New Music – IYES, Grasshopper, Hella Better Dancer

Less than ten days to go before Christmas and there’s still new music popping up for us to share with you.

First up is IYES who have responded to the release this weekend’s surprise release of a new Beyonce album by putting up their cover of Crazy in Love.It starts off threatening to be a slow piano ballad, but then 45 seconds in takes a turn a brings in glitchy drums and slowed down vocals – Much more imaginative that your normal cover:

Hella Better Dancer have a new video up. Sleeptalking originally came out in November (but somehow we missed it at the time), but the video is just up on Youtube this week. The single is available on 7″ or as download via Soundcloud.

Finally Grasshopper have new EP out. You can pick up a copy of the post-punk sounding Circle Time from Resident, or take a listen on Soundcloud.

Hidden Trail Records album launch

Last night we attended the Hidden Trail Records album launch for their new compilation ‘Hidden Brighton’. The launch gig at the Palmeira pub featured four stellar acts from amongst those who donated their time and efforts to the new charity compilation. Headlining were Brighton’s own Fairport Mac / Fleetwood Convention, The Self Help Group. They were ably supported by the electric Hella Better Dancer, folk-chanteuse Ellie Ford and the Americana slide-riding twang of Kokopelli.

The new album is in local record shops now and is an excellent selection of new local bands with not a bad track amongst them. It’s well worth the money, which will help support local charity Grace Eyre, helping people with learning difficulties.

You can listen to it and buy it on-line here via bandcamp.

The Self Help Group

Self Help Group at the Hidden Brighton album launch at the Palmeira Pub in Hove

The Self Help Group

Self Help Group

Hella Better Dancer

Hella Better Dancer

Ellie Ford

Ellie Ford

Kokopelli

Kokopelli

All photographs by Jon Southcoasting.

Weekend Gig Pick – Hidden Trail Records album launch

Normally around this time of week we post up our recommendations for the forthcoming weekend’s gigs. This week we’ve picked out just one for your attention, which is also an album launch for a new compilation which features some great Brighton bands.

HTR Album Launch Poster - FinalHidden Brighton is a new compilation from our friends over at Hidden Trail – the label associated with the Some Of It Is True blog. It’s being launched with a gig on Friday Night at the Palmeira with three of the bands who contributed to the compilation playing live. The Self Help Group, Hella Better Dancer and Ellie Ford will be performing, and the album also features contributions from Kill Moon, The Raving Beauties, The Standard Lamps, The Hundredth Anniversary, tiNhearT, Flash Bang Band, Woodland Blue, Kokopelli and Us Baby Bear Bones. Proceeds from the album will go towards charity Grace Eyre, who support local children with learning difficulties, and all acts have donated their tracks free of charge. Tickets for the gig will be available on the door or in advance from the venue or Resident Records.