Brighton Rocks #16 : Crayola Lectern

Normally we’re very strict about making sure we only write about Brighton based acts, and Crayola Lectern lives in Worthing these days, but he’s one of the precious few who we relax our rules for. He’s been a fixture on the Brighton scene for a number of years now, his first album came out on Brighton label Bleeding Hearts Recordings, and the launch for his new album Happy Endings was at the Rosehill.

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What’s the best thing about Brighton?
For me, these days it is its proximity to Worthing. This works both ways as the two towns complement each other and provide things the other lacks. I love Brighton for its vibrancy and the feeling that you may follow your dream, at least for a while, that you can be your glorious, unedited self without fear of small town tut-tuttings. It has worn off significantly on the neighbour town, where a burgeoning community of creative types, writers, artists, weirdos, poets, bad-ass rock’n’rollers, radish-worshipping occultists, DJ’s, string quartets and experimentalists all do their thing whilst the town retains a sleepy serenity. Collaboration between the towns is increasing dramatically culturally, not least with Brighton’s creaking City College having being merged with Worthing’s thriving Northbrook, whose Theatre departmant is one of the top in the country and whose music department boasts some of the best equipped recording facilities in the South, giving incredible opportunities to students.

Who are your favourite local bands?
Le Juki – the album doesn’t seem to want to leave my CD player. Very organic, kind of playful, oddly beguiling, familiar somehow, yet a little out of reach, like a dream. The sound of being alive. I love it.
Here’s a list of ones who are up to interesting things who I recommend: Dog In The Snow, MUMMY, Brother Twain, Chop Chop, L C Pumpkin, Libra Libra, Map 71, Porridge Radio, The Fiction Aisle and Muddy Suzuki for starters.

What’s the best venue?
Well, on this subject I’m going to have to rule out all the venues without pianos, which will narrow things down somewhat. Komedia Studio Bar has given me some treasured memories (piano 9/10) and is lovely, ditto the Friends Meeting House (grand piano 9/10). Brunswick is good too (piano 6/10) and The Verdict (piano 8/10).
But my winner here is The Rose Hill, a very vibey space, great layout, good people, top sound, a low upright (piano 7.5/10) which is of course great for sight lines. Feels like a hub for my kind of musical echo chamber.
If we could include Worthing, I’d say St Pauls Arts Centre, a deconsecrated church, feels like you’re in a film, such is the enchantment of the place (piano 10/10).

What’s the best rehearsal space/studio?
I like the way Brighton Electric has grown over the years. It is such a beautiful old building and is so conducive to band practising with the whole lounge / bar thing, whilst being really well laid out and equipped.
For recording, I use Metway as again, I love the space itself. You can hole yourself up in there without fear of the outside world intruding.

What’s the best club?
The only club I’ve really attended with any frequency over the last few years is Synthesize Me. It was hosted at Pelirocco Hotel and the lights of Innerstrings competed with the kitsch interior decor to provide a setting in which some weird and wonderful sounds would be regularly exorcised from musicians and DJ’s alike. It has moved to Worthing now. I just went there again yesterday at the groovy Coast Cafe. Always a great feeling in the room.

What’s the best record shop?
Bella Union vinyl shop. The day Simon Raymonde upped sticks from the big smoke was a great day for Brighton. A generous soul, meticulous curator, laid back (but slightly dangerous) rockstar / label boss and maximum dude, his little shop hidden away on Ship Street Gardens is a magic place to discover some of the musical gems from the incredibly impressive Bella union family. It is like a sweetie shop for music lovers.

Where’s the best places to eat?
I always stop off at Necot in Kemp Town, whose Americanos hit the spot exactly, as they add the perfect amount of water of water, ensuring the “hit” is achieved and the taste uncompromised. I actually look forward to going by there, very calm environment, light, food looks tasty and the people working there are ace.
For food, I’ve phoned a friend and Bic recommends the Vegetable Patia from Maharani or Bankers for chunky chips. As he says, “who doesn’t like chunky chips?”

What’s the best pub?
The Robin Hood or The Bees Mouth if I’m over that side of town. Dimly lit, dens of iniquity generally are good for evening japes.

Who’s your favourite Brighton celebrity?
The Australian Contingent. Noah Taylor, a friend, I bumped into right after this photo shoot on my way home and his buddy, Mr Cave without whom….

When was the last time you had any Brighton Rock?
La Mômo (krautische punky pop band with Sadie and me) had some bespoke Brighton Rock made up as band merch in about 2004. We also did La Mômo knickers which were amazingly popular. I still have the rock. Horrible stuff!

Happy Endings by Crayola Lectern is out now on Onomatopoeia Records now. The next Brighton Crayola Lectern gig in on 17th September at the Komedia supporting Lost Horizons.

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June Gig Previews

We’re only a few days away from June, so it’s about time for another set of previews.

31870984_10155845867916622_8293160172981846016_oOur first tip is Crayola Lectern’s album launch at the Rosehill this Friday (1st June). Friday is also release day for Happy Endings, Crayola Lectern‘s second long player, and you can see the video for Rescue Mission in yesterday’s new music post.

Our next tip is another gig at the Rosehill, on Friday 8th June. Love Thy Neighbour and Immersion put on their fourth Nanocluster event, where Immersion and an invited guest play individual sets then join forces for the final section of the gig. Ulrich Schnauss joins them in June, following an incredible set from Laetita Sadier last month.

Friday 8th June is also the date of the Brighton leg of Normanton Street‘s upcoming tour. They’re playing at Patterns alongside Frankie Stew and Harvey Gunn.

29497266_1887759464588688_1528694996562083840_nWe were sad to read about Red Deer People calling it a day. In a statement they said “And so it’s with a heavy heart that we announce that Red Deer People are calling it a day. A huge thank you to everyone who has listened to our music, bought our records, and came to see us live over the last few years. We’ve had a blast. We will be playing one final farewell show and we would love it if you could attend”. The last gig will be on June 14th at The Hope & Ruin with support from Squid and The Family Chain.

On 21st June, LibraLibra launch their new single Tongues at the Green Door Store. It’s a whole night event, carrying on until the early hours rather than finishing at 10.30 like most gigs, with DJs and a special host on top of the supports.

It’s only because we rite about things chronologically that the biggest gig of the month falls last in our write up. Yesterday’s new music post featured the first new music from Orbital since 2012’s Wonky LP and on Friday 29th June they play a massive gig at Brighton Racecourse. Orbital’s live sets are legendary (they put out an album compiled from their Glastonbury performances a few years back), and they’ll be joined by Faithless amongst others.

New Brighton Music

We’re playing catchup this week, after a gig preview last week and the Great Escape the week before that there’s a lot of ground to cover. We’ll also be introducing a simplification in how we present the tracks too, so that hopefully we don’t get so behind in future.

Artist: Orbital
Track Name: Tiny Foldable Cities
Taken from: Monsters Exist LP
Release Date: 14th September 2018
Next gig: Brighton Racecourse 29th June

Artist: Crayola Lectern
Track Name: Rescue Mission
Taken from: Happy Endings album
Release Date: 1st June 2018
Next gig: Album release gig on 1st June at the Rosehill Arts Centre

Artist: Animal House
Track Name: Outside
Taken from: Premium Mediocre
Release Date: 25th May
https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/4DlSsGPe2WGcCRGuHczjEe

Artist: Black Honey
Track Name: Bad Friends
Taken from: Bad Friends single
Release Date: 4th May 2018
https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/2t500TKXm88JKXlJbsG9WH

Artist: Passenger
Track Name: Hell or High Water
Taken from: Runaway album
Release Date: 31st August 2018
Next gig: Brighton Dome, 9th September

Artist: Thyla
Track Name: Blame
Taken from: Blame single
Release Date: 9th May 2018

Artist: All Better
Track Name: Thanks for Nothing
Taken from: A Turn at Being Cool EP
Release Date: 15th June 2018
Next gig: https://www.facebook.com/events/209390666509921/16th June Supporting High Visions at the Quadrant

Artist: Morning Myth
Track Name: Beyond The Blue
Taken from: Everything is a Photograph EP
Release Date: 4th June 2018

Artist: Mere Child (aka Aimee Herbert-Smith from Morning Myth)
Track Name: Swim
Taken from: Swim (single)
Release Date: 11th May 2018

Artist: Jess Bishop
Track Name: I’m Still Here
Taken from: I’m Still Here single
Release Date: 3rd May 2018
https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/3U8cHRTS91jx40FOnh5bDf

Artist: Megan Lara Mae
Track Name: Caribou
Taken from: Caribou single
Release Date: 13th April
https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/2PS4aIZLdzrCett8EnIMUH

Artist: Levity
Track Name: Dreamers of the Night
Taken from: Dreamers of the Night single
Release Date: 1st June 2018

Artist: Lydia Evangeline
Track Name: Old Shoes
Taken from: Old Shoes single
Release Date: 25th May 2018
https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/5iQKV4LuZgixZlKVnQ7VOx

Artist: Fond of Rudy
Track Name: Imagination
Taken from: Imagination single
Release Date: 18th May 2018

Artist: Galangas
Track Name: Mr Brain
Taken from: Mr Brain single
Release Date: 14th May

Artist: School Disco
Track Name: Kill The King
Taken from: Kill The King single
Release Date: 18th May 2018
Next gig:

Artist: Salt Ashes
Track Name: Girls
Taken from: Girls single
Release Date: 4th May 2018
Next gig:

Artist: Viktor Magick
Track Name: Playing Ball
Taken from: Playing Ball single
Release Date: 30th April 2018

July Brighton Gig Previews

We don’t do gig previews that much any more, mainly because we don’t get out nearly as much as we used to. We’ve got a big feature coming, but it’s taking a little while to get together, so to tide you over until then, here’s a few gigs that have caught our eye over the coming month:

