So, that’s January pretty much done with, which means it’s time for our February gig roundup. First up is an all dayer at the Green Door Store this Saturday from our friends over at Brighton Noise. Thanks to the Facebook event saying “in no particular order” we can’t quite work out who’s headlining out of Dirty White Fever, Breathe Panel, Garden Centre, Penelope Isles (playing songs from their individual solo projects), Leatherhead, Tilt, Merlin Tonto, Perch and the National Intelligence Agency, but we trust their judgement and it’ll be great whatever you get to see. Continue reading
Making end of year lists is tough, especially for us. No, hear us out – this isn’t just some sob story. Most of the bands we write about are just starting out, so haven’t had albums out yet – should they be lower down the list or even omitted because they haven’t put out a long player? And conversely what about the bands who have released an album – surely they shouldn’t be higher in the list by default. And what about the more established bands – should we be including them at the expense of smaller bands? And how are we going to get around the fact that bands with more recent release or live dates are nearer the front of our mind than those who put records out at the start of the year? It’s a metaphorical minefield, so our list is rather arbitrary. It could easily have been twice as long, and as usual we’ve gone for bands rather than tracks or albums to get around it. Here’s numbers 25 through to 11: Continue reading
It’s been far too long since we made a new music post – transcribing the recent interview took forever, and rare nights out eat into the limited time we have to post. So here we are with a bit of catching up to do. Inevitably we won’t be able to write about everything we’ve sent, so we’ll do our best, and then try and catch up when we can.
We’ll kick things off properly with something brand new – this weekend ex Shrag / Blue Minkies member Steph Goodman released her debut solo album If You Know You Know. I could describe it as experimental DIY pop, but your best bet is to head over to Bandcamp and give it a listen:
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.
Brighton orchestral pop architects The Fiction Aisle have announced news of their debut album and EP this week. Heart Map Rubric gets released later this year on 27th November on Chord Orchard records on hand numbered limited edition digipack CD and download, with pre-orders being taken from October sometime. In the meantime the band have also shared their debut EP – a new version of Blue, which the first track they shared on Soundcloud late last year, a shimmering widescreen pop symphony. It comes with a host of remixes with British Sea Power playing up the track’s slow motion majesty, Acquaintance giving the track a balearic house twist and JØTA turning it into electro synth pop. The EP is available to download for a limited period from the band’s soundcloud page.
Drill Festival is this weekend. There’s a fantastic line up featuring LOADS of Brighton bands from big names like The Wedding Present, Blood Red Shoes and British Sea Power alongside upcoming bands like Speak Galactic, Dog in the Snow and Luo. You can read the whole line up on Drill’s Facebook page, but rest assured you won’t be disappointed.
Things have been a bit quiet from Les Enfants Terribles since their regular venue The Blind Tiger closed down earlier this year. They’re back next wednesday with out of towners The Away Days heading the bill, supported by locals and Morning Smoke.
Last, but by no means least is the Bleeding Hearts Christmas party. The Bleeding Hearts Club went into hibernation after their Christmas party two years ago to focus on putting out records (by the likes of Crayola Lectern and Cuz as well as upcoming releases from Clowwns and Seadog), but they’re back for a one off event at the Rialto Theatre on Dyke Road next Monday. Expect some great festive music from some of the old familiar faces. You should also be able to pick up a copy the Random Acts of Vinyl Christmas 10″ mentioned in our last blog post too.
Most bands don’t get around to putting out one album per year, but in 2013 British Sea Power have managed two – the soundtrack to From The Sea To The Land Beyond (which they performed live at the Duke of Yorks earlier this year and released a week ago), and Machineries of Joy, hailed as both a mature album and one of their best. The single of the same name appeared in March and is the ninth door in our advent calendar:
There’s four new releases to tell you about this week, from some new bands, and some more established bands. So without further ado…
The Electric Soft Parade – The Sun Never Sets Around Here
The White brothers next single, put out to support their mini-tour later this month (which sadly doesn’t include a Brighton date at the time of writing) is Idiots opener The Sun Never Sets Around Here. There’s a home made video, and the track has been re-recorded, with a brand new guitar solo and a completely different second half.
The Mojo Fins – Introverts
The Mojo Fins third album is due for release next year. Before then they’re putting out Introverts, which is out on November 10th on Amazon Records
Poles Apart – Atlasless
Atlasless is the debut EP from new Brighton four piece Poles Apart. It features three tracks of atmospheric rock and is up on Bandcamp now as a name-your-price download.
Octopuses – Ghost in the House
Octopuses are lining up for the release their second single Ghost In The House. With a title like that, it could only be released on Halloween, when it’ll be available as a free download from Big Salad Records. Until then you can enjoy the second home made video of today’s round up.
British Sea Power – Monsters of Sunderland
Finally, British Sea Power have put out a video today of Monsters of Sunderland from their album Machineries of Joy, featuring the bears which are staples of their live sets. The video only went up today, so catch it while it’s fresh!
It’s barely been a few days since we last posted about the latest batch of new music but here we are again with even more!
First is the new video from British Sea Power for their upcoming single Loving Animals. It’s hot off the press only going up YouTube earlier today:
Next up is Derriere‘s new single Last Laugh. We gave this a share on our new Facebook page last week, but if you haven’t found us on Facebook yet you might not have seen this. Last Laugh will be out in July:
We’ve had some indie, some soul, and now we’ve got some leftfield electronic pop. Come Alive is the title track from Faux Flux‘s new EP which is out on 1st July:
Finishing us off with something different again is the latest release from the Wilkommen stable. Eyes & No Eyes release their new double A side If No One Else Saw It / Flying Machine today, available on 7″ vinyl, cd with handmade linocut cover or name-your-price download: