alt rock


Messy Bird
A new band erupts on Brighton. Messy Bird are Jon Thorley – Drums Christian Morris – Guitar/Vocals Daniel Seccombe – Baritone Guitar/Vocals I stayed away from you tube. I stayed away from Facebook. I wanted to see this new Brighton outfit called Messy Bird with no idea of what I […]

Review: Messy Bird – Breaking out and flying high


Imagine wandering through a dreamscape, thick with mist and ambiguity, lost in your thoughts but filled with determination. This is the imagery this song conjures. What starts with feelings of loss becomes a fuelled search of purpose, frustration and drive. The pace quickens and before you know it your thrown […]

Grymm – Dream of You


I had a text late Friday afternoon – “We have a new single – can you put together a video?” Many hours later, and after many emails and texts – here it is. Released 26 June is the video for “Don’t Let The Bastards Grind You Down” – built by […]

An important message from Dirt Royal



Timmy and Steve blasting it out in DeRellas style!
The DeRellas are: Steve DeRella Luca DeRella Timmy DeRella Mark Bishop Its been a while since I was last in front of the mighty DeRellas live. But, here I was, and was lucky to be around to watch and listen to the pre-show sound check. I heard the DeRellas playing […]

Review: The DeRellas – Slam Bam Brighton!


Wizard Sleeve
25 March: Wizard Sleeve – single/EP launch I had been looking forward to this night since seeing Wizard Sleeve perform at The Hope and Ruin a few weeks previously. This was not going to be a straightforward night. The event was an extremely private one,  an invite only exclusive party […]

Review: Art and Noise with Wizard Sleeve


Hope and Ruin – 15 March 2016. Skinny Milk are two musicians Johnny Hart on Bass and vocals and Tim Cox on drums. Johnny and Tim have been in a few bands over a three year period. The Vril most recently but before that they were in bands called – […]

Review: Getting a taste for SKiNNY MiLK



Dirt Royal - live
*The new single – scroll to the bottom of the page for the video for It Was You. 26 February 2016: One of my favourite bands, Dirt Royal, performed the opening set for Forte on their single “Goosebumps” launch event. Dirt Royal are: Charlie Russell: lead vocals/bass, Leon Fenton: lead […]

Review: Dirt Royal live at Pelirocco Hotel


Review of Brighton Musicians
The opening track of this album is ironic. ‘December’ is like getting a hug from summer itself, and not that awful British summer where it rains a lot. The first thing I thought when putting it on was that the clouds outside my window should instantly disappear, rolling away to reveal […]

Great Pagans – Cupid In Error


The sun is setting on Queens Road, Brighton as I enter my local, The Hope & Ruin, grab a hot dog and prepare for the night ahead. To promote the launch of their new single ‘Landslide’ Alt Rock band Glass City Vice are hosting an intimate gig, and I was […]

Review: Glass City Vice + Quiet Lions + Aniseed Treats ...



Good Friday lived up to its name at Green Door Store, and the fact the show was free made it even more value for money. I have a lot of fond memories of Green Door Store, it’s the location of the first proper Art Noise event, and that show (back in […]

Review: Echoic + Them The Sky + Cousin Avi ...