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BXHS Summer Showcase Special

Hi-De-Hi Campers xx

This month’s blog is dedicated to our super special SUMMER SHOWCASE on SUNDAY AUGUST 4th. Where’s that you ask? Why, it’s round the corner AT THE WINDMILL, BRIXTON! Click here to get your £4 Adv tickets. Doors open at 6pm. The line-up is a bonanza of talent that have all graced our hallowed halls at some point, plus, er, includes a plate of BBQ! IKR?

We asked the Quality Quartet of artistes/bands who are on the bill a few Q’s – here’s what we found out (in no particular order) x

Paul Morricone
You may have seen Paul guitar-godding in Scaramanga Six, but he has branched out with his self-monikered solo project, which has already had much interest from BBC 6Music. Normally a three-piece with Ant Sargeant on drums & Mitch Cockman on bass, on Sunday Paul will be delighting us with his new songs all on his own, with the aid of some backing tracks. We can’t wait.

BH: Describe your music in 5 words
PM: Cinematic punk your mum likes

BH: (Dogs not included) What is your favourite thing about recording/rehearsing at Brixton Hill Studios?
PM: The friendly and knowledgable staff, and Stuffy.

BH: (Dogs not included) What is your favourite thing about The Windmill venue?
PM: It’s dark enough that you can hide.

BH: Hot Dog OR Burger (veggie options apply)
PM: I’d like a hot dog with jumping frog. 

BH: Fave gig of 2019 so far?
PM: Kraftwerk at BlueDot/Squid at The Hyde Park Book Club, Leeds

BH: Going anywhere nice on yer holideees?
PM: A lovely weekend away in Whitby in the camper van beckons.

BH: What you drinking?
PM: I’d like a nice espresso martini please.

Watch the video for ‘Estranged’
Listen to the album ‘The Dissolving Man’ on spotify

Photo credit Suzi Corker

Jemma Freeman and The Cosmic Something
Having just signed to Trapped Animal, with an album due for release in October, you’ve probably seen this lot orbiting the London music scene or heard their upcoming dual mono single ‘Find A place’ on the wireless (out on Friday Aug 2nd). Our advice? Get down the front.

BH: Describe your music in 5 words
JF&TCS: Outsider, dream, alt, psych, rock

BH: How many of you are there and what are your names who plays what?
JF&TCS: Jem (non-binary: they/them) Guitar, Voice
Mark (he/him) Bass, Voice
Hami (he/him) Drums
Jason (he/him) Drums

BH: (Dogs not included) What is your favourite thing about recording/rehearsing at Brixton Hill Studios? 
JF&TCS: Everyone is so friendly! Omg Air con, the dream.

BH: (Dogs not included) What is your favourite thing about The Windmill venue?
JF&TCS: Fantastic sound every time and a music loving audience

BH: Hot Dog OR Burger (veggie options apply)
JF&TCS: Burger or hot dog, never a bun. Stick to the high value items. Always

BH: Fave gig of 2019 so far?
JF&TCS: Charles Hayward with Georgia and Kwake at The Albany Deptford, they absolutely blew my mind, total control and technical ability but with such a cool sense of playfulness and joy.

BH: What you drinking?
JF&TCS: Courvoisier straight from the bottle and a Maissels Weisse 0% vol beer

Watch ‘Helen Is A Reptile’ video
Listen to JF&TCS on spotify

Les Futiles
This 5-piece are BXHS darlings, we love them. They recorded their upcoming EP with us here, it is out on the 30th August. Get your ears ready. C’est magnifique.

BH: Describe your music in 5 words
LF: Loud, playful, rock, punk, indie

BH: How many of you are there, what are your names and who plays what?
LF: Paul on vocals
Shona on lead guitar
Jim on rhythm guitar
Rob on bass
Ali on drums

BH: (Dogs not included) What is your favourite thing about The Windmill venue?
LF: We played our first gig there! It’s always great to come home. 

BH: Best condiment?
LF: Ketchup? Catsup? Ketchup? Catsup?

BH: If you weren’t doing music, what would you be doing?
LF: Drinking excessively and going to the Windmill to watch other bands. Not much change there then!

BH: What you drinking?
LF: What have you got?
BH: Tap water, please drink responsibly.

Watch ‘Dead’ (live) @ Margos Livingroom

Roscoe Roscoe
Just played Glastonbury, and playing Meltdown with Stepbrother and Josef Kurtz Vespers v soon. Hotly tipped, Roscoe Roscoe are Jacob on Guitar, Dewi on Bass, Ben on Drums, Milanka on Keys and vocals and Charlie on Guitar and Vocals. Make sure you stay for these guys.

BH: Describe your music in 5 words
RR: Psychedelic sugar coated pop songs

BH: (Dogs not included) What is your favourite thing about recording/rehearsing at Brixton Hill Studios? 
RR: Super friendly employees, great rehearsal space and equipment. (But Rudy would have been up there)

BH: Fave gig of 2019 so far?
RR: Probably HOMESHAKE at the Forum, but closely followed by Fat Whites at Glasto which was also mind-blowing.

BH: Best condiment?
RR: A good chilli sauce

BH: If you weren’t doing music, what would you be doing?
RR: Delivering more pizzas I guess

BH: What you drinking?
RR: Aperol Spritz are great, reminds us of Barcelona.

Listen to Roscoe Roscoe on soundcloud
Watch their Glastonbury performance

See you there BXHSers xx

BXHS Update July 2019

Have we all recovered from Glastonbury? I do hope so, and well done for leaving it so tidy this year. Yes. We’re back with another rough guide to where and when our gifted and beautiful clientele are parading their musical talents.

Firstly though, a couple of newsy things. Foundlings have brought to our attention their input into this rather lovely thing, a cassette compilation from Friction Shifter. All music on the album is by female or LGBTQ artists and moneys raised go to Mermaids a UK based charity that offers support to transgender and gender variant children and young people, their families and supporting professionals. It is released on the 26th July but you can pre-order it NOW!

Also out this month, but in a slightly unorthodox and wholly interactive way, Dog Of Man release their album Dogmatic Manual, one song a week, the first release is on Wednesday 3rd July. There’ll be a poll and you get to influence the album and everything. Meanwhile you can listen to the single Wedding Night Erection Failure on Soundcloud.

A couple of sad to hears – The Borderline venue will be closing its doors at the end of August, another victim to rising rents. Also, gutted to learn that Janet Weiss has left Sleater Kinney, love that band and she’s such an awesome drummer. SAD.

Also, if you’ve got down this far, and you fancy helping a sister out, my very own band Hurtling were featured on Amazing Radio’s Audition show, if you have a minute to go to the poll and vote for us that would be AMAZE.

Anyway, I’m off to watch some tennis…Daaaahling, where’s my Pimms?

Some gigs:

02 – Gaygirl, The Victoria, Dalston
02 – Mice On Mars/Sound Picture Show, Shacklewell Arms, Hackney
02 – Jerry, Windmill, Brixton
03 – Madonnatron, Supersonic, Paris
05 – Ye Nuns (w/King Khan & The Shrines), Oslo, Hackney
06 – Rookfest ft Meatraffle, Pregoblin, Fell & the Fallen and more. Streatham Rookery Gardens, SW16

08 – Lost Crowns, The Black Heart, Camden
09 – Misty Miller, Windmill, Brixton
09 – Jessica Winter, XOYO, Old St
11 – Deaf Havana, Alive Corn Exchange, King’s Lynn
11 – Nadia Rose, BBK Live Fest, Bilbao
13 – Les Futiles, Hope And Anchor, Islington, N1
13 – JAHTIME International, Dublin Castle
14 – Social Contract, Wasteland Festival, Newcastle

18 – Hurtling (w/The Purple Lights), Paper Dress Vintage, Hackney
19 – Hot Sauce Pony, Hope and Anchor, Islington
19 – Mice On Mars, Windmill, Brixton
19 – Dog Of Man, The Finsbury, Manor House
20 – Madonnatron, DIY Thursdays, Bow
20 – Meatraffle/Pregoblin/Jessica Winter – Hate Zine 6 Launch, The Ivy House, Nunhead
24 – Dog Race, Sebright Arms, Hackney
27 – Stephen Evens, The Betsey Trotwood, Farringdon
26 – Luca FD, The Islington, Angel
26 – Indietracks ft Foundlings/Big Joanie, Midland Railway, Ripley
29 – Tom Robinson Band – A Night for Danny Kustow, Scala, Kings Cross

BxHs update May 2019

May, the month, not the Theresa, is upon us and we can rejoice in more ongoing goings on from the Brixton Hill Studios camp. If you’re off on tour/got a gig, we’ve embiggened our hire stock, so give us a shout if you have needs.

