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:
Here’s this week’s new music round up. We’re kicking things off with news of the second album from the brilliant Fiction Aisle who completely unexpectedly put out a new album last week. It’s called Fuschia Days, and is available as a download or on very limited cd. There’s only two cds left – that’s how limited it is. Where The Fiction Aisle’s first album was a huge orchestral widescreen affair, the new album feels more sparse, but no less lacking in vision. A fantastic progression. Continue reading
Here’s a blog post that I meant to write back at the start of December, but you’ve probably read enough excuses from me about why I’m not blogging as much as I ought to these days. As ever, it’s been a nightmare to cut things down to ten (which is why we’ve got eleven), and if you asked me tomorrow the order would no doubt change. But any further ado, here’s our end of year round-up:
10 : Tigercub / Demob Happy
Back in October Demob Happy snuck out their debut album Dream Soda, and then at the end of November Tigercub released their Repressed Semantics EP. Both releases are fantastic, and both bands have been touring hard all year. we couldn’t choose between the two:
9 : Prince Vaseline
Prince Vaseline’s first full length A Naturally Coloured Pleasure really was a pleasure for us when it came out in the middle of this year:
8 : Black Honey
Last time we saw Black Honey they were supporting fellow Brightonians The Wytches at The Haunt and they wiped the floor with them:
7 : Grasscut
We kept going back to Grasscut’s third LP Everyone Was a Bird, and everytime it sounded better and better, and then last month they gave us a video premier of The Field:
6 : The Go! Team
We thought that The Go! Team had split up for good after 2011’s Proof of Youth, so their return this year, sounding fresher than ever, with The Scene Between was some of best news we heard:
5 : IYES
IYES have kept a lower profile live this year, but put out two very strong EPs called Part One and Part Two:
4 : Clowwns
We’ve been waiting for The Artful Execution of Macho Bimbo for years here at the blog. We only wish we’d been recording when Bleeding Hearts label boss Chris explained the reasons for all the delays over a pint about a year ago, although half of it was prefaced with “this is just between us…”
3 : Sea Bed
Sea Bed were our great new find this year. Electronic music with soul who we end up evangalising about to everyone we meet. They haven’t got much music online at the moment, but there’s promises of exciting things to come this year:
2 : The Fiction Aisle
Heart Map Rubric was a thing a majestic, beautiful work of art and was arguably the finest thing that Tom White has put his name to to date:
GAPS managed to top last year’s collaboration with Maya Jane Coles with In, Around The Moments, their first long player which straddled the line between electronic and acoustic while managing to sound unlike anything else which would be labelled folktronica:
Clowwns have just released their album The Artful Execution of Macho Bimbo on Bleeding Hearts Recordings, and are holding the launch party this Friday at Latest Music Bar (a fiver to get in, support from Prince Vaseline). We dropped Brighton’s premier post punk / new wave quartet a line to find out about everything that’s gone on to get the album out there, and the missing lost cover version which didn’t make the final cut.
Here’s our top ten tracks that we’ve been listening to in April:
1 Sea Bed – Caves
Technically this came out last month (and we included Haunted in last month’s top ten), but their Rosso EP hasn’t left our stereo, and their debut gig at the Prince Albert supporting Them The Sky was awesome.
2 Momotaro – Roots
Momotaro’s new EP Highest actually came out yesterday which made it May, but since the band put up Roots from the EP on Soundcloud, it’s been on heavy rotation around here.
3 Fiction Aisle – Each and Every One
It was actually Each and Every One’s joint double A side that we wrote about a few weeks ago, but it was this track of the pair that really caught our attention.
4 Curxes – What You Want
Curxes debut album is out in just a few hours time! We’ve been a big fan of the band’s retro electro (or Blitz Pop as they like to call it) for ages, so can’t wait to hear the rest of the record.
5 The Go! Team – Ye Ye Yamaha
Where so many bands put out re-releases or remixes for Record Store Day, The Go! Team put out two brand new tracks. That’s how it should be done.
6 Black Honey – Spinning Wheel
Spinning Wheel is our favourite track that should have been in a Tarantino film this month and deserves to be played LOUD. We’ve not caught them live yet, so we’re hoping to get to see them at the Great Escape in a few weeks.
7 Clowwns – Idiot Bouncing
The Artful Execution of Macho Bimbo, the debut album by one of Brighton’s finest live bands Clowwns, has been in gestation since before we started the blog so we’re pleased that it’s finally getting released soon. Idiot Bouncing is the free download put up to persaude us all to buy the record.
8 Ambassadeurs – Can’t See You
Can’t See You is another track which we haven’t actually featured on the blog, having posted up other tracks from the EP, but for our top ten we had to post the release’s title track.
9 Miamigo – Hard To Love
DIY mag wrote “Bands could spend decades figuring out how to write the biggest hooks and they might not get close to this” about Hard to Love, and who are we to disagree.
10 Gazelle Twin – Love and Mercy
After doing her best to give us nightmares with last year’s Unflesh, Gazelle Twin is doing her best to gain our affections again with her cover of Brian Wilson’s Love and Mercy.
Here’s the last new music roundup of April. We’ve got a Brian Wilson cover, a free download, and something brand new up today in this week’s tunes.
First up is a tune from Curxes debut album due out next week. What You Want is a taster of what’s to come from Verxes, and the band’s first track as a three piece, treading a path beaten last year by La Roux – cool eighties electro pop kicked into shape for modern times. We can’t wait to hear the rest of the album. Next up is Gazelle Twin‘s Brian Wilson cover, recorded especially for the season finale of The Walking Dead. Love & Mercy doesn’t strike fear into you heart like some of the tracks from Unflesh though given the nature of the program it was recorded for maybe it just needs a bit of context, and it’s certainly a lot more ethereal that Brian Wilson’s 1988 original. The Clowwns is almost ready to be released to the world. To celebrate they’re giving away Idiot Bouncing for free over on Bandcamp. Clowwns are headlining Bleeding Hearts recordings not-actually-a-Great-Escape Great Escape show at the Rialto Theatre on Saturday 16th May, where vinyl copies of the album will be on sale. Miamigo are a new Brighton Band who haven’t even played their first gig yet (you’ll have to be at Patterns – what used to be Audio – on 15th May for that). Hard to Love is five minutes of bombastic synth led pop which is taken from their debut EP which is being released on Indian Hop Recordings on 14th June. Dancefloor Troubadours are also pretty new on the scene, but have already shared quite a few tracks on their soundcloud page, the latest of which is the acoustic, dreamy He’s Not Me, She’s Not You: Closing this week’s post is the latest installment from Normanton Street run of videos of tracks from their Much Respect EP. The video for Rakim (The 26th Year) features some familiar spots around Brighton mixed in with some vintage footage: