Posts Tagged ‘BRIGHTON’
Despite the likes of Austin’s SXSW and Brighton’s The Great Escape being little more than industry piss ups, where buzz bands are more or less pre-determined, thus rendering the idea of walking into a venue and discovering an exciting new artist void at worst and unlikely at best, it’s refreshing to learn that this utopian notion remains possible.
Indeed, during The Great Escape a week or so back, we came across local folky singer-songwriter Jade Hopcroft, who captured our attention for a full thirty minutes during her set at Life by the seaside, where she opened the “Jeah” event (also featuring the likes of I Dream In Colour, Escapists, Draper, Dems and Worship) at around noon.
This was no mean feat, having stumbled out of bed half an hour previously after a long night of ‘networking’. The cobwebs were removed quickly: like all good singers, Jade’s vocal was the highlight here, all Stevie Nicks ripping through “Rhianon” meets Laura Marling taking on “New Romantic”, it possessed that great head-turning, move-away-from-the-bar ability. What’s more, her songs appeared to be well-written, concise and memorable, with “The Game” and “Saint” (below) being two particular stand out moments (the latter’s chorus ingrained itself into our consciousness and didn’t leave for quite some time).
To date, Jade has slowly been establishing herself on the Brighton and London scenes, and we expect her name to appear in many more places before the year is up if she continues in this vein. First up, we’ve booked to her to play at the London leg of Jake Mattison’s “Sorrow” single launch on 7 June, where she’ll open things up at around 8pm, if you needed any further incentive to attend.
After Jake Mattison‘s gig at a rainy Jubilee Square during Brighton’s Great Escape Festival last Thursday afternoon (10 May), our friends over at Beatwolf Magazine cornered him at The Mash Tun pub across the road for a chat about his influences and inspirations, the Manchester scene and touring with Emeli Sande last year, amongst a few other things.
Jake also performed a powerful, scruff-of-the-neck-grabbing version of his forthcoming debut single “Sorrow”, out on LFC Records in a few weeks, which left those in the room speechless. Check the interview and performance out above, and be sure to grab a copy of the 7″ vinyl on pre-order, because they’re flying out as we speak.
Jake’s next live shows are the “Sorrow” single launch parties on the 6th and 7th June, in Manchester and London respectively. Head over to our events page for further information and ticket details.
Killing Moon Limited, Euphonios, The Recommender and Strongroom Alive are teaming up to put on this superb bill of new music at this year’s Great Escape festival, which takes place in Brighton from 10-12 May.
This particular event takes place at Life on Friday 11 May, and is free entry all day long. Alongside Bluebell, we’ve kindly been invited to spin some records in between the bands. As the lineup features some of our very favourite artists of the moment, some of whom have featured on this blog and/or appeared live at an LFC event, we would have been mad to have turned down the opportunity.
If you’re down by the seaside for the festival, pop along and say hello. We’ll be the ones with the iPod and mix CDs in hand, and (probably) playing tracks from our label catalogue.
From the ashes of a number of former Brighton bands (amongst them The Agitator and The Perils) comes Maker, a brand new quartet from the seaside town who are turning the clock back to 1977 or so with their revved up MOR power pop (and also their appearance, although we assume the two are intertwined).
Fronted by singer Lana McDonagh, it’s her sweet and melodic vocals which take centre stage on their songs (at least the three they’ve posted online so far). Bearing a striking resemblance to those of Stevie Nicks, Cyndi Lauper or latterly Lissie Maurus, you could quite easily imagine her getting stuck into “Go Your Own Way”, “Time After Time” or “In Sleep”, the standout track from Lissie’s 2010 debut.
Of the tracks they’ve shared with the public, “Missing”, with its upbeat pace, striking hook and three-and-a-half minute duration, is a pre-packaged hit just waiting to soundtrack a million (or more) five o’clock drives home. That’s not to dismiss it as mere Radio 2 fodder, however, we’re simply saying that the potential reach of this group is quite considerable.
Neither of the other two songs, “We Got It (All Worked Out)” and “Secret Heart”, display a dip in their quality control gauge, suggesting a band who already have a keen ear for what makes a viable, concise pop single (or have simply listened to Rumours a few times). No gigs have been announced at the time of writing, although with the interest in the band sure to reach palpable levels in the next month or two, we expect live appearances to be imminent.
Ice Black Birds require little introduction on these pages. The Brighton psychedelic blues revivalists inspired by early Kings Of Leon, Creedence Clearwater Revival and the rest were our first ever signing to Laissez Faire Club Records.
We put out their second single, the highly charged and anthemic “As Birds We’d Be Fine” last June, which kick-started a great second half of 2010 for them, culminating in shows at Manchester’s In The City, Paris’ Fleche d’Or, the NME Weekender Festival in Camber Sands and Koko for Club NME.
2011 is set to be even bigger, with the band set to embark on a sold out tour of Holland with local heroes Go Back To The Zoo in February (it went so well last time, they were invited back), as well as their maiden US tour in March, which rolls up in Austin, Texas on 15 March for the much lauded SXSW Festival.
They return to Laissez Faire Club for the sixth time on the 26th at Catch, where they’ll appear just below Scoundrels.
Location: Brighton, UK
Lineup: Sam Denniston (Vocals, Guitar); George Grinling (Lead Guitar); Danny McGurn (Bass); Ollie Liddiard (Drums)
Label: Laissez Faire Club Records (“As Birds We’d Be Fine” single)
Previous LFC appearances: 5
Blog love: “The gist is that they’re fucking fantastic, and I was powerless to resist them” (Les Enfants Terribles)
LFC 4th Birthday show details: Catch, 26 Jan, on-stage 9.30pm RSVP TICKETS
Who are you?
S: We’re Ice Black Birds, a rock ‘n’ roll quartet from Brighton influenced by Creendence Clearwater Revival, White Denim, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. We’ve been around for just over two years.
What were your highlights of 2010?
S: Playing on a sold out Dutch tour with Go Back To The Zoo and travelling to a lot of cities that we haven’t perviously been to. Also releasing two singles, meeting a lot of interesting new people, summer festivals, Radio 1 airplay, and generally writing lots of music.
What are you most looking forward to in 2011?
S: SXSW and another European tour. Also releasing our next single but that is still quite hush hush for now, BUT expect to hear an announcement about that soon…
Do you have anything available to buy right now?
S: Funnily enough we have a record out on Laissez Faire Club Records called “As Birds We’d Be Fine”.
What’s been your best gig(s) to date?
S: Paris with We are Scientists and The Boxer Rebellion was pretty amazing, also the three shows we played in Holland were great. Europe seems to be where our best shows are. Koko towards the end of last year was pretty immense.
And finally, why should people attend your gig?
S: Because we are a band that lives to play live, simple rock ‘n’ roll with an edge. We are massively influenced by 60s and 70s musicians and so plan to do it like they did with years of touring. We’ll be around for a while.