Pressing Pause

You might have noticed that we’ve been a bit quiet since lockdown started. Whereas this time last year we were posting a couple of times a week, we’ve only managed to make five posts in the last three months – The practicalities of having a family and a job don’t work right now, let alone trying to do anything over and above that, such as writing a blog. So it’s with a heavy heart that I’ve decided to press pause on things for a while until life is a bit more “normal”.

Things came to a bit of a head with yesterday’s #letthemusicplay activity, where I didn’t have the capacity to get anything together which is ridiculous given that I started the blog to get to more gigs, but I also didn’t have any time to post anything in support of Black Lives Matter, which I regret.

This is just a pause though – we’ll be back at some point later in the year. See you then.

New Brighton Music

So, it turns out that even if I have the desire to keep the blog update, the combination of lockdown, a job and childcare mean that there aren’t enough hours in the day, which is why it’s been over a month since our last post. Here’s an attempt to catch up, with no promises about when I’ll get to make my next post! In no particular order, here’s more than twenty tracks that have come out from local acts since we last wrote:


Ellis D / Puppeteering
Jetstream Pony / It’s Fine
Fragile Creatures / Parallel Lines
Dan Sumner / Electric Light
Lucy Feliz / Magic Hour
Will and the People / Head in the Sand
Psychic Shakes / Wage Slave
Nancy / Call Me On Your Telephone
Billy Carr / Swinging
Jon Mcleod / The Cavalry Comes
Libra Libra / Juicy Lucy
Maurice Business / Inside (from Songs for the Office EP)
Mrisi / West Baby
Thrillhouse / : Ready When You Are
Sit Down / Told U So (from Nice One EP)
The Daylight / Ghosts (Clementine remix)
Politeburo / Middlechild
Dom Champ / Slow
Candid / Oz
Fruity Water / Telephone Song
Thudd / What Once Was
Joe Peter / Self Adhesive
Maida Vorn / Manic in Me

Save Our Local Live Music Scene

These are difficult times – Lockdown has forced venues and pubs to close putting the live music scene on hold. Gigs have been postponed or cancelled leaving the venues and promoters with their overheads.

The Music Venue Trust have instigated a Save Our Venues campaign, with the Hope & Ruin, Green Door Store, Komedia, Latest Music Bar, Pipeline, Old Market and The Brunswick linked to the campaign. Head over to the Save Our Venues website to find out more. The Prince Albert has their own crowdfunder link and there’s also the opportunity to donate to Brighton Dome

The Rose Hill have mentioned on their facebook page that they may join the Save Our Venues campaign, but I can’t see anything for Chalk or Concorde 2. I’ll update this post if anything comes up for them.

Venues are only half the picture though – It’s one thing having places to go but someone has to put the gigs on in the first place and the promoters are the unsung heroes of the scene. They’re the ones picking up on the bands you haven’t heard of yet, booking them for gigs months ahead. They’re the ones working out whether a band would be best placed to play a big room like the Old Market or somewhere smaller like the Hope & Ruin. They’re the ones dealing with bands suffering from tour fatigue and making sure things are in place so that they still put on a good show. It’s their experience and devotion to the local scene that makes it what it is, and they’re suffering too. So here’s a shoutout to Melting Vinyl, Love Thy Neighbour, Acid Box, Lout, Dictionary Pudding, Hot Wax, Brighton Noise, One Inch Badge, Joy and everyone else who brings gigs to Brighton.

Melting Vinyl, stalwarts of the local scene for over twenty years, are running a crowdfunder to help keep the lights on, with rewards ranging from gig posters to a promoting masterclass with MV founder Anna Moulson. Brighton Dome, who run Brighton Festival, gave ticketholders the option of donating a percentage of the value of their tickets when offering refunds. The advice generally has been to keep hold of any tickets you’ve bought which will still be valid for rescheduled gigs.

 

Brighton Rocks #31 : Lau Ro from Wax Machine

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What’s the best thing about Brighton?
Brighton seems to attract very interesting characters. I’ve met all sorts of crazy people here, that’s the best part for me.

Who are the your favourite local bands?
Off the top of my head I’d say Rokurokubi, Hill, Woody Green, Codex Serafini, Count Kujo, Strange Cages, Oh Mama, Jouis…
There’s also a great new upcoming project called ‘Anona’ to keep an eye out for.

What’s the best venue?
The Rialto Theatre is quite an interesting space and we’ve had some great nights there. The Hope and Ruin has good sound too. I reckon anywhere Acid Box or Melting Vinyl go for 🙂

What’s the best rehearsal space / studio?
Brighton Electric is cool and they got good gear. But we don’t have much money so we usually jam/rehearse in a mysterious dark and damp cave under a bridge.

What’s the best club?
Mmm I don’t really go to clubs. Been to some good Eight Miles High club nights and I’d definitely recommend the Sidereal Ziggurat if you wanna have a boogie or freakout.

What’s the best record shop?
Resident seems to have its finger on the pulse of local music and more.. One day I hope to have the necessary funds to buy more records.

Where’s the best places to eat?
Izzi and I treated ourselves to breakfast at Brewed this morning. But basically anywhere in the Lanes or around the Open Market.

What’s the best pub?
I don’t go to pubs very often but I’d say The Great Eastern or White Rabbit.

Who’s your favourite Brighton celebrity?
Apparently Aleister Crowley had his funeral here, I like to think that I can feel his presence when walking around Woodvale.

When was the last time you had any Brighton Rock?
Never!

Earthsong of Silence by Wax Machine is out on Friday 20th March. It’s available to order through the bandcamp link below, or via Resident.

At the time of writing, there’s a launch party at the Hope & Ruin on 21st March, but keep an eye on the Facebook event for updates.

Penelope Isles (supported by Ciel and Itchy Kid) at Chalk – gallery

It’s been a while since we’ve put up a gallery of live image, but we brought our camera out to Penelope Isles‘ homecoming gig at Chalk earlier this week. It was their hundredth this year, and one of a handful with projections from Innerstrings. Support was the debut performance from Itchy Kid (who would also join Penelope Isles for a song in their set) and Ciel (who were joined by Jack Wolter for one of their songs). Click through to view large: Continue reading