September Gig Preview

One of these days we’ll get around to posting our gig preview posts at the end of the previous month rather than a few days into the new month. Not this month though. If I was on the ball, I’d have posted about ZOFFF’s gig at the Prince Albert last Sunday, where they were joined onstage by Terry Bickers and Jo Spratley and lit by Innerstrings. As a consolation, ZOFFF are playing again on 30th September at the Prince Albert.

Tomorrow night (6th September) Bloom head up an international showcase at the Rosehill, joined by Bell Lungs from Glasgow and Sam Goodwill from Ohio. There’s a cheap list if you post your name on the facebook event.

On Friday Night, Small Pond and Sugar Free Records are throwing a fundraiser for Dan from Cleft, unsubtly called Fuck Off Cancer. Local bands Bearded Youth Quest and Exploder Than You join Axes to complete the bill.

As mentioned in our new music post earlier this evening, GAPS launch their album As It Is at the Prince Albert on 14th September. Support comes from TEEFF and Japanese Sweets plus  a Foreign Skin DJ set.

The launch for Projector new cassette based double A side single Love / Dreaming is at the Green Door Store on Friday 15th September. Support comes from Sick Joy, Loa Loa and Murmur

We’ve already mentioned one gig on 30th September, but there’s actually another two that have caught our eye. The first of these is the Porridge Radio / Penelope Isles co headline gig at Latest put on by Brighton Noise. That Friday night also sees the return of Spectrum, the gig series put on by the Dome, which has taken a break while the Studio is being refurbished, but is coming back in some new homes while work continues. The first of these is at the Basement and is hosted by Objects Ltd, a local label only releasing acts who identify as female or non binary. Objects Head Honcho Lara Rix-Martin headlines the night under her Meemo Comma alias, and is joined by Drill Folly and Ingrid Plum.

 

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Brighton Music Blog Great Escape / Alt Escape 2017 preview

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It’s almost that time again – the highlight in the Brighton musical calendar, when anywhere you can fit in a PA becomes venue for a few days. Yes, this coming weekend is The Great Escape Festival. We haven’t finalised our plans, but we’re probably going to end up seeing more Alt Escape stuff than proper Great Escape stuff, because that’s where the bulk of the local bands are playing. If you haven’t got yourself a ticket yet then you can get into all the Alt Escape stuff without one anyway.

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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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Gig preview : Triptych

untitled-1Happy New Year! Our first post of 2017 isn’t a new music post – nobody has sent us anything yet this year (although we have got a couple of things we missed last year that we need to catch up with). Instead we’ve got a preview of some gigs which caught our eye (a phrase specifically chosen to draw your attention to the beautiful flyers above). The last full week in January is Independent Venue Week and as part of that Love Thy Neighbour are putting on a trio of gigs that they’re calling Triptych. These aren’t just any gigs though – each night features three Brighton bands and is accompanied by it’s own super limited edition lathe cut vinyl release of the acts performing. Continue reading

An Alternative 2016 Albums best of…

So Rob always has his top ten Brighton albums of the year and it’s always very good and there are usually one or two overlaps with Jon’s but they’re never the same, so in the spirit of diversity and a reflection of the excellent year 2016 has been for music, Jon thought he’d drop a few Rob failed to mention and which happen to be top of his list. Continue reading

Porridge Radio – Rice, Pasta and other fillers

Brighton Riot-Girl Punk-Rock Emo Scream-core  heroes hit with Pasta, Rice and other Fillers


Porridge Radio were already one of our favourite live bands. Georgina’s self-confessed bouncing and squawking distracting us from the impassioned vocals and punk rock guitar of front person and songwriter Dana in turn distracting us from one of the tightest rhythm sections in town in the form of Sam and Matilda. Seriously distracting.

And now after an array of demos and occasional ad hoc releases they’ve gone and produced one of the best albums you’re likely to hear all year. It’s all riot-girl and punk rock, but full of dynamic structural changes and an underpinning of brilliant lyricism.

Dana Margolin does young-person angst better than anyone we’ve heard for quite a while. In ‘Barks like a dog’ she takes a well-worn phrase, stretches it further and then puts the knife to the canvas of her emotions: “Beauty seeps in the cracks where the pain comes in,” she sings, before noting that “all the things that break me and really hurt me keep me sane and warm“. And she sounds sane and warm.

That song precedes a cover of Daniel Johnston’s Walking the Cow, which in turn is followed by the stunning ‘Can You Hear Me Now’ which typifies the prolonged scream at which the band seem to excel.

“My problems are meaningless so listen to someone else
I’m sick to death of me
Listen to yourself listen to someone else
I’m sick to death of me…”

 

‘Can You Hear Me Now’ is brilliant and it’s followed by the stunning ‘Sorry’. More emotion, more passion, more pain, more confusion, wrapped up in a musical whirlwind:

“Theres one hundred ways of dealing with this shit But I think I’ve only got the energy To cry”

The shorter track that follows, ‘Worms’, takes a simple metaphor of “this is the worm speaking to the maggot” to comment on modern culture and tears apart the veneer of celebrity and comparative privilege:

“It’s a beautiful day for an ugly girl to wake up feeling pretty,” she sings.

Those are probably our three favourite tracks and they encapsulate the themes that flow throughout the album. There are plenty more thrilling and memorable moments.

Now you have no excuse not to discover Porridge Radio for yourself and we think you’ll love them as much as we do. They regularly gig in Brighton so check out their facebook page for more details.

The album ‘Rice, Pasta & Other Fillers’ is available on limited edition cassette or as a free download from Memorials of Distinction on bandcamp

 

Review and photograph by Jon Southcoasting