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15/04/2014 By James McLarnon

We’ve not done one of these for sometime so apologies for the rather bumper length of this edition, normal service will be resumed from this point forward, so without further delay.

Even the most optimistic of observers must have been taken aback by the dizzying ascent made by Royal Blood over the last six months or so. A number one album, Q Award nominations and selling the Dome out in super quick time. However, surely the most impressive is their inclusion on the Mercury Music Prize shortlist, a remarkable achievement for a debut album. If you’ve somehow managed to avoid them, here’s what the fuss is about.

Piano Wire is the new project from former Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster and current Vile Imbeciles man Andy Huxley, featuring fellow former Matchbox man Sym Gharial. That preamble is rendered pretty meaningless by first track ‘Society’, which sounds very little like their previous work. They make their live debut at The Camden Barfly on September 26.

Fresh from three months of touring with The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, dream poppers Fear of Men are soon to be heading out on a hefty headline jaunt of their own. They’ll be spending nearly a month on the road, taking in 11 countries. It all kicks off at The Hope on 25 September so be sure to send them off in style.

Six-piece riot-grrrl/kraut/punk outfit Slum of Legs really impressed the editorial team here at their recent support slot with Ravioli Me Away at the Prince Albert. They start a mini-tour on 3 October at The Westhill Hall with Keel Her and Cosines before heading off for dates in Nottingham and London. Their outstanding single released on Tuff Enuff records is still in stock, but we are confident it won’t be for long.

You’ll be reading plenty about Lutine on these pages in the near future and for good reason. Their minimal, melancholy but utterly beautiful folk has been attracting the interest of those good folks at BBC Radio 6 Music. Recent live performances have been spellbinding. They release their debut album White Flowers on 29 September, but before that will be playing an album launch show at St. Laurence Chuch in Falmer on 27 September with support from Bela Emerson. Tickets are free but you must post your names on the Facebook event. You’d be mad not to.

Long time Brighton Noise favourites Nordic Giants have signed to Kscope and are currently recording their debut album. The band are expecting to release it in March 2015. for further updates follow the band at their regularly updated facebook group.

We’re admirers of the Faux Discx roster here, their most recent release comes from Teardrop Factory and their catchy but scuzzy pop. Released today (15 September) there is a taster for you below.

Sad news that Ingrid Plum, who performed a brilliant set for us at our last Brighton Noise night, had £60 worth of merchandise stolen at the recent Fort Process festival. Give her great EP The Tunnel Recordings a listen and if you like, why not purchase it? It will be a great help.

Our very own Chris Kuzmiski mused on seeing Demob Happy at 234 festival last month “So there really isn’t anything to stop Demob Happy from taking over the world.” Next step in that plan is their 14-date UK tour, which ends at BLEACH on 17 October. Watch their video for ‘Suffer You’ below.

@brightonjames2

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