It’s Christmas Eve Eve, and we’ve left it a bit late to come up with our end of the year round up. Without much further ado, here it is – We say it every year, but this isn’t an ordered list, because you just can’t compare a band who’ve been releasing records for over twenty years with another who’ve just put out their first release. So hopefully there’s something in here for everyone, whether you’ve been listening to Nick Cave since he played with The Birthday Party, or you discovered CLT DRP at a sweaty night at the Green Door Store:
Nancy / Clic Clac Fujiya & Miyagi / Gammon Penelope Isles / Gnarbone BUNKR / For The Birds Laundromat / Humans HANYA / Dream Wife Blood Red Shoes / Howl Orchards / Young Barnacles / Manatee CLT DRP / Speak To My The Soft Walls / Every Target Can Afford To Wait Projector / Go Ahead Guru / Don’t Talk Murmur / Cradle Demob Happy / Less is More Cate Ferris / Gyroscope My Life Story / Taking on the World Winter Gardens / Coral Bells Dog in the Snow / Dual Terror El Train / Feels Like Ida Vallens / Mt Whitney Hotel La Lune / Holding Onto U Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds / Gallen Ship Meemo Comma / Murmur
Honorable mentions also need to go to the Spotify conscientious objectors, Electric Soft Parade and Andres Y Xavi:
Here’s this week’s new music post, which features the return of Orchards who today announced their biggest headline tour to date. Gone are the days of seeing them in small venues like the Hope & Ruin or the Prince Albert – their next gig in Brighton will be in April at Chalk.
Orchards / Sooner Inwards / Tottertot Sick Joy / History This Party / Skin & Bone MarthaGunn / Heaven Johnny Kills / Editing Nick Hudson (with Oli Spleen) / The Bedroom (World Aids Day single)
Last night Orchards headlined the Hope & Ruin, playing their first sold out headline show of their careers to date. The gig was in aid of Brighton Women’s Centre, so selling out is the best thing that could have happened for both the band and the charity involved. Support came from Libra Libra (who we saw) and Pollon (who we sadly missed). Continue reading →
It’s the first of July and summer’s definitely here. What’s hot in the world of Brighton music over the next month though? Read on and we’ll tell you…
The first gig we have to mention takes place this Friday (5th), when The Physics House Band play at the Hope & Ruin, off the back of their recent Death Sequence EP. There are two local supports – Inwards and Jouis – and the nightwill be lit by Innerstrings.
If you want to see a great band AND do some good this month, then go and see Orchards, who play at the Hope & Ruin on Wednesday 10th July, where profits are going to Brighton Women’s centre. This will be the first time we’ve actually caught a full Orchards set, having missed them so many times and only managing to catch the last couple of songs at this year’s Great Escape. Support comes from Libra Libra and Pollon.
Penelope Isles‘ new album When The Tide Comes In comes out a week on Friday, and they’re playing an instore at Resident on Wednesday 17th July. Unless you’re lucky enough to be at one of the European festivals they’re playing at this summer, this is going to be your only chance to see them until their tour in November / December (which finishes at the Haunt on December 11th).
Finally, we couldn’t close off our gig preview without mentioning Rag’n’Bone Man’s gig at the Racecourse on Saturday 27th July. I’m not sure if he still lives locally, but does that really matter when he’s done so much for the local music scene – working his way up with Rum Committee, supporting AudioActive, and playing at the Brits in front of visuals of the pier.
Next week sees the return of The Great Escape, where we all get even less sleep than normal, and anywhere you could imagine a stage, and a few places you couldn’t, turn into venues for three days. It overshadows most other musical happenings in May, which is quite remarkable since May is also the month of Brighton Festival, so this post replaces our usual monthly gig preview. Continue reading →
Here’s this week’s new music. There’s no big preamble this week, other than to note that our Brighton Rocks series is kicking off again soon (we took some photos this weekend and we’ve got another band booked in for next weekend)
I’m not a fan of end of year lists. There’s the forced ranking of things, introducing subjectivity and pitting people against each other. There’s the fact that you might not remember things from the start of the year as well as recent tracks, or that some songs sounded great in the sunshine but right now it’s cold, wet and miserable. So instead, here’s a few tracks from 2018 that are highlights for us. No particular order, no claims that one is better than another, just what we think are a bunch of great tunes. There’s a few maybe more obvious bands missing (naming no names) – it’s been a brilliant year for Brighton Music – but some of the bands you might be thinking of haven’t been in touch, or haven’t got back to us when we’ve been in touch. Given how successful they’ve been they obviously haven’t needed a blog like us, and it’s not like we’ve been short of great music to post this year. Anyway, we’ve tried to post bandcamp links where we can, so if you like what you can hear, you can click through and buy from the site where the biggest proportion of the price goes back to the artist: Continue reading →