Flash Bang Band album launch

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Flash Bang Band launched their brilliant new album ‘Bite Your Tongue’ at a free gig at the Green Door Store last night. If you haven’t bought it yet, it comes very highly recommended. They were ably supported at the launch … Continue reading

Weekend Gig Picks

For this week’s gig picks, we’ve got tie-ins with two different festivals and some local media big hitters putting on gigs, as well as a few other odds and sods.

soundscreen

You may have heard that Brighton Digital Festival is on in town at the moment and as part of that Pop Up Brighton return with their Sound Screen event, bringing together local bands with international visual artists. On Thursday night at the Corn Exchange Phoria, Luo and The Hundredth Anniversary play to a backdrop of visual collaborations that the bands and video artists have been working together on for the last six weeks. Meanwhile Time for T headline at the Hope for Brightonsfinest, with Gypsy Switch, Paper Hawk and Prisoners Cinema also playing, and Monsters Build Mean Robots and Spacenoid are on the bill at Brighton Noise / Nice Weather For Airstrike’s Industroika gig at the Prince Albert.

sourceOn Friday Night Lloyd Williams and Ellie Ford launch their debut release at St Mary’s Church, Black Rooster Black Shag headline the Prince Albert, and Bad for Lazarus play Sticky Mike’s.

Saturday night is the third of The Haunt and Juice Brighton’s short run of weekly gigs. This week they have Them The Sky, Garden Heart, and Paper Hawk on the line up. It’s also the first of this month’s two Source New Music Nights (they’re hosting another on 20th as part of Brighton Digital Festival). This one is curated by Wildwood Promotions and is headlined by Alex White’s Interlocutor, with Red River Dialect, Octopuses and Herb Denton’s Last Dime playing too. Finally, it’s the Over The Moon Festival’s pre-party at the Blind Tiger, with a line up that includes Eagles for Hands, Mitch Wade Cole, Platypi, Eone and Murder He Wrote.

Interlocutor at the Hope

Wednesday night we saw Interlocutor at the Hope.

Octopuses - the band

Octopuses

First up were the new band Octopuses, formed by Adam Bell out of the remnants of Foxes! with Alan and Rob Grice, Alan Odgers and the legend-in-the-making Tom Matthews playing the part of unlikely font man. The band play ragged but fast-paced indie pop, with strong songs and a beefy rhythm section that belies the off-ball keyboard riffs and laconic artless vocals up front. overall a most enjoyable confection and one worth watching.

Crayola Lectern

Crayola Lectern

Next up was the Crayola Lectern playing songs from his forthcoming album, a beautiful psychedelic monstrosity being released on the Bleeding Hearts label. Crayola Lectern is a nervous live performer, trying out one song and stopping when he seemingly couldn’t remember it.  But he was accompanied by Alistair Strachan on trumpet and percussion, who gives a rich rewarding texture to the enchanting piano-based melodies.

Interlocutor horn section

Horn section

Finally, the headliners gathered on stage, all dozen or so players with a fantastic concoction of blue-eyed soul led by Alex White, of Electric Soft Parade. A big meaty brass section, some stiff guitar riffs and the superb manic drumming of brother Tom helped to power an excellent collection of songs, including a Steely Dan cover for which Alex sort of apologised and then played a blinder. Billed as an album launch of sorts, it wasn’t quite as the album isn’t finished, but judging from the collection played here it is going to sound amazing. Really looking forward to that one.

Alex White and Interlocutor

Alex White

So three great bands playing some fabulous new music through a messy soundsystem in a hot sweaty little venue with sticky walls and terrible beer. It was made even more memorable by Chris Tomsett’s brilliant innerstrings psychedelic light show, which is becoming a regular feature at a lot of Brighton gigs these days, so much so that it seems it isn’t really a rock gig without it. All in all, a great night.

 

(Photographs by Jon Southcoasting)

Interlocutor

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So you’ve done the weekend now, except for that post-Saturday hangover-recovery dance, and you’re starting to wonder about your next big thing to do?

Well, you’re sorted. On Wednesday we have a gig by Alex White’s new band Interlocutor, Alex being the other brother out of the Electric Soft Parade and one of Brighton’s most prolific and talented musos. Interlocutor are an 11 piece alt-soul-rock band, and if Matthew E White or Lambchop’s your bag you will love this. Wednesday night they’re playing their new album right the way through. It will be great.

In support we have the amazing Crayola Lectern with his psychedelically-infused torch-rock, and the ramshackle indie-pop of Octopuses, comprising ex-members of the now legendary Foxes! And if that isn’t enough, these three bands will all be bathed in the warm glow of the Innerstrings Psychedelic Lightshow, a satisfying sight worth the meagre entrance fee on its own.

This one will sell out, so get your tickets pronto from the usual local stores or online at http://www.wegottickets.com/event/208205

Interlocutor