June Gig Previews

We’re only a few days away from June, so it’s about time for another set of previews.

31870984_10155845867916622_8293160172981846016_oOur first tip is Crayola Lectern’s album launch at the Rosehill this Friday (1st June). Friday is also release day for Happy Endings, Crayola Lectern‘s second long player, and you can see the video for Rescue Mission in yesterday’s new music post.

Our next tip is another gig at the Rosehill, on Friday 8th June. Love Thy Neighbour and Immersion put on their fourth Nanocluster event, where Immersion and an invited guest play individual sets then join forces for the final section of the gig. Ulrich Schnauss joins them in June, following an incredible set from Laetita Sadier last month.

Friday 8th June is also the date of the Brighton leg of Normanton Street‘s upcoming tour. They’re playing at Patterns alongside Frankie Stew and Harvey Gunn.

29497266_1887759464588688_1528694996562083840_nWe were sad to read about Red Deer People calling it a day. In a statement they said “And so it’s with a heavy heart that we announce that Red Deer People are calling it a day. A huge thank you to everyone who has listened to our music, bought our records, and came to see us live over the last few years. We’ve had a blast. We will be playing one final farewell show and we would love it if you could attend”. The last gig will be on June 14th at The Hope & Ruin with support from Squid and The Family Chain.

On 21st June, LibraLibra launch their new single Tongues at the Green Door Store. It’s a whole night event, carrying on until the early hours rather than finishing at 10.30 like most gigs, with DJs and a special host on top of the supports.

It’s only because we rite about things chronologically that the biggest gig of the month falls last in our write up. Yesterday’s new music post featured the first new music from Orbital since 2012’s Wonky LP and on Friday 29th June they play a massive gig at Brighton Racecourse. Orbital’s live sets are legendary (they put out an album compiled from their Glastonbury performances a few years back), and they’ll be joined by Faithless amongst others.

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New Brighton Music

We’re playing catchup this week, after a gig preview last week and the Great Escape the week before that there’s a lot of ground to cover. We’ll also be introducing a simplification in how we present the tracks too, so that hopefully we don’t get so behind in future.

Artist: Orbital
Track Name: Tiny Foldable Cities
Taken from: Monsters Exist LP
Release Date: 14th September 2018
Next gig: Brighton Racecourse 29th June

Artist: Crayola Lectern
Track Name: Rescue Mission
Taken from: Happy Endings album
Release Date: 1st June 2018
Next gig: Album release gig on 1st June at the Rosehill Arts Centre

Artist: Animal House
Track Name: Outside
Taken from: Premium Mediocre
Release Date: 25th May
https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/4DlSsGPe2WGcCRGuHczjEe

Artist: Black Honey
Track Name: Bad Friends
Taken from: Bad Friends single
Release Date: 4th May 2018
https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/2t500TKXm88JKXlJbsG9WH

Artist: Passenger
Track Name: Hell or High Water
Taken from: Runaway album
Release Date: 31st August 2018
Next gig: Brighton Dome, 9th September

Artist: Thyla
Track Name: Blame
Taken from: Blame single
Release Date: 9th May 2018

Artist: All Better
Track Name: Thanks for Nothing
Taken from: A Turn at Being Cool EP
Release Date: 15th June 2018
Next gig: https://www.facebook.com/events/209390666509921/16th June Supporting High Visions at the Quadrant

Artist: Morning Myth
Track Name: Beyond The Blue
Taken from: Everything is a Photograph EP
Release Date: 4th June 2018

Artist: Mere Child (aka Aimee Herbert-Smith from Morning Myth)
Track Name: Swim
Taken from: Swim (single)
Release Date: 11th May 2018

Artist: Jess Bishop
Track Name: I’m Still Here
Taken from: I’m Still Here single
Release Date: 3rd May 2018
https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/3U8cHRTS91jx40FOnh5bDf

Artist: Megan Lara Mae
Track Name: Caribou
Taken from: Caribou single
Release Date: 13th April
https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/2PS4aIZLdzrCett8EnIMUH

Artist: Levity
Track Name: Dreamers of the Night
Taken from: Dreamers of the Night single
Release Date: 1st June 2018

Artist: Lydia Evangeline
Track Name: Old Shoes
Taken from: Old Shoes single
Release Date: 25th May 2018
https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/5iQKV4LuZgixZlKVnQ7VOx

Artist: Fond of Rudy
Track Name: Imagination
Taken from: Imagination single
Release Date: 18th May 2018

Artist: Galangas
Track Name: Mr Brain
Taken from: Mr Brain single
Release Date: 14th May

Artist: School Disco
Track Name: Kill The King
Taken from: Kill The King single
Release Date: 18th May 2018
Next gig:

Artist: Salt Ashes
Track Name: Girls
Taken from: Girls single
Release Date: 4th May 2018
Next gig:

Artist: Viktor Magick
Track Name: Playing Ball
Taken from: Playing Ball single
Release Date: 30th April 2018

New Brighton Music

Here’s this week’s New Music post. Often new releases slow down around festival season, but Brighton’s bands? No Way.

Orbital‘s comeback has been properly cemented – their comeback in February was technically a remix, so its good to have some proper new material from the Hartnoll brothers with their new single Copenhagen:

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New Brighton Music

January was a fairly quiet month for new music, so our second post of the year has taken until February. We’re going to start large, with one of the biggest bands from round these parts. Orbital are back with a track called Kinetic 2017, which is a remix of an Orbital side project release from 1992:

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New Brighton Music

It’s been a while since we’ve done a New Music post, so here’s a round up of some of the things we think you should be listening to.

Two thirds of Dream Wife are from Brighton, but their third member Rakel Mjöll is from Iceland. Brighton’s been home to Icelandic musicians before – Emiliana Torrini lived here for a number of years – but she never rocked out like this. Dream Wife’s new release EP01 is out now on Cannibal Hymns, and this is the title track Hey Heartbreaker. The band play a late night set at Sticky Mike’s on 1st April at the new-ish Busy Doing Nothing night.

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The ones that got away

We wrote about loads of bands earlier this month in an arbitrary personal take on the year, but there’s been lots going on that we couldn’t include for one reason or the other. There were lots of bands who were just bubbling under, we didn’t write about any bands who were from Brighton – obviously – and we kept the list just to bands and didn’t mention venues or events or stuff like that.

We tried to have a bit of balance across our advent calendar, making sure we had big and small bands, so it was always going to be the case that there was going to be some we couldn’t fit in. As well as The Maccabees and Bat for Lashes hitting hard for Brighton, Blood Red Shoes and Orbital were troubling the charts. While we’re talking about big acts, Fatboy Slim‘s most recent Big Beach Boutique was a success not on the beach but at the Amex, where they apparently ran out of beer on the first night. On the subject of local bands in sports venues, hundreds of people braved the rain in July when Rizzle Kicks accompanied the entrance of the Olympic Torch to Hove Cricket Groung Saint Etienne were further down our longlist than the album “Words and Music by Saint Etienne” and their gig at the Concorde warranted, but with only Pete Wiggs living in Brighton, we had to prioritise bands with more local members.

Other bands with albums out in 2012 who we just couldn’t fit in were Tall Ships, Cave Painting, Ital Tek (referred to by one of my mates as possibly his album of the year), Sparrow and Negative Pegasus. When Todd Jordan isn’t being part of Negative Pegasus, he’s also one third of promoters One Inch Badge, who brought us the fantastic Sea Monsters festival at the Prince Albert as well as dozens of other great gigs, and is one of the people responsible for Bizarro World, a monthly covers gig which is so much better than it sounds on paper.

There’s a few bands who’ve caught our eye that we’re expecting big things from in 2013. Crayola Lectern‘s album is recorded and due to arrive in Spring sometime on Bleeding Hearts Recordings. We saw Dead Cars live a few weeks ago and really really liked what they were doing, but it was too late to squeeze them into our list. But if we were to be pushed to name one act whose year it could be then we’d have to say Anneka. We’ve only seen her live once so far (supporting Com Truise at The Haunt), but there was something about what she was doing that sounded so fully formed, that she’s bound to be huge.

Outside of Brighton, here’s our top ten albums and top five tracks of the year:

1. Melody’s Echo Chamber / Melody’s Echo Chamber
2. Beth Orton / Sugaring Season
3. Laetitia Sadier / Silencio
4. Toy / Toy
5. Raveonettes / Observator
6. Clock Opera / Ways to Forget
7. Best Coast / The Only Place
8. Black Reindeer / Real Life is Overrated
9. Scuba / Personality
10. Cornshed Sisters / Tell Tales

1. Mmoths / Heart
2. Blur / Under The Westway
3. Saint Etienne / Tonight
4. Minotaur Shock / Janet
5. Lee Hazlewood / Souls Island