New Brighton Music

Here’s this week’s new music post, two weeks after our last one – we were out of the country last week though, so we’re playing catchup a bit now. Our first tune this week is from Brighton supergroup Alien Stadium, made up of Steve Mason and Primal Scream‘s Martin Duffy. Their first release is a track called This One’s for the Humans, a lolloping almost-baggy almost-bluesy number which is taken from a mini LP called Livin’ in Elizabethan Times which gets released on 1st December. Have a dig around for the version that’s up on Spotify which clocks in over six minutes long and gets a much more psychedelic groove on.

Next up is the return of the incredible Dark Horses who are back with some ghostly krautrock vibes. Their new single VIII comes out on Tricky Spirits Records:

The Fiction Aisle describe their new single Some Things Never Die as having “Winehouse-does-Spiritualized narco-pop vibes”. There’s more Amy than J Spaceman to these ears, but it’s every bit as lovely as everything that’s gone before in the world of the Fiction Aisle. If you’re as big fans as us then we’ll see you down the front at the Hope & Ruin on December 13th.

Dig is the sultry new single Black Honey, who currently on the road with Royal Blood playing huge venues across the country (they stop off at the Brighton Centre on 29th November). It’s coming out on white 7″ on 14th December, but you can pre-order here now.

Psylhouette first graced our pages back in the summer with their single Asking. They’ve teamed up with Berlin vocalist Juli Holz once again for their new EP entitled Everything & Nothing. Here’s the EP opener Rain:

Knightstown‘s new single Border came out last Friday. The album is due next year on Fatcat records – we’ll bring you more details of that as we have them

We gave the most recent Projector single Love a mention back in August but that feels like an age away – it didn’t actually come out until October and the video for it has only just come too. They’re on our list of bands that we MUST get around to seeing in 2018, so we’re more than happy to give it another plug:

Pussyliquor wrote to us a month ago with details of their debut double A side single, but streams have only just gone online this week. Get Out is backed with another track called Kitty Kitty and comes out on 8th December. You can catch them live on 1st December at the Haunt supporting Los Albertos.

It’s been about three years since we last wrote about Anushka, and they had dropped so far off our radar that we missed Do You Have Soul? that they put up last month. It’s obviously all systems go with them now because it’s been quickly followed up with another new track called Mountains:

Next up we have Cannibal Song by White Room, taken from their forthcoming double EP Eight (out this year the PR blurb said without giving a date, but there isn’t that much of this year left). White Room go on their first ever headline tour later this month, playing a date at the Hope & Ruin on 27th November:

No So Bad by Johnny Kills came out last month, but even a mid October release stretches their claim of being a summer single a bit:

These Blind Giants are a new Brighton band who’ve just released their debut single Witch Magnet . You can catch them playing at Brighton Electric on 18th November.

Bella Spinks has been a fixture on the Brighton scene for a number of years, but she’s only just gearing up to release her debut album. The first single to be taken from it is  Noble Lie, out now on Spotify, but with a live piano version here (since Spotify links always seem to look terrible)

 

 

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Interview with the Delta Bell

Kate Gerrard is the singer-songwriter and frontwoman of Americana Brighton band The Delta Bell. They’ve just released their second album ‘Hold Fast the Fire’ and we caught up with Kate to ask her about the band and the songs on the album.

The Delta Bell comprise Kate on lead vocals and guitar, James Brandenburg on bass, Bob Baker on drums, Andrew Blake on guitar and Beth Chesser on backing vocals. The album is released on the Random Acts of Vinyl label on beautiful sounding vinyl (and digital download). It’s a great album of what the band call ‘post-Country’ (rather than alt-country) and builds on their excellent debut ‘Bow out of the Fading Light’ from 2015. It still sounds country, but more like an Americana band who grew up listening to the Velvet Underground, a description that gets a resounding “Yes!” from Kate.

We definitely tried to scuzz it up! We wanted it to sound scratchy and imperfect.

With country music you are always running the risk of sounding cheesy so we made a conscious decision not to do that. We love country music, but we’re all Indie kids as well.

The ten songs on the album were recorded live at Church Road studios in Hove in just two days, and to get the band that tight they hired a house in the countryside by the coast to rehearse, which Kate likened to the movie Spinal Tap, although she says there were more games of scrabble than bottles of spirits involved.

Opening song ‘Berlin’ was actually written a decade ago in Norwich where Kate grew up, after she had returned from her first trip to the German capital. She played the song a bit but she didn’t think it worked as a solo number and she forgot about it until she played it again relatively recently and decided it would work with the band. The song captures that sense of “being a bit lost, feeling tired of life.” (Kate was only 24 when she wrote the song). “The line ‘it feels like such a long time since I felt like a child’ reflects the pressures of being a grown up and having to make decisions.” It also has a big sound, aided by a classy added string section.

Second song ‘Lonesome song’ is a really touching song, full of heart and emotion. But Kate says “I wrote it in twenty minutes. I just sat down with a guitar and there it was.” 

‘Little Girl Lost’ seems to pick up on the theme of vulnerability, but Kate says it’s not about that at all. “This is going to make me sound like a really bad feminist, but it’s a bit of a bitchy song.” It’s directed at someone who’s behaving like a little girl and the song is telling them to pull themselves together, although its subtle harsher edge doesn’t come across directly. “It’s not like saying they’re f++king things up, it’s just telling them to pull themselves together.”

‘Rain on Love’ is a song Kate describes as a power ballad. “I think I was just feeling really sorry for myself. It’s kind of one of those songs. It’s grown on us all and a few people have said it’s their favourite song on the album.

Fifth song ‘Catacombs’ was written about 3 or 4 years ago for her boyfriend, although it’s a maudlin song. “Some people might say I’m intense!” she jokes. The imagery in the song comes from some horrific Sicilian myths about the bodies buried in catacombs, which hardly sounds like material for a love song but this emphasises the album’s battle between romance and edginess., or country and indie-rock.

The song ‘Modern City’ is the least country and most VU-inspired song, with some driven Mo Tucker style drumming (Kate says she banned Bob from playing cymbals). It was written on the plane to Berlin and is another love song, about “when you are just feeling worn out with love and life and someone comes along and rebuilds you.”

Their producer Paul Pascoe called the next song ‘Golden’ a thinking man’s Bond theme (possibly due to the strings at the end). The song came to Kate in a dream and she recorded the chorus into her phone in the middle of the night and then went back to sleep. It’s mainly about “enjoying your life with someone who is awesome“.

‘Killing Heart’ also has obscure origins. “I have a sneaking suspicion it is about the Ugandan President,” Kate says, written at a time when she was working for an HIV charity and thinking a lot about how people can oppress other people.

‘Ride Out’ was “inspired by broken rollercoasters” or “about the end of love, the end of relationships.” It’s the image of things made for fun that break down.

The last song is ‘These Days’ although Kate says she hadn’t heard of the Jackson Browne song of the same name. It’s a song about “people who have no hope of getting out of a situation and there’s nothing you can do to help them. All you can do is hope.” It’s just Kate and Beth playing on this track. “We tried it with the band but it didn’t work so we stripped it all right down.

The album ‘Hold Fast the Fire’ is launched in Brighton on the 16th November at the Pelirocco Hotel and there’s also a London launch on the 18th November at Biddle Brothers in Hackney. Both gigs are free entry – but come to buy the vinyl!

You can hear or order ‘Hold Fast the Fire’ at the bandcamp link below

 

 

New Brighton Music

Another week chock full of new Brighton music for you all. First band this week is Black Biro who have just put up their new track The Organist of Agony. Black Biro play the Prince Albert this Saturday, picking up a headline slot on only their second gig:

Abattoir Blues announced their debut EP Blinded last week. They’ve shared the title track which you can hear below, and you can hear the rest of the EP when it’s released on 24th November. The band head out on tour in December, finishing up with a gig on 15th at The Haunt.

Bad Family‘s second EP, imaginatively entitled EP2 comes out on 17th November. The first taster of this is On Your Wall which was shared online yesterday:

The new The Academy of Sun album Codex Novena comes out on 9th November, and is being launched with a gig at the Hope & Ruin on 16th November. It’s preceded by a single called Some Boys Like Thunder which you can watch below:

News arrived of the new Matt Finucane EP while I’ve been typing this blog, so this is hot off the press. Threaten Me With Your Love came out yesterday on Light Crude, and will be a followed up with another already finished EP early next year

I don’t know a great deal about King Kuda. Their new EP Lately / Halfway to Neptune is on Soundcloud and Spotify, but I can’t seem to find them anywhere else online (although there are a lot of other King Kudas on twitter and Facebook). Here’s side one of their new release anyway:

The latest Fond of Rudy single came out on 13th October. To Be Mine is the follow up to July’s L O V E and the mail we received promised some live dates, although didn’t give any detail of them. We’ll keep you posted.

Finally, Jungfrau, who are supporting Red Deer People at their single launch on 10th November at the Hope & Ruin, dropped their Glass Neck EP last weekend. Here’s Oysters and Jewels from the EP:

 

New Brighton Music

This week’s New Music post gives us here at Brighton Music Blog much happiness because this week we read about the return of The Go! Team. They’ve returned with a single called Semicircle Song, the first taste of an album of the same name. The single is out now, and the album follows in January, out on neon pink vinyl if you pick it up from Resident. There are also all sorts of bundles available from the Go! Team’s webstore too. Tickets are also onsale now for the launch gig which is at The Haunt on 11th February.

