November / December gig preview

For this month’s gig preview post we’re actually going to cover November and December. Generally there aren’t as many gigs in December, and we’re normally distracted with end of year stuff on the blog, so it’s seems appropriate to cover two months in one post now.

22219815_1643943542303616_7426102628117662491_oThere’s lots of launch gigs that caught our eye this month. Red Deer People launch their single C’est Bon at the Hope & Ruin on 10th November, supported by Porridge Radio and Jungfrau. Then on the 16th November the Pelirocco is playing host to the launch of The Delta Bell‘s new album Hold Fast The Fire, supported by Stephanie Goodman. Not billed as an album launch gig, but coming shortly after the release of Ojala, Simon Raymond’s new band Lost Horizons play a sold out gig at the Rialto on 18th November. The Lost Horizons live band includes Helen “Dog in the Snow” Brown (who also provides support on the night) and Chris “Crayola Lectern” Anderson.  The last launch to mention is for the new Night House single The Roots in the Wires, which features Ellie Ford. As with Lost Horizons, Ellie Ford will also be playing as part of Night House on the night and will also be the support. The gig is at the Unitarian Church on 24th November and will be raising money for the Hummingbird Project refugee charity.

22289784_1581396571924520_4191942121452910496_oThere’s plenty of gigs that have caught our eye over the next weeks – Moulettes headline an all day even at One Church on 2nd December to celebrate Moulettes-linked label Sotones Records 10th Birthday. Rather than list everyone involved, you can read more and buy tickets here. Fujiya & Miyagi play Patterns on 7th December. They’re on the road at the moment to promote the vinyl release of their breakthrough album Transparent Things, so not exactly a launch gig. The Fiction Aisle are playing their second annual Christmas gig at The Hope & Ruin on 13th December. As if the Fictional Aisle wasn’t enough of a draw Rose Elinor Dougall is also on the bill, who should be headlining but hasn’t topped a non-festival bill in Brighton since 2010. We were sad to hear that King Porter Stomp will be heading out on their last ever tour at the end of November. After a week or two out on the road, their last ever gig will be at The Haunt on 19th December. Finally Spectrum have two more gigs coming up – Animal House headline Brighton Youth Centre on November 24th alongside Porridge Radio who get their second mention in this post, and then there’s a second mention for Ellie Ford, who headlines the Spectrum Winter Special at Brighton Museum on December 7th.

 

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Spectrum / Dog in the Snow Album Launch gallery

Last night we went along to our first Spectrum gig in about eighteen months. They haven’t been quite as frequent in that period, but those that there have been we haven’t been able to make it along to. Now that they’re back to monthly again, hopefully they’ll be appearing a bit more regularly in these pages too.

Saturday evening’s Spectrum doubled up as the launch for Dog in the Snow’s debut album Consume Me which came out last week. Support came from Knightstown and Yumi & The Weather, although we didn’t spend quite as long watching the latter thanks to an incident with a missing camera memory card. Anyway, here’s our pics. Click through to view large.

October Gig Previews

Here’s our now-officially-regular-again October gig preview post. And it’s only the 3rd October! It’s getting nearer to the start of the month every time we do one.

21199608_10155790394317376_1071634475236220162_oThere’s a lot to see this weekend, and hopefully something for everyone. On Friday night (6th) you could opt for The Dials, who launch their album at the Hope & Ruin, accompanied by a lightshow by Innerstrings and also a DJ set by Steve Mason. Alternatively you could head to the Rosehill where Shona Foster plays with her new band, supported by Ellie Ford. Or you could head to the Prince Albert, where Sparrow (or should that be Sprrw these days?) launch their new album21762858_1975943142689831_1015946315148142499_o.

Then on Saturday night you’ve got King Mob Magazine’s first All Dayer at the Green Door Store. Their headliner Leyya is from out of town, but for the price of your ticket (only a fiver in advance), you’ll also get to see Blush, Tuval, Mother Me, Good Guy Clarence, Sad Girls Club, Circe, and Ezekiel Doo. If that doesn’t float your boat, then Normanton Street headlining the Haunt is also a good bet.

20690388_1868747650041573_4992534138454513008_oThere’s a gig at Sticky Mike’s that caught our eye on Thursday 12th October – The Professor and the Gentleman, which puts Professor Elemental And Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer on the same stage for a night of chap hop. I expect The New Faith frontman Will Charlton to be just as dapper as them when they launch their new album, Me on You, on Friday 13th October at the Brighthelm Centre.

22046019_1844937522201940_7004050308091849527_nOur next pick is AK/DK’s gig at the Green Door Store to launch their new album Patterns / Harmonics which is on Tuesday 24th October. Yesterday the supports were announced as Battery Operated Orchestra and Japanese Sweets. The following night (Wednesday 25th) Yonaka play at Patterns as part of the Hopscotch tour alongside Anteros and Stereo Honey. If you fancy seeing Yonaka but can’t make the 25th, the band have just announced a gig at the Green Door Store on 19th January.

Onto the last weekend in October now with two gigs on Saturday 28th October to tip. The first of these is the next Spectrum gig (they’re also running a seminar on 25th October with Tru Thoughts called How To Put A Record Out). This gig at the Basement doubles up as the launch party for the Dog In The Snow album Consume Me, and also has Knightstown and TEEFF on the bill. The other gig that night that we’d be at if we could be in two places at once is the Heavy Load reunion gig at the Green Door Store. Heavy Load were a much loved punk band made up of band members with and without learning disabilities, formed in the noughties who were active until their final gig in Trafalgar Square as part of the Paralympics in 2012. They also formed Stay Up Late, a charity set up to help people with disabilities to take part in evening activities where they might not have support from carers. A documentary was made about them which was screened in March this year and subsequently reunion talks took place, but sadly lead singer Simon Barker died in August. The reunion gig is taking place in his memory, and rather than getting a new singer in a raffle is taking place for people to sing songs. You can apply here.

 

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. Continue reading

New Brighton Music

We’re catching up a bit with new music at the moment, so we’re going to dive straight in, starting off with Sea Bed, fresh from going down a storm at Glastonbury, here’s their new single Young: Continue reading

Record Store Day Spectrum gallery with Yumi & The Weather, Merlin Tonto, Gang and Tigercub

Spectrum always has great lines ups, but they pulled out all the stops for Record Store Day – almost a given since the nights are put on in association with Resident, who had people queuing up from 1pm the day before Record Store Day as well as a live 6Music broadcast from Lauren Laverne with Norman Cook and Tim Burgess as guests.

The day kicked off at 2pm and featured performances from Buzz Holly, Underhound, Via Tirana, Jessica Bishop, Normanton Street, Catherine Ireton, Dela Lupa, Lucas and King, Calico, Jonezy and Arif, Barnacles, Squid, Yumi and the Weather, MOSS, Merlin Tonto, Mrisi, Gang and Tiger Cub. We popped along for the last few hours with our camera to catch the action, shooting Yumi & The Weather, Merlin Tonto, Gang and Tigercub‘s sets:

Fragile Creatures, Fierce Friend and Prince Vaseline at the Dome

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Brighton Dome’s Spectrum nights put on a monthly collection of new music and are always good value and pretty interesting. Last night we had five bands for five pounds at the Dome Studio Theatre. Kicking off proceedings were the excellent indie … Continue reading