Brighton Rocks #4 – Will Charlton from The New Faith

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What’s the best thing about Brighton?

We have the best and most liberal shant anywhere in the country.

Who are the your favourite local bands?

Other States are great, they’re a publishers dream. Proper tight and look class. The singers got a great get-up.

What’s the best venue?

Green Door Store… despite not the best sound has good memories for me.

What’s the best rehearsal space / studio?

Small Pond are good, they’re making a good go of it, it’s round the corner and has an Nintendo 64 😉

What’s the best club?

Clubbing is for boyz

What’s the best record shop?

Wax Factor, because it feels like organised chaos. They also let us play our test pressings in there.

Where’s the best places to eat?

Market or the Golden Arches

What’s the best pub?

Any whose bar staff wear costumes. I like the Brighton Beer Dispensary because it’s unpretentious in a pretentious kind of way.

Who’s your favourite Brighton celebrity?

Frankie Cocozza, he’s as beautiful as he is prolific.

When was the last time you had any Brighton Rock?

None ever, but I’d assume it’s not too dissimilar to Southsea Rock.

Too Sad To Be Young by The New Faith is out on 2nd June. The launch party is at the Prince Albert on 29th May.

Brighton Music Blog Great Escape / Alt Escape 2017 preview

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It’s almost that time again – the highlight in the Brighton musical calendar, when anywhere you can fit in a PA becomes venue for a few days. Yes, this coming weekend is The Great Escape Festival. We haven’t finalised our plans, but we’re probably going to end up seeing more Alt Escape stuff than proper Great Escape stuff, because that’s where the bulk of the local bands are playing. If you haven’t got yourself a ticket yet then you can get into all the Alt Escape stuff without one anyway.

If you want to start really early then there are actually a couple of shows on Wednesday night, our pick of which is the Fiddlers Elbow where you can see the likes of Fable and Porshyne.

Things really kick off on Thursday though. We’ll probably spending a lot most of the day at Alive Gym on Castle Street – not to work out, but to enjoy the Small Pond / Republic of Music all dayer which has an ace line up – Pussy Liquor, The Hundredth Anniversary, Our Girl and Dream Wife are all on our list. There are also three unannounced acts, which is often Great Escape code for secret gigs by much bigger bands. We’ll also be spending some time up at the Black Dove, which has a line curated by Octopuses that includes Bloom, Fukushima Dolphin, Tom White, Speak Galactic and Frost. In terms of non Brighton bands, we like the look of Anteros at 2pm at Bleach and Gurr who are playing at 3.30pm at Sticky Mikes and also at 9.15pm at Green Door Store. Liberty Music PR’s GRL PWR showcase at Hotel Pelirocco has a mix of tourists and Brighton bands, including Ex-Phanton Runner Adal who’s joined by Michelle O Faith, who are on at 8pm. Also representing Brighton on the main line up are Yonaka (8.30, Patterns), Jacko Hooper (9.15, Jubilee Square) and Fickle Friends (11.15pm, East Wing).

Possibly the strangest gig of the weekend is early afternoon on Friday when Nick Heyward from Haircut 100 (ask your mum) plays at the Black Lion. What we’re most looking forward to though is the Shipwright’s Yard Sessions (also put on by Republic of Music, who seem to be pushing all our buttons at this year’s festival). The whole bill look pretty good, but we’re most excited by The Magic Gang at 4.55pm and Rose Elinor Dougall at 5.35pm. It’s an Alt Escape gig, but you need to register for a ticket so don’t miss out. Elsewhere Porridge Radio are playing at the Hope & Ruin at 6.30pm, Thyla are at the Mucky Duck at 8.30pm, Dog in the Snow play at the Windmill at 10.30pm, and Chris Anderson plays in all three of his Crayola Lectern, La Momo and Zofff guises at the Black Dove over the course of the day.

Saturday daytime is all about Love Thy Neighbour’s Alt Escape gig downstairs at The Hope & Ruin for us. From 2.30pm there’s a run of Kub followed by Our Girl followed by TEEFF which you’ll be hard pressed to beat. Saturday night things get really busy at the festival so your best bet to avoid the queues is to get into a venue early and stay there. There are two great Brighton heavy line ups which we’ll be torn between – Over at the Old Market,  Blood Red Shoes headline with Tigercub and Marthgunn lower down the bill. Alternatively at Sticky Mike’s Magic Gang, Dream Wife, Abattoir Blues and Our Girl are all on the bill at Cannibal Hymns showcase. Also on our list (which has clashes everywhere) are LOM at the Prince Albert at 12.50pm, Bloom at Café Plenty at 1pm, Fable at Hotel Pelirocco at 2pm, Kudu Blue at 2.30pm upstairs at the Hope & Ruin, and The Big Moon at 11pm at Horatios. Saturday night is also Bleach’s last day ever. After the Great Escape festival they’re shutting their doors and closing the venue. Who knows what’ll happen to it – whether it’ll be a function room for the Hare & Hounds, or whether they’ll build it into more pub to be used on a daily basis, or hopefully it’ll come back as a new venue before long – but if you have fond memories of the place Saturday will be your last chance to say goodbye.

