This week in Brighton is jam-packed with an eclectic mix of live music that ranges right across the musical spectrum. Our top picks include Kirin Callinan who is definitely one not to miss, along with the legend Susan Vega, and the exciting Mancunians DUDS
Monday 25 September:
Anteros / Komedia: Billed as “bitter dream pop for heartbroken dancers”, this four piece with Catalonian roots borrow from early 80s new wave and from 90s Britpop. Named after the Greek God of requited love, this will reach out and touch you. Anyone who is a fan of Blondie, Cardigans, Pretenders, or Sleeper should check it out!
Mark McGuire + Ancient Ocean / The Prince Albert: As part of his first UK tour in a long time, Mark McGuire will play at The Prince Albert after the release of two new LPs ‘Vision on Purpose’ and ‘Ideas Like Beginnings’, which has been billed as “an LP that feels as natural and refreshing as as summer rain”. Coming tp prominence with an outfit named Emeralds, a Cleveland trio who seem to many, in retrospect, “one of the most pivotal bands to come out of the 21st century noise scene, progressively moving as they did towards sounds more melodic, engaged, directed, and also more hopeful”, this new iteration of the talented McGuire is well worth the admission.
Gold Class / The Joker: This Australian post-punk agitators are known for their blend of anger and intimacy and are sure to fill the top floor of the Joker with an energy that is not to be missed. Their single ‘Life As A Gun‘ is a fitting introduction to a band that undulates between extremes in volume and intimacy worth a listen if you’re interested in checking out these exciting Aussies. “I wouldn’t consider myself an activist,” he says. “But I’d hope our music can and will be an instrument of change.” “I wouldn’t consider myself an activist,” says frontman Curley about their defiant and stridently political undertones, “But I’d hope our music can and will be an instrument of change.”
The Skints / Concorde 2: Decribed by Clash Music as “the torchbearers of British Reggae”, their sonic blend melds the sounds of Jamaica and London and mixes influences as far reaching as Punk Rock, Grime and Hip Hop, with a sprinkling of Dancehall and Ska. If you’re into eclecticism then this may be the band for you, with their 2015 album FM reaching number 7 in the UK Independent chart.
Susan Vega / Brighton Dome: Coming down from the ‘second floor’, Susan Vega is sure to be a hit with the crowd at the Brighton Dome this Wednesday. Best known for her eclectic folk-inspired music, this American singer-songwriter is touring fresh off the back of her successful 2016 release “Lover, Beloved: Songs from an Evening with Carson McCullers” Vega is sure to be on top form for any of you lucky enough to snap up the few tickets remaining!
Kirin Calinan / The Prince Albert: The extravagant entertainer is coming to Brighton with his unique blend of avant-garde pop that promises to leave audiences enamoured by this charismatic frontman’s latest album ‘Bravado’. This new direction from Callinan takes the outfit into a slightly clubbier territory without losing the charm of Kirin’s artfully crafted witticisms and the raw energy of Embracism’s off kilter machined textures. This is one gig you certainly won’t want to miss!
Mayday Parade / Concorde 2: American Rock outfit from Tallahassee, Florida released their 2006 debut EP ‘Tales Told by Dead Friends” with considerable success, selling 50,000 copies without any label support, an incredibly impressive feat that expresses the band’s anthemic qualities. The band’s latest (2015) release ‘Black Lines’ is their fifth offering and they have been recording with Mike Sapone of Brand New, Taking Back Sunday and Sainthood Reps, and considering their tweets proclaiming “MAYDAY PARADE IS DONE”, you might want to see them before their claims come to fruition.
Acid Tongue / Sticky Mikes: In anticipation of their debut album ‘Babies’, to be released in mid October, Acid Tongue’s American-bred garage rock is eavily influenced by AM-radio soul, folk, and of course by psychedelic rock. “After years of extensive traveling throughout the United States, as well as some experimental therapy in a Mexican yurt, the boys have united to produce their take on the music of their parents’ generation. Incorporating imagery of the afterlife, dream-states and drifter-culture, Acid Tongue seeks to enlighten listeners to their swingin, contemplative lifestyle.”
DUDS / Green Door Store: Mancunian DIY rockers DUDS have won praise for their short, sharp, and intricately rhythmic energy and abstract experimentations. Drawing inspiration from post punk Captain Beefheart and James Chance, their spiky sonic style and prickly compositions have earned them a place on the same Californian underground label as King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, and Ty Segall. We’re expecting big things from this quintet so try not to miss them if you can grab yourself a ticket.
The Milk / Concorde 2: This soulful Chelmsford-based band are inspired by the likes of Bill Withers, Isaac Hayes and the Isley Brothers. The band have an undeniable groove that is heartfelt and honest with their well-crafted songs sure to send listeners back to a rich projection of the 70s “Our second record, like many others before us, has been a life affirming but at times painful experience. For all the good we did on our first record, we felt that there we’re many unanswered questions. It was important that this album put the record straight, not just for our fans and peers but for ourselves.” – Dan Legresley
Avec Sans / The Hope & Ruin: London-based electro-pop band play this intimate venue after the release of their debut album last year titled ‘Heartbreak Hi’ on American label Beverly Martel. Before even playing in public they were asked to design a shoe for London fashion brand Swear, so expect nothing less than a fashionably tight performance from this duo.
Good Morning / The Joker: This duo, coming out of Melbourne, Australia, are relentless with their catchy pop tunes that would seem effortless if not for their consistent quality in composition and craft. Their music is a sunny blend of breezy pop bangers is sure to tickle your fancy so check them out this Friday night; “There wasn’t really ever a conscious effort to make it sound like sunny pop music. We just used the gear that we had to get the sounds that we wanted and it was how it panned out. We pretty much wrote it all in summer so maybe that’s something.”
Deekline / Patterns: British producer and DJ of dance, breakbeat, breakstep and garage music, Deekline is the innovator of a style of breakstep music which is bass-heavy, breakbeat-infused 2-step, first characterised in his 1999 hit “I Don’t Smoke“, which reached #11 on the UK charts. This event is sure to be a hit with the crowd at Patterns so if you’re looking for an up-tempo and sweaty night out this Friday look no further than Deekline at Patterns.
Ben Ottewell / Komedia: Ottewell is an English singer-songwriter and is one of the three lead singers of the English indie rock band Gomez. Recipient of the Mercury Music Award Prize in 1998, and well known for his “deep, raspy voice” and “gravelly baritone”, Ottewell embarked upon a solo-project in 2011, with the debut album Shapes & Shadows. This show promises to be an intimate affair that impresses audiences with the level of craftsmanship Ottewell consistently delivers in his songwriting.
The Xcerts / The Haunt: Originally from Aberdeen, this three piece rock band have released three studio albums to date, with their latest release coming in 2014 with the album “There is Only You” peaking at #96 on the UK albums chart. Formed by 13 year old friends, this band has a close chemistry that comes across in their performances, the outfit is sure to have some new material up their sleeves for any fans eager to hear what they’ve been working on for the last three years.
Denai Moore / Komedia: The last couple of years have provided an intense and sometimes painful period of growth for Moore — an experience that she documents now with unflinching openness on We Used to Bloom. These ten songs reveal a young woman figuring out the world and her place in it, while also charting Moore’s evolving relationship with herself — with self-esteem, self-image and the crippling anxiety she once suffered and is now challenging head on through her songwriting.
Boundary Festival / Stanmer Park: Boundary festival is sure to be a hit yet again this Saturday. If you’ve not managed to get a ticket then you should do all you can to get your hands on one, this weekend’s event is one marked on the calendars of Brightonians to town over looking to dance the day and night away under the safe care of a formidable list of acts and DJs that promise to leave those in attendance with achy legs and heads on Sunday afternoon, but this event will be worth the hangover, I assure you. Keep your eyes peeled for BJournal’s guide to the festival, following our piece counting down to the event for the year.
Lee Scratch Perry / Concorde 2: Jamaican music producer and inventor noted for his innovative studio techniques and production style, Perry was a pioneer in the 1970s development of dub music with his early adoption of remixing and studio effects to create new instrumental or vocal versions of existing reggae tracks. He has worked with and produced for a wide variety of artists, including Bob Marley and the Wailers, Junior Murvin, the Congos, Max Romeo, Adrian Sherwood, the Beastie Boys, Ari Up, and many others. An experienced performer, Perry is a sure bet for a great Saturday night, with his latest release accompanied by Pura Vida titled “The Super Ape Strikes Again” proving that Perry is still on the top of his game.
Steve Davis & Kavus Torabi / Green Door Store: Snooker legend of the 1980’s and recipient of 71 major titles during his illustrious career Steve Davis (that’s right) announced his retirment from professional snooker in 2016 and has since reinvented himself as an acclaimed DJ. Collecting left field music from around the globe and presenting a weekly radio show with Kavus Torabi on Phoenxc FM, Davis ranges from quality 70s prog to left-field electronica and IDM. Supported by experimental/psychedelic musician with a long history in the field, Kavus Torabi, known for fronting his own band Knifeworld and playing in Gond, Guapo and Cardiacs, he runs bouutique label Believers Raost, and has collaborated with a wide range of left-field artists.
Julio Bashmore / Patterns: Fans of House will no doubt know about this gig at Patterns on Saturday. Constantly delivering thumping house classics, Bashmore will once again grace the decks of Patterns for a night that will definitely go down with a bang. Think Daft Punk and Cassius, but from Bristol.
Holy Goof / The Arch: Holy Goof is fast emerging as a true connoisseur of UK bass music. Boasting a high powered sound that is seemingly growing momentum by the minute, the Coventry based producer has constructed his own darkside strain of energetic, dance-floor cuts dropping three devastating EPs on the likes of Four40 Records and Party Like Us this past year. “I’ve just released my latest piece of work entitled Anyone EP which is a three tracker consisting of three original solo productions from myself and is out now. I’ve also just released a bootleg of Roll Deep’s classic ‘When I’m Ere’ which is currently available to download for free on soundcloud. I’m also very excited about a remix I’ve done for Nottingham grime MC, Mez (original track produced by Massappeals) and watch this space for some new projects in 2016.”
Lorde / Brighton Centre: Fresh off of the back of her latest release ‘Melodrama’ (2017), and after a three-year hiatus, Lorde’s “Green Light” was the lead single that launched this album which debuted at number one in New Zealand and Australia, as well as topping the US Billboard 200. You’ll definitely know her breakout track ‘Royals’ which was a worldwide hit and was so catchy that it still sends echoes through popular culture.
Mike Watt / The Hope & Ruin: Best known for co-founding and playing bass guitar for the rock bands Minutemen, Dos, and Firehose, Watt is also the frontman for the supergroup Big Walnuts Yonder, a member of the art rock group Banyan and involved with several other musical projects. From 2003 until 2013, he was the bass guitarist for The Stooges. Expect an experienced and assured performance from this veteran of the industry full of bass licks that will knock your socks off.
Tom Hickox / Latest Music Bar: Singer-songwriter from North London, Hickox, has been repeatedly flattered with compassions to Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen and Randy Newman for his rich songs filled with depth and intensity. Hailed as a ‘true original’ and “the most powerful and original lyrical songwriter this country has produced in years” by the Daily Telegraph, and described as writing music “as if from a different planet, and certainly from a different age” by the Sunday Times, Fuse magazine wrote positively of his “outrageously daring lyrics” and the “deathly beauty” of his arrangements.
Hanni El Khatib / Concorde 2: Palestinian-Filipino American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist songwriter and producer, El Khatib’s 2013 sophomore full-length Head In The Dirt was produced by the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach. His most recent full-length album Moonlight was released on Jan. 20, 2015 which has been described by the Guardian as a “former skate-punk raised on vintage rock and R&B [who] is keeping the spirit of 76 alive with his primal raunch ‘n’ roll.”