February Top Ten

Is it March already? February shot past, but there was still plenty of great music out there. Here’s our pick of the bunch, counting down from Demob Happy’s Nirvana-esque Young & Numb:

1 Demob Happy / Young & Numb

2 Mount Bank / Everything Is Glass

3 Remi Miles / Under Light Symphonies

IYES / Simmer (live)

Lionbark / Amongst The Many

Salt Ashes / Raided

The Fiction Aisle / Soon Enough The Morning Comes

Conrad Vingoe / Fail

Caveman Genius / My Ford Sierra Needs an Oil Change

10 Record/Start / Rock from Afar

 

New Music

We’ve been a bit rubbish on the New Music front in the past few weeks – it’s actually been over two weeks since our last roundup of what’s popped into our inbox, and consequently we’ve got a rammed post for you.

We’ll kick off with the new single from The Go! Team, announced today and out on 6th April. Blowtorch is the first proper single the band’s upcoming album The Scene Between, which you can pre order on iTunes with free downloads of the single and the title track. They’ve also announced their a gig in London in June featuring most of the original line up, but we’re going to keep our fingers crossed that they also announce something a bit more local at some point.

IYES have got form for knocking out demo tracks which blow most other bands finished product out of the water, and their latest offering Simmer is no different:

Our slackness in writing new posts means that we didn’t get to tell you about Bad for Lazarus‘ show at the Green Door Store timed quite nicely with the release of news of their upcoming single 7 Minute Itch which comes out on 16th March on 1-2-3-4 records. Don’t worry if you missed them though – their next hometown show is at Bleach on 13 March.

Last week Battery Operated Orchestra put out not one, but two new videos for their new EP. The EP is headed with album track Wishlist, alongside two remixes and new track Kakehashi-san:

We’ve also recently heard from Jacob Brant about his new EP Trawler. The lead track, featured here melds ambient and folk, while other tracks on the EP veer towards electronic post rock:

Next up is Caveman Genius, with the brilliantly titled My Ford Sierra Needs an Oil Change. Top notch sample led electronica:

We’ve written about the new Time for T EP already, but we haven’t posted up the video which has just come out for the lead track Long Way Home, filmed by Kenny McKracken, who’s shot and videoed more Brighton bands than you can shake a stick at. The band’s next Brighton date is on 4th March at Green Door Store, then on 3rd April at the Gladstone.

Conrad Vingoe‘s new album Tomorrow, Then is out on 2nd March. It’s preceded by the single Fail which came out on 26th January and has a fantastic stop motion video, with a launch party at Otherplace (which we think might be the Basement) on 5th March:

Aniseed Treats new single is one that’s probably sitting in our inbox for quite a while – sorry guys. We haven’t missed the launch party for Glue though – that’s on Thursday 19th February at Sticky Mike’s.

We also got told about the new Devil in Detail track a few weeks ago, but on top of that, Giants was a few weeks old by the time they told us about it. It’s taken from their second EP Goodbye Red Admiral which came out in December:

It’s very hard to categorise edityourhometown‘s new track Suddenly … Ghosts! – over the course of four minutes the cram in so many different genres they defy classification. You’ll just have to listen to it yourself and try and work it our:

Finally we have some lo fi sadcore from Butterfly House who have a new album out called By Ghostlight which has such jolly track titles as One Day You’ll Be Dust and God is Laughing at Me. Here’s the Arab Strap-esque The Lush:

July Top Ten

How is it August already? July seemed to shoot by, probably because so much of it was spent outside soaking up the sun. Here’s our pick of the top tunes we heard last month:

1 Bentcousin – Dizzy

It seems like forever since we wrote about Dizzy, Bentcousin’s ode to summer in Brighton, and it was a while ago – back in the middle of June. But it came out on 7″ on 1st July, so gets the honour of taking top spot in our July round up.

2 Eagles for Hands – Glass Heart

Conversely, Glass Heart was one of the most recent things we wrote about. There’s also now an alternate version on Spotify too.

3 Caveman Genius – Hand Drawn Paradise

The new Caveman Genius EP isn’t out yet (despite what we might have written when we first mentioned it), but if it’s all as good as Hand Drawn Paradise, then we’re prepared to wait.

4 Oslo Parks – Twin

Oslo Parks are one of a number of new electronic pop bands who have sprung up in Brighton, part of a trend that you won’t find us complaining about.

5 Fragile Creatures – Sunshine

Another sun related song in our top ten – the fantastic weather in July obviously affected us. Fragile Creatures’ new EP is due soon, and there’s word that we might get to hear another track from it before the release date.

