Last night we went to see The Go! Team play a sold out show at the Concorde 2. It’s no surprise it was sold out – their new album Semicircle is their best in years and their live performances are second to none. Not even the freezing weather could put a dampener on things. Here’s our pics. As usual, click through to view large:
So, that’s January pretty much done with, which means it’s time for our February gig roundup. First up is an all dayer at the Green Door Store this Saturday from our friends over at Brighton Noise. Thanks to the Facebook event saying “in no particular order” we can’t quite work out who’s headlining out of Dirty White Fever, Breathe Panel, Garden Centre, Penelope Isles (playing songs from their individual solo projects), Leatherhead, Tilt, Merlin Tonto, Perch and the National Intelligence Agency, but we trust their judgement and it’ll be great whatever you get to see.
The big gig for us this month is the Go! Team, who have had the venue upgraded for the hometown show of their tour to the Concorde 2 (so please don’t go to the Haunt!). They’re supported on 11th February by Neon Saints Brass Band (who are also on their great new album) and Berlin’s Gurr.
The following night (Monday 12th February) promoters Hot Wax and Tigmus to put on this months Locals night at the Prince Albert. This time round that’ve got Hanya, Circe, Tuval and Olivia May Green on the bill. Then on Wednesday 14th why not take your valentine to Rixson Music’s Support Your Local Girl Gang night at Sticky Mike’s where CLT DRP are headlining.
As well the Go! Team, another of one of Brighton’s heavy hitting bands are playing – If you’re lucky you will have got yourself a ticket to see British Sea Power play at the Concorde 2 on 20th. Unsurprsingly, It’s sold out.
The next Spectrum takes place on 22nd February at the Basement and is a QM records special. Playing live are Lebeaux, Hush and The Isle of CC.
Finally, our last recommendation is the Strange Cages single launch on February 23rd, where they’re playing CBGBs night at the Green Door Store to celebrate the launch of their next release Hypothalamus Blues, with support from Guru and a DJ set from Wytches.
We saw a couple of fantastic local bands last night at the Hope & Ruin, comprising a range of familiar local talent.
Brother Twain are the band of brothers Adrien and Etienne Rodes, and fronted by Miles Heathfield (of Clowwns) they play a 60s influenced garage psych with great applomb. Their first album was released a year ago and can be heard here but they have a range of new tunes now too.
Headliners The Pure Conjecture are fronted by Matt Eaton, an unlikely looking soul singer but a man who carries his songs well, and with a tight backing band (including three quarters of the Brakes) who manage to create real energy and excitement behind Eaton’s excellent Stax-Motown influenced songs. Reminiscent to thse ears of Elvis Costello and the Attractions in their Get Happy guise, this was a thilling set featuring songs from all three of the band’s albums and including excellent guest vocal appearances from trombonist Gram Parsons, on Baby Stop Crying a barnstorming Andrew Willis.
The Pure Conjecture‘s superb ‘No Ghosts’ LP from last year is available to listen and buy on bandcamp.
Last night we went along to the new Support Your Local Girl Gang night at Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar. The night has been started up by local promoters Rixson Music after reading about how under represented women are on bills across gigs and festivals in the UK. We got there a little too late to see opener Holly Deanna, but we did see Anna Leigh Stainton, IVI and Stranger Girl, all of whom are names to keep your eyes out for – we’ve had a couple of IVI’s tracks on the blog over the last year, and will no doubt be featuring the others in due course. Here’s our pics, as always, click to view large:
Happy Birthday Green Door Store! Yesterday our favourite venue in town invited us along to their birthday gig. As we mentioned in our January gig preview post there were a couple of Brighton bands on the bill – Guru and Desire – so we pointed our lens at them and you can see the pics below. Click through to view large:
After posting our 2017 reflections in our top 25 over the past few weeks the time has come to look forward again. Here’s our January 2018 gig preview post.
First up is a band who were in the top five of our end of year list. Fresh from supporting Fujiya & Miyagi on their UK tour in December, grasshopper are headlining their own gig at the Green Door Store on 3rd January, supported by Red Deer People and Olm.
Talking of the Green Door Store, they’re holding their 7th Birthday Bash on Saturday 6th January. There’s a couple of Brighton bands on the bill (Desire and Guru), but the whole night looks great to us with Crows, Hotel Lux, Madonnatron and Lice also playing.
Wednesday 10th January is the first of new night at Sticky Mike’s called Support Your Local Girl Gang. It’s been started by Rixson Music after reading a report in the Guardian which said that 69% of gig sin the UK were made up of only male musicians. The first night features Strange Girl, MOMAC, IBI, and Ann Leigh Stainton. If you can’t make it, then the next Support Your Local Girl Gang will be on 14th February.
On the Friday of that week (12th January), Acid Box Promotions put on their first gig of the year at the Hope & Ruin – Projector are headlining and support comes from Strange Cages, Gaygirl and Sit Down.
The following week see’s two of Brighton’s biggest rising stars playing headline shows – Yonaka play at the Green Door Store on Wednesday 17th January, and then on Friday night (19th January) Tigercub play the Concorde 2 supported by Our Girl, Glum and Sick Joy.
Then, in the last week of January Love Thy Neighbour hold their second Triptych mini-festival at the Hope & Ruin. The concept is the same as last year – three bands on three nights, showcasing family and friends of the label – some bands who’ve released music on Love Thy Neighbour and others hand picked by label boss Andy Rossiter. Additionally, each night also has a very limited lathe cut vinyl release featuring the three bands playing. Triptych 1 on Thursday 25th January features The Hundredth Anniversary, Penelope Isles and Prince Vaseline, Triptych 2 on Friday 26th January sees Dark Horses, Projector and Circe playing, and Triptych 3 on Saturday 27th January finishes up the festival with Jungfrau, Speak Galactic and T House.
For this month’s gig preview post we’re actually going to cover November and December. Generally there aren’t as many gigs in December, and we’re normally distracted with end of year stuff on the blog, so it’s seems appropriate to cover two months in one post now. Continue reading