Brighton Rocks #13 : The Delta Bell

Our thirteen Brighton Rocks is with Kate Gerrard, songwriter and frontwoman for The Delta Bell:

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What’s the best thing about Brighton?
The sea and the people.

Who are the your favourite local bands?
Stephanie Goodman, grasshopper, Seadog, Lucas & King (they’ve only moved down the coast, so it still counts). Have to mention my label mates Palm Springs and Beat Hotel too!

What’s the best venue?
The Prince Albert, the Brunswick, and the Pelirocco’s great for a cheeky gig.

What’s the best rehearsal space / studio?
Church Road studio is our spiritual home, we rehearse there and that’s where we recorded the album. I’ve spent many an hour sitting on that sofa looking at the back of Paul Pascoe’s head.

What’s the best club?
Does the Bleeding Hearts Club count?

What’s the best record shop?
Wax Factor.

Where’s the best places to eat?
Red Snapper, The Blue Man, Solera. The George for giant slabs of halloumi.

What’s the best pub?
So many pubs in Brighton but I only ever seem to go to The Crescent, The Heart and Hand or The Albert.

Who’s your favourite Brighton celebrity?
Super Hans! Though it’s always slightly disconcerting to see him with a child attached to him.

When was the last time you had any Brighton Rock?
We played on a Cantonese Junk boat on the Seine in Paris last year, and we took sticks of Brighton Rock with us to give the audience. We ended up eating most of it!

The Delta Bell’s new album Hold Fast The Fire is out now, with a launch party at Hotel Pelirocco on 16th November.

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November / December gig preview

For this month’s gig preview post we’re actually going to cover November and December. Generally there aren’t as many gigs in December, and we’re normally distracted with end of year stuff on the blog, so it’s seems appropriate to cover two months in one post now.

22219815_1643943542303616_7426102628117662491_oThere’s lots of launch gigs that caught our eye this month. Red Deer People launch their single C’est Bon at the Hope & Ruin on 10th November, supported by Porridge Radio and Jungfrau. Then on the 16th November the Pelirocco is playing host to the launch of The Delta Bell‘s new album Hold Fast The Fire, supported by Stephanie Goodman. Not billed as an album launch gig, but coming shortly after the release of Ojala, Simon Raymond’s new band Lost Horizons play a sold out gig at the Rialto on 18th November. The Lost Horizons live band includes Helen “Dog in the Snow” Brown (who also provides support on the night) and Chris “Crayola Lectern” Anderson.  The last launch to mention is for the new Night House single The Roots in the Wires, which features Ellie Ford. As with Lost Horizons, Ellie Ford will also be playing as part of Night House on the night and will also be the support. The gig is at the Unitarian Church on 24th November and will be raising money for the Hummingbird Project refugee charity.

22289784_1581396571924520_4191942121452910496_oThere’s plenty of gigs that have caught our eye over the next weeks – Moulettes headline an all day even at One Church on 2nd December to celebrate Moulettes-linked label Sotones Records 10th Birthday. Rather than list everyone involved, you can read more and buy tickets here. Fujiya & Miyagi play Patterns on 7th December. They’re on the road at the moment to promote the vinyl release of their breakthrough album Transparent Things, so not exactly a launch gig. The Fiction Aisle are playing their second annual Christmas gig at The Hope & Ruin on 13th December. As if the Fictional Aisle wasn’t enough of a draw Rose Elinor Dougall is also on the bill, who should be headlining but hasn’t topped a non-festival bill in Brighton since 2010. We were sad to hear that King Porter Stomp will be heading out on their last ever tour at the end of November. After a week or two out on the road, their last ever gig will be at The Haunt on 19th December. Finally Spectrum have two more gigs coming up – Animal House headline Brighton Youth Centre on November 24th alongside Porridge Radio who get their second mention in this post, and then there’s a second mention for Ellie Ford, who headlines the Spectrum Winter Special at Brighton Museum on December 7th.

 

Spectrum / Dog in the Snow Album Launch gallery

Last night we went along to our first Spectrum gig in about eighteen months. They haven’t been quite as frequent in that period, but those that there have been we haven’t been able to make it along to. Now that they’re back to monthly again, hopefully they’ll be appearing a bit more regularly in these pages too.

Saturday evening’s Spectrum doubled up as the launch for Dog in the Snow’s debut album Consume Me which came out last week. Support came from Knightstown and Yumi & The Weather, although we didn’t spend quite as long watching the latter thanks to an incident with a missing camera memory card. Anyway, here’s our pics. Click through to view large.

New Brighton Music

Another week chock full of new Brighton music for you all. First band this week is Black Biro who have just put up their new track The Organist of Agony. Black Biro play the Prince Albert this Saturday, picking up a headline slot on only their second gig:

Abattoir Blues announced their debut EP Blinded last week. They’ve shared the title track which you can hear below, and you can hear the rest of the EP when it’s released on 24th November. The band head out on tour in December, finishing up with a gig on 15th at The Haunt.

