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Mile Me Deaf, Flash Bang Band & Mohit – Green Door Store, Brighton (Sept 21, 2014)

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Mile Me Deaf, Flash Bang Band & Mohit – Green Door Store, Brighton (Sept 21, 2014)

Posted on 28 September 2014 by Dorian

People seem prepared to spend through the nose to spend the evening in a room filled with journalists and minor celebrities to watch Kate Bush not play the hits for several hours. On the flip-side getting people to watch new music, even for free, seems to be increasingly difficult.

A Sunday night gig is always going to be a challenge, but even so a third-full Green Door Store seemed less than the three bands deserved.

Mohit

Mohit

First up was Mohit, the only act on the bill that I hadn’t heard of before the show.  They play an interestingly jazzy take on indie rock that sits somewhere between Foals and the calmer moments on No Means No records. I didn’t get anything from the songs that immediately grabbed me, but the playing was impressive in particular the drumming. Perhaps they needed a bit more focus, there was a lot of noodling around in the tunes, but it was an encouraging opening.

The Flash Bang Band

The Flash Bang Band

Second on the bill was The Flash Bang Band, an act that I have some familiarity with, despite never seeing them live. They have some connection with the wonderful Free Swim (even if that is just sharing a stage) and I’ve seen one of their videos online in the past.

Like Mohit they are a band that is very “sound” lead, by which I mean the performance seems to be be more important than the songs. This is rock through the OK-GO filter and the  more esoteric 60s influenced songs in the second half certainly improve an already good set. Again it is the drums that stand out and, although some of the songs do sound a bit half-formed, this is good stuff.

Mile Me Deaf

Mile Me Deaf

Mile Me Deaf warm up to an almost empty room. The guitarist plays with a drumstick. Things aren’t looking good.

When the set starts in earnest the room fills back up to earlier levels, and you could forgive the crowd for not being sure they had started as the first sing meanders in to life. Mile Me Deaf are the most impenetrable act of the evening, but with easily the best songs. This, as it turns out, is a really good mix.  Once they settle in to their set (I’m not sure if we are two or three songs in) we are in more relaxed territory with the band sounding like Sonic Youth or Yo La Tengo at their bounciest. I never have an issue with bands sounding like the poppier end of Sonic Youth, think a Viennese version of Urusei Yatsura and you have an approximation of the Mile Me Deaf sound on stage.

They really are pretty great, and a couple of the songs in the set embedded into my brain by the end of the gig. I’m straight to the merch stall to buy their latest album, Holography, and I urge you to pick up a copy to if you can’t catch the band live (or even if you can).

Three really interesting bands for free seems a pretty great way to spend a Sunday night. It has to be better than paying £150 and not even getting ‘Wuthering Heights’ for you money, surely?

By Dorian Rogers

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Rotifer, Tigercats and Danny Kendall – Oxjam Benefit

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Rotifer, Tigercats and Danny Kendall – Oxjam Benefit

Posted on 30 October 2012 by Dorian

Our second live music showcase of 2012 at Brighton’s Quadrophenia-esque Green Door Store, which is tucked into the arches underneath the city’s giant Victorian railway station, featured three of our favourite UK acts Rotifer, Tigercats and Danny Kendall. The night was held as part of the Oxjam festival, with all profits from the night being donated to help causes in Africa through Oxfam.

Danny Kendall

Danny Kendall

First on the stage was Danny Kendall, the pseudonym of part-time Chris T-T and Jim Bob drummer Ben Murray, an act named after the troubled mid-80s Grange Hill character. For this gig his line-up was completed by Jen Macro and Lucy Parnell, two thirds of the band Something Beginning With L . The three piece took to their stools  for a quietly beautiful set of acoustic melancholia played on guitar and harmonium. ‘We’ve Never Been To Singapore’ was a high-point in an accomplished set of songs that showcased some lovely three part vocal harmonies and delicate melodies.

