The Pure Conjecture and Brother Twain

We saw a couple of fantastic local bands last night at the Hope & Ruin, comprising a range of familiar local talent.

Brother Twain are the band of brothers Adrien and Etienne Rodes, and fronted by Miles Heathfield (of Clowwns) they play a 60s influenced garage psych with great applomb.  Their first album was released a year ago and can be heard here but they have a range of new tunes now too.

Headliners The Pure Conjecture are fronted by Matt Eaton, an unlikely looking soul singer but a man who carries his songs well, and with a tight backing band (including three quarters of the Brakes) who manage to create real energy and excitement behind Eaton’s excellent Stax-Motown influenced  songs. Reminiscent to thse ears of Elvis Costello and the Attractions in their Get Happy guise, this was a thilling set featuring songs from all three of the band’s albums and including excellent guest vocal appearances from trombonist Gram Parsons, on Baby Stop Crying a barnstorming Andrew Willis.

The Pure Conjecture‘s superb ‘No Ghosts’ LP from last year is available to listen and buy on bandcamp.



Another Saturday in Brighton


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There is no shortage of great music to choose from in Brighton. Last Saturday we took in two great live events, at the Green Door Store and Brunswick Pub with an array of excellent local acts, in yet another marathon … Continue reading

New Brighton Music

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.

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