Bad Family‘s second EP, imaginatively entitled EP2 comes out on 17th November. The first taster of this is On Your Wall which was shared online yesterday:

The new The Academy of Sun album Codex Novena comes out on 9th November, and is being launched with a gig at the Hope & Ruin on 16th November. It’s preceded by a single called Some Boys Like Thunder which you can watch below:

News arrived of the new Matt Finucane EP while I’ve been typing this blog, so this is hot off the press. Threaten Me With Your Love came out yesterday on Light Crude, and will be a followed up with another already finished EP early next year

I don’t know a great deal about King Kuda. Their new EP Lately / Halfway to Neptune is on Soundcloud and Spotify, but I can’t seem to find them anywhere else online (although there are a lot of other King Kudas on twitter and Facebook). Here’s side one of their new release anyway:

The latest Fond of Rudy single came out on 13th October. To Be Mine is the follow up to July’s L O V E and the mail we received promised some live dates, although didn’t give any detail of them. We’ll keep you posted.

Finally, Jungfrau, who are supporting Red Deer People at their single launch on 10th November at the Hope & Ruin, dropped their Glass Neck EP last weekend. Here’s Oysters and Jewels from the EP:

 

Brighton Rocks #12 – Dog in the Snow

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What’s the best thing about Brighton?
The hint of sea salt in the air

Who are the your favourite local bands?
Mother Me, Anneka and Merlin Tonto

What’s the best venue?
Studio Dome Theatre which is currently under renovation but I look forward to its return. Rialto Theatre is a nice little gem too.

What’s the best rehearsal space / studio?
Small Pond is my new favourite.

What’s the best club?
I have no idea, probably my own room with Todd Terje on.

What’s the best record shop?
Bella Union Vinyl shop!

Where the best place to eat?
Sushi Garden on Preston Street. I pretty much take anyone I know there.

What’s the best pub?
Robin Hood.

Who’s your favourite Brighton celebrity?
I live near Noah Taylor so I walk past him occasionally. The last time I saw him he had on the most miraculous sky blue coloured suit I’ve ever seen.

When was the last time you had any Brighton Rock?
I’ve never had it! I don’t really like sweets :0

Dog in the Snow‘s album Consume Me is released tomorrow (20th October) and is launched at the next Spectrum gig on 28th October which will be at Wagner Hall (and not at the Basement as previously mentioned)

New Brighton Music

This week’s New Music post gives us here at Brighton Music Blog much happiness because this week we read about the return of The Go! Team. They’ve returned with a single called Semicircle Song, the first taste of an album of the same name. The single is out now, and the album follows in January, out on neon pink vinyl if you pick it up from Resident. There are also all sorts of bundles available from the Go! Team’s webstore too. Tickets are also onsale now for the launch gig which is at The Haunt on 11th February.

Next we have the video for Pioneer by Common Tongues, which is the lead single from their album Divisions which came out in the summer:

Our next track is by a brand new Brighton band called Something Leather . They only played their first gig in the last month, and we haven’t received any info about their first track Shotgun Persona other than the title:

Red Deer People put out their new single C’est Bon on 7″ at the beginning of November. There’s a launch gig for it which takes place on 10th November at the Hope & Ruin with Porridge Radio and Jungfrau supporting.

A couple of days ago we had an email with some news from Island Club. They’ve just put out a new track called Irresistible which you can hear below, and have announced a headline gig at the Green Door Store on 9th December, their first Brighton date since May. No word yet on the supports, but we’ll keep you updated if we have any news:

Finally, a track that slipped through the cracks last month. Teeth is the first release from a new band called Swoon, whose members include Adam Macauley, formerly of Curxes.

Brighton Rocks #11 – Gbenga from Metronomy

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What’s the best thing about Brighton?
The seeming agreement amongst most people here that there’s no need to be a douchebag. And the sea, obviously.

Who are the your favourite local bands?
The Wytches and Lower Slaughter are pretty awesome. And I saw a blistering bass/drums two-piece called Human Leather at the Lower Slaughter album launch a few weeks ago. Are British Sea Power still based around here? If so… them too!

What’s the best venue? 
OOH. That’s a hard one. The Haunt is my fave mid-sized venue, I guess. You can’t go wrong with The Dome for the bigger shows. I saw a particularly excellent Laura Marling show there a few months ago.

What’s the best rehearsal space / studio?
I’ve only ever rehearsed at Brighton Electric – that was pretty cool. I take my son to a music class at Under The Bridge studios and I always hear interesting sounds coming from the other rooms. Plus, it’s a delightful juxtaposition seeing bemused musos weaving their way through throngs of children and parents when toddler classes and psych-rock rehearsals overlap.

What’s the best club?
Patterns has an incredible sound system and always seems to get great electronic acts and DJs in.

What’s the best record shop?
I must admit that I haven’t done much record shopping in Brighton. I’m one of those dreaded people who streams everything now or buys online. I’m gonna give a shout here for my favourite shop in Brighton, though, which is Dave’s Comics on Sydney Street.

Where’s the best places to eat?
Plateau serves up a seriously awesome marriage of British and French cuisine. I had my best ever fish and chips from The Eagle pub in the North Laines. Abyssinia has brought Ethiopian food to Brighton and that is a wonderful, wonderful thing.

What’s the best pub?
That’s a tough one. There are so many. My local is The Independent on Queens Park Road. They get brownie points for having a live jazz night once a week that is actually very good. I’ve been in Brighton long enough now that I’ve seen a few great ones close (RIP the Duke of Norfolk and Blind Tiger).

Who’s your favourite Brighton celebrity?
Peter Andre. All day.

When was the last time you had any Brighton Rock?
Sometime around 2002, which would have been the first time I came here. I was in town to see Godspeed You! Black Emperor at the Corn Exchange.

Metronomy play Brighton Dome this Sunday (23rd October)