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! Who are the your favourite local bands?
I’m adoring Other States right now. They have this sleazy, coy, American vibe going on which just does it for me. What’s the best venue / rehearsal space / studio?
I really like Brighton Electric as a venue. Primarily it’s a recording and rehearsal space but they also put on gigs and when they do, there is a real sense of community that comes from all of the musicians gathering in one place to support each other. What’s the best club?
I don’t really go out clubbing anymore, I’m more of a get-smashed-on-a-bunch-of-cocktails kind of girl so I’m not sure. What’s the best record shop?
Spotify. Jokinngggg! Resident I’d say, they stock all the music that I like (including my new EP ‘Who Are You, Really?’. Available now in all the best record stores!) Where’s the best place to eat?
It’s got to be Riddle And Finns. I’ve only eaten there once and that was when my friend won £500 and offered to take me out for dinner anywhere I liked… So I picked the most expensive place I could… I’m sorry Josh. Champagne and oysters are just what I crave. What’s the best pub?
From day one it’s always been the Bees Mouth. It’s so womblike in there. My friend and I used to play the open mic night in there when we were underaged and broke so that we could get a free beer for playing. I hope they still let me back in despite BREAKING THE LAW! Who’s your favourite Brighton celebrity?
Bird Man. When was the last time you had any Brighton Rock?
Never. The doughnuts on the pier are good though!
Who Are You, Really? by TEEFF is out now on Love Thy Neighbour:
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:
Happy 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 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.
Gearing 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:
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.
Us Baby Bear Bones have announced details of their debut EP. “What Starts with a U, Ends with an I” is being released on 10th June on Brighton Based label Love Thy Neighbour (who have also put out Abi Wade’s releases so far, as well as putting on countless great gigs around town).
The EP will be limited to 216 copies, the covers of which are a segment of a massive picture painted by band member Puff Gandolfo (have we mentioned how much we love the revival of proper rock star pseudonyms?).
The band gave us a taster last year uploading You to YouTube, and the EP will also include Rain which was previously available on the Sea Monsters 2 compilation. For now, you can grab Rain as a free download over on bandcamp:
Us Baby Bear Bones next gig is supporting Fiction at the Green Door Store on 19th March.