Best of Brighton Music – March 2017

PETER HOOK & THE LIGHT
Tues 7 March
Concorde 2

PETER HOOK 1I defy you to find me a bigger accidental success than Peter Hook & The Light. Starting as a one-off live tribute to Joy Division’s Ian Curtis (for whom Hook played bass) 30 years after his death, Peter Hook & The Light were soon inundated with offers from all around the world to take the show on tour. Seven years later, and the collective show no sign of slowing down, performing greats from Joy Division’s legendary Unknown Pleasures and Closer albums, as well as tracks from New Order albums Movement and Power, Corruption & Lies. Their 2017 tour sees The Light perform celebrated compilation albums Substance by both acts, further demonstrating even today just how iconic the two bands are.

www.concorde2.co.uk

TOOTHLESS
Sun 5 March
The Hope & Ruin

ToothlessHearts broke in the indie community last year when Bombay Bicycle Club announced they would be taking an extended break from the band. However, nobody could predict what would rise from the flames. Toothless is the solo effort from bassist Ed Nash, named not for everyone’s favourite fire-breather from How To Train Your Dragon, but instead from a Raymond Pettibon drawing.Touring his debut album, The Pace of the Passing (released through Island Records), Nash proves Toothless is far from just a throwaway side-project seen so much in the industry. Breathy single Terra and the bass-led Palm’s Backside display Nash’s prowess as a singer and songwriter – and thus, a star in his own right is born.

www.hope.pub

AGAINST THE CURRENT
Weds 8 Mar
The Haunt

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Originating as a YouTube phenomenon covering the likes of Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen, it wasn’t long before pop punk darlings Against The Current (often abbreviated to ATC) gained traction, being signed to Fueled by Ramen and releasing their debut album In Our Bones in 2016. To date, their music has garnered over 21 million plays on Spotify alone, and their YouTube boasts over 1.6 million subscribers, with their videos having a colossal 222 million views. Following last year’s success at Download Festival, their Brighton date forms part of a massive European tour of their debut that will by no means be their last – we predict huge things for this New York trio.

www.thehauntbrighton.co.uk

HALF MAN HALF BISCUIT
Fri 17 March
Worthing Theatre Assembly Hall

Half Man Half BiscuitJohn Peel favourite indie post-punk band Half Man Half Biscuit play Worthing’s Assembly Hall this month. Formed more than 30 years ago, the band have released 13 full-length albums, dropped a thousand-and-one pop culture references and spent much of their career out of the public eye – yet they continue to release music and perform, never failing in making the most jaded of listeners fall in love with music again. With lyrics both dry and witty, sardonic yet never cynical, melodically infectious yet edgy, the foursome are an underrated national treasure, their debut album Back in the DHSS still talked about three decades after its release. Definitely worth that train ticket, then.

www.worthingtheatres.co.uk

CANAAN SMITH
Mon 20 March
Concorde 2

If modern Americana-tinged pop is your jam, look no further than superstar-in-the-making Canaan Smith. Since bursting on to the scene with evocative single We Got Us in 2011, the singer/songwriter has been touring with some of the biggest names in American country and British breakthrough duo The Shires. An intriguing blend of your everyday workingman and a rowdy adrenaline junkie, with a poet’s heart and, in contrast, a pirate’s ambition, Smith can owe his diverse style to his childhood, spent growing up singing along to everything available to him during his teenage years, from George Strait to Rage Against the Machine. Signed to label giants Mercury Records, the soloist is certainly off to a cracking start.

www.concorde2.co.uk

FORMATION
Mon 20 March
Green Door Store

FormationNot to be confused with the HUGE Beyonce track of the same name, London five-piece Formation have been making waves in the industry in the last year with their blend of disco grooves, punk attitude and intense social commentary. Inspired by a number of diverse artists, including Fugazi, David Bowie and Iggy Pop, the quintet have built a cult following from their immensely fun and energetic live shows (pretty apt for a band with a name that evokes the idea of coming together and getting people involved). Having drawn comparisons to LCD Soundsystem, the band are off to a great start – all the more reason to catch them now before they hit the mainstream.

