Saturday, November 17th, 2018
SOCK (feat. Vince Venus) plus support from Kovak
with Pop Up DJ
Raising money for Gig Buddies.
Glam-punk outfit, SOCK, return to Brighton, after a two-year break from the city, with something for your mind, body and soul. Featuring local legend, Vince Venus as their charismatic and colourful front man, when SOCK play live, it is less of a ‘gig,’ more of an experience. SOCK live, is a party to end all parties and this will be an intimate setting before the band go stellar next year, with a release of their EP and their first full UK tour in spring 2019.
After a four year hiatus, Kovak return to the live stage for a one off gig in their hometown on 17th November in order to raise money for Gig Buddies charity. Their album ’Modern Lovers’ is the second album from the Brighton based 4 piece which brings back the feel-good sense of pop from the past – cleverly crafted songs with an upbeat feel, with elements of the Eurythmics, Blondie and the Scissor Sisters evident throughout the record.
The album was recorded at Youth’s studio, (Pink Floyd/Verve) Space Mountain, in Andalucia, Spain by Grammy nominated producer Dom Beken (Nick Masons Saucerful Of Secrets, The Orb, Just Jack) along with vintage synth lines worked on with Andy Gray (Depeche Mode, Enter Shikari, Republica).
Hailed by The Times as having “echoes of vintage Blondie” and Record Collector as a band with “irresistible grooves and dancefloor fillers from start to finish”, Kovak became one of the first genuinely unsigned bands to be playlisted by Radio 2, with their stand alone single ‘Killer Boots’. Follow up single, ‘Radiate’ was championed by Steve Wright, and two successful forays to Canada’s NXNE festival followed. A double page interview in The Times came soon after.
With a new song to be aired especially on the night the band look forward to a return to the live stage.
Doors at 8pm.
Close at 2am.
£8 on the door.
Monday, November 19th, 2018
Luke James Williams
+ Atlum Schema
+ Hayley Chillcott
Luke James Williams
After 6 years as the frontman of alt.rock band The October Game, which saw the release of 3 albums, extensive touring throughout the UK and Europe and regular radio play from BBC6 Music and BBC Introducing, singer-songwriter Luke James Williams released his first solo track in January 2017. ‘Jenny Writes Letters’ was immediately picked up and played by Charlie Ashcroft of Amazing Radio who called the track “A perfect slice of alt.folk pop” and CAM FM DJ Sandy Mill labelled it “Absolutely stunning”.
Over the last year Luke has been writing a wealth of new material and recording his debut EP ‘Drove’ which is set for release on November 23rd 2018 preceded by the single Rabbit Hole (released 2nd November 2018). The EP was recorded at home, mixed with Nick Kozuch at Unit Studios, Letchworth and mastered in New York City by Josh Bonati (Sufjan Stevens, Tallest Man On Earth, Mac DeMarco). It is available to pre-order via his Bandcamp page: https://lukejameswilliams.bandcamp.com
Luke’s live performances have received kind words in the press. After a recent sold out gig supporting Wayne Hussey (The Mission), Louder Than War wrote “Williams does a great job of warming up the crowd…he reminds me of Bon Iver only with an English accent”.
Atlum Schema is the music-moniker of Midlands-based artist, Andy Mort. His music is seasoned with a rawness and vulnerability combined with lyrics that bear his soul and dance with the fragile and haunting melodies. His live show is a mesmerising display of multi-instrumental looping and soundscape painting.
The Arrow of Time EP is Andy’s fifth studio release. He joined forces once again with John Rivers at Woodbine Street Studio (The Specials, Ocean Colour Scene, Paul Weller) in Leamington Spa, where the eponymous 2009 Atlum Schema album was produced. This collaboration yielded a revisit to expansive production; a broadening, widening, and heightening of the classic soundscapes that have become synonymous with so much of Andy’s previous work.
Over his career to date as Atlum Schema, Andy has shared has shared the stage with The Enemy, Noah and the Whale, Lanterns on the Lake, Two Door Cinema Club, Post War Years, David Knopfler, Duke Special, Cocknbullkid, and Son of Dave.
Andy is also a two time TEDx speaker, most recently performing at TEDx Leamington Spa.
“Exceptional. The lyrics and vocals absolutely shine…simply one of the strongest, darkest, most original lyrics I’ve heard all year” – Tom Robinson (BBC 6 Music)
Hayley Chillcott is a 23 year old singer-songwriter from Bristol, now based in Brighton. Writing and performing her music since the age of 15, Hayley accelerated her online music presence this year with the release of debut EP ‘Finally Home’.
“In-between a collage of humble guitar melodies, and crying lyrics, Chillcott flicks through a photo album of bittersweet memories to create this woefully beautiful EP. Every song seems to introduce another layer to the sadness perfectly, offering the occasional taste of euphoria.” – Gscene
Hayley has supported the likes of Gabrielle Aplin, Lucy Spraggan and received airplay on BBC Radio Bristol and Radio DIVA. She has racked up a great deal of shows in the 8 years she’s been performing live. Including performances at Brighton Pride, The Great Escape and an opening slot at L Fest. Along with the release of her debut EP, Hayley also hosted a sold out Launch show at Brighton’s artistic hang-out Cafe Plenty.
