Last night Clowwns played at the Hope & Ruin (supported by Mum Dad and the Kids, but we got there a bit late for them because Clowwns played a two sets). The band, who disppeared off the scene for a few years are back for 2020, and played a mix of old and new songs, all as tight and angular as they ever were. Lighting was provided by the seemingly omnipresent Innerstrings (who’s also going to be hard at work next weekend running Lewes Psych Fest, alongside last night’s promoter Melting Vinyl). Click through the pics to view large:
It’s the fourth of November and we haven’t got around to this month’s gig preview post yet. That means we’ve missed out on telling you about Tru Thoughts 20th Birthday Party which was at Patterns on Saturday, and British Sea Power’s all dayer at the Concorde yesterday. There’s still a lot of other gigs to tell you about though, including a couple in December – The music world shuts down towards the end of November and only posts end of year lists, so I’m including them now so they don’t get missed.
Anyway, first gig to mention is Projector, who are playing at the Green Door Store this Thursday following the release of their latest single Superstar a few weeks back. Support comes from Gaygirl, Zooni and The Golden Age of TV.
Then on Friday night Yonaka kick off their tour with a hometown gig at the Concorde 2. It’s sold out, so well done if you’ve got tickets.
Blood Red Shoes are fresh from supporting the Pixies on their tour, so are bound to be on top form when they play at Chalk on Thursday 14th November. They’ve got a new live four piece set up so they’ll be sounding bigger than ever.
We always try and make sure we mention when Brighton bands play an instore at Resident, and this month it’s the turn of BMB favourites Dog in the Snow, who play on 15th November in support of their new album Vanishing Lands which comes out on the same day on Bella Union. This will be your only chance to them live around the time of release (as far as we can see), so don’t pass this up.
On 21st November Lazybones play a gig at Latest, which we’re pleased to see hosting more shows again these days. They’re out on the road currently promoting their new single Trash Talk which is out now.
Hanya are just about to put out their first single since signing to Outre records. The launch party is at The Richmond on Wednesday 27that The Richmond on Wednesday 27that The Richmond on Wednesday 27th, and support comes from Langkamer and World News.
On now to the December gigs that we mentioned earlier. We couldn’t not mention Penelope Isles – one of the nicest and hardest working bands in town. Not that they’ve been in town much in 2019, having spent every waking hour off on tour. But their touring comes to a close on 11th December, when they headline Chalk. If it’s not sold out yet it will be, and don’t say that we didn’t warn you. Support comes from Ciel, and Innerstrings will be on visuals duty.
Last but by no means least Steve Mason plays a Christmas show at St Barts on Friday 20th December – They’ve even photoshopped a santa hat onto his picture. If he doesn’t play any Christmas tunes that probably means you can ask for your money back. Maybe.
It’s 2nd September, so it’s time for another of our monthly gig preview posts. We skipped August because it seems most of the promoters and venues were also taking a well earned holiday, but normal service is resumed now. Continue reading
Last night Orchards headlined the Hope & Ruin, playing their first sold out headline show of their careers to date. The gig was in aid of Brighton Women’s Centre, so selling out is the best thing that could have happened for both the band and the charity involved. Support came from Libra Libra (who we saw) and Pollon (who we sadly missed). Continue reading
It’s the first of July and summer’s definitely here. What’s hot in the world of Brighton music over the next month though? Read on and we’ll tell you…
The first gig we have to mention takes place this Friday (5th), when The Physics House Band play at the Hope & Ruin, off the back of their recent Death Sequence EP. There are two local supports – Inwards and Jouis – and the nightwill be lit by Innerstrings.
Yumi & The Weather are on the road around the UK from today for their first full band tour. They’re playing at the Green Door Store on Monday 8th July.
If you want to see a great band AND do some good this month, then go and see Orchards, who play at the Hope & Ruin on Wednesday 10th July, where profits are going to Brighton Women’s centre. This will be the first time we’ve actually caught a full Orchards set, having missed them so many times and only managing to catch the last couple of songs at this year’s Great Escape. Support comes from Libra Libra and Pollon.
Penelope Isles‘ new album When The Tide Comes In comes out a week on Friday, and they’re playing an instore at Resident on Wednesday 17th July. Unless you’re lucky enough to be at one of the European festivals they’re playing at this summer, this is going to be your only chance to see them until their tour in November / December (which finishes at the Haunt on December 11th).
Finally, we couldn’t close off our gig preview without mentioning Rag’n’Bone Man’s gig at the Racecourse on Saturday 27th July. I’m not sure if he still lives locally, but does that really matter when he’s done so much for the local music scene – working his way up with Rum Committee, supporting AudioActive, and playing at the Brits in front of visuals of the pier.
It’s almost June, which means that we’re almost due for our regular monthly gig preview, back to a standard one after our amended format for May when focussed on the Great Escape.
Had May been a normal month, top of the bill would have been Fujiya & Miyagi‘s launch for their new album Flashback at the Green Door Store this Wednesday. 29th May is pretty much June, so it can take top of the bill on this post instead. Continue reading
Next week sees the return of The Great Escape, where we all get even less sleep than normal, and anywhere you could imagine a stage, and a few places you couldn’t, turn into venues for three days. It overshadows most other musical happenings in May, which is quite remarkable since May is also the month of Brighton Festival, so this post replaces our usual monthly gig preview. Continue reading