October Gig Previews

October already. How time flies. We’re not quite as prompt as we would have liked with this month’s gig previews post – if we were we might have tipped the Platform B FM licence launch at the Green Door Store last night. Instead though we’ll kick off with a gig that’s been mentioned before tomorrow night.

Untitled (12)sMatters by Fröst came out last Friday and was named Resident’s album of the day . They’ve also made the launch gig their gig of the week too, so you don’t have to just take our word for it. It takes place at the Prince Albert, with support from Spill Gold.

There’s another album launch taking place next Wednesday too. The Haunt sees the return of 12 Stone Toddler and marks the release of their new album Idiolalia.

Our next tip takes place on 12th October at Brighton Electric. According to what we’ve read, there will be “a FREE induction course presented by myself – special guest speaker & founder of the Temple of B, Ronald K. Moiste. Ronald will be promoting a radical new book: Skin and Bone, a chronicle of his journey into finding B and how she helped me find myself and de-calcify my pineal gland (and liver)”. What we believe is actually taking place is the launch party for Sking & Bone, the new single from Libra Libra, with support from Inwards and Battery Operated Orchestra, although there’s only one way to find out.

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One of the big releases last month was Black Honey‘s debut album. They head off on tour across the UK and Europe, playing Concorde 2 on Sun 14th October.

Wild Cat Strike‘s debut album comes out this Friday on Small Pond, but they’re waiting until Monday 15th October for the launch, which will take place at Pop Up Brighton (down near the i360). Support comes from Good Guy Clarence, I Feel Fine and Elliot Tatler.

41606980_685067261856493_1753955113430417408_oIt seems to be a month of plugging launch parties in this gig preview’s post. Here’s another – Lazybones launch their new single Heart Beat Like A Drum at Green Door Store on Wednesday 17th October. Also on the bill are Sit Down, Big and the Fat and Swoon.

Finally, the last we’ve got to mention is Our Girl, who are spending most of October on tour. They play a hometown gig at The Haunt on Friday 26th with Breathe Panel supporting.

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September Gig Preview

It’s the third of September, which means we’re overdue for our September gig preview post.

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The big gig to mention this month though is Kitfest, taking place at St George’s Church on Saturday 15th September. It’s in aid of the Kit Tarka Foundation, a charity set up by The Miserable Rich lead singer James De Malplaquet following the sad early passing of his son at just thirteen days old. The Miserable Rich have been on hiatus for a few years but are reforming for the concert which sees Fujiya & Miyagi (playing their only Brighton gig of the year) and Alice Russell & TM Juke at the top of the bill for the evening, which will be MCed by David Shrigley. Gloria Cycles are also reforming for the night – newcomers to Brighton might know the name from the vintage sign in the Basketmakers, but Gloria Cycles was also the name of one of the city’s top bands around ten years ago – alongside Jess Bishop, We Bop Choir and 1BTN DJs.

a0345127217_10Before then though, there’s Yumi & The Weather’s album launch, taking place is this Friday at Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar. Keep your eyes peeled on the blog later this week for our next post which should also be Yumi & The Weather related. Also on Friday, Bloom make a live return headlining Femrock at the Green Door Store.

Black Honey release their debut album this month too. They’re off on tour to promote it and play the Concorde in October but if you can’t wait until then you can pre-order the album from Resident and get a pass to their instore at Resident on Friday 21st. if you were looking for something to do after that, then I’d point you in the direction of Sticky Mike’s for the launch of CLT DRP’s new single. The following night – Saturday 22nd September – there’s another album launch. Man Ray Sky are celebrating their second long player with a gig at Sticky Mike’s.

After a summer of festivals, The Magic Gang are finally doing an extensive tour to promote their debut album. They played a handful of dates when the album came out earlier this year, but 2018’s only Brighton gig so far has been a packed out Great Escape slot. You can catch them at Concorde 2 on Tuesday 25th September.

New Brighton Music

We’re playing catchup this week, after a gig preview last week and the Great Escape the week before that there’s a lot of ground to cover. We’ll also be introducing a simplification in how we present the tracks too, so that hopefully we don’t get so behind in future.

Artist: Orbital
Track Name: Tiny Foldable Cities
Taken from: Monsters Exist LP
Release Date: 14th September 2018
Next gig: Brighton Racecourse 29th June

Artist: Crayola Lectern
Track Name: Rescue Mission
Taken from: Happy Endings album
Release Date: 1st June 2018
Next gig: Album release gig on 1st June at the Rosehill Arts Centre

Artist: Animal House
Track Name: Outside
Taken from: Premium Mediocre
Release Date: 25th May
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Artist: Black Honey
Track Name: Bad Friends
Taken from: Bad Friends single
Release Date: 4th May 2018
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Artist: Passenger
Track Name: Hell or High Water
Taken from: Runaway album
Release Date: 31st August 2018
Next gig: Brighton Dome, 9th September

Artist: Thyla
Track Name: Blame
Taken from: Blame single
Release Date: 9th May 2018

Artist: All Better
Track Name: Thanks for Nothing
Taken from: A Turn at Being Cool EP
Release Date: 15th June 2018
Next gig: https://www.facebook.com/events/209390666509921/16th June Supporting High Visions at the Quadrant

Artist: Morning Myth
Track Name: Beyond The Blue
Taken from: Everything is a Photograph EP
Release Date: 4th June 2018

Artist: Mere Child (aka Aimee Herbert-Smith from Morning Myth)
Track Name: Swim
Taken from: Swim (single)
Release Date: 11th May 2018

Artist: Jess Bishop
Track Name: I’m Still Here
Taken from: I’m Still Here single
Release Date: 3rd May 2018
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Artist: Megan Lara Mae
Track Name: Caribou
Taken from: Caribou single
Release Date: 13th April
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Artist: Levity
Track Name: Dreamers of the Night
Taken from: Dreamers of the Night single
Release Date: 1st June 2018

Artist: Lydia Evangeline
Track Name: Old Shoes
Taken from: Old Shoes single
Release Date: 25th May 2018
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Artist: Fond of Rudy
Track Name: Imagination
Taken from: Imagination single
Release Date: 18th May 2018

Artist: Galangas
Track Name: Mr Brain
Taken from: Mr Brain single
Release Date: 14th May

Artist: School Disco
Track Name: Kill The King
Taken from: Kill The King single
Release Date: 18th May 2018
Next gig:

Artist: Salt Ashes
Track Name: Girls
Taken from: Girls single
Release Date: 4th May 2018
Next gig:

Artist: Viktor Magick
Track Name: Playing Ball
Taken from: Playing Ball single
Release Date: 30th April 2018

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: Continue reading

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)