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Together The People, Preston Park Brighton (3rd and 4th September 2016)

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Together The People, Preston Park Brighton (3rd and 4th September 2016)

Posted on 04 October 2016 by Dorian

Together The People has already announced that it will return to Brighton in 2017, so what did we make of the event this year and what do we hope for next time around?

Last year we were impressed by the first Together The People festival and we were delighted to see the two-day event return for a second year. We were even more delighted to see that Brian Wilson was bringing his 50th anniversary Pet Sounds show to Preston Park as the events Saturday evening headliner.

Brian Wilson

Brian Wilson

Saturday

When we arrived at the site it was pleasing to see that some of the issues from the first year had been addressed. The site was bigger and the stages had been rearranged to deal with the sound-bleed issues between the main stages. Additionally there seemed to be more stalls, outlets and attractions around the site to complement the bands.

In many ways the whole of the Saturday was an extended build-up to the Pet Sounds performance. Many people had purchased tickets on the strength of that set alone and the you could feel the excitement of seeing a legend perform a bona fide classic across the site.

However, there were plenty of other musical attractions prior to Brian and friends taking the stage and a few local legends amongst them. First of these that we settled down to enjoy was former Supergrass front-man, and former local resident, Gaz Coombes. His most recent album, Matador, was a big surprise and showed a more downbeat and subtle side to his songwriting. These songs made up the bulk of his solo set on the main-stage, a set that he played without the aid of a backing band.

I have a lot of respect for someone who can stand up and play confidently on a big stage without anyone else to share the audience attention. Coombes played well and the audience responded well, but he did seem lost at times. The newer tracks are quite sparse and needed a bigger sound to carry them in the open air of the park. A couple of Supergrass songs thrown in to the set fared better, possibly due to their wider resonance but it was a competent rather than enthralling set.

The rest of the Saturday afternoon is a bit of a blur as we spend most of the time funding appropriate places to shelter from the downpour that hits the site. This does mean that the main stage is neglected and the young local talent on the BIMM stage get more attention than was previously planned. The bands sound pretty good though and Atlas Wynd certainly make an impression on what is likely to have been their biggest audience to date.

Another band that benefit from the rain is Turin Breaks, an odd choice of headliner for the “new bands” stage. The tent was overflowing, I peered in from the back, and the veteran band played a storming show as we sheltered from the storm. I was surprised by how many of their songs were familiar to me and they played them all brilliantly. As much as I’d enjoyed the BIMM bands there is really no substitute for experience when considering a band’s stagecraft.

Al Jardine

Al Jardine

Years of experience is something that Brian Wilson and his assembled band have in abundance. His backing band have been with him for years  now and fellow Beach Boy Al Jardine stands along-side him as the only other original Beach Boy on stage.

The set started with a series of Beach Boy’s favourites and the crowd was on-side from note one of the first song. These songs are so familiar, and so well-loved that they couldn’t fail to bring some sunshine to a dark and wet Saturday. The highlight of this segment had to be mid-70s collaborator Blondie Chaplin hitting the stage and singing ‘Sail On Sailor’, the 1973 single on which he sang the original lead vocals.

What everyone had come for though, the main event of the day, was the band playing through the whole of Pet Sounds. This isn’t just the best Beach Boys album, but one of the best albums of all time and the crowd were enthralled from start to finish. Rumours have circulated that this may be one of the last times that Brian Wilson will tour, and I’m glad to have had the opportunity to see him sing the songs I’ve known as long as I can remember.

Sunday

The Horrors

The Horrors

Sunday may not have had quite such a legendary headline act, but the overall line-up was looking good and the weather was certainly kinder. As a result of the more clement weather we settled in front of the main stage for the bulk of the day.

First up was M Ward, and his Dylanesque set was a very enjoyable way to start the afternoon’s proceedings. He definitely rocked harder than I expected and got beyond my lack of familiarity with his songs.

Songhoy Blues were next and they did their best to get the slightly sedentary crowd moving with an uptempo guitar driven set.  they proved to be pretty successful and lived up to their reputation as one of the festival acts to watch out for.

Peter Hook & The Light are a slightly odd proposition. The band play the hits of Joy Division and New Order with the elephant in the room being the other members of New Order existing quite happily, and very successfully without Hook’s involvement. With that in mind, and with Hook’s rather cabaret delivery style, it is a bit like being at a tribute how with a very good look-a-like on the bass. That said, the versions of most of the songs are pretty good and the crowd response is as positive as for any band of the weekend.

In the smallest tent, the Sopabox Stage, a small crowd is treated to one of the sets of the weekend, a low-key solo set by local troubadour Chris T-T. He opens with an unaccompanied song from his AA Milne interpretations before playing a number of songs from his catalogue, with a focus on tunes from his 9 Green Songs album. His set is thoughtful, political and delivered well-played, perhaps the most engaging set of the weekend.

Less engaging, but a lot more polished, are The Horrors. They look good, the lighting is great and the crowd is big but I can;t get beyond their lacklustre songs. They sound like the Psychedelic Furs and I have nothing more to say about them. A drink, some food and a ride on the ferris wheel is a much better way to spend the time that they are on stage.

