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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New Brighton Music

Here’s this week’s New Music Roundup. We’re kicking things off with When She Flashes Her Smile at Me by Inwards. It’s taken from their forthcoming album Diesel which comes out on 27th April on Small Pond:

Jumanji headline the Haunt tomorrow night, playing the local date of their tour supporting their debut EP For Now which came out last Friday:

Next up is Heirloom with their new track Femme. You can catch them supporting Demob Happy this Saturday at The Haunt:

Ethan Barton is a songwriter originally from Devon but is now studying in Brighton. He released his More Happier EP in January, but didn’t promote it at the time and is now trying to get it out there, and we’re happy to oblige:

Luvia‘s debut single For You was released last Friday on My Little Empire records. If you’re going to the Great Escape then there’s a high chance of catching her – it seems that she’s playing at least three gigs over the weekend.

Scab Hand have a new EP out. Sparse Anatomy was released last week and was produced by Marc R Norris from Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster. Here’s EP opener Turkey:

Also out last Friday was Elaina Bel‘s new release So Far:

Tim Woodbridge got in touch with us at the end of last month to tell us about his upcoming single. It’s called Outside and is out now:

Sit Down released their Cheap Luxe EP at the end of March. Here’s opener Mothership. The next chance to catch Sit Down in Brighton will be at Bad Pond Festival at the end of this month:

Black Peaks single Can’t Sleep came out a few weeks ago, but we’ve been a bit slow off the mark. Sorry guys. They’re off on tour soon, but with no Brighton date announced. They’re playing plenty of festivals over the summer though, and who knows what else is left to be announced:

Wine Days is the new single from Sweetmates which came out on 23rd March. The band are playing at the Walrus on Thursday 12th as part of the Brighton Girl Fundraiser:

Swoon release their new EP Fun Police on One Inch Badge records on 30th May. The video for the lead track is out now:

No Feathers invited us along to their single launch last week but unfortunately we couldn’t make it. Instead, the best we can do is share the single, FRD BOI, here:
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Breathe Panel released their new track Carmine recently. The band have an album coming in July on Fatcat Records which you can probably hear some of live when they play at the Spectrum Record Store Day gig at the Dome on 21st April:

Peace in Protest put out their debut single Backwards on 15th March. Their next gig is supporting Dove House at their EP launch at Sticky Mike’s on 18th April
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Last, but by no means least we have Zofff who have put out their third album fff, continuing the psychedelic journey of their first two records. Live dates are in the pipeline, but nothing has been announced yet.

New Brighton Music

Here’s this week’s new music roundup, starting off quiet, and getting noisier as we go along.

First up is La Lune, whose Bliss EP is every bit as lovely as the name suggests. Here’s EP opener He Breathes Colour When I Feel So Grey:
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August Gig Previews

A few days later than anticipated (aren’t we always apologising for late posts?) here’s a few of the gigs happening around town in August.

joker sFirst up is a series of gigs at the Joker called “Wanna Hang?”. They’re taking place every Tuesday in August (so there’s been one already and the next is tomorrow night). The future gigs see headlines from Breathe Panel, The New Tusk and Beachtape, but there’s four bands on each night. Tickets are only a mere three pounds which strikes us as a bargain.

Next Sunday is what’s probably Brighton Music Blog faves grasshopper‘s last gig for a while. They’re on the bill with Murder Boys and Strange Cages at The Prince Albert.

The following night (Monday 14th August), Brighton Noise are also putting on a night at the Prince Albert. It’s headlined by 80’s Matchbox B-line disaster spin-off Piano Wire, and also has T House from Charlottefield / Sweet Williams on the line up, but we’re most interested in this gig because it’s the debut performance from Black Bunny, Thomas White’s new band. Continue reading