Brighton Music Blog Twelve Days of Christmas : #6 AA Sessions

AA sessions aren’t really a band. Or maybe they are, because AA Sessions put out AA Sessions Volume 2 a few weeks ago, and they’ve been putting a song out every month this year. Perhaps it’s better to say that there’s no definitive line up to AA Sessions. Across the release there’s input from members of Blood Red Shoes, Tigercub, AK/DK, Nancy, CLT DRP, Laundromat, Our Girl, Marcus Hamblett, Ben Hillier, and anyone who’s anyone in the Brighton scene

Brighton Music Blog Twelve Days of Christmas : #5 Penelope Trappes

Penelope Trappes is a relatively new Brightonian. An Australian by birth, she’s lived all over the world, and settled here over lockdown. In that time she’s got herself a regular ambient show on radio station 1BTN, played gigs at the Attenborough Centre, The Rosehill and the Old Market, oh and released two albums and a film. Penelope Three is the third part of her album triptych (following on from parts one and two in 2017 and 2018). Mother’s Blood is a beatless vocal free reworking of Penelope Three, paring down the tracks down so that the listener focuses solely on the music. It’s also the name of the film shot by Agnes Haus that accompanies the album, premiering this weekend

Brighton Music Blog Twelve Days of Christmas : #4 Immersion

Back in pre-pandemic times, the Nanocluster nights put on by Immersion, Love Thy Neighbour and Graham Duff at the Rosehill were a highlight in our diaries. They invited another artist (Tarwater, Stereolab’s Laetitia Sadier, Ulrich Schnauss and Scanner) to Brighton and jammed for a week before the gigs, and then on the night Nanocluster and the act played a set each and then played a joint set together. At the time there were some comments that recordings had been made, but it took until Record Store Day earlier this year for a double 10” entitled Nanocluster Volume One to be released. Since the release was “volume one”, we’re sitting on the edge of our seats waiting for some more gigs from them

Brighton Music Blog Twelve Days of Christmas : #3 Lime Garden

Lime Garden were on my list of bands to watch before the pandemic along, when they were still called Lime. Apparently though there’s another Lime elsewhere which caused issues when the band signed to So Young records, so back in March their name grew. Since then word has spread far and wide – Their gig at the Prince Albert in October was sold out, and they were one of the highlights of Mutations festival for us. And even if they weren’t a local band Pulp would have been one of my tracks of the year

Brighton Music Blog Twelve Days of Christmas : #1 The Go! Team

As I’ve said in previous years, I’ve never been a fan of end of year top ten lists. And while I’m posting again on the blog I’m fairly sure that there’s more than ever going on that I’m not aware of, which would make an end of year list from me even more meaningless. So instead, between now and Christmas I’m just going to make twelve posts about bands and things they’ve done this year that I’ve loved. It might have been a single, it might have been a whole album, it might have been a live set, or some combination of all them. They won’t be in any particular order – it’s all subjective, and if I don’t post about something you love that doesn’t mean that it wasn’t great.

Anyway, first up is The Go! Team, who returned after a four year gap with a new album entitled Get Up Sequences Part One, and a bunch of accompanying singles. Lockdown meant that there was no live launch party, which is a terrible shame because The Go! Team are a truly fantastic live band, but the album was packed with tunes just as catchy as their best – my six year still wanders around the house singing “World Remember Me Now” to himself. Anyway, here’s the video for Cookie Scene made by Ian Parton and local visuals legend Innerstrings. Fingers crossed we don’t have to wait too long for Get Up Sequences Part Two

Great Escape First Fifty at Chalk, featuring Heights and Isabelle Brown

Let’s talk about the Great Escape. And let’s not mess about, it is probably the single most important event in Brighton’s musical calendar (alongside it’s sister event the Alt Escape). We missed it last year and we missed it this year, but the festival have just announced their first batch of artists for the 2022 festival taking place 11-14 May. They call this release their “First Fifty” and to make a bit more noise about it they put a couple of gigs – one in London (where Brighton was represented by Lime Garden), and another at Chalk where local newcomers Heights and Isabelle Brown supported Sam Ryder. They invited us along, we brought our camera, and you can see our pics below (click through to view large)

The full Great Escape line up can be found here

Lime Garden at Mutations Festival

Last weekend was Mutations Festival. We were only there for one day as a punter, and we only caught one local act, but here are our photos of them. Lime Garden are one of our favourite bands right now (check out their new single Clockwork), and we look forward to what they come up with next. Click through to view large

AK/DK supported by Genn at Chalk : gallery post

Last Friday AK/DK headlined at Chalk – a gig we had been looking forward to for a LONG time. It was an AK/DK gig that was one of the first cancellations due to Covid, when they had originally been booked in to play Brighton Electric in April last year. It’s been pretty much an eighteen month wait to see them, but they didn’t disappoint, showing that they’re still one of Brighton’s best live bands. Support came from one of our new fave bands Genn. Click through the pics to view large:

Ġenn and Mangö supporting Pins at the Green Door Store Gallery

Last Friday, Melting Vinyl invited us down to the Green Door Store to see Pins supported by two local bands – Ġenn and Mangö. It was the first time we’d caught either band, and we weren’t disappointed – in fact we’ve already pencilled in Ġenn’s next gig – at the Hope & Ruin on 6th December, supported by Currls and Cabria – into our diary. Click through on the pics to view large: