Music

Wife Swap USA: “We are going to fucking bring it”

Ahead of what promises to be an interesting (to say the least) show up on the big Dome stage, we spoke to Harry from boisterous Brighton punk legends, Wife Swap USA about gigs, punk and DJ Khaled. Wife Swap USA: Facebook // Instagram How exciting is it for gigs to be back, even if it’s in a new way? We are really looking forward just … Continue reading Wife Swap USA: “We are going to fucking bring it”

Sally Ann Oakenfold, Hope and Ruin: “We all need each other now more than ever”

This Saturday four of Brighton’s best punk bands will be bringing a little bit of The Hope and Ruin onto The Dome’s famous stage. We spoke to Sally Ann Oakenfold, The Hope’s creative director – and key force behind creating Live is Alive – about the event, the strength of the music community and the intangible wonders of live music. Are you excited for your … Continue reading Sally Ann Oakenfold, Hope and Ruin: “We all need each other now more than ever”

Ditz: “Playing live is the heart of the band”

Brighton-based noise-rock mavericks, Ditz, had big plans for 2020. A rapidly-growing fan base, summer festivals and a massive support slot with Idles meant the year look to be a good one. Unfortunately Covid put a considerable spanner in the works, but that didn’t stop Ditz – An EP under their belt, new tracks written and now a return to the stage for Live is Alive, … Continue reading Ditz: “Playing live is the heart of the band”

Libra Libra: “With art people just keep going and I think that is the beauty of it.”

Brighton is a wonderful metling pot of people, art and culture, comments Beth from garage-punk visionaries Libra Libra. We caught up with the band ahead of their first show in six months, this Saturday’s Live is Alive showcase. How is the band approaching Live is Alive? It must seem odd having such a gap between playing shows! We’re very excited to be playing live again … Continue reading Libra Libra: “With art people just keep going and I think that is the beauty of it.”

Komedia: “Live performance is part of the very fabric of our community”

Header image by Indy Brewer // Instagram: Indyebrewer // Site: http://www.indybrewer.com Komedia is one of Brighton’s most iconic venues. Situated in the very heart of the city, it has held host to countless bands, comedians, film events and club nights within its storied walls. Ahead of Live is Alive, we spoke to Komedia’s Lex Hollingworth about working with other venues to create the event, the … Continue reading Komedia: “Live performance is part of the very fabric of our community”

Dead Slow Tattoo and Jimi’s Barbershop teaming up for spooky Halloween stream showcase

Two of the spookiest businesses on the block, Dead Slow Tattoo Co and Jimi’s Barbershop are teaming up to raise a Halloween stream spectacular from the dead. The live music event will be broadcast straight from the Dead Slow crypt (downstairs) and will feature the city’s most mysterious synth punks Top Left Club. The Halloween spooktacular was announced via a cryptic post which read: “Missing … Continue reading Dead Slow Tattoo and Jimi’s Barbershop teaming up for spooky Halloween stream showcase

Live is Alive! a “special event”

Live is Alive is bringing together the full breadth of Brighton’s music scene for a special, emotional event, comments Anna Moulson of Melting Vinyl. Whilst tickets for the opening night are sold out, streaming passes are available for the historic concert via The Dome. Livestream tickets for Live is Alive! Saturday 17 October HERE How did you get involved with the Live is Alive project? … Continue reading Live is Alive! a “special event”

Yumi and the Weather: We need to do everything we can to keep the arts alive

Header image by Emilia Cox // @EmiliaAliceCox // Yumi and the Weather : Instagram // Facebook // Twitter // Bandcamp Yumi and the Weather will be bringing its unique brand of dreamy electric pop to the Brighton Dome for the very first Live is Alive showcase this coming Saturday. We caught up with singer, composer and all round multi-instrumentalist Ruby Taylor ahead of the event … Continue reading Yumi and the Weather: We need to do everything we can to keep the arts alive

Washed Out launches its own coffee

Washed Out Festival has launched its own-limited run coffee, made in collaboration with Hastings-based Sham City Roasters. Washed Out Festival may have sadly been cancelled for 2020, but have no fear, the city’s number one punk fest can get your blood pumping all winter long with its brand new coffee. The Washed Out Roast has been made in collaboration with Hastings bean bandits, Sham City … Continue reading Washed Out launches its own coffee

Washed Out Fest launching coffee, tote bags

The good homies at Washed Out Festival are about to transform the very way you live your life with a new coffee collab and tote bag Washed Out Festival, Brighton’s number one (and potentially only) multi-day, multi-venue punk rock extravaganza is changing the way you start your day with the release of its own coffee. Created in collaboration with Sham City Roasters the Washed Out … Continue reading Washed Out Fest launching coffee, tote bags

Brighton Fringe Autumn Edition OPENS

The new Brighton Fringe Autumn Edition has started today, bringing a programme of safely distanced artistry to our city. Header image is from the performance 2100 A Space Novelty, shot by Siobhan O’Driscoll Brighton Fringe Autumn Edition is running across the core dates of 1-31 October, and is bringing more than 50 events to venues across the city as well as online. “I am delighted … Continue reading Brighton Fringe Autumn Edition OPENS

Live is Alive! on sale now

Tickets for Live is Alive! are on sale now on the Brighton Dome website and at Resident Records Tickets for all four dates of the Live is Alive! showcase at the Brighton Dome are on sale now and can be purchased ON THIS LINK. The event is a collaboration between more than a dozen of the city’s grassroots venue and will highlight Brighton’s buzzing music … Continue reading Live is Alive! on sale now

Undercurrent Bangers Club ft Chris H_ngm_n

This week we’ve enlisted the help of local emo punk legend, Chris from H_ngm_n to bring you a throwback bangers club. Stick it on, enjoy the nostalgia and make it through Wednesday. What have Mac Miller, Paramore and Hot Mulligan all got in common? Chris Childs reckons they are fucking bangers, mate. Check out Chris’ top picks to get you through the midweek slump. Follow … Continue reading Undercurrent Bangers Club ft Chris H_ngm_n

Live is Alive! Brings music back to Brighton

Live music is coming back to Brighton with Live is Alive! A collaborative event backed by a host of the city’s venues. Brighton music venues have joined together to put on a series of live gigs at The Dome to help raise support for the city’s beleaguered music scene. Live Is Alive! will take place at the Brighton Dome and via livestream over four consecutive … Continue reading Live is Alive! Brings music back to Brighton

H_ngm_n release video for Ghost

Ahead of their upcoming split EP with Brightr, Brighton emo pop bandits H_ngm_n have released a music video for “Ghost” acoustic. Brighton two piece emo pop legends, H_ngm_n (specifically lead singer Chris) have teamed up with acoustic punk legend Brightr (Laurie Cottingham) to release a wonderful new split EP of stripped-back tracks. To celebrate the announcement, H_ngm_n has released the video for their new take … Continue reading H_ngm_n release video for Ghost

Fuzzbrain Studios needs our help to rebuild after devastating fire

Fuzzbrain Studios, one of the most important DIY music spaces in the South East was destroyed in a fire two nights ago and now needs our help to rebuild what was lost. A crowdfunding campaign has been started to help rebuild Fuzzbrain Studios following a devastating fire. You can donate right now HERE // AND HERE // The studio, located in North East London, was completely … Continue reading Fuzzbrain Studios needs our help to rebuild after devastating fire

Brighton shops release second Record Store Day lineups

Record Store Day has gone all socially distanced this year and is taking part across three separate weekends – the second of which will kick off this Saturday 26 September. The biggest date on the record collector’s calendar, more important than your mums birthday and your anniversary all rolled into one, Record Store Day, is back for it’s second drop this comign Saturday (26 September). … Continue reading Brighton shops release second Record Store Day lineups

Goodbye circus wheel: the fire of youth, saying goodbye and ten years of American Slang

One moment the ferris wheel was there and the next it was lost forever. The same happened to my youth some years later. It has been a decade since American Slang was released and it has been roughly the same amount of time since I moved to Brighton. Due to my nature as a self-absorbed dickhead I have drawn immense thematic parallels between these two … Continue reading Goodbye circus wheel: the fire of youth, saying goodbye and ten years of American Slang

