Weekend Gig Picks

It’s looking a bit quiet on the gig front over the summer, presumably with bands off at festivals, or not playing gigs while their potential audience is off at festivals. Despite all that we’re still keeping our eyes peeled for the cream of the local crop, and here’s what we’ve got for you this week:

WytchesOn Thursday night, Boon Magazine bring The Wytches to the Green Door Store for the launch of the second edition of their magazine. Lights come from the awesome Innerstrings Light Show. We did have the Evil Son’s gig at the Druids Arms pencilled in too but that’s been cancelled.

Friday night Apples & Eve headline a free, early show at the Green Door Store. Doors are at seven and like most weekend gigs the lead act will leave the stage by 10pm to make way for another later even, so get there early. Down at Sticky Mike’s Call Me Jolene are the latest band to headline Lout’s Brighton Rocks night, with support from The Long Goodbye, 2 String Slim and Das Fenster.

webstibrighton-rocks-aug-9th-online-23338After another Brighton Rocks at Sticky Mike’s on Saturday night, it’s the Physics House Band’s regular night Kaleidoscope. Physics House Band are off at a festival this weekend, so they’ve handed the reins over to Caveman Genius for the night instead.

Boon Magazine Launch headlined by The New Union

Thursday night was the launch of a new magazine for Brighton, promising music, fashion, art and culture. They heard a rumour that we like Brighton and that we like music so they invited us along to the Green Door Store where they had a whole host of local talent playing for them.

The night kicked off early. When the gig was first announced Tiger Cub were second on the bill, but another commitment initially meant them pulling out, and then got rearranged for them to play a short set early on. I missed Tiger Cub though, cos I was having my dinner. I also missed Spit Shake Sisters, and most of Kill Moon, and when I arrived the room was already so rammed out I couldn’t get in and get a decent view.

Demob Happy

Demob Happy

Demob Happy were great though – melodic indie rock which sounded fantastic at the Green Door Store, but I bet would sound even better when you’re sitting in a field in the sun at a festival.

The New Union

The New Union

The New Union were the big draw of the evening, and one of the main reasons why the night was sold out. Every time I see them they seem to get better and better – Their sound is richer, the songs are stronger. They’ve got a few slow songs in their set now which I’m sure will be great when they’re recorded, but they were in danger of losing the crowd a bit when they played them. With their more upbeat indie numbers they had the audience in the palm of their hand and had the room jumping. They ended their set with last year’s single Without You, and what I guess is going to be their new single which is due in the next few weeks. We’ll hopefully be bringing you more details of that very soon.

The first edition of Boon Magazine is out on May Day.

Thursday’s gigs – Moulettes at The Haunt, AKDK single launch / Source New Music at Dome Studio Theatre, New Union / Boon Magazine launch at The Green Door Store

Normally midweek I put up a post about gigs that have caught our eye in the upcoming weekend. This week, I’m making an exception and writing a whole post about three gigs taking place on thursday night, all of which look fantastic.

The first of the three is Brighton Music Blog favourites Moulettes, who are playing at The Haunt. Moulettes are a fantastic band, but it’s not until you see them live that you truly appreciate how great they are. Support comes from local act The Slytones (who we’ve still yet to catch), and Robert Vincent.

AKDK were one of our favourite acts at this year’s Sea Monsters. Their new single Battersea is out soon, so to celebrate they’re headlining this month’s Source New Music at the Dome Studio Theatre. Support comes from DA-10 (who were also brilliant at Sea Monsters), Dog in the Snow and George Lazenbleep.

Last, but by no means least is another launch, but this time of a magazine rather than a single. Boon Magazine say that they’re going to feature music, fashion, photography and culture. The launch takes place at the Green Door Store, and is headlined by The New Union. There’s also going to be a burlesque dancer, and more music from Demob Happy, Kill Moon and Spit Shake Sisters.