Last night we went to see The Go! Team play a sold out show at the Concorde 2. It’s no surprise it was sold out – their new album Semicircle is their best in years and their live performances are second to none. Not even the freezing weather could put a dampener on things. Here’s our pics. As usual, click through to view large:
Here’s this week’s new music roundup, as eclectic as always. First up is Mayday by The Go! Team, which we’ve previously featured the audio of, but there’s a proper video for it now, and it also gives us a chance to remind you all that their gig this weekend has been moved to the Concorde:
Next up is Bird in the Belly, whose new single Give Me Back My Heart Again came out last Friday. It’s taken from their debut album The Crowning which comes out on March 23rd. You can catch them playing at The Village on 1st March :
Relax is the new Doves-esque single from Breathe Panel, out now on Fatcat records:
The Isle of CC released a new single at the end of January on Tapeline records. It’s called Listen and you can, erm, listen on Spotify below. If you want to hear more, The Isle of CC will be playing at the QM Records Spectrum night coming up on February 22nd at the Basement.
The Touch is the first single taken from the new Thieves by the Code album from Ava’s Revenge. The single is out now, the album comes out on 14th March:
wuuad are releasing a six track self titled EP on 17th February. In advance of that they’ve shared EP opener Cathedral. The single launch is up in London, but the band are playing Brighton gig on Feb 24th at Brighton Electric with Ezekiel Doo, PUSSLIQUOR, Gloomz and Grymm also on the bill.
I Feel Fine are a new emo band who have just released their debut single entitled Everyday Safari:
Strange Cages release their new single Hypothalamus Blues on 16th Feb, and are lanuching it at a late gig at the Green Door Store on Feb 23rd. Listening to the six minutes of bluesy psychedelia, it only seems right that it’s a late show.
Nick West has been working under a number of different aliases over the last few years, but has recently settled in Brighton and has started releasing music under his own name. The first track as himself is the synthpoppy The Watcher, whose lyrics draw upon his experience of depression:
So, that’s January pretty much done with, which means it’s time for our February gig roundup. First up is an all dayer at the Green Door Store this Saturday from our friends over at Brighton Noise. Thanks to the Facebook event saying “in no particular order” we can’t quite work out who’s headlining out of Dirty White Fever, Breathe Panel, Garden Centre, Penelope Isles (playing songs from their individual solo projects), Leatherhead, Tilt, Merlin Tonto, Perch and the National Intelligence Agency, but we trust their judgement and it’ll be great whatever you get to see.
The big gig for us this month is the Go! Team, who have had the venue upgraded for the hometown show of their tour to the Concorde 2 (so please don’t go to the Haunt!). They’re supported on 11th February by Neon Saints Brass Band (who are also on their great new album) and Berlin’s Gurr.
The following night (Monday 12th February) promoters Hot Wax and Tigmus to put on this months Locals night at the Prince Albert. This time round that’ve got Hanya, Circe, Tuval and Olivia May Green on the bill. Then on Wednesday 14th why not take your valentine to Rixson Music’s Support Your Local Girl Gang night at Sticky Mike’s where CLT DRP are headlining.
As well the Go! Team, another of one of Brighton’s heavy hitting bands are playing – If you’re lucky you will have got yourself a ticket to see British Sea Power play at the Concorde 2 on 20th. Unsurprsingly, It’s sold out.
The next Spectrum takes place on 22nd February at the Basement and is a QM records special. Playing live are Lebeaux, Hush and The Isle of CC.
Finally, our last recommendation is the Strange Cages single launch on February 23rd, where they’re playing CBGBs night at the Green Door Store to celebrate the launch of their next release Hypothalamus Blues, with support from Guru and a DJ set from Wytches.
I had a dream last night where the centrepiece of the upcoming Brighton Festival was a concert by The Go! Team, but instead of being in a venue it was a parade through the streets with the band accompanied by a brass band and a steel band and loads of vocalists and dancers. It was a joyous celebration. As the procession wound it’s way around the lanes the crowds grew bigger and bigger, culminating in a massive finale on the beach. Sadly it was just a dream, but close your eyes listening to the band’s new album Semicircle and it isn’t too hard to imagine (and if David Shrigley or anyone from the Festival reads this, it’s not too late to make it happen!)
The Go! Team return this Friday with their fifth album Semicircle, a joyous slab of day-glo kaleidoscopic psychedelia. What marks their new record out from their previous releases is that it’s also their funkiest yet, thanks in part to collaborations with the Detroit Youth Choir and Brighton’s own Neon Saints Brass Band. The samples are still there, from 1960s French pop on Hey! through to a bouncing ping pong ball at the start of Tangerine Satsuma Clementine, but it’s the live instrumentation of parts that Ian Parton would have previously used samples for that gives the record a real boost.
It isn’t all about the funk though – Chico’s Radical Decade is one of those brilliant instrumentals they do so well with woozy flutes that wouldn’t sound out of place on a Boards of Canada record over skittering beats which slowly somehow morphs into the theme to an imaginary remake of Bonanza. There are 8 bit bleeps and reversed sections on Chain Link Fence, and All The Way Live packs a hip hop punch that wouldn’t have been out of place on their 2007 album Proof of Youth. With any luck they’re holding back the release of If There’s One Thing You Should Know as a single until May or June when, if there was any justice, it wouldn’t leave the radio for the whole summer.
The album closes with the words “It’s alright” being sung over triumphant brass. Semicircle isn’t alright – it’s much, much better than that.
Happy New Year! Our first New Music post of the year is a bit of a catch up, since we put these on hold in December while we were posting our end of year roundup. It’s been so long since our last post that the band we’re most excited about blogging has put out two new tracks. The Go! Team posted up their latest track All The Way Live just yesterday:
And Mayday went up right at the very end of November. If you haven’t got a ticket to their gig at The Haunt on 11th February yet, then move fast because the dates for the whole tour are selling out all over the place:
Black Biro have a new track, The Artic Windows of Sound, posted up in the wilderness period between Christmas and New Year:
We rather like this new track from Such Small Hands. You is minimal, intricate vocal electronica – just we need to get us through the long winter nights. There’s a full EP promised, which we’ll keep you updated on as we hear more:
Jumanji fell foul of sending us details of their new single in the middle of December. Apologies for not posting it up then guys, but as I mentioned we were busy then, and I’m sure people won’t be so distracted by Christmas parties if I post it now:
Kai-A‘s new EP has apparently been three years in the making, but has already grabbed the attention of Radio 1 and Radio 1Xtra. Here’s Five 45 AM, from ‘w You : The Prelude Tapes:
Finally, we have Blood and Moonlight by Beatastic, which is the first single to be taken from their forthcoming album 40 Moons Project:
Projector – Break Your Own Heart (launch next Friday)
This week’s New Music post gives us here at Brighton Music Blog much happiness because this week we read about the return of The Go! Team. They’ve returned with a single called Semicircle Song, the first taste of an album of the same name. The single is out now, and the album follows in January, out on neon pink vinyl if you pick it up from Resident. There are also all sorts of bundles available from the Go! Team’s webstore too. Tickets are also onsale now for the launch gig which is at The Haunt on 11th February.
Here’s a blog post that I meant to write back at the start of December, but you’ve probably read enough excuses from me about why I’m not blogging as much as I ought to these days. As ever, it’s been a nightmare to cut things down to ten (which is why we’ve got eleven), and if you asked me tomorrow the order would no doubt change. But any further ado, here’s our end of year round-up:
10 : Tigercub / Demob Happy
Back in October Demob Happy snuck out their debut album Dream Soda, and then at the end of November Tigercub released their Repressed Semantics EP. Both releases are fantastic, and both bands have been touring hard all year. we couldn’t choose between the two:
9 : Prince Vaseline
Prince Vaseline’s first full length A Naturally Coloured Pleasure really was a pleasure for us when it came out in the middle of this year:
8 : Black Honey
Last time we saw Black Honey they were supporting fellow Brightonians The Wytches at The Haunt and they wiped the floor with them:
7 : Grasscut
We kept going back to Grasscut’s third LP Everyone Was a Bird, and everytime it sounded better and better, and then last month they gave us a video premier of The Field:
6 : The Go! Team
We thought that The Go! Team had split up for good after 2011’s Proof of Youth, so their return this year, sounding fresher than ever, with The Scene Between was some of best news we heard:
5 : IYES
IYES have kept a lower profile live this year, but put out two very strong EPs called Part One and Part Two:
4 : Clowwns
We’ve been waiting for The Artful Execution of Macho Bimbo for years here at the blog. We only wish we’d been recording when Bleeding Hearts label boss Chris explained the reasons for all the delays over a pint about a year ago, although half of it was prefaced with “this is just between us…”
3 : Sea Bed
Sea Bed were our great new find this year. Electronic music with soul who we end up evangalising about to everyone we meet. They haven’t got much music online at the moment, but there’s promises of exciting things to come this year:
2 : The Fiction Aisle
Heart Map Rubric was a thing a majestic, beautiful work of art and was arguably the finest thing that Tom White has put his name to to date:
GAPS managed to top last year’s collaboration with Maya Jane Coles with In, Around The Moments, their first long player which straddled the line between electronic and acoustic while managing to sound unlike anything else which would be labelled folktronica: