Video Premier : Grasscut / The Field

Grasscut’s 2015 album Everyone Was a Bird has been this year’s slow burn grower for us so when were offered the opportunity for a video premier we jumped at the chance. The band have produced videos for each of the tracks from the album and we’re pleased to provide the first showing of the promo for the album’s penultimate track The Field. The video was conceived and directed by Roger Hyams, who’s worked with Grasscut’s Andrew Philips in the past – when Grasscut played at The Basement back in June the show opened with Roger Hyam’s short film Grand Union, which was scored by Andrew.

Andrew described the video is “a beautiful representation of the idea of trying to make the landscape reveal its secrets and depths”. It was partly shot on the South Downs, and has a nod to the slightly unorthodox campaign the band undertook for their previous album. He told us a bit more about the track and the album : “I wrote The Field about people who get up at the crack of dawn in all weathers in the relentless pursuit of ideas. Roger’s vision of this was for me to dig up a film canister he’d buried on the Downs, take it to a darkroom and develop it into a beautiful photograph of a tree – also taken by him. This burial he says was a subtle allusion to Grasscut concealing cassettes around the country for our last album, Unearth. Almost all (apart from two) of those cassettes from Unearth were found. The one at Spurn Head near Hull was found this year, three years after leaving it.”

You can watch the video for The Field below, and you can pick up Everyone Was a Bird on LP or CD from Resident.

The Self Help Group new video

Brighton Music Blog favourites the Self Help Group interview have just released the first video from their forthcoming 2nd album ‘Dead Stars’, the follow-up to their astounding 2013 debut ‘Not Waving But Drowning’. This new song is a bit of a beaut, titled Luigi’s Waltz, a rambling country swooning waltz with the band’s trademark heavenly vocals and a video featuring children in masks, which in Internetland is second only to cats in vases.

Dead Stars is out on November 6th on Union Music but you’ll be able to hear it live in Brighton at the official launch party on October 25th at the Komedia – if it’s anything like their first album’s launch it’s going to be a cracker and we can’t wait.

Three new Go! Team videos

To celebrate The Go! Team playing their first live date in years last night up in London, the band have released three videos, for each of the tracks from their new long player The Scene Between that clock in under a minute – Rolodex The Seasons, Gaffa Tape Bikini and The Floating Felt Tip.

Don’t worry if you missed out on seeing the band up in London. It’s always such a pain to get back from London, and it was sold out anyway. Instead you can see the band on 4th July at The Haunt, where they’ll be supported by grasshopper.

Night House – Heart on a Wire

Nick Williams’ troupe Night House release their new video today. It’s a lovely song called Heart on a Wire, reminiscent of early Leisure Society, and you can see the band performing it for Latest TV and a small select audience at the Marwood Cafe tonight. They’ll be playing a full set, along with support from blog favourite Ellie Ford and her new band line-up. Also playing are Michael Baker and Matthew the Oxx.

New Videos – Spit Shake Sisters / Blasphemer and GAPS / She Bears a Flower

It’s only been less than 24 hours since our last new music post but in that time two of our favourite bands have posted up videos to their new singles.Rather than wait until next week to post them up we thought we’d share them now

Spit Shake Sisters new track Blasphemer is officially their debut single, and comes out on Dead Fun Records on 31st October. The launch party for the single is at Bleach on the same day with Strange Cages and Tombes also on the bill.

We shared the audio for the new GAPS track She Bears a Flower a week ago, but here’s the video, directed by Walt McNee. Apparently tickets have almost sold out for their upcoming debut London show, so if you’re planning on getting tickets, don’t hold back.

Fear of Men and The Hundredth Anniversary at The Hope

On Thursday Fear of Men kicked off their first headline tour of the UK, which is also the last round of promotion for their album Loom. Last week they also put out a video for album track Tephra, directed by the band themselves, which shows the effigy created for the front cover of Loom being burned to ash, also marking the end the band’s links to the album. The band have already played Norwich last night and are also taking in Leeds and Manchester this weekend, with the tour concluding in London at Concrete on 2nd October.

Our pics from of Fear of Men, and support The Hundredth Anniversary, are below the video.

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Becky Becky video interview

In the way of the blogs, we sent Brighton’s electro-pop superstars Becky Becky some questions, thinking to celebrate the release of their new albumGood Morning, Midnight they might supply a few hesitant stuttering finger-typed words, about why House of the Black Madonna is the future of rock ‘n’ roll and how Jean Rhys could have rocked the middle-European disco had she been of a certain age.

Instead, they sent us this.

The album’s out May 1st and is available from their website at www.beckybecky.com

 

Who are… ?

Becky Becky is two people: Gemma L Williams and Peter J D Mason. Bandmates, friends, lovers, enemies. We´ve existed together in almost every possible permutation. We´ve loved each other, hated each other, walked together, walked out on each other. There is no pit of despair we haven´t pushed each other to, we struggle together… but we always remain together.

Where were Becky Becky… ?

…formed in Brighton, England, a long time ago. There have been casualties. We started making music by following a very loose manifesto. One rule that will always remain is: no “real” instruments. No drums, guitars… only electronic music.

By limiting your options, you free yourself.

Where does… ?

What´s in a name? It´s our name. A fifty-fifty partnership, making one complete whole: Becky Becky.

Why “Good Morning, Midnight”?

…from Jean Rhys´ 1939 novel, which took its name from an Emily Dickenson poem. We recommend both these texts.

And what does she mean to you?

Jean Rhys was an author often depicting mistreated, rootless women. To this day, her words are still relevant and easily identifiable. She is an inspiration and a favourite author of ours – a fact which helped bring us together.

Are you a European band now? 

We formed in Brighton and currently reside here, but we are not involved with the Brighton music scene or anything like that. We feel like outsiders here.  If ‘Good Morning, Midnight’ feels like a European record, then that makes sense. It was written in Prague and recorded up a mountain in a wooden chalet in Seythenex, a tiny French Alpine village.

Who are your musical influences?

Hot Chip and ´80s synth-pop. From Europe, the Knife and Legowelt. Eurotrash and Eurobeats too, if you put aside your pretensions. That kind of music is full of joy and is genuinely great.

Is this music to dance to… ?

When we created Becky Becky, we wanted to make danceable music with lyrics tackling serious themes. We hope you can sit and listen to it, to the stories. But we also want you to just switch off and dance. If you come to see us play live, you should definitely be dancing.

Do you have live… ?

We are not really a gigging band. We do not just play. We try and make every show unique. This requires a lot more effort these days as our ideas become increasingly more elaborate. So we do not play very often. We do not just turn up and plug in and play. We make shows.

Do you… ?

For the autumn, we are lining up some shows in Europe and we have one in New York City on the 26th September in the Pyramid Club. Our next show is our album launch in Brighton on Friday 23rd May. It will be an audio-visual show and probably the most elaborate we´ve ever attempted.

What comes next ?

Becky Becky is in a constant fragile state. Gemma is recovering from the unexpected death of her Woodpecker alter ego; and Peter is working on other projects.

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Who knows what comes next ?

The album Good Morning, Midnightis out on May 1st 2014 and available from the Becky Becky website at www.beckybecky.com

 

 

Dog in the Snow / Factory

We’ve just had an email drop into the Brighton Music Blog in box with the video for Dog In The Snow‘s upcoming single Factory. The video was mostly shot along the south coast by Eleanor Hardwick and tells a strange tale involving mysterious crystals and increasingly less appealing lunch. The single is out on 3rd March, and the band play at the Prince Albert on 6th March supported by Foreign Skin and Myyths.

New Music – Lion Bark, GAPS, Fickle Friends, Lonesome Heights, Half Hour Hotel, Cleff, Woodland Blue

We’ve got a bumper New Music post this week, with seven new tracks to share. First up is Lion Bark with a video for their track Longhorns, which originally appeared on Soundcloud back in November:

We mentioned Foreign Skin’s remix of the new GAPS single I Know It’s You last week, but that was just a preview (which we updated when the full remix got posted), and we like it so much that we thought we’d give it another mention:

Fickle Friends are having a launch party for their debut single Swim tonight at the Green Door Store. In advance of that they’ve posted up a remix of the track – Soundcloud describes it as the Paperwhite remix, but we’re not sure if that’s just a name that they’ve given it or whether paperwhite is an act without any presence on the internet as yet:

Lonesome Heights new single is out on 8th February. It’s nearly four minutes of fresh indie guitar pop and it’s called Come out Swinging. The band will be supporting Wave Pictures at the Green Door Store, which happens to coincide with the release date:

Half Hour Hotel have put up a new song onto Soundcloud. The anthemic indie track is called Warcry and you can grab it as a free download via the band’s facebook page. Half Hour Hotel will be supporting The Boxer Rebellion at Coalition on 4th February.

Last year we wrote about Alexandra King’s band Limbic System. She’s now got a new project called Cleff and you can see their first video Restart here:

Finally we have the video for Bodies, the new single by Woodland Blue, which you can buy on iTunes here.

Curxes – The Birdx

Things have been a bit quiet in the Curxes camp since they put out Further Still and appeared on the cover of The Source earlier this year. Over the past couple of weeks though, a few mysterious teasers have appeared on YouTube. All five videos start off with the sound of a cheap Bontempi keyboard, but by the time you get to the fifth, it quickly morphs into something closer to Curxes trademark blitz-pop sound, albeit with slowed down vocals. Some of the lyrics that can make out “Sound and Vision is a privilege” were alluded to in a blog post about tour dates by the band back in September, and the text “Avant Guarded” flashes up. What could it all mean? Hopefully we’ll find out soon.