New Brighton Music

Here’s this week new music roundup. Another busy week packed with the usual diversity of genres and styles

First up is Cousin, whose new EP Music to Polish Your Rifle To comes out on 23rd March. The follow to 2013’s Alternate Tunings for Regular People carries on the same themes, sounding like Tortoise if they were all into guitars. and will be co-released by Fcking The Night and Barely Legal Records on 12″ / download on. Take a look at the video for the closer to side A Which Schnitzel? here:

There’s not nearly enough psychedelic country soul that comes out of Brighton, so we were pleased to hear that Rocker Switch have released Show Me. They’ve pressed up just 45 7″s which you can buy direct from the band or you can pick up the track on download from the bandcamp link below:

Aashton has put out a new EP a few weeks ago which we’ve only just been given the heads up on. Humans contains three tracks of sophisticated house, and is available now on download from Beatport on Phonetic records. Here’s the title track

We caught Normanton Street play an intimate gig at the Gladstone a few weeks ago and loved it. You should do your very best to make it down to their show at The Haunt on Friday. In the meantime here’s the latest video they’ve put up, for the song New Dawn, taken from their Much Respect EP which came towards the end of last year.

Tigercub have posted up a new demo on Soundcloud. This is called Hold On:

Big Society‘s video for their new single Nowhere dropped a few weeks ago. If you like what you hear, you can catch them at their single launch at Sticky Mike’s on 24th March.

A Basement Story is the new side project from Alexander from the Dubarrys. There’s a few tracks of laid back breezy psychedelia up on soundcloud, the most recent of which is In Your Dreams:

Tomorrow night Orchards launch their new EP at The Hope & Ruin. Constantly moving is an EP of five tracks at the poppier end of math rock and is out now via bandcamp:

Finally we’ve just been told about the new single Exposed by Mon Frere. It’s take from their album Urban Glow features the vocal talents of Kate Wilds, and a video shot in the studio and out on Devil’s Dyke:

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Cousin – Alternate Tunings For Regular People EP

Next Monday sees the release of Cousin’s Alternate Tunings for Regular People EP, coming out on Fcking The Night on hand finished fabric sleeved 12″ and download. Cousin’s instrumental math-rock is a lot more accessible and melodic than a lot of other bands in the genre, but that doesn’t come at the expense of big rock hooks. Here’s the video for for the song three on the six track release, Fourth Floor Balcony Fight:

The EP is being launched at the band’s gig at Fitzherberts tonight, where they play alongside Nature Channel, Mystrys and Daskinsey4.

The full tracklisting is as follows:

  1. Caught Short In Krakow
  2. Coffee Malts
  3. Fourth Floor Balcony Fight
  4. Cold Sweats In A Thermal Jacket
  5. Post Relationship Feedback Form
  6. Fussball Politics

Bizarro World (with Cousin, Speak Galactic, Black Black Hills and Negative Pegasus)

We’ve been wanting to go along to a Bizarro World night since they started them a few months ago, but this is the first we’ve made it along to. The premise is a simple one – four bands on the bill, each playing three or four songs by a famous act.

We arrived just as Cousin were tackling Pavement. We didn’t manage to get any pictures, because the night was RAMMED. The combination of a great line up, covering great bands, on a weekend, oh, and being free, obviously pulled in the crowds. It’s really encouraging to see live music being supported like this. Cousin played things with a pretty straight bat, and obviously loved their time onstage asking at the end if they had time for one more song.

Speak Galactic

Speak Galactic were up next, and tonight Matthew, they were LCD Soundsystem. The biggest surprise for me was that Speak Galactic were as bold and uncompromising as they always were, and made James Murphy’s songs their own, but at the same time if LCD Soundsystem had played them in that style, you wouldn’t have batted an eyelid. Another shock was drummer Jim Morrison taking vocals on Daft Punk Is Playing At My House, coming out from the shadows for a change. The high point of the whole evening for me was their cover of All My Friends; The slightly disorienting feel of the original being fantastic match for the woozy electronics Owen Thomas creates.

Black Black Hills

Black Black Hills came on after a short break, and each of the four members of the band were Michael Jackson, all picking their own era to dress as, which was a nice touch. Their re-imagining of their songs was fantastic – 80’s pop turned upside down to reveal a garage rock sound that not even Michael Jackson would have recognised. If their covers of Bad and Billie Jean don’t become staples of Black Black Hills’ live sets then I’ll be very disappointed.

Negative Pegasus

Finally Negative Pegasus took to the stage, fresh from playing their album launch at the Green Door Store last weekend. Negative Pegasus are Bizarro World regulars – the nights are organised by guitarist and One Inch Badge promoter Todd Jordan. Previous nights have seen them covering Creedence Clearwater Revival and Daft Punk, but this time they took on Tom Waits, calling in a bit of support from Nick Hudson on vocals. Whiskey soaked bar room drawls were swapped for a full on rock out – a great end to the night. I can’t wait for the next one, hopefully in a bigger venue so that more people can enjoy it. It’s a great concept and a real gem in Brighton’s live music scene.