Brighton Rocks #3 – Anneka

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What’s the best thing about Brighton?

Forgetting how great Summers are here, then being reminded by Spring of what’s to come.

Who are the your favourite local bands?

I’ve been enjoying the latest Fear of Men album recently – they released it last year but I’ve only just got around to giving it a proper listen. I’ve not seen them play so will have to check them out next time they perform here.

What’s the best venue?

The Green Door Store for the venue, The Haunt or the Brighton Dome Studio Theatre for the sound.

What’s the best rehearsal space / studio?

Brighton Electric. I’ve heard great things about Small Pond recording studios so need to give that place a go when I start rehearsing for live shows again.

What’s the best club?

I’m a bit out of touch with clubbing now! I used to be a regular at The Volks and Audio (now Patterns). Now I’m getting nerdy and older – I prefer to play Risk 2210AD with friends while drinking and listening to music from the comfort of a chair at 1am on a Saturday night.

What’s the best record shop?

Resident.

Where’s the best places to eat?

Bincho Yakitori (very tasty Japanese) and Food For Friends (best cocktails and delicious veggie food) are my currently top of my list. One of my favourite things to do here is getting pizza at Franco Manca before watching a film at The Dukes Komedia.

What’s the best pub?

It was The Foundry but it’s recently closed! Such a shame, hopefully whoever takes it over will keep it as it was. At the moment The Dover is becoming a new favourite. Although you can’t fault sitting outside The Waggon & Horses on a sunny evening.

Who’s your favourite Brighton celebrity?

I saw the actor who plays SuperHanz in Peep Show with the most amazing puppy the other day. So he’s a clear winner.

When was the last time you had any Brighton Rock?

A very long time ago, not a fan.

Anneka’s Life Force EP is out now on Anti Ghost Moon Ray records

New Brighton Music

We’ll hopefully have the third in our Brighton Rocks series for you some time this week, but until then, here’s a regular dose of new music. Our first track is the new one from Fröst, their third in about six months. Delta Antenna wouldn’t sound completely out of place if it had been put out by Steve Lewis’ other band Fujiya & Miyagi:

Demob Happy are back with a new single to keep us on our toes while they work on their new album. You can listen to Dead Dreamers below, and catch them supporting Gang of Youths at the Green Door Store on 30th May:

Time for T have finished recording their album Hoping Something Anything, but it won’t be out until September. Here’s the new single to be taken from it though, called Wax:

The riff heavy Just The Once is the new single from Projector. You can catch Projector at an Alt Escape show sometime next week – keep an eye on their facebook page for more details.

We can tell you when Thyla‘s Alt Escape show is though – they’re on at the Mucky Duck on Friday night. There’s a good chance that they’ll play their new single Ferris Wheels:

This Party‘s new EP Lover comes out next monday, and they’re celebrating with with a show at the Prince Albert on Tuesday (16th May):

Momotaro‘s new EP Between Places came out last week, and we shared the lead track Gone Places in a previous new music post. Here’s another for you called Invisible:

GAPS new album As It Is comes out next month, but unfortunately there’s no Brighton launch. You can console yourself with another track that they’ve shared from the record, Hide Behind The Years:

Last, but by no means least is another track from Bloom‘s Letting Go remix series, which I think we may have missed some of. The remixes are on sale for charity, so go and take a listen to them and put your hand in your pocket. This week’s 12 minute long epic remix is courtesy of Nmesme. Oh, and you can catch Bloom’s Alt Escape Show on Thursday night at the Marlborough:

New Brighton Music

Another week, another new music roundup. We’re starting off this week  with news of the new EP from Momotaro, who have been fairly quiet for the last few years. The new EP is called Places and is out on 5th May, and the first track from it that they’ve shared is the lovely Gone Days.

Next up, another longtime favourite of Brighton’s electronic music work, Foreign Skin, has shared her remix of Luo‘s track Lucid Dream:

Yumi & The Weather have put up the B-side to their upcoming single Distant Days, a track called In The Night. The single is out on the 12th May, but there’s a launch party at the Hope & Ruin on Monday 8th.

The New Faith‘s first proper single comes out on 2nd June and is called To Sad To Be Young. The video features nudity, although it has been pixelated to get past YouTub’s restrictions. There’s a pre-release gig for the single this Saturday at the Prince Albert.

