January 2018 gig previews

After posting our 2017 reflections in our top 25 over the past few weeks the time has come to look forward again. Here’s our January 2018 gig preview post.

GDS 7First up is a band who were in the top five of our end of year list. Fresh from supporting Fujiya & Miyagi on their UK tour in December, grasshopper are headlining their own gig at the Green Door Store on 3rd January, supported by Red Deer People and Olm.

Talking of the Green Door Store, they’re holding their 7th Birthday Bash on Saturday 6th January. There’s a couple of Brighton bands on the bill (Desire and Guru), but the whole night looks great to us with Crows, Hotel Lux, Madonnatron and Lice also playing.

Wednesday 10th January is the first of new night at Sticky Mike’s called Support Your Local Girl Gang. It’s been started by Rixson Music after reading a report in the Guardian which said that 69% of gig sin the UK were made up of only male musicians. The first night features Strange Girl, MOMAC, IBI, and Ann Leigh Stainton. If you can’t make it, then the next Support Your Local Girl Gang will be on 14th February.

On the Friday of that week (12th January), Acid Box Promotions put on their first gig of the year at the Hope & Ruin – Projector are headlining and support comes from Strange Cages, Gaygirl and Sit Down.

The following week see’s two of Brighton’s biggest rising stars playing headline shows – Yonaka play at the Green Door Store on Wednesday 17th January, and then on Friday night (19th January) Tigercub play the Concorde 2 supported by Our Girl, Glum and Sick Joy.

Triptych

Then, in the last week of January Love Thy Neighbour hold their second Triptych mini-festival at the Hope & Ruin. The concept is the same as last year – three bands on three nights, showcasing family and friends of the label – some bands who’ve released music on Love Thy Neighbour and others hand picked by label boss Andy Rossiter. Additionally, each night also has a very limited lathe cut vinyl release featuring the three bands playing. Triptych 1 on Thursday 25th January features The Hundredth Anniversary, Penelope Isles and Prince Vaseline, Triptych 2 on Friday 26th January sees Dark Horses, Projector and Circe playing, and Triptych 3 on Saturday 27th January finishes up the festival with Jungfrau, Speak Galactic and T House.

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Brighton Rocks #2 : TEEFF

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What’s the best thing about Brighton?
The people. I’ve lived in Brighton for nearly 10 years and in that time I’ve met so many free-spirited, creative individuals. That’s what’s kept me here. Lord knows it’s not the rent prices! Continue reading

New Brighton Music

January was a fairly quiet month for new music, so our second post of the year has taken until February. We’re going to start large, with one of the biggest bands from round these parts. Orbital are back with a track called Kinetic 2017, which is a remix of an Orbital side project release from 1992:

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Gig preview : Triptych

untitled-1Happy New Year! Our first post of 2017 isn’t a new music post – nobody has sent us anything yet this year (although we have got a couple of things we missed last year that we need to catch up with). Instead we’ve got a preview of some gigs which caught our eye (a phrase specifically chosen to draw your attention to the beautiful flyers above). The last full week in January is Independent Venue Week and as part of that Love Thy Neighbour are putting on a trio of gigs that they’re calling Triptych. These aren’t just any gigs though – each night features three Brighton bands and is accompanied by it’s own super limited edition lathe cut vinyl release of the acts performing. Continue reading

Hypnotized – Telesto EP

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Hypnotized at the Telesto EP launch at the Green Door Store

Tomorrow Love Thy Neighbour release the debut EP by Brighton’s Hypnotized. The standard cd release of Telesto is five tracks of experimental psychedlia, sometimes made up of chilled fuzzy electronica (on Ghost Walk and Fun Wings), but at other times having an eastern flavour (with the percussion on Vainty of Names, and the sitars and pretty much everything else on Hylia). There’s also a very limited deluxe format with additional remixes from Flamingods, Speak Galactic, Shinamo Moki, Dog In The Snow and Eva Bowan. Both formats can be ordered direct from Love Thy Neighbour, with the five tracks on the standard EP streaming below the video for Ghost Walk.

Coming up – Moulettes at The Haunt / new Us Baby Bear Bones EP teaser

moulettesGearing up for their third album Constellations due this spring, Moulettes are hitting the road for their first tour of 2014, playing at The Haunt on 24th April courtesy of Love Thy Neighbour. We were fans of the bands unique take on folk music for years before we even started the blog, and it’s always a joy to see them live. Their new album promises to be rather star studded, with contributions from members of the Unthanks and the Mystery Jets, as well as Herbie Flowers (famous for the legendary bassline on Walk on the Wild Side, as well as playing on countless other records) and Arthur ‘God of Hellfire’ Brown who both live locally. Arthur Brown has joined the band many times on stage, and is also playing at the Haunt two nights later, so who knows what treats we have to expect.

There’s also more news from Love Thy Neighbour, this time from the record company side of their activities rather than their promotions. Us Baby Bear Bones, whose What Starts With a U Ends With an I came out on the label last summer, have been in the studio working on their new EP. Details are scant at the moment but a YouTube video of what they’ve been up to has been posted on their Facebook page:

Abi Wade – The Boxer

We’ve had news in this week about the new Abi Wade single. The Boxer was  produced by Daniel Copeman of Esben and The Witch, with a video made by Brighton’s Create Studios:

As with her previous releases the track is centred around Abi’s haunting vocals and cello, but instead of percussion coming from the noises made between her instrument and her bow, The Boxer introduces programmed beats giving a much fuller sound than before.

The Boxer gets a digital release on 15th July on Love Thy Neighbour.