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CAN – The Lost Tapes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is a generally accepted article of rock ‘n’ roll faith that The Velvet Underground were, both musically and in terms of attitude, the single most influential group in history. The shades, the heroin chic, the walls of feedback married to pure pop melody, the S&M cliches. Their first album may have done comparatively tiny numbers when it came out in ’67, but it was not for nothing that Brian Eno famously suggested that of the few people that did actually hear it, most of them went off to form bands.

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Sunn O))) Live At Coalition

So far, it’s not been a bad year at all for those in Brighton wanting to hear something a bit heavier. Back in March, Earth – a major influence on the current band in question – brought their countrified brand of drone to the city, while last month saw grunge legends The Melvins descending. Continuing the trend, last week experimental metal duo Sunn O))) stopped in for a visit, constructing a veritable Stonehenge of speakers in order to dry-clean the ears of the hardy souls that had ventured out in the rain to Coalition on the seafront.

Informed on one side by drone and black metal and on the other by minimalist composition and even avant-garde jazz (the last track on Monoliths and Dimensions is a 17 minute-long tribute to Alice Coltrane) anything Sunn O)))-related is always going to be a fairly serious proposition. That said, what with the robes and dry ice and all, it’s very difficult not to think just how, well… camp the whole thing is. Continue Reading »

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Hush Hush at The Western Front

If you haven’t heard of it already, Hush Hush is a relaxed acoustic night run by Chuck SJ Hay and Hope Rudd, which started life at White Rabbit on Sunday nights and has now spawned a twin: Hush Hush at The Western Front on Wednesday nights.

The evening promised five local acts in the cosy upstairs of the pub, each with a half hour set in which to offer up their musical delights. The evening had turned surprisingly warm when I rolled up, eager to hear some chilled music after a long day. I grabbed myself a beer as Rudy Warman took to the stage with his unique brand of bluesy and melodic love songs. Starting with a great old blues cover and leading on into a mixture of somewhat intricate picking and chords, his sounds were a fitting introduction to the ethos of the night. His voice was much better than some local musicians you can hear around Brighton and fitted well with the sometimes melancholy feel of his songs. It was a solid set that was well structured and well rehearsed in which he let his music do the talking.

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How To Get Gigs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So you or your band have got some decent material together, you’ve practiced until you don’t miss a beat and you think it sounds pretty bloody brilliant. It’s time to get your music out there to the masses and hit the gigging circuit. But where to start?

Making your first tentative steps into the real world can be quite daunting at first, especially if you’ve never played in front of an audience before. But never fear, below are some tips for making some waves on the scene and developing your musical ambitions.

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The Good, The Bad and the Ugly (6 bands that just keep coming back)

Band reformations can be a controversial issue. You can never be quite sure if behind the smiles and “we’re suddenly best mates now” image there’s a cynical get rich quick scheme grinding into motion. And maybe it’s just me, but more and more once famous and successful bands are getting back together ever since the economy went bust. Case and point: The Stone Roses, the most recent of these iconic bands to announce a new tour after years of bickering. But who knows? Maybe, just maybe they’re doing it for the music, in which case good for them because they used to be a great band.

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The Great Escape: Stranded Horse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Great Escape comes to Brighton every year and sees an array of Ray bans, skinny jeans and straw hats descending on Brighton station from the big smoke. Every year I say I will attend the event and then it never happens and I feel mildly envious at all the cool cats stepping off that train with the wristbands and bottled cider to boot.

So this year I went along to the free parts of the three day festival and got ensconced in library square where my ignorant ears were delighted by the sounds of Stranded Horse – the French singer songwriter who has been in the game for ten Continue Reading »

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Alternative Escape: Genrebomb and The Boileroom Showcase

The Great Escape Festival returns to Brighton once again this year from 10– 12th May, with a wealth of events and live music going on around the town. However if, like me, you don’t have the hard cash necessary to actually take part in these events you do still have options, namely in the form of Alternative Escape, which for the most part doesn’t require entry fees or wristbands.

One of the venues which are offering the best value for money (mainly because it’s free, except for the suggested £3 donation) is The Hydrant and their Genrebomb and The Boileroom Showcase on Friday 11th May. The event has been organised as a collaboration between Guildford based venue The Boileroom and Genrebomb, a Guildford collective who support creative projects and ideas.

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