Tomorrow night (Monday 10th July), Bleeding Hearts almost celebrate their fifteen birthday at The Rialto. As they put it: “We’d planned to host an alldayer only to find out that our adversaries had used their telemeters to evil effect. Due to dimentional complications we will not be celebrating the actual anniversary but instead our inability to celebrate our longeveness.”. On the bill are Garden Centre, Academy of the Sun, Gary Goodman and Sam Cutting. Continue reading

Brighton Music Blog Great Escape / Alt Escape 2017 preview

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It’s almost that time again – the highlight in the Brighton musical calendar, when anywhere you can fit in a PA becomes venue for a few days. Yes, this coming weekend is The Great Escape Festival. We haven’t finalised our plans, but we’re probably going to end up seeing more Alt Escape stuff than proper Great Escape stuff, because that’s where the bulk of the local bands are playing. If you haven’t got yourself a ticket yet then you can get into all the Alt Escape stuff without one anyway.

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Merry Christmas from Brighton Music Blog

A brief interlude from our Top Ten countdown now, to spread a bit of Christmas cheer from some local bands. We’ve featured some of these tracks in previous years, but we’re starting off with some new material too, mostly from our friends over at BMusic. They filmed Bloom, Calico, Seeker and Rob Godfrey all performing their take on well known Christmas songs:

Also new is Santa by Tenderhooks:

And here’s the tunes we’ve featured in previous year’s Christmas roundups, from Delta Bell, Catherine Ireton, Crayola Lectern, Nick Hudson, The Boy Who Kicked Pigs, Becky Becky and Curxes:

New Music

There’s an unwritten rule that if you’re going to release any music, you do it in the first eleven months of the year. That way it’s out there in time to be included in any end of year lists, and you don’t end up competing for anyone’s attention with X-factor contestants or Greatest Hits compilations. But obviously nobody told the musicians of Brighton – we’ve got sixteen different tracks for you in this post.

First up is the new release from David Harks, who’s been posting up other tracks from his Lomo EP over the past few months. The title track Odyssey is now out there, and the whole EP is available to buy on iTunes, out now on his own Jumjum Records imprint.

Next we have the first new music from Brighton Music Blog favourite Anneka for a while. End of It is built up from a number of vocal lines sung by her, with mournful harmonies and percussive exhalations. Apparently the track (which is available as a free download if you click through and follow the links) is a taster of more to come in early 2015.

Ital Tek has been busy working on his next album this year so hasn’t appeared too active to the outside world. Last Christmas he gave away a free download of one of his tracks and this year he’s doing the same, with new tune Crossed Wires:

Fickle Friends are also giving away a track for Christmas. If you head over to their bandcamp page you can grab their cover of Gorgon City’s Ready For Your Love

Sticking with tracks for Christmas, here’s Crayola Lectern‘s seasonal offering. (No More) Happy Endings is a little cheerier than last year’s SFXmas, and gives us some a hint of what we might expect when the band finish recording their second album:

Soccer96 have a new EP out on Wotnot records on 7″ and download, entitled Jupiter Masterdrive. The title track is a few minutes of wonky hip hop and is called Constellation. To hear the rest of the EP and buy it on either format head over to the band’s bandcamp page

A lot of people were quite excited about the recent news about Twin Peaks returning, and we can probably count electronica band Dark Train amongst that number. Their latest offering is a cover of Julee Cruse’s Falling which featured heavily in the original series.

We loved Cate Ferris‘ Disappear EP which came out earlier this year. Last week saw the release of the sister remix EP, suitably entitled Reappear:

Another new EP is the new release from Man Ray Sky (currently hosting their launch party at the Hope as I type).  The EP name and lead track is the breezy Ether Song:

Kanzi‘s debut EP isn’t out until January sometime (I’ve read several different dates on different bits of the internet), but you can check out lead track Two Hearts now:

Troves debut double a-side single came out back in September on Nude Records. Keeping interest up for the release is a new video for the beautiful track Afterthought:

Anushka have released another single from their Broken Circuit long player. Kisses is a different version from the one on the album, with the addition of of extra vocals from guest MC Trim. I’ve also also just seen in the PR email I got that I missed out on a live performance from the band last weekend. Sorry!

If you fancy some electro pop then get your ears around Astrid’s Tea Party‘s debut single. What’s in it for Me? is up as a free download for a limited period and will be followed up with an EP in early 2015.

Math-pop band Orchards new single Chemystery was released last thursday. It’s taken from their new EP which is due to drop in March next year:

Rooster Cole has uploaded a few tracks to Soundcloud and has promised more music and more live shows for 2015. Here’s one of those tracks, the quirky Bird Don’t Sing:

Finally we finish up a video from Battery Operated Orchestra. Flouro Sushi is taken from the band’s debut album Incomplete Until Broken, out now via Bandcamp.