the Cable Club is a Brighton institution, putting on low-key small scale gigs for well over a decade. Brighton music blog attended its latest outing at the Prince Albert pub, to see three new acts we’d not seen before. First up … Continue reading →
When I wrote about The Galleons a few weeks ago after they played at the Brighton Folk night at The Brunswick, they were just waiting for their album to come back from being pressed. Now it’s arrived and ready to be heard by the world.
The Galleons eponymous debut long player is a warm, gentle folk-pop excursion. Over the course of a dozen tracks Ben Brockett and Beth Chesser harmonise and swap melodies over electric and acoustic guitars and pianos, reminiscent of Tunng but without the quirky electronica. Opener “The Eagles on your Eyelids” is one of the best showcases for Viktoria Mutore’s piano, which runs throughout the album, setting their sound apart from so many folk bands who stick to guitars.
The whole band play on all of the tracks, and I can’t help thinking that perhaps every now and then a more minimal stripped approach might have helped, giving a less-is-more quality to some songs, and giving the whole album a bit more colour.
This is a minor gripe though, and there is variety across the tracks, from jaunty up beat numbers like The Lion’s Den and Happy as a Lamb, to quieter tracks like The Moon & The Gate and closer Seven Hours. If you want to hear more, their next gig is at The Hydrant on Wednesday 14th March. There’s a taster of a few of the tracks on their website, where you can also buy the album.
Every third Sunday of the month, Brighton Folk is held, at the Brunswick pub. It’s been running for a few years now and is a pretty established part of the Brighton music scene. Last night, two local acts were on the bill – The Galleons and Peanut Albinos. The evening started off, as ever, with Amy Hill playing a few of her own folk songs.
The Galleons reminded me a lot of Tunng – they were quite folky with occasional time signature changes, and the interplay between vocalists Ben and Beth hark at their sound too, sometimes harmonising and other times swapping melodies. Six people on stage was quite a squeeze, especially with the bassist swapping between conventional electric bass and a futuristic looking upright electric bass. Still, they managed a lot better than last time I saw them, when they were shoehorned into a tiny corner at the Constant Service in Hanover. With that bit more space, they managed a bigger sound, one which will hopefully be brought to life even more when their new album hits the shelves in a few weeks time
Peanut Albinos might have been playing in the side room at a pub in Hove, but when you closed your eyes, you might as well have been in a whiskey bar in America. Actually, if you ignored the rest of the pub and just looked at the stage, you could easily imagine the same. Sonically, it’s as if Tom Waits were fronting an stateside version of The Pogues. It’s music to get drunk, dance and sing along to. They brought their own crowd along, but they didn’t need to – even without them there, they would have raised the roof.