Brighton Music Blog Great Escape / Alt Escape 2017 preview

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It’s almost that time again – the highlight in the Brighton musical calendar, when anywhere you can fit in a PA becomes venue for a few days. Yes, this coming weekend is The Great Escape Festival. We haven’t finalised our plans, but we’re probably going to end up seeing more Alt Escape stuff than proper Great Escape stuff, because that’s where the bulk of the local bands are playing. If you haven’t got yourself a ticket yet then you can get into all the Alt Escape stuff without one anyway.

If you want to start really early then there are actually a couple of shows on Wednesday night, our pick of which is the Fiddlers Elbow where you can see the likes of Fable and Porshyne.

Things really kick off on Thursday though. We’ll probably spending a lot most of the day at Alive Gym on Castle Street – not to work out, but to enjoy the Small Pond / Republic of Music all dayer which has an ace line up – Pussy Liquor, The Hundredth Anniversary, Our Girl and Dream Wife are all on our list. There are also three unannounced acts, which is often Great Escape code for secret gigs by much bigger bands. We’ll also be spending some time up at the Black Dove, which has a line curated by Octopuses that includes Bloom, Fukushima Dolphin, Tom White, Speak Galactic and Frost. In terms of non Brighton bands, we like the look of Anteros at 2pm at Bleach and Gurr who are playing at 3.30pm at Sticky Mikes and also at 9.15pm at Green Door Store. Liberty Music PR’s GRL PWR showcase at Hotel Pelirocco has a mix of tourists and Brighton bands, including Ex-Phanton Runner Adal who’s joined by Michelle O Faith, who are on at 8pm. Also representing Brighton on the main line up are Yonaka (8.30, Patterns), Jacko Hooper (9.15, Jubilee Square) and Fickle Friends (11.15pm, East Wing).

Possibly the strangest gig of the weekend is early afternoon on Friday when Nick Heyward from Haircut 100 (ask your mum) plays at the Black Lion. What we’re most looking forward to though is the Shipwright’s Yard Sessions (also put on by Republic of Music, who seem to be pushing all our buttons at this year’s festival). The whole bill look pretty good, but we’re most excited by The Magic Gang at 4.55pm and Rose Elinor Dougall at 5.35pm. It’s an Alt Escape gig, but you need to register for a ticket so don’t miss out. Elsewhere Porridge Radio are playing at the Hope & Ruin at 6.30pm, Thyla are at the Mucky Duck at 8.30pm, Dog in the Snow play at the Windmill at 10.30pm, and Chris Anderson plays in all three of his Crayola Lectern, La Momo and Zofff guises at the Black Dove over the course of the day.

Saturday daytime is all about Love Thy Neighbour’s Alt Escape gig downstairs at The Hope & Ruin for us. From 2.30pm there’s a run of Kub followed by Our Girl followed by TEEFF which you’ll be hard pressed to beat. Saturday night things get really busy at the festival so your best bet to avoid the queues is to get into a venue early and stay there. There are two great Brighton heavy line ups which we’ll be torn between – Over at the Old Market,  Blood Red Shoes headline with Tigercub and Marthgunn lower down the bill. Alternatively at Sticky Mike’s Magic Gang, Dream Wife, Abattoir Blues and Our Girl are all on the bill at Cannibal Hymns showcase. Also on our list (which has clashes everywhere) are LOM at the Prince Albert at 12.50pm, Bloom at Café Plenty at 1pm, Fable at Hotel Pelirocco at 2pm, Kudu Blue at 2.30pm upstairs at the Hope & Ruin, and The Big Moon at 11pm at Horatios. Saturday night is also Bleach’s last day ever. After the Great Escape festival they’re shutting their doors and closing the venue. Who knows what’ll happen to it – whether it’ll be a function room for the Hare & Hounds, or whether they’ll build it into more pub to be used on a daily basis, or hopefully it’ll come back as a new venue before long – but if you have fond memories of the place Saturday will be your last chance to say goodbye.

New Brighton Music

We’ll hopefully have the third in our Brighton Rocks series for you some time this week, but until then, here’s a regular dose of new music. Our first track is the new one from Fröst, their third in about six months. Delta Antenna wouldn’t sound completely out of place if it had been put out by Steve Lewis’ other band Fujiya & Miyagi:

Demob Happy are back with a new single to keep us on our toes while they work on their new album. You can listen to Dead Dreamers below, and catch them supporting Gang of Youths at the Green Door Store on 30th May:

Time for T have finished recording their album Hoping Something Anything, but it won’t be out until September. Here’s the new single to be taken from it though, called Wax:

The riff heavy Just The Once is the new single from Projector. You can catch Projector at an Alt Escape show sometime next week – keep an eye on their facebook page for more details.