Taking inspiration from artists such as SOAK and Daughter and having been likened to Passenger and Tracy Chapman, she creates her delicate style of ambient folk music. She’s bound to bring back long forgotten memories and a strong sense of nostalgia.
Tuesday, November 20th, 2018
Wednesday, November 21st, 2018
The Anytime You Need Me album tour
Just a few quotes from some of the Anytime You Need Me album reviews so far…
“Class and style are oozing from the very first track and this musical presentation continues to shoot through the stratosphere with the quality of delivery. Each track is of monolithic proportions, highlighting the song-writing skills and technical guitar work. It’s exquisite, from the slow and melodic soulful songs to the rip roaring solos. The vocal ranges cover a massive spectrum and never fail to excite. There’s rock, blues and plenty of soul. The songs fit together perfectly and flow beautifully, with subtle changes of pace and guitar work to create a perfect storm.”
– RockChicMe (Adrian Ball)
“Poole’s vocals are still as emotive and sensitive as ever but the whole sound of the album has developed a real ‘snap’ and the rhythmic side of his music is really brought out – this is rather like taking a gauze veil away from his music, exposing the funk and grit that was always there. In many respects, this is Ben Poole casting off shackles and emerging as a free spirit. It really hits the mark and I can’t really find a fault with it. 5/5”
– Music News (Andy Snipper)
Anytime You Need Me gives Ben Poole all the ammunition he needs to make a significant impact. His guitar playing varies from the crisp and incisive to the kind of grungy and distorted buzz tones favoured by Gary Clark Jr. And it’s the twin pillars of funk and soul built on subtle dynamics and his softly voiced vocals that hold this album together.
A melange of subtle moods, deep grooves, significant solos and lingering tones that glue together an album that relies heavily on feel. A combination of funky catchy hooks, soulful vocals and expansive guitar work gives ‘Anytime You Need Me’ real crossover potential. And in this age of download culture Ben Poole has a handful of tracks that might give him the breakthrough this thoughtfully crafted album deserves.”
– Get Ready To Rock (Pete Feenstra)
Album released 14/09/18 on Manhaton Records. Pre-Order now and receive free download of album track ‘Holding On’:
Thursday, November 22nd, 2018
This monthly event which blends the old traditions of a French Salon with debating societies. Got a passion? Share it with the Catalyst Club. Three guest speakers each take to the lectern for 15 minutes to enthuse, debate and entertain on subjects that range from Voodoo to tinned meat!
Last month we had talks on the occult origins of technology, crop circles and the golden age of short films. Our penultimate Brighton Catalyst Club of 2018 welcomes the return of Infinity Food co-founder Peter Deadman and newbies Claire Potter and 18-year old Syrian refugee, Mohammed.
Friday, November 23rd, 2018
+ Ags Connolly + Whiskey Preachin’ DJ’s
Porchlight Smoker release their fourth album tonight. All four ‘Porchies’ play a wealth of instruments like mandolin, dobro, lap-steel, double-bass, banjo – even clarinet.
Three lead vocalists – Scott Smith from Wichita, Kansas, Steve Bell from Scotland and Fred Gregory from London – bring their international mix of vocal and songwriting styles together.
Porchlight Smoker are renowned for their exciting live shows – here are some quotes…
‘Splendid musicianship, wonderful harmonies, enchanting stories and beautiful compositions’ Maverick Magazine
‘Musically dazzling, foot-stomping, whooping, mind-blowing wonderment.
A heady mix of quality music and a feelgood factor of 10 out of 10’Newbury Weekly News
‘An absolute gem.
Sunshine music from the South Coast’ Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2
Special guest is Ags Connolly, without doubt one of the top Americana artists the UK has produced. Maverick Magazine called his last album a ‘masterpiece’.
‘He really is a match and more for Nashville’s finest’, AmericanRootsUK.com
On top of that, music from Brighton’s finest DJ, Mr Shamblin’ Sexton, and we all know how good he is – plus Long Way Home artist Jonny Williams, bringing his own brand of roots music from the South Wales valleys.
It’s going to be a top night.
Tickets: £10 adv/ £12 door
Saturday, November 24th, 2018
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Sunday, November 25th, 2018
+ Jimmy & The Worn Out Shoes
“Formed in Brighton in 2015, Brighton Strangler is a five piece indie band with a punk pop sound influenced by Joy Division and the Gang of Four. Whether they sing about love, drugs or rock n roll the songs are simple but catchy, clean yet dirty, and with lyrics that can switch between offbeat and anguished in a single chorus. Most of all, they are good, raucous fun.”
Friday, November 30th, 2018
Confessions of A Drag King
Torrid tales of triumph and tribulations brought to you by Burlesqueploitation with a post show DJ set by the spectacular
A goth and alternative night for all the night folks out there playing gothic rock, dark alternative, new wave and post-punk. Put on your pointiest shoes and come along. Dance ’til you die . . . . or 2 a.m.