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Brighton Mod Weekender – Lee Miller

The Jive Five sang about “Main Street” where the In crowd stand beneath the neon lights, listening to the beats from the sidewalk cafés. Well, that sums up the sights and sounds of the corner of North Street and Gardner Street. With smartly dressed Mods from all over the globe, peacocking, checking out the next face walking toward the crowd, greeting friends and preparing for the Mod Weekender ahead!

This year’s New Untouchables events were, again, held at The Komedia. Doors now opening in the Studio Bar at 10pm, with happy hour bar prices, until the main event at 11pm. The bar filled quickly with faces from all over the globe! The DJ soon had the dance-floor moving, playing a mix of 6T’s Mod sounds from Ray Charles, B.B. King, Stevie Wonder & Jimmy Smith and many more.

The clock struck eleven and the main doors opened.. Behind the decks, the R&B assassin Sir Bill Kealy opened the weekend with Arthur Alexander’s – Black Night. Bill is a fantastic DJ who’s selections draws you deeper into the Blues then he rips your heart in two, with some dirty R&B grooves. (Copyright: AI – York). With Bill filling the dance-floor, deck duties were passed to Rob Bailey, who kept the floor grooving, with a great cross-section of sounds. After refreshment, a few hello’s and a long overdue pint with Kris Van Beethoven from Belgium. Next up to add to Friday nights shoe leather wear-down session was myself, bringing an across the board selection of 6T’s Soul, R&B with a bit of Motown thrown in for good measure. Glasgow’s King of Mod Cool, Paul Molloy took the torch and raised the game. Playing a great selection of dancers, with a great mix of Beat, Garage and some classic Mod sounds. 3am came around all too quickly, so off to bed to recharge and Sarah to soak those too hot to trot feet.

Saturday morning and the sun was shining, and so was the chrome. The Brighton air filled with the smell of two-stroke and the ting ting sound of scooter exhausts. The New Untouchables afternoon event was being held at The Volks on Madera Drive where they had also made arrangements for the parking to be suspended so the squadrons of scooters could be parked and displayed. Inside the venue, there were a plethora of stalls offering quality vintage clothing, rare vinyl and tailoring services. The soundtrack to the afternoon was being supplied by DJ’s Wolfgang from Weisbaden, Germany, Julian Rochfort from Frome, Paul from Reigate, Jon Clay from London and Rob Powner, the face behind the club, Wang Dang Doodle, who set my goosebumps off with Earl Connely’s – This Girl !!

The Baron, introduced the afternoons live music, which was delivered by London’s – The Baron Four, the UK’s finest quartet of classically influenced Garage-Punk maestros. Who took us on a journey through their latest album ” Silvaticus” and other great tracks, keeping the appreciative crowd entertained. My favourite being their take on Bo Diddley’s – I Can Tell with Kevin Smith wailing on that harp, what a musician! The second live act was – Men of North Country (MONC) – hailing from Tel Aviv! What a sound, their version of the 60’s Soul Monster – I’m Comin Home In The Mornin’ was absolutely outstanding. The rest of afternoon was spent playing catch up with various friends from around the globe who I see more than the blue mooners. The standard of sussed dress was impeccable, and great to see the New Breed showing some, how it should be really done!

The evening started with that view again, smart dressed Modernists gathered on, that, corner. Again, the NUT’s evening event started in the Studio Bar at ten. When I arrived about 21:45 there was already a queue forming.

Starting the evening’s soundtrack off with Wes Montgomery & Jack Mc Duffs – I’m Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town, with other tracks from Joe Thomas, Jimmy McGriff & Chuck Higgins. Just as the dancers were finding their groove, it was decided that the main room would open at 10:30 as the queue was outgrowing the room capacity. So, record boxes in hand a quick rush down the stairs and let the main event begin, Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker, B.B. King & Ray Agee coming to the party. Again, Paul Molloy took to the decks, keeping the dance-floor, handclappin’ & footstompin’ to the sounds of original 45’s including, The Game – Gonna Get Me Someone. Tonight, Glynn Preece & Sean Chapman, hosts of “Out Of Time” joined the DJ’s over both floors. Glynn followed Paul in the main room, with some great R&B from Tiny Topsy, Sam & Dave’s great dancer – You Ain’t No Big Thing, Baby, ending his set with Chuck Miller’s – Look Out Mountain – with a great crowd showing their appreciation. Mr Bailey turned up the heat with tracks including The Rebel Rousers – As I Look, The High Numbers – I’m The Face, Johnny Watson – Say, I Love You and Gale Garnett’s version of You’ve Been Talkin’ ‘Bout Me Baby. The R&B assassin then made his mark on this event, giving the dance floor Danny Owens – You’re A Little Too Late, King Karl – Everybody’s Feelin’ Good amongst others. But the highlight for me was seeing Yasu from Japan in the “zone” dancing to The Drivers – Mr Astronaut. The dance-floor was a sea of dancing Mods, with handclapping and whistles appreciating every track played. Now as the song goes, “we came out here to party” – as the first bars of Booker T’s – Green Onions rang out a cheer went up from the crowd as the dance-floor filled, and there it stayed, to classics including, the In Crowd, Cool Jerk and many more great MOD dancers. Meanwhile, in the Studio Bar, Sean & Glynn with guests were showing all how-to party – Out Of Time style… Paul, Rob & Sean kept the sounds flowing in the main-room and the floor moving right up until 5am, with the crowd asking for more…

