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)

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Kitfest gallery – Fujiya & Miyagi, Alice Russell & TM Juke, The Miserable Rich and Gloria Cycles

Yesterday a charity concert was held at St George’s Church in Kemptown for the Kit Tarka Foundation, MC’ed by David Shrigley, with Fujiya & Miyagi and Alice Russell & TM Juke at the top of the bill, and Gloria Cycles and The Miserable Rich reforming especially for the event. The Kit Tarka Foundation was set up around a year ago following the tragic early death of The Miserable Rich lead singer James de Maplequet’s baby son, and the evening wasn’t without it’s emotional moments, but the evening was a celebration for what would have been Kit’s first birthday. Our words can’t do the event justice, but hopefully our pictures can go some way there. Click through for larger versions:

 

September Gig Preview

It’s the third of September, which means we’re overdue for our September gig preview post.

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The big gig to mention this month though is Kitfest, taking place at St George’s Church on Saturday 15th September. It’s in aid of the Kit Tarka Foundation, a charity set up by The Miserable Rich lead singer James De Malplaquet following the sad early passing of his son at just thirteen days old. The Miserable Rich have been on hiatus for a few years but are reforming for the concert which sees Fujiya & Miyagi (playing their only Brighton gig of the year) and Alice Russell & TM Juke at the top of the bill for the evening, which will be MCed by David Shrigley. Gloria Cycles are also reforming for the night – newcomers to Brighton might know the name from the vintage sign in the Basketmakers, but Gloria Cycles was also the name of one of the city’s top bands around ten years ago – alongside Jess Bishop, We Bop Choir and 1BTN DJs.

a0345127217_10Before then though, there’s Yumi & The Weather’s album launch, taking place is this Friday at Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar. Keep your eyes peeled on the blog later this week for our next post which should also be Yumi & The Weather related. Also on Friday, Bloom make a live return headlining Femrock at the Green Door Store.

Black Honey release their debut album this month too. They’re off on tour to promote it and play the Concorde in October but if you can’t wait until then you can pre-order the album from Resident and get a pass to their instore at Resident on Friday 21st. if you were looking for something to do after that, then I’d point you in the direction of Sticky Mike’s for the launch of CLT DRP’s new single. The following night – Saturday 22nd September – there’s another album launch. Man Ray Sky are celebrating their second long player with a gig at Sticky Mike’s.

After a summer of festivals, The Magic Gang are finally doing an extensive tour to promote their debut album. They played a handful of dates when the album came out earlier this year, but 2018’s only Brighton gig so far has been a packed out Great Escape slot. You can catch them at Concorde 2 on Tuesday 25th September.

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.

New Brighton Music

Here’s this week’s new music roundup, just in time for Easter, and with two of Brighton’s biggest bands with brand new releases. New first of these is The Go! Team who shared the video for their new single The Only Thing New is U Finding Out About It. Previously only available as a bonus track on the Japanese version of Semicircle, it’s now out as a single for the rest of the world:
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November / December gig preview

For this month’s gig preview post we’re actually going to cover November and December. Generally there aren’t as many gigs in December, and we’re normally distracted with end of year stuff on the blog, so it’s seems appropriate to cover two months in one post now. Continue reading