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.

Interlocutor at the Hope

Wednesday night we saw Interlocutor at the Hope.

Octopuses - the band

Octopuses

First up were the new band Octopuses, formed by Adam Bell out of the remnants of Foxes! with Alan and Rob Grice, Alan Odgers and the legend-in-the-making Tom Matthews playing the part of unlikely font man. The band play ragged but fast-paced indie pop, with strong songs and a beefy rhythm section that belies the off-ball keyboard riffs and laconic artless vocals up front. overall a most enjoyable confection and one worth watching.

Crayola Lectern

Crayola Lectern

Next up was the Crayola Lectern playing songs from his forthcoming album, a beautiful psychedelic monstrosity being released on the Bleeding Hearts label. Crayola Lectern is a nervous live performer, trying out one song and stopping when he seemingly couldn’t remember it.  But he was accompanied by Alistair Strachan on trumpet and percussion, who gives a rich rewarding texture to the enchanting piano-based melodies.

Interlocutor horn section

Horn section

Finally, the headliners gathered on stage, all dozen or so players with a fantastic concoction of blue-eyed soul led by Alex White, of Electric Soft Parade. A big meaty brass section, some stiff guitar riffs and the superb manic drumming of brother Tom helped to power an excellent collection of songs, including a Steely Dan cover for which Alex sort of apologised and then played a blinder. Billed as an album launch of sorts, it wasn’t quite as the album isn’t finished, but judging from the collection played here it is going to sound amazing. Really looking forward to that one.

Alex White and Interlocutor

Alex White

So three great bands playing some fabulous new music through a messy soundsystem in a hot sweaty little venue with sticky walls and terrible beer. It was made even more memorable by Chris Tomsett’s brilliant innerstrings psychedelic light show, which is becoming a regular feature at a lot of Brighton gigs these days, so much so that it seems it isn’t really a rock gig without it. All in all, a great night.

 

(Photographs by Jon Southcoasting)

Interlocutor

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So you’ve done the weekend now, except for that post-Saturday hangover-recovery dance, and you’re starting to wonder about your next big thing to do?

Well, you’re sorted. On Wednesday we have a gig by Alex White’s new band Interlocutor, Alex being the other brother out of the Electric Soft Parade and one of Brighton’s most prolific and talented musos. Interlocutor are an 11 piece alt-soul-rock band, and if Matthew E White or Lambchop’s your bag you will love this. Wednesday night they’re playing their new album right the way through. It will be great.

In support we have the amazing Crayola Lectern with his psychedelically-infused torch-rock, and the ramshackle indie-pop of Octopuses, comprising ex-members of the now legendary Foxes! And if that isn’t enough, these three bands will all be bathed in the warm glow of the Innerstrings Psychedelic Lightshow, a satisfying sight worth the meagre entrance fee on its own.

This one will sell out, so get your tickets pronto from the usual local stores or online at http://www.wegottickets.com/event/208205

Interlocutor