New Brighton Music

Nobody releases anything in December. Or so I thought. I figured that after putting up my end of year list I could come back in January to a relatively sleep start, but it seems that everybody else was thinking differently. So here’s what’s probably our biggest new music post ever, featuring some of Brighton’s heaviest hitters – Steve Mason has a new album has a new album out this week, and Blood Red Shoes’ new LP is due any week now

Artist: Steve Mason
Album Name: About The Light
Release Date: out now
Next Gig: 9th February at St Barts
https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/1IOnfFfswEAQzFbfUI68XE

Artist: Blood Red Shoes
Track Name: Eye To Eye
Taken From: Get Tragic
Release Date: single out now, album out 25th January
Next Gig: Resident in store 27th January

Artist: The Fiction Aisle
Album Name: Chain Migration LP
Release Date: out now

Artist: Orbital
Track Name: There Will Come a Time (feat Brian Cox) (We Will Die Remix)
Taken From: There Will Come a Time single
Release Date: out now
https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/1cx168Xzn7p55bbXzAKlCT

Artist: LibraLibra
Track Name: Skin & Bone AKDK remix
Taken From: Skin & Bone single
Release Date: out now

Artist: Sylvia Mwenze
Track Name: Alarm
Taken From: Alarm single
Release Date: Out now
https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/0g7iJu1FzYyQZnn83ljYDB

Artist: Tuval
Track Name: We Can Burn
Taken From: We Can Burn single
Release Date: out now

Artist: Swoon
Track Name: Heartstrings
Taken From: Heartstrings single
Release Date: out now

Artist: Opia Bloom
Track Name: Side by Side
Taken From: Side by Side single
Release Date: 29/11/2018
Next Gig: 1st Feb at the Hope & Ruin

Artist: Beacon
Track Name: Who are you?
Taken From: Beacon EP
Release Date: out now
Next Gig: 19th April Latest Music Bar

Artist: The Perfect English Weather
Track Name: Only Shadows
Taken From: Don’t You Wanna Feel The Rain? LP
Release Date: out now

Artist: Beach Riot
Release Name: Beach Riot EP
Release Date: out now
https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/4QdCs49zlNa94E8SGafqhD

Artist: Wizard Sleeve
Track Name: Come & Go
Taken From: Special Brew EP
Release Date: out now
Next Gig: 1st Feb at the Prince Albert

Artist: Hatter
Track Name: Kingpin (Feat Mei & Phonetic)
Taken From: Kingpin (single)
Release Date: out now

Artist: Caleb Harris
Track Name: The Reasons I Fear
Taken From: The Reasons I Fear single
Release Date: 16/01/2019

Artist: Beatastic
Track Name: Dive
Taken From: Transverse EP
Release Date: 08/12/2018

Artist: Soft Walls
Track Name: Misperception
Taken From: soundcloud upload
Next Gig : Brighton Noise’s Day VIII on 2nd Feb at Green Door Store

Artist: Samuel Organ
Release Name: Serpents of The South​​-​​West Peninsula EP
Release Date: out now

Artist: Big Salad Records / various
Release Name: Celine’s Tape
Release Date: 27th January
Next Gig: launch gig 27th January all dayer at GDS

Artist: Luna Blue
Track Name: Tropical
Taken From: Tropical single
Release Date: 2nd January

Artist: Sad Girls Club
Release Name: 97 EP
Release Date: 11/01/2019
Next Gig: Celine’s Tape launch (see above)
https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/1tJso486khsGJC4qNFMJFx

Artist: H_ngm_n
Release Name: I Don’t Wanna Go Home EP
Release Date: out now
https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/3Gj3V9xJzaRTfjt2ZvXAsh

Artist: Klae
Track Name: Side Lines
Taken From: Side Lines single
Release Date: 25/01/19
https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/1kvaXlHyz0qNXut5Mc7z2S

Artist: Perch
Release Name: No Step LP
Release Date: 12/01/19

Artist: Quell
Album Name: Twelve Surface Pills
Release Date: 25/01/19
https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/5hwBXmi3TbPMNH716JCAj7

Artist: Fane
Album Name: Follow The Map
Release Date: out now

Artist: Night Vision
Release Name: In Private EP
Release Date: 19th January 2019
https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/0CYDLzc6C3vYGiLTapr3x9

Artist: Para Fiction
Track Name: PAP£R
Taken From: PAP£R single
Release Date: out now

Artist: Twilight Driving
Track Name: Dangerous
Taken From: Dangerous single
Release Date: out now
https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/5muEVbtOqxjSeBqMbi9HCI

Artist: M Butterfly
Album Name: M Butterfly II
Release Date: out now

Artist: Katja
Track Name: Entropy
Taken From: Entropy single
Release Date: out now

Artist: Winter Gardens
Track Name: Coral Bells
Taken From: Coral Bells single
Release Date: 22nd February

 

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Album review – Foxes! by Foxes!

Foxes!

Indie’s history is littered with bands whose members have stronger relationships than just being in the same group – Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon, Stephen Morris and Gillian Gilbert, Tim Gane and Laetitia Sadier… The latest band to join the queue in this auspicious list is Foxes!, headed up by Kayla and Adam Bell, whose eponymous debut album is out on Brighton based label Big Salad Records next Monday (16th January). The album has been a long time coming – the sleeve notes say it was recorded in 2008 / 2009. Before they found a home with Big Salad, they put out the ace Panda Bear Song last year on legendary indie label Elefant Records.

Foxes! rattle through the dozen tracks on their album in barely more than half an hour – about the right about of time to not overstay it’s welcome and to leave you wanting more. After a short intro track, the album kicks off properly with the Panda Bear Song, which hopefully you’ve already clicked through to, a song about wildlife conservation. The stompers keep on coming, taking in such subjects as spending too long in cafés, days when you feel like you can’t do anything right and girl crushes. Even the possibilities of what happens after death get a look in. But despite the tone of some of the lyrics, it’s not a dark album at all; Foxes! is full to the brim of chirpy indie-pop songs. Oh Rosie tackles the tricky subject of advising the elderly to try internet shopping – not bad in three and a half minutes:

If you’re a fan of choppy guitars, lo fi keyboards and catchy lyrics, then this will be right up your street.

If you like what you hear, but you missed their show at the Green Door Store just before Christmas, you can go and see them in London on Tuesday at The Buffalo bar in Highbury. If not, I’m sure they’ll be playing back in Brighton again soon. In the meantime, you can follow them on Facebook here.

Big Salad Christmas Party with Foxes! and Milk & Biscuits

So when I joked last week about the Juice Christmas Party being one last gig before Christmas, I honestly thought that would be my last gig before Christmas. But I ended up going to another. Friday Night was the Big Salad Christmas Party, headlined by Foxes!, who you’ll probably hear a lot more of next year – their debut album is out on the 16th January.

First up were a band whose name I didn’t catch, but whose tunes sounded like nobody had told them Britpop finished over ten years ago, and who spent more time tuning up between songs than they spent playing songs. Nice Christmas outfits though.

Milk & Biscuits were up next. They’re a bit of a Brighton supergroup – the core of the band is Matthew Davies and Max Earle of Restlesslist, but their mini-LP also features Tom White (Brakes, Electric Soft Parade, and dozens of other Brighton Bands), Jennifer Left, and Kayla Bell from Foxes! (at this stage I should note that I wasn’t making a point of exclamation about the members of Milk & Biscuits, but that Foxes! have an exclamation mark at the end of their name). Mlik & Biscuits started off with a two minute wall of white noise which then broke down to some lovely lilting kraut-pop, built around Matthew and Max’s keyboards and vocals, but augmented with backing vocals, guitars, bass and occasionally flute. Some songs tended more towards Velvet Underground, some were more Stereolab-esque. It was all rather good – good enough for me to buy the mini LP at the end of the gig. Balcony Times was a limited release which came out last October on Big Salad Records and includes a lot of what they played. Resident still have some in stock and it comes recommended.

After just enough time to get to the bar and back, Foxes! took to the stage. Foxes! and Milk & Biscuits are about as different as two indie bands could be – while Milk & Biscuits are all about layers and textures and soporific atmospherics, Foxes! are all about the three minute indie pop song, the lyrics and vitality. At the centre of the band is Kayla Bell, who takes care of vocal and drumming duty. If I had one complaint about the gig, it would be that the drums were placed where a normal band would place their drums – where the drummer is also the lead vocalist, that isn’t so appropriate. But you can’t really complain when the songs are so catchy and so well performed. They rattled through their repertoire with barely a breath inbetween each track. In Foxes! world, short is sweet. Their lyrics are a break from the norm too – I’m sure I won’t hear any other lyrics any time soon about peoples dogs getting anal cancer. Towards the end of the set, they played their track Christmas Songs – it’s quite a measure of Foxes vim that where most band’s Christmas songs are their at the upbeat end of their catalogue, Foxes Christmas track was one of the  least upbeat. When they left the stage, they didn’t come back for an encore – In true lo-fi indie style they were off to man the merchandise stall.

Foxes! debut album is should be out in a few weeks time, so we’ll be reviewing that closer to the date. In the meantime, here’s  Big Salad Records website and here are Foxes! on Facebook.