Here’s this week’s new music round up. We’re kicking things off with news of the second album from the brilliant Fiction Aisle who completely unexpectedly put out a new album last week. It’s called Fuschia Days, and is available as a download or on very limited cd. There’s only two cds left – that’s how limited it is. Where The Fiction Aisle’s first album was a huge orchestral widescreen affair, the new album feels more sparse, but no less lacking in vision. A fantastic progression. Continue reading
In case you hadn’t realised, this weekend is The Great Escape festival, probably the most important musical event in the local calendar. There’s a few Brighton bands tucked in the main festival, but the bulk of the homegrown talent features in the line-up of the Alternative Escape – a sister festival that runs side by side where for most events you won’t need a wrist band, or have to shell out any money to see some fantastic live acts. There are literally hundreds of bands playing over dozens of events so to help guide you through the weekend here’s our pick of some of the BN postcode-based performers you can catch.
The fun begins on Wednesday night with Late Night Lingerie vs The Great Escape at Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar, where can catch the first of Demob Happy‘s many sets of the festival as well as Skirts last ever gig. Inspired Artists Agency who represent quite a few Brighton bands are taking over Latest Music Bar on Thursday, and we’re hoping to pop in for The Slytones at 2.55pm and Moulettes who play at 6.30pm. There are 20 bands over 28 sets on at The Mesmerist on thursday, on the stages put together by Liberty Music PR, amongst others. If we had to pick one it would be Phantom Runners who are on at 9.40pm. Bleach is being taken over by Strong Island Recordings and Pic & Vinyl on thursday, where Brighton Music Blog favourites Curxes take to the stage at 5.40pm. Over at London Road’s newest cafe Presuming Ed, Cate Ferris tops their line up. Miamigo play their debut show at Patterns (formerly Audio) at 6.45pm.
Brightonsfinest are in charge at Latest on Friday, and they’ve got a cracking line up. You could pop in at any time and see a great local band, but we’ll be popping in for GAPS at 2.45pm and Spit Shake Sisters at 7.45pm. The Mesmerist also has a pretty good line up, with Black Honey and Oslo Parks catching our eye. One of Brighton’s most written about bands at the moment are The Magic Gang, and they head up the DIY / Echochamp showcase at Bleach, playing at 10pm.
Moving on to Saturday, Earworm events and Northbrook college are hosting proceedings at Bar Rogue where we’re tipping Flash Bang Band at 6pm and newcomers Bloom at 6.50pm. The Fiddlers Elbow are having a street party, which is a great idea since I couldn’t get in to see the bands I wanted to last year. If I were you, I’d be down there for Yumi & The Weather at 4pm and Tigercub at 5pm. Marwoods Cafe are hosting some more gentle gigs over Friday and Saturday, but expect things to get a bit more riotous when Black Rooster Black Shag take to the stage at 8.10pm on Saturday night. Tyrannosaurus Dead play their last ever gig in Brighton at Fitzherbert’s a part of Cupboard Music’s line up. They’re only playing one more gig after that, and that’s in London, so expect it to be rammed. Hotel Pelirocco also have an all Brighton line-up – Time for T headline at 10pm, but get down there for 3pm to catch grasshopper who are fantastic. Bleeding Hearts are putting on a gig on Saturday afternoon at the Rialto theatre, which will be the first opportunity to buy headliner Clowwns debut album. It’s not an official Great Escape gig, but it would be churlish not to give them a shoutout. Finally, one of the very last gigs of the weekend is KLDSCP’s party at Sticky Mike’s which doesn’t even kick off until 1am. Mount Bank, who’ve put out one of favourite EPs of the year so far are playing, so hopefully we’ll still be standing by the time they’re on.
Yes, yes. We’re almost a week into April. But we’ve had Easter in the way, and we were overwhelmed with new music last month. Here’s our top picks:
1. The Go! Team – What D’You Say?
Highlight of the month for us was the brand new Go! Team album The Scene Between. If you haven’t gone out and bought it yet what are you waiting for?
2. IYES – Glow
Glow was originally meant to be out at the tail end of last year, but being pushed back a few months in record company schedules makes it no less majestic.
3. Rockerswitch – Show Me
Rockerswitch’s debut starts off quite lazy and gradually gets more and more spaced out. Great stuff.
