Weekend Gig Picks

Here’s our choice of the best local bands to see around town this weekend. As always, we’re spoiled for choice.

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Tomorrow night we’ll be heading down to Latest Music Bar for The Beautiful Word’s launch for their new album Particles. Support comes from The Common Tongues and the brilliantly named Emperors of Ice Cream. Meanwhile, over at Brighton’s newest venue Bermuda Triangle (tucked in alongside Digital) Theo Verney and Bad For Lazarus are supporting Traams for the launch of issue number three of Boon Magazine. Also on Thursday is Fragile Creatures second curated night at the Blind Tiger. This time around they’re bringing along Octopuses for some live music and The Maydays for Wheel of Fortune Karaoke.

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Friday Night is this month’s Les Enfants Terribles, who have a great line up as ever. Top of the bill at the Blind Tiger this month is Plum, a relative newcomer to Brighton who has plenty of accomplishments under her belt – earlier this year she was awarded Best Electronic Artist at the Scottish Music Awards. Alongside her are Phantom Runners who have recently been making the video for their new single and local Math Rock trio Patchwork Natives.

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On Saturday Night, Brighton’s Finest host an evening at The Old Market. The night is headlined by The Mojo Fins, but it’s also worth noting that it’ll be your last ever chance to see support act Apples and Eve live before they split up and go their separate ways.

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Sofar Sounds – songs from a room

This week the second ever Brighton Sofar session came to town.

For those who don’t know, Sofar Sounds is a House concert concept that has gone global with connections on four continents. They’ve held concerts in California, Brazil, Australia and across Europe amongst other places. But basically wherever they take place they’re still small intimate gigs featuring local bands and innovative music in people’s homes, which are video’d and photographed and seen globally via their website.

Small is beautiful. And the latest Brighton incarnation took place in the large front room of a flat on West Street, and featured three bands playing four songs each, an artist-in-residence (below) drawing the event along with an array of photographers, videographers,  and a room full of pretty young things, all sitting on the floor enjoying the spectacle.

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First up was I am Amity, the persona of multi-instrumentalist Amy Forrester, who wound her simple songs around a fascinating array of loops, moving from electronic drums to guitars and back again. She made a joke about her mother liking best her song about one night stands. She was most endearing.

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Next came the mighty Laish, who wowed the room with Danny Green’s wry lively lyrics backed by a dynamic four piece band with the original combination of violin, clarinet, bass and drums. They played three songs from their forthcoming new album Obituaries and then ended with We Speak The Mantra from their first album, with the band dropping their instruments to accompany Dan with vocals and hand-claps and knee-slaps. It was enchanting. An excellent band, a favourite of this blog and highly recommended in any body’s living room.

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By the end of the night, the packed room was hot and sweaty. Last up were the gypsy folk of Apples and Eve, led by the charming Eve Rose. This five-piece band laid down some excellent funky folk which kept the room chilled and feet-tapping. Eve’s vocals were honey-smooth, and her songs reminiscent of a band like Beirut. Another fine local act that are worth checking out.

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And then it was over, until the next one. Sofar sounds have a winning formula – small intimate gigs in people’s homes. This blog for one looks forward to seeing how the Brighton set up progresses. Or maybe the Brazilian one, if we’re lucky eh?

Apples and Eve / Dionysus

Apples and Eve return with a new EP of gypsy folk out a week today. Dionysus is available to pre-order from the band’s website, and there’s a launch party at the Komedia next Wednesday (5th September), which hopefully we’ll be down at to report on. If you can’t wait a whole week, you can watch the video for Dionysus here, and listen to the EP below: