February Gig Previews

So, it’s been a while since we’ve done a gig preview post, what with taking a few weeks off around Christmas, but we’re BACK and so are the good gigs in Brighton.

51308375_2250277305003567_6401380572635070464_nFirst up is the eighth Brighton Noise all dayer at the Green Door Store, which takes place tomorrow (Saturday 2nd Feb) and has a huge line up featuring Inwards, Soft Walls, Garden Centre, Big Slammu, Fruity Water, Dubais, M. Butterfly, The Estate Agents, R. Dyer and The International Debt.

The big name gig this month is Steve Mason who’s on the road touring his new album About The Light. He’s already played Newcastle and Glasgow, and will take in Manchester, London and Bristol before the hometown date on Saturday 9th February, which is at St Barts Church just off London Road.

Next up is a gig where the venue caught our eye as much as the band. On Thursday 21st February Currls are playing for Club Fugly at the Hare & Hounds. Last time we went to a gig there at was upstairs, when the upstairs was called Bleach – is this this the return of a much missed venue? We’ll have to pop along and find out.

LPFFinally, a mention of a couple of festivals that are taking place just outside of Brighton, but close enough that it would be rude not to mention them. Next Friday and Saturday Lewes Psych Fest takes place, with AK/DK headlining on Saturday. It’s long sold out though, so keep your eyes peeled for returns. Later this month, at a new venue called Hansen Hall in Portslade just outside the Brighton & Hove borders, Mutations Festival takes place with a bunch of familiar names (Orchards, LibraLibra, Jacko Hooper amongst them) nestling alongside the international acts playing.

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Brighton Rocks #20 : Ex-Display Model

A few months ago, a new account appeared in Instagram suggested people to follow section. It was in the name Ex-Display Model, but it didn’t have any posts, or any follows. Thanks, but no thanks Instagram. It popped up again a few weeks later, followed by a few music accounts that I follow, but still with no posts, so this time I thought maybe I would start following it myself. Then a few weeks later a single picture was posted, which looked like it might have been David and Ed from Fujiya & Miyagi, but I wasn’t 100% sure.  And then in August, Ex-Display Model put out their first single Immaculate Rip. A couple more tracks were drip fed out, then last Friday their self titled debut album was released with no great fanfare, slipped out for people to discover themselves. I got in touch to ask if they fancied doing a Brighton Rocks, but it turned out that AKDK are on tour in Brazil for the next few weeks so Ed wasn’t about. David was keen to strike while the iron was hot though, so he arranged for a stand in and the photo shoot went ahead anyway:

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What’s the best thing about Brighton?
WHSmiths and the sea.

Who are the your favourite local bands?
grasshopper

What’s the best venue?
The Brighton centre. Not really.
I have a real soft spot for the Prince Albert. That’s where Fujiya & Miyagi used to play early on and whenever I go there it brings back fond memories.

What’s the best rehearsal space / studio?
Church Road Studios for recording and Ooosh in Portslade for practicing.

What’s the best club?
I honestly have no idea. There’s a northern soul night happening at the komedia on 10th November which looks good.

What’s the best record shop?
I like Monkey Music Emporium and obviously Resident. The one at the bottom of trafalgar street is good too but I’ve forgotten what it’s called. It’s a shame Borderline and Rounder are no longer around. And the one that used to be above the comic shop in Kensington gardens was interesting.

Where’s the best places to eat?
I don’t really like restaurants. Pizza express is ok.

What’s the best pub?
Watchmakers near Hove station.

Who’s your favourite Brighton celebrity?
Does Nick Berry still live locally? My dad enjoys ‘Heartbeat’ so he must have something about him.

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

Ex-Display Model by Ex-Display Model is out now, available on Spotify, iTunes and Bandcamp (by clicking the image below)

The Great Escape Festival Preview

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It’s nearly that time again. Next weekend, the Great Escape rolls into town again, turning everywhere that you could fit a stage, and a lot of places where you can’t imagine a stage normally, into venues for a few days. We’re not going to go through the whole line up – first of all there are literally hundreds of bands playing, but also most of them aren’t from Brighton. Also, a lot of the good local stuff happens as part of the Alt Escape. What we’ve done instead is compiled a list of what we think is every Brighton band who are playing as part of the main festival, and asked a few of our favourite bands for their recommendations for the weekend. We’ve also got a list of what we believe is all the facebook events set up for Alt Escape gigs, which will provide you with a lot more information than you’ll get from anywhere else.

AK/DK (The Arch, 8pm Saturday + Fortune of War, 8.30pm Friday)
Tshegue – a Congolese / Parisian act that bring a brilliant Afro-electro post punk show, awesome!

