Stream: Sauna Youth – Transmitters

Just like Dr. Who‘s Sea Devils, Sauna Youth invaded a sunny beach resort in the south of England. Brighton, to be less obtuse (I refuse to remove my anorak.) Starting out in 2009, Sauna Youth are punks all the way through, releasing a début album called Dreamlands back in 2012 (available on Faux Discx/Gringo Records) while still leaving a trail of 7″, split singles and tapes. But … Continue reading Stream: Sauna Youth – Transmitters

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Wake up to…Bleaklow

Bleaklow is a post rock trio hailing from various cities (Sheffield, Manchester, Brighton) and have been together since 2008, usually rocking the instrumental side of the musical spectre. With new material coming up on the horizon, this post rock has courteously decided to offer a tantalising song as a taste of things to come. Heck, you can get more stuff at their bandcamp, if it … Continue reading Wake up to…Bleaklow

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Friends of Friends – Five minutes with Vetiver

Photo by Alissa Anderson

Sloucher’s PM was lucky enough to catch up with Vetiver brainbox/band leader Andy Cabic after the band’s recent gig in Brighton (here’s a shameless plug for our review). The band is touring to support the release of new record The Errant Charm, which has already scored the accolade of ‘Best summer album of 2011’ in the Sloucher offices. Check it!
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By the Rolling Sea

 Live review: Vetiver @ Komedia, Brighton, 28.06.11
Supported by: Chris T-T, Marques Toliver

Vetiver’s Andy Cabic @ Big Sur, 2011

This unreliable ‘reporter’ (of sorts) will have to hold my hands up and apologise because I managed to miss the first support act of the evening, Chris T-T, whilst I was grappling with the public transport systems in Brighton. Sorry Chris!

However I did make it to Komedia in time to see the second support act, Marques Toliver who is originally from New York but is now based in London. Toliver has an incredible, soulful voice with a huge vocal range. He plays charmingly honest lo-fi songs, using only his voice and a violin/glockenspiel, and at points comes down off the stage to sing and play without mics. Toliver has an engaging personality, but mostly it’s his expressive voice that has won over the audience this evening.
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“I could’ve brought two guitars, but then there wouldn’t have been enough room for all my problems”

Live Review: Ryan Adams, An Acoustic Performance – The Dome, Brighton, 22.06.11
Supported by Jesse Malin

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Interview – Esben and the Witch

Rachel Davies‘ voice is fit. Not only when she is singing the vocals in Esben and the Witch‘s debut album Violet Cries, but also when you are talking to her in person. It is hard to imagine how the wailing banshee vocals echoing over ‘Marching Song’ could erupt from the petite beanie wearing woman sat in-front me.

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Panoramic Musical Power

Live Review: Esben and the Witch supported by Trophy Wife, & Fixers @ The Harley, 07.02.11

There’s been a bit of a buzz going ‘round about Esben and the Witch and the somewhat unearthly sonic landscaping of their debut album Violet Cries (review here). Related links have been flying to and fro across the office computers for a while now so you can imagine our collective excitement at being able to witness the band’s live show first-hand….

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July Rain

Laura Veirs and The Hall of Flames @ Komedia, Brighton 15.08.10
                                       Support: Karl Blau, Led To Sea

Laura Veirs’ latest album ‘July Flame’ was described by Colin Meloy as “The best album of 2010” and if you’ve already heard this delicate and pensive record from the unique singer-songwriter, then it’s not hard to see why.

I was lucky enough to see Laura Veirs sometime around 2006/7 (I forget!) where she was touring solo, just one woman and her guitar, and I came away feeling light-headed with joy. Consequently I had high expectations for the new tour where I would be able to hear the songs that I’ve grown to love in plump, plush sound played by the entire band.
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