Brighton Rocks #6 – Animal House

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What’s the best thing about Brighton?

The people. We were incredibly warmly welcomed into a big group of friends as soon as we arrived and it’s never been difficult to meet a friend here. The music scene follows along that same vein.

Who are the your favourite local bands?

Blue Spectre – garage surf rock
Strange Cages – 70’s style psychedelia
Other States – sort of Western style crooning, little bit like old Nick Cave with modern production

What’s the best venue?

I mean – Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar is always a laugh, The Hope & Ruin is great upstairs, Green Door Store has a great garagy feel; they’ve all got their selling points.

What’s the best rehearsal space / studio?

Our one! We lucked out when we arrived and have a space in a DIY rehearsal room we share with several other bands and musicians. We pay a monthly rent and have basically unlimited access, it’s bloody wonderful.

What’s the best club?

You want classic bangers, The Haunt on a Friday or Saturday, though I might be vilified for that. Legends is lovely and Volks is a classic super late night / early morning club innit.

What’s the best record shop?

To be honest I like just snooping around all of them. Some owned by old legends who have a collection of a billion records they’re selling and know each one like the back of their hand, I always have the most fun in those. Resident genuinely has to be the best for new music though.

Where’s the best place to eat?

One of my favourite local haunts is Milk No Sugar on Trafalgar street. It’s a happy little Vietnamese restaurant, cheap, delicious and the dude who owns it is literally the friendliest person there ever was.

What’s the best pub?

The Great Eastern, also on Trafalgar Street is just such a great little English Pub, best enjoyed in Winter though. In the summer, I mean, I hate to say The Fortune of War but it’s a classic beach front destination.

Who’s your favourite Brighton celebrity?

Has to be Steve Coogan. I’ve served both him and Nick Cave separately when I was working in cafes. I tried to make a joke regarding a banana loaf to Steve Coogan but he didn’t hear (or pretended not to) and I died a little bit.

When was the last time you had any Brighton Rock?

You mean the candy? Ummmmm… a year ago at a party probably?

Animal House‘s Hot Bodies EP is out now, headed up with the super-catchy Coca Cola. You can catch them live on 28th July when they play a headline gig at the Hope & Ruin:

New Brighton Music

Back to a normal sized New Music post this week, which doesn’t take me several evenings to write up. We’ve got plans for a new album roundup later this week too, so watch this space.

Our first track this week is Impossible Objects of Desire by Fujiya & Miyagi, taken from their self titled album, or EP3, depending on how much you like vinyl. Listening to the lyrical content of the track, I’d say that they’d probably describe it as being from EP3:

Next up is Normanton Street, who played at the Unitarian church last weekend to launch their new single Supreme. As with a lot of their videos, it’s filmed around and about town, so see how much you can spot while you listen:

Dog in the Snow launch their new single this Saturday at the Green Door Store. It’s called Magic and it’s taken from their upcoming album Consume Me:

 

One of the supports at the Dog in the Snow launch is Mother Me, whose debut single  Make Me Whole was premiered on Gold Flake Paint last week:

 

Lastly (I told you it was much more manageable this week) we have M U M M Y, who have just released an EP entitled Others. M U M M Y have a few gigs coming up, supporting Aquaserge at the Prince Albert on Wednesday 28th June, and also on the same bill as Stephen Evans at the Green Door Store on Sunday 9th July.

 

 

 

The New Faith at the Prince Albert gallery

On Monday night the New Faith launched their new single Too Sad To Be Young at the Prince Albert. When we chatted to them for our recent Brighton Rocks feature they invited us along and we were more than happy to accept. We brought along our camera, because that’s what we do (albeit nearly as often as we used to) – click on the pics to view large:

Brighton Rocks #5 – Eleanor Rudge from The Hundredth Anniversary

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What’s the best thing about Brighton?

It’s colourfulness and liveliness. And it’s got loads of my friends in it.

Who are the your favourite local bands?

Penelope Isles & Porridge Radio at the moment, both for their live shows.

What’s the best venue?

I went there for the first time this weekend, but it was great and I want to play a show there… The Marlborough Theatre

What’s the best rehearsal space / studio?

Brighton Electric

What’s the best club?

haha, umm… I’d probably go to Volks if I was going to a club.

What’s the best record shop?

Resident’s obviously great and we’re lucky to have it. But I also like the selection of records in The Family Store a lot…

Where’s the best places to eat?

There’s so many nice places, the place I want to try next is Manjus, they do vegetarian Indian street food and I’ve heard it’s great.

What’s the best pub?

Great Eastern for cosiness / Mucky Duck for the vegetarian roast / Marlborough for the free pool and inclusiveness

Who’s your favourite Brighton celebrity?

I’ve got a feeling David Shrigley lives down here now… if so, he gets my vote.

When was the last time you had any Brighton Rock?

Never, I’m afraid. But I’d take one of those fake fry ups you can get that are made out of rock instead I think.

The Hundredth Anniversary’s album Sea State Pictures is out now on Faking Jazz Together Records, and is available on download on bandcamp or physically from the band’s webstore or Resident.

Brighton Rocks #4 – Will Charlton from The New Faith

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What’s the best thing about Brighton?

We have the best and most liberal shant anywhere in the country.

Who are the your favourite local bands?

Other States are great, they’re a publishers dream. Proper tight and look class. The singers got a great get-up.

What’s the best venue?

Green Door Store… despite not the best sound has good memories for me.

What’s the best rehearsal space / studio?

Small Pond are good, they’re making a good go of it, it’s round the corner and has an Nintendo 64 😉

What’s the best club?

Clubbing is for boyz

What’s the best record shop?

Wax Factor, because it feels like organised chaos. They also let us play our test pressings in there.

Where’s the best places to eat?

Market or the Golden Arches

What’s the best pub?

Any whose bar staff wear costumes. I like the Brighton Beer Dispensary because it’s unpretentious in a pretentious kind of way.

Who’s your favourite Brighton celebrity?

Frankie Cocozza, he’s as beautiful as he is prolific.

When was the last time you had any Brighton Rock?

None ever, but I’d assume it’s not too dissimilar to Southsea Rock.

Too Sad To Be Young by The New Faith is out on 2nd June. The launch party is at the Prince Albert on 29th May.

Brighton Rocks #3 – Anneka

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What’s the best thing about Brighton?

Forgetting how great Summers are here, then being reminded by Spring of what’s to come.

Who are the your favourite local bands?

I’ve been enjoying the latest Fear of Men album recently – they released it last year but I’ve only just got around to giving it a proper listen. I’ve not seen them play so will have to check them out next time they perform here.

What’s the best venue?

The Green Door Store for the venue, The Haunt or the Brighton Dome Studio Theatre for the sound.

What’s the best rehearsal space / studio?

Brighton Electric. I’ve heard great things about Small Pond recording studios so need to give that place a go when I start rehearsing for live shows again.

What’s the best club?

I’m a bit out of touch with clubbing now! I used to be a regular at The Volks and Audio (now Patterns). Now I’m getting nerdy and older – I prefer to play Risk 2210AD with friends while drinking and listening to music from the comfort of a chair at 1am on a Saturday night.

What’s the best record shop?

Resident.

Where’s the best places to eat?

Bincho Yakitori (very tasty Japanese) and Food For Friends (best cocktails and delicious veggie food) are my currently top of my list. One of my favourite things to do here is getting pizza at Franco Manca before watching a film at The Dukes Komedia.

What’s the best pub?

It was The Foundry but it’s recently closed! Such a shame, hopefully whoever takes it over will keep it as it was. At the moment The Dover is becoming a new favourite. Although you can’t fault sitting outside The Waggon & Horses on a sunny evening.

Who’s your favourite Brighton celebrity?

I saw the actor who plays SuperHanz in Peep Show with the most amazing puppy the other day. So he’s a clear winner.

When was the last time you had any Brighton Rock?

A very long time ago, not a fan.

Anneka’s Life Force EP is out now on Anti Ghost Moon Ray records

New Brighton Music

We’ll hopefully have the third in our Brighton Rocks series for you some time this week, but until then, here’s a regular dose of new music. Our first track is the new one from Fröst, their third in about six months. Delta Antenna wouldn’t sound completely out of place if it had been put out by Steve Lewis’ other band Fujiya & Miyagi:

Demob Happy are back with a new single to keep us on our toes while they work on their new album. You can listen to Dead Dreamers below, and catch them supporting Gang of Youths at the Green Door Store on 30th May:

Time for T have finished recording their album Hoping Something Anything, but it won’t be out until September. Here’s the new single to be taken from it though, called Wax:

The riff heavy Just The Once is the new single from Projector. You can catch Projector at an Alt Escape show sometime next week – keep an eye on their facebook page for more details.

We can tell you when Thyla‘s Alt Escape show is though – they’re on at the Mucky Duck on Friday night. There’s a good chance that they’ll play their new single Ferris Wheels:

This Party‘s new EP Lover comes out next monday, and they’re celebrating with with a show at the Prince Albert on Tuesday (16th May):

Momotaro‘s new EP Between Places came out last week, and we shared the lead track Gone Places in a previous new music post. Here’s another for you called Invisible:

GAPS new album As It Is comes out next month, but unfortunately there’s no Brighton launch. You can console yourself with another track that they’ve shared from the record, Hide Behind The Years:

Last, but by no means least is another track from Bloom‘s Letting Go remix series, which I think we may have missed some of. The remixes are on sale for charity, so go and take a listen to them and put your hand in your pocket. This week’s 12 minute long epic remix is courtesy of Nmesme. Oh, and you can catch Bloom’s Alt Escape Show on Thursday night at the Marlborough: