Brighton Rocks #15 : La Lune

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What’s the best thing about Brighton?
I think the best thing about Brighton is how free-spirited it is. It’s so quirky and weird, and no one’s afraid to express themselves, which is really cool – you don’t get that so much in other places. I’m from London originally, and I now find it quite plain, but also sort of pretentious in comparison. Also, the beach is great, obviously!

Who are the your favourite local bands?
I’m probably biased because their my friends, but my favourites are Peace In Protest, Seeva, the Yellow Bellies, and Sal Paradise. I also love Yonaka – the front-woman seems so cool, and is an incredible performer.

What’s the best venue?
The Old Market is such a nice venue! I’d love to play a show there one day. I’m yet to go to the Haunt or Brighton Dome for a gig – I’m really keen to check those venues out. During the Great Escape, they open Wagner Hall as a venue for Vevo, and it’s honestly amazing! I think it’s usually a gallery or exhibition centre or something, but it makes such a cool venue.

What’s the best rehearsal space / studio?
Small Pond is great – although not if you’re in the same room as a sweaty band that have just finished practicing.

What’s the best club?
I’m not really one for clubbing, but Casa Blanca is decent. They have a sick live band that play all the classic bangers, so it’s good fun. And if I’m smashed, Revenge is a great night out. I went to Shooshh once. Never again.

What’s the best record shop?

Before I moved down to Brighton, I always used to go to Resident to buy my records. I really like it there – it’s a nice vibe, and they often have in-store performances and signings, which is pretty cool.

Where’s the best places to eat?
Terre à Terre does the most amazing vegan food – it’s actually insane. It’s a bit pricey, but SO worth it.

What’s the best pub?
As trashy and uncultured as it, I do love a good Wetherspoons. You can’t beat their pitchers of cocktails to get you started. Crowns is also good – they do £3 doubles for students.

Who’s your favourite Brighton celebrity?

I sometimes see Gabrielle Aplin and Natti from Fickle Friends around. They’re super cool music ladies.

When was the last time you had any Brighton Rock?

Maybe when I was, like, twelve? It has been a while!

Love / Sick is out today on Spotify, iTunes and Apple Music

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New Brighton Music

Here’s this week’s new music post. Last week’s more minimal format seemed to work, so we’re going to carry on that way (for now at least).

Artist: Immersion
Track Name: Propulsoid
Taken From: Sleepless LP
Release Date: 15th June 2018
Next Gig: Friday 8th June at Rosehill Arts Centre

Artist: Orchards
Track Name: Double Vision
Taken From: Double Vision single
Release Date: 31st May 2018
Next Gig: https://www.facebook.com/events/157828714887779/supporting Rolo Tomassi at The Haunt on Thursday 7th June

Artist: Phoria
Track Name: When Everything was Mine
Taken From: When Everything was Mine / Rrotor single
Release Date: 31st May 2018

Artist: Voodoo and the Crypts
Track Name: Off My Mind
Taken From: Off My Mind single
Release Date: 1st June 2018

Artist: Reuben J Falle
Track Name: State of Glow
Taken From: State of Glow EP
Release Date: 1st June 2018

Artist: Great Pagans
Track Name: Renaissance
Taken From: Renaissance single
Release Date: 29th June 2018

Artist: Saltlake
Track Name: Dreaming in the Dark
Taken From: Dreaming in the Dark single
Release Date: 1st June 2018

Artist: Oxomo
Track Name: Here for the Ride
Taken From: Here for the Ride single
Release Date: 1st June 2018

New Brighton Music

So, welcome to probably our last new music post of the year. As December hits we’ll be doing our end of year round ups, but it’s rare that anything gets put out in the run up to Christmas anyway. Continue reading

New Brighton Music

It’s been far too long since we made a new music post – transcribing the recent interview took forever, and rare nights out eat into the limited time we have to post. So here we are with a bit of catching up to do. Inevitably we won’t be able to write about everything we’ve sent, so we’ll do our best, and then try and catch up when we can.

We’ll kick things off properly with something brand new – this weekend ex Shrag / Blue Minkies member Steph Goodman released her debut solo album If You Know You Know. I could describe it as experimental DIY pop, but your best bet is to head over to Bandcamp and give it a listen:

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In the pub with Pete Wiggs and David Best

Saint Etienne and Fujiya & Miyagi have both had new albums out this year, so it’s only right that we put together a feature for both bands. We did a proper interview with David Best around the release of EP2 last year though, and we did something fairly extensive with Pete Wiggs when Words and Music came out, so this time round we thought we’d try a different approach. What if we went to the pub and just had a chat? No more boring interview questions that they’ve been asked a thousand times already, and more of an insight into what they’re really like coming out through the topics that came up naturally. So a couple of weeks ago we sat down in The Urchin to chew the cud about being big in China, getting trick-or-treated by Gomez, rotting whales, Twin Peaks, Columbo, Bowie, Aphex Twin and gout:

IMG_0766eesOn Festivals:
David Best: We’ve just played Glastonbury
Pete Wiggs: We played last year – It was raining.
DB: It’s the first one I’ve been to where it wasn’t raining. In a few weeks we’re playing a Festival at the bottom of Mount Etna, alongside Air, which is quite nice, then another one the week after. Then we’re playing Liverpool Psych Fest, which I’ve never been to. The line up is nuts so I’m quite excited about that.
PW: We’re doing Port Eliot Festival, down in Cornwall. I’ve been going to it the last few years. The first couple of times I took the wife and kids, because I heard it’s a good family one, then last year I couldn’t make it and the wife took the kids without me because she liked it so much! We’re playing this year and we’re all going again. It’s really nice. We’re doing Green Man as well, I’ve not been to that before.
DB: We’re hopefully going to China in the New Year. This Chinese band wanted us to do a remix, and they’re really good – kind of post punk. I suggested doing a swap and it’s snowballed from there. I wanna be big in China! There’s a label based there who are interested in reissuing our stuff. I love going to places I’ve never been to, and I love the idea of going to China. Continue reading

New Brighton Music

Back to a normal sized New Music post this week, which doesn’t take me several evenings to write up. We’ve got plans for a new album roundup later this week too, so watch this space.

Our first track this week is Impossible Objects of Desire by Fujiya & Miyagi, taken from their self titled album, or EP3, depending on how much you like vinyl. Listening to the lyrical content of the track, I’d say that they’d probably describe it as being from EP3:

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