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

 

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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:

House of Hats at The Brunswick / Cate Ferris at The Neptune

This weekend we went to two gigs which on paper, could have been very similar – Both were in Hove, in pubs, both were folk-based acts, and both featured performers who have recently made recordings with local producer Tim Bidwell. That’s where the similarity ends though.

Saturday night, House of Hats hosted their Harvest Sessions night at the Brunswick. The Harvest Sessions is a monthly affair put on by the band where they invite other people they’ve worked with onto the bill to share them with their audience. This month saw Cordelia Gartside (who’s also recently been produced by Tim Bidwell), Rob Vincent and Conrad Vingoe play with House of Hats.

Cordelia Gartside

I only caught the end of Cordelia’s set, but for someone so young I was impressed at how she held the room enthralled. Sometimes the simplest of setups – just a voice and guitar – can create wonderful things. Next up was Rob Vincent, who was very good, and had a fantastic voice, but isn’t from Brighton, so I’ll move on.

Conrad Vingoe

Conrad Vingoe was next onstage, fresh from playing at the Levellers’ Beautiful Days festival thanks to winning a set through an Acoustic Magazine organised contest. Conrad was playing with a slightly reduced band, since his regular mandolin player was playing with Emily Baker in Shoreham, and was just accompanied by double bass, as well as his own guitar and harmonica playing. It was easy to see that Conrad had the skills to win the set – as well as a quality performance, he was charismatic and friendly between songs too. He’s got an EP out soon, which I’m sure we’ll tell you more about nearer the time.

House of Hats

At the end of the night House of Hats came on, and played a relatively short set for headliners – I guess that’s that’s the price of having four bands on the bill. The band played a number of songs from their debut House of Hats EP, their upcoming Rivers Will Run release and even threw in a Dylan cover. Lead vocals were passed between guitarist Alex and multi-instrumentalist Noddy, and the close harmonies from the whole band sounded very slick indeed. It’s great to see a band who are working so hard and seem to be on track for big things also remembering the people they have worked with along the way.

Cate Ferris

Sunday night we were just around the corner, where Cate Ferris was playing at The Neptune’s regular music night. Cate was last invited to play at the Neptune back in March, and they enjoyed her performance so much that this time they gave her the whole evening to perform in, which she broke up into two forty-five minute sets. Most of this was filled with her newer material which starts off simply but builds up subtly with harmonic vocal loops and sampled drum or keyboard lines complimenting her acoustic guitar. It wasn’t all new tracks though – Cate also dug out old favourites Still Green and Bonnie & Clyde. The gig also marked the first outing of Cate’s new EP – “Deep Breath, Ready, Get Set, Go” is a new four track which isn’t officially out until next Monday, but was available on the night. After a marathon set, the crowd demanded more, so Cate improvised on the spot, building a song just made from harmonies layered over one another and looped – a raw exhilarating end to a fantastic performance.