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Vile Imbeciles
Tue 19th Nov 2013 @ The Prince Albert

Headliner: Vile Imbeciles
Event: Cable Club presents
In support: Sealionwoman
+ Broker
When: Tue 19th Nov 2013
Time: 8:00pm
Age restriction: 18+
Other info: Event page

The long-awaited return of Brighton’s noisiest beat combo the VILE IMBECILES complete with excellent support from the disturbed blues of SEA LION WOMAN and the unhinged noise pop of BROKER



BROKER (8.45pm)

The Prince Albert


48 Trafalgar Street


T: 01273 730499

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Vile Imbeciles, Sealionwoman & Broker

06/04/2013 By James McLarnon

Vile ImbecilesAndy Huxley, the creative force and sole remaining original member of Vile Imbeciles, is a prolifically creative character. He is best known for his stint as founding member and lead guitarist for one of the most successful Brighton bands of the 2000’s, The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster, where his songwriting credits included modern classics such as ‘Whack of Shit’ and ‘Rise of The Eagles.’ Huxley departed TEMBLD in 2005, just when it appeared the band could penetrate further into the mainstream after five top 40 singles in succession. A study in the volume of the subsequent output of both bands speaks volumes. TEMBLD released a single EP and album until their eventual demise in 2011, whilst Vile Imbeciles managed to release four records in the same period. This gig sees them planning to test material for their upcoming, as yet untitled, 5th LP, which should be with us next spring.

Vile Imbeciles have recently returned to the live arena, Huxley rejoining his remaining band mates Deen Lim and Evan Reinhold after his brief but ultimately doomed return to action with his former band last year. As usual with a talent as restlessly creative as Huxley, it is tough to be specific about what to expect. Granted, it would be a major surprise if they were to divert wildly from the death jazz of their previous work, which recalls both the spirit and sound of Captain Beefheart or Mike Patton’s post-Faith No More outfit, Fantomas. Expect Huxley to be adopting his usual truculent, perfectionist stage demenour. The band will be well rehearsed but give the illusion of chaotic recklessness. However, don’t expect them to be playing too much that isn’t new. They really are a must see for any fan of heavy, experimental music.

It wouldn’t be overstating the case to say that hosts Cable Club are a Brighton institution and in its 11 years has given a start to many a now well-known Brighton band. As usual, support will be handpicked and relevant. It comes here in the form of Sealionwoman – surely a Nina Simone reference – who are  a double bass and vocal duo that appear to exist in the same sort of realm as Zola Jesus. Completing the bill are Broker, who were a standout at Nice Weather For Airstrikes earlier this year with their grinding post-hardcore.

Vile Imbeciles, Broker & Sealionwoman

24/04/2013 By James McLarnon

Vile ImbecilesThe shoe-less Sealionwoman are a unique proposition, even in a place as fertile for local talent such as Brighton. Their development is going to be interesting to watch. The set-up is a minimalist one, where the sole accompaniment for some glorious vocals is an inventively played stand-up bass. The voice is not the kind that you hear too often in Brighton pub backrooms, at the height of it’s powers it has an instantly soothing quality similar to Nina Simone. The double bass is utilised in an Abi Wade like variety of ways, including jazzy plucking, bowed drones and as auxiliary percussion, making a noise that has no trouble filling the room. Working within these limitations, they manage to produce a sound original, interesting and varied. As with most bands at this stage of development, the songs aren’t as memorable as they could be but the ingredients are clearly there to create something special.

Broker clearly don’t bother with any niceties as their harsh, abrasive and screamy, metallic hardcore start almost seems designed to scare off those who aren’t 100 per cent ready for them. It’s something of a shame because whilst undoubtedly they pack quite a punch when they want to, it is far from the only trick that they possess. The songs are generally propelled along at fast pace by the drums and bass, leaving the guitar free to shoot off sounds that vary from shoegaze to hardcore. Their default setting appears to be Jesus Lizard-esque but they change pace sufficiently enough to keep things interesting, visiting Sabbathy stomp, crawling blues and something that approaches prog before the half hour set is done. The most memorable track is a straight up punk number played toward the end of the set featuring some intense dual vocals.

It’s impressive to see the way in which Vile Imbeciles are growing up as a band, aided in no small way by the introduction a couple of years ago of bassist/vocalist Deen Lim. The band are now a 3 piece after the departure of Caspian Rospigliosi (guitars/vocals) and Liam Dowling (keys/guitars) from the line-up that produced thirs  studio album D Is For W, itself a more streamlined, coherent effort than earlier recordings. This enforced simplification of the set up appears to have done them huge favours as it allows the band to focus on strengths. Namely Andy Huxley’s guitar which uses a mixture of jazz chords and a Black Keys/ White Stripes like desire to rock out, Deen Lim’s impassioned Mike Patton like vocals and Evan Reinhold’s drum-work which safely navigates numerous complex time changes.

More so than any other time in their history it seems a good time to catch Vile Imbeciles now ahead of the release of their as yet untitled fifth album. For those that found their earlier work impenetrable, the new material aired tonight as well of the selections from previous album D Is For W have numerous memorable hooks. Their live performance has also improved, Huxley now exuding the confidence that could be expected from a man that has his large experience of live performance, while his colleagues follow his exalted lead. This even stretches to Huxley good-naturedly reminding Lim to thank the supports at the end of the gig. Good teamwork.

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Cable ClubBeginning in 2002, Cable Club has built up a reputation as THE place to try out your new band OR promote that new album, single, EP etc! We think long and hard about our line-ups ad take pride in putting together diverse and interesting bils, giving gigs to some new artists who might not get a gig elsewhere

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