La Lune (North Laine, 12:15 Saturday + Beyond Retro, 1:50pm Friday + Jubilee Square, 8pm Saturday)
My tips would be RYD, The Yellow Bellies, Amelia Caesar, and Currls.

LibraLibra (North Laine Brewery, Saturday 10pm + Brighton Electric Alt Escape Afterparty)
I just saw Idles at Liverpool sound city and they blew me away the performance was electric and there was this fierce buzz from the crowd, I couldn’t take my eyes off them.
Slugabed is also playing with his full live band and that’s an experience in itself, definitely check that out!
Black Futures – I am desperate to go to one of their shows, it’s fully Immersive and engages the audience – they sound huge!

Yumi & The Weather (Café Plenty, 8pm Thursday, White Rabbit 5.30 Saturday)
Hey Buddy, Alabaster dePlume, LU’AMI, Jouis, Cousin Kula, Bloom, Family Fiction, 47 Soul, Kaamal Williams, Ross From Friends, Slugabed, AK/DK, Sons of Kemet, Puppy, Yussef Dayes, Libralibra

Dark Horses (Hope & Ruin, 5.30 Thursday)
Say Sue Me and Deep Throat Choir

Frost (Marlborough, 7.45 Friday, Johanna Bramli solo sets Seven Stars 5pm Thursday as well as part of the Rose Hill’s Fake Escape)
Alice Boman, AKDK, Drahla, Jimothy Lacoste, Lisa Morgenstern, Men I Trust

Brighton Bands at the Great Escape:

Thursday:
Scuffle / Walrus / 13:00
Orchards / Hope & Ruin / 15:15
Noble Jacks / Jubilee Square / 16:00
Grace Carter / Sallis Benney / 21:30
Underwater Boys / Patterns Upstairs / 22:00

Friday:
Grace Carter / Beach Club / 18:00
Fine Creatures / The Hope & Ruin / 20:45
Underwater Boys / Green Door Store / 21:15
Maisie Peters / Unitarian Church / 21:30

Saturday:
Breathe Panel / One Church / 14:15
White Room / Prince Albert / 14:40
Fur / Beach Club / 17:30
Demob Happy / Beach Club / 18:30
Gender Roles / Sticky Mike’s / 19:30
La Lune / Jubilee Square / 20:00
AKDK / The Arch / 20:00
Hungry Joe / Green Door Store / 20:15
The Magic Gang / Beach Club / 20:30
The Go! Team / Beach Club / 21:45
Scuffle / Latest / 21:45
Lucy Barat / Hope & Ruin / 22:45

Alt Escape gigs (at least the ones that we know about):
Thursday:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1453689638069309/
https://www.facebook.com/events/864800190389318/
https://www.facebook.com/events/169609673727417/
https://www.facebook.com/events/1683189081723972/
https://www.facebook.com/events/1774018765951577/
https://www.facebook.com/events/155049268380059/
https://www.facebook.com/events/198659490741798/
https://www.facebook.com/events/794408047411431/
https://www.facebook.com/events/235263460383150/
https://www.facebook.com/events/202842330341062/
https://www.facebook.com/events/157498285090881/

Friday:
https://www.facebook.com/events/107050373462966/
https://www.facebook.com/events/131305364303885/
https://www.facebook.com/events/223989338152717/
https://www.facebook.com/events/613313565667774/
https://www.facebook.com/events/1777660202290696/
https://www.facebook.com/events/619373178396301/
https://www.facebook.com/events/1950840015211848/
https://www.facebook.com/events/1559882837414455/
https://www.facebook.com/events/751647691709071/
https://www.facebook.com/events/1667837779944366/
https://www.facebook.com/events/2117646471788950/
https://www.facebook.com/events/220473228722787/
https://www.facebook.com/events/438926903216057/
https://www.facebook.com/events/166237770717915/

Saturday:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1825025127802591/
https://www.facebook.com/events/229731457585767/
https://www.facebook.com/events/386368818502955/
https://www.facebook.com/events/121302828733190/
https://www.facebook.com/events/788538448002393/
https://www.facebook.com/events/197506027642482/
https://www.facebook.com/events/225476091341229/
https://www.facebook.com/events/245452679361458/
https://www.facebook.com/events/197414127679007/
https://www.facebook.com/events/1679538698805868/
https://www.facebook.com/events/185092965633332/
https://www.facebook.com/events/344476772739657/
https://www.facebook.com/events/182392552483349/

Brighton Music Blog 2017 Top 25 – number 3 – AK/DK

 

RZ9A3797esThis year, AK/DK released their second full length long player Patterns / Harmonics, a further refinement of their anarchic analogue kraut-punk-techno sound and the follow up to 2014’s Synths + Drums + Noise + Space. As great as they are on record though, it’s live where the band shine and their album launch at the Green Door Store in October was our gig of the year.