Last night Clowwns played at the Hope & Ruin (supported by Mum Dad and the Kids, but we got there a bit late for them because Clowwns played a two sets). The band, who disppeared off the scene for a few years are back for 2020, and played a mix of old and new songs, all as tight and angular as they ever were. Lighting was provided by the seemingly omnipresent Innerstrings (who’s also going to be hard at work next weekend running Lewes Psych Fest, alongside last night’s promoter Melting Vinyl). Click through the pics to view large:
It’s Christmas Eve Eve, and we’ve left it a bit late to come up with our end of the year round up. Without much further ado, here it is – We say it every year, but this isn’t an ordered list, because you just can’t compare a band who’ve been releasing records for over twenty years with another who’ve just put out their first release. So hopefully there’s something in here for everyone, whether you’ve been listening to Nick Cave since he played with The Birthday Party, or you discovered CLT DRP at a sweaty night at the Green Door Store:
Nancy / Clic Clac
Fujiya & Miyagi / Gammon
Penelope Isles / Gnarbone
BUNKR / For The Birds
Laundromat / Humans
HANYA / Dream Wife
Blood Red Shoes / Howl
Orchards / Young
Barnacles / Manatee
CLT DRP / Speak To My
The Soft Walls / Every Target Can Afford To Wait
Projector / Go Ahead
Guru / Don’t Talk
Murmur / Cradle
Demob Happy / Less is More
Cate Ferris / Gyroscope
My Life Story / Taking on the World
Winter Gardens / Coral Bells
Dog in the Snow / Dual Terror
El Train / Feels Like
Ida Vallens / Mt Whitney Hotel
La Lune / Holding Onto U
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds / Gallen Ship
Meemo Comma / Murmur
Honorable mentions also need to go to the Spotify conscientious objectors, Electric Soft Parade and Andres Y Xavi:
It’s been a while since we’ve put up a gallery of live image, but we brought our camera out to Penelope Isles‘ homecoming gig at Chalk earlier this week. It was their hundredth this year, and one of a handful with projections from Innerstrings. Support was the debut performance from Itchy Kid (who would also join Penelope Isles for a song in their set) and Ciel (who were joined by Jack Wolter for one of their songs). Click through to view large:
Almost our last New Music round up of the year – of the decade, thinking about things. Not much gets released in December, so there’ll probably be maybe one more, then we’ll have some kind of end of year post, which I haven’t really thought about yet. Anyway, here’s what to listen to this week:
Hanya / Dream Wife
ARXX / Swallowed The Sun (taken from Wrong Girl, Honey EP)
Beach Riot / Stuck Inside
Meljoann / Assfuck the Boss
Sunny / Infinitely Endless (title track from the album of the same name)
Johnny Kills / Right Now (taken from Panic EP)
Dead Skin Sessions / London, England (from Health & Safety EP)
The Academy of Sun / Rose Devoid of Form
niff / Stuck in my head
Ahsoka / Beg For It
RALPH TV / Loverboy
Super Creature / Lynx
Heroes of Limbo / Madchester Woman
Beat Hotel / Feel It
Jetstream Pony / I Close My Eyes
Here’s this week’s new music, coming on a Saturday rather than midweek, so we’ve caught all the tracks that just dropped yesterday too, including tunes from the new albums by previous Brighton Rocks subjects Dog in the Snow and Animal House (and a new video from BUNKR too). Anyway, onto the music:
Laundromat / Humans
Gnarlah / Fix Me
Murmur / Cradle
Kate Daisy Grant / Lullaby Chapter Four (taken from new album Lullaby)
Matt Finucane / Evil Relief (taken from The Seizure EP)
King Lagoon’s Flying Swordfish Band / 100,000 Islands (taken from The Golden Lagoon album)
Thyla / Lenox Hill
Gudjohr / Laidback
Gene Pool / Silver Suit
Fond of Rudy / Lucky
Dog in the Snow / Light (taken from new album Vanishing Lands)
Animal House / My Head Ain’t Right (taken from new album Premium Mediocre)
BUNKR / Left for Dust
Winnipeg, MN / Stars
Dead Skin Sessions / Health and Safety
Here’s this week’s new music post, which features the return of Orchards who today announced their biggest headline tour to date. Gone are the days of seeing them in small venues like the Hope & Ruin or the Prince Albert – their next gig in Brighton will be in April at Chalk.
Orchards / Sooner
Inwards / Tottertot
Sick Joy / History
This Party / Skin & Bone
MarthaGunn / Heaven
Johnny Kills / Editing
Nick Hudson (with Oli Spleen) / The Bedroom (World Aids Day single)
Nature TV / Only One
Altamotion / Threat of Happiness
Scarlett Fae / Solace
It’s the fourth of November and we haven’t got around to this month’s gig preview post yet. That means we’ve missed out on telling you about Tru Thoughts 20th Birthday Party which was at Patterns on Saturday, and British Sea Power’s all dayer at the Concorde yesterday. There’s still a lot of other gigs to tell you about though, including a couple in December – The music world shuts down towards the end of November and only posts end of year lists, so I’m including them now so they don’t get missed.
Anyway, first gig to mention is Projector, who are playing at the Green Door Store this Thursday following the release of their latest single Superstar a few weeks back. Support comes from Gaygirl, Zooni and The Golden Age of TV.
Then on Friday night Yonaka kick off their tour with a hometown gig at the Concorde 2. It’s sold out, so well done if you’ve got tickets.
Blood Red Shoes are fresh from supporting the Pixies on their tour, so are bound to be on top form when they play at Chalk on Thursday 14th November. They’ve got a new live four piece set up so they’ll be sounding bigger than ever.
We always try and make sure we mention when Brighton bands play an instore at Resident, and this month it’s the turn of BMB favourites Dog in the Snow, who play on 15th November in support of their new album Vanishing Lands which comes out on the same day on Bella Union. This will be your only chance to them live around the time of release (as far as we can see), so don’t pass this up.
On 21st November Lazybones play a gig at Latest, which we’re pleased to see hosting more shows again these days. They’re out on the road currently promoting their new single Trash Talk which is out now.
Hanya are just about to put out their first single since signing to Outre records. The launch party is at The Richmond on Wednesday 27that The Richmond on Wednesday 27that The Richmond on Wednesday 27th, and support comes from Langkamer and World News.
On now to the December gigs that we mentioned earlier. We couldn’t not mention Penelope Isles – one of the nicest and hardest working bands in town. Not that they’ve been in town much in 2019, having spent every waking hour off on tour. But their touring comes to a close on 11th December, when they headline Chalk. If it’s not sold out yet it will be, and don’t say that we didn’t warn you. Support comes from Ciel, and Innerstrings will be on visuals duty.
Last but by no means least Steve Mason plays a Christmas show at St Barts on Friday 20th December – They’ve even photoshopped a santa hat onto his picture. If he doesn’t play any Christmas tunes that probably means you can ask for your money back. Maybe.