Black Biro are a new Brighton band made up of members of older Brighton bands, who descibre their sound as Gothadelia. Thye’ve posted up a few demos on Soundcloud and you can hear A Door above My Name below, and they play their first ever gig at the Prince Albert this Saturday on at 8.30:

Orchards new track is called Darling, which marries their familiar guitar sounds with 80s synths. You can see Orchards live this weekend at the Bad Pond Festival, alongside the likes of Luo, TEEFF, Patchwork Natives, and a whole load of other bands

It was only in our last new music post that we shared a new GAPS track, but they’re already back with a second new track this month. Much like Shatter, The View showcases GAPS’ more electronic side:

OMG it’s a new Fond of Rudy track. Sorry – weak joke, but I couldn’t resist. OMG is the name of the band’s new single, out now. You can catch them at Patterns on 3rd May supporting Cassia.

Sulky Boy have only just come onto our radar even though they’ve been going for a while now. They’ve got a new EP out tomorrow on Echochamp called Sulky Boys Play Songs of Love, and you can hear Drunk Dial taken from it here:

Finally, the new single from Atlas Wynd comes out this weekend according to the mailout I got earlier from Resident. Mona Lisa is out on 7″ backed by I’ve Had Enough. Unfortunately we missed telling you about the launch, which was last night at Sticky Mikes. Oops.

 

Brighton Rocks #2 : TEEFF

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What’s the best thing about Brighton?
The people. I’ve lived in Brighton for nearly 10 years and in that time I’ve met so many free-spirited, creative individuals. That’s what’s kept me here. Lord knows it’s not the rent prices!
Who are the your favourite local bands?
I’m adoring Other States right now. They have this sleazy, coy, American vibe going on which just does it for me.
What’s the best venue / rehearsal space / studio? 
I really like Brighton Electric as a venue. Primarily it’s a recording and rehearsal space but they also put on gigs and when they do, there is a real sense of community that comes from all of the musicians gathering in one place to support each other.
What’s the best club?
I don’t really go out clubbing anymore, I’m more of a get-smashed-on-a-bunch-of-cocktails kind of girl so I’m not sure.
What’s the best record shop?
Spotify. Jokinngggg! Resident I’d say, they stock all the music that I like (including my new EP ‘Who Are You, Really?’. Available now in all the best record stores!)
Where’s the best place to eat?
It’s got to be Riddle And Finns. I’ve only eaten there once and that was when my friend won £500 and offered to take me out for dinner anywhere I liked… So I picked the most expensive place I could… I’m sorry Josh. Champagne and oysters are just what I crave.
What’s the best pub?
From day one it’s always been the Bees Mouth. It’s so womblike in there. My friend and I used to play the open mic night in there when we were underaged and broke so that we could get a free beer for playing. I hope they still let me back in despite BREAKING THE LAW!
Who’s your favourite Brighton celebrity?
Bird Man.
When was the last time you had any Brighton Rock?
Never. The doughnuts on the pier are good though!

Who Are You, Really? by TEEFF is out now on Love Thy Neighbour:

New Brighton Music

Happy Easter! Are you still allowed to say that once you’re past Easter Sunday? Who knows. You’re all still enjoying an Easter Bank Holiday, that’s for sure (unless you’re working, in which case I apologise). Anyway, new music. It’s been a long time since the last proper release from Yumi & The Weather, but Distant Days is worth the wait. Cool-as-ice vocals flutter over effervescent electronic beats. It’s coming out on super-limited 7″ on MIOHMI records on 12th May and is backed with another new track called In The Night:

Next we have the first new music from GAPS taken from their upcoming second album. Shatter starts off with an electronic shimmer then settles into skitterish electronic beats:

The latest Wax Machine track came out quite a few weeks ago, but it’s only just popped up on our radar. Magic Machine is eight minutes of full on psych, with a video to match:

It’s taken us a little while to get around to writing about the Gender Roles EP, Planet X-ray, and consequently we missed telling you to go and see them live with Broadbay a couple of nights ago. The tour is still on though, with dates in Glasgow, Huddersfield, Harlow, Swindon, Birmingham and Bristol still to go. The EP is out on limited blue cassette, which you can order from the bandcamp link, and the lead track is called Skin:

Holly Isobelle sent us a preview of her debut single The Remains of our Love a few weeks ago, but it’s only just gone online publicly this week. The PR email said that it was influenced by Two Door Cinema Club and Lucy Rose, but we can hear a bit of Sophie Ellis Bextor in there too, which is no bad thing in our book.

Tilda Allie is Swedish but Brighton based. She’s signed to Normanton Street affiliated QM Records and has some gorgeous soulful pop out in the shape of Further Than You:

Hetton‘s debut EP comes out on 29th May. It’s called Through The Cracks, and you can watch the video for the lead track Weeds, which reminds us a lot of The Kings of Convenience, here.

Finally, to round things off we have another track from Anneka‘s upcoming Life Force EP. Life Force is the second track shared from the EP, following The End of It which we wrote about a few weeks back: