“Madonna-quoting brilliance” THE SUNDAY TIMES
“Revving up like a plane preparing to take-off” METRO
“…builds into a groovesome dance pattern reminiscent of Factory Floor” ARTROCKER
“Brave and poppy” GOD IS IN THE TV
“…has the ability to deliver something great” CMU
“Class.” TOM ROBINSON – BBC 6MUSIC
Bernholz is musician, sculptor and filmmaker Jez Bernholz, who composes, performs and produces experimental pop using a combination of 4 track, casio synths, digital samplers and sequencers. The
critical response to his ‘Madonna quoting’ debut single ‘Austerity Boy’ (Anti-Ghost Moon Ray, 2012), established a promising first impression in UK press and radio, with support from BBC 6Music (Tom Robinson), BBC Introducing (Simon Price), and select tastemakers 20 Jazz Funk Greats.
Two years in the making, Bernholz’s debut album, How Things Are Made is now complete. Written in part as homage to legendary concept LPs such as Hounds of Love (Kate Bush, 1985), Low (David Bowie, 1977), and Big Science (Laurie Anderson, 1982); How Things Are Made is a cyclic suite of delicately layered cinematic soundscapes, contrasted against bold and fiercely catchy pop songs.
Co-released physically on CD on 29th September by Bernholz’s co-run label Anti-Ghost Moon Ray (alongside Gazelle Twin, Acquaintance, Great Pagans) & Cupboard Music, the album will be supported by European tour this Autumn supporting Gazelle Twin, beginning with an Anti-Ghost Moon Ray event, SPECTRUM, at the Dome Studio in Brighton on 26th September & Corsica Studios, London, 1st October..
Brand new FREE compilation featuring a huge array of bands we’ve worked with on shows or simply we just love! 100x 2CD physical editions were produced – half handed out to the queue outside Resident in Brighton on Record Store Day this year, half distributed on the door at our gigs (pick one up next time you’re at a show, make it one soon though as they’re flying out!).
Please see below to stream the compilation (no downloads, sorry!) as much as you’d like – featuring incredible stuff from Speak Galactic*, Nature Channel, Arcimago*, Bernholz*, Hot Glass, Playlounge, Tunabunny, Eugene Quell, Totem Terrors*, The Metatrons, The Hundredth Anniversary, Boat To Row, Hypnotized*, Great Pagans*, Shield Patterns, Rooster Cole*, Acquaintance, Psalm Springs*, Merlin Tonto, Scriber, Nya Shelley*, Sebastian Melmoth, Stuart O’Connor, Soft Arrows* & Future Of The Left. Those Joanna Gruesome scamps are also on the physical edition of the CD but Soundcloud thought I was trying to upload copyrighted material I didn’t have permission to use so that’s not on the stream just yet.
I hope you enjoy it, we’re all very pleased with the finished product and humbled that so many fantastic bands agreed to take part. See you at a gig soon!
* Denotes exclusive to this comp, at least until they’re released properly through other means.
Alrighty all? Hope so, for there is plenty news for you all to absorb.
First up, additions to bills: Next Saturday (22nd), LEE CLAYDEN will be opening up the Singing Adams show at Sticky Mikes. He’s fantastic and there’s a bit more news about him further down that we’re dead excited about.
Then on Saturday 12th November, HOCKEYSMITH and TWO JACKALS (until the other day called simply ‘Jackals’ but had to change due to another band with the same name) will be joining us for the Tyrannosaurus Dead EP Launch at Fitzherberts.
And THEN on Wednesday 16th November, KELLAR will be performing their debut gig opening for Kutosis & Samoans at The Hope! Fantastic!
And finally with the additions, way off on Saturday 21st January the lovely MODEL VILLAGE will be opening for Standard Fare & Tyrannosaurus Dead at the Green Door Store.
Secondly, a NEW GIG! On Sunday 27th November we have LOVE AMONG THE MANNEQUINS (featuring members of Meet Me In St Louis, Shield Your Eyes, O You Broken Eyes and Crooked Mountain Crooked Sea) and TANGLED HAIR coming down to play at the Prince Albert, which should be just lovely. Tickets for that one will be £5 in advance or £6 on the door.
Thirdly, and properly finally for this post – we’re dead happy to be putting out the debut solo album by Lee Clayden (mentioned before). It should be available for your consumption at the end of January or so next year, but for now we’ve uploaded some tracks and a video to his Facebook BandPage. We have loads of faith in Lee as he’s such a massive talent, and we’re very excited to be releasing this!
And that’s it. Quite a lengthy posting from me there, I hope you stuck to the end as it’s all great news. See you next time!
Hey, it’s news-o’clock here at CM… I hope you’re ready.
First off, online tickets for the Jeffrey Lewis & The Junkyard have SOLD OUT. Completely. So much so that we moved stock around and ended up selling double the amount online than we had originally planned – how about that? There are still a few tickets left in Rounder, Resident and Ape though so go and snap them up!
Secondly, we’ve confirmed another gig for October! CM favourites ICE, SEA, DEAD PEOPLE will be paying us a visit for a headline show at the Green Door Store on Wednesday 12th October. We put them on in London a couple of years ago and since then have released their debut album (cover above) and played loads of shows. They’re one of the most ferocious live bands I’ve ever seen and they should be great (and LOUD) at a venue like the GDS. Get your tickets sas soon as they go on sale!
THIRDLY (told you there was lots of news), Brighton/London-based alt-rock chums TYRANNOSAURUS DEAD have just recorded their debut EP and we’ll be putting it out! This will be our first new release since the relocation to Brighton and we couldn’t be happier. Finding the middle ground between US rock luminaries Dinosaur Jr and the jangly joy of the C86 bands, T-Dead have only been together six months but in that time have made loads of friends and written some killer tunes. The EP was recorded at Transmission Studios by Ali (who also recorded CM-faves Caledonians‘ debut EP ‘EP One’ earlier this year) along with Chris Lowe of The Valentines and it sounds really quite great if I do say so myself. You can have a listen to it for now on their blog here and it’ll be available to buy very soon from some record stores, gigs and this very website’s shop.
I’m extremely happy to be able to announce Singing Adams for a gig at Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar (formerly Jam) on Saturday 22nd October! Featuring Steven Adams of one of my all-time favourite bands The Broken Family Band, Singing Adams are a new beast, different yet warmly familiar all at the same time. I can also attest to their live prowess too, having been in the audience last month at Heaven in London as they played support to the mighty Okkervil River and managed to get the whole crowd singing along. This is going to be bloody good, I assure you.
No support just yet announced but we’re working on that – for now though, here are ticket details: They’ll be £6.50 in advance or £8 on the door and they’ll be available from Resident, Rounder Records, Ape and WeGotTickets in due course.
Here’s a couple of videos by them for your enjoyment, and very good they are too:
Just thought I’d link all you fine people to some videos that were just uploaded to YouTube of the genuinely amazing set The Righteous Ones of the Blazing Rockets played for us at the first ‘A Healthy Sound for Healthy Listening’ gig in August at the Green Room. Highly recommended viewing.
We have support! Three fantastic bands and a DJ to be exact will be opening for Shrag on 4th June. Tickets are in the shops right now and info on those bands follows the gig poster/flyer below:
- CARNIVORES – http://www.carnivoresmusic
Atlanta’s Carnivores are geographically in the right place for smelting pop into lo-fi garage post-punk, though the indelible fingerprints of Georgia’s favourite sons only stretch so far. From the skittering drums, the resonant and insistent organ and the lazy surf-bum guitar figures, everything feels like it’s being dragged lovingly into an alternate era.
Having spent time on stage with the likes of Best Coast, Surfer Blood, No Age and Abe Vigoda, their smeary, oblique twitches into echo canyon seem fairly natural. Certainly the New York Times, Alternative Press and Pitchfork have allowed them to settle comfortably in various degrees of praise. Their second album “If I’m Ancient” merely confirms that all of these admirers are right to do so; sonically adventurous while never reneging on the promise of their personable and stinging melodic haze, Carnivores are the natural successors to the elemental garage-rock sound predators of the past
“…this is as solid as playing it safe gets, and it doesn’t actually play it all that safe– who else in garage rock is doing this sort of breakdown?” – Pitchfork Media
- EVANS THE DEATH – http://www.myspace.com/eva
A conjoining of the unlikely twin towns of Chelmsford and Clapham, Evans The Death is, in truth, the creation of five like minds temporarily parted by the A10. Drawing inspiration from the independently minded guitar bands of the 80’s and with a healthy disdain for the concept of stardom, Evans The Death songs put high stock on the intelligence of lyrics and the primacy of melody. Despite actively avoiding the well trodden route of hype gigs and fervent web activity to gain a name, their ‘Sleeping Song’ has already been a fixture of the more forward thinking blogs.
- TYRANNOSAURUS DEAD – http://www.tyrannosaurusde
Tyrannosaurus Dead are a 4-piece alternative act from Brighton/London. Forming in 2010 they have already built an admirable local fan base. Pulling their influences from the pre-grunge guitar rock of Dinosaur Jr, showing a re-imagining of 90s indie and shoegaze with obvious credits to the Jesus and Mary Chain & Sonic Youth. Expect a range of delightful fuzz and a clear understanding of the importance of vocal melody.
+ DAVID MCNAMEE (THE GUARDIAN) – DJ SET
Between the bands on the night David McNamee will be treating us to a wonderful DJ set, playing a mix of old school female hip-hop, britpop, post-punk, indiepop, new wave, krautrock, lo-fi, party anthems, riot grrl, shoegaze, soul, pop and grunge. All nice and loudly.
I’m in a mite of a hurry, but I thought it’d be good to let you all know what’s going on. First up, sadly Familien had to pull out of opening the Jeniferever gig in a couple of weeks (with very good reasons, no hard feelings there whatsoever!) but excitingly as a replacement we have the wonderful AMONG BROTHERS playing. They’re actually quite brilliant, listen to them here at their Bandcamp, or read a lovely review of their new EP at The 405.
Now, secondly I’m really psyched to be able to announce that we have one of my favourite bands, SHRAG headlining The Green Door Store on Saturday 4th June! It’ll be something of a homecoming gig (having not played Brighton since before the release of their most recent album) and so no doubt a really special night. Please come along, they’re so, so good. Here’s some proof! – The video for recent single ‘Rabbit Kids’!
See you all soon, I can’t wait!
Here’s the updated poster/flyer for the upcoming Jeniferever gig!
Secondly, I wanted to use this opportunity to thank all who came to the Chris T-T/Dive Dive gig on Tuesday – I think you’d all agree that fun was had by all. There’s actually a video from it – here it is:
See you at the next one!
Hi! I’m quite certain I already posted about this already, but my post seems to have been lost. That’s a bugger.
Anyway, we have another gig coming up soon (really soon in fact), Tuesday 15th March at the Green Door Store, Brighton. Playing are three fantastic bands – Chris T-T and the Hoodrats + Dive Dive on their co-headline tour, plus Welwyn Garden City / Brighton’s own Redmaxx!
We’re big fans of all three here at Cupboard Music but, well, that’s probably a given seeing as we’re putting them on. But why believe us? Well, because of this YouTube-provided evidence. This is a good thing:
Chris T-T – Nintendo
Chris T-T – We Are The King of England
Dive Dive – Liar
Dive Dive – The Sorry Suitor
Redmaxx – Dan Reacts (live)
Tickets are £6 in advance or £7 on the door. They’re available NOW from Resident, Rounder Records and from this WeGotTickets link.
See you there!
XIU XIU PLAY THE MUSIC OF TWIN PEAKS
Wednesday 7th October
Tickets for all Cupboard Music shows are available from Resident in Brighton and online at WeGotTickets.com, Songkick & See Tickets.