Live + Interview – South of Salem

Definitely not Massachusetts

Live from Call Of The Wild Festival, 2022

South Of Salem. Mean anything? Not a direction to an American town, but an incredible new band from beside the English seaside!

Hailing from Bournemouth, South of Salem have made it up to the Lincolnshire Showground for Call Of The Wild Festival, 2022 and last night produced what frontman, Joey Draper, called ‘one of the best gigs (he’s) ever played.’ Anyone in the audience would find it hard not to agree that their set was a ‘standout’ memory of the festival’s first day.

I was lucky enough to catch up with Joey and his wife, Lolly, the morning after the night before, to find out a little more about the SOS ‘phenomenon.’

Conceived just a month before Lockdown 1, it’s astonishing to realise that this band is holding its own alongside bands of much greater experience within the New Wave Of Classic Rock genre.

Belying everything his stage persona would lead you to believe, Joey Draper is shy, unassuming and well spoken. When he talks, his whole being is embroiled with the passion he feels for what he and his band of amazing creatives are doing.

He has a vision, clear and entirely realistic in terms of the speed with which South Of Salem have rocketed onto the scene during unprecedented times. The Voice of Conscience rings loud and clear through the lyrics, addressing contemporary issues such as male suicide, sadly something which has impacted on the band with their friends over the last year and a half.

With Gothic-style dolly dancers, (one of whom is Joey’s wife, Lolly), pyrotechnics, creative lighting and boundless energy, the front row members continuously leap atop strategically placed risers, allowing everyone to enjoy the limelight.

I’m not a betting person, but I’m prepared to lay long odds that the Big NameRock Festivals will be after these guys for their shows next year.

Get ahead of the crowd and discover them for yourselves now.

South Of Salem really do ROCK!

South of Salem

Words and photos by Tina Sherwood at All The Ts Photography

27th May 2022

Live – Kate Nash | Revenge Wife | Orchards at Chalk

Kate Nash, Revenge Wife & Orchards at Chalk, Brighton, 23rd May 2022

Just a few months away from the 15 year anniversary of her debut album Made of Bricks, Kate Nash is working her way through a string of UK dates. Last night she put on a great show at Chalk in Brighton, with support from Revenge Wife and Orchards. Mike Burnell was there to capture the evening in pictures, gallery below…

Hosted by Lout Promotions

Orchards

Revenge Wife

Kate Nash

Photos © Mike Burnell (iso400.com)

24th May 2022

 

 

Live – Michael Kiwanuka at The Brighton Centre

Michael Kiwanuka at The Brighton Centre, 20th May 2022

Following the inevitable postponements that have hit almost every artist over the last couple of years, Michael Kiwanuka is finally taking his Mercury award winning album KIWANUKA out on the road. On Friday night the tour came to a packed Brighton Centre and proved, unsurprisingly, to be well worth the wait.

It only takes the first few seconds of opening track Piano Joint before the crowd is singing along, a tale of healing that seems wholly appropriate in the current environment. His vocal is, as ever, smooth and effortless, think the most chilled version of Curtis Mayfield you could imagine and you’re some way there.

Then, as the light show kicks in, he launches straight into One More Night, funk undertones joining the soulful reach from not just Kiwanuka but his accomplished band and backing vocalists, spread across the width and height of the stage in a multi-level formation. The stage at The Brighton Centre is far from small but it feels like every inch is filled with something to watch and listen to.

When the intro to Black Man in a White World begins, the room is instantly clapping along and as the show continues, his skills cross-genre are apparent, influences of blues and folk  jumping into the mix seamlessly. It’s one of those performances that’s great to watch but you could equally just shut your eyes and listen for a solidly beautiful experience.

It’s not hard to see why Kiwanuka is a regular on awards nominations lists, there’s something almost unworldly about his ability to segue from track to track, changing tempo and style while holding the audience completely captive in his palm. A night full of special moments and songs set to become classics, ironic that the most unassuming artists often have the most to shout about.