4. Mount Bank – Everything is Glass
We love everything on Mount Bank’s Island Life EP but opener Everything is Glass is our favourite with it’s bright synth strings and piano motif.
5. Tigercub – Hold On
Showing a more mature side than seen on their previous releases, Tigercub’s latest demo was so good it got picked up by NME and streamed on their website.
6. Foreign Skin – Enemy
A favourite from their live sets, Foreign Skin has finally shared the beguiling Enemy on their Soundcloud stream
7. Ambassadeurs – Can’t See You
Can’t See You is the first taster from Ambassadeurs next EP. On the strength of what we’ve heard from Ambassaders in the past it’s almost inevitable that we’ll be featuring other tracks from the EP in coming months.
8. Sea Bed – Haunted
Sea Bed have shared a couple of tracks from their upcoming Rosso EP which drops next week. Our pick of the two is the almost garagey Haunted.
9. GAPS – All Me All You
GAPS debut album comes out in May. As well as featuring a couple of their older singles it also includes All Me All You, the first new track taken from “In, Around The Moments”
10. Fools Empire – The Professionals
Last up is The Professionals, the first of three singles coming out in a sequence from Fools Empire. Can’t wait for the other two.
Yet another rammed New Music post for you. I think this month is another record for the amount of new music that we’ve shared. The main focus for this week is around tracks released for Piano Day which took place on Sunday. Mount Bank, Adolescent, and Eva Bowan all put out tracks, and Bitbin released a whole EP for it:
Fickle Friends brand new single Could Be Wrong came out last Friday. It’s another three minutes of the catchy saccharine pop that they do so well:
It’s a good few weeks until the new Slytones single gets released. It’s the first track to come from their upcoming debut album due later this year – She Said She Came Up From The Sea comes out on 18th May just a few days after the band play at the Great Escape.
I get a lot of emails into the blog account about acts who aren’t from Brighton. Some take a bit of digging to realise this, some I work out a bit quicker. When I got a mail that seemed to be about Lionel Ritchie I almost binned it, until I saw that it was actually about Brighton’s own Larissa who’s currently touring with him. As well as sharing a stage with a legend (she’s onstage at the O2 as I type), she’s also put out her new single In Love Alone as a free download:
We posted up side A of Mitch Wade Cole‘s upcoming Electric Bath Duck EP in a new music post a fortnight ago. The flipside This Is When We is now up online to listen to and the whole EP comes out on Monday on Not Like That music:
We could mention that Fable takes on vocal duties on the new album from Orbital off-shoot Eight Fifty Eight alongside The Unthanks and Robert Smith from The Cure, but she’s got a track of her own to promote. Persuasion was co-written with James from The Freemasons (presumably the band, and not some bloke who works behind the bar at the pub on Western Road), and got it’s premier on PopJustice!
Sea Bed cropped up in last week’s new music roundup with a track from the upcoming Rosso EP. Here’s another track from the record – this is called Haunted:
Normanton Street have put up another video from one of the tracks from their Much Respect EP. No Drama is the second of a run of videos that the band are putting up this spring:
When Professor Elemental does Hip Hop rather than Chap Hop he drops the professor part of his name. For the new Elemental single he’s collaborated with Mr Simmonds from Seattle. Forget Me Lots is available to buy on bandcamp now and is taken from his upcoming album Dressed up to Fall Down.
Finally we’ve got the new video from Kings. The track’s called Thrones, and while it’s available now as a name -your-price download over on bandcamp it’ll also feature on the band’s upcoming EP.
Another week, another new music roundup. Ten tunes for you this week, two of which have been posted before, but are worthy of another mention, but we’ll tell you about them when we get to them.
Our first track is by The Go! Team, whose new album The Scene Between comes out at the end of the month. If you pre-orer the album you’ll get instant downloads of What D’You Say, which you can hear below, Blowtorch, which we featured last month, and the album’s title track.
Glass City Vice‘s new single Landslide comes out next Monday. If we’d have been a bit more on the ball on following up from the mail we had from their people we’d have been able to tell you about their gig supporting Dry The River at the Concorde on tuesday night, but at least we weren’t so slack that we missed telling you about their headline gig at The Hope & Ruin on 15th April.
