Brighton Rocks #12 – Dog in the Snow

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What’s the best thing about Brighton?
The hint of sea salt in the air

Who are the your favourite local bands?
Mother Me, Anneka and Merlin Tonto

What’s the best venue?
Studio Dome Theatre which is currently under renovation but I look forward to its return. Rialto Theatre is a nice little gem too.

What’s the best rehearsal space / studio?
Small Pond is my new favourite.

What’s the best club?
I have no idea, probably my own room with Todd Terje on.

What’s the best record shop?
Bella Union Vinyl shop!

Where the best place to eat?
Sushi Garden on Preston Street. I pretty much take anyone I know there.

What’s the best pub?
Robin Hood.

Who’s your favourite Brighton celebrity?
I live near Noah Taylor so I walk past him occasionally. The last time I saw him he had on the most miraculous sky blue coloured suit I’ve ever seen.

When was the last time you had any Brighton Rock?
I’ve never had it! I don’t really like sweets :0

Dog in the Snow‘s album Consume Me is released tomorrow (20th October) and is launched at the next Spectrum gig on 28th October which will be at Wagner Hall (and not at the Basement as previously mentioned)


New Brighton Music

This week’s New Music post gives us here at Brighton Music Blog much happiness because this week we read about the return of The Go! Team. They’ve returned with a single called Semicircle Song, the first taste of an album of the same name. The single is out now, and the album follows in January, out on neon pink vinyl if you pick it up from Resident. There are also all sorts of bundles available from the Go! Team’s webstore too. Tickets are also onsale now for the launch gig which is at The Haunt on 11th February.

Next we have the video for Pioneer by Common Tongues, which is the lead single from their album Divisions which came out in the summer:

Our next track is by a brand new Brighton band called Something Leather . They only played their first gig in the last month, and we haven’t received any info about their first track Shotgun Persona other than the title:

Red Deer People put out their new single C’est Bon on 7″ at the beginning of November. There’s a launch gig for it which takes place on 10th November at the Hope & Ruin with Porridge Radio and Jungfrau supporting.

A couple of days ago we had an email with some news from Island Club. They’ve just put out a new track called Irresistible which you can hear below, and have announced a headline gig at the Green Door Store on 9th December, their first Brighton date since May. No word yet on the supports, but we’ll keep you updated if we have any news:

Finally, a track that slipped through the cracks last month. Teeth is the first release from a new band called Swoon, whose members include Adam Macauley, formerly of Curxes.

Brighton Rocks #11 – Gbenga from Metronomy

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What’s the best thing about Brighton?
The seeming agreement amongst most people here that there’s no need to be a douchebag. And the sea, obviously.

Who are the your favourite local bands?
The Wytches and Lower Slaughter are pretty awesome. And I saw a blistering bass/drums two-piece called Human Leather at the Lower Slaughter album launch a few weeks ago. Are British Sea Power still based around here? If so… them too!

What’s the best venue? 
OOH. That’s a hard one. The Haunt is my fave mid-sized venue, I guess. You can’t go wrong with The Dome for the bigger shows. I saw a particularly excellent Laura Marling show there a few months ago.

What’s the best rehearsal space / studio?
I’ve only ever rehearsed at Brighton Electric – that was pretty cool. I take my son to a music class at Under The Bridge studios and I always hear interesting sounds coming from the other rooms. Plus, it’s a delightful juxtaposition seeing bemused musos weaving their way through throngs of children and parents when toddler classes and psych-rock rehearsals overlap.

What’s the best club?
Patterns has an incredible sound system and always seems to get great electronic acts and DJs in.

What’s the best record shop?
I must admit that I haven’t done much record shopping in Brighton. I’m one of those dreaded people who streams everything now or buys online. I’m gonna give a shout here for my favourite shop in Brighton, though, which is Dave’s Comics on Sydney Street.

Where’s the best places to eat?
Plateau serves up a seriously awesome marriage of British and French cuisine. I had my best ever fish and chips from The Eagle pub in the North Laines. Abyssinia has brought Ethiopian food to Brighton and that is a wonderful, wonderful thing.

What’s the best pub?
That’s a tough one. There are so many. My local is The Independent on Queens Park Road. They get brownie points for having a live jazz night once a week that is actually very good. I’ve been in Brighton long enough now that I’ve seen a few great ones close (RIP the Duke of Norfolk and Blind Tiger).

Who’s your favourite Brighton celebrity?
Peter Andre. All day.

When was the last time you had any Brighton Rock?
Sometime around 2002, which would have been the first time I came here. I was in town to see Godspeed You! Black Emperor at the Corn Exchange.

Metronomy play Brighton Dome this Sunday (23rd October)

The New Faith – Me On You album launch

new faithOn Friday night we were privileged to be invited to the launch of The New Faith‘s debut album Me On You, held at the Brighthelm Centre. Support on the night came from Whiskey for the Wounded, Other States and Supermarket, and all ticketholders got a couple of free beers thrown in too, from local brewers Bartlebeys.

The New Faith seem bemused by the reviews they’ve received so far, with Will Charlton and the band’s backing singers carrying boards referencing comments that have been made (which they’ve also done on their facebook page cover image too). The band needn’t worry though – Their sound sets them apart from so many other bands doing the rounds, and they have talent and charisma in spades.

We went along with our camera, and our gallery is at the bottom of the page, but before that, here’s the video for their latest single There, There:

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New Brighton Albums

We haven’t done a new album post in a few months, so it’s about time we stopped and looked at what local albums have come out recently, and what’s coming up.

Last night, Time for T launched their debut album Hoping, Something, Anything at the Rialto. There’s a new single, Ronda, which you can see below:
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Pete Fij & Terry Bickers at the Rialto gallery

A week ago today, Pete Fij and Terry Bickers played at the Rialto on the Brighton date of their tour to support their new album We Are Millionaires, and we were privileged to be invited along. The album is a beautiful thing, not nearly as downbeat as Pete and Terry described it on the night. Sure, it’s not a cheery pop album, but it’s more reflective than depressing, and the thing that we loved was the quality of the songwriting an musicianship on show. Support on the night came from Les Black. (click on pics to view large) Continue reading