After weeks of waiting Drill Festival is upon us, four days of great music in some of Brighton’s best loved venues co-curated by Wire and local promoters One Inch Badge. Let the Brighton Noise writers recommend some local, national and international acts as well as have an educated guess at how busy the shows might be, though if you desperately want to see a band don’t rely on us, get there super early.
Here we deal with Friday
Bad Breeding @ Audio 18:30
Bad Breeding are a nasty, nasty band of small town punk-rockers from Stevenage, their songs evoke all that clichéd suburban frustration; nothing to do, park drinking, bad drugs and underage sex (or lack of it). They manage to bundle this resentment into their utterly ferocious live performances, which tend to involve frontman Chris getting up close and personal with the audience. They have just been on a very successful UK tour with Eagulls and are destined for bigger things.
Will I Get In?: Yes.
Sauna Youth @ Green Door Store 19:15
You don’t want to miss Sauna Youth, they’re one of those utterly brilliant bands that aren’t bothered about finding you so you are going to have to seek them out. No strangers to Brighton; having previously lived here and released on the reliably brilliant Faux Discx label, we’ve been exposed plenty to their wild live performances. Their Dreamlands album released back in 2012 kicked off with ‘Town Called Distraction’ which sounded like The Velvet Underground’s ‘The Gift’ if it were told to get a move on. Ten minutes of glorious spoken word and dissonance. The second side of that album was rammed full off ugly but catchy noise-punk songs sounding akin to Pissed Jeans. Last year’s ‘Oh Joel’ single was gorgeous, ramshackle c-86 indie.
Will I Get In?: Yes
Physics House Band @ Audio 19:45
Let’s be honest here, math rock tends to be one of those things you either get or you don’t, we think Keith Richards would have a tough time making it look sexy. Physics House Band are not only remarkably adept at their part Battles, part Mars Volta music but they actually look bloody brilliant live doing it. The Brighton multi-instrumentalist 3-piece made a good album in Horizons/ Rapture but live is where they excel.
Will I Get In?: Should be ok.
Tigercub @ Bleach 20:15
Brighton 3-piece Tigercub are never going to win any prizes for originality but they are extremely good at what they do. It would be virtually impossible to mention influences without referring to Nirvana but there’s plenty of band’s that ape the grunge defining Seattle legends that forget to write the songs. Tigercub have those in spades as evidenced by recent single ‘Centrefold’ and brilliant early cut ‘Little Rope.’ We imagine that the month they have just spent on the road with Blood Red Shoes will have honed their already excellent live attack.
Will I Get In?: Bleach is small and Blood Red Shoes, who routinely sell out the much bigger Concorde, play after them. We reckon this will be a see one, see both deal that you’ll need to be early to.
Savages @ Concorde 2 20:45
Savages are the kind of band you had lost faith were forming any more. Since making their live debut in early 2012 – at The Haunt supporting British Sea Power– they’ve had a single minded ambition to bring us music delightfully informed by the great British bands of the last 30 years, embellished with their own unique twist. Live, they are a force of nature, a superbly oiled band, helmed by the daren’t-take-your-eyes-off-her vocalist Jenny Beth. Debut album Silence Yourself wowed critics and punters alike last year with its noisy yet catchy and beautifully constructed post-punk, showing them to be the natural inheritors to Sleater-Kinney as best all-girl band in the world. Recently they displayed the same iconoclastic streak as festival curators, Wire, releasing a collaborative album with bonkers Anglo-Japanese psychedelic rock outfit Bo Ningen.
Will I Get In: Despite Savages being a big draw, we suspect that playing the same night as British Sea Power and the size of Concorde 2 might mean there is space in this one.
Traams @ Green Door Store 21:00
This one’s for the out of towners ‘ cos if you live in Brighton, you’ve already see Traams, lots. So You’d tell the non-Brighton folk that Traams have a marvelous habit of managing to combine Pavement like indie-rock brevity anthems with that hypnotic Neu!-like motorik. You’d tell them that Traams have continually developed from nervous beginnings to be an absolute monster of a live band. You’d tell them that Traams released our reader’s album of the year last year. You’d tell them to go and see Traams. You’d be right.
Will I Get In?: Tough to say – the bill at The Green Door is all round strong and the venue only holds 150ish. Despite the competition elsewhere we reckon this one will be busy.
British Sea Power @ All Saints Church 21:30
A preview for adopted Brightonian’s British Sea Power will generally make mention of; guitarist Noble climbing amp stacks, stages decked with foliage, the attack of the band members by a roadie in a bear costume and the band playing in weird venues like caves, seafront cafes and forts. Their live shows are an experience but this is to damn the band with faint praise. The reason that British Sea Power are still one of the finest bands the UK has to offer, 15 years after their formation is their consistently excellent songs. From the Pixies-esque lunacy of ‘Apologies To Insect Live,’ the effortless pop brilliance of ‘Please Stand Up,’ the instrumental post-rock of ‘The Great Skua’ or the freak out of ‘True Adventures,’ all moods are catered for. This set sees them play with the backing of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra Brass Quartet, not to be missed.
Will I Get In?: Drop what you are doing now and start queuing, you may have a chance. British Sea Power are hugely popular in their adopted hometown.
Hypnotized @ Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar 21:45
Hypnotized are one of our favourite local bands here at Brighton Noise. Taking their name from a Spacemen 3 song, they are the amalgamation of so many good influences. There’s certainly due respect given to recent acts Animal Collective and Gang Gang Dance but they know their history with echoes of synth pioneers like Harald Groskopf, Silver Apples, and Delia Derbyshire. Beat wise they have a hip hop flavour. Warm, fuzzy, brilliance, their Telesto EP released earlier this year was a cracker.
Will I Get In?: With so much competition elsewhere we suspect you will.
Krautrock Karaoke @ Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar 01:00 (Sat morning)
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Will I Get In?: Depends on how hardcore the Drill audience is, this could get quite busy. There’s always the upstairs bar at Sticky Mike’s if it does get too busy