GROVESNOR, HOT CHIP (DJ SET), :KINEMA:
It feels like it’s been a little while since we did one of these ‘Gig Lists’, but quite frankly it’s expected, as December is often full with festive DJ nights, rather than quality bands. So here we are with a new year, a new decade indeed, and the event horizon looks very bright. There’s a massive amount of quality line ups through January and February in Brighton. We begin with this special showcase, involving not only :Kinema: and Grovesnor, but also a DJ set from Alexis out of Hot Chip. Although they don’t seem to be headlining, it should feel like local band :Kinema:’s night, as it’s set up to celebrate the launch of their fantastic Circles EP. :Kinema: get our focus today as they are very much a band flying highest over Brighton, with a lot of blog buzz and online chatter suggesting they are leading the current pack of impossibly catchy, fearless, intelligent pop bands. Singer Dom Ashton’s irresistable, George Michael-esque vocals float over the synth-led, clapped-beat bounce that feels like the soundtrack to your best ever fuck. Following them will be Grovesnor, who take the shameless pop to Elton John levels, but don’t be fooled into thinking this is music for your mother, as Rob Smoughton creates smart, shiny music for the midnight hour. Being backed by Paris’ refined Kitsune label adds even more kudos to an already bright star. To top the night off he brings along a member from Rob’s former band, Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor, who’s helped to produce and remix his work, and seeing as 2010 could well belong to everybody’s favourite warm potato snacks this really couldn’t get any more t(r)opical. This is going to feel like a thousand Saturday nights rolled into one. Bring your best shoes, your best shirts and your best moves. (MB)
ACTS: GROVESNOR, HOT CHIP (DJ SET), :KINEMA:
VENUE: Jam, Middle Street, Brighton.
DATE: Saturday 23rd January 2010
WEBSITES: Grovesnor Myspace, Hot Chip Myspace, :Kinema: Myspace
TRACK 1: GROVESNOR – DRIVE YOUR CAR (HOT CHIP REMIX)
TRACK 2: :KINEMA: – LETS GET TO IT
Tickets for this gig are selling fast so act quick, or prepare to suck somebody’s cock, because this night is about as good as it gets! The support slot tonight is filled perfectly by Brighton band Mirrors, who’s buzz during 2009 got as loud in teenagers ears as one of those Mosquito alarms that they hang in shopping malls to deter ‘Hoodies’. 2010 will be the year they fully take off, as they’ve secured their deserved major label signatures and prepare a mighty launch pad. If the likes of genre-mates, Hurts, can make the top 5 shortlist on the BBC Sound of 2010 Poll, then Mirrors surely should have been on the longlist, but alas not. The ingredients were all there, with their massive, melodic, atmospheric pop noir (or fantastically named ‘noir n b’), their major label backing, their online buzz and their tight, grey suits and ties. Topping the bill are a band that seem to be relaunching Manchester, claiming to have finally found the electronic antidote to the Gallagher brothers, sharing more in common with Bloc Party or Klaxons than they do the ugly brashness of 90s ‘Madchester’. Coming a deserved 3rd on the aforementioned BBC Poll brings with it the sort of hype that could even scare Anthony Volodkin. They’re almost guaranteed to have a massive 2010, with their debut getting a release this same month and already attaining critical acclaim, being touted as the first great album of the ‘Tenties’. The proposal is simple: if you want to see what the future might sound like, get to Audio. (MB)
ACTS: DELPHIC, MIRRORS
VENUE: Audio, Marine Parade, Brighton.
DATE: Tuesday 19th January 2010
WEBSITES: Delphic Myspace, Mirrors Myspace
TRACK 1: DELPHIC – DOUBT (WHAT KIND OF BREEZE DO YOU BLOW? REMIX)
TRACK 2: MIRRORS – FEAR OF DROWNING