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