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
It’s been a few weeks since our last New Music post, and we were playing catchup with that one, so there’s a lot of ground to cover. Here’s a selection of our favourite tunes that have come to our attention in the last couple of weeks.
First up is Our Girl with their debut single Sleeper, the coolest four minutes of guitar music we’ve heard in a while:
Later tonight we’ll be bring you our Great Escape / Alternative Escape preview with our pick of Brighton bands to look out for later this week. Before then though, here’s our regular new music roundup.
First up is Momotaro with a video taken from one of the tracks from their new Highest EP. Featuring lots of lips, and made by their regular live visuals collaborator, here’s Orchids:
Slum of Legs new single has been put out by Brighton based DIY feminist label Riots not Diets. In their own words, Doll Like is “a call to action. A battle against oppression. A fight for gender identity and acceptance. When all seems shallow, set in stone and unintelligible, we decode the answer: ‘I am doll like, I will make this my show’.”
Mitch Wade Cole‘s Electric Duck EP came out last month, and now some remixes have appeared from the second track This Is When We:
Hot on the heels from a show at The Gladstone where they were turning people away at the door, here’s the new King Porter Stomp track This Way, which also happens to be a free download over on their bandcamp page. If this floats your boat or you were one of the disappointed people at the Gladstone last saturday night you can catch them again at the Green Door Store supported by Normanton Street on 18th June.
BirdEatsBaby‘s new single is a cover of the Muse track Muscle Museum. It’s out two weeks today on 25th May with a launch party this Friday up in London.
Web Spin Time is the first taster of Son Belly‘s new album You Still Do As You’re Told, which is available to pre-order on Bandcamp. The whole album will be out next week on limited cd and download.
Here’s the new single from Oslo Parks. Fiction comes out on X Novo records on 8th June.
Finishing up this week’s roundup is the new single from Aniseed Treats. Silhouette is the follow up to Glue which came out earlier this year.
The flow of new music has slowed recently, as it always does this time of year. The blogs are otherwise occupied with end of year lists (ours will be coming soon), but there’s still a few bits and pieces out there to tell you about.
King Porter Stomp‘s new single Warning, which features the talents of reggae legend Prince Fatty came out last week on Feet Up records on 10″ and download. It’s backed with a Dub remix by dub producer Nick Manasseh.
Yesterday saw the release of GAPS new single She Bears a Flower. We posted up the video for the single back in October, so we won’t repeat ourselves. Instead what we have for you is the b-side We Are Here – the most ambient thing we’ve heard from the band so far:
Finally, now it’s December it was inevitable that there would be some Christmas music coming. Random Acts of Vinyl have put out a four track 10″ EP with their bands each penning an original festive tune. We’ve got the audio of Fire Eyes‘ O Falling Snow below and the EP also has contributions from Beat Hotel, The Delta Bell and Palm Springs. Details of how you can get hold of the EP will be in the next blog we put up later this evening.
We’re currently in the middle of an extra long weekend, so we thought we’d celebrate by posting up an extra long New Music Post for you all.
First up, Fujiya & Miyagi have posted a video for their new single Flaws, taken from their upcoming album Artificial Sweeteners. Tickets are selling fast for the album launch at the Haunt on 6th June:
Blood Red Shoes have also posted up another video for one of the tracks from their new album. Speech Coma is a rather bloody and dark black & white affair, probably not one to watch if you’ve just had your breakfast. The band pay a hometown gig at the Concorde this friday which we’re really excited about:
Eagles for Hands have a new single out called Handprints. They’re back to dancier territory after their collaboration with Sivu that we posted last month and we like it a lot – bright percussion, chopped up vocals and a housey piano line that ties it all together. Nice and cheap on iTunes at the moment too.
