Gigs of the Week: 6 Nov – 12 Nov
Monday 6 November
John Joseph Brill @ The Prince Albert
John Joseph Brill releases new single ‘I’m Not Alright’ through Kobalt on February 24th. Taken from the EP of the same title, which will be released in Spring 2017, ‘I’m Not Alright’ is a progression in sound for Brill with its 80’s sensibilities, though his warm baritone timbre and the soul-bearing intimacy and sonic intensity of his previous oeuvre are still the mainstay.
Speaking about the track, Brill explains “At the time of writing the song I’d just been through a break-up and found myself broke and with nowhere to live. And while superficially that’s what the song’s about, it grew into something deeper for me. These are strange and uncertain times and I really believe that no matter what your story is, everyone should feel like if they need to, they can raise their hand and say “I’m Not Alright” and for that to be OK”.
Wednesday 8 November
Parcels @ Patterns
This Aussie outfit are bounding having recently had a their latest single ‘Overnight’ produced by Daft Punk’s ‘Overnight’, which was produced by Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo. Laced with funky guitars and dreamy vocals, the track retains Parcels sound, with their tropical-trademark feel full of pop-electro-soul, whilst exploring new territory. If you like the palm-muting of Blood Orange, and the Pop-tightness of Jungle then you’ll like this.
Ghostpoet @ Concorde 2
With his first album, Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam, was shortlisted for the 2011 Mercury Prize, Ghostpoet consistently delivers top quality musicianship with well crafted lyrics. In April 2017 Ghostpoet released the single “Immigrant Boogie” released via Play It Again, Sam. The track was produced by Leo Abrahams and mixed by Leo and Kristofer Harris. The track is the first from the album Dark Days + Canapés
Girl Ray @ Green Door Store
Girl Ray make sweetly sour lo-fi heartache pop with vocals wavering between cool and callow and songwriting ambitions towards the accomplished, the greats. Their latest single, Stupid Things – “about crushing really hard on someone, and finding myself doing fucking ridiculous things, like watching films that they mentioned fleetingly or ordering their favourite drink at a bar”, according to songwriter Hankin – could be a cover version of a Carole King song by a C86-era indie band.
Trudy And The Romance @ The Hope & Ruin
Fans of Wild Beasts, Pulp, King Krule and The Beach Boys will do well to check out this exciting Liverpool based band. With a sound that defies categorisation, the band lean on various influences to create their unique lend of indie-rock-pop-rhythm+blues-crooning. In the age of super-smart algorithms telling you what you like and what you’re supposed to listen to, it is very refreshing to encounter music that doesn’t neatly fit into any one genre and occupies a lane all on its own.
Chelou @ The Prince Albert
With resolute guitar licks and submerged vocals, Chelou provides a heady introduction to his dreamy sound and sent expectations through the roof for the parent EP The Quiet, which was released through iTunes in February. With a lush musical dexterity and interesting palette spanning acoustics and electronics, Chelou is an refreshing proposition who’s committed to taking things at his own speed.
Happy to let the music do the talking, Chelou prefers to remain faceless, with limited social media presence pointing to the essentials: music and artwork.The tactic has paid off so far, with kindred spirits All We Are falling for his sound and inviting him to support them on their latest UK tour.
Thursday 9 November
Torres @ The Haunt
Mackenzie Scott has described her new TORRES album as “entirely about using the body that each of us has been given as a mechanism of joy.” The new album is her most ambitious work by an order of magnitude. It’s an electric-electronic hybrid that is lush, physical, and full of contradictions.
Father John Misty @ Brighton Dome
Former drummer of indie-folk band Fleet Foxes, Josh Tilman’s solo venture has been met with wide critical acclaim by audiences and industry alike. On April 7, 2017, Pure Comedy was released. The Pure Comedy world tour began in April 2017 and will finish in fall 2017. During this tour, Tillman has written his next album and is currently mixing the tracks. The album is expected for release in early 2018. Expect excellently crafted songs packed full of profundity that cut through the noise of a sometimes inane and vacuous entertainment culture.
Goat Girl @ The Joker
Hailed as “the band rebuilding London’s indie scene”, the female foursome are leading a new wave of bands that have forgone the laddish arrogance of indie bands gone by. With guttural guitars and and a chemistry to fall in love with, this band will be leave you wanting more and more and more.
John Smith @ The Brunswick
Playing a rumbling fingerstyle and sometimes using a slide, sometimes playing the guitar on his lap, sometimes detuning mid-song, John’s guitar work and honey-on-gravel vocals have brought crowds to pin-drop silence and rapturous applause. The versatility of this performer will impress any audience member alongside his charming and instantly engaging manner.
Friday 10 November
Autobahn + Cymbals @ Green Door Store
Forming in Leeds in early 2013, Autobahn blew audiences across the North away with one of the most intense and visceral live shows in recent years. Encapsulating the landscape of their Yorkshire home, their sound soars from the harsh post-industrial concrete of the city right through to the endless Pennine expanses on its periphery. Following the release of two self-titled EPs, AUTOBAHN released their debut album, Dissemble, on August 2015 via Tough Love (recorded with Matt Peel). The band built their own studio in Leeds to record their second album ‘The Moral Crossing’ which will be released on November 3rd. 2017.
Zinc B2B Chris Lorenzo @ The Arch
Get down to The Arch on Friday for a special b2b set featuring bassline heavyweights Chris Lorenzo b2b DJ Zinc! Playing an exclusive 2 hour set on the night, this one will fully go off! Support comes from two bassline hotshots in Bushbaby & Zero
Foundations X Off Peak: Faze Miyake @ Patterns
Foundations x Off Peak are bringing the beats, this time it’s in the form of Faze Miyake. Expect dance drops from dub to garage. Get down to Patterns to get down.
Saturday 11 November
Stu Larsen @ The Haunt
Stu Larsen is an Australian singer-songwriter. At one point Larsen has no fixed address, no job, few possessions and little money – just a lot of generous friends who seem to let him sleep on their floor or couch, or in their spare room as he ventures onward. He appeared to be on a journey of sorts, perhaps searching for something greater than can be found in one’s own backyard. He spent time exploring & wandering all over the world. Through Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States, road tripping with friends, playing unexpected shows in unexpected places, staying in the homes of old and new friends all along the way.
Phobophobes @ Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar
Sharing the same practice space as the likes of Fat White Family, Shame, and Goat Girl, among others, Phobophobes feature original Fat White Family drummer, Dan Lyons, and Meatraffle’s organ player, Chris OC. Sadly, in their 2016, their guitarist George Russell passed away, putting everyone on hold for a while. But now, they’ve come back with this, another new track ‘The Never Never’, which according to the band is a pop at “excessive commercialism”.
Island @ The Hope and Ruin
Islands are not yet a household name, but with their two releases so far, ‘Stargazer’ and ‘Girl’ (the latter of which made Nen’s ears prick up), it cant be long for these boys, who have already supported Palace, The Bohicas, and Amber Run, the majority of these being sold out shows. Fans of The Kooks will like this band whose distinctive vocals will keep their tracks stuck in your ears.
Ben UFO + Josey Rebelle @ Patterns
Party number two of the AKA season rolls thorugh with UK heavyweights Ben UFO & Josey Rebelle on deck! A double header bill featuring some of Londons finest dance music aficionados in Brighton’s best clubbing space… It honestly can’t get much better than this.
SaSaSaS @ The Arch
SASASAS is comprised of six of the Drum & Bass scenes hottest MC’s & DJ’s, Harry Shotta, Skibadee, Shabba D and Stormin bring an unparalleled energy to any show with their high-octane performances backed up by Phantasy and Macky Gee working the decks.
Sunday 12 November
Protomartyr @ The Haunt
Relatives in Descent, co-produced and recorded with Sonny DiPerri (Animal Collective, Dirty Projectors), is the follow-up to Protomartyr’s 2015 LP The Agent Intellect. It marks their first release on Domino.
The Burning Hell @ The Prince Albert
The Burning Hell is the songwriting project of Mathias Kom, particularly known for their literate—often literary—and humorous lyrics. In 2014, the tribute album My Name Is Mathias, featuring Canadian and international musicians performing the band’s songs, was released, featuring covers by artists such as John K. Samson, Mike O’Neill (musician), Mike Feuerstack, Dan Mangan, and Susie Asado.