This month’s blog comes with added Spotify playlist! Enjoy x

A quick catch up on April…. Some of you have been on the radio (get you Maurizio Ravalico), the lovely Blaenavon popped in to get match fit for their upcoming UK Tour which starts May 1st. We welcomed the return of sessions with School Ground Sounds who give additional musical opportunities to secondary school kids and young people in lower income areas of London. PLUS our beautiful studios got some music mag love:

Fat White Family in Studio 2

The wonderful Fat White Family who’ve just released their third album ‘Serf’s Up’ on Trashmouth Records were pictured in our very own Studio 2 in, wait for it, Q Magazine…

Dinosaur Pile-Up in Studio 3

…and those talented Dinosaur Pile-Up gents were caught rocking’ the faaack out of Studio 3 in Kerrang! – the trio also released the track ‘Back Foot’ this month which is a total banger, as the children say, with an accompanying video, which might just be my fave thing of 2019 so far.

Frauds in Studio 1

Also on the music releases gravy train, Frauds put out ‘Canada Goose Step’ as part of DIE DAS DER Singles Club Volume 2 and Madonnatron released ‘Goodnight Little Empire’ whilst also gaining a 4 star review in Mojo for their new album ‘Musica Alla Puttanesca which comes out on May 24th.
Hot Sauce Pony did a lush interview with 1883 in honour of the imminent release of their eponymous album on May 3rd, and former Eurovision hopefuls MAID release ‘Basic Bitch’ also on May 3rd.

We welcome back Alessio, who last month went off to Hong Kong to eat mystery meat, and Nick who done a tour round the Europe with his troupe Ham Legion and the delightful Dog Of Man. Both colleagues have since been busy in the studio…for example, while you were hunting Easter eggs, Nick was busy recording ‘Vive Les Futiles’Les Futiles‘ side of new split 7″ (with The Charlemagnes).

We wish the boss luck for his new monthly Stephen Evens residency at The Betsy Trotwood and we bid farewell to Lolo Wood, who regularly rehearses here with Ye Nuns. Lolo is well known amongst a huge collective of musicians in London and we will miss her terribly when she returns to Dublin this month.

Also, mid month there is Art Brut’s Top Of The Alcopops extravaganza at The Dome in Tuffnell Park, a whole feast of bands are playing including Dream Nails, the aforementioned, Frauds, Raketkanon, Gaffa Tape Sandy and The Lovely Eggs. Sounds firkin’ awesome dunnit?

Last but not least, we must mention a significant BxHs presence at The Great Escape 2019 (both official, alternative and unofficially alternative), so much so our beloved Johny Van has coined the 3 day festival ‘Brixton-On-Sea’, if you’re gonna be there, let us know, we can hang. BxHsers (past and present) performing include:

And with that, I bid you adieu and leave you with a smattering more of live doings by BxHsers in May…

MAY 1 – Blaenavon, start UK tour in Dublin
MAY 4 – Hot Sauce Pony, Camden Rocks All Dayer
MAY 5 – Macadamia Sluts, Fiddlers Elbow, Camden
MAY 5 – The Little Unsaid, start UK tour in Saltaire
MAY 9 – Penya, NT’s, London Fields
MAY 10/11 – Great Escape/Alternative Great Escape, Brighton (see above for details)
MAY 11 – Modern Rituals w/ Kal Marks (US), DIY Space for London, SE15
MAY 11 – Rosie Alena, Hanwell Hootie Festival
MAY 12 – Big Joanie, Emily Breeze, Ye Nuns – all-ages mat, Lexington, N1
MAY 13 – Rosie Alena w/ The Accidentals (USA), Windmill, Brixton
MAY 17 – Art Brut, Top of The Alcopops, The Dome, Tufnell Park
MAY 29 – JOHN, The Lexington, N1
MAY 31 – Dog Race, Old Blue Last, Shoreditch

If you rehearse/have rehearsed at Brixton Hill Studios and have a gig/release you want us to feature on the site, please get in touch – or message us on twitter @BRXTNHILLSTUDIO

BXHS bands live April 2019

Hiiiii, welcome to Spring xx

March was pretty busy huh?

International Women’s Day, Brexit MAYhem, The Social in central London looking doomed to be sold, but then saved by the #savethesocial crowdfunder campaign, yay! … not to mention #PianoDay, which our wonderful Nick Howiantz celebrated in ALL the style >>

More staff shenanigans in March included the boss’s alter ego Stephen Evens and co playing at the first Unfold at the Sunfold minifest in Weston Super Mare (at Steve Morricone from Scaramanga Six‘s B&B) along with BXHS alumni Kate Arnold, Keith Adams and labelmate Crayola Lectern. Later that week Stephen and Caroline’s rock troupe Hot Sauce Pony played a blinder at Ace And Eights in Tufnell Park which got this top trumps review from The Zine *warning, one of them took their top off.

Meanwhile Nick’s band Ham Legion played Reading and are putting new drummer (another Nick) through his paces as they ready themselves for a European tour with Dog Of Man (who have recorded here). Also, I reunited with The Hoodrats to back South London legend Jim Bob from Carter USM at Shepherds Bush Empire and we very much enjoyed our production rehearsal here in Studio 1.

Our ex-colleague Maxie Gedge drums in Graceland and I went to see them at the Sebright Arms, they were fantastic, come with us next time yeah? You will NOT regret it.

As for releases in March, Dinosaur Pile Up got Rockest Record on the BBC Rock Show with Thrash Metal Cassette, Japan Review released the Juno EP on Reckless Yes Records (we were swooning outside the door over the sweet shoegazey/multilayered sounds emanating from Studio 4 when they were in). Also, after pre-production rehearsals here, Henry White released lead single Weary from his forthcoming ep.

Looking ahead, some of the BXHS regulars have special releases for Record Store Day on April 13th including Madonnatron ft Meatraffle/Meatraffle ft. MadonnatronBrigante Se Mor/Bella Ciao and Art Brut X We Are Scientists – WASABI 12″. Sadly we won’t be holding an event to celebrate Record Store Day this year, but there’s lots going on, check the RSD website for details.

Many highlights await us in April, including City Slang signed Canadian songwriter Dan Mangan making a flying visit to Studio 2 to prepare for some UK dates, with support from the gorgeous and wonderful Steven Adams. Plus Death And The Penguin will be in, readying themselves for Washed Out Festival which Frauds are also playing, after they’ve played new South London festival in Croydon, Cro Cro Land and before their mini tour with one of our faves Rat The Magnificent at the end of the month,

Right then, that appears to be about it. I’m off to sip wine and listen to Scott Walker.

Here are some gigs:

APR 2 – Scud FM, The Windmill, Brixton
APR 4 – Dan Mangan w/ Steven Adams starts UK, Brudenell, Leeds
APR 5 – Hot Sauce Pony, Paperdress Vintage, Hackney
APR 6 – Ham Legion start European tour with Dog Of Man
APR 6 – Frauds, Cro Cro Land Festival, Croydon
APR 11 – Starsha Lee, Five Bells, New Cross (supporting Material Girls)
APR 10 – M F Robots, The Jazz Cafe
APR 12 – Death and the Penguin/Frauds, Washed Out Festival, Brighton
APR 13 – Big Joanie, Rough Trade East, E1 (Record Store Day)
APR 16 – Mice On Mars, The Windmill, Brixton

APR 18 – Ut, The Islington, N1
APR 20 – Tommy And Mary, Le Truskel. Paris
APR 20 – Ye Nuns, NUNFEST, Various Venues, SE15
APR 21 – Dog Race, Notting Hill Arts Club
APR 26/27/28 – Rat The Maginificent/Frauds, Birmingham/Portsmouth/Margate
APR 27 – Madonnatron/Bug Prentice, Are You Listening Festival, Reading

If you rehearse/have rehearsed at Brixton Hill Studios and have a gig/release you want us to feature on the site, please get in touch – or message us on twitter @BRXTNHILLSTUDIO

Photo of Graceland courtesy of Charley Stone

BXHS bands live March 2019

Happy International Women’s Day 2019. Our ladies of the Brixton Hill rock everyday of the year, but a special salute to you all on this, the day today (before you ask, International Men’s Day is on Nov 19, we’ll salute all you men then) xx

RELEASES & NEWS: The hardest working women in rock Madonnatron have been getting some love from BBC 6Music’s Gideon Coe and Marc Riley for their new single ‘Sucker Punch’. While you’re listening again to those shows, there’s also still time to hear Riley’s sessions from BXHSers Art Brut and Big Joanie, the latter of which head out to the USofA for SXSW, along with BXHS faves Black Midi and Laura Misch who’s been spending some time here at the studios this week.

Having had an EP launch party at The Sebright Arm last week, female fronted 4 piece, Foundlings‘ eponymous EP goes up on itunes/spotify etc today, and BXHS regulars Pregoblin‘s forthcoming ‘Combustion” single got a rave review in the The Guardian no less. Sister Talk have there single launch party for ‘Vitriol‘ on Wednesday 13th. Rollers Of Bedlam recently released ‘Rock’n’Roll‘, recorded by our very own Alessio Costa. Also recorded here, this time by Sir Nick of Howiantz, Light Emitting Dinosaurs’ debut single ‘Ambition’ – “an intriguingly fresh slice of alternative sound” (Louder Than War) – is available to download now.

Whatever you’re up to this month, rock hard. We Love You, You’re Awesome x.

MAR 08 – The Orb, national tour starts at Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
MAR 09 – Pregoblin Single launch party, Windmill, Brixton
MAR 09 – Les Futiles, Hope And Anchor, Islington
MAR 11 – Gaygirl (supporting Feels), Moth Club, Hackney
MAR 12 – Meseroles, Brent Newman and the Broken Arrows, Fell & the Fallen, Windmill Brixton *ft our lovely ex-colleague Dan Fell
MAR 13 – Mice On Mars, 26 Leake Street, SE1
MAR 13 – Sister Talk single launch, The Windmill, Brixton
MAR 16 – Stephen Evens/KJ Adams/Kate Arnold, Unfold @ The Sunfold Festival, Weston-super-Mare
MAR 16 – Misty Miller & Hank Dog/Scud FM, Windmill, Brixton
MAR 20 – Hot Sauce Pony, Aces & Eights, Tufnell Park

MAR 22 – The Good Tenants (EP Launch), The Water Rats, Kings Cross
MAR 22 – The Little Unsaid, Regather, Sheffield
MAR 23 – Jimbob (Carter USM), Shepherds Bush Empire
MAR 23 – Ham Legion, Rising Sun, Reading
MAR 27 – Tommy And Mary, 93 Feet East
MAR 27 – Graceland, Sebright Arms
MAR 28 – Pregoblin/Barringtone, The Victoria, Dalston
MAR 28 – Mummy, The Windmill, Brixton
MAR 30 – Rollers of Bedlam, Camden Rocks Alldayer at The Monarch, Camden

If you rehearse/have rehearsed at Brixton Hill Studios and have a gig/release you want us to feature on the site, please get in touch – or message us on twitter @BRXTNHILLSTUDIO

BXHS bands live Feb/Mar 2019

Another update on what the lovely bands who come here are up to…

Before we get down to the gig list, just wanted to mention a couple of exciting related things. Big Joanie have been chosen, along with 5 other artists, to play the BBC Music Introducing/PRS showcase at SXSW festival in March. Also performing at SXSW are Black Midi, whose opening track on our Christmas EP got spun by Iggy Pop on his 6Music show. Copies of said EP are still available at Genepool, or just ask at reception next time you’re in. Plus, Rock-God regulars, Dinosaur Pile-Up announced a mahooosive US tour with Shinedown in the summer. Ooof!

If you rehearse/have rehearsed at Brixton Hill Studios and have some exciting band news/releases/gigs that you’d like to feature on here, give us a shout at Until next time xx

FEB 16 – Vels TrioWalthamstow Jazz Festival, Walthamstow Assembly Hall
FEB 16 – The Monochrome Set, The Ivy House, Nunhead
FEB 16 – Honey Joy, start national tour at DIY Space For London, SE15
FEB 20 – Maurizio Ravalico, Dialogues Festival, Roxy Art House, Edinburgh
FEB 20 – Meatraffle Presents.., The Windmill, Brixton
FEB 20/21 – Kokomo, Half Moon, Putney
FEB 22 – Barringtone, The Beehive, Bow, E3
FEB 25 – Maurizio Ravalico, Jazz In The Round, Cockpit, NW8
FEB 27 – The Good Tenants, The Bedford, Balham
FEB 28 – Mice On Mars, The Pipeline, Brighton
MAR 02 – Foundlings (EP Launch), Sebright Arms, Hackney

MAR 03 – Mice On Mars, The Windmill, Brixton
MAR 07 – Dog Race, The Windmill, Brixton
MAR 08 – The Orb, national tour starts at Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
MAR 09 – Les Futiles, Hope And Anchor, Islington
MAR 16 – Stephen Evens/KJ Adams/Kate Arnold, Unfold @ The Sunfold Festival, Weston-super-Mare