Suede

Suede

Full disclosure time, I have never been much of a fan of Suede, they irritated me intensely first time around and I wasn’t delighted to see them on the bill in comeback mode. I’ve never owned a Suede record and this was the first time that I’ve ever seen the band live. With this in mind it was to my surprise just how much I enjoyed the set, probably more than any other set of the weekend.

the whole band, and Brett in particular, know how to play a show, that is without a doubt based on this performance. Plenty of rock star posturing, note perfect playing and a set that focused on keeping the hits flowing.  Even though the band recently released an album we don’t get loads of new songs, the bulk of the set coming from their debut and the hit-filled Coming Up album. They know what the punters want and that is what they give us.

It was also of real note just what a good guitarist Richard Oakes is. He has been in the shadow of Bernard Butler, but given this showing (and my one experience of seeing Butler play) I think that he is the easily the match of the revered original guitarist.

Perhaps Brett threw one too many Jesus poses into the mix, and didn’t need to enter the crowd quite so often but these are minor quibbles of a pretty excellent live performance.

Brett Anderson

Brett Anderson

What next?

The great news is that Together the People has already been confirmed for 2017, and has already sold out of their first tier of Early Bird tickets, so the future of the festival looks bright. I’m already looking forward to what they do next year and hope to be there to see it.

There are still some improvements that would make the festival that bit better, the second stages could be a bit bigger and the quality higher throughout the bill. Hopefully having two successful weekends under their belts will make the organisers a bit bolder with some of the line-up choices, and give a bigger budget for acts.

With tickets (at the time of writing) available for just £65 for the weekend it is a risk worth taking. If it is anything like as enjoyable as this year then it would be worth it at twice the price.

Go to www.togetherthepeople.co.uk to see details and buy tickets.

Words: Dorian Rogers | Pictures: Nic Newman

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Preview: Together The People 2016

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Preview: Together The People 2016

Posted on 23 August 2016 by Dorian

In less than two weeks Brighton holds the sophomore Together The people festival in Preston Park. The two-day event is similar to London’s Field Day, taking place in a city park without fields and campsites associated with most festivals.

Neon Filler attended the 2015 event, and the enjoyed range of music on offer from the fledgling festival, with Brakes, Public Service Broadcasting and the Super Furry Animals being amongst the highlights.

We’re even more excited about this year as a genuine musical legend, Brian Wilson, will be descending upon the park to play Pet Sounds in full! It is worth noting that the beach Boy’s legends other UK shows are either sold out (London) or cost as much for a ticket as the whole Saturday at the festival (Southend-On-Sea).

Together The People

Sunday brings another act that, although whippersnappers next to Wilson, have been around for 27 years; Suede. The band may officially hail from London but singer Brett Anderson and bassist Mat Osman hail from West Sussex making this something of a homecoming gig.

Across the weekend a wide range of interesting acts are set to play with Gaz Coombes, Songhoy Blues, M. Ward and local favourite Chris T-T being top of our must-see list. Another interesting act, albeit one we approach with some trepidation, is Peter Hook & The Light. The recent works by New Order have been a surprise success so we will see what the bearded bass-player brings to covers of his former bands back catalogues.

Families are well catered for (Lazytown Live is top of our list) and a range of food stalls and other attractions are promised across the site.

Visit the official website at http://www.togetherthepeople.co.uk/tickets/ to get day and weekend tickets.

By Dorian Rogers

 

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Matt Creer – The Leeward Tide

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Matt Creer – The Leeward Tide

Posted on 04 March 2015 by Joe

Matt Creer came onto our radar thanks to a tweet by Chris T-T declaring his love for the Isle of Man singer songwriter’s latest track North Northwest. We listened, we agreed, we got in touch and Creer popped his new album The Leeward Tide in the post.

creer

As befits a biography that boast music credits working with the aforementioned Chris T-T, as well as Mike and the Mechanics’ Paul Carrack and Beverly Craven, on The Leeward Tide Creer straddles mainstream, independent music and folk with aplomb.

There is an immediate comparison with Seth Lakeman, who with the aid of a Mercury Music Prize nomination brought his Devon folk rock to a wider audience. Creer could quite easily do the same. In fact listening to this album I’m struggling to see why Creer isn’t headlining Cambridge Folk Festival and gaining regular UK airtime as Lakeman does.

Creer is getting there though. He’s made the top ten of the iTunes singer songwriter chart over 2014 and 2015 and at the time of writing The Leeward Tide was in the top 20 of the same chart just a day or so after release.

As well as the instant appeal of North Northwest, there’s the beauty of the harp on Flesh and Bone and the tender Islands that also stand out; as does Shout Me Down, which reminded me of Scottish based folk collective Southern Tenant Folk Union.

Another song that deserves a mention is Your Dancing Shoes, which reminds me of the smart observational lyrics of Somerset singer songwriter Nick Parker.

The Leeward Tide sounds polished and beautiful, especially on Flesh and Bone, but crucially it is not over produced. It still feels like a group of musicians in an Isle of Man bar or a friend’s living room performing an intimate gig.

It also feel very Manx. As someone who has never been to the island though I should clarify that it sounds like how I imagine its coastal and rural landscape to be. As calms after the storm go this is just about perfect.

8/10

by Joe Lepper

To Download The Leeward Tide and find out more about Matt click here.

 

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Chris T-T & The Hoodrats – The Bear

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Chris T-T & The Hoodrats – The Bear

Posted on 03 November 2013 by Dorian

Chris T-T is perhaps best known as a solo artist and, although this isn’t his first time recording with a band it is his first proper band album. The band in question is The Hoodrats, his regular live combo for several years now, and this band is a pretty seasoned set of musicians. On bass is Johnny Lamb AKA Thirty Pounds of Bone, drums are hit by Ben Murray AKA Danny Kendall and guitar duties are handled by Jen Macro, a musician who has played with loads of artists and is currently part of the My Bloody Valentine touring line-up.

Chris T-T - The Bear

Recording as a band has made a difference and there is a realm sense of musical collectiveness on this album. I have no real insight into how it was recorded but it sounds like a group of people working together in a studio rather than musicians playing Chris T-T’s songs. This is particularly noticeable on raucous lead single ‘The Bear’ and on the analogue electronics of ‘Idris Lung’ where the whole band seems to be driving the vocals.

‘1994’ opens the album is good noisy fashion, if Chris T-T is to be pigeonholed as a folk-rock artist he is certainly leaning towards rock here. It is an excellent start and has the kind of lyrics you need to go back to again to get the full gist of the song (I’m not a fan of dissecting lyrics in reviews, and Chris has helpfully posted lyric videos for every song on YouTube for your pleasure).

‘The Bear’ is even better, fuzz bass and a shout along chorus in, probably, the only song to reference PIL, Lenny Henry and Louis CK among others. ‘A Beaten Drum’ is a decent song but is my least favorite point on the album bringing, as it does, the volume down somewhat. I enjoyed the heavy drums, chunky bass and guitars turned up to, if not 11, maybe 8 and this track lacked impact in comparison.

The benefit of this (slightly) unwelcome change of pace is that it allows the rest of the album to play at whatever pace and volume it fancies and a very varied set of songs unfolds over the remaining 29ish minutes.

My favourite track on the album is actually also the softest track ‘Gulls’ and one of the most touching songs lyrically as well as having some of the nicest arrangements. The vocals in particular are lovely here, some excellent backing from the Hoodrats, and the playing is subtle and affecting.

‘Jesus Christ’ wins the prize for the albums best pop song, with more excellent backing vocals and some lovely horns bringing this stomping song to life and powerful lyrics guaranteeing it will be (even more) unlikley to make the Radio 1 playlist.

This may be The Hoodrats first album but hopefully it won’t be the last as, if The Bear is anything to go by, the band dynamic yields pretty excellent results.

8/10

By Dorian Rogers

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Chris T-T live at the Green Door Store Brighton 15/03/11

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Chris T-T live at the Green Door Store Brighton 15/03/11

Posted on 17 March 2011 by Dorian

Backed by his band The Hoodrats Chris T-T topped an entertaining bill (that also included enjoyable sets by pop-punk acts Caledonians and DiveDive) at Brighton’s newest gig venue The Green Door Store.

Solo Chris T-T is very much the singer-songwriter folk troubadour but this first gig in several years with The Hoodrats marked a return to the noisier side to his persona.

Opening with ‘Tomorrow Morning’ followed by ‘4AM’ (see footage here) it was a confident, loud and good humoured return played to a partisan hometown audience.

Chris T-T and The Hoodrats

Chris T-T and The Hoodrats

The set bowled along at pace and the band played superbly through a range of songs from his back catalogue. His latest single ‘Words Fail Me’ showed him to be in good voice and showcased his poppier tendancies. Lyrically the songs demonstrated a variety of themes from giraffes, to the M1 motorway to love and relationships.

‘M1’ in particular stood out in the set, in the main due to being performed solo and without instrumentation. The song is a slightly earnest tribute to the forests that were destroyed to build the titular motorway, sung in a traditional folk style. It takes a strong performer to attempt this in the middle of a loud rock set, but it works. Putting cynicism to one side is a positive thing to do and we need protest songs today as much as ever.

On a side note it was gratifying to discover a new live music venue that really works. The Green Door Store is rough around the edges, but welcoming and well set out and offering Brighton an excellent small gig venue. The sound was good and the view of the stage was clear. Set into the base of Brighton station this is a venue I’ll definitely be frequenting in the future.

All in all a good evening and an excellent performance by Chris T-T and band.

9/10

By Dorian Rogers

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Chris T-T and the Hoodrats – ‘4AM’

Posted on 17 March 2011 by Dorian

Chris T-T and The Hoodrats play ‘4AM’ at Brighton’s Green Door Store on 15/03/11.

I shot this with a new camera and although I’m pleased with how the footage looks there is some distortion in the sound from setting up too close to the speaker.

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