Monday, November 29, 2010

Thank You & Good Night! (Freebutt statement)

On June 24th 2009, Andy Rossiter, John Fischer, Bootleg Al Murray, and Tom Denney took over ownership on the Freebutt and Penthouse as we currently know/knew it.

Up until July 2010 the Freebutt and Penthouse were responsible for bringing Brighton some of the past years most legendary shows such as:

Tubelord, Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, Dead Swans, Future of the Left, Six Organs of Admittance, Esben and the Witch, Espers, The Cave Singers, BLK JKS, Dosh, We Were Promised Jet Packs, Twilight Sad, Damien Jurado, The Wave Pictures, My Passion, Themselves, The Invisible, Future Islands, Kayo Dot, Paint It Black, Jeffrey Lewis, Wooden Shjips, Growing, Tune Yards, Shearwater, Japandroids, The Heavy, Xiu Xiu, Gift of Gab, Memory Tapes, Brother Ali, Mount Eerie, Bear in Heaven, Tim Hecker, Dead Meadow, Nina Nastasia, Washed Out, Ariel Pink, The Middle East, Oneothrix Point Never

As you all know, in July 2010 the Brighton and Hove City Council reduced the volume limiter in the Freebutt to a level that meant that amplified music was no longer possible. It was unfair and unjust action brought upon four young music lovers who were ultimately just trying to bring good music to their favourite city.

There are two last ‘Freebutt presents’ shows happing in December:

Dec 1st: Pulled Apart by Horses + Gay For Johnny Depp + Young Legionnaire @ Audio // 7pm //

Dec 11th: Furyon + Imicus + Oaf @ Audio // 7pm //

Once these two shows are completed we will hand over our ownership of the Freebutt to new owners who intended to soundproof and re-open the venue imminently.

We all thank you greatly for your support and belief in our vision of the Freebutt and our sound plight. We all had an incredible 12 months behind the wheel of the Freebutt and hope you enjoyed the shows that we brought to town.

All four of us are going on to pastures new so please continue to support our future endeavours and come to our shows.

Al Murray is currently running ‘One Inch Badge’ (OIB Records), a promotions and record label based in Brighton who recently brought over UK tours for Wu-tang Clan, MF DOOM, Why?, Nina Nastasia, and Sage Francis, and have up-coming Brighton shows for Wire, Venetian Snares, Twin Shadow and Detroit Social Club. One Inch Badge also release records internationally with releases coming soon from Why?, Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, Future Islands, Tubelord, Calories, Robert Stillman and Nullifier. You can find our more about One Inch Badge at and

Andy Rossiter is currently running ‘Love Thy Neighbour’, a promotions company based in Brighton who recently booked three amazing opening shows by the Rural Alberta Advantage, Suuns, and I Like Trains. You can find out more about Love Thy Neighbour at

John Fischer who was responsible for the booking and direction of the Penthouse is now currently running ‘Dark Party’, a legendary leftfield indie club-night which is based in Luton, London and Bedford. Next Dark Party’s are at Envy, Luton on Friday 17th December and Legends, Luton on Sunday 26th December (£12 free bar!). You can find out more about Dark Party at

Tom Denney is currently gearing up for his ultimate gig, his wedding!!! in July 2011, we all wish him congratulations and good luck. When Tom isn’t trying on polyester suits he plays in local bands ‘Soft Arrows’ and ‘Nullifier’ and his solo guise ‘Lonely Ghosts. You can check them out here: and

Thank you and good night!

Alex, Andy, John and Tom – Team Freebutt June 2010 to December 2011 xxx

Friday, November 19, 2010

Two out of Three Ain't Bad!

Well, the week is nearly out and I didn't manage to make three announcements like I hoped at the beginning of the week, but just sneeking in is the second, and we all know what Meatloaf had to say about that ratio.

I'm please to announce our first co-pro, with fellow ex-Freebutt cohorts OIB Records. Headlining are Suuns, who hail from Montreal, Canada and released their debut album 'Zeroes QC' on the ever reliable Secretly Canadian label (BLK JKS, Antony & The Johnsons, The War On Drugs etc). Suuns have no doubt ingested a lot of art rock, the Montreal group’s minimalist rhythms are equally informed by Joy Division, Suicide and Can, often wrapped in a noisy squall of droning guitars and pulsing synths. Add to this Ben Shemie’s breathy, paranoid sing/speak, and there are times that it seems like Suuns are about to drive over a sonic cliff. But there’s actually a great sense of restraint at play.

I've put some serious listening time in with this band and am thoroughly excited about this show!

Suuns "Up Past the Nursery" from Secretly Jag on Vimeo.

Monday, November 15, 2010

New show announced; I Like Trains 2/2/11 at The Hope

This is the first of three announcements about future shows that we hope to make this week, it's pretty exciting times here, let me tell you.

I Like Trains are a hidden treasure. Haunting instrumentation and broken, world weary vocals portray a tender depiction of tragedy, past, present and future. Building the bricks of a productive creative partnership, over the past six years I LIKE TRAINS have perfected their craft. Their sullen heart felt songs wash across you like a sea of wondrous turmoil gaining a following that runs vastly deeper than their Leeds based roots. The band released their eagerly awaited second LP 'He Who Saw The Deep' on October 25th this year. Whilst articulating the morose truths of life, the band provide a ray of light with their gentle flowing guitars, rich earthy vocals and glimmers of exultant choral euphoria that show hope within despair.

Tickets will be available from 17th November from Resident, Rounder, seetickets and wegottickets.

Here are a few videos to whet your appetite, firstly their most recent single 'A Father's Son' and then the classic 'Terra Nova'

iLiKETRAiNS - TERRA NOVA from Ashley Dean on Vimeo.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Supports announced for The Rural Alberta Advantage show

I'm happy to announce that 2 fantastic local bands have been added to The Rural Alberta Advantage show on Friday 10th December.

The Robot Heart are a 4 piece on Bleeding Heart Records who specialise in fragile acoustics and heart-warming melodies. Their euphoric aesthetic has seen them become a popular act in Brighton and they've supported some great acts such as Tunng and Richard Harcourt.

First on is the intruiging prospect that is Robert Stillman. A highly accomplished musician, Robert performs his music solo with comparisons to Steve Reich and Philip Glass abound. The pace is generally slower than theirs; recalling a sound that one might associate with a Victorian fairground ride.

Below are 2 videos of their work;

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

I saw Screaming Females last night,

they were rad. Lo-fi punk music at it's best with the standard slacker looking bassist and kooky-looking guitarist. She can really play the guitar too, no posers in this band, no sir.