We can tell you when Thyla‘s Alt Escape show is though – they’re on at the Mucky Duck on Friday night. There’s a good chance that they’ll play their new single Ferris Wheels:

This Party‘s new EP Lover comes out next monday, and they’re celebrating with with a show at the Prince Albert on Tuesday (16th May):

Momotaro‘s new EP Between Places came out last week, and we shared the lead track Gone Places in a previous new music post. Here’s another for you called Invisible:

GAPS new album As It Is comes out next month, but unfortunately there’s no Brighton launch. You can console yourself with another track that they’ve shared from the record, Hide Behind The Years:

Last, but by no means least is another track from Bloom‘s Letting Go remix series, which I think we may have missed some of. The remixes are on sale for charity, so go and take a listen to them and put your hand in your pocket. This week’s 12 minute long epic remix is courtesy of Nmesme. Oh, and you can catch Bloom’s Alt Escape Show on Thursday night at the Marlborough:

New Brighton Music

Here’s this week’s dose of new music for you all, slightly bigger than normal because I didn’t get around to posting last week. Our first track is the new one from Sea Bed called Moving Ghosts, which gets a release on Four Thieves records on vinyl on 11th March (which you can pre-order here):

Miamigo have shared some more 80s-tastic synthpop. This is Pot Luck:

Thyla have followed up last year’s Us and Them with Car Crash, an ambitious, angular slice of guitar pop:

Great Pagans premiered their new single over on Steregum last week. The band are releasing  Call of the Wild on Anti-Ghost Moon Ray on 11th March.

Tuska are the third band we’re writing about who are releasing their new single on 11th March. Their new track is called We Could Be Alone, and is a must-listen for fans of Tame Impala. If you like what you hear you can catch the band at Sticky Mike’s on 4th March:

Landslide is the debut single from Loa Loa, a raucous three minute garage cacophony committed to tape at Brighton Electric

Changing tack completely, this is White Peaks, with their new dreamy electronic pop song Easy:

Nicolas and the Saints are releasing their album Years in the Making at the end of the month (or at the start of the month if you pledged to their indiegogo campaign). The album was literally years in the making, with recording taking place over seven years. Here’s the album’s penultimate track Been Hurt Before:

Warsaw Radio are returning to their Irish roots for the launch of their new single Down by the Sea. Their mini tour starts this time next week and takes in Dundalk, Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Galway:

 

 

 

Electric Greyhound make woozy electronica, and have just posted up their latest track Flounder:

Finishing up this post we have three videos – Just posted today was GAPS video for their track A World Away, from their album In Around The Moments:

Next we have the fuzzy shoegaze of Tuval‘s In My Head:

And finally we have a hip hop track sung in Albanian. This is Ledio, Te Lutem! by Via Tirana:

 

 

New Brighton Music

Kicking off this week’s new music post is the latest track from David Harks, who featured in last year’s top ten tracks (which reminds us, we really should think about getting something together for this year). Tripping Ghosts is a more ethereal affair, mirroring the reflective nature of the lyrics. It’s out now on Jumjum records, backed with a remix by French duo Loframes:

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New Music – Oslo Parks, David Harks, Fragile Creatures, Troves, Clay Cats, Garden Heart, Thyla, Fable, Thieves by the Code, Crayola Lectern, Curxes

We’ve got a bit of catching up to do with our new music posts – we haven’t made one since the first week of August. Consequently, we’ve got eleven new tracks to serve up for you.

First is thew new track from Oslo Parks. The Night is the double a side to Twin, which we wrote about back in July, and is out today on 7″ on X Novo records. The band play their debut gig at the Green Door Store on 2nd October.

David Harks was brought to our attention by our friends over at Breaking More Waves who despite being based fifty miles up the coast are sometimes better in touch with some parts of the Brighton music scene than we are. Open Arms is one of those tracks that we wish we’d heard when the sun was shining and the temperature was nudging at thirty degrees. It oozes summer from every pore – blissful house beats, steel drums and a breathy male vocal. Fantastic stuff.

Fragile Creatures eponymous new EP comes out on 31st August. Sunshine did the rounds earlier in the summer, and now you can get your ears around Stowaways, another lovely slice of guitar pop. The EP will be available via the usual download sites, and the band are headlining at The Komedia on 12th September.

Youth in Decay is the debut track from new Brighton synth-pop trio Troves. There’s not a great deal of info about the band out there yet, but we’ll be keeping a very close ear to the ground and keeping you up to date:

Clay Cats put out their Soap EP a couple of weeks ago. If you like the sound of the title track that we’re featuring here, you can grab the whole EP over on Bandcamp, and you can catch the band at Brighton Arts Club this friday.

Garden Heart have just put out their debut single Cure, loaded with three part female harmonies and indie guitars. It’s being followed swiftly with a self titled EP which is out on 17th September, and the band are playing a launch show at Bleach on Tuesday 16th September.

One of the supports for Garden Heart’s debut gig is Thyla, who just last week posted up a video for their track Cornfields, which will appear on their upcoming debut EP War which is due in October:

Stranger in my Head is the second track to be put up from Fable‘s debut EP Parasite, which has a release date of 13th October. It’s not quite as harsh as I Speak Words which we featured a few weeks ago, but still features uncompromising electro beats and vocals which belie the face that Fable has only just turned nineteen:

Thieves by the Code have just announced details of their debut album Tales from the Green Muse and Beyond. It’s out on 4th October, and to whet our apetite they’ve put up So Slick:

Last week the world was greeted with the sad news of Robin Williams’ passing. The latest upload from Crayola Lectern, a new track called Mork, isn’t a cheap cash in on a tragic event, but a track written for his second album which had been mastered and approved by Williams people before events overtook matters. In Crayola Lectern’s own words:

“This track was mixed a couple of weeks ago for the upcoming second Crayola Lectern album. It is the centrepiece of the album like Trip In ‘D’ was for the first. I’d been in touch with Robin Williams’ fan club asking about how to get a copy to him for his approval and had received a reply. Then, a few days later came the awful news of his demise.
Ironically, this song is very much a celebration of the magic spark that ignites the spirit and gives life; it even charts a life, starting at the crib and ending with old age. Robin Williams, to me, always had a unique way about him which cut through to the essence of humanity and my ‘Mork’ was just an attempt to use his character to make that representation, in a way which celebrates our existence on this planet.”

Finally, we posted about Curxes new single Valykrie in our most recent New Music post, which was subsequently released on 18th August. The track was backed with an instrumental and a four to the floor remix from Deluxe Flamingos which we’re happy to share with you here:

New Music – Aashton, Phantom Runners, Eagles for Hands, Thyla, Oslo Parks, Samuel Organ, Stuart Warwick, I Am Ampersand, Soft Walls, Flash Bang Band, Tied To The Mast, IYES, Adolescent

It’s been too hot for new blog posts the past couple of weeks. It was too hot for me to sit in front of my PC typing away, and it was too hot for you all to be sitting in reading the internet. Now the weather’s slightly more bearable, here’s a whole heap of new music that we’ve been waiting to tell you about:

We wrote about Aashton‘s new single I Can’t Shake It way back in April. Things got a bit delayed with the released, but it’s out now, and to celebrate he’s giving away a free download of his track Status Ain’t Crooked:

Phantom Runners‘ debut EP is out on 22nd August. The three track EP featuring featuring On The Run, Anna and Goddess of War has been produced by Fun Loving Criminal’s Huey Morgan. You can hear lead track On The Run here:

Whenever we hear that Eagles for Hands has posted some new music up we drop what we’re doing and listen straight away. Glass Heart is Laurie Ross’ latest offering of uplifting electronica with female vocals.

Thyla release their debut EP in October and have shared the first track, Sticky Red. You don’t get too much female fronted grunge so Sticky Red is a welcome breath of fresh air.

Oslo Parks have just released their debut single on X Novo records.If you like the sound of Twin look out for the fantastic video produced by Jeb Hardwick from Phoria.

Samuel Organ has posted some more electronica to his Soundcloud page. Feeling Underwater starts off ambient before slipping into a slick house tune:

Heliopause gave use the heads up about the new video from Stuart Warwick, who have played a few live dates together recently. Here’s the haunting Sailors.

I Am Ampersand recently did a few solo shows supporting Pete Fij and Terry Bickers (whose new album Broken Heart Surgery is on our list of things to write about). To celebrate the event, they’ve put up a reworked version of I Thought I was Alone which originally appeared on 2012’s eponymous album

Soft Walls is the solo project from The Cold Pumas’ Dan Reeves. No Time is the the name of his new album, and also the name of the lead single which has a video from Innerstrings Light Show:

Flash Bang Band got in touch with us today to share the video for their new single Art History. Art History is the third and final single to be taken from last year’s album Bite Your Tongue.

Tied to the Mast have an album called Some Strange Chemistry on the way later this year. Some of the album has been produced by the legendary Stephen Street but the first track they’re sharing from the album – Melissa – was produced by the band’s guitarist Rhys:

Brighton Music Blog favourites IYES are back with another remix , this time sprinkling skittery beats and wonky electronica over The Night VI‘s Wonderlust:

Finally, we have a live video from Adolescent, playing K:TV from their recent Golden Halls EP: