We saw a couple of fantastic local bands last night at the Hope & Ruin, comprising a range of familiar local talent.
Brother Twain are the band of brothers Adrien and Etienne Rodes, and fronted by Miles Heathfield (of Clowwns) they play a 60s influenced garage psych with great applomb. Their first album was released a year ago and can be heard here but they have a range of new tunes now too.
Headliners The Pure Conjecture are fronted by Matt Eaton, an unlikely looking soul singer but a man who carries his songs well, and with a tight backing band (including three quarters of the Brakes) who manage to create real energy and excitement behind Eaton’s excellent Stax-Motown influenced songs. Reminiscent to thse ears of Elvis Costello and the Attractions in their Get Happy guise, this was a thilling set featuring songs from all three of the band’s albums and including excellent guest vocal appearances from trombonist Gram Parsons, on Baby Stop Crying a barnstorming Andrew Willis.
The Pure Conjecture‘s superb ‘No Ghosts’ LP from last year is available to listen and buy on bandcamp.
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 →
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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 →
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.
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’,
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
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.
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 →