A week ago today, Pete Fij and Terry Bickers played at the Rialto on the Brighton date of their tour to support their new album We Are Millionaires, and we were privileged to be invited along. The album is a beautiful thing, not nearly as downbeat as Pete and Terry described it on the night. Sure, it’s not a cheery pop album, but it’s more reflective than depressing, and the thing that we loved was the quality of the songwriting an musicianship on show. Support on the night came from Les Black. (click on pics to view large)
One of these days we’ll get around to posting our gig preview posts at the end of the previous month rather than a few days into the new month. Not this month though. If I was on the ball, I’d have posted about ZOFFF’s gig at the Prince Albert last Sunday, where they were joined onstage by Terry Bickers and Jo Spratley and lit by Innerstrings. As a consolation, ZOFFF are playing again on 30th September at the Prince Albert.
Tomorrow night (6th September) Bloom head up an international showcase at the Rosehill, joined by Bell Lungs from Glasgow and Sam Goodwill from Ohio. There’s a cheap list if you post your name on the facebook event.
On Friday Night, Small Pond and Sugar Free Records are throwing a fundraiser for Dan from Cleft, unsubtly called Fuck Off Cancer. Local bands Bearded Youth Quest and Exploder Than You join Axes to complete the bill.
As mentioned in our new music post earlier this evening, GAPS launch their album As It Is at the Prince Albert on 14th September. Support comes from TEEFF and Japanese Sweets plus a Foreign Skin DJ set.
The launch for Projector new cassette based double A side single Love / Dreaming is at the Green Door Store on Friday 15th September. Support comes from Sick Joy, Loa Loa and Murmur
We’ve already mentioned one gig on 30th September, but there’s actually another two that have caught our eye. The first of these is the Porridge Radio / Penelope Isles co headline gig at Latest put on by Brighton Noise. That Friday night also sees the return of Spectrum, the gig series put on by the Dome, which has taken a break while the Studio is being refurbished, but is coming back in some new homes while work continues. The first of these is at the Basement and is hosted by Objects Ltd, a local label only releasing acts who identify as female or non binary. Objects Head Honcho Lara Rix-Martin headlines the night under her Meemo Comma alias, and is joined by Drill Folly and Ingrid Plum.
A few days later than anticipated (aren’t we always apologising for late posts?) here’s a few of the gigs happening around town in August.
First up is a series of gigs at the Joker called “Wanna Hang?”. They’re taking place every Tuesday in August (so there’s been one already and the next is tomorrow night). The future gigs see headlines from Breathe Panel, The New Tusk and Beachtape, but there’s four bands on each night. Tickets are only a mere three pounds which strikes us as a bargain.
Next Sunday is what’s probably Brighton Music Blog faves grasshopper‘s last gig for a while. They’re on the bill with Murder Boys and Strange Cages at The Prince Albert.
The following night (Monday 14th August), Brighton Noise are also putting on a night at the Prince Albert. It’s headlined by 80’s Matchbox B-line disaster spin-off Piano Wire, and also has T House from Charlottefield / Sweet Williams on the line up, but we’re most interested in this gig because it’s the debut performance from Black Bunny, Thomas White’s new band. Continue reading
We don’t do gig previews that much any more, mainly because we don’t get out nearly as much as we used to. We’ve got a big feature coming, but it’s taking a little while to get together, so to tide you over until then, here’s a few gigs that have caught our eye over the coming month:
Tomorrow night (Monday 10th July), Bleeding Hearts almost celebrate their fifteen birthday at The Rialto. As they put it: “We’d planned to host an alldayer only to find out that our adversaries had used their telemeters to evil effect. Due to dimentional complications we will not be celebrating the actual anniversary but instead our inability to celebrate our longeveness.”. On the bill are Garden Centre, Academy of the Sun, Gary Goodman and Sam Cutting. Continue reading
On Monday night the New Faith launched their new single Too Sad To Be Young at the Prince Albert. When we chatted to them for our recent Brighton Rocks feature they invited us along and we were more than happy to accept. We brought along our camera, because that’s what we do (albeit nearly as often as we used to) – click on the pics to view large: Continue reading
On Friday night we were lucky enough to be right down the front for two fantastic bands at a sold out gig at the Hope & Ruin. It’s been more than a year since AK/DK played in Brighton, but it’s been less than a year since Fröst have been going (although both members are have been in bands for over ten years). Here’s our pics – as usual, click through to view large:
And if you missed out because it was sold out, or want to relive the experience, here’s a couple of live videos from both bands, courtesy of Small Pond and BMusic: