Brighton Music Blog 2017 Top 25 – numbers 25-11

Making end of year lists is tough, especially for us. No, hear us out – this isn’t just some sob story. Most of the bands we write about are just starting out, so haven’t had albums out yet – should they be lower down the list or even omitted because they haven’t put out a long player? And conversely what about the bands who have released an album – surely they shouldn’t be higher in the list by default. And what about the more established bands – should we be including them at the expense of smaller bands? And how are we going to get around the fact that bands with more recent release or live dates are nearer the front of our mind than those who put records out at the start of the year? It’s a metaphorical minefield, so our list is rather arbitrary. It could easily have been twice as long, and as usual we’ve gone for bands rather than tracks or albums to get around it. Here’s numbers 25 through to 11:

25 : Lucky Soul

24 : Normanton Street

23 : Other States

22 : Prince Vaseline

21 : Tigercub

20 : The Hundredth Anniversary

19 : The New Faith

18 : Knightstown

17 : Clever Thing

16 : Wax Machine

15 : The Delta Bell

14 : Black Honey

13 : The Fiction Aisle / Black Bunny

12 : British Sea Power

11 : The Go! Team

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New Brighton Music

Here’s this week’s new music post, two weeks after our last one – we were out of the country last week though, so we’re playing catchup a bit now. Our first tune this week is from Brighton supergroup Alien Stadium, made up of Steve Mason and Primal Scream‘s Martin Duffy. Their first release is a track called This One’s for the Humans, a lolloping almost-baggy almost-bluesy number which is taken from a mini LP called Livin’ in Elizabethan Times which gets released on 1st December. Have a dig around for the version that’s up on Spotify which clocks in over six minutes long and gets a much more psychedelic groove on.
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New Brighton Music

Hello! We’ve got a whole load of new music to share this week, so I’m going to skip the preamble (which is normally the bit that takes the longest to write anyway) and jump straight in with Hello Hello – the new single from Fickle Friends:

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Brighton Music Blog 2016 Top Ten 10 – 6

It’s the middle of December! That makes it the time of year when we should be doing some kind of end of year round up, and here’s the first part of it. As always it’s completely unscientific – it’s just what’s floated our boat this year. Artists might have released a single, an EP, a whole album, or maybe just played some gigs that we absolutely loved. The first part is covering number ten through to six, with the top five coming sometime nearer to Christmas.
10. Cold Pumas (Hanging Valley LP)
9. My Life Story (24 Hour Deflower single)
8. Prince Vaseline (On an Island EP)
7. Black Honey (Headspin EP / Hello Today single)
6. Sea Bed (The Art of Living EP)

New Brighton Music

It’s actually been a few weeks since we’ve done a new music roundup, with a bit of variety getting back into the things we’re posting. Continuing in that vein, with any luck we’ll have an interview coming soon with our first artist this week Fujiya & Miyagi. Their new release EP2 comes out this Friday, and they’ve just shared another track from it. This is the self referential Extended Dance Mix:

Without any warning (to us at least) Sea Bed put out a new EP last Friday. The EP is entitled The Art of Living, and it includes recent single Geneva which we featured in a new music roundup a few weeks ago. Here’s the title track:

We also included Hello Today by Black Honey in one of our recent roundups, but that was before they shared the brilliant video for the track:

Jacko Hooper‘s After The Storm EP came out at the end of September. Here’s the video for the lead track from the release Time Will Tell Us Enough

We don’t know a great deal about Preston Parris who sent us over his EP under the name Preston Outatime, but we do know that we quite like his Enceladus EP of instrumental hip hop:

Gang put out a double A side single out on November 25th. Dead (featured here) will be backed with another new track Enough Nothing. You can catch Gang live at the Hope & Ruin on November 4th.

Last Friday Kanzi put out their new EP “Sketches, Early Summer“. The lead track is called March and is backed with another three tracks of lush electronica:

Last but by no means least is Who You Are by Tim Woodbridge which came out last week, which reminded us a bit of the last C Duncan album, which is no bad thing at all:

 

Black Honey at Patterns gallery

We don’t get out nearly as much as we used to, and haven’t been able to support the live scene as much as we ought. Last night though, we pitched ourselves up in the front row at Patterns to catch Black Honey, on the road just in time for their new single Hello Today. They played to a sold out venue for over an hour – not bad for a band who haven’t even had an album out yet, and while their live set gets bigger and better each time we see them they haven’t forgotten their roots, with the old pink flamingo nestled in the back of the set. Here’s our pics, as usual, click through to view large:

New Brighton Music

Another week, another new music round up. We’re kicking off this week with the new single from Black Honey which came out last Friday called Hello Today. We’ll be down the front for Black Honey’s sold out show next Thursday at Patterns. See you there.

Next up is Fear of Men who are off on tour again, covering Europe in September and October (stopping off at Patterns on 15th October), then off to America in November. To celebrate they’ve shared a video for another track from their Fall Forever album. This is Sane:

Bad Family have just shared their second single called I’m a Drunk. It seems that everyone I’m writing about is playing live soon – you can catch them at The Hope & Ruin next Monday.

The Hundredth Anniversary‘s first new music in a long time showed up a week or two ago. After I Was Thrown In The River is more melodic and less shoegaze than their early stuff, and is the first taster of their upcoming album Sea State Pictures.

The new Animal House EP Sorry comes out on 18th November. They’ve put out a video for the track Heavy which you can see below. We’d write about when they’re playing live, but they’re probably on stage at the Prince Albert as I’m typing this:

A Drop of Blood in a Bowl of Milk is the new EP from Whiskey for the Wounded which came out on 22nd September. If you missed the launch last week, you can catch them at the next Indie Noir night at the Verdict on 13th October.

Last but not least we had news in a few weeks ago of End Call, an album released on cassette by Bloody Death. Turn The Tables is the track that they’re choosing to showcase the album with on bandcamp, but the rest of the tape isn’t all trashy guitar – there’s some mellower stuff on there too.