Brighton Rocks #29 : Leroy Horns from Barnacles

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:

Brighton Rocks #28 : Penelope Isles

We first approached Penelope Isles about doing a Brighton Rocks with us back in June but as we’ve been told my multiple people, they’re the hardest working band in town, so the post is only finally going up now. Their album Until The Tide Creeps In came out on Bella Union back in July and the band have been on tour pretty much all this year, most recently supporting the Flaming Lips and playing at British Sea Power’s Krankenhaus festival. Next week they kick off a headline worldwide tour, starting with Europe, then North America, then Europe again and back to the UK culminating in a headline gig at the Haunt on 11th December

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What’s the best thing about Brighton?
Hill Top Cafe. A regular stop for us on our way outa town! Continue reading

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
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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