Sticking with house music, Aashton features on a new EP being put out by Sccucci Manucci next month. The Nine Bows EP will be out on double 12″ on 9th May and kicks off with Aashton’s track I Can’t Shake It:
Fear of Men have posted up a couple of tracks as a taster for their debut album which gets released tomorrow. Since we got the promo, Loom hasn’t left our stereo, and The Line of Best Fit have just given it a 9/10 review. Descent is going to be the second single from the album, but there’s no details of a release date just yet because first single Luna got held up at the press because of Record Store Day.
King Porter Stomp have a new single out, available right now as a name your price download from Bandcamp. There are two links to share in addition to the video for Still Running – There’s the link which gives you the single, the instrumental and the acapella, and there’s a remix package too.
Cleff released their debut EP last week. The six track EP is callsed Listen In and is out now via iTunes. Here’s EP opener Big Ideas:
Last, but by no means least, is a new video from Adolescent. Golden Halls Part Two is taken from his upcoming Golden Halls EP which is out on May 12th on KLDSCP, with a launch party taking place on the same day at the Green Door Store.
There’s always a lot of great music to see in Brighton, which makes it easy to write this weekly feature. This weekend it’s even easier because some of our favourite bands are playing.
On Thursday night Kins headline The Hope playing a hometown show with their tour for their new single Aimless. Support comes from Francis Lung and The Hundredth Anniversary.
Friday Night is this month’s Source New Music featuring this month’s Source cover stars and Brighton Music Blog favourites IYES, who have just released their debut single ‘Til Infinity. Support comes from two other bands that we’re big fans of – Momotaro, and Luo, who will be joined onstage by members of Physics House Band.
There’s a couple of gigs on Saturday which caught our eye – Dizraeli and the Small Gods are playing at The Haunt supported by Le Juki, with an afterparty taking place at the Fortune of War. Meanwhile, The Blind Tiger plays host to King Porter Stomp, alongside The Allergies and Town of Cats.
May’s a funny months for gigs. One one hand it’s quite possibly the best month in the year – The Great Escape comes to town and there’s so much going on for Brighton Festival and Fringe. But on the other hand there are so many distractions that a lot of bands lay low until there’s a chance that they’ll be heard. So even though this weekend is a Bank Holiday, things are starting to look a little bit thin on the ground.
On Thursday night Rich from Heliopause is putting on a gig at the Hope. His own band and Ingrid Plum act as support from Canadian Ingrid Gatin. Meanwhile, at Sticky Mike’s, BrightonsFinest are putting on Fragile Creatures.
Be Nothing promotions are celebrating their second birthday on Friday night at the Blind Tiger. There are five bands on the bill headlined by Girl Band, with local representation from Tourist and Adolescent.
Our pick for Saturday night is another gig at the Blind Tiger – Brighton’s King Porter Stomp are joining forces with Bristol’s First Degree Burns for what promises to be a fantastic ska / hip hop collaboration.
Reading the PR blurb the I got sent with the album I was expecting a ska / reggae record, but Shuffle is much more than that. If anything, it’s more a hip hop record, with a predominantly reggae backing. Or maybe it’s a funk album. Who knows. Screw genres. Let’s just say that it’s a great party album.
A great album leaves you wanting when it ends, and you know what I want? To go to one of King Porter Stomp’s parties.
The band are having a launch party for the album on 15th September at The Old Market, and the album is out now on Comm:UNITY Sounds.
We’ve come across a few videos in the past week or so which I thought I’d share. First up is Dear Michael by Fragile Creatures, which we wrote about back in June. They’ve finally got a video to go with their debut single. Next up is House of Hats with their next single Rivers Will Run. We interviewed them about their previous animated video not long ago. Then we’ve got the video for the new King Porter Stomp single which is out on Monday. Finally, we’ve got a new offering from King of Cats. We meant to write about his cassette that came out on Reeks of Effort a little while ago, but somehow got a bit distracted:
Fragile Creatures – Dear Michael
House of Hats – Rivers Will Run
King Porter Stomp – The Shuffle
King of Cats – Swelling Up