Sticky Mike's Frog Bar, 7pm, £6 adv
Saturday, January 31st, 2015
From late Summer 2012, Moose Blood have been writing songs about relationships, friends, family and coffee drinking. A distinctly British twist on a sound that harks back to the glory days of Deep Elm Records and mid 90's emo. With previous releases under their belts on Gallows' owned Venn Records and FITA records, Moose Blood follow up the sold out 'Moving Home' and 'Boston/Orlando' EP's with this split 7" with long time friends Departures on No Sleep Records. Previous touring has see Moose Blood hit the road with Major league, Funeral For a Friend, I am the avalanche, dads and Appleseed Cast to name a few. With this debut full length, ‘ I’ll Keep You In Mind From Time To Time' Moose Blood will be found playing on both sides of the Atlantic for the first time. Produced with Beau Birchall in Los Angeles during the spring of 2014, it is a record full of summer anthems and rocking emo that has some hooks so vast that it literally takes days to shake some of these songs of your head. Singer / Guitarist Eddy Brewerton delivers an unforgettable performance on the album, backed up by Mark Osborne on Guitar, Glenn Harvey on drums and Kyle Todd on Bass. The release of I’ll Keep You In Mind… saw the band tour Europe for the first time supporting Balance and Composure and upon their immediate return, travel around the UK with Mallory Knox. Over 18's only. Support from Choir Vandals and Boston Manor.
Sticky Mike's Frog Bar, 7pm, £4 adv
Friday, February 6th, 2015
Featuring Jonestown, Subservience, First and Foremost and Bleating Apocalypse. Brighton Rocks is all about showcasing the best bands in Brighton. If you'd like to submit your band to play please email firstname.lastname@example.org!
The Old Market, 7pm, £15 adv
Saturday, February 7th, 2015
During his landmark performance at London's Roundhouse, Charlie Simpson announced that he will embark on a solo acoustic tour in January/February 2015. Charlie will play a string of intimate shows, performing without his band for the very first time. He will visit thirteen cities across the UK including Wolverhampton, Manchester, Oxford, London, Bristol, Brighton, Colchester, Cardiff and Nottingham. Over 14's welcome.
Sticky Mike's Frog Bar, 7pm, £6 adv
Saturday, February 7th, 2015
Over 18's only.
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre, 7.30pm, £12.50 adv
Monday, February 9th, 2015
Slow Club is Sheffield boy-girl duo Charles Watson (guitar, vocals, piano) and Rebecca Taylor (drums, vocals, guitar). The band formed in 2005 when they were both still teenagers and spent the next two years touring relentlessly around the North of England. A support slot with US band Tilly And The Wall brought them to the attention of Moshi Moshi Records who released their debut album Yeah So in 2009. Initially categorized as “anti-folk” the album proved there was so much more to the band and their sound - sweet harmonious hooks, rockabilly beats and exuberant yelps and yips, all held together by some breath-taking harmonizing. Slow Club are defined by their own distinct and powerful partnership - Charles with bruised vocal, rasping guitar and disarming lightness of touch; Rebecca with her dash of Northern Soul and sharp wit, playing stand up drums. In the autumn of 2010 the band returned to the studio to start work on their second album Paradise. Emerging with first single Two Cousins in July the following year the response from the media was, if anything, even more enthusiastic than for their debut. The NME simply described it as “a tour de force” and Q magazine said it was the “sound of a band starting to spread its wings”. To go with the bigger-sounding songs Charles and Rebecca added a bass player and drummer to their live set-up and once again hit the road, evolving over a year of touring into one of the most exciting bands playing live at the moment. Now in 2014 we find Charles and Rebecca emerging from the studio again with what promises to be their career-defining album – Complete Surrender. Recorded with producer Colin Elliot, who previously helped create an equally widescreen sound on albums by Richard Hawley, Complete Surrender touches on everything from Motown and the output of Memphis' Stax Records to the immaculately produced pop of the 1970s, via Frankie Valli and David Bowie. The songs are certainly bigger and the pair have grown from a charmingly ramshackle teenage duo bursting with potential into a fully-formed, self-confident and impressively talented band. Where they take us next is anyone’s guess. Over 14's welcome. Support from Mae Martin.
Komedia, 7.30pm, £11 adv
Tuesday, February 10th, 2015
The incomparable and supremely talented Rae Morris has today announced details and track listing for her hugely anticipated forthcoming debut album. Unguarded will be released on 26 January through Atlantic Records. This is a debut that is set to have critics falling over themselves at the start of 2015. Unguarded (with production by Ariel Rechtshaid, Jim Eliot and Fryars), deals head on with the highs and the lows that come with life-changing, character-building relationships, as though she’s some old, wisened soul way beyond her young years. Where ‘Skin’ details the guilt of continuing a toxic love affair, ‘Closer’ is about being far from her family but more appreciative of her own identity, and ‘Love Again’ is - perhaps obviously - about getting back on the horse. The songs, however, contain double entrendres. They’re as much about Rae’s relationships, as they are about Rae’s relationship with herself - and this recording process. ‘Do You Even Know’, written back in her shed in Blackpool, kicks back at someone who’s misunderstood her, who isn’t really thinking about what she wants. It was written to allay her fears about bending to be the sort of artist others expected.
Sticky Mike's Frog Bar, 7pm, £4 adv
Friday, February 13th, 2015
Featuring The Aim, Calling Curtis, Frankie Furlow and This Party. Brighton Rocks is all about showcasing the best bands in Brighton. If you'd like to submit your band to play please email email@example.com!
Sticky Mike's Frog Bar, 7pm, £7 adv
Monday, February 16th, 2015
Recorded almost entirely live in Parr Street studios, Liverpool, over a 2 week period in the summer of 2014, the album was produced by James Skelly, Ian Skelly & Richard Turvey and reflects Fiona and Niamh's mutual love of psyche and west coast harmonies. The 11-tracks of psyche-folk, harmony heavy, well-crafted pop gems were in part inspired by the diverse and eclectic range of music the band listened to during recording - Goat, Tame Impala, Can, Neu!, Portishead, Air, Gillian Welch, Velvet Underground, Fairport Convention. Now a formidable live act, the Wirral 5-piece benefit from an almost telepathic on-stage understanding born out of both Fiona & Niamh’s long-term friendship and the addition of Fiona’s brother, Alfie, on guitar. The last 12-months have seen the band release a brace of limited edition singles, tour constantly playing alongside the likes of Cats Eyes & Kasabian and appear at both the All Tomorrow’s Parties and Glastonbury Festivals, where they played in the packed BBC Introducing tent.
Komedia, 7.30pm, £12 adv
Monday, February 16th, 2015
Mariachi El Bronx - the mariachi side project of Los Angeles hardcore punk band The Bronx. Born out of a desire to challenge themselves musically, Mariachi El Bronx is the alter ego of Los Angeles punk band the Bronx. Conceived in 2006, the idea came about when the Bronx were asked to play an acoustic set and, rather than simply pare down their sound, they took their music in a whole new direction, moving away from hardcore and exploring Latin sounds. The band worked on material for the new project while the Bronx toured, and in 2009, Mariachi El Bronx released their eponymous debut. True to the form of their main gig, the bandmembers followed up with a second self-titled album in 2011. In 2014, the group returned with Mariachi El Bronx (III), which found them fusing synthesizers and electronics into their traditional mariachi sound. ~ Gregory Heaney, Rovi. Support from Pounded By Surf.
Concorde 2, 7pm, £10 adv
Wednesday, February 18th, 2015
New album Island, recorded with long-term producer Ian Grimble (Travis/Manic Street Preachers) at Crouch End’s Church Studios, is lyrically both restrained yet richly descriptive, the product of Davie’s novelistic approach to songwriting. “I’ve always been interested in the way Raymond Carver and Ernest Hemingway leave room for interpretation,” he explains. “It allows the listener to have their own individual relationship with the songs.” The music is similarly multi-tiered; Kev’s dynamic push and pull on the drums and Joey’s melodic banjo parts complemented by the atmospheric sweep of the arrangements. “I obsess over that stuff,” says Davie. “If a song starts with banjo it puts you in a place. Use a synth or an e-bow, and the whole tone is different.” Consequently, the music wraps itself around the words and the places they chronicle. From the crumbling child-parent relationship in Above The Clouds Of Pompeii to widescreen anthem The Love We Stole to heart-breaking confessional Stubborn Beast. “That was the first song our manager heard and connected with,” says Davie. “The isolated nature of it embodies pretty much everything we’re trying to achieve express.” If live favourite Bad Blood was always going to be the finale, it’s on the mesmeric When You Break where everything falls into place. “The whole record is about people at a breaking point, whether it’s coming of age, or their lives falling apart,” says Davie. “Both lyrically and sonically that’s where everything just gets too much.” Musicologists will note debts to everyone from CSN&Y to Youth Lagoon to - particularly - Elliot Smith, but its Islands central message of hope which truly resonates in these desensitized times. Davie states: “It’s difficult to talk about, but I do feel people are looking for some kind of spiritual connection. We’re all caught up in this blind rush for gratification which doesn’t seem to be doing us any good. That’s where the lyric: “Guard your hope with your life” comes from in Elysium. It’s a simple sentiment but it’s honest. Ultimately, we’re trying to reach people and have a communal experience.” Songs you can sing along to on the radio but which still glow in the dark - Islands might just be the album of 2014. Over 14's welcome. In association with Kilimanjaro.
The Haunt, 7pm, £14 adv
Sunday, February 22nd, 2015
Former Something Corporate and Jack's Mannequin frontman Andrew McMahon will be taking his eponymously titled album on UK tour in February 2015 as Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness. Last here in May 2013, McMahon will be returning to the UK to perform solo shows in Brighton, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow, Leeds and London. Released on Vanguard Records in October, the Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness album has gone top 5 in the US indie, alternative and rock album charts. Lead single Cecilia and the Satellite - an ode to Andrew's newborn daughter - debuted at number 4 on the Spotify Viral Chart and has now passed 2 million plays on Spotify. Over 14's welcome. Support from Sykes.
Audio, 7pm, £8.50 adv
Thursday, February 26th, 2015
Over 14's welcome.
Chinnerys Southend, 7.30pm, £15 adv
Saturday, March 7th, 2015
Funeral For A Friend is one of the last remaining bastions of the British hardcore scene that exploded into the mainstream at the turn of the century. Bursting out of Bridgend, South Wales, in 2001, Funeral For A Friend were hailed as the saviours of rock music from a young age and given the task of re-energising a scene in desperate need of fresh blood. They are veterans, in many ways, but fourteen years after their formation and the band still packs as much punch and purpose as they started with, if not more. Recorded in two weeks with Lewis Johns (Gnarwolves, Goodtime Boys), Chapter & Verse is a classic Funeral For A Friend effort in the spectacular way it melds gruff attitude with melodic choruses, but it also happens to be one of the most sonically diverse records the band has ever made. Over 14's welcome.
Sticky Mike's Frog Bar, 7.30pm, £9 adv
Wednesday, March 11th, 2015
It’s been a swelling twelve months for Australian rock’n’rollers The Preatures. What with touring alongside the iconic The Rolling Stones, their own wildly successful tours of US and Oz, winning a GQ Band Of The Year award, as well as playing to packed-out crowds at some of this year’s biggest festivals – including Glastonbury, SXSW, Coachella, Bonnaroo and Austin City Limits– The Preatures now announce UK and European tour dates for 2015, as well as a video for new track Ordinary. Taken from their highly anticipated debut album Blue Planet Eyes – which shot to number one in their native Australia – Ordinary is a rocking dance-ready track bursting with infectious riff-speckled hooks. The video offers a fly-on-the-wall glimpse into the band’s more ‘ordinary’ moments on tour – sleeping, eating, driving, washing clothes and lady bullfighting. Now signed to Virgin in the UK, the Sydney five piece, led by front woman Isabella Manfredi, have earned early support from the likes of Pitchfork, NME, Rolling Stone, DIY and Radio 1 since they emerged onto the international music scene with their underground hit This Is How You Feel. Their debut album is set for release in the UK in early 2015.
Concorde 2, 7.30pm, £13 adv
Tuesday, March 17th, 2015
Lucy Rose is set to play her first headline UK tour in 18 months this spring. The acclaimed singer takes her five piece band out on the road throughout March to play some new material from her second album, due later in the year. Lucy Rose worked on the follow up to her 2012 debut 'Like I Used To' across 2013, stepping out of the studio for rare live shows including supporting Neil Young in Hyde Park and playing the second stage at Glastonbury Festival. The Independent review of her Glastonbury show singled her out as one of the festival's rising stars, labelling her "the stand out female vocalist of the weekend." Her forthcoming album is likely to confirm her upward trajectory. Over 14's only. Support from The Half Earth.
Sticky Mike's Frog Bar, 7pm, £8 adv
Saturday, March 21st, 2015
Lonely The Brave hit the ground running in 2013. Having been a genuine phenomenon in Cambridge, but little known elsewhere before that point, the band didn't want to deliver anything other than the finished article when they entered further consciousness. They knew the value of being ready and so after a well received demo (so strong that Dan P Carter gave them a live session on Radio 1 as a result of hearing it) sold out locally, they holed themselves away immediately to work on perfecting a debut album, "The Day's War", and introducing a fifth member, Joel Mason, to the fray on second guitar. This finished record began to reach influential ears, leading to an immediate wave of interest, and signing with rock tastemakers' Hassle Records. Here they joined a diverse roster that included Cancer Bats, Alkaline Trio, Juliette Lewis & The Licks and Fall Out Boy. Their debut single with the label, "Black Saucers", received Zane Lowe's "Hottest Record In The World Ever" and Radio 1 support was abundant - with the initial response to the single so strong that the band were added to the Introducing playlist and received daytime support from Fearne Cotton, Greg James and more. Writing anthemic, epic songs devoid of scene or outside influence from their peers, the band saw press attention span across genre, sex and age groups, with the likes of Classic Rock, Kerrang!, The Telegraph, Marie Claire, Huffington Post, Rock Sound, NME, The Fly and DIY all climbing on board to sing the band's praises. Resolutely level-headed throughout it all, the band also played Download Festival, supported Bruce Springsteen at Hard Rock Calling, were broadcast on BBC3 as part of Reading and Leeds' BBC Introducing stages and toured with the likes of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Deftones and, at the end of the year, Don Broco. Lonely The Brave also released their follow up EP, "Backroads" to further acclaim including a full 5 K's from Kerrang! and Zane Lowe inviting them back to Maida Vale, this time to session for his show. This year has started with the band playing European shows in France and Holland, follows with the band's first headline tour and then sees a series of dates alongside seminal alt-rockers Therapy?. With The Great Escape, further festival dates and "The Day's War" release looking set for release just ahead of summer, 2014 will continue the ascent for a band that Rock Sound say they "wholeheartedly believe could become the biggest band on the planet". Lonely The Brave don't want to be, and shouldn't be considered, just another British rock band - if they continue the trajectory they're currently on, they have everything they need to soon be many people's favourite. Over 18's only. Support from Hannah Lou Clark.
Concorde 2, 7.30pm, £14 adv
Tuesday, March 24th, 2015
Pop phenomenon, Charli XCX, has today revealed the official tracklisting for her highly-anticipated new album Sucker which will be released in the UK on January 26 through Asylum Records. The album is available to pre-order now (Charli will be giving away seven tracks as instant grats over the coming months as a very special thank you to the UK fans - three tracks available upon pre-order). The Sesac Songwriter of the Year 2014 is also delighted to announce a UK headline tour, which will take place in March/April 2015. The run of dates kick off at Brighton’s Concorde 2 on March 24. Over 14's welcome. Support from Cuckoolander.
Concorde 2, 6pm, £14 adv
Saturday, March 28th, 2015
California’s new favourite label, Pure Noise Records is proud to announce their first ever UK tour. The tour, which will take in every corner of the UK from 20th March to 29th March 2015. Label owner Jacob Round says "We're very excited to bring the Pure Noise Tour to the UK. We had such a good time with the US run in October and we hope for the same overseas in March." Four Year Strong will be back to the UK as the tour headliner. The band which helped define a blend of melodic-hardcore and pop-punk over the last decade, returns in support of their latest EP ‘Go Down In History’ out now on Pure Noise Records. Ohio’s Hit The Lights will have a brand new record next Spring and are always firm favourites on the UK shores. Having toured with all the best bands in pop-punk, they are sure to get heros welcome when they take the stage. Forever Came Calling recently put out their new album ‘What Matters Most’ engineered and produced by Kyle Black (New Found Glory, Comeback Kid) will be making their UK debut. Opening the tour will be Light You Up from Birmingham, UK- whilst not signed to the label, they are a welcomed addition to the bill.
Komedia, 7.30pm, £9 adv
Tuesday, March 31st, 2015
Boasting 3 double platinum albums in their homeland of Ireland, The Coronas have sold out everywhere from Dublin’s 13,000 capacity o2 Arena to The Olympia Theatre, where they played a record-breaking six night run. They have supported Sir Paul McCartney, The Script, Justin Timberlake and Pink. In October they played 3 sold out headline dates in Manchester, Glasgow and London. In March 2015 they will embark on a full headline UK tour. Last year, The Coronas moved to London. Which matters because, as anyone in Ireland will tell you, The Coronas are a Dublin band. This summer they played to 9,500 arms-aloft fans at Dublin’s Royal Hospital Kilmainham Park – but their sights are now focused further afield. Within months of their move, the band who battled the big boys in Ireland on their own indie label had signed a publishing deal with Big Life and been snapped up by Island Records, not on the strength of their previous achievements, but for their epic new album ‘The Long Way’, which is released on 9th March 2015 on Island Records. Most of ‘The Long Way’ was written and recorded before Island came on board with producer Eliott James (Kaiser Chiefs, Two Door Cinema Club, Noah and the Whale). Punchy first single ‘Just Like That’, a song awash with catchy guitar hooks and due for release on 19th January, introduces the theme of an album dominated by a relationship break-up. “I’m not saying I want you back/Unless you say it first,” sings Danny on a chorus destined to cause chaos on indie dancefloors. The Coronas may call ‘The Long Way’ a new start, but really it’s a reboot. The eight years the four members, all still in their twenties, spent conquering their homeland is the cornerstone of the band they are now. Their journey began when childhood best friends Danny (the son of Irish folk legend Mary Black) and bassist Graham Knox formed a band at school with Conor. They played their first gig aged 15. By the time they reached uni, they had recruited Dave and had called themselves The Coronas. The last eight years has seen The Coronas establish themselves as one of Ireland’s best-loved bands and sell out Ireland’s biggest venues. Over 14's welcome.
Bleach, 7.30pm, £5 adv
Tuesday, March 31st, 2015
Oscar Scheller, a product of the 90s, started making sense of the world through off- kilter pop musings in the early hours of NYE 2013. This naturally lead to making music under the moniker ‘Oscar’ Classically trained, but unable read music, he learnt everything by ear and started writing from the age of 13 and it never stopped. As an avid record collector and art school graduate, Oscar’s influences are wide ranging, and playful. He draws influence from Buddy Holly to Big L, Lionel Bart to Nirvana. Whilst studying a Fine Art degree at Central Saint Martins, he self-released ‘Never Told You’ in April 2013, unexpectedly whipping up a frenzy on the internet. This garnered the attention of NME, got best new music on Pitchfork and was featured in Guardian’s New Band Of The Day. Straight after graduating in May 2014, he began to hone in on writing ‘unabashed personal pop’ and released his 146b EP (recorded in his home studio) on Brown Rice/Smalltown Supersound. It was a scratchy, lo-fi bedroom guitar pop affair, a mix of 50s love songs and Britpop attitude featuring one hell of a synthesiser! The EP got support from critically acclaimed blogs like Impose, Dummy and Stereogum, as well as extensive radio play from BBC 6 Music’, ‘Absolute Radio’ and ‘Resonance Fm’. Most of his material is romantic, and some have described it as ‘criminally catchy’ but most of all it’s feel good. There is an old fashioned sense to the songs, putting the art of songwriting first, and addressing style later. The music ranges from hip-hop to punk, grunge, to lovelorn melancholic pop. Genre is a playing field to Oscar, certainly not a limitation. Texturally it is the mixture of rough and smooth that he works in, but mainly the love of good simple melody and pop structure. Over 18's only.
Concorde 2, 7pm, £22.50 adv
Sunday, April 5th, 2015
STEEL PULSE may have explored various styles of music since they started out in 1975, but when it comes to the message, the UK’s Grammy – Winning reggae band has remained close to their roots. The Group have continued their commitment to fighting injustice, educating the masses, and promoting positive messages through spiritually uplifting music. “We just can’t ignore the politics, because every life and soul that’s born on this earth is a political manoeuvre for someone, at some stage”, Hinds explains. “From a spiritual aspect, it’s really an upliftment through facing reality – what’s out there. We deal with positive spirits. It means putting aside the guns, the drugs and all of the things that are ailments of society – especially the black communities right now”. STEEL PULSE have always taken their causes to heart, filing a $1 million class action lawsuit against New York City’s Taxi & Limousine Commission. The group charged that cabbies refused to pick up blacks and Rastafarians throughout the streets of New York. STEEL PULSE is the only UK reggae group to win a Grammy. In 1985 Babylon The Bandit Album won the Best Reggae Album category. Their international success earned them further Grammy Nominations for their albums, Victims, Rastafari Centennial, Rage & Fury, Living Legacy and African Holocaust. Over 14's welcome. Performing their classic album 'Handsworth Revolution'!
Komedia, 7.30pm, £13 adv
Monday, April 6th, 2015
Ghostpoet is pleased to announce news of his forthcoming album ‘Shedding Skin’which will be released on 2nd March 2015 through Play It Again Sam. The first fruits of the album, the track ‘Off Peak Dreams’ has already been premiered on Zane Lowe’s Radio One show and sees Ghostpoet, London-based Obaro Ejimiwe moving on from the cathartic musings of 2013’s ‘Some Say I So I Say Light’ album. ‘Shedding Skin’ is the manifestation of a new challenge, of fresh thinking, and a brave confident stride into previously uncharted waters. Ten songs that embrace, unite and narrate observations that are designed to sit beside each other through bright peaks and dark shallows. Unlike his previous albums, ‘Shedding Skin’ was recorded with a traditional live set up with what has become his touring band; Joe Newman on guitar, bass player, John Calvert and John Blease on drums. The self-produced album also features guest vocals from Nadine Shah, Etta Bond, Melanie De Biasio, Lucy Rose and Maxïmo Park’s Paul Smith, a collection that sets a new precedent as his very best work yet. Over 14's welcome.
Sticky Mike's Frog Bar, 7.30pm, £7 adv
Tuesday, April 7th, 2015
On the eve of their third album, Balthazar are pleased to announce news of a European tour in the Spring of 2015. The band, having notched up in excess of 220 shows whilst criss-crossing three continents alongside some truly memorable festival moments in support of their second album ‘Rats’ – would appear to continue where they left off…. Having been holed up in the studio working on the follow-up to 2012’s ‘Rats’, Balthazar emerge bearing new tracks, whetting appetites and their first live shows of 2015. Over 18's only.
Sticky Mike's Frog Bar, 7pm, £10 adv
Friday, May 29th, 2015
Big D and the Kids Table are back and once again ignoring the rules by releasing two new releases titled ‘STOMP’ & ‘STROLL’ at the same time. This time on their own label Strictly Rude Records. With the help of their listeners, KickStarter, and DIY mentality, Big D was able to raise 40 thousand dollars to record, mix, master, and manufacture ‘STOMP’ & ‘STROLL’. Why two records? Big D and the Kids Table has been a band for 17 years and their song writing has taken them to two different styles: SKA/Punk & Stroll (a style they invented). Over 18's only.
Concorde 2, 3pm, £17.50 day / £30 weekend
Saturday, August 29th, 2015
Saturday 29th August 2015 - The Wedding Present play Saturnalia Side A plus 40 minutes of music from other albums with many guests TBA including Watoo Watoo & Cinerama who play Disco Volante side A.
Concorde 2, 3pm, £17.50 day / £30 weekend
Sunday, August 30th, 2015
Sunday 30th August 2015 - The Wedding Present play Saturnalia Side B plus 40 minutes of music from other albums with many guests TBA including The Nightingales & Cinerama who play Disco Volante side B.