Weekend Gig Picks

Normally December is a quiet time for music, but once again Brighton is doing us all proud by being as busy as ever. Here’s our picks of the best of the local live music this weekend:

GAPSOn Thursday Night, GAPS launch their new single I Know It’s You with a gig at the Green Door Store. Support comes from Foreign Skin and Eagles for Hands. Thursday is also December’s Source New Music at the Dome Studio Theatre, headlined this month by Rum Committee, with Mok, Neon Saints Brass Band and Barcode also on the bill. Meanwhile, over at the Brunswick Tim Keegan & The Quiet Lifers are playing at the Brunswick. They’ll be previewing tracks from their forthcoming album The Long Game, as well as other material from their back catalogue, a tribute to Lou Reed and maybe something a little more festive. As if that wasn’t enough, at the Blind Tiger there’s a Beatabet takeover with Le Juki, Bryony Bird and Collectress.

ESPFriday night sees The Electric Soft Parade play their Christmas Show at the Unitarian Church. The band will be playing two sets – an acoustic Electric Soft Parade set of rarities and covers, and an second set of Christmas songs with an expanded band. There’s promise of mince pies and mulled wine too. Normanton Street and Phoebe Freya are launching their new single at the Green Door Store, and carrying on with an afterparty at Brighton Arts Club after 11. Support at the Green Door Store comes from Alice Amelia, The Remedy and The White Bicycles. As if that wasn’t enough for Friday Night, Hypnotised are supporting the Godspeed / Silver Mount Zion side project Esmerine at Saint George’s Church.

There’s plenty to choose from on Saturday too – Eliza Jaye is playing at the Ranelagh, House of Hats, Jacko Hooper and Fiddes Smith are at the Brunswick, and Two Jackals are at Coalition. Finally, on Sunday, Sealings play at Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar, supported by Shudder Pulps, Keel Her and Witching Waves.

In the meantime, we’re off to see Lion Bark at the Hope tonight.

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Weekend Gig Picks

We’re out of town for the weekend, but that’s not going to stop us telling you about the great music that’s on. In fact, we’re going to bring our normal timings a day earlier and start the post off from bands playing Wednesday night, since there’s some great gigs going on then that we’re gutted we’re going to miss out on.

OctopusesOctopuses, Becky Becky and Do You Feel What I Feel Deer? are all on the bill at the Prince Albert on Wednesday night for the launch of Octopuses new single Sarcastic. At the Blind Tiger you can see Faux Flux, Luo and Spacenoid, and you can see The Beautiful Word at Northern Lights.

Skipping to Friday Night, Eliza Jaye holds her album launch at the Ranelagh, and at the Blind Tiger there’s this month’s Les Enfants Terribles, featuring Bad for Lazarus, Fox in the City and The Frenzied Anaesthetist. Unfortunately Fear of Men supporting Youth Lagoon has been rescheduled so if you were hoping to see them you’ll have to wait until October.

sourceWe’ve already mentioned Saturday night RSPB Fundraiser at Saint Luke’s Church with Mary Hampton and Do You Feel What I Feel Deer? Saturday is also this month’s Source New Music at the Dome Studio Theatre – Flash Bang Band headline, with support from 900 Spaces, Hundredth Anniversary and The Victory Dolls. Meanwhile, at the Green Door Store Gnarwolves host the launch party for their new EP Funemployed.

More New Music – Eliza Jaye, The Meow Meows, The Tiny Dragons, Them The Sky, Black Rooster Black Shag, Amongst The Pigeons

This is our second post of new music this week. Maybe bands are getting their music out their in festival season, or maybe it’s a coincidence, but you certainly won’t hear us complaining about more music.

The Seed is the new album from Eliza Jaye. Australian born Eliza’s debut album starts off a bit folk rock (with violin added by her sister Anna, who’s contributed to records by the likes of Bat for Lashes and Brakes), but quickly you come to realise that anything goes, as long as it’s rock. The album is out on 26th July, with a launch party on the day at the Ranelgh. Here’s the video for her latest single Marmalade:

A few weeks ago we mentioned that the Pact remix of Canvas by Tiny Dragons would be appearing on a new mix released by Kitsune records. The track also appears as part of the band’s new Come Alive EP, available as a six song download on iTunes, or on 7″ through the band’s online shop. Here’s the video for the lead track:

The Meow Meows‘ album Somehow We Met comes out a week on Monday (29th July). Their launch party is this friday, at the Gladstone. Here’s the video for the first single from the album, Siberian Soup, in honour of Pussy Riot:

Them The Sky have put up a video for Echolalia – one of the tracks from their forthcoming EP . Their only show of the summer is going to be at Latest Music Bar next week on the 24th, so if you like the sound of this, get down there:

Black Rooster Black Shag are a brand new band who are making their live debut at Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar on 27th July. Their debut album As Far As My Lead Will Take Me is out this autumn, preceded by the single Amsterdam, which is out now:

Boing is the single from Amongst The Pigeons, and came out on 15th July. The song is more of their Orbital inspired dance music, and the video was filmed on the pier:

Weekend Gig Picks

Now that we’re done with the madness of May, things are getting back to normal in the world of Brighton gigs.

tigercubTigercub headline the Green Door Store on Thursday night, with support from Semper Teens, Animal Language and the Flash Gordons. Tickets are four pounds. Staying in the part of town, Ellekaye play at the North Laine pub.

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LNLThere are loads of great gigs on Friday night. Kovak top the bill at the Hope alongside Storms and Cat Fire Radio, and The Self Help Group are on at the Brunswick with Eliza Jaye, The Beautiful Word and Bella McKendree. Friday Night also sees some of Brighton’s regular nights with strong line ups – Late Night Lingerie at Sticky Mikes is headlined by Skirts with The Repeat Prescriptions also on the line up, and it’s also Les Enfants Terribles at the Blind Tiger, with Written in Waters, Spit Shake Sisters, Calico and Glossy Coat.

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WytchesSaturday is Kemptown Carnival. There are loads of bands on the bill, including Derriere, The Kalakuta Millionaires and Carnival Collective. The afterparty is at the Blind Tiger from 8pm and is headlined by Transformer. Up at the Hope, The Wytches are having their single launch party, and it’s free!

Bits and Pieces

I haven’t got enough time to write loads about everything I get told about, but I do try and give as much stuff as I can a mention. So in this spirit, here’s a quick blog post about a few things that have dropped into the BMB inbox recently.

First up, tomorrow night is the next Vice Launch Party. No Problems are playing and ex-Pipette Monster Bobby is DJing. The facebook event with more info is here.

Then we’ve got Eliza Jaye’s new video for her single Big Tin Heart, which has a bit of a spoof of The Old Grey Whistle test at the start:

Sticking on a rock theme, Kid Capola have also put out a single for their new single Wolf & Cub:

And Peggy Sue have a video for Fools Rush In, from their new long player Peggy Sue play the Songs of Scorpio Rising which is coming out next month:

Finally, the video to Amongst The Pigeons’ latest single Jaffa Clown Dog, which got released yesterday. I’m off to see them, as well as BitBin, who’s just signed to Skint offshoot Under Fives tonight, so expect another blog post on them soon!