www.thegreendoorstore.co.uk

CRAIG DAVID
Weds 22 March
Brighton Centre

Bringer of garage music to the masses, the return of the beloved Craig David is one of the most talked about in decades. Brighton: wait no more! Having sold over 15 million albums, achieved 16 top ten hits and multi-platinum status in more than 20 countries in his prime, David was one of the biggest names to grace the music world in the early noughties, which led him to be immortalised in the turn-of-the-millennium toilet humour show Bo’ Selecta.
Now, demand for David’s live shows are higher than ever following the success of his critically acclaimed TS5 shows and festival appearances. Catch him at the Brighton Centre following the release of his latest album, Following My Intuition – it’s going to be huge.

www.brightoncentre.co.uk

GREGORY ALAN ISAKOV
Sat 25 March
The Haunt

Gregory Alan IsakovRecorded between Boettcher Concert Hall in Denver and Starling Farm in Boulder, Isakov’s latest effort, released in the summer of last year, honed his masterful ability to tell a story of landscapes, ventures, and the search for a sense of place. Having travelled his whole life (born in Johannesburg yet calling Colorado home), Isakov’s narrative is unparalleled – often described as a strong, subtle lyrical genius – however there are certainly mementos of the works of Leonard Cohen and Bruce Springsteen among his masterpieces. The singer-songwriter is already known for juggling multiple instruments on stage, his songs often combining indie and folk with contrasting instruments such as the guitar and mandolin. Support from Leif Vollebekk.

www.thehauntbrighton.co.uk

HALEY BONAR
Mon 27 March
Komedia

Heley Bonar - by Graham RossAfter two stunning sold-out shows, Canadian Haley Bonar returns to Brighton with her latest LP Impossible Dreams. It’s the sixth effort from the dulcet-toned songstress, which more than delivers in her true-to-form combination of minor-key tunes and delicate lyrics, telling relatable stories back to us as if they were our own. Such is her acclaim that her most recent single Kismet Kill was A-listed on BBC 6 Music; she later gave a stunning performance on Later… with Jools Holland, boosting her success yet again with a plethora of tour dates to follow. For those who aren’t yet familiar with Bonar’s work, imagine the soft melodies of Camera Obscura amalgamated with lullaby-like qualities of early work by The Shins. Not to miss.

www.komedia.co.uk/brighton

TEMPLES
Fri 31 Mar
Concorde 2

TemplesFresh off the back of the release of their sophomore album, Volcano, Temples return to Brighton explosive as ever, with their mid-period Byrds-esque brand of neo-psychedelia. Formed in Kettering in 2012, the band has achieved acclaim amongst their peers in their short lifespan, hand-picked to support the likes of Suede, Kasabian and The Vaccines. However, they’ve received scarce mention or airplay on major UK radio stations (much to the dismay of Oasis’ Noel Gallagher), despite catchy melodies and radio-friendly hooks smattering their tracks. While debut album Sun Structures saw Temples experiment with their sound, Volcano sees the band return more assured in their intoxicating melodies than ever before.

www.concorde2.co.uk

We also recommend:

THE HANDSOME FAMILY
Fri 3 March
Concorde 2

DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS
Sat 4 March
Concorde 2

MAN & THE ECHO
Sat 4 Mar
Patterns

METHYL ETHEL
Tue 7 March
Green Door Store

BILL LAURANCE GROUP
Thurs 9 March.
The Old Market

BLACK HEART PROCESSION
Tues 14 March
The Haunt

CAT POWER
Tues 14 March
Concorde 2

JAGWAR MA
Tues 14 March
The Old Market

HEATHER PEACE
Weds 22 March
Komedia

BEARCUBS
Fri 24 March
Mono

BRUTUS
Weds 29 March
Green Door Store

JOHN SMITH
Wed 29 March
Komedia

MANU DELAGO HANDMADE
Weds 29 March
The Hope & Ruin

DOC BROWN
Sat 1 April
The Haunt

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