Next we have the video for Pioneer by Common Tongues, which is the lead single from their album Divisions which came out in the summer:

Our next track is by a brand new Brighton band called Something Leather . They only played their first gig in the last month, and we haven’t received any info about their first track Shotgun Persona other than the title:

Red Deer People put out their new single C’est Bon on 7″ at the beginning of November. There’s a launch gig for it which takes place on 10th November at the Hope & Ruin with Porridge Radio and Jungfrau supporting.

A couple of days ago we had an email with some news from Island Club. They’ve just put out a new track called Irresistible which you can hear below, and have announced a headline gig at the Green Door Store on 9th December, their first Brighton date since May. No word yet on the supports, but we’ll keep you updated if we have any news:

Finally, a track that slipped through the cracks last month. Teeth is the first release from a new band called Swoon, whose members include Adam Macauley, formerly of Curxes.

Matthew Hodson / Detach album launch

DETACH ALBUM FINAL -smallSo, Friday night’s New Faith gig wasn’t the only album launch we went to this weekend. Saturday night Matthew Hodson launched his debut album Detach at the Hope & Ruin. Matthew Hodson has previously graced the blog under his former artist name Bitbin, and his current moniker makes similar bass heavy electronic music. Support on the night came from Johanna Bramli and Knightstown, who Matthew Hodson plays with live, which meant that in essence he was supporting himself. The album is out now on Solitude records.

New single Who Are You came out yesterday, and the visuals (along with the visuals for previous singles Big Dipper and Solitude) formed the backdrop of the live show too, as you’ll see from the gallery below:

 

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New Brighton Music

It’s been a fortnight since our last New Music roundup, so we’re playing catchup from the off. We’ll kick off with the new EP from Yonaka, Heavy, which came out last Friday. As mentioned in our gig preview post they’re playing in a few weeks time at Patterns, and then again at the Green Door Store in January. Here’s EP lead track Bubblegum:

We were away when Blood Red Shoes got in touch with us and told us that they had a track produced by Steven Ansell and released on their label Jazz Life that they wanted to send over. And then when they sent it the email dropped into our spam mailbox first time around so we missed it. Thankfully after a bit of chasing up, we’re pleased to share Circe‘s Blood and Wine
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Dog in the Snow have put out a video for latest release from their upcoming album. Child is the second single to be taken from Consume Me, which comes out on 28th October. Keep your eyes peeled for an upcoming Brighton Rocks feature with Helen Brown:

Next up we have Warsaw Radio‘s new single Whispers. The launch gig for the single is on 25th October at the Hope & Ruin:

Come Back To Me is the new single from Other States, which came out at the end of September. Your next chance to catch Other States live show will be this Friday, when they’re on the bill at the New Faith’s album launch gig at the Brighthelm Centre.

Underwater Boys have shared the flip side to their newly released single Everyone You Know, which is a track called Bye & Bye. Since we’re talking about everyone else’s gigs, it’s only right that we mention that Underwater Boys will be supporting Dream Wife at their gig on October 21st.

Pink Narcissus‘ new EP Pig Miracle Day came out last Friday. Here’s the video for Time, featuring vintage footage from 1907. I’d mention their gig too, but it was last Sunday, so I missed it:

The Delta Bell‘s new album Hold Fast The Fire comes out later this month on Random Acts of Vinyl records. The launch party for the album is at Hotel Pelirocco on November 16th, and the lead single is Berlin:

Oceans new single Dopamine launched at the Green Door Store at the end of September. Their next local-ish gig is on October 24th in Worthing. Check out the band’s facebook page for more details.

Finally we have Knightstown‘s second single Eyes Wide Open. Looking at his facebook page, it seems that there’s an album nearly ready to go, so we’ll update with more info on that as we have it. In the mean time, you can catch Knightstown live at Dog in the Snow’s album launch that we mentioned in our October gig previews, or Matthew Hodson’s album launch which is this Saturday night at the Hope & Ruin.

New Brighton Music

Here’s this week’s new music roundup. I’m going to start this week’s post with a band described by a friend as “The best live performance I have seen in some time”. He was talking about Penelope Isles, who have a new single out called Shining Gold. The beautiful chiming lo fi folk number coincides with the band’s current tour, which started at the Prince Albert on 18th September (which is where the quote above came from). Since then they’ve been down to the South West and hit London tomorrow before heading north, but this bit of the tour comes back to Brighton next Saturday where they play a joint headline gig with Porridge Radio at Latest on Saturday 30th September.
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