March Gig Previews

The beast from the east might be making it feel like deepest midwinter, but it’s actually the first day of March, so it’s time for some more another gig preview post. First up, this weekend AK/DK play their first Brighton gig since their album launch at the end of last year. It’s at Patterns on Saturday night, and support comes from Fruity Water.

Guru Hake

Then on Tuesday 6th March Guru and Hake launch their new release at the Green Door Store. The split 10″ contains Medicine Man by Guru and After Space Legacy by Hake and can be bought at the show.

On Friday 9th March, Anushka play Patterns – their first Brighton gig in almost two years, and their first local headline gig in over three years. On the same night Warsaw Radio launch their album Midnight Broadcast at the Green Door Store. The album’s out later this month preceded by a single called Ms Monroe which we’ll be posting up in a New Music post soon.

27709857_1568281953287573_6423325331377615459_oLazybones launch their new single Crazy at the next HW x Tigmus Locals night at the Prince Albert on Monday 12th March. It’s three pounds in advance, but there are bundles where you can get a ticket, tee shirt and the single on cassette. See the facebook event for more details.

The Wytches play a hometown gig at the Green Door Store on Wednesday 21st March. Support comes from Crosa Rosa.

This year sees local promoters Melting Vinyl turn twenty years old. To help them celebrate, they’re teaming up with Spectrum to put on some of their favourite acts. On the 29th March at the Basement you can catch Oddfellows Casino and Collectress with more acts to be announced between now and then.28337649_1571741426266193_5686916867029660947_o


Our last gig to mention is Wax Machine‘s EP launch at the Hope & Ruin on 31st March. Support comes from Jungfrau, Rokurokubi and Puppet Alan Watts. The four track The This officially comes out the following day but can be bought on the night (or you could pre-order it through the band’s bandcamp page).


New Brighton Music

January was a fairly quiet month for new music, so our second post of the year has taken until February. We’re going to start large, with one of the biggest bands from round these parts. Orbital are back with a track called Kinetic 2017, which is a remix of an Orbital side project release from 1992:

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Album news – Wytches, Tigercub, Resonators and Bloom

It’s about time we had a catch up on the new albums by local bands which are either just out, or just about to come out. The first of these is The Wytches whose new LP All Your Happy Life came out on Heavenly right at the end of September. As a taster, here’s Crest of Death:

Tigercub are out on tour around Europe right now in support of their upcoming album. It’s called Abstract Figures in the Dark, and it comes out on 11th November on Alcopop. If you pre-order it from Resident you’ll get two free tickets to the band’s instore performance on 13th November. Here’s track three from the album, Omen:

The new album from Resonators also came out last Friday (although they played a Brighton launch at the Dome Studio Theatre a couple of weeks back). Their new release is called Imaginary People and is out on Wah Wah 45s. Here’s album opener All The Paths:

Bloom launched their debut album What Is Life with a gig at Latest Music Bar a couple of weekends ago. Formerly the Beautiful Word, the band have grown up, and are displaying a new-found maturity and a love of synths. The band have a new video out on Friday, and are also selling a very limited run if cassettes of the demos for their album (which you can find more info about on their Facebook page). If you’d like to know what to expect from the record, here’s Shout:


New Brighton Music

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August Top Ten

1) There’s one standout winner in August’s top ten. They’ve just released the best selling Rock Debut in since Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, and had the first number one album for a Brighton band since, erm, Conor Maynard. This is Figure It Out by Royal Blood

2) David Harks latest offering Open Arms has been getting a lot of plays around these parts, keeping the summer alive when the sun deserted us for most of August:

3) We first wrote about Believe in Nothing by The New Union back at the beginning of July, but it didn’t get released until 4th August. The band will be back on the Brighton stage on 16th September supporting Coasts at the Komedia.

4) Hushabye was originally the b-side to Jennifer Left‘s 2012 single Black Dog. This month the album of the same name got released:

5) The Night is the double a-side to to Twin, which is Oslo Park‘s debut single which came out on 25th August:

6) Curxes new single Valkyrie was also out this month, continuing their track record of packing a great tune into a full on aural assault:

7) The Wytches album Annabel Dream Weaver was also one of this months highlights, and it was preceded by the single Burn Out The Bruise

8) We’ve been enjoying the fragile folk of Lutine‘s single Sallow Tree. Noted music have just added up another track from the band’s forthcoming album to their website today.

9) Dark Horses made a return this month with Hail Lucid State, their second album produced by Richard Fearless. Saturn Returns was the single, not to be confused with Goldie’s 1998 album

10) Duly Noted Record’s Black Honey remain just as elusive for the release of their second single Teenager, with no information about the band forthcoming other than a phone number to contact them on…


A Great Week For Brighton Albums – Royal Blood, The Wytches and Dark Horses

In all my years of writing the blog, I’m not sure there’s been a week like this. There’s been some local acts who have done extremely well – Rizzle Kicks and Conor Maynard have cornered the teen market, but they’re not so likely to be seen down at the Green Door Store or Sticky Mike’s – but this week should see the first number one album by a Brighton band for many a year. Massive congratulations to Royal Blood.

Royal Blood by Royal Blood has had some fantastic reviews with NME giving it eight out of ten (and describing the band as “easily the biggest breakout band at Reading” this year) and Drowned in Sound giving it nine out of ten, and sales of the album have followed with the midweek figures showing it outselling the next most popular by two to one.

As our headline suggests, Royal Blood aren’t the only band with an album out this week. Annabel Dream Weaver by The Wytches was released by Heavenly Records, and also garnered an eight out of ten from NME. The band played three sets across London and Brighton on release day on Monday and then played an instore at Resident on Thursday.

If people aren’t making as much noise about the new album from Dark Horses it’s probably down to marketing budgets, although that hasn’t stopped it getting a nine out of ten review from the Von Pip Musical Express. The band’s second album Hail Lucid State has been produced by Death in Vegas’ Richard Fearless (who also produced their debut Black Music) and is also out this week, on Last Gang Records.

The Wytches album and single news


The Wytches have announced details of their debut album Annabel Dream Reader. The record is coming out on August 25th on Heavenly Records and features previous singles Gravedweller and Robe for Juda and upcoming single Wire Frame Mattress, whose new video has been directed by legendary photographer Steve Gullick: