Weekend Gig Picks

Normally December is a quiet time for music, but once again Brighton is doing us all proud by being as busy as ever. Here’s our picks of the best of the local live music this weekend:

GAPSOn Thursday Night, GAPS launch their new single I Know It’s You with a gig at the Green Door Store. Support comes from Foreign Skin and Eagles for Hands. Thursday is also December’s Source New Music at the Dome Studio Theatre, headlined this month by Rum Committee, with Mok, Neon Saints Brass Band and Barcode also on the bill. Meanwhile, over at the Brunswick Tim Keegan & The Quiet Lifers are playing at the Brunswick. They’ll be previewing tracks from their forthcoming album The Long Game, as well as other material from their back catalogue, a tribute to Lou Reed and maybe something a little more festive. As if that wasn’t enough, at the Blind Tiger there’s a Beatabet takeover with Le Juki, Bryony Bird and Collectress.

ESPFriday night sees The Electric Soft Parade play their Christmas Show at the Unitarian Church. The band will be playing two sets – an acoustic Electric Soft Parade set of rarities and covers, and an second set of Christmas songs with an expanded band. There’s promise of mince pies and mulled wine too. Normanton Street and Phoebe Freya are launching their new single at the Green Door Store, and carrying on with an afterparty at Brighton Arts Club after 11. Support at the Green Door Store comes from Alice Amelia, The Remedy and The White Bicycles. As if that wasn’t enough for Friday Night, Hypnotised are supporting the Godspeed / Silver Mount Zion side project Esmerine at Saint George’s Church.

There’s plenty to choose from on Saturday too – Eliza Jaye is playing at the Ranelagh, House of Hats, Jacko Hooper and Fiddes Smith are at the Brunswick, and Two Jackals are at Coalition. Finally, on Sunday, Sealings play at Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar, supported by Shudder Pulps, Keel Her and Witching Waves.

In the meantime, we’re off to see Lion Bark at the Hope tonight.

Speak Galactic / P for Persia split single

On Monday 26th August two of Brighton’s finest space rock terrorists are putting out a split EP entitled “Aegis Arctic Alp” via Cupboard Music, Beatabet and Fcking The Night.

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One of favourite live bands P for Persia take on side A with three tracks – Rainbow Flux, Saint Luanne and Uncanny Valley (see video below). Side B passes the baton to Speak Galactic, who we’ve raved about on many an occasion, who only contribute two tracks – New Inventions and Magnified Destiny – but the latter does clock in at around 18 minutes long.

Both bands deliver out there soundscapes that complement each other’s sound really well – P for Persia’s are more guitar based, punctuated with their trademark 8 bit bleeps, Speak Galactic’s start off more synth based, but there’s definitely saxaphones in there and seeing their live setup who knows what’s going into making the noises they do.

The EP is coming out on translucent purple 12″ vinyl, or as t-shirt with a download code. The release party is next Friday at the Green Door Store, where both bands are playing, with support from Cousin.

Bunty – Multimos 5

It’s been a while since we wrote about Bunty, when she headlined the Source New Music Beatabet takeover Night back in September last year. That was around the time of the launch of Multimos 1, and since then she’s released another four parts of her seven part multimedia album.

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Multimos five is out this week, available as a free download from bandcamp. If you click play on the widget below you can enjoy the musical element, but you only get the full Multimos experience buy clicking through downloading the whole package.

Anyone who’s seen Bunty live knows to expect experimental looped beats. Mysterious Fruit feels exotic and, well, mysterious. Overview Effect is built around guitar, vocal and what sounds like telephone samples, and third track Moon Arise sounds like it could be a traditional chant with it’s vocal motif and drone. There’s also a video in the download package, with some 1920s looking film, and a remix containing elements of all of the tracks.

Get on the download now!

Weekend Gig Picks

So, we’ve got a veritable bonanza of weekend gigs for you this week. Last week I was musing that maybe things that might get a bit quieter in the run up to Christmas – how wrong I was.

Holy VesselsLet’s start this with Thursday – it is the start of the weekend after all. We’ll be heading down to the Concorde 2 to see Saint Etienne (with support from Scritti Politti – what a line up, eh?). Also on thursday night there’s Mr B‘s Chap Hop Christmas Ball at the Prince Albert. Holy Vessels play their album launch at the Blind Tiger, with support from Soccer96, Autumn Red, The Common Tongues and Songs For Walter. Last Orders at the Marshall Arms is out now and available from iTunes. Paul Diello plays his annual Christmas party at  the Brunswick, and Alice Amelia plays the Constant Service.

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Noise NightOn Friday British Sea Power return with a special Christmas Krankenhaus at The Haunt. Our friends over at Brighton Noise are putting on their second night at the Green Door Store. They were turning people away from first one, so get their early to see Traams, Bitches and the fantastic Negative Pegasus. Transformer are launching their single Dragonfly at the Blind Tiger. Check out the Facebook event for more details and a look at the video. The last gig on our radar on friday is at the Coach House in Kemptown (not the pub on Middle Street), where Crayola Lectern headlines a “veritable melange of auditory delights”.

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binge2posterOn Saturday The Impellers hold their Office Christmas Party at The Brunswick, which is cheap to get into if you’ve got a ticket for Craig Charles later that night. If you’d like to start things a bit earlier on in the day, Beatabet kick things off at 1pm. They’ve got twelve bands playing at their Betabet BingeP for Persia, Spacenoid, Napoleon III, Colectress, Speak Galactic, Laboratoro, Old Man Diode, Scalar Fields, Duot, Operator, Temple Decade and Burnt Toast. Phew!

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art noiseIf you’ve still got any energy left come Sunday, then our top pick is Cate Ferris at The Neptune. There’s also an art event at the Blind Tiger called Wonderland, where Amongst The Pigeons, Them The Sky, Tiny Dragons, and the Elevators and Ribbon play in the evening. In yet another night in town with an above average number of bands on the bill, there’s also Club Criminal at Sticky Mike’s, starting from 5pm, with Trip to Dover, The Flip Flays, The Kut, Thieves by the Code, The Trophy Hearts, Childbrain and King Mews.

September Source New Music Night feat Bunty

This month is Brighton Digital Festival, and this month’s Source New Music was put on in collaboration with the Beatabet collective as one of the festival’s events.

We turned up a bit later than we’d hope to the night (distracted en route by Brighton’s newest pub), and arrived as P For Persia had just taken to the stage. P For Persia are a three piece who make indie rock fused with 8-bit keyboards. It was an energetic, intense performance, made all the more enjoyable by vocalist / guitarist Daniel McNally hamming up his role as the band’s focus.

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The next act to perform stretched the limit of what you’d call a band. Goodbye Leopold are a vocal trio whose songs are more like chanting than the songs we’re used to at Source New Music nights, and they sported some rather interesting leotards and headwear. But they’re from London, so time to move on to the night’s headliner.

Bunty was taking the opportunity of using the Source New Music / Brighton Digital Festival gig as the launch and showcase of her new project Multimos, which is being released a few tracks at a time over the next year, with the first three available on bandcamp now:

Bunty was making pretty much all of the sound onstage herself, using a loopstation to record parts on the fly before moving onto a different instrument or vocal part. And not to be outdone by the other acts, as well as a live bassist and drummer (wearing hard harts, of course), and visuals from Metaluna, Bunty had dancers, and a man dressed as a bear.

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The next episode of Multimos is out in a few weeks time on 2nd October. In the meantime, you can read more about the project in Bunty’s interview with the Source.