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 →
The band CLOUD are an enigma, a mystery. Their origins seemingly prehistoric, lost in the annals of time.
Born in Brighton, Cloud have been reinventing Krautrock for a 21st century austerity England. Their live shows are rare but the stuff of legend, a barrage of intense, rhythmic, electric and psychedelic rock’n’roll.
The band’s membership is ever changing but with a few core members whose names are often elusive but rumoured to include Scott Power (g), Mikey Rawlings (b), Alex White (d), Matt Benzi and Pete Mason (synths).
And now we have an album.
Six songs, each between seven and ten minutes long. Mainly instrumental with big violent riffs, like the stormy opener ‘Big Clock’. Some mournful and evocative with haunting vocals, like second track ‘Spirit’ featuring Dave Ringland. There’s the awesome power beat of third track ‘Houston Tx’. The modern disco assault of ‘Proton’ follows, then the Joy Division-esque grandeur of ‘Minor Age’ (with more Ringland vocals, in a gothic lovers duel with Bryony Bird) and finally the murderous punchingly drunkenly repetitive ‘A.C.D.’ It’s excellent stuff. Switch it on and lose yourself in the void.
Saturday night in Brighton and we were getting our groove on at the Green Door Store for a free-entry night of “intergalactic sounds inspired by outer space” with four local dance-oriented acts, headlined by the legendary psych-rockers Cloud playing what I was told was rumoured to be the opening and closing night of their 2015 World stadium tour.
Opening act NJ Strange has been messing around with software and technology-based sound for around quarter of a century and laid down some smooth sounds to introduce the evening.
Second on was the electro-dance mix-meister Peter J Mason who is one half of the electro-pop high-drama-duo Becky Becky as well as re-mixer for the likes of Button Eyes, Woodpecker Wooliams and various Fence Collective acts. His high-powered hi-energy set played under the new name JOTA really got the joint moving, and well-deserved the hearty round of applause.
Third act INVADR comprised electronics-wizard Matt Garland who had programmed software to project a space-inspired light-show that was triggered by the different aspects of his 1970s synthesiser-driven dance set. It felt a bit Kraftwerk and a bit Jean-Michelle Jarre.
Finally, headliners CLOUD are a bit of a supergroup comprising a movable feast of players from the Brighton music scene past and present. Whilst guitar-based, the group include synths, electro-violin and a guest appearance on flute by Woodpecker Woolliams. The band are infrequent visitors to the stage these days but when they play live their thing is an improvised barrage of psych-inspired rock, with a lot like Hawkwind at their grooviest. They were on very good form tonight and there was a lot of dancing going on amongst the enthusiastic audience. Hopefully we’ll be seeing another space-fuelled psych night like this again soon.
Normally our weekly post about which gigs we think you should go to to see some of our favourite local acts starts on a Thursday. Thursday has long replaced Friday as the start of the weekend in the Brighton Music Blog calendar. This week though, we’re starting things even earlier on Wednesday, because there’s two cracking gigs on tonight which we feel deserve a bit of a mention.
Tonight Milk & Biscuits play at the Blind Tiger. We loved last year’s epic White Noise single, and this is a great chance to see them playing their new material for their follow up to 2011’s Balcony Time’s mini-LP. Over at the Green Door Store, Danger De Mort are holding their third event. Their first night had Nordic Giants headlining, and we were gutted to miss last month’s event which had IYES and Us Baby Bear Bones supporting. This month’s local support are Curxes, who have promised to play the new tracks they they’ll be releasing later this year. I don’t know a great deal about the rest of the bill, headlined by a band called Cymbals, but we reckon it’ll be great just on the strength of their previous line ups.
Onto Thursday night, where we normally kick off our weekend. One Inch Badge are putting Doldrums at the Prince Albert. Doldrums are from Toronto, but the supports – Us Baby Bear Bones and Luo are two of our favourite local bands.
On Friday night we’ve spotted four gigs we like the look of. Written in Waters, IYES and Calico are playing at Brighton Electric, Speak Galactic and Cloud are supporting Antibang at the Prince Albert, Catherine Ireton is supporting Stu Larsen at Sticky Mike’s and Anneka is playing at live set at the Traumfrau night at the Haunt. We’re spoiled for choice!
Then on Saturday Professor Elemental is launching his new single at the Marlborough. The single’s called This is My Horse (Show Me Yours), and we’ll be writing a separate post about it sometime next week.