno and everything else that sits in that camp can be found there. Its been a while since I’ve been cause monies too tight to mention…. but I will return.
Where’s the best places to eat?
Burger Brothers, Bills, Food for Friends and The Hobgoblin. I think that’s everything from pure filth to health covered right?
What’s the best pub?
Bees mouth. It has what you actually want from a pub… nice booze and a decent place to meet people.
Who’s your favourite Brighton celebrity?
Disco Pete. I’ve seen him everywhere from Brighton seafront to the Amex watching Carl Cox. Legend.
When was the last time you had any Brighton Rock?
When I didn’t have to pay for my dental costs.
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Pretender by Sea Bed is out now. Signed CDs can be bought through the band’s webstore.