Posts tagged “Brighton

gig: Hope & Ruin, Brighton, 6 Nov

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BOUNCING SKULL PRESENTS

L C PUMPKIN
astonishing lo-fi outsiderness
“Warping keyboards, fuzz-banjo, blown-out drum machine beats and extremely catchy songwriting” – Upset The Rhythm
“It was good” – Jarvis Cocker
https://www.facebook.com/lcpumpkin/
https://www.lcpumpkin.co.uk/

ADAM & ELVIS
formidable and poignant live band with a mighty work ethic, fresh from supporting Fat White Family, The Correspondents, Splashh and The Zombies
“Their track The Artiste takes you gently by the hand and draws you down a hypnotizing route that leads to some surprising places” – Steve Lamacq, 6MUSIC
https://www.facebook.com/adamandelvis/
https://www.instagram.com/adamandelvis/

MATT FINUCANE + BAND
hypnotic art-rock noise
“Really should be heard by many many people” – Louder Than War
https://mattfinucane.net/
https://www.facebook.com/Matt.x.Finucane/

Tue 6 Nov, The Hope & Ruin – 11-12 Queens Road, Brighton BN1
£4 OTD // £3 advance
DOORS 8pm
MUSIC from 8.30 sharp


11 June gig, Hope & Ruin, PLUS: 69X TV and other stories

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My next full-band gig’s on Mon 11 June at the Hope & Ruin, with Pink Narcissus, Peter Cat & Lewis McKale.  I’ll be onstage from 8:30, with a new drummer and new songs – truly, playing with the big boys…

Before that, there’s a return to Mr Wolf’s in Bristol (tomorrow!) and another go at Bar 42 in Worthing (electric this time).  I chase the phantom wherever it leads, till the oil runs out and the lights go off.

I love a blog entry studded with enticing blue links.  So – another track from the new EP can be heard on the second Mixcloud from Plugged In Brighton, and pretty soon I’ll be appearing on the third 69X Music TV show – news of that soon.  Here’s me playing live to camera in 30-degree heat:

 


Guitars? Who Cares – gig with band, Brighton 8th Oct

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So I’m playing at this all-day celebration of noise on Sunday, with bass and drums and a loud electric guitar again.  We’re on about 6pm, but I can recommend arriving earlier: check that line-up.

5 quid, 11 bands, 9 hours of mind-smashing volume in Brighton’s best, most dimly-lit venue.  Sounds like heaven to me.

BLURB

An All-Dayer showcasing the best Brighton bands and artists playing Alt, Indie and Grunge. Only £5 on the door. #Brighton #Alt #Indie #Grunge #Punk #Rock

Pink Narcissus
Brighton Freak Rock est. 2009
https://pinknarcissus.bandcamp.com/

Idle Bones
Alternative Rock from Brighton.
https://www.facebook.com/IdleBonesUK/

Hell Beings
Fuzz Chug Wailers
https://hellbeings.bandcamp.com/

Matt Finucane
Deliciously dysfunctional, hard-edged art rock.
https://mattfinucane.net/

Thirty Giants
Homegrown heavy featuring bits lifted from all your favourite bands.
https://www.facebook.com/thirtygiants/

ARXX
A fine tuned mix of garage rock and gospel.
https://www.facebook.com/arxxband/

Spleen
https://www.facebook.com/spleenbrighton/

Frank & Beans
Two-piece thunder punk outfit from N. Ireland.
https://www.facebook.com/Frank-Beans-1502143416758541/
https://frankandbeans.bandcamp.com/

Embet Henx
Brighton Rock/Noise Pests
https://www.facebook.com/embethenx/
https://embethenx.bandcamp.com/releases

WitchShark
Punchy, noisy, melodic punk from Brighton
https://witchshark.bandcamp.com/releases

Young Francis
One Man Punk Band
https://www.facebook.com/yyoungfrancis/


live session, Radio Reverb: listen back

Here’s a live session / interview I did for Pete Jones the other day on Radio Reverb (at 33min 58 onwards)…

 

There’s two unrecorded new tracks – one so new  that I cocked up the intro twice, the suspense is incredible – and two from the forthcoming EP:

Not Too Far / Threaten Me with Your Love / Looking For A Genius / Moon Madness

There’s plenty of other tunes and chat, some of which took a weirdly confessional left-turn; a solid listen all round.  See if you can tell how wretched my hayfever was; I reckon it doesn’t show at all, but what do you think?


gig, Thur 13 April – with electric band

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The acoustic guitar’s in a hempen funeral basket: time to pick up the electric again……………………………….
Dazed & Awake presents –

Octopuses (Bouncy Castle single launch!)
alt indie dance from the bottom of the (Brighton) sea
https://www.facebook.com/octopusesband/

Matt Finucane + band
chanelling Lou Reed stylings with backing band
https://mattfinucane.net/

AK Patterson
folk singer songwriter
https://m.facebook.com/akpatterson

live at the Prince Albert on Thursday 13th April
Doors Open: 8pm
Entry: £4
tickets on the door only

email: dazedawake@gmail.com


Gig, Brighton, 16th Feb – w/ Greenness & Sam Cutting

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 First gig of 2017, and a very auspicious start – playing at the Coach House, the most fascinating venue in Brighton, with Sam Cutting and Greenness.  Last time I played there, I was attacked by giant spiders lowered from the ceiling.

The format’s interesting too: each act plays two sets of 15 minutes, which nixes the idea of Headliner vs. Underlings and adds variety for you, the discerning listener who’s smart and wonderful enough to come along (okay, enough).

…Anyway, doors at 7.30 and music from 8 sharp x


18th Dec gig photos

Some photos by Heather Johnson of last night’s Green Door Store gig (except no. 4, by Phil of Spinning Chilli).

Went very well, especially for a first gig as a duo.  A piercingly high note to finish 2016 on.


Kind words from Shindig Magazine, radio play & GIG

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recommendation indeed

Shindig Magazine had some good words for Lilith – see above.

Doing a free gig in Brighton tonight at Molly Malone’s for StrungOut Music.  Onstage early, 8:30ish, which means I’ll probably still be sober.

You can hear Lilith on RoundSound Radio – looks like a good show, all kindsa stuff going on.  That’s from 8pm this eve.

Finally… got a nice (brief) write-up from SupaJam, complete with Soundcloud link.

So that’s 3 different ways you can check out the song for yourself, since I’ll also be playing it live: have a reckon.


live session, Radio Reverb TONIGHT

Mon Oct 12th: am playing a live session for Pete Jones on Radio Reverb 97.2FM tonight, which can be heard on the wireless or streamed live here.  It goes out from 6-8PM, with a repeat on Friday at noon (see above).  I’ll be doing songs old & new, and probably chatting a bit.


Phantom Hound III – Sept 9th

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o sweet lord it’s happening again… EVENT LINK

As you can see, this gig happens on Wed 9 Sept At The Coach House… If you don’t know about this venue, you should.  Same goes for the performers – I’m not playing this time, am just the door-bitch, but in ascending order we have:

Shonalika – one of the best singer-songwriters in a town full of ’em

Crysi di Milo – excoriating spoken word mayhem

& headliners Broken Ears – so tight and heavy it’s frankly SCARY

Music from 8pm, no messing.  The hound of pleasure calls! x


Trans Pride & beyond

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Had a blast backing Crysi di Milo at Trans Pride last weekend (then in a sex-dungeon at Fag Machine on Wed 29th).  We absolutely killed, so might go into a studio soon and make some horrendous noise, see what happens.  Both events were lovely and it was a privileged buzz to play a – very minor, but fun – part.


…but before that (Good for What Ails You, 5th July)

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Before Phantom Hound on 8th July, I’m playing at Good For What Ails You, at the Bee’s Mouth.  It’s eclectic, it’s cheap to get in, it starts at 5pm on Sunday 5th.  The last one (I went as a punter) was mental.  Check it out:

“This month’s eruditional jamboree steps up to the pulpit to present you WORDS of POWER, TALES of WISDOM, JAPES of WRATH, TASSELS of RIGHTEOUSNESS with Jimmy Bullet, Johnny Wardlow, Muffy Hunter, Matt Finucane, Fraser Geesin Leisure Centre and MC Dan Belton”


GIG, 8th July, Brighton – PHANTOM HOUND presents…

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This is going to be a very interesting gig.  (In a good way.)

It features super-powerful performance poet Gary Goodman, renowned multi-instrumental improviser Alistair Strachan, some attention-whore with an Irish surname that’s hard to pronounce, and devastatingly dark new talent Rochelle McLean.

And it happens in one of the – if not thecoolest venues in Brighton.  Wed 8 July, folks.  It may be Summer, but BRING BACK DARKNESS.


…& now it’s gone. Waterghosts, plus gig news

Waterghosts was a success; both on its own terms and going by audience reaction.  Jamie Sturrock, awkward visionary, I salute you (many people can talk a good game about stuff like this, very few actually risk doing it).

It was exciting to read out my writing in the pulpit, and to work with so many talented musicians and performers; sitting in the engine room and feeling all that improvised sonic deviltry strafing the church was wonderful.

Now I’ve got some gigs, first one Sunday 1 June.

a few Waterghosts pics – more on my Facebook page:


Lou Reed night: “The Bed” on Soundcloud

This is a song from Berlin, recorded at the Lou Reed tribute night on December 7th, at the Coach House.  The man’s work means a great deal to me, so: hope you enjoy (not the best word for this particular song perhaps).


Lou Reed tribute gig, Sat 7th Dec, Kemptown

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visitation of an American Poet

I’m playing at a Lou Reed tribute night in Kemptown, (At The) Coach House.  It starts at 7pm, on Sat 7th Dec.  Here’s the address:

22 Walpole Road
Brighton BN2

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There’ll be loads of people playing songs from all across his incredible body of work.  I’m doing… Actually, no.  If you want to find out, you’ll have to come along.  Anyway, it promises to be a fantastic celebration.


radio gig verdict

That was fun.  Played three songs live and read a short story, on BHCR‘s Under The Table programme, Thur eve.  The songs were Into It, Love Unknown and Clumsy – album versions here – and the story was Complaint from the Other World, recently re-published by Ether Books.

You know how obscure old horror/ghost story writers have that one tale that crops up again and again in paperback collections…?  Hubristic as it sounds, I reckon this story’s mine, in a shit internet sort of way.

Which isn’t to say ambition doesn’t still gravel my arse.  To do better in writing, but more immediately in music.  Thankfully, that part went smooth as an adrenaline icecream, and hopefully I’ll have some recordings as evidence soon.

Thanks to Nigel & Pierce – and btw, James Herbert has oddly sketchy handwriting (his was the previous entry in the guestbook)…


next gig: Thursday 20 Sept, Brunswick, Brighton

And here’s another gig, back home at the Brunswick in Brighton – details here.  Thur 20 Sept, doors 8pm, tickets £4 or £3 adv from Brunswick site (with unlimited cheap guestlist).

I’m closing the night from about 10:20, and get a 40-min set – which gives me a chance to play some stuff from album 2 that’s not been aired before.  The other acts are Jessica Mary York and Daniel Powell.  Thanks to Andy Hillion for promoting, and as it’s a nice atmospheric venue this should be a memorable night: looking forward to it.


Unpeeled album review + TOUR NEWS

The 13th August update of Unpeeled has very positive things to say about Glow in the Dark – “once in a blue one, you come across something of genuine interest”, for a start – and I’ve taken the liberty of quoting the entire review on the Press page.  Go to the site, though, it’s all good writing (and they clearly have excellent taste, eh?  Eh?!?).

Tomorrow sees the first date of MINOTAUR – South Seas Live in Sheffield.  Facebook pg for that specific gig here.

Wish me luck – or a gloriously messy death. x


GLOW IN THE DARK out today – reviewed by Whiteboard Project

GLOW IN THE DARK – album #2 – is now available from Bandcamp, Amazon, Spotify & iTunes.  And the rest.  My advice is get it from Bandcamp, where it comes with extras.

It’s been reviewed by Whiteboard Project, here.  (Scroll down, it’s the second or third item.)  It “will infuriate some and delight others […] Highly recommended”.   Amen to that.

On top of this, I’m part of a brief tour from 15th – 19th August.


Brighton Souce & Ringmaster Reviews: Glow in the Dark x2

Two more reviews for Glow in the Dark, first from Stu Huggett in Brighton Source magazine:

…And second from Ringmaster Reviews, here.  An ambivalent one, this – “at times not easy to get a handle on”, but “to ignore it would be a mistake”… and “a sinister caress with less than healthy intentions which leaves one rattled but needing to feel its shadows again”(!).  Still, it’s in-depth, which is aces with me.  And uncertainty isn’t a bad thing… I’ve evoked some colourful images in the writer’s head: my work is done.


BBC session – retrospect

The BBC Introducing: South live session we played is up on their site for the next 5 days, here.

We’ll get a recording of our songs, which were spread out across the broadcast, so I’ll probably upload it here &/or to Soundcloud at some point…  Till then, check out the programme.  It includes an interview, which I think went okay – the top of my head was spinning off somewhere in the upper atmosphere at the time on sheer adrenaline.  Managed not to swear or otherwise disgrace myself – somehow.

In all, sounded nice and crunchy; in fact we were ear-splittingly loud.  No idea how the sound engineer made sense of this tidal sheet of fuzz, but what went on-air was magicked into something very tight and coherent, more so as we progressed.  The fact we were lean, ready and up for it must’ve helped too.

Abiding memory?  How swift and efficient the whole operation was – totally hassle-free, nice people to deal with – and, uh, playing with a big cardboard cut-out of Beloved National Treasure (and in my book, twat) David Jason as Del Boy, right in my eyeline.  That and the chundering monotony of football, everywhere, inescapable.

No, seriously though: it was a pleasure.  Had thought I was shackled to the acoustic guitar forevermore, minorly-doomed never again to wring whorls of feedback out of a hard-driven amp… Happily, I was wrong.


BBC Introducing: South radio session Sunday 24th June (info)

Okay, the live session on BBC Introducing: South is going out this Sunday, from 7 – 9 pm.  We’re playing 4 songs and doing an interview.  EDIT: 1st song goes out at 7:05.

Link to their webpage here.   Info:

BBC Introducing: The South, 7-9pm Sunday evenings

BBC Sussex and BBC Surrey & BBC Radio Solent

Listen in Brighton on 95.3 FM

Listen in Sussex & Surrey 104-104.8 FM

Listen in Solent & Hampshire on 96.1 FM

Listen in Dorset on 103.8 FM L

Listen on-line

 www.bbc.co.uk/sussex

www.bbc.co.uk/surrey 

 www.bbc.co.uk/hampshire 

 www.bbc.co.uk/dorset

Text during the show on 81333 your normal rates apply, but you must start your text with the word ‘radio’

Email unsigned@bbc.co.uk

…I can promise the unpredictable, the colourful, the atom-smashing.  Give us a listen, do!


more press & BBC session news

Here’s another write-up for Hard Science from is this music?  Good again: I’m a punk poet prepared to push the boat out, it sez.  Damn right.

The BBC Introducing: South session takes place next Sunday, 24th June – more details as soon as I have them (probably tomorrow).  Exciting stuff.