February Gig Previews

So, it’s been a while since we’ve done a gig preview post, what with taking a few weeks off around Christmas, but we’re BACK and so are the good gigs in Brighton.

51308375_2250277305003567_6401380572635070464_nFirst up is the eighth Brighton Noise all dayer at the Green Door Store, which takes place tomorrow (Saturday 2nd Feb) and has a huge line up featuring Inwards, Soft Walls, Garden Centre, Big Slammu, Fruity Water, Dubais, M. Butterfly, The Estate Agents, R. Dyer and The International Debt.

The big name gig this month is Steve Mason who’s on the road touring his new album About The Light. He’s already played Newcastle and Glasgow, and will take in Manchester, London and Bristol before the hometown date on Saturday 9th February, which is at St Barts Church just off London Road.

Next up is a gig where the venue caught our eye as much as the band. On Thursday 21st February Currls are playing for Club Fugly at the Hare & Hounds. Last time we went to a gig there at was upstairs, when the upstairs was called Bleach – is this this the return of a much missed venue? We’ll have to pop along and find out.

LPFFinally, a mention of a couple of festivals that are taking place just outside of Brighton, but close enough that it would be rude not to mention them. Next Friday and Saturday Lewes Psych Fest takes place, with AK/DK headlining on Saturday. It’s long sold out though, so keep your eyes peeled for returns. Later this month, at a new venue called Hansen Hall in Portslade just outside the Brighton & Hove borders, Mutations Festival takes place with a bunch of familiar names (Orchards, LibraLibra, Jacko Hooper amongst them) nestling alongside the international acts playing.

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New Brighton Music

Nobody releases anything in December. Or so I thought. I figured that after putting up my end of year list I could come back in January to a relatively sleep start, but it seems that everybody else was thinking differently. So here’s what’s probably our biggest new music post ever, featuring some of Brighton’s heaviest hitters – Steve Mason has a new album has a new album out this week, and Blood Red Shoes’ new LP is due any week now

Artist: Steve Mason
Album Name: About The Light
Release Date: out now
Next Gig: 9th February at St Barts
https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/1IOnfFfswEAQzFbfUI68XE

Artist: Blood Red Shoes
Track Name: Eye To Eye
Taken From: Get Tragic
Release Date: single out now, album out 25th January
Next Gig: Resident in store 27th January

Artist: The Fiction Aisle
Album Name: Chain Migration LP
Release Date: out now

Artist: Orbital
Track Name: There Will Come a Time (feat Brian Cox) (We Will Die Remix)
Taken From: There Will Come a Time single
Release Date: out now
https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/1cx168Xzn7p55bbXzAKlCT

Artist: LibraLibra
Track Name: Skin & Bone AKDK remix
Taken From: Skin & Bone single
Release Date: out now

Artist: Sylvia Mwenze
Track Name: Alarm
Taken From: Alarm single
Release Date: Out now
https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/0g7iJu1FzYyQZnn83ljYDB

Artist: Tuval
Track Name: We Can Burn
Taken From: We Can Burn single
Release Date: out now

Artist: Swoon
Track Name: Heartstrings
Taken From: Heartstrings single
Release Date: out now

Artist: Opia Bloom
Track Name: Side by Side
Taken From: Side by Side single
Release Date: 29/11/2018
Next Gig: 1st Feb at the Hope & Ruin

Artist: Beacon
Track Name: Who are you?
Taken From: Beacon EP
Release Date: out now
Next Gig: 19th April Latest Music Bar

Artist: The Perfect English Weather
Track Name: Only Shadows
Taken From: Don’t You Wanna Feel The Rain? LP
Release Date: out now

Artist: Beach Riot
Release Name: Beach Riot EP
Release Date: out now
https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/4QdCs49zlNa94E8SGafqhD

Artist: Wizard Sleeve
Track Name: Come & Go
Taken From: Special Brew EP
Release Date: out now
Next Gig: 1st Feb at the Prince Albert

Artist: Hatter
Track Name: Kingpin (Feat Mei & Phonetic)
Taken From: Kingpin (single)
Release Date: out now

Artist: Caleb Harris
Track Name: The Reasons I Fear
Taken From: The Reasons I Fear single
Release Date: 16/01/2019

Artist: Beatastic
Track Name: Dive
Taken From: Transverse EP
Release Date: 08/12/2018

Artist: Soft Walls
Track Name: Misperception
Taken From: soundcloud upload
Next Gig : Brighton Noise’s Day VIII on 2nd Feb at Green Door Store

Artist: Samuel Organ
Release Name: Serpents of The South​​-​​West Peninsula EP
Release Date: out now

Artist: Big Salad Records / various
Release Name: Celine’s Tape
Release Date: 27th January
Next Gig: launch gig 27th January all dayer at GDS

Artist: Luna Blue
Track Name: Tropical
Taken From: Tropical single
Release Date: 2nd January

Artist: Sad Girls Club
Release Name: 97 EP
Release Date: 11/01/2019
Next Gig: Celine’s Tape launch (see above)
https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/1tJso486khsGJC4qNFMJFx

Artist: H_ngm_n
Release Name: I Don’t Wanna Go Home EP
Release Date: out now
https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/3Gj3V9xJzaRTfjt2ZvXAsh

Artist: Klae
Track Name: Side Lines
Taken From: Side Lines single
Release Date: 25/01/19
https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/1kvaXlHyz0qNXut5Mc7z2S

Artist: Perch
Release Name: No Step LP
Release Date: 12/01/19

Artist: Quell
Album Name: Twelve Surface Pills
Release Date: 25/01/19
https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/5hwBXmi3TbPMNH716JCAj7

Artist: Fane
Album Name: Follow The Map
Release Date: out now

Artist: Night Vision
Release Name: In Private EP
Release Date: 19th January 2019
https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/0CYDLzc6C3vYGiLTapr3x9

Artist: Para Fiction
Track Name: PAP£R
Taken From: PAP£R single
Release Date: out now

Artist: Twilight Driving
Track Name: Dangerous
Taken From: Dangerous single
Release Date: out now
https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/5muEVbtOqxjSeBqMbi9HCI

Artist: M Butterfly
Album Name: M Butterfly II
Release Date: out now

Artist: Katja
Track Name: Entropy
Taken From: Entropy single
Release Date: out now

Artist: Winter Gardens
Track Name: Coral Bells
Taken From: Coral Bells single
Release Date: 22nd February

 

Brighton Music Blog 2018 Highlights

I’m not a fan of end of year lists. There’s the forced ranking of things, introducing subjectivity and pitting people against each other. There’s the fact that you might not remember things from the start of the year as well as recent tracks, or that some songs sounded great in the sunshine but right now it’s cold, wet and miserable. So instead, here’s a few tracks from 2018 that are highlights for us. No particular order, no claims that one is better than another, just what we think are a bunch of great tunes. There’s a few maybe more obvious bands missing (naming no names) – it’s been a brilliant year for Brighton Music – but some of the bands you might be thinking of haven’t been in touch, or haven’t got back to us when we’ve been in touch. Given how successful they’ve been they obviously haven’t needed a blog like us, and it’s not like we’ve been short of great music to post this year. Anyway, we’ve tried to post bandcamp links where we can, so if you like what you can hear, you can click through and buy from the site where the biggest proportion of the price goes back to the artist:

Fröst – Trail Away

The Fiction Aisle – Gone Today

Yumi & The Weather – Hustle

La Lune – He Breathes Colour When I Feel So Grey

Crayola Lectern – Secrets

Ex-Display Model – Autopilot

Blood Red Shoes – God Complex

LibraLibra – Animali

Projector – Break Your Own Heart

Anneka – Burst

The Go! Team – Chico’s Radical Decade

Moon Panda – Gun

Wax Machine – Time

Cate Ferris – Rise

Orchards – Double Vision

 Our Girl – In My Head

Inwards – When She Flashes Her Smile On Me

Steve Mason – Walking Away From Love

New Brighton Music

We’re running a bit late because we’ve been away for a few days – apologies for the break in service. It feels like only a few weeks ago since we dedicated a New Music Post to new releases from two Fujiya & Miyagi offshoots, but here we are again, kicking off this week’s post with another two:

Artist: Fröst
Track Name: La Vénus d’Argent
Taken From: Matters album
Release Date: 28th September 2018
Next Gig: Album Launch 3rd October at the Prince Albert

Artist: Ex Display Model
Track Name: Existential Crisis
Taken From: Existential Crisis single
Release Date: 21st September 2018

Artist: Steve Mason
Track Name: About The Light
Taken From: About The Light album
Release Date: 18th January 2019
Next Gig: 9th February 2018 at St Barts (just off London Road)
https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/38HDDDNmmtuvzPm0EfiMse

Artist: Sick Joy
Track Name: Dissolve Me
Taken From: Dissolve Me single
Release Date: 19th September 2018
Next Gig: Headline gig at Patterns 20th October
https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/2zEx7INYs6CCYbmi6KGAoo

Artist: Icehead
Track Name: Losing Sleep
Taken From: Losing Sleep single
Release Date: 18th September 2018
https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/5VmleTz8guyTQ1PEHpPJrF

Artist: 12 Stone Toddler
Track Name: Heaven Was Closed
Taken From: My Machine / Heaven Was Closed split single
Release Date: 16th September 2018
Next Gig: Album Launch on 10th October at The Haunt

Artist: Wizard Sleeve
Track Name: These Days
Taken From: Special Brew EP
Release Date: 20/09/2018
Next Gig: at Halloweiner at Green Door Store on 31st October

Artist: KLSR
Track Name: Slow Space
Taken From: Slow Space EP
Release Date: 25/09/2018

Artist: Thyla
Track Name: Candy
Taken From: debut EP
Release Date: due Jan 2019

Artist: Isla North
Track Name: Dangerous
Taken From: upcoming EP
Release Date: 28th September 2018
Next Gig: EP Launch Party 9th October at Sticky Mike’s
https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/1EEbfpy8l82PHP5oRxyI6D

Artist: Wild Cat Strike
Track Name: Rhubarb Nostalgia
Taken From: Rhubarb Nostalgia album
Release Date: 5th October 2018
Next Gig: album launch 15th October at Pop Up Brighton
https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/6Qn8PFFo6w8rqWmngJNiiA

New Brighton Music

Here’s this week’s new music post, two weeks after our last one – we were out of the country last week though, so we’re playing catchup a bit now. Our first tune this week is from Brighton supergroup Alien Stadium, made up of Steve Mason and Primal Scream‘s Martin Duffy. Their first release is a track called This One’s for the Humans, a lolloping almost-baggy almost-bluesy number which is taken from a mini LP called Livin’ in Elizabethan Times which gets released on 1st December. Have a dig around for the version that’s up on Spotify which clocks in over six minutes long and gets a much more psychedelic groove on.
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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. Continue reading

New Emiliana Torrini single

Brighton’s favourite Icelander Emiliana Torrini, has a new single out. Her first album since 2008’s Me and Armini is finished and is due out later this year, but before then a new track recorded with Steve Mason and Toy has surfaced.

Emiliana Torrini at Loop Festival, Brighton July 2009

Emiliana Torrini at Loop Festival, Brighton July 2009

I Go Out will be the debut 7″ released on a new label called Speedy Wunderground set up by Emiliana’s musical partner and co-writer Dan Carey. The label plans to record make recordings in a day, and get them released as soon as possible. Check out their ten point plan on the “About Us” page of the website

The track is nearly seven minutes of space age krautrock, which will be split over both sides of the single, and is out on 25th February. If you can’t wait that long, you can listen here: