Last week I posted about the Cold Pumas album and described the band as giants of the local scene. They might be important but there’s a handful of local acts who aren’t just big in Brighton but big everywhere, for whom it does them a disservice to describe them as local acts. Fatboy Slim is one of them, and we’ll be writing a few words about the twentieth anniversary of his debut album soon. Another two have albums out around, and they’re Nick Cave and The Wedding Present.
Skeleton Tree is the 16th album from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and is accompanied by a film called One More Time with Feeling. Initially the film was just going to be a documentary of the making of the album, but last year’s personal events meant that the film would always be much more than that. The film is showing all weekend at Duke of Yorks cinema although at the time of writing only the late night showing on Saturday night has any seats left. Skeleton Tree comes out on cd and LP/download tomorrow.
The Wedding Present‘s new album Going, Going… came out last Friday and also has an accompanying film. Despite not being traditionally associated with the Brighton music scene, David Gedge has been putting on his The Edge Of The Sea festival has been running at the Concorde every summer since 2009 and has supported many local bands over the years. For the new album David didn’t just want to put out another bunch of tracks so the summer before last he set out on a road trip across America and made films to go with recordings that he’d made, and has put out the recordings as CD (or LP) and DVD format. Resident currently have signed copies in stock – the band played an instore last Friday for customers who had preordered the album – but a wider variety of formats are available through the Scopitones website.
We’re going to kick off this week’s round up of the best local gigs with probably the fastest selling out local gig of recent times. Nick Cave may have been born in Australia, but he’s been a Brighton Resident for many years, and this Thursday he brings his Bad Seeds to Brighton Dome as part of their Push The Sky Away tour. If you didn’t manage to get a Nick Cave ticket and fancy some live music tomorrow night, then Physics House Band are supporting Jaga Jazzist at the Old Market.
On Friday night a couple of regular Brighton live music nights have got some great line ups. At the Blind Tiger, Les Enfants Terribles have Tigercub headlining, alongside Plasticine, Great Pagans and Skirts, and then later on at Sticky Mikes Late Night Lingerie have a bill consisting of Spit Shake Sisters, The Querelles, Vyypers, Thee MVPs and Slagcan.
Sticking with regular nights, Saturday is the next Source New Music night at the Dome Studio Theatre. Recent Source cover stars Traams headline – technically they’re not a Brighton band (they’re from Chichester), but they are signed to Brighton label FatCat, they do play most of their gigs here, and they are a fantastic live band. Support comes from Teardrop Factory, Cousin and Last Heir. Saturday is also Oxjam Brighton day, where for a five pound wrist band you can see dozens of bands all over town at different locations, kicking off from 12 o clock. Full line up details are on the flyer below – our picks are BentCousin, who will be playing at the Seven Stars at 6.30, and Fragile Creatures on at 9pm at the Hobgoblin.
Did you miss out on Nick Cave’s secret gig in Hove last weekend? Me too! Would you like to see Nick Cave even closer to home instead? Well then we’ve got some good news. Nick Cave announced that the LA date of his tour, on 21st February, will be streamed live online at the rather snappy URL youtube.com/nickcavelive
Watch the trailer / click on the links for more info.