Black Honey have put up new track Madonna which is coming out on a double A side single on 6th April. It’ll be backed with another new track Spinning Wheel and will be released on Duly Noted Records.
Black Fields new single Monster came out last friday. It’s currently available to download for free on their bandcamp page.
David Bennett sent us the video for his new track Atoms the other day, which shows David playing all of the instruments, as he does on the track itself.
Mustang Japan is taken from High Tyde‘s upcoming Fuzz EP, out next Monday. The band are off on tour later this month, starting off with a couple of dates at the Haunt where they’re support Peace at their sold out nights.
Luo and Monoman are a couple of Brighton artists who have tracks featured on a new compilation put out by Brighton label SmallPrint. We’ve featured one of Luo’s tracks here (they have two tracks on the compilation) but you can download Eidolon and the rest of the album for free via the SmallPrint facebook page.
Mount Bank‘s Island Life EP is also out next Monday. We posted up Everything Is Glass from it a few weeks back, and here’s another track – Summer Camp (Anenon Remix). You can pre-order the EP on iTunes here.
Finally the two tracks that we’ve featured before – We first wrote about Glow by IYES back in November last year, when it was scheduled for a released in December. Things got pushed back, but it’s finally out now. You can watch the video below or buy the track on iTunes here.
Last, and by no means least since it headed up February Top Ten, is the video for Demob Happy‘s Young & Numb. When we posted the track last month only the audio stream was available, but since there’s now video too it’s worth re-sharing.
Here’s our mid-February new music round up. Since it’s only been a week since our last post, it’s a much more manageable chunk of tunes than last time!
Demob Happy have posted a new tune to coincide with news of the European tour that they’re heading off on next month. Young & Numb takes the band off to a heavier place than some of their previous releases, but there’s still plenty of melody in there. It comes out as a single later this year on Milk Parlour Records. The tour takes in Belgium, Denmark and Belgium before heading all around the UK, finishing off with a hometown gig at The Haunt on 24th April. A full list of tour dates is available on the band’s website.
Mount Bank premiered their new track Everything is Glass on The Fader last week, and now it’s publicly shared on soundcloud we can post about it too. It’s taken their upcoming EP Island Life, which is out on Donky Pitch on 9th March. Things start with glassy synths and a simple piano motif, with percussion and reverb building as the track goes on.
Yesterday Bentcousin tweeted at us to give us a heads up about their new track Time Will Tell. This is the band at their simplest – just Amelia (or at least, we couldn’t hear Patrick on the track), accompanied by an acoustic guitar:
Jolta‘s PR people have sent us four emails in the past five days about their debut EP Sunset Surrender, so they’re obviously keen for us to write about it. Sunset Surrender is also the name of the lead track, three and a half minutes of guitar and organ driven rock’n’roll, and comes out on Republic of Music on 6th April:
Last, but by no means least we have have Under Light Symphonies by Remi Miles. It’s taken from an EP of the same name which is out now and is a lovely breezy pop song to help you get rid of the thoughts of winter:
Here’s what’s likely to be our last new music post of October, with half a dozen brand new tunes for you to feast your ears on.
First up is the subtly renamed Clowwns (formerly with just the one w), with a video for their upcoming single Shame on You. They’ve been one of the city’s best live bands for a while, so it’s great to hear the music getting out there.
Spirit Hips is the new single from Eagles for Hands. The track is less housey than the other singles that he’s put out this year, but still packs a massive dancefloor punch. It comes out on 17th November, and is followed the following Monday (24th) with a gig at Sticky Mike’s.
Who U Are is the third and final track from J Tropic‘s Love Up EP, which comes out today on Duly Noted. We’ve featured the other tracks – Love Up and Solid Gold, and the third track doesn’t disappoint.
Sticking with Duly Noted records, we’ve got a new track from Black Honey, which is going to feature on their debut EP Sleep Forever. Bloodlust is the fourth track on the EP which is going to be onsale at upcoming gigs:
Next up we’ve got a track from a brand new Brighton band called Nightkites. Drones is the lead track from an EP of the same name which is available to download now from Soundcloud. If you were a fan of Burial, this should be right up your street.
Finally, we have the a new track from Mount Bank, foxing our attempts to write about it giving it a title of the symbol of a crescent. The track is some lovely ambient electronica, unassumingly aimless for the first minute before a repeated piano motif brings everything together: