The Bug Club Brighton
The Bug Club live in Brighton at Concorde 2 on 26th October! Co pro with Acid Box.
Get tickets until 6pm on the show day above, or from: Seetickets
THe Bug Club: 9.15pm
Tickets available on the door
After a live album (of new, one-off tracks) and an EP to get the year started at a leisurely pace, The Bug Club cap off 2023 with the announcement of their second full-length album- an hour-and-a-bit long double LP called Rare Birds: Hour of Song. The first single, ‘Short And Round’, is released today (July 21).
Now then, what could you possibly have to say that takes two records to spit out? Pay attention to this and learn. It’s The Bug Club’s Hex Enduction Hour. South Wales’ Double Nickels On The Dime. It’s The Faust Cycle for people with shorter attention spans. Listen to me, why don’t you. I’m from the label. I’m relevant. I have a huuuuge record collection, I love name-dropping, and I don’t have many friends.
Their eighth release since joining forces with Bingo Records in summer 2020, ‘Rare Birds…’ is a culmination of a year spent relentlessly touring. But it’s not one of those hackneyed road records. It’s about birds, to an extent. Well, it is, and it isn’t. And it is 47-songs long, featuring 23 Cutler-esque spoken-word tracks that weave through the music telling a surreal story to accompany the band’s usual witty, taut garage rock. Oh, and it comes with a fully illustrated, 32-page book.
‘Short and Round’ is The Bug Club at their most playful. Recalling The Soft Boys and The Kinks as much as their usual touchstones of The Moldy Peaches and The Modern Lovers, the track sees the band admiring an unnamed person’s barnet. And why not? They’re often worth admiring. It builds to a repetitive chorus before swaggering off with a solo they’ve chosen to fade out, just like they did on their debut single ‘We Don’t Need Room For Lovin’.
Need to know more? Spare us an hour and four minutes. That’s what we’re asking of you here. It’s a big ask, these days.
But if you do, you’ll find yourself entrenched in an immersive world of The Bug Club. The other records – with the sardonic and surreal, the riffs and the obsession with outer space – were a run up. With Rare Birds… Sam, Tilly and Dan have created an expansive environment in which we can all bask in a cocktail of garage rock, poetry, nonsense, wordplay, sentimentality and fuck-offs. Ivor Cutler’s come round to play with Gordon Gano and Kimya Dawson in a semi-detached in Caldicot. They’ve made something you’re going to really like.
‘Short And Round’ comes out on July 21st. Rare Birds: Hour of Song is released digitally, on vinyl and CD on October 20th. https://thebugclub.bandcamp.com/album/picture-this
Plus SUEP:SUEP make oddball car-boot-sale pop songs with a sprinkling of theatrical storytelling. The band is led by Georgie Stott (Porridge Radio, Garden Centre) and Josh Harvey alongside George Nicholls (The GN Band, Joanna Gruesome, The Tubs), William Deacon (PC World, Garden Centre), and Ollie Chapman. Their debut mini-album Shop was released by Memorials of Distinction in 2023.
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29102023 – An Evening With Kristin Hersh. Komedia
31102023 – Hilary Woods. The Rosehill
01112023 – An Evening with Tom Robinson. Lewes Con Club
02112023 – Personal Trainer. Lewes Con Club
08112023 – Silver Moth. Lewes Con Club
09112023 – Bodywash. The Prince Albert
10112023 – Maruja. Green Door Store
11112023 – Soft Machine. Lewes Con Club
11112023 – Dark Horses. Green Door Store
11112023 – David Tattersall Group. West Hill Hall
15112023 – Autobahn. The Green Door Store
24112023 – bdrmm. Patterns
26112023 – Abracadabra. The Prince Albert
28112023 – Ozric Tentacles + Gong. Chalk
28112023 – The Rural Alberta Advantage. The Prince Albert
30112023 – Flat Party. The Prince Albert
01122023 – Mickey Callisto. The Folklore Rooms
02122023 – Don Letts. Lewes Con Club
09122023 – John Otway. Lewes Con Club
12122024 – CIVIC. The Hope & Ruin
13122023 – Modern Nature. Lewes Con Club
21012024 – John Craigie. The Prince Albert
30012024 – John Francis Flynn. Concorde 2
18022024 – Michael Cera Palin. The Hope & Ruin
18022024 – Meadow Meadow. The Prince Albert
20022024 – Pip Blom. Chalk
21022024 – CIEL. The Hope & Ruin
23022024 – JOHN. Concorde 2
27022024 – Jordan Mackampa. Chalk
06032024 – Beans on Toast. Chalk
08032024 – Lime Garden. Chalk
15032024 – Grace Petrie. Concorde 2
02042024 – Martha Tilston. Komedia
16042024 – Jim Moray. The Prince Albert
21042024 – Martin Turner ex Wishbone Ash. Lewes Con Club
28042024 – Focus. Lewes Con Club
Fully accessible to wheelchairs, all on one level. Gendered toilets. If you require a carer at the venue, please contact us at email@example.com for guestlist, with evidence such as a blue badge or access card. If strobe lighting is an issue or if standing for long periods of time is an issue, please contact us in advance. More information: https://www.concorde2.co.uk/faq
The Bug Club Brighton
The Bug Club Brighton