SURFBORT + DITZ – THE LATEST MUSIC BAR, BRIGHTON 09.02.19
The Brighton & Hove News music team certainly didn’t want to miss this electrifying performance and so we literally legged it from the nearby Patterns venue where the Anti-Nowhere League, Peter And The Test Tube Babies and Viki Vortex & The C**shots were performing. You can read our review of that gig HERE.
Surfbort are made up of David Head (guitar), Alex Kilgore (guitar), Sean Powell (drums) and led by the ever smiling Dani Miller (vocals). They channel their inspiration from the 80’s punk scene to produce rousing, explosive music.
Surfbort’s live experience is visceral and pleasantly confrontational. Their feedback-strafed, guitar-shredding punk music says no to a digital age full of intolerance; they radiate love and friendship. Strangely enough the guys arguably have an image akin to to 1970’s/1980’s German porn stars. They also have an element of Status Quo about them too and certainly don’t look as though they are going to launch into a sub three minute four chord speed freak number!
Fresh off a tour with The Black Lips after playing at Coachella, the band released ‘Bort to Death’ a raw 4-track 7” on Hozac Records and ‘Romance’ a dreamy 2-track flexi on Cult Records. An album entitled ‘Friendship Music’ followed and on 8th March they will be dropping a 4-track 7” entitled ‘Billy’.
In the last three years they have supported acts such as Amyl & The Sniffers, The Dickies, Thee Oh Sees, Fat White Family, White Fang, Martin Rev, The Garden, Tijuana Panthers, The Mystery Lights, Tomorrows Tulips, Sunflower Bean, DIIV, GOGGS, The Dune Rats, Leftover Crack, Meatbodies, Ex-Cult, Hinds etc.
A favourite among local artists, it is no wonder when Julian Casablancas caught wind of the Surfbort’s electrifying energy, he signed them to Cult Records.
Their Brighton show tonight was filled with energy and excitement as the quartet whizzed their way through their 17 tune set. It was nye on impossible to take your eyes off of singer Dani as she was continuously grinning away at us and performing her cowgirl do-si-do dance. She was great at interacting with the crowd and even joined them on occasion as well as climbing up on the available viewpoints, whilst all the time the trio of guys speeded on. We had a mosh going on at times too and so the sold out crowd were really up for it! It’s no surprise that Surfbort have tour with their Aussie counterparts Amyl & The Sniffers recently as both acts are very much alike. I would definitely see them live again!
Tonight’s Surfbort setlist reads:
‘Pretty Little Fu**er’, ‘Hippie Vomit Inhaler’, ‘U Don’t Exist’, ‘Les Be In Love’, ‘Hillside Strangler’, ‘Hideaway’, ‘Sunshine’, ‘Selfie’, ‘Stalker’, ‘High Anxiety’, ‘Slushy’, ‘45’, ‘Billy’, ‘Dope’, ‘Back To Reaction’, ‘ACAB’, ‘Stupid P???’.
Find out more on Surfbort HERE.
First up on the night was Dr Brian’s Magic Gong Salad who are Flora Kimberley (vocals), Harry Mitchell (guitar), Adam Mac Conmhaoll (bass) and Zane Meaby (drums). Sadly we were not able to witness their performance tonight as we were stationed at the other gig at Patterns.
The band state that “Dr Brian’s Magic Gong Salad are tired of subscribing to social normalities!” Last year they released their ‘Living In The Age Of Consent’ single which was recorded at Brighton Electric and can be viewed HERE and downloaded for FREE HERE. It sounds pretty good to me and I look forward to catching them performing live in the very near future – Watch this space as they say!
Info on the band HERE.
The second support at The Latest Music Bar was the tremendous Noise-Rock/Post-Punk Brighton based 5-piece band DITZ, who are Cal Francis (vocals), Anton Mocock (guitar), Caleb Remnant (bass), Jack Looker (drums) and Archie Brewis-Lawes (guitar).
It’s a fact, I can’t get enough of seeing these guys perform live. It’s just like having our very own secret Brighton version of IDLES! Oh pants that’s done it, the AF Gang IDLES fan-base will find out now!
After growing notoriety for loud, sweaty shows and tearing it up at small venues across the UK, DITZ fill their explosive sets with hazy, overpowering noise and fluctuating distortion. They released ‘Seeking Arrangement‘ to critical acclaim and have just released the much anticipated eagerly awaited the new single, ‘Gayboy‘.
This evening’s DITZ performance was the most explosive yet, even though it was just seven tunes. Anton’s guitar got thrown about and bashed against the floor immediately in front of me – Rock’n’Roll indeed! Singer Cal and other band members joined the crowd at times in the little mosh pit and fun and much distortion was had by all.
Next month sees the band head off to conquer France, but fear not DITZ fans as they will be playing back in Brighton at the ‘Washed Out’ festival on Friday 12th April. More information on that HERE.
Tonight’s DITZ setlist reads:
‘Total 90’s’, ‘Two’, ‘Pichael’, ‘Teeth’, ‘Gayboy’, ‘Seeking Arrangement’, ‘No Thanks I’m Full’.
Find out more on DITZ HERE.
See more photos of the gig on Jamie MacMillan Photos Facebook page HERE.
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