After the surprise of sunshine all weekend it looks like it’s set to stay for a few more days! This week there’s some ‘OG’ indie, some up-and-coming Brighton bands and some big headline acts from America. It’s a good week for music in Brighton so we rounded up the gigs that we think are best so you don’t have to!
Just Jack rose to fame into 2007 with his hit single ‘Starz in Their Eyes’ and proceeded to soak in the popularity and fame for a few years after until he fell off the radar after his daughter was born in around 2011…but he’s back! He has returned with his fourth album ‘What We Did Today’ which has been independently released through his own label, Nearly Native. The new record touches on childhood crushes, dealing with kids when hungover, being strip-searched at a festival and failing marriages. It seems as though Jack has brought back the knife-sharp lyricism and laid-back melodies and beats but has grown up alongside his listener base. Those who were once listening to him getting drunk in the sunshine now have kids to be entertaining on the same sort of day. Catch him Monday night at The Hope and Ruin.
The Hope and Ruin. 11-12 Queens Road. BN1 3WA.
Acclaimed musical artist Nahko, of Medicine for the People, is half-way through his first ever solo tour. Nahko is the frontman of critically acclaimed ‘Nahko and Medicine for the People’, a world music collective hailing from Portland, Oregon. Nahko had a film-worthy early life full of harrowing twists and turns and projects his pain and life-education through his intricate and beautiful music, His creative inspiration comes from his desire to build cultural gaps. He’s traveled the US in a van with his dog and he’s now in Brighton ready to grace Komedia’s stage.
Komedia Brighton. 44 Gardner Street, BN1 1UN.
Resolve/Operation Kino/Cutting Ties
The French band ‘Resolve’ hailing from Lyon are headed to Brighton on Wednesday evening. Their strong melodies and frequent comparisons to the likes of Architects, Every Time I Die and While She Sleeps show that Resolve are not one to miss. The metalcore band have toured Europe a few times but it’s a unique opportunity to catch them on a Brighton stage. Brighton’s own, Operation Kino, will take the support slot.
The Hope and Ruin.
Part Chimp/Henry Blacker/Jungfrau
After being around for 11 years and then taking a short hiatus, Part Chimp are well and truly back with their noise-rock. Part Chimp have a reputation for sounding extremely loud when playing both live and on record. They have a plethora of other projects they’ve taken part in or are associated with and are top of their game. They were picked up by Mogwai’s label ‘Rock Action Records’ and have maintained their cult status ever since their first album came out. Support comes in from Henry Blacker and Brighton’s own Jungfrau.
Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar. 9-12 Middle Street, BN1 1AL.
The Low Anthem
The Low Anthem are known for their abstract, handmade and personal sound. They have an undying love for non-traditional music arrangements and have toured relentlessly over the past 8 years. This year The Low Anthem released their sixth album ‘The Salt Doll Went to Measure the Depth of the Sea’ which has already received critical acclaim in the couple of months that it has been out. The pysch-folk band laid out that the inspiration for the album came from a fable which detailed to the Independent “A salt doll, seeking to know more about itself, is told that salt comes from the ocean, and heads for the sea. When it puts a toe in the water, it learns something, but loses the toe; and the more it immerses, the more it learns, but the less of it remains – until it finds self-knowledge in complete dissolution.” Don’t miss this one it will be a very special night.
The Hope & Ruin.