Tigercats

Tigercats

Tigercats, from east London, are spending much of 2012 touring venues across Spain, the UK and France promoting this year’s debut album Isle of Dogs. What makes them such an interesting act live and on the album is the mix of styles. There’s plenty of upbeat, indie guitar pop in their set, on tracks such as Banned at the Troxy and Full Moon Reggae Party, but it’s never relentless as their repertoire includes more thoughtful moments, perhaps best shown tonight through the tragic ballad Jonny and the sardonic call to arms from lead vocalist Duncan Barrett on Coffin For The Isle of Dogs. Highpoints  of tonight’s set included their dream like tour of London and one hit wonders on Vapours,  guitarist Stefan Schafer’s intricate guitar playing and the relentless energy of bassist Giles Barrett, who like Duncan was mysteriously barefoot for the performance.

Rotifer

Rotifer

Rotifer, the band fronted by Austrian born now Canterbury based songwriter, journalist, broadcaster and festival organiser Robert Rotifer, proved a worthy headliner, as they showcased a number of new songs from their forthcoming 2013 album as well as highlights from last year’s excellent mod-era influenced album The Hosting Couple and The Children of the Hill (2009).

What became apparent from their first few bars of opener Aberdeen Marine Lab, from The Hosting Couple, was what an accomplished live trio Robert Rotifer has created. With Death in Vegas’s Ian Button on drums and Television Personalities’ Mike Stone on bass they are seasoned pros who know all the tricks to a successful live set. Robert’s engaging banter about futuristic kitchens and newspaper practices won over those that were unfamiliar with his previous albums. While the raft of new songs: Now On There Is Only Love, By The Time November Comes, Ms Pendantovic Resigns, I Just Couldn’t Eat As Much As I’d Like To Throw Up and set closer Black Bag, proved an enticing glimpse of their forthcoming album for fans such as Tigercats, who later described Rotifer’s set as “furious” on their Facebook page.

Rotifer

Final mention goes to Robert Rotifer’s sumptuous guitar sound, played on a Japanese reissue of a custom 1962 Fender Telecaster through a Vox amp. The special ingredient we are told is the use of a EMR valve-driven spring reverb unit made by Button. “Every guitarist should have one,” says Robert proudly. We implore you to check out these three bands, who are not only a fine advert for the vibrancy of the UK music scene but also gave up their time for free for a good cause.

Words – Dorian Rogers and Joe Lepper. Pictures – Nic Newman.

More of Nic’s pictures from the night can be found on our Flickr page.

Forthcoming gigs by the bands.

Rotifer: Nov 3, London, Half Moon in Herne Hill, with Willard Grant Conspiracy; Nov 17, London, Rambling Rose/Haringay Arms, as part of The End festival

Tigercats: Nov 17, Paris, L’international; Nov 27, London, The Lexington with Let’s Wrestle; Dec 8, Nottingham, Chameleon Arts Café, with Fever Dream and Young Romance

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Neon Filler Presents: Free Swim Live At The Green Door Store

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Neon Filler Presents: Free Swim Live At The Green Door Store

Posted on 22 November 2011 by Dorian

Neon Filler are very happy to be able to present our first gig, happening on the 24th February 2012 at The Green Door Store in Brighton. The three bands on the bill are some of our favourite acts that we have discovered this year.

Free Swim

Topping the bill is the brilliant Free Swim, a band who have impressed us with their first two EPs and who played an excellent set at The Hydrant earlier this year.

To hear (and buy) their EPs go to their Bandcamp page here.

The first support comes from Twin Brother, a band that impressed us with their set at this year’s Glastonbury Festival.

Listen to a selection of their songs on their Soundcloud page here.

Completing the bill is the excellent Stick In A Pot. You can listen to some of their tracks on their website here.

If you are going to come to the gig, then please add yourself to the Facebook event.

The gig is on Friday 24th February 2012, with doors opening at 7pm. Tickets are £5* and can be purchased at Ape, Resident, Rounder and www.wegottickets.com.

*£5 in advance plus the outlets booking fee, more on the door.

 

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