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.

If you want to start really early then there are actually a couple of shows on Wednesday night, our pick of which is the Fiddlers Elbow where you can see the likes of Fable and Porshyne.

Things really kick off on Thursday though. We’ll probably spending a lot most of the day at Alive Gym on Castle Street – not to work out, but to enjoy the Small Pond / Republic of Music all dayer which has an ace line up – Pussy Liquor, The Hundredth Anniversary, Our Girl and Dream Wife are all on our list. There are also three unannounced acts, which is often Great Escape code for secret gigs by much bigger bands. We’ll also be spending some time up at the Black Dove, which has a line curated by Octopuses that includes Bloom, Fukushima Dolphin, Tom White, Speak Galactic and Frost. In terms of non Brighton bands, we like the look of Anteros at 2pm at Bleach and Gurr who are playing at 3.30pm at Sticky Mikes and also at 9.15pm at Green Door Store. Liberty Music PR’s GRL PWR showcase at Hotel Pelirocco has a mix of tourists and Brighton bands, including Ex-Phanton Runner Adal who’s joined by Michelle O Faith, who are on at 8pm. Also representing Brighton on the main line up are Yonaka (8.30, Patterns), Jacko Hooper (9.15, Jubilee Square) and Fickle Friends (11.15pm, East Wing).

Possibly the strangest gig of the weekend is early afternoon on Friday when Nick Heyward from Haircut 100 (ask your mum) plays at the Black Lion. What we’re most looking forward to though is the Shipwright’s Yard Sessions (also put on by Republic of Music, who seem to be pushing all our buttons at this year’s festival). The whole bill look pretty good, but we’re most excited by The Magic Gang at 4.55pm and Rose Elinor Dougall at 5.35pm. It’s an Alt Escape gig, but you need to register for a ticket so don’t miss out. Elsewhere Porridge Radio are playing at the Hope & Ruin at 6.30pm, Thyla are at the Mucky Duck at 8.30pm, Dog in the Snow play at the Windmill at 10.30pm, and Chris Anderson plays in all three of his Crayola Lectern, La Momo and Zofff guises at the Black Dove over the course of the day.

Saturday daytime is all about Love Thy Neighbour’s Alt Escape gig downstairs at The Hope & Ruin for us. From 2.30pm there’s a run of Kub followed by Our Girl followed by TEEFF which you’ll be hard pressed to beat. Saturday night things get really busy at the festival so your best bet to avoid the queues is to get into a venue early and stay there. There are two great Brighton heavy line ups which we’ll be torn between – Over at the Old Market,  Blood Red Shoes headline with Tigercub and Marthgunn lower down the bill. Alternatively at Sticky Mike’s Magic Gang, Dream Wife, Abattoir Blues and Our Girl are all on the bill at Cannibal Hymns showcase. Also on our list (which has clashes everywhere) are LOM at the Prince Albert at 12.50pm, Bloom at Café Plenty at 1pm, Fable at Hotel Pelirocco at 2pm, Kudu Blue at 2.30pm upstairs at the Hope & Ruin, and The Big Moon at 11pm at Horatios. Saturday night is also Bleach’s last day ever. After the Great Escape festival they’re shutting their doors and closing the venue. Who knows what’ll happen to it – whether it’ll be a function room for the Hare & Hounds, or whether they’ll build it into more pub to be used on a daily basis, or hopefully it’ll come back as a new venue before long – but if you have fond memories of the place Saturday will be your last chance to say goodbye.

Guest Post : Bee Adamic’s Great Escape Picks

Now Europe’s most talked about showcase festival, is taking place in a matter of days in our fantastic city. The Great Escape Festival is seen as a ‘mecca for music lovers’. It’s baby sister the Alternative Great Escape will soon be eclipsing the main event.. with the 2016 lineup proving to be even stronger. One of the things I love about the alternative events, is not only are they in your standard live music venues, but you’ll also see them hosted in at your favourite bagel bar, vintage clothes shop or even courtyard. Here are my top 10 highlights for this year’s Alternative Escape: Continue reading

New Brighton Music

It’s been a while since we’ve done a New Music post, so here’s a round up of some of the things we think you should be listening to.

Two thirds of Dream Wife are from Brighton, but their third member Rakel Mjöll is from Iceland. Brighton’s been home to Icelandic musicians before – Emiliana Torrini lived here for a number of years – but she never rocked out like this. Dream Wife’s new release EP01 is out now on Cannibal Hymns, and this is the title track Hey Heartbreaker. The band play a late night set at Sticky Mike’s on 1st April at the new-ish Busy Doing Nothing night.

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New Brighton Music

Here’s a slightly belated new music blog post, catching up with a couple of weeks of tunes that have dropped into our inbox. Because we’re a bit behind we’ll split things into two, with another post tomorrow. Hopefully normal service will resume soon. Our first tune is the first track from Miamigo‘s new Hard To Love EP which is out now. Come of Age was apparently written about a girl from the suburbs chasing the American dream. Continue reading

New Brighton Music

Yet another rammed New Music post for you. I think this month is another record for the amount of new music that we’ve shared. The main focus for this week is around tracks released for Piano Day which took place on Sunday. Mount Bank, Adolescent, and Eva Bowan all put out tracks, and Bitbin released a whole EP for it:

Fickle Friends brand new single Could Be Wrong came out last Friday. It’s another three minutes of the catchy saccharine pop that they do so well:

It’s a good few weeks until the new Slytones single gets released. It’s the first track to come from their upcoming debut album due later this year – She Said She Came Up From The Sea comes out on 18th May just a few days after the band play at the Great Escape.

I get a lot of emails into the blog account about acts who aren’t from Brighton. Some take a bit of digging to realise this, some I work out a bit quicker. When I got a mail that seemed to be about Lionel Ritchie I almost binned it, until I saw that it was actually about Brighton’s own Larissa who’s currently touring with him. As well as sharing a stage with a legend (she’s onstage at the O2 as I type), she’s also put out her new single In Love Alone as a free download:

We posted up side A of Mitch Wade Cole‘s upcoming Electric Bath Duck EP in a new music post a fortnight ago. The flipside This Is When We is now up online to listen to and the whole EP comes out on Monday on Not Like That music:

We could mention that Fable takes on vocal duties on the new album from Orbital off-shoot Eight Fifty Eight alongside The Unthanks and Robert Smith from The Cure, but she’s got a track of her own to promote. Persuasion was co-written with James from The Freemasons (presumably the band, and not some bloke who works behind the bar at the pub on Western Road), and got it’s premier on PopJustice!

Sea Bed cropped up in last week’s new music roundup with a track from the upcoming Rosso EP. Here’s another track from the record – this is called Haunted:

Normanton Street have put up another video from one of the tracks from their Much Respect EP. No Drama is the second of a run of videos that the band are putting up this spring:

When Professor Elemental does Hip Hop rather than Chap Hop he drops the professor part of his name. For the new Elemental single he’s collaborated with Mr Simmonds from Seattle. Forget Me Lots is available to buy on bandcamp now and is taken from his upcoming album Dressed up to Fall Down.

Finally we’ve got the new video from Kings. The track’s called Thrones, and while it’s available now as a name -your-price download over on bandcamp it’ll also feature on the band’s upcoming EP.

 

New Music

When I sat down last night to put together this week’s new music post I didn’t think it would be quite as big as it has turned out, which is why it’s taken me an extra day to post it up. In the last eight days we’ve heard about a dozen new tunes that we need to share. Good work Brighton musicians!

First up is the new tune from The Fiction Aisle. Their first proper single will be with us at some point, but in the meantime the band have put up the mournful Soon Enough The Morning Comes:

We’ve written about a few of Salt Ashes previous singles, but none have sounded as dancefloor friendly or well produced as Raided:

Silence Myself is a marked change for Fable, whose previous releases have been much noisier and intimidating, where her latest offering is beatless with just a soft synth backing. You can catch Fable playing live at the Prince Albert on 18th March. supported by Fragile Creatures.

Monoman‘s beats have been augmented with the vocal talents of Molly Burbridge on his latest track Untouchable. Head over to Monoman’s Soundcloud page to hear another track they’ve recorded together called Orion.

Krak Krak, featuring ex Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster‘s drummer Rob Ling released their debut EP Burnt At The Stake yesterday on Sonic Anhedonic records. Here’s EP opener War on Us:

Bones is the new single from Object Object. In the band’s bio, they claim to be influenced by 80s New Wave and Fleetwood Mac, which you can hear coming through on the track:

Lion Bark are giving away their new track Amongst The Many as a free download over on their bandcamp page. If you’re a fan of guitar pop, then this is for you. Lion Bark headline the newly refurbished Hope & Ruin (formerly just The Hope) on 21st March.

Last friday Record / Start put out their debut single on Post/Pop records. Rock from Afar (featured here) is backed with Followay, and is available over on the Post/pop bandcamp page. Hopefully that’s just a typo on the price of the digital download though!

IYES cover of Beyonce’s Crazy in Love first appeared in December 2013, but it’s been given a new lease of life with a remix by Ben Pearce which turned up online last week:

Talking of remixes, earlier this year Moulettes put out their single Glorious Year. Champion Fever‘s remix wasn’t put out with the single, but he has shared it with us as a free download on bandcamp:

One more remix? How about Ambassadeurs reworking of Marvin Gaye‘s classic Let’s Get It On. Ambassadeurs is playing live this saturday at the Green Door Store, supported by Foreign Skin.

Rory Indiana‘s Empiricism EP came out last September but was promoted with other tracks at the time. This week the band, who are already in the studio hard at work on their next release, put up a video to the EP’s title track:

 

New Music – Tyrannosaurus Dead, Bar Stool Preachers, Mother of Billions, Will Mussett, Black Honey, Fable, Andrew Montgomery, Mindofalion

Here’s this week’s dose of new music for you all. We’re kicking things off with Tyrannosaurus Dead, who have a new split single coming out soon with Joanna Gruesome. Post Holiday Dead Song is out on 7″ on July 21st, and can be pre-ordered now via Odd Box Records.

Bar Stool Preachers are a new local ska punk band. Here’s the video for their debut release One Fool Down:

We can’t stop listening to the Mother of Billions we posted up last week. Where the original had a classy trip hop feel, the Arshaw Remix gives Universe a sexy house sheen:

News about Hurricane, the first single to be taken from Will Mussett‘s debut album, only reached us this evening. Here’s the lyric video for the track, taken from the record due later this year.

Black Honey‘s first track was also a new arrival in our inbox today. The band are already getting props from Royal Honey and The Wytches, which should be more than enough recommendation to get your ears around Sleep Forever

Fable is a new Brighton based singer songwriter, but don’t let the description pigeon hole her. At only 19 years old she’s already provided vocals for the upcoming Orbital album and now releases her first track I Speak Words

Back in the 90s, angelic voiced Andrew Montgomery was better known as lead singer of Geneva. Since then he’s been involved in a number of musical projects, but later this year releases his debut solo album. After the Storm is the album’s opener and a taste of what we can expect when Ruled By Dreams comes out on 5th October.

Our last track this week is Obstacle by Mindofalion. The single is out on July 18th, with a launch gig the following day at The Hope: