Quite late in the week, here’s this week’s new music post, featuring the return of Cate Ferris with the first single from next year’s album and a whole host of other tracks out this week: Continue reading
It’s been a bit quiet recently musically around town. There are always fewer gigs, and I thought there hadn’t been that many new releases until I sat down to write today’s new music post, and it turns out that maybe it’s not quite as quiet as I’d realised. As per our last new music post, we’ve now got a spotify playlist for all the new tracks: Continue reading
Brighton Music Blog favourites the Self Help Group interview have just released the first video from their forthcoming 2nd album ‘Dead Stars’, the follow-up to their astounding 2013 debut ‘Not Waving But Drowning’. This new song is a bit of a beaut, titled Luigi’s Waltz, a rambling country swooning waltz with the band’s trademark heavenly vocals and a video featuring children in masks, which in Internetland is second only to cats in vases.
Dead Stars is out on November 6th on Union Music but you’ll be able to hear it live in Brighton at the official launch party on October 25th at the Komedia – if it’s anything like their first album’s launch it’s going to be a cracker and we can’t wait.
Here’s this week’s new music roundup which starts off with a video and a whole heap of news about The Go! Team.
These days people are more likely to visit Buzzfeed than more traditional media, so with that in mind, The Go! Team have premiered a new video for What D’you Say? there. It’s not just the one video either – every day this week they’re putting up a new video. What you won’t find over on Buzzfeed is news about the band’s tour, kicking off on 5th June in Bristol and finishing up with a hometown gig at The Haunt on 4th July. Tickets go on sale this friday.
Next up is a track called Caves, by a new band called Sea Bed. Sea Bed are made up of Lizzie Massey and Jim Corbin, who used to be in Tiny Dragons. They’ve put the rock side of their character to bed with their old band name and have embraced dance music still layered with live instruments to give the sound a more rounded feel. Caves is taken from the Rosso EP, out on 6th April on DEPF records.
Next up is a new remix of a Self Help Group track. The original version of Prisoner appeared on their album Not Waving but Drowning, but you can grab a free download of the Small World Orchestra remix over on bandcamp:
Fools Empire are a new Brighton Based five piece playing soaring rock. The Professionals came out last friday and is the first of a set of three singles that the band are putting out this year.
Now that we’re done with the madness of May, things are getting back to normal in the world of Brighton gigs.
Tigercub headline the Green Door Store on Thursday night, with support from Semper Teens, Animal Language and the Flash Gordons. Tickets are four pounds. Staying in the part of town, Ellekaye play at the North Laine pub.
There are loads of great gigs on Friday night. Kovak top the bill at the Hope alongside Storms and Cat Fire Radio, and The Self Help Group are on at the Brunswick with Eliza Jaye, The Beautiful Word and Bella McKendree. Friday Night also sees some of Brighton’s regular nights with strong line ups – Late Night Lingerie at Sticky Mikes is headlined by Skirts with The Repeat Prescriptions also on the line up, and it’s also Les Enfants Terribles at the Blind Tiger, with Written in Waters, Spit Shake Sisters, Calico and Glossy Coat.
Saturday is Kemptown Carnival. There are loads of bands on the bill, including Derriere, The Kalakuta Millionaires and Carnival Collective. The afterparty is at the Blind Tiger from 8pm and is headlined by Transformer. Up at the Hope, The Wytches are having their single launch party, and it’s free!
Here’s four new videos that we’ve come across this week.
First is British Sea Power with a video for Hail Holy Queen. The track isn’t the new single (that’s going to be Loving Animals), but the band made a video for this anyway:
Then we have the beautifully shot Slow Down by Crayola Lectern. We love the album, and Slow Down appeared in our April Top Ten post, so it’s no surpise that we’re giving it another mention.
Next is the new Flash Bang Band single, If You’re Driving. The single is out digitally on 3rd June, and the band next play in Brighton at the Blind Tiger on 9th June at the Root Experience’s Games Fete.
Finally we have the utterly chaming new video from The Self Help Group. The Rapture was filmed around Brighton (see how many locations you can spot!), and is out now on iTunes.
The Self Help Group launched their album ‘Not Waving, But Drowning’ at the Prince Albert pub last night, ably supported by Fiona Sally Miller.
Fiona Sally Miller hasn’t been seen out and about much over the last year which is a shame as she’s one of the most engaging singer-songwriters around town. Simple little riffs set the scene for her personal songs sung in a warm voice that engrosses you like a hug. If you see her on a support bill, make sure you get there early. At this gig she was accompanied on some songs by a cellist, and gave an outing to her old goldie ‘I’m Going to miss you smiling at me like that’.
The Self Help Group album launch was a bit of a party for family and friends friends, starting off with them getting the whole audience to turn around to watch their video Needles played on the back wall. The launch got even more shambolic, with the band talking as much between themselves as to the audience, losing the banjo on one song and limiting their nervous wit to a strange bit of banter about their song about Birds. Not women, the ones with wings. Odd thing to say to any audience, let alone a Brighton one.
But we needn’t have worried. The thing about Self Help Group is the music, beautifully played, and Mark Bruce’s excellent songs, and the gorgeous twin vocals of sisters Sarah and Clara Wood. The thing is, this is just a truly great band and once they get going you forget about the fluff and hesitation and just get swallowed up by this wave of really wonderful fol rock Americana.
The album is very good indeed. Reviews refer to that Laurel Canyon soft-rock early-70s sensibility but if there’s one band they remind me most of it’s possibly Fleetwood Mac, with the charming female vocals, some sweet guitar and meaty rhythm section but mainly that wonderful mix of west coast Americana with English self-aware folk-blues.
Mark Bruce joked about the lack of happy songs last night – the album is full of songs about death and murder and stories of grim times – but the thing is they don’t sound depressing these songs, they are heart-warming and rich stories that bear repeating. And they have a song about murmuration. What’s not to love?
The final song Sand was a perfect ending, with its closing refrain of
“You must take the steps towards what you want and make things better“
sending us home with a lovely inner-glow.
Oh, and our interview with lead Groupie Mark Bruce is here https://brightonmusicblog.co.uk/2013/01/28/interview-with-the-self-help-group
Review and Photographs by Jon Southcoasting