Live Preview: Ragweed/ Ham Legion/ Cells/ Rock Paper Panda @ Cowley Club, Brighton Feb 1st

19319_10151232937388262_452302286_nRagweed kick off their tour at Brighton’s Cowley Club with Ham legion, Cells and Rock Paper Panda.

With influence from The Distillers, Nirvana, Slipknot, Butt Hole Surfers and the Pixies, Ragweed, a heavy, surf-punk trio from Brighton are known as a fantastic live band, with powerhouse drums, insanely loud guitar and scuzz bass. Their varied influences create a sound that’s quite surprising, a hybrid of raw metal and punk infused grunge.

Ham Legion’s sound, influenced by Pink Floyd, Burning Witch, They Might Be Giants, Lemonheads and Charlotte Hatherley, is a real progressive sound, one punctuated by sharp guitar, psychedelic breakdowns and an outburst of cold, hard prog rock. With plenty of male and female harmonies thrown in Ham Legion are a treat for the eyes and for the ears

Cells are an edgy and modern alt/electronica, indie duo from Brighton that blend and absorb the unexpected into their hard to imagine sound, with distorted and glitched drum patterns, jangling indie guitars, booming synth bass and atmospheric vocals.

Rock Paper Panda, owners of the world’s greatest band name, are a four piece from Brighton.


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Live Preview: Jason Lytle (Grandaddy)/ Aaron Espinoza (Earlimart)/ Seadog @ The Haunt, Brighton Feb 9th

254945_10150984688877827_375000533_nAn indie rock legend in the shape of former Grandaddy vocalist, Jason Lytle, is coming to The Haunt February 9th, with Aaron Espinoza and Seadog eagerly in tow.

Frontman of American indie rock pioneers Grandaddy, Jason Lytle is an often stated influence to many big name bands. Solo since the group split he’s released two albums and had guest collaborations with the likes of Sage Francis, Donovan’s Brain, The Crystal Method and The Band Of Blacky Ranchette. Released in October of last year Lytle’s second full-length record, Dept. Of Disappearance, has been received well by critics, with many seeing it as proof that, despite a career spanning more than twenty years, he continues to cement himself as a standout name in the indie genre.

Earlimart vocalist/guitarist Aaron Espinoza shares a place with headliner Jason Lytle in Cali indie rock four piece, Admiral Radley, and has had his sound compared to Elliot Smith, as well as to his fellow band mate.

Brighton post-folkers Seadog are a four piece combining separate ideas and influences into a myriad sound of lullabies with anthemic electric and acoustic textures. Over the years they have supported the likes of Blue Roses, Pink Mountain Tops and David Bazan.


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Live Preview: Your Demise/ Heights/ Counterparts/ Fact @ The Haunt, Brighton Feb 7

579206_10151239305259036_738368836_nWith support from Heights, Counterparts and Fact, Brighton heroes Your Demise bring the heat to The Haunt.

 With their new EP, Cold Chillin’, out on gig day, Your Demise are returning to their hometown. Since releasing their 2009 album, Ignorance Never Dies, the band have shared stages and tours with Biohazard, Comeback Kid, Bury Your Dead, Enter Shikari and A Day To Remember, a privilege that has seen their live performances grown on a massive level. Their last album, 2012’s The Golden Age, featured a large number of guest appearances, with Josh Franceschic (You Me At Six), Louis Gauthier (Breaking Point), David Wood (Down To Nothing) and Ajay Jones (Brutality Will Prevail) all bringing their mark to the record.

 Influenced by a variety of styles and bands like Devil Sold His Soul, Architects, Gallows, Comeback Kid and Underoath, Heights received critical acclaim for their 2011 debut album, Dead Ends, and have since toured and shared stages with their heroes and Attack Attack!

Ontario hardcore/metal four piece Counterparts have come a very long way since they first emerged as a band. With two albums, a split EP with Exalt and extensive touring, they continually receive praise from music critics worldwide, with admiration for their relentless energy and technical ability forever being mentioned.


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Live Preview: Active Rain/ Roam/ The Harkes/ Kodafair @ Busker’s Bar, Eastbourne Feb 5th

207764_186917244783464_1552991111_nActive Rain play their first ever show at Eastbourne’s Busker’s Bar this February 5th, with fellow hometown champs Roam, The Harkes and Kodafair.

Influenced by bands like Greenday, You Me At Six, Foo Fighters, Avenged Sevenfold and Sleeping With Sirens, Active Rain are a newly formed alternative rock five piece. They will be releasing their debut EP, Shout What You Are, on the night.

Formerly wrapped in a pop punk package as Trade Secret, Roam are a melodic punk quintet.

Arguably one of Eastbourne’s finest band The Harkes are a Springsteen, Strummer and Fallon influenced rock four piece that shock the crowd whenever they play. Fronted by the gravel-voiced Stu Reynolds, the band’s dark lyrics and pumped up sound can be likened to Alkaline Trio and Rise Against.

Kodafair are a four piece alt rock band.


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Live Preview: Brotherhood Of The Lake/ Lands/ Here There Be Monsters/ Keepsafe @ Sticky Mike’s frog Bar, Brighton

stibotl-online-19479The fury and technical prowess of metal goes right to the brink of local volume restriction levels this February 8th, as Brotherhood Of The Wolf, Lands, Here There Be Monsters and Keepsafe unite at Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar.

A deep and violently dark metalcore four piece from the unholy pit that is Plymouth, Brotherhood Of The Lake had their most recent release, The English Way Vol 2, described as a “giant slab of hate filled noise”, and state their influences as simply being hate, misery and anger. Far from just being makers of meaningless noise the cheerful quartet base their songwriting around subjects like social decline, depression, religion and suicide.

A misanthropic ambient/metal five piece with hardcore influence and a ferociously delivered beauty, Lands of Redhill, Surrey take influence from Cult Of Luna, Will Haven, Rinoa and Poison The Well.

Brighton band Here There Be Monsters’ sound covers quite a few subgenres of metal and hardcore, with touches of groove metal, metalcore and thrash all present in their music. With a louder, harder, faster vibe they take influence from the new wave of hardcore and mid-nineties groove metal.

Keepsafe, a melodic/hardcore five piece from London, have their debut EP, Worth Living, available to download now.


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Live Preview: Pink Narcissus/ Hold The Fight/ Accidents Will Happen/ Oh.Captain @ The World’s End Feb 8th

64214_415177811896425_669095708_nSussex’s premier promotions company, Rio Bravo, return with their first gig in a long time. A night of rock at Brighton’s The World’s End with Pink Narcissus, Hold The Fight, Accidents Will Happen and Oh. Captain.

Fronted by the eloquent and brilliant Oli Spleen, freak rock four-piece Pink Narcissus create a spastic carnival of chaotic colour and magnificent mania, taking influence from kings and queens of wonder and imagination like David Bowie, Jane’s Addiction, Bjork, Radiohead, The Velvet Underground and Leonard Cohen. The band’s sound breathes new and exciting life into alternative rock, with elements of glam, punk, heavy rock and cabaret infused with the mystery of Eastern European and Gypsy music.

Few bands pack more of a punch than Hold The Fight. An acoustic-core trio from Eastbourne, they’ve shared stages all over the UK with bands like The James Cleaver Quintet, The Town Needs Guns, Blitz Kids and Fights And Fires, gaining an established reputation in the process. Last September the band released the first single off their forthcoming album With A Breath And A Hope, How Many Times Man, I’m Not Caesar.

Fronted by Jade Spiro, London-based rock band Accidents Will Happen have, thanks to powerful vocals, catchy melodies, big bass and rhythmic drums, shared stages with the likes of PAIGE and Hildamway. Influenced by bands from Don Broco to Biffy Clyro, their sound is a real girl power riot, with all elements working together to send the crowd into a frenzy.

New on the scene, Brighton band Oh. Captain have three vocalists at their disposal, with the enigmatic tones of Hope Rudd surely shining through.


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Live Preview: Vivid Nation/Atlantica/Roam/Melrose @ Drakes, Maidstone Feb 3rd

276649_120493941453211_136648384_nDrakes of Maidstone open their doors this February 3rd for a free night of great live music with Vivid Nation, Atlantica, Roam and Melrose.

 Gaining momentum for their contemporary sound, four-piece alternative rock band Vivid Nation of East Kent have received airplay on a number of respected radio stations and supported the likes of Pegasus Bridge, Mallory Knox, Hildamay, I Am Giant and The Hype Theory. Described as a band that’ll stand the test of time, their sound has been defined as a hybrid of Snow Patrol and Biffy Clyro, with searing guitars and chugging bass lines.

 Maidstone locals Atlantica play upbeat and emotional melody-driven post-hardcore, filled with big, catchy choruses rounded off with an aggressive, rough edge. Their sound combines sweetness with chaos, and brings a passionate, energetic element to the live stage.

Formerly wrapped in a more pop-punk package as Trade Secret, Roam are a melodic punk quartet from the sunshine coast of Eastbourne.

Melrose, who had their debut EP Let Me Remind You reviewed by a member of our team, are the freshest pop-punk band to have come out of East Kent. That’s one bold statement, but with the heavy riff work of Chunk! No, Captain Chunk, the glitchy synth of Can’t Bear This Party and the fast-paced energy of Carousel Kings all fused together into their sound, they sure pack a punch.


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Live Preview: The Faceless/The Safety Fire/Animus Sadist @ The Haunt, Brighton Feb 1st

184400_10151194198316074_940701099_nAdvance Promtions invite you to Brighton’s The Haunt for a night of unrelenting progressive death and tech metal, courtesy of The Faceless, The Safety Fire and Animus Sadist.

A technical death metal band from Encino, California, The Faceless released their third album, Autotheism, in August of last year. With a string of epic live shows and a reputation for high octane energy, Michael Keene and co are sure to leave the crowd breathless.

The Safety Fire first made a name for themselves with the release of their 2009 EP, Sections, and have since toured extensively with the likes of Rise To Remain, The Arusha Accord, Bleed From Within and Xerath. Their debut album, Grind The Ocean, after initial delays, was released in April last year.

An angry, fast and relentless tech metal four-piece from Croydon, Animus Sadist take influence from bands like Dying Fetus, Lamb Of God and Born Of Osiris, and have incorporated that into a sound filled with blistering guitar work, hardcore bass riffing, lightning fast drumming and emotive vocals. Their EP, Ignorance, Their Greatest Weapon, dropped at the beginning of the year.


Tickets are available from See Tickets.  View the event page on Facebook. 

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