Brighton Rocks #23 : Fragile Creatures

On the weekend of the release of their new EP, we caught up with Adam Kidd from Fragile Creatures to take some photos and ask our set of ten questions:

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What’s the best thing about Brighton?
I just think it’s a really beautiful place to be both aesthetically and in terms of the inhabitants. It’s a really pretty little city and it’s full of lovely people. I miss it terribly whenever I go away!

Who are your favourite local bands?
There are so many great local bands, it’s really hard to pick favourites, so I’m going to frame this in terms of new releases I’m excited about, whether they’re out yet or not! Other States have just brought out their debut album and it’s amazing – I love the atmosphere of their tracks, there’s a completeness to the ideas and how they’ve been captured that seems rare. Ellie Ford is about to release her second record – I had a sneak preview the other day and it’s mad: really good stuff. The Electric Soft Parade are working on a new album, in spite of getting caught up in that Pledge Music fiasco. It’s going to be very different from their other work, and I’m really keen to hear it. Octopuses have a new one on the horizon too – lead single ‘Farmer’ was a lot of fun. Finally I’d like to shout out about the second Fierce Friend record. I am biased as I’ve been helping to record it and have played bass on some tracks, but honestly the writing is top notch. Really great songs: that’s my thing!

What’s the best venue?
The Hope & Ruin will always have a special place in my heart, as it’s the first venue I played at when it was The Lift above The Pig In Paradise and I was 16! This is also the first pub I got served in as a teen. Fond memories, but crucially it has improved massively since then, in terms of the sound system and the layout of the room. Honorary mentions to The Green Door Store, and The Albert, but The Hope wins for me – both as a performer and a punter.

What’s the best club?
I don’t really go clubbing any more! Actually tell a lie, I did go to The Haunt for It’s Still 1985 in December last year. Can’t go wrong with that night… although I kind of preferred the space when it was at New Hero (which is now The Rialto, of course).

What’s the best record shop?
I can only really say Resident. I’ve not had a record player for very long, so my vinyl collection is tiny, but they all came from there, pretty much!

What are the best places to eat?
Franco’s Osteria near the King Alfred is a hidden gem: beautiful family style Italian food. Planet India near The Richmond is fantastic. Moshimo is probably my favourite sushi place at the moment, and I love sushi. Every time Fragile Creatures play a gig in Brighton we end up having dinner in the The George. Last, but by no means least, the Giggling Squid in The Lanes is excellent.

What’s the best pub?
Only one? Too hard – can I give you a Top 3? The Robin Hood, The Basketmakers, and The Mucky Duck.

Who’s your favourite Brighton celebrity?
Caroline Lucas

When was the last time you had any Brighton Rock?
Hmmm… maybe my friends Joe and Mel’s wedding rock from over a decade ago. It was commemorative – I shouldn’t have eaten it. I saved a bit for posterity, I promise!

Heartbeat EP by Fragile Creatures is out now:

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Brighton Rocks #18 : Fröst

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Who are the your favourite local bands?
Jo: Electrelane, Gazelle Twin (not technically Brighton anymore…), Grasshopper, Merlin Tonto, AK/DK, I Am Ampersand…
Steve: All the above plus Pete Fij & Terry Bickers, Transformer and Jamal & Alaa Continue reading

Brighton Rocks #16 : Crayola Lectern

Normally we’re very strict about making sure we only write about Brighton based acts, and Crayola Lectern lives in Worthing these days, but he’s one of the precious few who we relax our rules for. He’s been a fixture on the Brighton scene for a number of years now, his first album came out on Brighton label Bleeding Hearts Recordings, and the launch for his new album Happy Endings was at the Rosehill.

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What’s the best thing about Brighton?
For me, these days it is its proximity to Worthing. This works both ways as the two towns complement each other and provide things the other lacks. I love Brighton for its vibrancy and the feeling that you may follow your dream, at least for a while, that you can be your glorious, unedited self without fear of small town tut-tuttings. It has worn off significantly on the neighbour town, where a burgeoning community of creative types, writers, artists, weirdos, poets, bad-ass rock’n’rollers, radish-worshipping occultists, DJ’s, string quartets and experimentalists all do their thing whilst the town retains a sleepy serenity. Collaboration between the towns is increasing dramatically culturally, not least with Brighton’s creaking City College having being merged with Worthing’s thriving Northbrook, whose Theatre departmant is one of the top in the country and whose music department boasts some of the best equipped recording facilities in the South, giving incredible opportunities to students. Continue reading

Brighton Rocks #8 – Pete Fij

Normally at the top of each Brighton Rocks we put up a picture that we’ve shot ourselves of our interviewees, but despite a fair few emails back and forth between us and the Pete Fij & Terry Bickers camp we haven’t managed to sort things out yet, and their beautifully sublime album We Are Millionaires comes out tomorrow so we thought we’d get the words up and hopefully the picture can follow at some point.

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What’s the best thing about Brighton?
The North Laines, the sense of adventure, the liberalism, and the wide choice of Japanese cuisine. Continue reading

Brighton Rocks #6 – Animal House

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What’s the best thing about Brighton?

The people. We were incredibly warmly welcomed into a big group of friends as soon as we arrived and it’s never been difficult to meet a friend here. The music scene follows along that same vein. Continue reading