Michael Kiwanuka

Words and photos by Siobhan 

23rd May 2022

The Great Escape Festival 2022

The Great Escape, Brighton, 12th-14th May 2022

After three long years, The Great Escape returned to Brighton, a showcase for new music like no other as every corner of the city is only a pebble’s throw from the next venue. With hundreds of artists playing daily, it’s impossible to capture more than a fraction of the festival. Given that its whole ethos is about discovering new music of every kind from the local, national and international scene, and that we’re always looking to do the same, we’re bringing you our highlights and putting the spotlight on five featured artists from varying genres who we feel deserve to be shouted about. Inevitably there are others we would’ve liked to meet and feature too, but there’s always another time.

So, 3 days of sunshine, over 450 artists on the line-up (not even counting all the Alt Escape shows), 54,842 steps walked, and it all kicked off with the chance at last to catch Fräulein play one of their many sets of the weekend at Queen’s Hotel. An assured start to the day, and already bumping into friends old and new.

The variety of what was available to see on both the main and Alt stages didn’t take long to surface as we caught new to us She’s in Parties (Unbarred) and Tony Njoku (Shortt’s Bar), then later the awesome Pozi, who received loads of support from the crowd as they deftly tried to battle through really painful sound issues at Revenge.

Across the course of the weekend there were some incredible solo artists to witness too; on point electronica from Michael Georgian at The Pipeline, a heart-warming set in the gorgeous surroundings of St Mary’s Church from Douglas Dare, and a slick prowl around the Coalition basement with Sinead O’Brien.

Always bringing a bit of fun to the table, excellent stuff as expected from The Bug Club at Brighthelm, and if there’s a vest to be ripped you can rely on Priestgate to do the honours, frantic as ever in their animated performance at Unbarred.

Medicine Cabinet made their mark with a strong set, a big crowd and a plastic sword that can only ever add value at One Church, and the wonderful Audio Books once again gave a masterclass in playing live at Horatio’s Bar.

Well, we promised you featured artists and here they are. In no particular order, we think there’s something here for everyone. Check them out if you haven’t already and let the memories of the weekend soak away the blisters on your feet ( a beautiful picture to paint I know, you’re welcome).

deep tan

Intriguing, enchanting and with stabbing riffs that demand a space to stay rent-free inside your head, London based deep tan are amassing a following and lots of media interest, but are still way less exposed than they deserve to be. Not surprising that those who were watching for the first time immediately asked when they could see them again, and those who weren’t present at Shortt’s Bar who I spoke to later in day were genuinely annoyed that they’d missed them.

There are bands that sound good on record and there are bands that hit the nail on the head when they play live. A thing of joy when the two collide, deep tan do both consistently and faultlessly. Their latest EP diamond horsetail is out now – dip in and be prepared to stay for a long swim.

C’est Karma

Hailing from Luxembourg, C’est Karma offers up a heady mix of electronic music coupled with vocals that range at times from frenetic to blissfully peaceful, a touch reminiscent of Sugarcubes era Björk, updated to reflect the skills of an artist who can grab your attention with just themselves and a table of tech onstage.

Addressing the gender gap and the joy that comes from a bowl of pasta (two pretty serious issues, let’s be honest), Karma seems wise beyond her years. With a calm and unassuming presence, she comes to life on stage at Brighthelm and is definitely one to watch. New EP Amuse-Bouche has just been released, get ready to be impressed.

Banji

On their first trip to Brighton, Dutch four-piece Banji are here to provide a big old dose of indie, tinged with a soulful undertone and the energy of a freshly opened can of summertime. The breezy exterior belies some deeper lyrics though, as they sing about the pressures of existence amidst pop art style explosions of samples and Devo-esque production.

Their debut album Freshcakes is due for release via PIAS Recordings in October and, judging by the reaction from the crowd at Latest Music Bar, they’ll be very welcome back for their second visit to the city to play it, whenever that may be.

Honeyglaze

Managing to combine an incredibly accomplished sound with a clear enjoyment of what they do, South London trio Honeyglaze are not only riding the crest of a wave of super talented breakthrough artists, they’re sitting right up there taking the reins. There are sprinklings of spoken word in their tracks but without the reliance so many bands hold to this, Anouska’s vocals are more than able to command the spotlight, a pure sounding hybrid of Alvvays and The Long Blondes with the class of both.

Their set at Unbarred was seamless, their self-titled album is out now and frankly, it’s just really, really good. Absolutely would recommend and it feels like this is just the beginning of something that will only get better and better. A happy discovery.

VLURE

It likely won’t come as a huge surprise to anyone who knows me who our last featured artist is. Dispelling the theory that you can have too much of a good thing, I headed down the pier to catch up with the inimitable VLURE before their set at Horatio’s Bar.

Confirming that they would only be playing one set at TGE “to keep it special”, we talked about the huge wave of musical talent coming out of Glasgow, something it’s always been famous for but seems right now to be unstoppable. “It’s a comparatively small city so it’s easy to get involved” they tell me, noting that lots of the current legion of bands all practice at Axiom and all support each other with lots of “healthy competition” (they’re heading to see their friends in Medicine Cabinet over the weekend). Then there’s a wealth of local venues to take your first steps in – Broadcast, The Hug and Pint and Nice N Sleazy to name a few.

Their previous visits to Brighton have undoubtedly been memorable for anyone attending their gigs but what’s their impression? With reference points ranging from Nick Cave’s 20,000 Days on Earth to how cold the floor is at Green Door, it’s good to know we’re not just known for Quadrophenia Alley and sticks of rock. Hopefully, the weekend will treat them well enough that they’ll want to come back soon. Check out their aptly named Euphoria EP.

The venue is justifiably rammed as they finally come on stage. It’s late, it’s hot, the performance is once again vehement in its total commitment to make sure each and every person in the crowd is immersed in a feeling of complete elation. No blood to my knowledge but certainly plenty of sweat and tears. 

I asked them how they do it, how they make every show more of an event than the last and there’s a fairly simple answer. “It’s just the way we do things, that’s who we are. That’s what it’s all about – just getting in front of people and giving it everything we have every single time, we can’t do it any other way”.

In an industry that encourages artists to saturate the market as they blindly covet the  momentary rush of a top three chart position, it’s easy to forget that music is about more than just money or status. It’s about what it means to people, how it makes you feel, how it cuts into your heart and lets you forget about everything else just for a few minutes. In a world of fakery and pretence, this is what matters, this is real… this is VLURE.

To all at The Great Escape, to all the artists featured and to everyone we met along the way, thank you for the past few days – see you next year, go get some sleep now.

The Great Escape

Words and photos by Siobhan

16th May 2022

Live – James Bay at Chalk

James Bay at Chalk, Brighton, 3rd May 2022

As fans eagerly await the release of his third album, James Bay is providing a taste of what’s to come on latest track Give Me The Reason, and is part way through his UK tour of the same name. Last night saw him take the stage at Chalk in Brighton, Mike Burnell was there to capture his performance, gallery below.

Details for remaining tour dates for James Bay here

Photos © Mike Burnell (iso400.com)

4th May 2022

Live – Gary Numan at The Brighton Centre

Gary Numan at The Brighton Centre, 1st May 2022

When Gary Numan first appeared on Top of the Pops back in the late 70s, he immediately presented something different to other artists. Despite the plethora of electronic bands on the scene at the time, there was no frippery from Numan, just a half smile, half sneer, perfect eyeliner and an element of the androgynous android.

Who would have imagined that all these years later, he would still be selling out venues far and wide, not in some kind of nostalgic revival show, but with consistently released new material and a message to save the world to boot?

