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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:

JULY:
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 June 2019

Welcome to another round up of what some of the lovely bands who frequent our rehearsal rooms are up to.

Firstly we’d like to send our condolences to those in our community who have been affected by the untimely passing of Jack Medley. Beth from Madonnatron has been integral in setting up a gofundme campaign to help with Jack’s funeral costs, and also posthumously releasing his album, Charlotte from Madonnatron also created the wonderful artwork pictured below that was on display in The Windmill for his memorial gig on Sunday May 26. Amazing to think this painting was just a piece of wood in our car park a few days ago!

Also on May 26, our wonderful boss held the first of his monthly residencies at The Betsey Trotwood. ‘The Curates Egg’ beheld an afternoon of cracking talent including music and comedy from Kate Arnold, Benjamin Louche, Andrew O’Neal, The Stephen Evens Band and Terre de Lune who, as I write, is recording songs with Stephen and Nick in the studio. Next one is June 30th when the pub will again open especially on a Sunday for your listening and laughing pleasure.

Releases-wise we look forward to June 7 when Dinosaur Pile-Up’s ‘Celebrity Mansions’ album is unleashed on an unsuspecting public, they recently announced a few small shows to mark the launch before they play at Download Festival. Go. See. Hear. Love,

Also in your record shops is the new Madonnatron album ‘Musica alla Puttanesca’. We were very touched to have a thank you mention in the sleeve notes, plus our very own Alex plays trumpet on the album!

We raise a glass to lead singer of Les Futiles and regular visitor to these hallowed halls, Paul Killengray, in honour of his upcoming wedding in June, we wish you love, luck and happiness on your special day, and all the special days to follow with the lovely Lou xx

And if you’re OK with it, I’d like to raise a personal glass to my dear Dad who passed recently. He was a big fan of music, and mischief – in healthier times he was always up for a natter over a whisky (or three) with me and my bandmates.

He woulda loved you lot, almost as much as we do x

SOME GIGS:

MAY
29 – JOHN, The Lexington, Angel
30 – Les Futiles, Amersham Arms
31 – Dog Race, Old Blue Last, Shoreditch

JUNE
01 – Screaming Toenail/Big Joanie, Poly Styrene Weekender, 198 Contemporary Arts & Learning, Herne Hill
02 – The Good Tenants, Camden Rocks Festival, Brewdog, Camden
02 – Rat The Magnificent, Windmill, Brixton
05 – Rachel Chinouriri, Moth Club, Hackney
07-11 – Dinosaur Pile-Up, various Record stores across UK
08 – Penya, Visionary OddBall Festival, The Isis River Farmhouse, Oxford
09 – Death And The Penguin, Portals Festival, The Dome, Tufnell Park
10 – Big Joanie (supporting Bikini Kill), O2 Forum, Kentish Town
13 – Ham Legion/Hot Sauce Pony/Dog Of Man, Windmill, Brixton
14 – Moreish Idols, Off The Cuff, Herne Hill
14 & 15 – Tippa Irie, Hideaway, Streatham
15 – Lion, Bushstock, Sheperd’s Bush
16 – Dinosaur Pile Up, Download Festival
16 – Eugene Coyne, The Windmill, Brixton
17-21 – Madonnatron tour, including Moth Club, London 21/6
19 – Black Midi, EartH, Dalston
20/21 – Lion (supporting Band Of Horses), Oxford Academy/O2 Forum, Kentish Town
21 – Light Emitting Dinosaurs, Rose And Crown, Bishops Stortford

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 – hello@brixtonhillstudios.com or message us on twitter @BRXTNHILLSTUDIO