6 Demob Happy – Suffer You

Demob Happy are a bit more melodic than usual in their latest offering Suffer You which appeared on Soundcloud last month. The band also announced details of their first headline UK tour, which concludes in Brighton on October 16th at Bleach.

7 Soph Nathan – Our Girl

Soph Nathan’s ethereal shoegazey dream pop has been getting lots of plays at Brighton Music Blog HQ

8 Steve Elston – Dear Em

Dear Em is the title track from Steve Elsom’s new EP / mini-album of lovely acoustic folk pop. It was hard to pick one track to put in our top ten since the whole EP is quite blissful.

9 Lion Bark – Come into my Arms

Come Into My Arms has been getting plays on BBC 6Music and XFM, so we’re happy to include it in our top ten

10 Thomas White – Lose That Girl

Most of what we hear about via the blog is original music, but when Tom White covered the whole of Saint Etienne’s Good Humor we paid attention, as should you.

new music – The New Union, House of Hats, Caveman Genius, Steve Elston, High Tyde, Spacenoid, Lion Bark

Here’s this week’s roundup of Brighton (and Hove)’s new music

First up is news of The New Union‘s new single Believe in Nothing. It’s being released by legendary indie label Fierce Panda (on their Fandgo imprint) on 4th August. There’s details of a London launch for the release, but no word yet on a Brighton launch.

House of Hats, just back from touring the US, have put up a new video for one of the tracks from their album This Love. This is Close to Me:

Our friends over at Some Of It Is True tipped us off about Soph Nathan. Soph is in a number of local bands (including fronting Hella Better Dancer) and has just posted up her first solo effort – Our Girl.

Caveman Genius has a new EP entitled Paradise out next week on Kaleidescope Records. Hand Drawn Paradise is the first track to be given an airing from it, a lovely dose of fuzzy house:

Steve Elston sent me a message earlier today asking me to give his new EP a listen. I clicked through the link and the name-your-price Bandcamp download is actually seven tracks long. I’ve got albums with fewer tracks than that. The Dear Em EP is lovely lilting folk – perfect for warm summer nights.

Karibu is the new single from High Tyde, out on July 14th. The video was filmed all around Brighton – see how many of the locations you can spot. The band are hosting a launch show for the single at the Komedia on July 18th.

Spacenoid released their new single Vanished last weekend, available as a free download from bandcamp. If you missed their single launch at The Hope, you can catch them again at the Gladstone on 16th August.

Lion Bark release their debut single Come in to my Arms on 28th July on their own Creepy Love records. Come into my arms is gentle folk-pop, standing out from the crowd thanks to lead singer Guy’s distinctive voice:

New Music – Woodpecker Wooliams, Gudjohr, Caveman Genius, Milk & Biscuits

It seems like only yesterday that we put up a post of new music. That’s probably because it was only yesterday. But as fast as we can post about it, more music is coming out. We can barely keep up.

First up is Woodpecker Wooliams last ever single, Crow, taken from 2012’s The Bird School of Being Human. Woodpecker Wooliams apparently came to an abrupt death in September of last year, but Gemma Williams is putting out one last single from her alter ego. There’s a rather brutal (and NSFW) video, and a five track bandcamp download which comes with four new remixes.including one by Becky Becky, one of Gemma Williams other projects.

Next we have Gudjohr‘s new EP, which is a lot less acoustic than his previous outings. Gujohr appears to have forgotten that it’s winter with five tracks of sun drenched almost tropical pop:

Caveman Genius has a new track of shimmering electronica on the Physic House Band’s KLDSCP label. Favourite is available for download on Soundcloud now:

Finally, a track that we’ve posted up before and rather liked. We were such a big fan of Milk & Biscuits‘ Hairstyles that we made it day 16 on our advent calendar / end of year round up. In 2013 it got a digital release. In 2014 it’s getting a physical release on Lick Music (who happen to be the same people who sold frozen yoghurt on Gardner Street) alongside another three tracks – Town & Country, Rivers and Middle Distance – two of which recorded in the shop. Suitable entitled “Tape” the EP will on 24th February.

New Music – Ital Tek, Ancient Times, Samuel Organ & Caveman Genius, Aashton

Despite it being only the first week of January we’ve already got loads to share with you. A couple of the tracks are ones that passed us by a little bit over Christmas, but 2014’s new music is appearing already

When we picked up on Ital Tek‘s latest Soundcloud upload Golden, it was being given away as a free Christmas download. It looks like the download option has now gone, but it’s still there to listen to, and it’s still a great track:

Ancient Times new track Healer is brand new though, just being posted up in the last twenty four hours. It’also been picked out by Fake DIY to feature in today’s Neu post.