Latest album Intruder considers environmental damage from the perspective of the planet, disillusioned and angry at the devastation caused by its inhabitants. Numan and his band perform like a dystopian dance troupe, confrontational through concern. The music, old and new, fits perfectly.

Starting with the suitably gnarled title track from Intruder, the show hits its stride straight away, segueing into Me! I Disconnect From You, the parity between decades impressive to note.

Tracks from Numan’s now extensive back catalogue mix in with more recent material, The Chosen and My Name is Ruin both set highlights. And then there’s room to go back to where it all started with Tubeway Army. A personal favourite from Replicas, for me Down in the Park has all the despondency of the bleak landscape the newer songs convey but, of course, the final track of the encore is as ever the timeless Are Friends Electric?

Based on the energy and dedication apparent in his work, Gary Numan shows no signs of stopping any time soon. The Brighton Centre sees a loyal fanbase out in force, many of whom have been there from the start. Clearly, they’re not going anywhere either.

Further tour dates for Gary Numan here

Words and photos by Siobhan

3rd May 2022

 

Live – Red Hot Chilli Pipers at Albert Hall Conference Room

Red Hot Chili Pipers at Albert Hall Conference Centre, Nottingham, 28th April 2022

Spice Up Your Night

Albert Hall Conference Centre, Nottingham, is a stunning venue; sparkling, pristine but retaining much of its original Victorian heritage. With great sound, great lighting and great seating, what better place for Red Hot Chilli Pipers to launch their 20th Anniversary 2002-2022 English Tour.

With barely time to breathe, following a hugely successful five-week tour of the USA, the Pipers are off again touring the concert halls of England in celebration of twenty years being ‘…the most famous bagpipe band on the planet…EVER!’

Now before you turn away at the thought of a couple of hours of bagpipe music, think again!

With nearly 40k social media followers, in today’s terms RHC Pipers are stratospherically popular and, judging by the night’s concert goers, they appeal to everyone across the board.

What is the Pipers’ magic?

You could be forgiven for thinking you should have been at Nottingham’s iconic Rock City when Founding Director Willie Armstrong engages with the audience: ‘Are you ready to rock? Are you ready to Bag Rock!’ With a resounding ‘Yeeesss!’ the familiar skirl of the pipes begins.

From beginning to end, the show is packed with a varied programme, featuring every member of the band at some point, demonstrating immense musicality in every quarter.

The show, in two halves, covers a delicious menu of emotive music as well as some great rock standards. Particularly moving in the first half is when people are invited to wave the torches on their mobiles as the wonderfully powerful Chris Judge serenades the audience with the gorgeous Tom Walker song Leave A Light On: one of those ‘hairs standing up on the back of your neck’ moments!

Its equal, in the second half, is a beautiful traditional tune, Heroes of St. Valery, written in remembrance of the hundreds of soldiers of the 51st Division of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders captured after the Dunkirk evacuations in the Second World War.

Predominantly, the show was light, fun, and entertaining with brilliant arrangements of AC/DC’s Thunderstruck fused with Smoke On The Water; Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah and a bit of Robbie Williams’ Let Me Entertain You to give just a flavour of this rather different rock concert.

With an encore of It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘n’ Roll) and Queen’s We Will Rock You, the Red Hot Chilli Pipers left the Nottingham audience cheering, applauding and definitely wanting more following an evening’s top entertainment from a much (unjustified) maligned instrument.

#bagrockrules

Red Hot Chilli Pipers

Words and photos by Tina Sherwood at All The Ts Photography

1st May 2022

DIY Alive Festival 2022

DIY Alive, London, 23rd April 2022

It’s always good to see a new festival staking its claim in the ring and, given their record for championing new music, the prospect of DIY Magazine as a contender was always going to be intriguing. The inaugural DIY Alive took place at the weekend at East London’s Oval Space, ably flanked by great venues at The Pickle Factory and Canvas across the road and Space 289 a few minutes walk away.

As you’d expect, an eclectic line-up to choose from. Our day got off to an impressive start with locals Human Interest, the rhythm section a shining light for the laid back vocals – an energy akin to The Cramps without the psychobilly twang, and who doesn’t love a standing drummer?

Next, to the main stage to witness Chilli Jesson’s new incarnation and material. Interesting to see how he’s starting to develop his own brand away from past indie classics. A solid crowd response to an early set, and a nod to the past for the old faithful fans, closing with Best of Friends. 

With their contemporary take on a contorted dystopian world, Legss felt like the perfect fit for the festival, starting with more familiar tunes then drifting into newer material. By the end your eyes were torn between watching them or watching the front rows trying to jump in time to awkward drum patterns and time signatures – that’s what happens in dystopia.

Continuing their whirlwind of shows, Baba Ali have honed a slick performance, their blend of soulful vocals against a rock/electronic background a thing of beauty. Understated but impossible to ignore, a welcome addition to any line-up.

Something different as the DIY Alive experience included workshops and in conversation events alongside the music. Anyone who’s read Baxter Dury’s book Chaise Longue will know it’s full of tales of growing up in what might seem like a pretty bohemian world but, as he says, you don’t know any different when you’re a kid. There was plenty of opportunity for this to be an uncomfortable chat as a keen to please audience seemed ready to laugh at his every word, maybe not gauging that some of the stories might be funnier from the outside than in. Dury however took control and guided the tone of the discussion graciously, sharing glimpses into his upbringing, his love for Kendrick’s music and much more. An easy raconteur for sure, hopefully there’s another book in the offing. (I’d love to hear someone interview him without mentioning you know who just once).

And then VLURE. It never gets easier to describe VLURE playing live without sounding like a gushing child. The intensity and intimacy of their set, whatever size venue they’re in, makes for a very special experience. The relatively small stage at Space 289 never really caused a concern as so much of their time is spent in the crowd anyway. At this point, they’re so good it feels like the only people VLURE have to outdo is themselves… and still they do it every time. A band with a seemingly limitless ceiling; it’s tantamount to watching a block of flats being demolished. If it didn’t feel genuine it would be weird, but there’s no shadow of insincerity here. Euphoria indeed.

Over at The Pickle Factory, Jessica Winter once again wowed with her off the scale vocals. For self proclaimed sad music, what she produces makes people surprisingly happy. It can be difficult to compete as a solo performer with a backing track, but it says a lot when just you, your keyboard and laptop still stand out against a backdrop of full bands.

Back at Oval Space, no surprise that Shame drew the biggest crowd. Amidst extensive touring, they’re well versed in whipping up a crowd frenzy, and despite it being hard to be a bigger band nowadays, they’re still gaining fans to surf across and taking the most likely to cause a moshpit award.

Time for one last set and, from the get-go, Audio Books sounded like the best of Chris and Cosey, while displaying a persona and performance all of their own. Captivating dark techno with lyrics spat like a challenge, they couldn’t have done a better job to round off the night and the encore, though a thing less prescient these days, was well deserved. Some like to mosh, others like to dance – if you’re a dancer head for Audio Books.

Day 2 looked set to be just as enjoyable with more fantastic breakthrough artists – Fräulein, Keg, Phoebe Green and Lily Moore to name a few.

Big thanks to DIY for having us along. Their plan to bring ‘the spirit of DIY Magazine to the heart of East London’ an unquestionable success – look forward to seeing what next year brings.

DIY Alive | DIY Magazine

Words / Photos by Callum / Siobhan

25th April 2022

 

 

 

 

 

 

Live – Late Night Legacy at Corporation

Late Night Legacy at Corporation, Sheffield, 20th April 2022

If you’re reading this in Leeds, then you probably know these guys!

For the rest of you, here’s a recommendation to update your track listing and to put on your gig list. Late Night Legacy is an Alt/Rock band who are well and truly on the up.

