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.

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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

 

The Great Escape Festival Preview

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It’s nearly that time again. Next weekend, the Great Escape rolls into town again, turning everywhere that you could fit a stage, and a lot of places where you can’t imagine a stage normally, into venues for a few days. We’re not going to go through the whole line up – first of all there are literally hundreds of bands playing, but also most of them aren’t from Brighton. Also, a lot of the good local stuff happens as part of the Alt Escape. What we’ve done instead is compiled a list of what we think is every Brighton band who are playing as part of the main festival, and asked a few of our favourite bands for their recommendations for the weekend. We’ve also got a list of what we believe is all the facebook events set up for Alt Escape gigs, which will provide you with a lot more information than you’ll get from anywhere else.

AK/DK (The Arch, 8pm Saturday + Fortune of War, 8.30pm Friday)
Tshegue – a Congolese / Parisian act that bring a brilliant Afro-electro post punk show, awesome!

La Lune (North Laine, 12:15 Saturday + Beyond Retro, 1:50pm Friday + Jubilee Square, 8pm Saturday)
My tips would be RYD, The Yellow Bellies, Amelia Caesar, and Currls.

LibraLibra (North Laine Brewery, Saturday 10pm + Brighton Electric Alt Escape Afterparty)
I just saw Idles at Liverpool sound city and they blew me away the performance was electric and there was this fierce buzz from the crowd, I couldn’t take my eyes off them.
Slugabed is also playing with his full live band and that’s an experience in itself, definitely check that out!
Black Futures – I am desperate to go to one of their shows, it’s fully Immersive and engages the audience – they sound huge!

Yumi & The Weather (Café Plenty, 8pm Thursday, White Rabbit 5.30 Saturday)
Hey Buddy, Alabaster dePlume, LU’AMI, Jouis, Cousin Kula, Bloom, Family Fiction, 47 Soul, Kaamal Williams, Ross From Friends, Slugabed, AK/DK, Sons of Kemet, Puppy, Yussef Dayes, Libralibra

Dark Horses (Hope & Ruin, 5.30 Thursday)
Say Sue Me and Deep Throat Choir

Frost (Marlborough, 7.45 Friday, Johanna Bramli solo sets Seven Stars 5pm Thursday as well as part of the Rose Hill’s Fake Escape)
Alice Boman, AKDK, Drahla, Jimothy Lacoste, Lisa Morgenstern, Men I Trust

Brighton Bands at the Great Escape:

Thursday:
Scuffle / Walrus / 13:00
Orchards / Hope & Ruin / 15:15
Noble Jacks / Jubilee Square / 16:00
Grace Carter / Sallis Benney / 21:30
Underwater Boys / Patterns Upstairs / 22:00

Friday:
Grace Carter / Beach Club / 18:00
Fine Creatures / The Hope & Ruin / 20:45
Underwater Boys / Green Door Store / 21:15
Maisie Peters / Unitarian Church / 21:30

Saturday:
Breathe Panel / One Church / 14:15
White Room / Prince Albert / 14:40
Fur / Beach Club / 17:30
Demob Happy / Beach Club / 18:30
Gender Roles / Sticky Mike’s / 19:30
La Lune / Jubilee Square / 20:00
AKDK / The Arch / 20:00
Hungry Joe / Green Door Store / 20:15
The Magic Gang / Beach Club / 20:30
The Go! Team / Beach Club / 21:45
Scuffle / Latest / 21:45
Lucy Barat / Hope & Ruin / 22:45

Alt Escape gigs (at least the ones that we know about):
Thursday:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1453689638069309/
https://www.facebook.com/events/864800190389318/
https://www.facebook.com/events/169609673727417/
https://www.facebook.com/events/1683189081723972/
https://www.facebook.com/events/1774018765951577/
https://www.facebook.com/events/155049268380059/
https://www.facebook.com/events/198659490741798/
https://www.facebook.com/events/794408047411431/
https://www.facebook.com/events/235263460383150/
https://www.facebook.com/events/202842330341062/
https://www.facebook.com/events/157498285090881/

Friday:
https://www.facebook.com/events/107050373462966/
https://www.facebook.com/events/131305364303885/
https://www.facebook.com/events/223989338152717/
https://www.facebook.com/events/613313565667774/
https://www.facebook.com/events/1777660202290696/
https://www.facebook.com/events/619373178396301/
https://www.facebook.com/events/1950840015211848/
https://www.facebook.com/events/1559882837414455/
https://www.facebook.com/events/751647691709071/
https://www.facebook.com/events/1667837779944366/
https://www.facebook.com/events/2117646471788950/
https://www.facebook.com/events/220473228722787/
https://www.facebook.com/events/438926903216057/
https://www.facebook.com/events/166237770717915/

Saturday:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1825025127802591/
https://www.facebook.com/events/229731457585767/
https://www.facebook.com/events/386368818502955/
https://www.facebook.com/events/121302828733190/
https://www.facebook.com/events/788538448002393/
https://www.facebook.com/events/197506027642482/
https://www.facebook.com/events/225476091341229/
https://www.facebook.com/events/245452679361458/
https://www.facebook.com/events/197414127679007/
https://www.facebook.com/events/1679538698805868/
https://www.facebook.com/events/185092965633332/
https://www.facebook.com/events/344476772739657/
https://www.facebook.com/events/182392552483349/