Samuel Organ from Physics House Band continues to be one of Brighton’s most prolific musicians, this time collaborating with Caveman Genius for a new three track EP for download called Dune Drug Rituals

Finally, at the end of last year Aashton put up the first track from his free download EP1, in advance of a full EP called Show You out soon on Lounging Records. All U Need is up now as a free download, with the promise of another track from the EP1 being uploaded soon.

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.

Weekend Gig Picks

Here’s this weekend’s gig picks for you all. This week we’re extending things out to Monday, because there’s a gig that we can’t not mention.

PHBOn Friday night Martin Rossiter headlines the Source New Music Night at the Dome Studio Theatre. Support comes from The Beautiful Word and Jacko Hooper so this should be a bit special. Tickets are a bit pricier than a normal Source New Music though – so if you’d rather save your pennies then head down to Sticky Mike’s where the Physics House Band are hosting another Physics House Party. They’re playing a headline set with members of Flamingods, and there’s support from Luo, Caveman Genius, Demob Happy, and Shrine. Hush Hush Friday at the Blind Tiger caught our eye too – another free gig with FVNERALS topping the bill and Dog in the Snow supporting.

ImpellersSaturday Night’s pick is Clowns, who are playing at the Prince Albert. If you like your weekends a bit funkier then The Impellers are on the bill at Craig Charles Funk and Soul Club at the Concorde.

Brighton Folk comes back to the Brunswick on Sunday Night, with Amy Hill and The Galleons playing.

The reason we’ve extended things out to Monday for this weekend’s picks is to include the Electric Soft Parade‘s album launch at the Green Door Store. The album is definitely the highlight of 2013 for us so far and will be on sale at the gig. Support comes from Crayola Lectern. Also on Monday, for those who prefer their ‘problem folk’ to sunshine pop, ex Brighton resident The Great Park returns from Germany for a gig at the Prince Albert, ably supported by local singer-songwriter Tandy Hard. Frankly, as ever, we’re torn…

Sam Physics / KLDSCP​[​001]

Not content with being a third of one of Brighton’s best and busiest upcoming bands, Samuel Organ of Physics House Band is a man of many talents. The band also put on a monthly night called Kaleidescope at Sticky Mike’s which always features some of Brighton’s best electronica, and now Sam has started a record label – kldscp – whose first release is a seven track compilation of lovely, local downtempo beats:

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kldscp[001] opens with Aadvarks which recently appeared on Luo’s lush Antidote EP. Next is a Written in Waters remix, completely transformed from the band’s more familiar sound. There’s also a Physics House Band demo on there, and a Samuel Organ solo track. There’s choral ambience from Coral ŸS and effervescent electronica Caveman Genius. The highlight for us is the track by Foreign Skin – a slice of gorgeous balearic chill out.

The full tracklist is:

Luo – Aardvarks
Written In Waters – The Fall (AZEDIA Remix)
The Physics House Band – The Underlying Fluctuation (Teratology Demo)
Foreign Skin – Hoi Sum
Coral ŸS – Lumi
Caveman Genius – Bone Machines
Samuel Organ – Tisno

Weekend Gig Picks

It’s a bumper weekend for gigs as ever in Brighton with loads of local talent getting out there and playing live.

Late night on Thursday is the third Night Sweats even – a gig where the doors don’t open until 9pm and the headliner isn’t onstage until after midnight. It’s on at Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar, and Royal Blood headline supported by Broker, She Crazy, Eager Teeth and Light Parade.

Friday Night is the Tiny Dragons single launch at Latest Music Bar that we mentioned in a post earlier this week. There’s also a Brighton Rocks night being held at Sticky Mike’s headlined by Jipsy Magic, and we’ve also spotted that Luo are going to be supporting Easter Island Head at The Hope.

On Saturday, we’ve got a rare afternoon gig to plug. The Blind Tiger has an afternoon of music featuring A-M-I, Southpaw, The Cotard Delusion, Grasshopper and Crisis Warning. If you’re after something to do in the evening you could do a lot worse than head down to the Physics House Band’s free monthly club night Kaleidoscope at at Sticky Mike’s, where Caveman Genius are playing live.

Sunday is all about the local support slots – Jennifer Left is supporting Polly and the Billets Doux at the Hope, meanwhile Calico and Dog in the Snow will be supporting the Hidden Orchestra at the Blind Tiger.