Undercurrent Bangers Club

The weekend is sadly over, so ease yourself back into the real world with the very first UC Bangers Club. Undercurrent has finally realised it is 2008 and we are now live on Spotify to bring you the very first UC Bangers Club. Featuring house tunes from Cortese (Plaza UK records), the latest cuts of the new Marthagunn EP, a big rewind to The Story … Continue reading Undercurrent Bangers Club

Bloody Death releases Never Have I Ever video

Brighton’s premier lo-fi rock solo act, Bloody Death has released a video for its latest single, Never Have I Ever. The second track off the band’s 2020 release After Hours Dreaming, Never Have I Ever is a wonderfully angular, measured journey to a very nice phasey climax. Filmed throughout the hills of Andalusia, where Ted Foster found himself at the outbreak of the ole ‘rona … Continue reading Bloody Death releases Never Have I Ever video

Young Francis Hi Fi releases brand new rager: I Wanna Hold You Tight (Tonite)

Bubblegum punk rock warlords Young Francis Hi Fi have told us they want to hold us all tight, tonight, and we’re absolutely buzzing about it. In what is a punk rock polar opposite to Robbie Williams leaving Take That and going solo, Young Francis has corralled some Rotten Reprobates to add some Hi Fi to his solo slingin and given us the absolute rager: I … Continue reading Young Francis Hi Fi releases brand new rager: I Wanna Hold You Tight (Tonite)

Washed Out: Picks from the fest that never was

With this year’s edition sadly cancelled, Pat McNaught, the big boss behind behind Washed Out Festival, picks five acts from the fest that never was. Full interview coming in UC003. Pints Washed Out veterans and one of the booziest, most boisterous bands to ever do it; them damn dastardly Pints are an absolute force of nature. The London lager louts may be on a bit … Continue reading Washed Out: Picks from the fest that never was

Plastics: Finding comfort in the uncomfortable

Brighton’s punk and hardcore scene is a special place, comments Oli Carter Hopkins, artist and lead singer in Plastics. Creativity, collaboration and a willingness to help has created a true family amongst the city’s weird and wonderful. Have you found ways to stay creative during lockdown? Oli Carter Hopkins I haven’t got access to a studio at the minute so things have been a bit … Continue reading Plastics: Finding comfort in the uncomfortable

Ithaca: Raise your voice or fuck off

Djamila Azzouz, frontwoman of Ithaca, one of UK metal’s most exciting, progressive bands, lays down the law on lockdown, misogyny in the music scene and wankers in harem pants. Header image by Giles Smith // Instagram: @Giloscope Twitter: @Giloscope Undercurrent In our uncertain times, have you been finding ways to stay creative? Djamila Azzouz: I’ve always taken part in various creative projects, but the focus … Continue reading Ithaca: Raise your voice or fuck off

Nierra Creek: Songs of innocence and experience

Whilst working on their eagerly-anticipated debut EP at Abbey Road Studios with Theo Byrd, Brighton-based duo Nierra Creek have found clarity in the innocence of artistic expression. We spoke to composer and frontman, Ryan Lee Deag and producer Sebastian Muller. Hedaer image by Vinncent La Torche Having first breached the Brighton music surface with a handful of intimate live shows pre-lockdown, Sebastian Müller and Ryan … Continue reading Nierra Creek: Songs of innocence and experience

Save our venues

Live music venues are the blood to Brighton’s beating cultural hear and everything must be done to ensure their survival in these trying times. Header image from Resident Brighton Live music venues are the cornerstones of Brighton culture and they are under threat This is not a local phenom however, unrelenting governmental incompetence has left thousands of Britain’s venues facing uncertain futures, if not imminent … Continue reading Save our venues

Deximl: Connecting the community

Elliot Turnley and Ronny Wing, directors of the forward-thinking visual arts company, Deximl, are connecting the electronic music community with their new project, Beats and Bytes. Undercurrent: You’ve clearly been busy in lockdown, what are you doing with Deximl? Elliot Turnley: We’ve been busy working on creating a centralised platform for the Brighton electronic scene on our website. We’ve been involved for years in creating … Continue reading Deximl: Connecting the community