Posts Tagged ‘The Half Sisters

02
Oct
09

THE RECOMMENDER – NUMBER 54

We have three very original and adventurous artists on show for you today, but each one comes with that rare and rather wonderful ability to mesmerize and trap you with their unique creations. Welcome once again aboard the good ship Recommender – let’s go floating…

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NIC DAWSON KELLY

Following on from our coverage of the excellent Brighton band, The Agitator, we are pleased to be able to provide yet another artist who neatly slots into a similar foot-stomping, blues-based pot. Nic Dawson Kelly was born in Sheffield, but has been known to spend periods of time living in Brighton, so we like to imagine him as one of our own. His box of tricks is tightly packed with originality and style. The instant his vibrato singing sweeps into shot, you’ll think of Anthony Hegarty, or perhaps Brian Ferry at his most adventurous, but his sound is just as brave and developed and shows off what a confident performer he is. Blues themes run through his tracks, with a familiar harmonica and excellent, distorted guitaring that’s poured over the chugging beats and whistled melodies, the likes of which haven’t been seen since the days of Mungo Jerry. The blues tone continues to be found within the lyrics, as he narrates his yearning for a better day, “I don’t feel so cool about that, I just want my life back”. Like Bob Dylan, he likes to hold your attention with a touch of story-telling, but it’s done with more theatrical pomp. It’s music that’s stripped down to its most honest, always simple, always enjoyable, and full of historical American influences. His debut album was released this week on The Runners Club label.   (MB)

Find him here:        Myspace

Hear him here:       NIC DAWSON KELLY – THE MUSICIAN

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THE HALF SISTERS

We live in a world where music is often formulaic and bred for the commercial markets. A world in which bands often look for influences and form bands out of their heroes templates. Where scenes and collectives form homogenized groups that sound pretty much like each other. Well, this is definitely a world that The Half Sisters don’t live in. They’re not in my world, or your world, they are very much firmly in their own. It’s a J M Barrie-styled land of fairies, twinkling stars, fantasy forests and unicorns. You would imagine this to be off putting, being somewhat inappropriate and rather twee in this modern economic world. However, those that know the three girls, (all of which are actually related), will realise that it isn’t just a show, a style, or something they reserve for the stage. Even when not performing you find them constantly getting in giggling huddles and giving each other reassuring pecks on the cheek, as if nobody else can see them. They play their music with broad smiles as if they haven’t a care in the world. You get ukuleles, flutes, rattling snare drums, amongst other instruments we’ve never heard of, and hand made colourful costumes with bright headdresses. They’re irresistably gorgeous, energetic and somehow refreshingly alluring. Prepare to revisit your childhood.   (MB)

The Half Sisters by The Pistoleers.

Find them here:        Myspace

Hear them here:       THE HALF SISTERS – COME ON LOUIE

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TELEPATHE

With several remixes of their single Chrome’s On It circulating Blogs, this girl duo (pronounced Telepath-ee) have been bobbing heads and moving feet for long enough, so it’s high time we brought them to you.  And the fact that, (Recommender favourites), TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek produced them ought to increase your curiosity.  With their debut album, Dance Mother, released by I AM SOUND Records, your curiosity will be rewarded, however it’s fair to point out that even he was never going to bring them all the way back down to Earth.  The girls’ love of 80’s geometric sweaters and their friendship with Brooklyn’s Effi Briest might imply that they belong to the famous borough’s avant-garde scene, but their debut’s tracks step beyond the confines of the classification to bring something more to the plate. With a professed love of syncopated-rhythms, it’s no surprise that their album is beat-driven, but it also possesses a depth of melody and an almost intangibly space-like largeness of sound that goes beyond any program’s capabilities and could only have come from the band’s own vision. It’s never going to make them commercially huge, but there’s always value in a little bit of boundary pushing.   (OG)

Find them here:        Myspace

Hear them here:       TELEPATHE – SO FINE

Hear them here:       TELEPATHE – CHROMES ON IT (THE SHOES REMIX)

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You can come back down to earth now, step out of the secure pod, as we come to the end of yet another fantastical story. Feel free to step back on board again with more selected highlights from The Recommender in the next few days.

19
Sep
09

THE GIG LIST – NUMBER 32

It seems that we’ve not done a Gig List for a while. August is a slightly weaker period for live music in Brighton, (with a handful of lucky exceptions), as venues await the return of students in September and October, so here are a couple of highlights as Autumn’s flood gates open.

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DEADMAU5

Is there a bigger name on the world’s DJ scene right now? This one-man, tidal wave of a DJ launches his next album, Lack Of A Better Name, in the next few weeks and follows it up with a tour around the UK. Out of all the places on this tour, Brighton is lucky enough to get the man-sized mouse for two consecutive nights at our beach-fronted club, Digital, such was the massive demand for tickets. It seems Brighton has a special pull on this Canadian tech-master. His recorded music is often tucked into the minimilist, progressive techno pocket, which suits the fact that he’s rather a techie geek, often spending almost as much time inventing programs and software for his studio productions than he does actually creating new music. However, it’s with his live sets that the mouse truly begins to roar, as he steps into a more thumping electro realm with extroadinary power and finesse. This is a DJ totally in control of any crowd he faces, building up tracks and dropping the breaks to perfection. He’s famous for wearing many different custom designed, massive mouse heads that range in colour from bright red, to black, to diamond encrusted. Prepare to see the giant mouse ears bobbing up and down above the frenzied crowd’s pumping fists.   (MB)

ACT:                    DEADMAU5
VENUE:               Digital, Brighton Beach
COST:                  £ 10.00
DATES:                Sunday 18th and Monday 19th October 2009
WEBSITE:           Myspace
TRACK:               MORGAN PAGE – THE LONGEST ROAD (DEADMAU5 REMIX) (ysi)

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BLOC PARTY

So big are this indie band that they’ve taken it upon themselves to rebrand the month of October for us. As they drive their UK tour around to most major cities outside London through ‘Bloctober’ they stop off at our largest capacity venue, The Brighton Centre. It’s a pity that this is the only venue big enough to squeeze in a band of this size as the acoustics are piss poor. Really, really piss poor. If a band are to avoid getting lost in this vast chasm they’ll need to create a sound as big as a stampede of horny elephants. Taking in the evidence from their summer festival slots it seems that Bloc Party could scare off a thousand, rabid mammoths with one blast of their bursting choruses, so they’ll be just fine. Adored by millions, Kele will no doubt bring his usual self-assured frontmanship to each set, whilst Matt Tong, a man that is the definition of  extroadinary drumming and technical timing, will provide his usual metronomic brilliance as the back drop. With such a vast catalogue of generation-defining songs in their locker, prepare for mass sing alongs and an atmosphere that The Brighton Centre probably hasn’t seen since the likes of Muse or Kasabian. And that’s saying something!   (MB)

ACT:                      BLOC PARTY
VENUE:                  The Brighton Centre
COST:                    £ 22.50
DATE:                    Saturday 24th (BL)October 2009
WEBSITE:             Myspace
TRACK:                  BLOC PARTY –  HUNTING FOR WITCHES (RUCKUS ROBOTICUS REMIX) (ysi)

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The Recommender is off to SourceFest tonight for the annual celebration of our town’s best going out bible, The Source Magazine, which I also write for. On show is a truly exceptional line up of Brighton’s talents, including The Half Sisters, The Agitator and The Lyrebirds. All of which are due a mention on this blog in due course.




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