Brighton Music Blog Great Escape / Alt Escape 2017 preview

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It’s almost that time again – the highlight in the Brighton musical calendar, when anywhere you can fit in a PA becomes venue for a few days. Yes, this coming weekend is The Great Escape Festival. We haven’t finalised our plans, but we’re probably going to end up seeing more Alt Escape stuff than proper Great Escape stuff, because that’s where the bulk of the local bands are playing. If you haven’t got yourself a ticket yet then you can get into all the Alt Escape stuff without one anyway.

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New Brighton Music

We’ve been writing about albums more than individual tracks and without realising suddenly there’s loads to catch up. So without further ado, here’s the new one from Fujiya & Miyagi. It’s the first track to be shared from EP2, the follow up to EP1 which came out earlier this year. The track’s called Outstripping (The Speed of Light) and is out on 28th October. Fujiya & Miyagi have also announced a mini tour taking in Paris, Istanbul, Barcelona and Bristol, ending up in Brighton at The Haunt on 11th November:

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New Brighton Music

As promised yesterday, this week’s new music comes in two doses, and here’s the second.

Today’s post starts with the flip side of the record that started yesterday’s post. Pogo by Octopuses is the double A side that accompanies the new track from Milk & Biscuits, out on 1st June on Lick Music:

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New Music

Here’s our first new music post of August. There’s doesn’t seem as many gigs around at the moment, but that hasn’t translated in and slowing down of the new music we get to write about.

First up is Curxes with their new single Valkyrie. Valkyrie has been a staple of the band’s live sets for a while, and they first mentioned the track to us in an interview we did with them back in February last year where they described it as “probably the most batshit thing we’ve done so far”. You can’t argue with that. The single comes with remix from Deluxe Flamingos and an instrumental, and is out on 18th August, available for preorder here.

The mysterious Black Honey have put out a second track. Teenager has a faster tempo than last month’s Sleep Forever, but is still drenched with reverb heavy guitars and a vocal Lana Del Rey would be proud of.

We went along to the launch of the new Slum of Legs single at Sticky Mike’s a couple of weeks back, but at the time Begin to Dissolve hadn’t been posted online. You can listen and buy it now though, via Tuff Enuff Records, the record label offshoot of Riots Not Diets. The single is an anarchic lo-fi romp which takes no prisoners, which for the sake of clarification, is a good thing in our book.

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Lick Music, the musical offshoot of the people who make the fantastic frozen yoghurt have put out some tasters, but not of the dairy product variety. Following on from the Milk & Biscuits tape put out earlier this year, Lick are putting out another cassette on August 25th, this time by Octopuses. Once again it’s a four-tracker, with two studio tracks on side A and two live tracks on side B. Lead Track Cool Story Bro is set to appear on Octopuses debut album Yes Please due later this year.

RiD are a new band who’ve just put out their first EP. The EP is entitled Move Juice and the title track is called Smile:

Japanese Sweets, the ambient side project from Speak Galactic’s Owen Thomas, have put up two new tracks on Soundcloud. Our favourite is the effervescent Brief Luminescence:

Rather more gentle is Sallow Tree, the new track from Lutine. It’s being released as a single on 25th August, and precede’s the folk duo’s debut album White Flowers which comes out at the end of September.

Native sons email with their debut track Humanise in the middle of the heatwave a couple of weeks back, so it almost got lost as we stayed away from our overheating PC in an attempt to try and stay cool. Here it is now though, with it’s melodic tropical guitars and anthemic choruses.

Our last new music roundup featured an IYES remix, and here we are only a week later with another. This time it’s their slow-mo take on Indiana‘s Heart on Fire:

 

Weekend Gig Picks

Here’s our choice of the best local bands to see around town this weekend. As always, we’re spoiled for choice.

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Tomorrow night we’ll be heading down to Latest Music Bar for The Beautiful Word’s launch for their new album Particles. Support comes from The Common Tongues and the brilliantly named Emperors of Ice Cream. Meanwhile, over at Brighton’s newest venue Bermuda Triangle (tucked in alongside Digital) Theo Verney and Bad For Lazarus are supporting Traams for the launch of issue number three of Boon Magazine. Also on Thursday is Fragile Creatures second curated night at the Blind Tiger. This time around they’re bringing along Octopuses for some live music and The Maydays for Wheel of Fortune Karaoke.

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Friday Night is this month’s Les Enfants Terribles, who have a great line up as ever. Top of the bill at the Blind Tiger this month is Plum, a relative newcomer to Brighton who has plenty of accomplishments under her belt – earlier this year she was awarded Best Electronic Artist at the Scottish Music Awards. Alongside her are Phantom Runners who have recently been making the video for their new single and local Math Rock trio Patchwork Natives.

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On Saturday Night, Brighton’s Finest host an evening at The Old Market. The night is headlined by The Mojo Fins, but it’s also worth noting that it’ll be your last ever chance to see support act Apples and Eve live before they split up and go their separate ways.

New Music – Electric Soft Parade, Poles Apart, Octopuses, Mojo Fins, British Sea Power

There’s four new releases to tell you about this week, from some new bands, and some more established bands. So without further ado…

The Electric Soft Parade – The Sun Never Sets Around Here

The White brothers next single, put out to support their mini-tour later this month (which sadly doesn’t include a Brighton date at the time of writing) is Idiots opener The Sun Never Sets Around Here. There’s a home made video, and the track has been re-recorded, with a brand new guitar solo and a completely different second half.

The Mojo Fins – Introverts

The Mojo Fins third album is due for release next year. Before then they’re putting out Introverts, which is out on November 10th on Amazon Records

Poles Apart – Atlasless

Atlasless is the debut EP from new Brighton four piece Poles Apart. It features three tracks of atmospheric rock and is up on Bandcamp now as a name-your-price download.

Octopuses – Ghost in the House

Octopuses are lining up for the release their second single Ghost In The House. With a title like that, it could only be released on Halloween, when it’ll be available as a free download from Big Salad Records. Until then you can enjoy the second home made video of today’s round up.

British Sea Power – Monsters of Sunderland

Finally, British Sea Power have put out a video today of Monsters of Sunderland from their album Machineries of Joy, featuring the bears which are staples of their live sets. The video only went up today, so catch it while it’s fresh!

Weekend Gig Picks

We’re out of town for the weekend, but that’s not going to stop us telling you about the great music that’s on. In fact, we’re going to bring our normal timings a day earlier and start the post off from bands playing Wednesday night, since there’s some great gigs going on then that we’re gutted we’re going to miss out on.

OctopusesOctopuses, Becky Becky and Do You Feel What I Feel Deer? are all on the bill at the Prince Albert on Wednesday night for the launch of Octopuses new single Sarcastic. At the Blind Tiger you can see Faux Flux, Luo and Spacenoid, and you can see The Beautiful Word at Northern Lights.

Skipping to Friday Night, Eliza Jaye holds her album launch at the Ranelagh, and at the Blind Tiger there’s this month’s Les Enfants Terribles, featuring Bad for Lazarus, Fox in the City and The Frenzied Anaesthetist. Unfortunately Fear of Men supporting Youth Lagoon has been rescheduled so if you were hoping to see them you’ll have to wait until October.

sourceWe’ve already mentioned Saturday night RSPB Fundraiser at Saint Luke’s Church with Mary Hampton and Do You Feel What I Feel Deer? Saturday is also this month’s Source New Music at the Dome Studio Theatre – Flash Bang Band headline, with support from 900 Spaces, Hundredth Anniversary and The Victory Dolls. Meanwhile, at the Green Door Store Gnarwolves host the launch party for their new EP Funemployed.