Brighton Music Blog 2018 Highlights

I’m not a fan of end of year lists. There’s the forced ranking of things, introducing subjectivity and pitting people against each other. There’s the fact that you might not remember things from the start of the year as well as recent tracks, or that some songs sounded great in the sunshine but right now it’s cold, wet and miserable. So instead, here’s a few tracks from 2018 that are highlights for us. No particular order, no claims that one is better than another, just what we think are a bunch of great tunes. There’s a few maybe more obvious bands missing (naming no names) – it’s been a brilliant year for Brighton Music – but some of the bands you might be thinking of haven’t been in touch, or haven’t got back to us when we’ve been in touch. Given how successful they’ve been they obviously haven’t needed a blog like us, and it’s not like we’ve been short of great music to post this year. Anyway, we’ve tried to post bandcamp links where we can, so if you like what you can hear, you can click through and buy from the site where the biggest proportion of the price goes back to the artist:

Fröst – Trail Away

The Fiction Aisle – Gone Today

Yumi & The Weather – Hustle

La Lune – He Breathes Colour When I Feel So Grey

Crayola Lectern – Secrets

Ex-Display Model – Autopilot

Blood Red Shoes – God Complex

LibraLibra – Animali

Projector – Break Your Own Heart

Anneka – Burst

The Go! Team – Chico’s Radical Decade

Moon Panda – Gun

Wax Machine – Time

Cate Ferris – Rise

Orchards – Double Vision

 Our Girl – In My Head

Inwards – When She Flashes Her Smile On Me

Steve Mason – Walking Away From Love

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Brighton Rocks #20 : Ex-Display Model

A few months ago, a new account appeared in Instagram suggested people to follow section. It was in the name Ex-Display Model, but it didn’t have any posts, or any follows. Thanks, but no thanks Instagram. It popped up again a few weeks later, followed by a few music accounts that I follow, but still with no posts, so this time I thought maybe I would start following it myself. Then a few weeks later a single picture was posted, which looked like it might have been David and Ed from Fujiya & Miyagi, but I wasn’t 100% sure.  And then in August, Ex-Display Model put out their first single Immaculate Rip. A couple more tracks were drip fed out, then last Friday their self titled debut album was released with no great fanfare, slipped out for people to discover themselves. I got in touch to ask if they fancied doing a Brighton Rocks, but it turned out that AKDK are on tour in Brazil for the next few weeks so Ed wasn’t about. David was keen to strike while the iron was hot though, so he arranged for a stand in and the photo shoot went ahead anyway:

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What’s the best thing about Brighton?
WHSmiths and the sea.

Who are the your favourite local bands?
grasshopper

What’s the best venue?
The Brighton centre. Not really.
I have a real soft spot for the Prince Albert. That’s where Fujiya & Miyagi used to play early on and whenever I go there it brings back fond memories.

What’s the best rehearsal space / studio?
Church Road Studios for recording and Ooosh in Portslade for practicing.

What’s the best club?
I honestly have no idea. There’s a northern soul night happening at the komedia on 10th November which looks good.

What’s the best record shop?
I like Monkey Music Emporium and obviously Resident. The one at the bottom of trafalgar street is good too but I’ve forgotten what it’s called. It’s a shame Borderline and Rounder are no longer around. And the one that used to be above the comic shop in Kensington gardens was interesting.

Where’s the best places to eat?
I don’t really like restaurants. Pizza express is ok.

What’s the best pub?
Watchmakers near Hove station.

Who’s your favourite Brighton celebrity?
Does Nick Berry still live locally? My dad enjoys ‘Heartbeat’ so he must have something about him.

When was the last time you had any Brighton Rock?
Never.

Ex-Display Model by Ex-Display Model is out now, available on Spotify, iTunes and Bandcamp (by clicking the image below)

New Brighton Music

Sometimes I wonder when I make these posts if I ever get any visitors from that corner of Liverpool who might feel like they’re being referenced. Who knows? Maybe they click away as soon as they realise, or maybe they stop and check out what the south coast has to offer? Anyway, onto that new music:

Artist: Ex Display Model
Track Name: Ex Display Model
Taken From: Ex Display Model single
Release Date: out now
https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/0GklTg4Aa0RFskEabisnJv

Artist: Private Sector
Track Name: Raw murder
Taken From: Raw Murder single
Release Date: out now

Artist: Cockwomble
Track Name: All The Money! None of the Style!
Taken From: All The Money EP
Release Date: 18/10/2018
https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/5pLtS79peTQqmXhTISJKaB

Artist: Hollow Hand
Track Name: Milestone
Taken From: Star Chamber album
Release Date: out now
Next Gig: This Wednesday at the Hope & Ruin with Sam Evian

Artist: Noqturnal Musik
Track Name: I Only Want You For Your Time
Taken From: I Only Want You For Your Time single
Release Date: out now

Artist: Oli Spleen
Track Name: Almost Young
Taken From: Almost Young single (also on forthcoming Gaslight Illuminations album)
Release Date: out now

Artist: Breathe Panel
Track Name: On My Way
Taken From: On My Way single
Release Date: out now
Next Gig: supporting Our Girl at The Haunt on 26th October

Artist: Young Francis
Track Name: Girls Like You
Taken From: Juvenile Deliquent EP
Release Date: out now

Artist: Matt Taylor
Track Name: Wednesday
Taken From: Wednesday single
Release Date: 19/10/2018
Next Gig: Happening right now at Patterns (although this may be a bit late to tell you about it)
https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/6fMon4qmQzoCGImQi7X9kH

New Brighton Music

We’re running a bit late because we’ve been away for a few days – apologies for the break in service. It feels like only a few weeks ago since we dedicated a New Music Post to new releases from two Fujiya & Miyagi offshoots, but here we are again, kicking off this week’s post with another two:

Artist: Fröst
Track Name: La Vénus d’Argent
Taken From: Matters album
Release Date: 28th September 2018
Next Gig: Album Launch 3rd October at the Prince Albert

Artist: Ex Display Model
Track Name: Existential Crisis
Taken From: Existential Crisis single
Release Date: 21st September 2018

Artist: Steve Mason
Track Name: About The Light
Taken From: About The Light album
Release Date: 18th January 2019
Next Gig: 9th February 2018 at St Barts (just off London Road)
https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/38HDDDNmmtuvzPm0EfiMse

Artist: Sick Joy
Track Name: Dissolve Me
Taken From: Dissolve Me single
Release Date: 19th September 2018
Next Gig: Headline gig at Patterns 20th October
https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/2zEx7INYs6CCYbmi6KGAoo

Artist: Icehead
Track Name: Losing Sleep
Taken From: Losing Sleep single
Release Date: 18th September 2018
https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/5VmleTz8guyTQ1PEHpPJrF

Artist: 12 Stone Toddler
Track Name: Heaven Was Closed
Taken From: My Machine / Heaven Was Closed split single
Release Date: 16th September 2018
Next Gig: Album Launch on 10th October at The Haunt

Artist: Wizard Sleeve
Track Name: These Days
Taken From: Special Brew EP
Release Date: 20/09/2018
Next Gig: at Halloweiner at Green Door Store on 31st October

Artist: KLSR
Track Name: Slow Space
Taken From: Slow Space EP
Release Date: 25/09/2018

Artist: Thyla
Track Name: Candy
Taken From: debut EP
Release Date: due Jan 2019

Artist: Isla North
Track Name: Dangerous
Taken From: upcoming EP
Release Date: 28th September 2018
Next Gig: EP Launch Party 9th October at Sticky Mike’s
https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/1EEbfpy8l82PHP5oRxyI6D

Artist: Wild Cat Strike
Track Name: Rhubarb Nostalgia
Taken From: Rhubarb Nostalgia album
Release Date: 5th October 2018
Next Gig: album launch 15th October at Pop Up Brighton
https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/6Qn8PFFo6w8rqWmngJNiiA

Ex-Display Model / Immaculate Rip

We don’t generally do posts about individual tracks. That’s what other blogs do. Blogs that have plenty of time on their hands, and whose writers have that ability to turn on a tap of descriptive prose, a skill that still hasn’t come to us yet even after nearly seven years of Brighton Music Blog.

EDM

But yesterday saw the unexpected release from an offshoot of one of our favourite bands, at a time when another band member also has a track out. Ex-Display Model is a new project from David and Ed from Fujiya & Miyagi, who have just put out the debut track Immaculate Rip. This isn’t David’s first excursion from Fujiya & Miyagi – he was involved in a project called Omega Male a few years back (and if you haven’t listened to their track Buildings Like Symphonies you’re missing out) – and Ed has been half of AK/DK for many years long than he’s been drumming with Fujiya & Miyagi, so fans shouldn’t be concerned that they’re splitting up. In fact, when I caught with Fröst (Steve Lewis’ side project with Johanna Bramli) to shoot the latest Brighton Rocks, he hinted that there’s a new F&M album in the works.

When Immaculate Rip starts you could be forgiven for thinking it was a Fujiya & Miyagi track. David hasn’t changed his vocal style for it, and the music wouldn’t be out of place on any of their albums. At 53 seconds in you realise it’s a different band, as new rave guitars and electroclash synths bring a shock to the system.

It contrasts a fair bit with Record Is Still Spinning by Fröst, which musically looks back on F&M’s influences – krautrock played on analogue synths – but thanks to Johanna’s vocal and songwriting input feels like wholly different band rather than just an analogue Fujiya & Miyagi project.

If Frost is the sound of F&M connecting with their roots, then Ex Display Model is the sound of them reconnecting with their youth.

You can catch Fujiya & Miyagi playing their only Brighton date of the year at Kitfest at St Georges Church on 15th September. Frost launch their album at the Prince Albert on 3rd October.