Brighton Rocks #6 – Animal House

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What’s the best thing about Brighton?

The people. We were incredibly warmly welcomed into a big group of friends as soon as we arrived and it’s never been difficult to meet a friend here. The music scene follows along that same vein.

Who are the your favourite local bands?

Blue Spectre – garage surf rock
Strange Cages – 70’s style psychedelia
Other States – sort of Western style crooning, little bit like old Nick Cave with modern production

What’s the best venue?

I mean – Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar is always a laugh, The Hope & Ruin is great upstairs, Green Door Store has a great garagy feel; they’ve all got their selling points.

What’s the best rehearsal space / studio?

Our one! We lucked out when we arrived and have a space in a DIY rehearsal room we share with several other bands and musicians. We pay a monthly rent and have basically unlimited access, it’s bloody wonderful.

What’s the best club?

You want classic bangers, The Haunt on a Friday or Saturday, though I might be vilified for that. Legends is lovely and Volks is a classic super late night / early morning club innit.

What’s the best record shop?

To be honest I like just snooping around all of them. Some owned by old legends who have a collection of a billion records they’re selling and know each one like the back of their hand, I always have the most fun in those. Resident genuinely has to be the best for new music though.

Where’s the best place to eat?

One of my favourite local haunts is Milk No Sugar on Trafalgar street. It’s a happy little Vietnamese restaurant, cheap, delicious and the dude who owns it is literally the friendliest person there ever was.

What’s the best pub?

The Great Eastern, also on Trafalgar Street is just such a great little English Pub, best enjoyed in Winter though. In the summer, I mean, I hate to say The Fortune of War but it’s a classic beach front destination.

Who’s your favourite Brighton celebrity?

Has to be Steve Coogan. I’ve served both him and Nick Cave separately when I was working in cafes. I tried to make a joke regarding a banana loaf to Steve Coogan but he didn’t hear (or pretended not to) and I died a little bit.

When was the last time you had any Brighton Rock?

You mean the candy? Ummmmm… a year ago at a party probably?

Animal House‘s Hot Bodies EP is out now, headed up with the super-catchy Coca Cola. You can catch them live on 28th July when they play a headline gig at the Hope & Ruin:

New Brighton Music

It’s been a fortnight since we made a new music post, and as usual when it’s been slightly longer, somehow there’s disproportionately more tunes to write about (and that’s not counting the ones we’re missing out because the Spotify / WordPress plugin isn’t working for us these days). So without further ado, our first track this week is another new track from the upcoming GAPS album. If We Remain is the latest track the band have shared from As It Is, which comes out on 22nd June (according to the iTunes preorder page)

Theo Verney has shared Mind Fire, the first single from his debut album Once Small Piece which comes out next month on July 7th. You can pre-order the album now on bandcamp, which gives you a free download of Mind Fire.

Next up is the new single from Warsaw Radio called Still Have You To Hold. They’re playing at The Brunswick on July 7th, and are also currently working on their debut album with producer Jag Jago, who’s worked with The Maccabees and Florence Welch in the past.

Slightly more rough around the edges is the new Black Biro track Off The Shopping List. There’s no Black Biro gigs coming up as far as we know, but members of the band will be playing at the Kinks Under Kover night at the Prince Albert on 18th June.

Last time we mentioned Morning Smoke was back in January of last year. Since then they’ve regrouped and reformed as Method Actress and have just shared their debut single Point of View:

If it was a while since we mentioned the last band, it’s been even longer since we wrote about Grace Carter, who we caught supporting Fear of Men at the Dome Studio Theatre back in 2014. She’s now released her debut single, a beautiful, minimal track called Silence:

Other States have been on our list of bands to check out after The New Faith recommended them in their Brighton Rocks interview. As luck would have it, just yesterday they shared a new track, My Beau, which is the b-side to their new single Make Amends:

Talking of the New Faith, our next band were the support at their single launch recently. We caught the last few minutes of Grymm‘s set where they played their new single Gravity:

Next, an apology to Animal House. The original email from their people got lost amongst the hundreds of other emails that get sent to us, and we didn’t pick up on Coca Cola, until they sent us another asking what we think of it. We’re glad they did:

Now we have the debut single from Johnny KillsLet’s Talk about Me, just under three minutes of trashy rock’n’roll:

Sunday is a funny old day to release a single, but that’s what Somebody’s Daughter are doing with their new single Pretty Game. Handily though it does tie in perfectly with the launch gig, which takes place at Latest Music Bar:

On the subject of bands with launch gigs on the day their record comes out, now’s the time to mention the debut Common Tongues album Divisions, out on 16th June with a launch gig at The Haunt. Here’s Pioneer, which came out as a single last month:

Horace sent over a taster of his  In The Garden EP before it was public, which we liked very much. Now it’s up for everyone to listen to it would be rude of us not to include it in one of our new music posts:

Our last track this week is by BUNKR, a Lost Idol spin off  project. A 12″ has come out on Love On The Rocks records, and this is one of the tracks from it – Juno’s Revenge: