Brighton Music Blog Best of 2019

It’s Christmas Eve Eve, and we’ve left it a bit late to come up with our end of the year round up. Without much further ado, here it is – We say it every year, but this isn’t an ordered list, because you just can’t compare a band who’ve been releasing records for over twenty years with another who’ve just put out their first release. So hopefully there’s something in here for everyone, whether you’ve been listening to Nick Cave since he played with The Birthday Party, or you discovered CLT DRP at a sweaty night at the Green Door Store:

Nancy / Clic Clac
Fujiya & Miyagi / Gammon
Penelope Isles / Gnarbone
BUNKR / For The Birds
Laundromat / Humans
HANYA / Dream Wife
Blood Red Shoes / Howl
Orchards / Young
Barnacles / Manatee
CLT DRP / Speak To My
The Soft Walls / Every Target Can Afford To Wait
Projector / Go Ahead
Guru / Don’t Talk
Murmur / Cradle
Demob Happy / Less is More
Cate Ferris / Gyroscope
My Life Story / Taking on the World
Winter Gardens / Coral Bells
Dog in the Snow / Dual Terror
El Train / Feels Like
Ida Vallens / Mt Whitney Hotel
La Lune / Holding Onto U
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds / Gallen Ship
Meemo Comma / Murmur

Honorable mentions also need to go to the Spotify conscientious objectors, Electric Soft Parade and Andres Y Xavi:

Brighton Rocks #29 : Leroy Horns from Barnacles

What’s the best thing about Brighton?
The Downs. We’re in a city that is surrounded by top notch nature. Lucky!

Who are the your favourite local bands?
I really need to make more effort to see local acts. Must book a baby sitter! Having said that – Physics House Band for sheer originality and musicality, and The Mingus Underground Octet for playing the music of one of my favourite composers so well.

What’s the best venue?
The Rose Hill. What Kass and Jules have done with that space is truly amazing. I’m excited to see how the new Haunt sounds. I played at the Dome with Resonators and that was and ace gig, maybe one day Barnacles can do the same!

What’s the best rehearsal space / studio?
Currently I do all my rehearsing at Bottega rooms. Cheap and best and also rather convenient as the studio I share with Cate [Ferris, Brighton Music Blog fave, and Leroy’s partner] is there too. If I need high end gear and sound it’s always been Brighton Electric.

What’s the best club?
Any Roots Garden event. When I first moved to Brighton I was at the Tuesday night Jazz Room sessions every week without fail. I’ve always had a big passion for reggae and always try and get to the sound system sessions.

What’s the best record shop?
Rarekind records on Trafalgar Street, where incidentally you can purchase the new Barnacles album!

Where’s the best places to eat?
The food at Brewed on Lewes Road is awesome. Plus Chris and Thom are great. We’ve been going there since before my son Obi was born. He knows how to use the till now!

What’s the best pub?
I hardly ever drink these days but if I do I’ll head to Brighton Beer Dispensary. If it’s date night and we’re feeling flush The Plotting Parlour cocktail bar.

Who’s your favourite Brighton celebrity?
Nick Cave put some money in our hat when we were busking once.

When was the last time you had any Brighton Rock?
I never have. I don’t think that’s such a bad thing. Is it?

And So It Begins by Barnacles is out now:

New Brighton Music

We’re going to have a switch around this week, because for a change there’s less Spotify stuff to share than stuff from other platforms. Don’t miss out on the Spotify link though, because there’s the brand new track from Blood Red Shoes in there. Continue reading

New Brighton Music

We’re catching up a bit with new music at the moment, so we’re going to dive straight in, starting off with Sea Bed, fresh from going down a storm at Glastonbury, here’s their new single Young: Continue reading