Another Saturday in Brighton

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There is no shortage of great music to choose from in Brighton. Last Saturday we took in two great live events, at the Green Door Store and Brunswick Pub with an array of excellent local acts, in yet another marathon … Continue reading

Ellie Ford launch for ‘The Other Sun’

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Ellie Ford launched her debut album ‘The Other Sun’ at Bleach in Brighton on 22nd April. Brighton Music Blog were there to share in the fun. Opener Alabaster dePlume decided to play in the middle of the room without amplification, … Continue reading

Little Way Festival, 27th Feb 2016

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The Little Way festival is an innovation of a team led by Philippe Nash and Harvey Herman, aiming to create a new simple music festival with a homely local community vibe. And over the course of an 11 hour day … Continue reading

Fragile Creatures, Fierce Friend and Prince Vaseline at the Dome

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Brighton Dome’s Spectrum nights put on a monthly collection of new music and are always good value and pretty interesting. Last night we had five bands for five pounds at the Dome Studio Theatre. Kicking off proceedings were the excellent indie … Continue reading

The Knights Project, Kristin McClement and Dom Prag and the Pillow Biters at Coachwerks

Coachwerks is a former motor garage in the backs of Hollingbury which also acts as an occasional community hub and very rare live venue. It has started brewing its own beer on-site too in a rather special micro-brewery and last night I can vouch for the tastiness of the Old Bastard bitter, which is also available at a good price.

Last night the garage was packed for a live music show, featuring the Knights Project, Kristin McClement and Dom Prag and the Pillow Biters.

Dom Prag and the Pillow Biters

 

First up was Dom Prag who plays some inventive new wave songs, which his bassist tried to convince were a record of the lead singer’s sex life. The most memorable was an excellent song called ‘Unemployment’,

Kristin McClement

Kristin McClement

Kristin McClement

Kristin McClement

There was a slight pause before the second act which gave us good time to sample the home brew. Kristin McClement was en route direct from a support slot that evening for Sam Lee at the Brighton Corn Exchange, so it was quite a switch to come to the tiny Coachwerks on the same night. However, we were privileged to have her and she and drummer Jools performed an intense set of her melancholic poetic folk songs. We’ve written about Kristin before, but if you haven’t heard her new album ‘The Wild Grips’ yet we highly recommend that you do.

The Knights Project

The Knights Project

The Knights Project

The Knights Project

Last up were the Knights Project, a folk super group comprising the Pillow Biters from earlier plus assorted others, and led by Lucy Day. Theirs is a joyful sound of guitars and violins and accordion, which provided an enjoyable way to close the evening.

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Neonfiller night at The Joker with Tigercats, Fever Dream and Seadog

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Last night Neonfiller hosted a fun-filled three-band session at the newly kitted-out upstairs room at the Joker featuring Seadog warming up for their support slot at tonight’s Spectrum show (2000s math-rock crossed with Elliott Smith-infused indie harmonies), Fever Dream (1990s … Continue reading

Sputnik – an evening of intergalactic sounds

Saturday night in Brighton and we were getting our groove on at the Green Door Store for  a free-entry night of “intergalactic sounds inspired by outer space” with four local dance-oriented acts, headlined by the legendary psych-rockers Cloud playing what I was told was rumoured to be the opening and closing night of their 2015 World stadium tour.

Opening act NJ Strange has been messing around with software and technology-based sound for around quarter of a century and laid down some smooth sounds to introduce the evening.

NJ Strange

Second on was the electro-dance mix-meister Peter J Mason who is one half of the electro-pop high-drama-duo Becky Becky as well as re-mixer for the likes of Button Eyes, Woodpecker Wooliams and various Fence Collective acts. His high-powered hi-energy set played under the new name JOTA really got the joint moving, and well-deserved the hearty round of applause.

Jota (Peter Mason)

Third act INVADR comprised electronics-wizard Matt Garland who had programmed software to project a space-inspired light-show that was triggered by the different aspects of his 1970s synthesiser-driven dance set. It felt a bit Kraftwerk and a bit Jean-Michelle Jarre.

INVADR (Matt Garland)

Finally, headliners CLOUD are a bit of a supergroup comprising a movable feast of players from the Brighton music scene past and present. Whilst guitar-based, the group include synths, electro-violin and a guest appearance on flute by Woodpecker Woolliams. The band are infrequent visitors to the stage these days but when they play live their thing is an improvised barrage of psych-inspired rock, with a lot like Hawkwind at their grooviest. They were on very good form tonight and there was a lot of dancing going on amongst the enthusiastic audience. Hopefully we’ll be seeing another space-fuelled psych night like this again soon.

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CLOUD

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Words and pictures by Jon Southcoasting