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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October Gig Previews

October already. How time flies. We’re not quite as prompt as we would have liked with this month’s gig previews post – if we were we might have tipped the Platform B FM licence launch at the Green Door Store last night. Instead though we’ll kick off with a gig that’s been mentioned before tomorrow night.

Untitled (12)sMatters by Fröst came out last Friday and was named Resident’s album of the day . They’ve also made the launch gig their gig of the week too, so you don’t have to just take our word for it. It takes place at the Prince Albert, with support from Spill Gold.

There’s another album launch taking place next Wednesday too. The Haunt sees the return of 12 Stone Toddler and marks the release of their new album Idiolalia.

Our next tip takes place on 12th October at Brighton Electric. According to what we’ve read, there will be “a FREE induction course presented by myself – special guest speaker & founder of the Temple of B, Ronald K. Moiste. Ronald will be promoting a radical new book: Skin and Bone, a chronicle of his journey into finding B and how she helped me find myself and de-calcify my pineal gland (and liver)”. What we believe is actually taking place is the launch party for Sking & Bone, the new single from Libra Libra, with support from Inwards and Battery Operated Orchestra, although there’s only one way to find out.

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One of the big releases last month was Black Honey‘s debut album. They head off on tour across the UK and Europe, playing Concorde 2 on Sun 14th October.

Wild Cat Strike‘s debut album comes out this Friday on Small Pond, but they’re waiting until Monday 15th October for the launch, which will take place at Pop Up Brighton (down near the i360). Support comes from Good Guy Clarence, I Feel Fine and Elliot Tatler.

41606980_685067261856493_1753955113430417408_oIt seems to be a month of plugging launch parties in this gig preview’s post. Here’s another – Lazybones launch their new single Heart Beat Like A Drum at Green Door Store on Wednesday 17th October. Also on the bill are Sit Down, Big and the Fat and Swoon.

Finally, the last we’ve got to mention is Our Girl, who are spending most of October on tour. They play a hometown gig at The Haunt on Friday 26th with Breathe Panel supporting.

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

New Brighton Music

Here’s this week’s New Music roundup, kicking off with two acts who have albums out imminently, so look out for them.

Artist: The Daniel Wakeford Experience
Track Name: Pub Nights to the British Holidays
Taken From: That’s How I See It album
Release Date: single out now, album out 28th September
Next Gig: Saturday 24th November at The Haunt (although if you’ve pre-ordered the album from their website, you may be in with a chance of attending the private launch on the i360 in a couple of weeks)https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/5IvHpLW6NmFV11g7ELKHS0

Artist: Fröst
Track Name: Black Mountain
Taken From: Matters album
Release Date: single out now, album coming out 28th September
Next Gig: Wednesday 3rd October at the Prince Albert
https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/4uRyZoP4IdkaoMLv3OCN2q

Artist: Tuval
Track Name: Breathe
Taken From: Breathe single
Release Date: 31st August 2018

Artist: Pascagoula
Track Name: Let it Come Down
Taken From: The Path / The Cross / The Aftermath album
Release Date: launch 16/9
Next Gig: album launch Sunday 16th September at Pipeline

Artist: Distant Animals
Track Name: Lines Made by Walking
Taken From: Lines
Release Date: out now

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.

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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.

Brighton Rocks #18 : Fröst

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Who are the your favourite local bands?
Jo: Electrelane, Gazelle Twin (not technically Brighton anymore…), Grasshopper, Merlin Tonto, AK/DK, I Am Ampersand…
Steve: All the above plus Pete Fij & Terry Bickers, Transformer and Jamal & Alaa

What’s the best venue?
Jo: The Prince Albert – it’s intimate and feels super special. The Dome has got to be up there too. I also love going to The Rosehill – Kassia and Jules have created a real hub.
Steve: I’ve also seen some great gigs in the Green Door Store recently.

What’s the best rehearsal space / studio?
Jo: Brighton Electric. Most of the time we rehearse in my little studio room at home though.
Steve: Ooosh Tours in Portslade has a great rehearsal space. For recording, Church Road Studios in Hove is excellent.

What’s the best club?
Jo: With a bunch of friends we’ve recently started a film club which involves lots of wine drinking, swimming in the sea, and talking about great films. My kind of club these days…!

What’s the best record shop?
Jo: Resident
Steve: I also like Mr Bongo

Where’s the best places to eat?
Jo: Cin Cin on Vine Street is a current favourite. Carlito Burrito, Fatto a Mano, Murasaki, Plateau, Kitgum Kitchen, Baby Boa at The Pond are always good options and The Set for a special occasion. Belgian Chips on St James are amazing with all the Belgian sauces just like back home.
Steve: I love the Chilli Pickle

What’s the best pub?
Steve: I normally drink in the Reservoir or the Village in Hanover these days, but I like the Battle of Trafalgar when I’m in town.
Jo: The Great Eastern

Who’s your favourite Brighton celebrity?
Jo: Matt King aka Super Hans and Nick Cave obviously.
Steve: Steve Coogan

What’s the best thing about Brighton?
Jo: being so close to the Downs, the cliffs, the sea; so easily connected to the rest of the world via Gatwick; and on top of that being a place of open mindedness, creativity and a green dot in the sea of blue.
Steve: Brighton & Hove Albion and the music scene of course

When was the last time you had any Brighton Rock?
Jo: don’t think I’ve ever had one…
Steve: Not sure I have either. I had some Southend rock when I was a kid.

Record Still Spinning by Fröst is out now. It will appear on the album Matters, due out on 28th September on Lost Room records

New Brighton Music

Here’s another dose of new music for you, the usual mix of styles that shows that anything goes in Brighton, which kicks off with a new favourite round here, the Stereolab-esque Record Still Spinning by Fröst

Artist: Fröst
Track Name: Record Still Spinning
Taken From: Record Still Spinning single
Release Date: 13/07/2018
https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/7ECoJSurnRLankn2IbgCbh

Artist: Twilight Driving
Track Name: Between The Sheets
Taken From: Between The Sheets
Release Date: 06/07/2018

Artist: DITZ
Track Name: Seeking Arrangement
Taken From: Seeking Arrangement single
Release Date: 10/07/2018
https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/1nAIwznDQrAIakp7x51Edy

Artist: Cockwomble
Track Name: Henchmen
Taken From: Henchmen EP
Release Date: 27/07/2018
Next Gig: debut gig on Sunday 29/7/18 at the Rise fundraiser at the Cowley Club

Artist: Hatful of Rain
Track Name: Start Again
Taken From: Songs of the Lost and Found
Release Date: 10/07/2018