With charismatic frontman, Ryan Kitto, these guys have moved on apace to delivering a much heavier, energetic and more socially conscious live set, as I witnessed earlier this week when the band were supporting Jaya the Cat in Sheffield.

Last week saw the release of their most recent track, JUST a SOnG, which, from the opening bars suggests the shift to a heavier sound whilst maintaining melodic vocals, reminiscent of bands such as Red Hot Chili Peppers.

If Late Night Legacy is a new name to you, check them out across all major socials: you won’t be disappointed!

Late Night Legacy are:
Ryan Kitto…vocals/guitar
Rob Orange…lead guitar
James Iain Clegg…bass
Matt Exton…drums

Late Night Legacy

Words and photos by Tina Sherwood 

23rd April 2022

Live – Sparks at De La Warr Pavilion

Sparks at De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, 16th April 2022

The iconic art deco De La Warr Pavilion, steeped in history and complete with a record shop housing a life-size Bowie cardboard cut-out, seems an appropriately worthy setting for Sparks’ visit to the south coast.

After decades of performing and making music that has consistently set rather than followed trends, this was always going to be something special, and as the Mael brothers arrive on stage it takes less than seconds for the crowd to erupt into a cacophony of cheers and declarations of love that will be maintained throughout the evening.

With a showcase of songs from different eras, there are classics, surprises and delights galore. Taking it right back to the start, Wonder Girl rubs shoulders with Edith Piaf and Johnny Delusional, while Russell pours his heart out to a hand mirror in I Married Myself. 

Theatrics have always been integral to the Sparks’ brand, Russell the playful protagonist while Ron’s unsettling stare has been often copied but never matched. These days he rightly allows humour to take the forefront at points in the set, taking centre stage to share vocals on Shopping Mall of Love, and treating us to the famous ‘Ron dance’, a sight to behold; an artist deserving of their keyboards bearing the name Ronald instead of Roland. Still, Russell is the conversationalist, chatting to the audience about everything from the failures of the early days to the highs and lows of lockdown, including the film releases of The Sparks Brothers documentary and Annette, for which they composed the music. His shout out to Ron’s songwriting skills is a reminder of just how accomplished their back catalogue is, their latest album A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip maintaining the standard and showcased perfectly in the articulately dramatic Stravinsky’s Only Hit. With nods to operatics, vaudeville and the purest electronic glam, it’s obvious just how many other artists have been influenced by them along the way.

The two hour set culminates with the big hitters of The Number One Song in Heaven and This Town Ain’t Big Enough for the Both of Us – both as utterly iconic and timeless as the setting we’re in. Once the adulation from the crowd has eventually died down a little, Russell takes time out to thank the band and extol their individual talents. Of course, they’re never going to get away without an encore and return to complete an absolutely outstanding performance with Suburban Homeboy and All That.

A night to remember for sure and a privilege to witness the phenomenon that is Sparks. When do they get to sing My Way? Any time they like, any song they like, they really have earned a space in the musical elite. It’s worth a mention that everyone from security to the ticket desk and merch stand at the De La Warr was really friendly and helpful too.

Difficult to adequately sum up the experience but, to steal a line from the final song, the show was ‘all that we’ve seen, we’ve heard, we’ve dreamed, all that, all that and more…’

Sparks play tonight at The Roundhouse in London before heading across Europe.

Words / photos by Callum / Siobhan

17th April 2022

Landlubber Music Festival 2022

Landlubber Music Festival, Barnsley, 9th April 2022

A brand new grassroots festival emerged from the depths of the pandemic during April. Situated in the fantastic Birdwell Venue, just off the M1 at Barnsley, this event was Quality (with a capital ‘Q’) from start to finish. The venue, recently refurbished, has outstanding sound and lighting, with live screens throughout the venue, so you never need to miss a thing!

Looking down the programme of artists, you just knew this would be a fantastic day! Opening act, Canadians In Space, were hilarious! They would have benefitted from being further down the list for a greater audience, but they were playing more than one gig that day. Do check them out: tremendous musicians, but their songs are laden with a good old Yorkshire sense of philosophy, leaving the audience with some fantastic earworms that might get you slung out of the supermarket if you were singing them aloud!

Huddersfield Alternative Grime Rock band were also moving on to another gig, this time in Mamchester. Loud, energetic and with a conscience, these guys were in complete contrast to the previous act, a real selling point for future events: a broad selection of genres.

In contrast again came 15-year old Dan Ottewell-Naish, a young man so clearly inspired by The Levellers. What a talent he is! Great songs. Great guitar playing. Huge stage confidence! A really humble young man off stage. Lovely to see!

The wonderfully named Frank Grimes and The Disasters (a Simpsons reference) continued the diversity with their Punk/Pop/Rock set, reminiscent of bands such as Green Day, The Offspring and Smashing Pumpkins.

Warsop’s Caution Horses played a great set, even though they were a man down, followed by more Warsop talent, the very funny and entertaining Star Botherers.

The final 4 bands of the day can all be found in the same circuits. Firstly, the wonderful Celtic Punk Black Water County, filling the stage with that wonderful penny whistle sound that makes you want to swing a pint and jump up and down!

Following on, came Sheffield new favourites, Shanghai Treason, described as ‘Yorkshire Flatcap Punks.’ Their front man, vocalist Sam Christie, was largely responsible for the whole event , so he fully deserved all the accolades that day!

Penultimate performers were the raucous Roughneck Riot, from Warrington. They filled the stage with energy and angst and Punkish excitement!

The Barstool Preachers gave a phenomenal performance of Ska and Punk to close the day. Their frontman, TJ McFaull, strides the stage and delivers with passion and vehemence the band’s tirades against the injustices within society.

This was a day with a social conscience. A day full of top music, with musicians of all ages having their say and entertaining a welcoming crowd.

All credit to Sam Christie of The Gig Cartel and his team at The Birdwell for putting on one hell of a show! Bring on the next one!

Landlubber Music Festival

Words and photos © Tina Sherwood at AlltheTs Photography

16th April 2022

Live – Everything Everything | Liz Lawrence at Brighton Dome

Everything Everything & Liz Lawrence at Brighton Dome, 12th April 2022

Eclectic collective Everything Everything put on a great show at Brighton Dome last night, with an impressive support slot from Liz Lawrence. Promoting their new album, Raw Data Feel, you can catch Everything Everything in London, Stoke and Dublin over the rest of the week before they return for festival performances later in the year.

Photo Gallery by Mike Burnell

Hosted by JOY

Liz Lawrence

Everything Everything

Photos © Mike Burnell (iso400.com)

13th April 2022

Live – Warmduscher | CLT DRP at Concorde 2

Warmduscher & CLT DRP at Concorde 2, Brighton, 9th April 2022

When Warmduscher came together, made up from fragments of other bands, it felt like a great experiment that might or might not last. Happily, the band has done nothing but go from strength to strength – a hybrid of genres meshed and held together by sheer talent and an occasional disco ball.

On Saturday, Brighton had the pleasure of their company on a seaside trip to Concorde 2. Starting strongly with the heady trio of Big Wilma, Midnight Dipper and The Salamander, it was an early reminder that they have accumulated a huge heap of accomplished tracks to choose from and, despite providing matinee and evening performances, there was no let up in energy, the sold out crowd loving every second. There’s no doubting that Warmduscher are rated, but every possibility that they’re still hugely underrated – if the chance to see them live comes along, grab it with both hands.

Solid support on the night came from local punk favourites CLT DRP; a good choice to kick things off, photos from both sets below.

Hosted by JOY.

CLT DRP

Warmduscher

Words and photos by Siobhan

11th April 2022

Live – Skunk Anansie at Brighton Dome

Skunk Anansie at Brighton Dome, 9th April 2022

Originally formed back in 1994, Skunk Anansie have a host of accolades and awards under their belt. Still standing out from the crowd, the band are back out on the road, stopping off to captivate a packed Brighton Dome on Saturday night. The tour heads to Cardiff tonight then continues through to July with a stream of UK and European dates.

