Live: Baton Rouge / She Crazy / Crows-an-Wra / Lower Slaughter

Baton Rouge band photo

French post-hardcore, Brighton punk ‘n roll and charismatic Cornish screamo all in one small sweaty room. TL;DR: it was great.

Iron Chic, Bangers, You Me & the Atom Bomb, Little Ease @ Prince Albert, Brighton

It’s a fair while since I wrote a live review – just over a year, in fact – which probably has as much to do with my newfound tendency to miss the openers as anything else. It’s not a review of a show if you’re not writing about everyone who played, right? Besides, I used […]

Gama Bomb, Mutant, Crypsis, Drive By Shark live @ Engine Room, Brighton

Gama Bomb + Mutant + Crypsis + Driveby Shark @ Engine Room Brighton, 7th May 2010 I’m not much of a thrash metal fan but my friend Tommy, bless his beard and genial metalhead nature, has been making some effort to convert me. This included getting me to join him for a show headlined by […]

Offset festival – Day 2

(I reviewed the first day of Offset way back in September, but the other half of the review got delayed for familiar reasons. Here’s a vague round-up of who we saw on the Sunday and, er, who we didn’t. Disclaimer: my festival reviews are always kind of vague and anecdotal. I’m there to have fun, […]

Off to Offset! Day 1 review

I moved away from Essex eight years ago and as good as swore to never return. Grr! Place of teenage upbringing! Shitty county full of yuppie values I do not share! Source of much angst and rage! Of course I’ve been back there since, albeit for the stag do and later wedding of a close […]

ATP Versus the Fans review up at The Dreaded Press

My mighty, meaty-in-the-metaphoric-sense review of ATP: The Fans Strike Back ’09 is now up at The Dreaded Press – direct link here. I think I made editor Paul Raven a leeetle jealous by getting to go… I’m going to shamelessly bump my blog’s appearance in search rankings and list every band I cover in the […]

“What did they do with the bodies?” – Defiance Ohio @ Cowley Club, Brighton

DEFIANCE, OHIO + Madeline + Jakal + Kelly Kemp Cowley Club, Brighton, 28th May 2009 It’s a while since I’ve been down to the Cowley Club – not since last time I tried to see Defiance, Ohio, in fact, on which occasion Brighton’s only radical social club was so packed they’d instituted a one-in one-out […]

Mini gig reviews I was too lazy to write at the time

Potted reviews because I cannae be bothered to dredge my appalling memory for specific details. Death Cabaret, Whitemare, Pride Can Kill @ Prince Albert (April 2nd) – really can’t remember too many details now, but Death Cabaret are tight as usual, playing something halfway between melodic hardcore and death metal – with a shitload of […]

Not so much a review as an expression of admiration (Dananananaykroyd + Calories, ER Mar ’09)

Gig review: Dananananaykroyd, Calories @ Engine Room, March ’09 Last night I fought back against the lethargic temptations of being lame and boring and staying in and got myself down to Brighton’s Engine Rooms (key characteristics: underground, smells, broken toilets, sweatbox, flooded this one time, cute barstaff) to see Dananananaykroyd and Calories. Pope Joan and […]

Gig Review: Parts & Labor, SJ Esau, Lonely Ghosts @ Brighton Prince Albert (20.02.09)

Another gig review within days of the last? Just what the hell is going on here? Does it make up for my total failure to post flash fiction for the past fortnight? Read on for the answers to precisely none of these questions. It’s OIB Records’ second birthday – hurray! To celebrate the occasion they’ve […]