January 2018 gig previews

After posting our 2017 reflections in our top 25 over the past few weeks the time has come to look forward again. Here’s our January 2018 gig preview post.

GDS 7First up is a band who were in the top five of our end of year list. Fresh from supporting Fujiya & Miyagi on their UK tour in December, grasshopper are headlining their own gig at the Green Door Store on 3rd January, supported by Red Deer People and Olm.

Talking of the Green Door Store, they’re holding their 7th Birthday Bash on Saturday 6th January. There’s a couple of Brighton bands on the bill (Desire and Guru), but the whole night looks great to us with Crows, Hotel Lux, Madonnatron and Lice also playing.

Wednesday 10th January is the first of new night at Sticky Mike’s called Support Your Local Girl Gang. It’s been started by Rixson Music after reading a report in the Guardian which said that 69% of gig sin the UK were made up of only male musicians. The first night features Strange Girl, MOMAC, IBI, and Ann Leigh Stainton. If you can’t make it, then the next Support Your Local Girl Gang will be on 14th February.

On the Friday of that week (12th January), Acid Box Promotions put on their first gig of the year at the Hope & Ruin – Projector are headlining and support comes from Strange Cages, Gaygirl and Sit Down.

The following week see’s two of Brighton’s biggest rising stars playing headline shows – Yonaka play at the Green Door Store on Wednesday 17th January, and then on Friday night (19th January) Tigercub play the Concorde 2 supported by Our Girl, Glum and Sick Joy.

Triptych

Then, in the last week of January Love Thy Neighbour hold their second Triptych mini-festival at the Hope & Ruin. The concept is the same as last year – three bands on three nights, showcasing family and friends of the label – some bands who’ve released music on Love Thy Neighbour and others hand picked by label boss Andy Rossiter. Additionally, each night also has a very limited lathe cut vinyl release featuring the three bands playing. Triptych 1 on Thursday 25th January features The Hundredth Anniversary, Penelope Isles and Prince Vaseline, Triptych 2 on Friday 26th January sees Dark Horses, Projector and Circe playing, and Triptych 3 on Saturday 27th January finishes up the festival with Jungfrau, Speak Galactic and T House.

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Brighton Music Blog 2017 Top 25 – numbers 25-11

Making end of year lists is tough, especially for us. No, hear us out – this isn’t just some sob story. Most of the bands we write about are just starting out, so haven’t had albums out yet – should they be lower down the list or even omitted because they haven’t put out a long player? And conversely what about the bands who have released an album – surely they shouldn’t be higher in the list by default. And what about the more established bands – should we be including them at the expense of smaller bands? And how are we going to get around the fact that bands with more recent release or live dates are nearer the front of our mind than those who put records out at the start of the year? It’s a metaphorical minefield, so our list is rather arbitrary. It could easily have been twice as long, and as usual we’ve gone for bands rather than tracks or albums to get around it. Here’s numbers 25 through to 11:

25 : Lucky Soul

24 : Normanton Street

23 : Other States

22 : Prince Vaseline

21 : Tigercub

20 : The Hundredth Anniversary

19 : The New Faith

18 : Knightstown

17 : Clever Thing

16 : Wax Machine

15 : The Delta Bell

14 : Black Honey

13 : The Fiction Aisle / Black Bunny

12 : British Sea Power

11 : The Go! Team

New Brighton Music

Here’s this week’s New Music post. Often new releases slow down around festival season, but Brighton’s bands? No Way.

Orbital‘s comeback has been properly cemented – their comeback in February was technically a remix, so its good to have some proper new material from the Hartnoll brothers with their new single Copenhagen:

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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.

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Record Store Day Spectrum gallery with Yumi & The Weather, Merlin Tonto, Gang and Tigercub

Spectrum always has great lines ups, but they pulled out all the stops for Record Store Day – almost a given since the nights are put on in association with Resident, who had people queuing up from 1pm the day before Record Store Day as well as a live 6Music broadcast from Lauren Laverne with Norman Cook and Tim Burgess as guests.

The day kicked off at 2pm and featured performances from Buzz Holly, Underhound, Via Tirana, Jessica Bishop, Normanton Street, Catherine Ireton, Dela Lupa, Lucas and King, Calico, Jonezy and Arif, Barnacles, Squid, Yumi and the Weather, MOSS, Merlin Tonto, Mrisi, Gang and Tiger Cub. We popped along for the last few hours with our camera to catch the action, shooting Yumi & The Weather, Merlin Tonto, Gang and Tigercub‘s sets:

Brighton Music Blog Top Ten 2015

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:

1: GAPS

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: