Best Live Music in Brighton: April 2015
Brighton is so great for live music it’s sometimes near impossible to pick what to see! Gig experts Brighton Noise have made it a bit easier for our readers by picking their top live music in Brighton this April with everything from Metal to Electronica.
Not only a cracking nights entertainment featuring some of the best outfits Brighton’s live scene has to offer but an opportunity to show your support for Autism Awareness Day, with the £6 cover charge going to the Autism Sussex Charity. Ridiculously precocious grasshopper have released two EPs of mature, moody post-punk before they’ve sat their GCSEs. They are experienced performers live and have a star in frontman Javi who has a bit of the Bowie about him. Spit Shake Sisters are a raucous garage rock outfit that never fail to get the party started.
Date: Thurs 2nd April
Time/Price: 7.30pm | £6
Family Ents Present: Lordi – Concorde 2
There is no shortage of Eurovision winners who have disappeared, but Lordi are still defiantly going. Metallers don’t die, they just get old. Lordi however never seemed to have been young in the first place. More than just a flash in the pan though, Lordi have a strong but dedicated following across the world. Probably closer to a heavier Kiss than GWAR musically, they definitely rock-up in proper monster suits. It will be curious to see how all those pyrotechnics work in the somewhat low-ceilinged Concorde 2. Heat, beer and perilous situations is surely what rock is all about?
Date: Mon 6th April
Time/Price: 7pm | £18.50
Ghostpoet – Komedia
This is going to be a massive year for Ghostpoet who just released his new album Shedding Skin to huge critical acclaim. All subterranean mood and shifting instrumentation, reined-in with Ghostpoet’s distinctive smoky drawl. Don’t let the relaxed demeanour deceive you though. There is some dense lyricism and social commentary to be found. It’s a surprisingly sparse and live sounding piece after his previous electronic dabblings. His second Mercury nomination surely beckons? In the midst of an international tour he’s popping into Brighton for a visit with his band. And you should pop in too.
Date: Mon 6th April
Time/Price: 7.30pm | SOLD OUT
Be Nothing presents: Jessica Pratt – Bleach
Jessica Pratt does gorgeous like no one else in recent times. Her self titled debut album released in 2012 sound like a dug up relic in the same way as a re-released late 60s folk album like Karen Dalton’s ‘1966’ did. It also had a beautiful, fragile, melancholy that is impossible to fake. Her soprano has inflections of Joanna Newsome with the occasional depth of Nico. Her new album, released this year ‘On Your Own Love Again’ repeats the trick, albeit with a fuller band and the emotional intensity of the end of a long term relationship and the death of her mother. In front of a respectful audience, this will be magical.
Date: Thurs 9th April
Time/Price: 7.30pm | £7
Martha and Milky Wimpshake – Westhill Hall
Ah, indiepop. As in proper indiepop: defiantly DIY, unflustered by trends, a proper subculture if there ever was one. Form a band before you learn to play, it’s fine. Brighton has a tremendous scene if you care to look for it, and if you do, they will all be at Martha and Milky Wimpshake. Both bands are tiny legends in their own lifetime and there is a very real possibility this will sell out. Appropriately it’s in ‘the best venue in Seven Dials’, The West Hill Hall. Five bands in total for six quid and, you are getting spoiled now, it’s BYOB. Cannot fail.
Date: Sat 11th April
Time/Price: 7.30pm | £6
One Inch Badge Presents: Wire – Prince Albert
Responsible for three of the highest quality and most progressive albums released by any band during the punk era, minimal but fiery debut ‘Pink Flag’ as well as the incalculably influential ‘Chairs Missing’ and ‘154,’ Wire fitted more in their their first period of activity – 1976 to 1980 – than most bands do in decades. Never ones to release music for the sake of it, the band have split twice from 81-85 and again 92-99, only to return reinvigorated and utterly essential. These are 2 intimate nights at The Prince Albert, prior to the full tour in support of their self titled 14th studio album
Date: Sun 12th & Mon 13th April
Time/Price: 8pm | £18.50
Portico – The Haunt
There aren’t many bands that have had such a radical, yet successful change in music direction. Portico (formerly Portico Quartet) started off as the sore-thumb of the UK jazz scene, with their use of odd instruments and an unpretentious chilled aesthetic. Even bagging the token jazz nomination at the Mercury Prize. Now they are Ninja Tune signed and make gorgeous verdant electronica… with vocals (cue jazz purists’ hissing). Sounding closer to Mount Kimbie now than Miles Davis, what better way can you spend a late-spring Sunday evening?
Date: Sun 19th April
Time/Price: 7pm | £15
Be Nothing Presents: Ryley Walker – The Hope and Ruin
Hot on the heels of his star turn in support of Cloud Nothings towards the end of last year, honey voiced, finger-picking, singer-songwriter Ryley Walker returns to Brighton as a headliner at The Hope and Ruin. The 24 year old from Chicago spent time in his hometown’s experimental noise scene, before settling on a sound that hits a sweet spot worthy of his heroes Tim Buckley and Bert Jansch. He also has a new album, his second, to promote, called ‘Primrose Green.’ If the already released title track is anything to go by, it will see him develop his reputation on both sides of the Atlantic.
Date: Fri 24th April
Time/Price: 7.30pm | £7
James Holden has been at the absolute forefront of UK electronic music since his emergence at the beginning of the millennium. Starting as a techno producer he’s moved on to something altogether more lush and unique. His 2013 album The Inheritors is one of this decades best so far in any genre. Rather than the ubiquitous guy-behind-a-laptop set, Holden expands the show out into live musicians giving it a sense of warmth diversity and performance that electronica can sometimes lack. Holden has itchy fingers though and will probably never play this set-up again. Resolutely unmissable.
Date: Sun 26th April
Time/Price: 7pm | £14
Tatty Seaside Town Presents: GNOD – Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar
In an interview with Quietus webzine back in 2013, it was revealed that GNOD had a table tennis table in their Islington Mill, Slaford HQ, that had sensors underneath taped to a series of effects pedals so that every time a rally was played it created a unique, bespoke tune. It is a microcosm of what makes GNOD one of the best psych rock bands in the world, a commitment to experimentation that is perversely low in a genre that should thrive on it. Mind expansion guaranteed.
Date: Thurs 30th April
Time/Price: 8pm | £7