Brighton Rocks #8 – Pete Fij

Normally at the top of each Brighton Rocks we put up a picture that we’ve shot ourselves of our interviewees, but despite a fair few emails back and forth between us and the Pete Fij & Terry Bickers camp we haven’t managed to sort things out yet, and their beautifully sublime album We Are Millionaires comes out tomorrow so we thought we’d get the words up and hopefully the picture can follow at some point.

Pete-and-Terry

What’s the best thing about Brighton?

The North Laines, the sense of adventure, the liberalism, and the wide choice of Japanese cuisine.

Who are the your favourite local bands?

Fujiya & Miyagi, Fröst, British Sea Power

What’s the best venue?

Rialto, Green Door Store or if you want to go super intimate then Bom Banes.

What’s the best rehearsal space / studio?

Best rehearsal space Terry’s front room. Best studio would be Church Road which has become a second home for us.

What’s the best club?

I have a soft spot for Spellbound

What’s the best record shop?

Resident, though Vinyl Revolution which is about to open in Duke Street looks promising

Where’s the best place to eat?

Love the unpretentious hustle & bustle of Pompoko

What’s the best pub?

So many to choose from, but have soft spot for The Iron Duke in Hove and The Great Eastern on Trafalgar Street (if you can get a seat!)

Who’s your favourite Brighton celebrity?

David Van Day.

When was the last time you had any Brighton Rock?

On my wedding day – we had some made with our names on it.

We Are Millionaires by Pete Fij & Terry Bickers is out on 21st July and could be bought digitally or on cd here. They play at St Pauls in Worthing on Saturday night, and in Brighton itself on 30th August at The Rialto.

New Brighton Music

I had a thought this week that I should make all my new music posts on the same day of the week, and then they’d be New Music Mondays or something like that, but then I realised I could never be so organised as to organise my week like that, so we’re stuck with New Brighton Music as the post name, and they’ll come out as I manage to get the time in front of my computer. Anyway, our first track this week is from Dog in the Snow, a song called Magic taken from their upcoming album Consume Me due later this year:

A few years after their first collaboration, Pete Fij and Terry Bickers have returned with some new material. There’s an utterly gorgeous single – Let’s Get Lost Together – all chiming guitars, beautiful harmonies and a lovely world weariness, that they describe as a Bromance song. It’s taken from an album called We Are All Millionaires which comes out on July 14th which we’ll definitely be writing more about in time.

Alyss‘ new EP Alchemy came out earlier this month and is packed with some of the best bass and beats we’ve heard in a while. You can check out the lead single Pyramid from it here:

At completely the other end of the musical spectrum are new Brighton band LOM. Accompanied by some beautiful animation, There is a Place is taken from the band’s Kingdom EP which is out now.

White Room were one of a number of bands whose people got in touch to ask if we’d be catching up with them at the Great Escape. We do our best, but unfortunately we didn’t make it to their gig, but to make up for it, here’s their new single Take Me Away:

We did make it up to the Black Dove to see Bloom though. As well playing three shows at the Great Escape, they’ve also put up a video for their new single Such a Shame, and finished posting all of the tracks for their Letting Go charity remix album too.

I’m not sure about their name, and I’m even less sure about their graphics, but Tidal Rave‘s new EP Neon Pants Party is actually a pretty good synth pop record. I say “record”, but apparently it’s been released on a USB stick inside a UV wristband that you can wear out raving. Obviously.

 

April Top Ten

Here’s a new regular feature that I’ve decided to start on the blog. We write a lot of posts about a lot of bands, and quite often a blog post about something we absolutely love can easily drop out of view. On top of that, some things we write about are slow burners, and while we’ll write things up as soon as we hear about them, some tracks can creep into your consciousness weeks later. So here’s my top ten for April, based on my plays according to last.fm (although it seems to miss half my plays, so I reserve the right to use a bit of licence sometimes).

10. Interlocutor – Saturday (demo)

Alex White of Electric Soft Parade and Brakes has played a couple of gigs with his new solo project Interlocutor, despite the new ESP album due any minute now. He’s also quietly put up a couple of demos onto Bandcamp which we rather like.

9. Bat For Lashes – Laura (Vogue session)

A couple of months ago Natasha Khan did an exclusive session for Vogue.com. Two of the tracks from this session were released on 7″ for Record Store Day which was a nice reminder of what a brilliant track Laura is.

8. Pete Fij & Terry Bickers / I don’t give a shit about you

This track originally came out back in October last year so isn’t Pete and Terry’s new single. This track has crept into our top ten after being put up on Soundcloud as a free download.

7. Shrag / Sleeprunning

Officially the last track to be released by Shrag now that they’ve split. Sleeprunning is the b-side to On The Spines of Old Cathedrals, their final single to be taken from Canines.

6. Curxes / Further Still

Curxes put out their fantastic new release Further Still at the end of March as a free download, and then put up the video a few weeks later. We can’t wait to see them playing the Alternative Escape in a few weeks time (Thursday 16th May – Les Enfants Terrible stage / The Mesmerist at 18:55 or Southsea fest stage / The Black Dove at 20:50).

5. IYES / Lighthouse (Capsun remix)

We absolutely adore Lighthouse. It was one of those tracks that appeared from nowhere that was some brilliant and so unexpected. It’s spawned dozens of fawning blog posts saying how great it is but the problem was the only way to listen to it was on Soundcloud. Earlier this month though the track was remixed Capsun, which beefed up the beats and the bass and put up on Soundcloud which meant you could listen wherever you happened to be. IYES play the Alternative Escape on Saturday at the Mesmerist at 15:20

4. Black Black Hills / Red Cabin

Red Cabin, with it’s retro reverb drenched rock and roll and backwards video, was an immediate hit when we heard it a couple of weeks ago. Go download it now! Black Black Hills play Brighton Noise’s stage at the Alternative Escape on Saturday at 15:50.

3. Us Baby Bear Bones / You

You is another track which had been floating around for a while but got put up as a free download this month. You is going to be on UBBB’s debut EP due for release in July

 

2. Crayola Lectern / Slow Down

Slow Down is one of my favourite tracks from the new Crayola Lectern album The Fall and Rise of… The whole album is fantastic, but this is the track that we’ve played the most.

1. Electric Soft Parade / Brother You Must Walk Alone

From the moment we heard the new Electric Soft Parade single at the end of last month, it was inevitable that it was going to end up as this months most listened to track. Breezy guitar pop at it’s finest, that sounds even better now that the sun’s out.

 

Weekend Gig Picks

Earlier this week we pre-empted our regular weekend gig picks by putting up a separate post about Thursday night’s gigs with a choice of Moulettes, AK/DK or The New Union. Here’s the rest of what we recommend this weekend:

Our choice for Friday Night is Clowns, who are headlining at the Prince Albert. Clowns are a real must-see band. If you haven’t seen them, then this should be your Friday night sorted. Support comes from Mum, Dad & The Kids, Little Bird and Downing Street Years.

We haven’t mentioned Tyrannosaurus Dead for a while on the blog, but they’re on the bill on Saturday night at the Green Door Store (headlined by the Bastards of hate). Also on Saturday at The Hope is Rotait, who we’ve been meaning to catch for a while, supported by Simonne & The Dark Stars, Mishkin Fitzgerald from BirdEatsBaby and Paul Diello.

The big gig on Sunday night is Physics House Band, who are guaranteed to blow the roof off at the Green Door Store. Watch out if you’re catching a train out of town! Support comes from Shrine and Ojo de Gringa. We also spotted that over the road at the Prince Albert, Pete Fij & Terry Bickers are launching their new single, with Al Chamberlain also on the bill.

Pete Fij / Terry Bickers release Betty Ford

So former Creation Records label mates Pete Fij (Adorable / Polak) & Terry Bickers (House of Love / Levitation) have been writing songs together for a couple of years now, and finally they’re getting around to release some.

First up is the song Betty Ford about ‘a man brought down by his addiction to heartbreak’. The video is out now – you can see/hear it below – and the single is officially released tomorrow.

They play some laid-back melancholy jive, nothing like the indie pop they were previously known for but full of quiet soul. If you want to check out the new sounds in person, get along to the Sunday Service, upstairs at the Prince Albert in Trafalgar Street on the 28th April. Entry’ll be £5 on the door, or £4 advance. Al Chamberlain is in support.

Weekend Gig Picks

Here’s our pick of the local bands playing in Brighton this weekend. As always, you’re spoiled for choice – there’s some fantastic bands playing, and we’re a bit torn ourselves.

Tonight we were planning to go and see Bent Cousin at Sticky Mike’s, but sadly that’s been cancelled. Instead, we’d recommend heading down to the Green Door Store for an event called Hooray For Love! Well, it is Valentines day. Transformer headline, supported by Bob Wants His Head Back, Fire Eyes and Duke of Burgundy. Doors are 5pm, music starts at 7.30pm, so it will have already kicked off by the time I post this.

Friday night Run Young Lovers headline the Haunt, supported by Tiny Dragons and Daniel & The Scandals. Meanwhile, Simonne & The Dark Stars headline the Seven Stars, and Carnival Collective take over the Blind Tiger.

SOURCE_FebSaturday Night our friends over at Brighton Noise are putting on their third regular gig. Noise Night three has a fantastic line up – AKDK, P for Persia and Black Black Hills. Over at the Dome Studio Theatre, Source New Music have invited Innerstrings Light Show to work with them on the line up for their monthly gig. The brilliant Physics House Band headline, supported by Baron, Reds, Pete Fij & Terry Bickers and Baal Fire.

Then on Sunday is the gig that we’re most looking forward to – Dome Studio Theatre host the Nordic Giants for the launch of their new single Speed The Crows Nest, and they promise a set of new songs and new films. Support comes from Brighton Music Blog favourite Abi Wade and Saturday Sun.

More assorted bits and pieces

Time for a blog post with more bits and pieces that have come up on my radar to share with you all.

First up is Pete Fij & Terry Bickers. Back in the 90s, Pete was signed to Creation Records as part of the band Adorable. These days he sells second hand books down by the West Pier. Terry Bickers played with House of Love back in the day and now teaches in Brighton. I’m glad neither of them have completely turned their back on music though, because otherwise we wouldn’t have “I don’t give a sh*t about you”:

Next Monday, Sealings release their new EP on the Italian Beach Babes label. You can download the Face Basement from it here:

Thomas White has put up a video for I’ve Seen The Sunshine from his album Yalla, which you can watch here:

The Kingsmiths have put out another taster from their EP. Bottle Top is also currently available as a free download over on Soundcloud if you like the sound of it:

Finally, here’s the video to Augustus Caesar’s Hope, a beautifully shot film made late last year on Brighton Beach.