What’s the best thing about Brighton?
The people. I’ve lived in Brighton for nearly 10 years and in that time I’ve met so many free-spirited, creative individuals. That’s what’s kept me here. Lord knows it’s not the rent prices! Who are the your favourite local bands?
I’m adoring Other States right now. They have this sleazy, coy, American vibe going on which just does it for me. What’s the best venue / rehearsal space / studio?
I really like Brighton Electric as a venue. Primarily it’s a recording and rehearsal space but they also put on gigs and when they do, there is a real sense of community that comes from all of the musicians gathering in one place to support each other. What’s the best club?
I don’t really go out clubbing anymore, I’m more of a get-smashed-on-a-bunch-of-cocktails kind of girl so I’m not sure. What’s the best record shop?
Spotify. Jokinngggg! Resident I’d say, they stock all the music that I like (including my new EP ‘Who Are You, Really?’. Available now in all the best record stores!) Where’s the best place to eat?
It’s got to be Riddle And Finns. I’ve only eaten there once and that was when my friend won £500 and offered to take me out for dinner anywhere I liked… So I picked the most expensive place I could… I’m sorry Josh. Champagne and oysters are just what I crave. What’s the best pub?
From day one it’s always been the Bees Mouth. It’s so womblike in there. My friend and I used to play the open mic night in there when we were underaged and broke so that we could get a free beer for playing. I hope they still let me back in despite BREAKING THE LAW! Who’s your favourite Brighton celebrity?
Bird Man. When was the last time you had any Brighton Rock?
Never. The doughnuts on the pier are good though!
Who Are You, Really? by TEEFF is out now on Love Thy Neighbour:
We do our best to keep on top of new tracks to share with you all, but it’s about time we made a separate post about new albums too. Some of these have been mentioned in passing already when tracks have come out in advance of the releases, but this will be the first mention for some of the others.
The first of the new mentions is a best of from Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. They’ve had a best of out before, all the way back in 1998, but this new release covers material from 1984 through to 2014. Lovely Creatures is out on May 5th and will come in a variety of packages – a double cd, a triple LP, a 3 cd + DVD package, and a limited edition which comes with a 256 page hardback book of photos and essays. In Nick Cave’s own words “There are some people out there who just don’t know where to start with The Bad Seeds. Others know the catalogue better than I do! This release is designed to be a way into three decades of music making. That’s a lot of songs. The songs we have chosen are the ones that have stuck around, for whatever reason. Some songs are those that demand to be played live. Others are lesser songs that are personal favourites of ours. Others are just too big and have too much history to leave out. And there are those that didn’t make it, poor things. They are the ones you must discover by yourselves.”
It’s been less than a week since our last new music round up, but this week we have NINE new tracks to share. So without further ado… We got our first taste of Fröst last November when they shared their debut track Crackling on the Wire. Three months later they’ve shared another – this one is called Keratin:
Welcome to this week’s new music post. As usual it’s a real mixed bag, but this week it’s got more of an electronic slant. First up is a new release from Ital Tek, which came out this week but is made up of recordings from sessions from his album Hollowed in 2014/2015. The EP is called The Speed of Darkness, which is also the name of the ambient opening track, but the bandcamp page where you can buy the EP jumps straight to Time Out which is more familiar techno territory:
The music just keeps coming – Here’s this weeks new music round up. When we went to see AK/DK last week, we don’t remember them mentioning that they had a new release out, but it turns out that they do, and according to the release date on iTunes it was out the day of the gig. It’s a track called Lagom and comes backed with a Physics House Band remix:
On Friday night we were lucky enough to be right down the front for two fantastic bands at a sold out gig at the Hope & Ruin. It’s been more than a year since AK/DK played in Brighton, but it’s been less than a year since Fröst have been going (although both members are have been in bands for over ten years). Here’s our pics – as usual, click through to view large:
And if you missed out because it was sold out, or want to relive the experience, here’s a couple of live videos from both bands, courtesy of Small Pond and BMusic:
Every post seems to be New Music posts this year – I need to get out more and start sharing some of Brighton’s live scene as well as our beautiful city’s recorded efforts. Hopefully that will be remedied tomorrow night at the Hope & Ruin, when AK/DK and Frost are playing. It’s sold out apparently, so there’s no need for me to give it a plug. Oh. Anyway, onto the music you will be able to hear. First up is a new band made up from a lot of familiar faces. You might have seen Etienne Rodes playing bass with Clowwns, or possibly with Imitation Electric Piano. He’s made an album with his brother Adrien under the name Brother Twain and roped in some of Brighton’s finest talent to join him. Fellow Clowwns bandmates Miles Heathfield and Damo Waters are on the record, alongside the likes of Mary Hampton, Alastair Strachan and many more. The record is up on bandcamp now and you can hear the opener Simple Pleasures below. The band play their debut gig at the Brunswick on 25th March.