November / December gig preview

For this month’s gig preview post we’re actually going to cover November and December. Generally there aren’t as many gigs in December, and we’re normally distracted with end of year stuff on the blog, so it’s seems appropriate to cover two months in one post now.

22219815_1643943542303616_7426102628117662491_oThere’s lots of launch gigs that caught our eye this month. Red Deer People launch their single C’est Bon at the Hope & Ruin on 10th November, supported by Porridge Radio and Jungfrau. Then on the 16th November the Pelirocco is playing host to the launch of The Delta Bell‘s new album Hold Fast The Fire, supported by Stephanie Goodman. Not billed as an album launch gig, but coming shortly after the release of Ojala, Simon Raymond’s new band Lost Horizons play a sold out gig at the Rialto on 18th November. The Lost Horizons live band includes Helen “Dog in the Snow” Brown (who also provides support on the night) and Chris “Crayola Lectern” Anderson.  The last launch to mention is for the new Night House single The Roots in the Wires, which features Ellie Ford. As with Lost Horizons, Ellie Ford will also be playing as part of Night House on the night and will also be the support. The gig is at the Unitarian Church on 24th November and will be raising money for the Hummingbird Project refugee charity.

22289784_1581396571924520_4191942121452910496_oThere’s plenty of gigs that have caught our eye over the next weeks – Moulettes headline an all day even at One Church on 2nd December to celebrate Moulettes-linked label Sotones Records 10th Birthday. Rather than list everyone involved, you can read more and buy tickets here. Fujiya & Miyagi play Patterns on 7th December. They’re on the road at the moment to promote the vinyl release of their breakthrough album Transparent Things, so not exactly a launch gig. The Fiction Aisle are playing their second annual Christmas gig at The Hope & Ruin on 13th December. As if the Fictional Aisle wasn’t enough of a draw Rose Elinor Dougall is also on the bill, who should be headlining but hasn’t topped a non-festival bill in Brighton since 2010. We were sad to hear that King Porter Stomp will be heading out on their last ever tour at the end of November. After a week or two out on the road, their last ever gig will be at The Haunt on 19th December. Finally Spectrum have two more gigs coming up – Animal House headline Brighton Youth Centre on November 24th alongside Porridge Radio who get their second mention in this post, and then there’s a second mention for Ellie Ford, who headlines the Spectrum Winter Special at Brighton Museum on December 7th.

 

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Night House – Heart on a Wire

Nick Williams’ troupe Night House release their new video today. It’s a lovely song called Heart on a Wire, reminiscent of early Leisure Society, and you can see the band performing it for Latest TV and a small select audience at the Marwood Cafe tonight. They’ll be playing a full set, along with support from blog favourite Ellie Ford and her new band line-up. Also playing are Michael Baker and Matthew the Oxx.

New Music

It’s been a few weeks since we’ve made a New Music post – not because there hasn’t been good new music coming out, but because life’s got in the way – so we’ve got some catching up to do.

First up is the first music put online from the White brothers new project The Fiction Aisle. They’ve played a couple of gigs at the Prince Albert (with the next in their residency being on 26th November) but Blue is the first most people would have heard of the new band. Where Electric Soft Parade were all about a guitar based sound, The Fiction Aisle present beautiful shimmering pop:

Next up is a new tune from Ambassadeurs written while on tour recently in the States. From You is four minutes of effortless electronica.

BentCousin post up far more tracks than we get a chance to but their latest effort, Hid, is rather lovely, a simple string backed song with Amelia taking on the bulk of vocal duties.

Great Pagans launched their album Cupid In Error at the Green Door Store on 6th November at and haven’t rested on their laurels since then, sharing a remix of So Pure by fellow Brighton act Acquaintance.

Fickle Friends have breathed some new life into some of their old singles in the past few weeks, with a few remixes popping up and now a Vevo featured video of For You:

Time for T launch their self titled EP next Monday (24th November). They’re holding a London launch on the day, but the Brighton party isn’t until 13th December. As a taster, they’ve shared EP track Long Day Home

Last but by no means least is New Year’s Prayer, the lead track from Night House‘s upcoming debut EP, which is also self titled:

 

Night House launch their EP

Last night we went to the launch of the new EP by Night House, the new band of man-about-town Nick Williams who has helped curate and participated in some memorable musical events at last night’s venue the marvellous Marwood Cafe. Previous Marwood events curated by Nick included a brilliant weekend of gigs featuring an array of local acts as part of the free The Great Escape festival earlier this year.

First on the bill last night was the extraordinary sight of Laura and the Bass. Amazonian, Scandinavian, Blonde and dressed in not much more than a lace-looking body stocking, Laura presented a striking vision. Fortunately her playing and singing was top-notch, with her songs of the trials and tribulations of modern love.

Laura and the bass

Next up was the soulful pop of the accomplished four-piece band Staniford, with another tall and talented lead singer in the person of Tom Staniford.

Staniford

The penultimate act were one of Brighton’s finest, the Self Help Group. This was a tight venue for a six-piece to play, not helped by Mark’s visible man-flu symptoms and the chatter from the now packed upstairs space, but the Groupies rose to the challenge and played an absolutely blinding set with a mix of new and old songs. The harmonies between sisters Sarah and Clara Wood are always a delight, but the whole band seemed to relish the challenge and were as tight as I’ve seen them. Songs from their excellent album ‘Not Waving But Drowning’ were mixed with new songs, like Eddy’s House, a song about a dog house that takes on mythical proportions in the masterful hands of this band. They’re playing next on 22nd October at the Brunswick in a gig hosted by Chris T-T and come very highly recommended.

Mark Bruce of the Self Help Group Self Help Group Finally, man of the night Nick Williams got to play the songs from the new Night House EP along with band versions of some of his older songs. Particular favourites to my ears were ‘Heart on a Wire’ and ‘Berlin’ (referencing “a seaside town” so maybe the title is figurative).

The lead track ‘New Year’s Prayer’ is a lovely thing, mixing some late 70s pop harmonies with an indie soul sensibility. You can  see the video for the song here.

Night House

Night House's Nick Williams