Brighton Rocks #21 : Guru

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What’s the best thing about Brighton?
Simon: Most definitely the people here, it’s hard to find another place where you instantly feel so comfortable and vibe off other people. The sea is alright as well.
Ferg: I like how small it is too. Some people don’t like that but it’s nice being able to walk from one end to the other in half an hour. I don’t like public transport

Who are the your favourite local bands?
Simon: There’s always a healthy dose of new music going on which is great. I have to say I love seeing frank and beans when I get the chance those guys are great! The Slaughter House Band are also pretty new and exciting so go check them out.
Ferg: I rate Big Slammu. They got some pretty wacky things going on and some tasty riffs. Dreamwave are new faves on the block too bringing home the Fuzz. I’m ooking forward to hearing more of Tundra Love, they’ve been quite elusive until now but they’re about to drop some bangers. There’s always lots of exciting music in Brighton!

What’s the best venue?
Simon: Green door store is our spiritual home so I’d probably have to say that, the guys there work really hard and really give a shit about the local music scene! I’m not sure what bands would do without it.
Ferg: It used to be The Globe for me (RIP). Whenever you ended up there it was going to be a good night. No stage, totally DIY, cheap pints. What more do you need?! A couple of our most memorable gigs were there. We still miss it dearly

What’s the best rehearsal space / studios?
Simon: We’ve been playing at Small Pond a lot recently and love the vibe there. All the people who work there are friendly and inviting and everything’s always up to scratch.
Ferg: Don’t forget the PlayStation in reception! I quite like Campbell Road though it’s pretty vibey but we’re yet to try them all.

What’s the best club?
Simon: I’ve always liked pubs more than clubs to be honest so would rather stay late drinking in the boozer more than anything. Having said that patterns has always been a good one, especially the midnight funk night.
Ferg: I’ve never been to most of the clubs in Brighton to be honest. It’s not for me thanks

What’s the best record shop?
Simon: I’ve always liked just browsing through Resident, I’ve only just got hold of a record player so haven’t been out to discover that many yet! Hit me up some places for me to check out.
Ferg: Monkey Music Emporium on Baker Street is pretty sick. It’s tiny and the owner seems like such a dude. There’s loads of rare and expensive records on the walls. Way out of my price range but they’re interesting to see. I never leave empty handed so I actually had to stop going because I was spending all my money there!

Where’s the best places to eat?
Simon: Probably market diner at 4am, who doesn’t like a 24 hour cafe with 24 hour breakfast eh
Ferg: I think pizza is legit the best food in the world. You can just do anything with it. But it’s worth doing it properly. So a decent Italian over that Dominoes shit any day. Fatto a Mano is my favourite so far. They do these garlic and rosemary chips too, they’re peng.

What’s the best pub?
Simon: I quite like the Hare and Hounds and the Worlds End, mainly cause I used to live near them and they were always nice enough. The East Street Tap is probably my current favourite though.
Ferg: I’d have to say either Great Eastern and Fortune of War. They’re both really small and cozy which I like.

Who’s your favourite Brighton celebrity?
Simon: The guy who blares his boombox while riding about his bike on the level. He’s class
Ferg: Matt King, the guy who plays Super Hans in Peep Show. I’ve never seen him but he’s been in Tom’s restaurant a couple of times. I just love Peep Show man

When was the last time you had any Brighton Rock?
Simon: Don’t think I ever have to be honest, more into the Brighton roll.
Ferg: hey good one bro… You know those sweets that are basically sliced up rock? Well I had one a few weeks ago. Not had a stick in a hot minute though

Suntrap by Guru is out now. Their next live gig is at the Tundra Love single launch at Green Door Store on 12th March.

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Brighton Rocks #20 : Ex-Display Model

A few months ago, a new account appeared in Instagram suggested people to follow section. It was in the name Ex-Display Model, but it didn’t have any posts, or any follows. Thanks, but no thanks Instagram. It popped up again a few weeks later, followed by a few music accounts that I follow, but still with no posts, so this time I thought maybe I would start following it myself. Then a few weeks later a single picture was posted, which looked like it might have been David and Ed from Fujiya & Miyagi, but I wasn’t 100% sure.  And then in August, Ex-Display Model put out their first single Immaculate Rip. A couple more tracks were drip fed out, then last Friday their self titled debut album was released with no great fanfare, slipped out for people to discover themselves. I got in touch to ask if they fancied doing a Brighton Rocks, but it turned out that AKDK are on tour in Brazil for the next few weeks so Ed wasn’t about. David was keen to strike while the iron was hot though, so he arranged for a stand in and the photo shoot went ahead anyway: Continue reading

Brighton Rocks #17 : LibraLibra

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What is the best thing about Brighton?
BETH: It’s a very open and accepting city, it’s a place where you come out of your shell and be your true self. I think what’s really telling of this is how the Brighton art/music scene is flourishing, there are some crazy talented bands / musicians / artists left right and centre. It’s an exciting place to be right now. Continue reading