Always a stunning visual display, Mike Burnell captured the highlights in our photo gallery below.

Hosted by JOY.

Skunk Anansie

Photos © Mike Burnell (iso400.com)

11th April 2022

Live – Divorce at The Hope & Ruin

Divorce at The Hope and Ruin, Brighton, 29th March 2022

Still simmering slightly under the radar but surely not for long, Nottingham’s Divorce create a blend of dark and light in their music that keeps us all guessing what will come next. Following their debut single Services, the band are playing some live dates across the UK – probably a good time to catch them in a small venue before things inevitably take off.

5th April – The Polar Bear, Kingston upon Hull
6th April – Headrow House, Leeds
7th April – Bootleg Social, Blackpool
8th April – The Chameleon Arts Cafe, Nottingham

Photos from last night’s show at The Hope & Ruin in Brighton, hosted by Love Thy Neighbour, below.

Divorce

Photos by Siobhan

30th March 2022

Live – JPEGMAFIA at Concorde 2

JPEGMAFIA at Concorde 2, Brighton, 24th March 2022

Following an extensive run of live dates across the States and Europe, experimental rapper and producer JPEGMAFIA (aka Barrington DeVaughn Hendricks) played a sold out show at Brighton’s Concorde 2 last night. The tour continues to Bristol, London, Glasgow, Manchester and Dublin.

Photo gallery capturing the energy of the night by Mike Burnell below.

Event hosted by SJM Concerts.

Photos © Mike Burnell (iso400.com)

25th March 2022

Live – White Lies | VLURE at Chalk

White Lies & VLURE at Chalk, Brighton, 18th March 2022

The return of White Lies with new album As I Try Not To Fall Apart has cemented their ability to create powerful songs that, despite the perceived sadness in their titles, have the ability to make people very happy. Out on tour around the UK, theirs is an impressive show on many levels.

An interesting pairing taking VLURE along as support – though both bands are with Red Light Management – the Glasgow five-piece have made a huge dent in the music scene captivating smaller venues, but how would this transfer to a bigger stage further from the crowd, many of whom potentially hadn’t heard or seen them before? In a genius move I’ve not witnessed previously, the simple answer was for vocalist Hamish Hutcheson to perform the whole set from the raised ledge in the photo pit – apart from the jump over to wander through and sing up close to the audience (props to security for ensuring the mic lead didn’t claim any victims on its ever extending journey). It’s hard to do the VLURE experience justice in a few words – intense, emotional, and just the right side of chaotic, they’re without doubt one of the best new bands around and clearly give the same maximum effort wherever they play.

And so to White Lies – it’s always a bold move to start with one of your most successful songs and the opening notes of Farewell to the Fairground set the pace for a show full of formidable tracks. By this stage Chalk was absolutely rammed with fans old and new enjoying what it has to be said was a faultless showcase. The band sounded great, the music was beautiful, the lighting was spot on, there was a lovely atmosphere, and really you can’t ask for much more than that.

The new songs are strong and along with the title track from As I Try Not To Fall Apart, other stand-outs came in the shape of Am I Really Going To Die and There Is No Cure For It. The old favourites were very much on hand as well, displaying the quality of their songwriting from early on in To Lose My Life, Unfinished Business and with only a tiny hint of amusement that the crowd was actively cheering for Death.

The tour continues tonight in Dublin, then heads for Liverpool, Norwich, Oxford and London through the week. Go to see White Lies and discover VLURE – or go to see VLURE and marvel at the long-standing talent of White Lies. Either way, this was a mighty return and an excellent night’s entertainment.

(White Lies European dates follow until the beginning of May).

White Lies | VLURE

Event hosted by Lout Promotions

Words / photos by Morgan / Siobhan

21st March 2022