Posts Tagged 'The Social Club'

Brighton Hydrant – 26.02.2012

My new band went on a little weekend jaunt last week with our pals in Matadors.  It was good fun taking in four gigs in 48 hours heading to Boston, Brixton, Dorking and Brighton before dashing back up the motorway for bed-time in Leeds and work on Monday morning.  Great times were had all round (but I won’t bore you with the in-jokes of a poorly written tour diary).

In Brighton I decided to try out the video camera on my new phone and it turns out that it’s pretty shit hot (all I need now is a decent Digital Voice Recorder and the blog can return to it’s full glory!).  So here’s some videos from that gig which the rather marvelous Dan Bowden put on for us on a gloriously hot February Sunday.

Emergency Bitter opened the gig and these soft skinheads from Fulham have really upped their game.  They remind me of Cock Sparrer if Ian Dury was fronting them (they were crying out to do a cover of “Working” – make it happen lads!).  So here’s a video of their unofficial anthem ‘Sold My Soul’.  You can find out more about them here and pick up their great EP.

Caution Horses from Brighton/London were up next.  These lot have been around for about six years now and never fail to dissapoint.  Veering somewhere between Mclusky, The Pixies and Shellac, they describe themselves as “To clever for the punks and too loud for the indie kids” and I’d say that was a fair assessment!  Also check out bassist Doog’s bandcamp page where you can listen to and download album’s by his other bands which are definately worth a punt.  They’re off on a tour round the former USSR so throw them some money!

Then before the headliners The Social Club (who I was too busy dancing to to get any videos) Leed’s finest exponents of angular rock and roll Matadors were up.  I’ve raved about them before but just check out these two videos to make up your own mind.  If you’re into bands like Murder City Devils, the Hot Snakes, Sultans et al then damn well give these a listen.  You can stream/download their album here so make sure you do.

Brighton Zine Fest!

From February 18th-February 21st we (the Brighton Zine Fest Collective) put on the Brighton Zine Fest 2010.  This involved a social trading evening with acoustic bands, a gig, a zine fayre, an evening cabaret meal and a Sunday roast.  Find out more about all the events and upcoming ones at our website

Here’s a rather fetching photo of an e-numbered up crowd at the Friday night gig, click on it and it should take you to a load of other pictures from across the weekend that I (badly) took.  Apologies for the repitition of some photos, when I get some much needed time I’ll be sure to sort that out.

like a deleted scene from Shaun of The Dead

On the Thursday night at Coachwerks (the swap shop bit) Brighton (via Exeter)’s Will Rene wooed us with his acoustic protest anthems.  Here’s most of one of his songs (yes I won’t be giving up the day job to pursue a career as a cameraman just yet…)

On the Friday night we put on an old fashioned punk rock shin dig at the rather fantastic Cowley ClubThe Arteries headlined and it was good to see them finally getting the recognition they deserve, crowd surfing, sing a long and a specactular finish with a Bon Jovi cover all occured.  The rest of the bands were pretty bloody special too.  It was a proper honour to have The Social Club down, if you’re into the idea of Weezer with Andrew WK on keys, then get involved.  Rooftops ripped it up as well and if the rumours are true, certainly left a mark on the Brighton party scene afterwards.  This Business Is Closed surprised quite a few people by not being another boozy Norwich band (not that there’s owt wrong with that!) but by in fact being fine purveyors of Fugazi influenced post rock and Sauna Youth showed a side of Richard Phoenix that terrified and excited in equal measures.

Here’s some live sets from the weekend for your enjoyment…


Brighton’s Sauna Youth play a rather delicious brand of snotty garage punk with a healthy dose of humour, intelligence and quaintness for good measure.  With quite a good pedigree between them in terms of past bands SY aren’t breaking the mould but are definately putting a good spin on it and having a bloody fun time at it by the looks of things (more bands should spend their petrol money on doing shots after the gig).

Download their full live set from the Brighton Zine Fest at the Cowley Club on February 19th here.

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On the Saturday night at the Westhill in Brighton we had a punk rock cabaret, this involved the Anarchist Teapot cooking up an awesome three course vegan meal (mmm chocolate pie!) with a zine reading from Seb Wheeler, a DJ set from Dr. Keyboards and fantastic sets from the Bobby McGees and The Lovely Brothers.
Here’s the (almost) full set of Dr. Keyboards across two videos.  Punx, goths, crusties and scene kids were united in utter confusion (and a little bit of joy I’d like to think but probably also a smidgen of disgust) by this mysterious euro-DJ who’d found his way to the zine fest.

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