Kovak album news

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Next Monday Kovak release their long awaited second album Modern Lovers. It’s being released on 74 Records and features previous singles Radiate and Swing Song. It’s an unabashed all out pop record drawing influences from the likes of Blondie and Scissor Sisters. The album was actually recorded quite a while back but the band took a break between recording and releasing while lead singer Annelies had a baby. They’re now firmly back on the scene and heading for a dancefloor near you soon!

New Music

Another bumper New Music post for you all. We were out at gigs every night last week, so things have built up once again.

Our first track is by Heliopause, with I seem too cold (Faulty remix). Faulty is a night that Heliopause has been putting on at Brighton Digital Festival for the past few years and is taking place as I type at Fitzherberts. This is what happens when you spend your time going to gigs rather than writing blog posts.

Oslo Parks launch their debut single Twin on Thursday (2nd October) with a gig at the Green Door Store. Here’s a remix of the single from Germany’s VIMES:

Another demo from Black Honey surfaced last week. The Taste doesn’t offer any big surprises from their previous uploads – more widescreen American sounding rock’n’roll:

Swing Song is the new single from Kovak. It’s coming out on 20th October, and the launch party is going to be held at The Hope on 8th November:

Clash premiered the new video from Tyrannosaurus Dead last week. Local Bullies is taken from the band’s forthcoming album Flying Ant Day, which is available to pre-order now.

Momotaro have released a re-recorded version of their track Kite, which originally appeared on their album Second Side. It’s been released by German label Blue Dye and comes backed with a house remix by Deep Blast & Ricco Rizzo.

Red Shortbread is the debut track from Jack Watts. It was produced by Tim Bidwell (who’s worked with the likes of Jennifer Left and Cate Ferris), and the video was made by Create Studio’s Kenny McCracken:

Lilly is taken from The DuBarrys forthcoming self titled EP. Other than the name of the EP, and that one of the other tracks is the lovely, acoustic Undress Your Soul, details of the EP are rather sketchy and we can’t even find so much as a release date for it. More details as we hear of them:

Finally, we have Obelisk, a new video from Battery Operated Orchestra. Obelisk is taken from the album Incomplete Until Broken, which is available now on Bandcamp.

Weekend Gig Picks

Now that we’re done with the madness of May, things are getting back to normal in the world of Brighton gigs.

tigercubTigercub headline the Green Door Store on Thursday night, with support from Semper Teens, Animal Language and the Flash Gordons. Tickets are four pounds. Staying in the part of town, Ellekaye play at the North Laine pub.

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LNLThere are loads of great gigs on Friday night. Kovak top the bill at the Hope alongside Storms and Cat Fire Radio, and The Self Help Group are on at the Brunswick with Eliza Jaye, The Beautiful Word and Bella McKendree. Friday Night also sees some of Brighton’s regular nights with strong line ups – Late Night Lingerie at Sticky Mikes is headlined by Skirts with The Repeat Prescriptions also on the line up, and it’s also Les Enfants Terribles at the Blind Tiger, with Written in Waters, Spit Shake Sisters, Calico and Glossy Coat.

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WytchesSaturday is Kemptown Carnival. There are loads of bands on the bill, including Derriere, The Kalakuta Millionaires and Carnival Collective. The afterparty is at the Blind Tiger from 8pm and is headlined by Transformer. Up at the Hope, The Wytches are having their single launch party, and it’s free!

Kovak – Radiate

Kovak are back with another new single. Radiate comes out on 11th February, but you can watch the video for it now. It’s another slice of classic disco pop, hot on the heels of recent singles Killer Boots (which got playlisted on Radio 2 – not bad for an unsigned band) and Living The Dream. The band were holed up in a studio in Spain at the end of last year to record their album, which is due to hit the shops this spring.

Brighton Music Blog Advent Calendar / Day 9 / Kovak

Today we applaud Brighton’s poppermost band – Kovak. Despite being unsigned, both their singles this year – Killer Boots and Living The Dream – got airplay on the BBC, on Radio 2 and 6Music. They’ve just come back to the UK after recording their new album in Spain – keep your eyes peeled for that next year!

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Kovak / Living The Dream

Kovak come over all ABBA crossed with Blondie on their new single Living The Dream. It came out on monday, but the video dropped today and is being featured over on Vevo – another coup for the unsigned band. After getting playlisted on radio 2 for their last single Killer Boots, they’ve now all over Vevo (owned and run by the major labels as a way of showing off what they’ve got to offer). The fantastic looking video features footage shot in  the Pavilion – not something they let just anyone do!

The band are currently holed away in the studio recording their new album with Andy Gray (who’s worked with Hard Fi, Paul Oakenfold, Gary Numan and Enter Shikari), but will be coming out to play this weekend for Playgroup festival.

You can buy Living The Dream on iTunes

Kovak – Killer Boots

I casually slipped the video for the new Kovak single into a post about them heading off to NXNE a week or so ago, but now that it’s out, it deserves a post of it’s own, because it’s doing so well – It’s been playlisted on Radio 2. Not bad for a band who are unsigned – a situation which I’m sure won’t last long.

As well as the band themselves being from Brighton, the video is shot partially in the Green Door Store, the suits are from Gresham Blake and the shoes are from Irregular Choice. Good to see them keeping things local!

The single is out digitally now – buy from iTunes here.

Kovak and Heliopause at NXNE

Congratulation to Kovak and Heliopause, who are representing Brighton at this year’s NXNE festival in Toronto. This might not sound like a big deal, but there are only ten bands from the UK out of the 780 who are playing (and here’s something for the people from The Great Escape to think about – about half the bands playing are from Toronto)

Heliopause are performing here:

14th June – 10pm Czehoski

15th June – 4:15pm Six2Seven

15th June – 10pm Cameron House

Kovak are performing here:

15th June – 10:00pm El Mocambo

16th June – 7:00pm The Mod Club

Hope it all goes fantastically!

Sweet Sweet Lies Christmas gig at the Haunt

When is a headliner not a headliner?

For the gig I went to this evening, the answer could be that the listed band were on early, at  8.30pm. Or it could be that all three bands on the bill could easily be headliners in their own right. I’m quite sure I’ve probably seen all three of these bands headlining their own gigs over the past couple of years. The gig itself was only a fiver – which would be a bargain to see any of these bands, let alone all three, but it wasn’t until I arrived that I realised that also included a shot of Tuaca in the bargain too. Bonus!

First up were Kovak, on criminally early at 7.30. But what a great way to start – they’ve honed their electro pop over many gigs in Brighton over the past few years, and now know exactly how to get things warmed up. They even threw in their cover of Atomic which they’ve been playing the last few times I’ve seen them.

 

Next up were the band billed as headliners – Sweet Sweet Lies. After a few technical hitches with the keyboards, they kicked off their classic brand of guitar led pop. They’ve been secretly working hard since the last time I saw them a couple of years ago, and now everything seems even more polished and professional than ever. Like Kovak, if things go their way, they could be headed for big things.

 

Finally, we had Mean Poppa Lean. It’s impossible not to like Mean Poppa Lean. Even if you don’t like funk, you can’t help but be seduced by their silliness, their outfits, and the fact that they’re just a great band. So it’s best just to join them in their fun. It only took them a couple of songs before pretty much the whole band were just stripped down to their crazy home made pantaloons / boxer shorts. And that’s probably why they were put on last!