Friday, January 21, 2011

Love Thy Neighbour News Round Up!

So, quite a few bits and pieces have happened in the last week or so, and I guess I should tell you right?

Well, firstly was our club night with Restlesslist and Dan Smith, which went rather well indeed; it was really busy, we got drunk and people seemed to be having fun. We can't wait for the next one on 11th February!

Right. A few things to tell you about. We now have complete line ups for The Suuns and Bearsuit shows. The Suuns line up really is a cracker; with support coming from LTN favourites Vile Imbeciles and stars of our first club night Restlesslist. I cannot wait for this show!

Bearsuit will be supported by the wonderful Flash Bang Band and Nathaniel and the Translators, who feature at least a few members of The Hornblower Brothers, which is no bad thing at all.

The only bad bit of news is that Pet Moon has had to pull out of our March club night due to a change in band members. We hope to have them back soon and will make an announcement about who will be playing that show shortly!

Right, I'll leave you with two videos, completely unrelated to the above, but featuring the bloody brilliant Esben and The Witch. They have an album out soon. I've heard it, it's good, but don't take my word for it, listen to Jack Black. He's famous, so he must be right.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Loads of News: Club Night this Friday, Bearsuit & Thomas Truax shows confirmed!

There's almost too much to talk about here, so I'm going to have to be brief...

Firstly. Our club night at The Hope starts THIS FRIDAY! Featuring the wonderously un-pigeon-hole-able Restlesslist, the blissful electronica of London's Dan Smith and DJ sets from Love Thy Neighbour resident DJs and Esben and the Witch, long favourites of mine.

Restlesslist and Esben have been featured on this blog in times gone past, so here's a link to a Dan Smith track Icarus;

icarus by BASTILLE

Right, also, 2 new shows to tell you about! Both acts have been knocking around for a while now, and rightly so. First up on Sunday 27th February at The Hope is the madcap stop-start girl/boy cutie-riot grrrl-punk whirlwind that is Bearsuit. John Peel was a big fan, and that's certainly where I first picked up on this great band, who hail from the musical hot-bed that is Norwich. Their first album since 2007 is due this year, which is very exciting indeed.

'Frantic, retro space age, riotously cute disco-punk with the odd throwback to early Belle and Sebastian dropped in, all casual like, lollipop-innocent and coy glances like they hope you won't notice' Everett True

'In an era when almost everything is quite like something else, Bearsuit are not quite like anything' John Peel

'Cinematic doodlings, screamy art punk, and many twists and turns, condensed into less than half an hour of fine, left-field pop' The Independent

Tickets are £6.50 in advance and are available from here, as well as Rounder Records and Resident Music.

And lastly, but certainly not least, is the fantastic news that Thomas Truax will be gracing Brighton with his presence once again on Friday 18th March. Playing at the brand spanking new Green Door Store, this will certainly be a treat. To explain his live show to someone who hasn't seen him before is pointless, you simply must see him. A born entertainer, he will captivate the audience from the off, and his collection of bizarre home-made instruments are a sight to behold. He has recorded an album of David Lynch covers and last year released his 5th album, Sonic Dreamer.

"There's always a feeling you're listening to something different, something knowingly funny, and something very very special." 8/10 -Drowned In Sound

Tickets are £6 in advance and are available here, Resident Music and Rounder Records.

Here is a video that highlights how bloody awesome he is:

Thomas Truax - `Why Dogs Howl At The Moon Part 1` FlyTV In The Courtyard

Monday, January 3, 2011

Charles Hayward of This Heat, Massacre & Camberwell Now to play The Green Door Store!

I'm super excited about this. For those of you who read my first blog post, it included 3 videos by some of my favourite tunes, one of which was Health and Efficiency by This Heat. It's safe to say I never expected to put on any musicians associated with this band, but, well, what do you know, it's gone and happened. This Heat's co-founder and leader Charles Hayward will be playing a Love Thy Neighbour show on 31st May at The Green Door Store.

This Heat were influenced by Throbbing Gristle, Can and Lee 'Scratch' Perry and existed in the late 70's and are widely considered the missing link between Krautrock and post-punk and noise. As well as This Heat, he has also played with Gong, Crass and The Raincoats, formed bands such as Quiet Sun (with Phil Manzanera of Roxy Music) and Camberwell Now and joined Fred Frith & Bill Laswell's experimental rock act Massacre. His current one-man show is an intoxicating mix of percussive attack, swirling electronics and lyrical fragment collage.

THE WIRE MAGAZINE / SONAR FESTIVAL 2007 report (Lisa Blanning & Andy Tait)
The appeal of ex-This Heat drummer Charles hayward’s mastery of performance does not seem to fade. Thundering away over homemade backing tracks while howling abrasive vocals, he theatrically halts the music and stares out into the crowd as if enraged

He sweats, there is saliva coming out of his mouth,
and he looks ugly and beautiful at the same time and he is there.

Telepathic magic……. Hayward is one of the most life-affirming people who stalks this dark globe

So, yeah, I'm very excited by this. So excited I haven't mentioned the rather wonderful support act, Capillary Action. I'll do that in another blog shortly, I'm sure you're meant to be working or something. Tickets for this show will be £7 in advance, available from Seetickets and shortly available from Resident, Rounder and WeGotTickets.
Here's one of Charles Hayward's solo tunes. Go to here for more. Enjoy!!