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:

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What’s the best thing about Brighton?
WHSmiths and the sea.

Who are the your favourite local bands?
grasshopper

What’s the best venue?
The Brighton centre. Not really.
I have a real soft spot for the Prince Albert. That’s where Fujiya & Miyagi used to play early on and whenever I go there it brings back fond memories.

What’s the best rehearsal space / studio?
Church Road Studios for recording and Ooosh in Portslade for practicing.

What’s the best club?
I honestly have no idea. There’s a northern soul night happening at the komedia on 10th November which looks good.

What’s the best record shop?
I like Monkey Music Emporium and obviously Resident. The one at the bottom of trafalgar street is good too but I’ve forgotten what it’s called. It’s a shame Borderline and Rounder are no longer around. And the one that used to be above the comic shop in Kensington gardens was interesting.

Where’s the best places to eat?
I don’t really like restaurants. Pizza express is ok.

What’s the best pub?
Watchmakers near Hove station.

Who’s your favourite Brighton celebrity?
Does Nick Berry still live locally? My dad enjoys ‘Heartbeat’ so he must have something about him.

When was the last time you had any Brighton Rock?
Never.

Ex-Display Model by Ex-Display Model is out now, available on Spotify, iTunes and Bandcamp (by clicking the image below)

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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.

What are your favourite local bands?
BETH: Brighton has a lot to give but at the forefront of this Tigercub are one of my top favs – their sound is huge, bold and fierce and send shivers down my spine.
JOE: I’m absolutely loving Yumi & The Weather – their new single is guna be massive – check it out and get to know.
BETH: Others that should most definitely be on your radar – Dog in The Snow, Blush, Crayola Lectern, Drip Gloss, Clt Drp, Projector… I could go on.

What the best venue?
JOE: We love the Green Door Store, the team there are fantastic, run by Toni, who is very cool and let us completely decorate the venue for our single launch on the 22nd June.
BETH: Yeah it’s great when a space lets you have complete control and has no qualms with letting you run wild. It’s a great place for bands to start out too.

What’s the best rehearsal space/studio?
BETH: Small Pond – Joe helped build it and runs it with a team over there and we’re there writing, recording and rehearsing all the time.

What’s the best club?
JOE: For electronic/ dance and club nights Patterns definitely wins, they work really hard at getting the best djs and artists in and the sound system is awesome.
BETH: Tbh I’m happy at the 80s night at The Haunt.

What’s the best record shop?
JOE: Resident is a bit of a Brighton institution, isn’t it – they have a great collection, some awesome in store shows. I’d also like to mention Rarekind they always have a cool collection and worth checking out.

Where’s the best places to eat?
BETH: Well… there are so many and I love food. Narrowing it down is very very hard but I was taken to 64 Degrees on my Birthday and my God – it was beautiful and an experience too.
JOE: Now being Vegan, finding a good Vegan pizza has been challenge until Purezza, they smash it.

What’s the best pub?
JOE: We are both suckers for Lion & Lobster, it’s the best in the winter.

Who’s your favourite Brighton celebrity?
BETH: Nick Cave, he is one of my hero’s – If I have seen him I just go red and have ‘I’m not worthy’ running in my brain and dart off.

When was the last time you had any Brighton Rock?
JOE: I think I was nine…
BETH: I’ve looked but not touched.

Tongues by LibraLibra is out now