Hello! We’ve got a whole load of new music to share this week, so I’m going to skip the preamble (which is normally the bit that takes the longest to write anyway) and jump straight in with Hello Hello – the new single from Fickle Friends:
Right now, with the evenings going sub-zero it might not seem too appealing to get off the sofa and into town for some live music. We’ve seen a few upcoming gigs which will hopefully change your mind though, starting off with a couple from newly refurbished venues:
You might have noticed that right now The Hope is covered with scaffolding and has been closed for a few weeks. on 12th February it reopens as The Hope & Ruin, And Riots Not Diets are hosting their opening party, with Shopping, The Soft Walls and Keel Her setting the bar for what’s to come.
Another venue which has just had a facelift is The Martha Gunn on Upper Lewes Road. Not traditionally known for gigs, it seems that’s to change in their newly reincarnated form. This Saturday (7th February), Becky Becky headline, supported by a stripped down Fiction Aisle, for a free gig put on by the Flash Bang Band affiliated F=KX.
Fiction Aisle are also support for The Academy of The Sun‘s gig at The Old Market on 19th February. Nick Hudson’s most ambitious project to date have played a few low key gigs so far, but Nick has a history of turning his bigger gigs into events not to be missed.
Fiction Aisle aren’t on the bill for the welcome return of The Bleeding Hearts Club, but it’s surely only a matter of time since Bleeding Hearts put out Tom White’s solo Yalla album. The Bleeding Hearts Club has left it’s old home of the Prince Albert and has relocated to a new home at The Rialto Theatre on Dyke Road, with Gary Goodman, The Hornblower Brothers, Tandy Hard and Mudlow playing on 16th February. After this month, they’ll be back every second monday of the month for the rest of the year.
Another regular night which is making a return soon is The Harvest Sessions, which are restarting on 4th March at The Komedia, coming back with a bang with Luke Sital-Singh, Jacko Hooper and The Standard Lamps.
The following night Della Lupa launches her new single Storm of Swallows at One Church. Not content with just playing a gig, the evening also comprises an art exhibition by Beth Steddon who provided the artwork for the single, a dance performance from the dancers who choreographed the video, and support from Ellie Ford, Summa, and Kwil.
The Hydrant pub on the London Road played host to some sleazy garage band rock’n’roll last night Five raucous and talented bands for free made for an energy-filled noisy bargain of a night.
First up was Thee Mouldous Hypotenuse, who played electric garage-style blues songs with passion and verve.
Next up the hardest-gigging and hardest-rockin’ band in town, Deadbeat Descendent. They’ve been described as a combination of the Stooges and the Fall, which is pretty spot on. They put on a pretty lively performance.
Out-of-town mayhem came via the Silver Brazilians who produced a blistering live show of excellent bluesy swamp rock. Powerful songs – and enough charisma to break into a version of the Beatles’ Happy Birthday mid set when they heard there was a birthday celebrator in the audience!
Next up were Clowns, one of the best live bands in town, with their spikey and sharp post-punk pop songs. The vocals suffered a little from the Hydrant’s sound system by this point and couldn’t seem to keep up with lead singer Miles’ leaping off the stage and dashing into the audience, but it was great fun. They ended a wonderful set with their classic ‘She calls me a Clown’.
Last to play were the headliners Mudlow, taking us past midnight and into the early hours. More bluesy garage band sound, loud and fast as it ought to be.
All photographs by Jon Southcoasting