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The Homesick

11 October @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Homesick Brighton

This show has been cancelled.

Hailing from the backwater Frisian municipality of Dokkum, Jaap van der Velde, Erik Woudwijk and Elias Elgersma shrewdly courted spirituality under their own nonconformist whims on debut LP Youth Hunt. The Dutch trio’s second album The Big Exercise came out February 7 on Sub Pop, brings them to more grounded, tangible pastures. With its title ripped from a passage in the Scott Walker-biography Deep Shade Of Blue, the record is a concentrated effort by the band to explore the physicality of their music in fresh ways.

The Big Exercise finds the band keenly second-guessing their core chemistry as a live unit, imbuing their angular post-punk workouts with baroque elements such as piano, acoustic guitar, percussion, and even clarinet. “It’s the opposite of trying to translate recorded music to the stage,” Elgersma comments. “We were already playing these songs live for quite some time, so for this album, we wanted to unlock the potential of these songs further in the studio.”

Opening track ‘What’s In Store’ was in part inspired by Van der Velde’s unprompted deep dive into the world of National Anthems, making his own attempt to conjure a similarly timeless melody. The song seamlessly bleeds into the chivalrous prance of  ‘Children’s Day’ and the fragmented ‘Pawing’, righteously encouraging Erik Woudwijk’s nimble, cerebral drumming to become the band’s driving force. With aplomb, The Homesick made a record impregnated with impressions which – when superimposed – still fit neatly under the pop umbrella. That obvious nod to Scott Walker isn’t an aberration either: straddling pop sonority and the cacophonous fringes is something well worth aspiring.

“I consider The Homesick a pop band first and foremost,” Van der Velde enthuses. “If you’d introduce a late-era Scott Walker-record to a layman, it would likely fall on flat ears. But put it in the right scene of a good movie, and that person may finally understand its potential. The Homesick is allowed to play around in that pop framework, and the goal is to explore what’s possible within it. https://thehomesick.bandcamp.com/

Plus support:

Dead Surf: Formed in March 2019, Deaf Surf rose from the ashes of previous bands within Brighton’s raucous scene, having bonded over shared musical influences and a desire to do something different. “The group sounds like they’re funneling the angst of the most engaging classic punk through more drawn out, sprawling melodies, which allows the emotional nuance to really shine.” CAPTURED OWLS

Safety Jacket. New Sussex based three piece. Their debut EP Dumb Down is out now.

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One step into the venue and a staircase with a hand rail from the bar down to the venue. No gender neutral toilets, all of which are up two flights of stairs from the bar. Chairs can be provided in the venue although if the event is very busy this will impede visibility. If you require a carer at the venue, please contact us at info@lovethyneighbourmusic.co.uk 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.

The Homesick Brighton: Latest Music Bar, Sun 11th October.

The Homesick Brighton: Latest Music Bar, Sun 11th October.


11 October
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Latest Music Bar
14-17 Manchester St
Brighton, BN2 1TF United Kingdom
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01273 687171