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Van Houten

4 August, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Van Houten Brighton


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Van Houten Brighton

Van Houten live in Brighton at The Hope & Ruin on Wednesday 4th August 2021!
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Self described as “slacker pop with a cherry on top”, Van Houten’s newest offering perfectly encapsulates the feeling of a late and lazy summer afternoon. Layering warm, tape-warped guitars against gently hushed vocals, watery organs and a lilting guitar lead that sounds as if at any moment it could melt and give way under the heat of a heavy August sun. In this way it heralds the gentle psychedelia of a Chris Cohen or Mac Demarco song whilst remaining inherently its own.

Lyrically the song depicts the early adult disenchantment of a twenty-something trying to figure life out after a long and lonely year spent isolating inside. Its introspective honesty shines through in the first verse: “I got lost inside the mirror again”, depicting a life lived within the confines of a bedroom with nothing left to do but stare at one’s reflection and wonder what the hell is going on. ‘IDK’ is an intimate listening experience, like reading a diary entry you shouldn’t be, or accidentally stumbling across the notes app in somebody else’s phone. Despite the sobering lyrics, it never loses its playful and dreamlike sensibilities.

Van Houten have already seen support from BBC Radio 1, BBC 6 Music, KCRW and Amazing Radio to date, and have opened for indie heavyweights Jay Som and BDRMM. Festival appearances include The Great Escape and Live At Leeds, and they aren’t about to slow down. ‘IDK’ is the new single from Van Houten, released June 25th via Clue Records.

Plus support
SAD DADS: Curators of Shitepop. Sad Dads are Owen Bullock and Dan Cox; an Indie-Pop duo based in Brighton. Crafting home-brewed songs with a story driven twist.

Upcoming Love Thy Neighbour shows:
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28072021 – Public Body. The Hope & Ruin
01082021 – God Damn. The Hope & Ruin
04082021 – Van Houten. The Hope & Ruin
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17082021 – The Guru Guru. Green Door Store
19082021 – Document. The Hope & Ruin
02092021 – Average Sex. Green Door Store
06092021 – Dana Gavanski. The Hope & Ruin
16092021 – Pom Poko. Chalk
17092021 – Bull. Green Door Store
18092021 – Blue Bendy. The Hope & Ruin
27092021 – Joe & The Shitboys. The Hope & Ruin
27092021 – Liz Lawrence. Patterns
30092021 – Penelope Trappes. The Rosehill
01102021 – CIEL. The Hope & Ruin
03102021 – Shonen Knife. Lewes Con Club
07102021 – Frauds. The Prince Albert
16102021 – Thomas Truax. The Prince Albert
19102021 – Julia Bardo. The Prince Albert
20102021 – Jordan Mackampa. The Hope & Ruin
21102021 – Lime Garden. The Prince Albert
24102021 – Teleman. Chalk
24102021 – Plants and Animals. The Prince Albert
25102021 – China Bears. The Hope & Ruin
27102021 – Silverbacks. The Hope & Ruin
02102021 – Piroshka. Chalk
03112021 – bdrmm. Green Door Store
08112021 – Oracle Sisters. The Hope & Ruin
09102021 – Old Time Relijun. The Prince Albert
10112021 – Snapped Ankles. Chalk
12112021 – The Burning Hell. The Hope & Ruin
14112021 – The Cool Greenhouse. The Prince Albert
18112021 – Porridge Radio. Chalk
21112021 – LICE. The Hope & Ruin
21112021 – Lewsberg. Latest Music Bar
21112021 – Molchat Doma. Patterns
26112021 – Warm Digits. The Hope & Ruin
01122021 – POZI. The Hope & Ruin
01122021 – BABii. The Prince Albert
03122021 – Freya Beer. The Hope & Ruin
04122021 – The Howlers. The Rossi Bar
10122021 – Penelope Isles. Concorde 2
16122021 – Beach Riot. The Prince Albert
06022022 – Jane Weaver. Chalk.
15022022 – Douglas Dare. The Rose Hill
24022022 – Lime Garden. The Hope & Ruin
22032022 – Staking Polly. The Hope & Ruin
05042022 – The Beths. Concorde 2
19052022 – Donny Benét. The Hope & Ruin

The venue is only accessible via 3 steps so assistance to gain access and to exit the venue would be required. The venue can arrange this if you contact them in advance of a show on 01273325793. One gender neutral disabled toilet, although this is up two steps. Chairs can be provided in the venue although if the event is very busy this will impede visibility. If you wish to make use of a chair to view a gig, we advise arriving early to secure a position. The venue are happy to accommodate assistance dogs.

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 standing for long periods of time is an issue, please contact us in advance.


Van Houten Brighton

Van Houten Brighton


4 August, 2021
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Hope and Ruin
9-12 Queens Road
Brighton, BN1 3WA
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