New Music – New Union, Devil in Detail, Rizzle Kicks

We’ve got three new tracks for you this week, from the smallest to the biggest of Brighton bands.

Devil in Detail have only just released their hard rocking debut EP. Point Scoring is the lead track:

The New Union released their eponymous EP back in June and have just released a video for the quiet piano track. This is Forget Again:

Brighton’s biggest band of the past few years are back. Rizzle Kicks return with Lost Generation, and a video sponsored by O2. When did videos start to get sponsored?

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Jumbo Easter Weekend Gig Picks

Normally our weekend gig picks have events from Thursday night onwards, but with the weekend starting a day earlier this week thanks to Easter, let’s kick things off from today.

Tonight Rizzle Kicks headline the Dome in a charity fundraiser for Audio Active. We wrote about the opportunity for a local act to support them – congratulations to Frankie Stew and Harvey Gunn who won that honour. Alternatively, at the Green Door Store Abi Wade is support at the launch of Charley Bickers album Our Frail Hearts.

On Thursday, it’s the monthly Source New Music night with Jennifer Left, Laish and Le Juki. This month, rather than being at the Dome Studio Theatre, it’s at Church Street Bar, which will offer cabaret style seating. Our other pick for Thursday Night is The Beautiful Word, who are playing a hometown show midway through their national tour which is hosted by Communion.

We’ve also got two picks for Friday Night. The first is Les Enfants Terrible – a new monthly night being held at the Blind Tiger bringing you new Brighton talent. Bands on for their first night are We Spies, Lion Bark, Animal Language and Girlfriend. Our second pick takes us up to the Green Door Store, for their regular Pelirocco Platters night. New Street AdventureTiny Dragons and The Chances are on the bill.

Saturday sees Fragile Creatures at the Blind Tiger, supported by Garden Heart and Land of Youth, and on Sunday we’d recommend heading up to the Green Door Store where House of Hats and Jacko Hooper are supporting Tom Staniford, or over to the Blind Tiger where Sweet Sweet Lies are supporting Louis Barabbas.

A chance to support Rizzle Kicks

Normally when we see people on social media seeking out bands to fill support slots, we give them a mention or a retweet, but when we heard about this opportunity we thought we’d write a separate blog post, because it’s rather special.

Rizzle Kicks (copyright Jim Stephenson)

Rizzle Kicks (copyright Jim Stephenson)

Audio Active are a local charity who work with children and young people providing them with musical and creative experiences. They’re putting on a fund raiser at the Dome on 27th March headlined by Rizzle Kicks and are offering a local band the opportunity to support them which, considering how big Rizzle Kicks are, is a bit of a big deal. Obviously this might attract a fair bit of attention, so there’s a few criteria they’d like people making an application to follow:

  • Aged 21 or under
  • Must have a 15-20 minute live set
  • Must be urban inspired (genres inc hip hop, rap, garage, r&b, dubstep, d&b, etc)
  • Must be available to audition on 21th March if shortlisted
  • And available on March 27th for the gig, obviously

Deadline for applications is Monday 18th of March, so get your skates on. There’s full details of how to apply in the Audio Active website. Alternatively, you could just buy a ticket for the gig, see one of of the biggest Brighton bands, and support a local charity too!

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

Weekend Gig Picks

Fancy going to see a Brighton band this weekend? Here’s who we recommend:

brighton-rocks-23-online-18183Our pick for Friday is Lout’s regular Brighton Rocks night. This week The Witches, Fragile Creatures, Little Shocks, and Bliss are on the bill at Sticky Mikes. The BIG gig in town is Rizzle Kicks at the Brighton Centre. Apparently that starts at 6.30, and I’m sure most of their audience probably need to get to bed early, so if you were keen you could probably get to both! 😉

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riots not diets shrag

Our choice for Saturday is the Riots not Diets Christmas Party at the West Hill, headlined by Shrag. There’s  support from Cosines, Bad Librarians and Fulhast, as well as a film about post-punk girl group Dolly Mixture. You can pick up a ticket for six quid from Resident.

Action Beat aren’t from Brighton, but Speak Galactic and P for Persia who are supporting them at the Prince Albert are. Also, Luke Sital Singh is on at the Hope – probably your last chance to see him anywhere so small, so don’t miss out!

Rizzle Kicks at the Olympic Torch Relay

In another world, I’d be writing about Grasscuts tonight – their album came out today, and they played a free instore at Resident to celebrate it’s release. However even though the sensible thing would have been to go to a gig in the dry, I was standing in a damp muddy field in Hove for another Brighton band.

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Happy New Year

Happy New Year from Brighton Music Blog! It’s that time of year when pretty much the whole media is looking back at the past year and forward at the year ahead. We only started the blog back in October, so let’s just look ahead. Already it’s looking like a good year for Brighton Music – The Maccabees new album Given To The Wild is out next Monday, with Foxes! eponymous debut album out the following week, and Brakes have posted on Facebook to say that they’ll have an album out later this year too (although they have since tweeted to tell us not to get our hopes up!).

Maccabees - Given To The Wild

There’s also a lot of great Brighton-based gigs around town over the next few months. Here’s a few that caught my eye:

6th January : British Sea Power at The Haunt
23rd – 28th January : Sea Monsters 2 gigs at Prince Albert
31st January : Juice New Music Night (Bobby McGees headlining) at The Haunt
4th February : Electric Soft Parade (10th anniversary of Holes in the Wall) at The Haunt
16th February : Source New Music Night (headliners tbc) at Pavilion Theatre
23rd February : Shrag at Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar
9th March : Maccabees at Dome
13th / 14th March : Rizzle Kicks at Concorde 2

I’m sure that’s just the tip of the iceberg. We’ll have reviews and photos from some of those gigs in the coming weeks.

And as if that’s not enough, Brighton Music Blog contributor Jon Southcoasting is DJing his All Time Top 100 at the Coopers Cask this saturday. Jon knows a thing or two about music, so it’s bound to be a good night.