A bit of a slower start on the Sunday, but a Full English soon put that right. Again, the sun shone and at The Volks, the dealers looked like they were doing a roaring trade, with many more scooters adorning the roadside, with many day-trippers, attending for the impressive ride out, and scooter competition.

More faces from all over the globe were in attendance, chatting, drinking, looking sharp & listening to the music being played by the afternoons guest DJ’s. Suit Yourself Modernist Culture hosted this afternoons selection of DJ’s, Ian Hurford from Basingstoke, Ian “Detroit Executive” Jackson from London, Alan form Brighton and Vinny from The Prince Regents.

Gary Milan and Doug Sturrock joined out host Rob for the in enviable task of judging the scooter competition which lined both sides of the seafront. The standard was truly incredible and it took well over an hour for the final results to come through. The trophies were presented in front of the slush puppy with Brighton Pier as the backdrop for photos, congratulations to:

Best Lambretta – Lee Maxey – TV175 series 2
Best Vespa – Paul Digby – GS160 mk 2
Best Mod – John Gibson – TV175 series 2

After the presentation, it’s time for the eagerly anticipated ride-out across the East Sussex cliffs. The sight, smell and noise of hundreds of scooters is truly incredible and sight to behold. The ride-out was one of the most enjoyable yet from all accounts with a short refuel at Smugglers rest before the return trip back to the Volks. Some riders went onto Beachy Head but were diverted with reports of a mysterious gas cloud, we are happy to say the cloud was not 2 stroke and nobody was seriously injured. Many thanks to judges and all those who helped with marshalling the ride-out, a superb job folks.

The final evening’s event kicked off at 10pm at the Komedia, with Mary Boogaloo joining us in the Studio bar with Brighton Got Soul in the main room, with Ady Croasdale, Chris Dale, Sean Chapman & Colin Baldock.

Mary treated us all to a fantastic Jazz set including Wes Montgomery’s – Swivel Hips. Alan from Suits Yourself treated us to some superb 60’s Soul including Kell Osbourne’s – Quicksand. Bill had the room blocking to some of the best Rhythm & Blues 45’s, including Arthur Griswold – Pretty Mama Blues. Paul played a mixture of Mod dancers finishing with Death In Vegas With Paul Weller – So You Say You Lost Your Baby. Mary & Rob kept everybody dancing, then I was back on for the last 30mins which also involved a bit of double decking with Bill, before closing the night off with Ray Charles’ – The Train.. The crowd then moved downstairs until sun up..

Another fantastic New Untouchables weekender, with the events full of Smart, Sussed Mods from all over the globe. Thanks to the NU team and the fantastic staff at the Komedia and Volks who look after us all weekend.

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See you next year… LEE MILLER


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Lee Miller

I've called myself a Mod since around 1980. I first discovered the scene through 2-Tone & The Jam et al. Throughout my 35 years, I have been on a musical journey through the world of "Mod Music" - discovering something new at every RPM. Started attending Mod Clubs & Rallies in 1985, and have never looked back. DJ spots at local events escalated to London and beyond. As well as guest slots, being part of the NUT's DJ team and residencies at The Mousetrap (20 years) I’ve been involved with the hosting of events - From, The Maidstone Brandy & Blues Club, The Sidewinder & Gettin' To The Point (Leeds) and The Dreamsville Mod Weekender (Lowestoft), to name just a few!

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September 19, 2017 By : Category : Articles Events Front Page Reviews UK Tags:, ,
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Strange Cages (Newbreed)

Strange Cages are based in Brighton, UK featuring band members: Charlie McConnochie (Guitarist, Singer) Elliott Loughridge (Bass player) Ellis Dickson (Drums), we caught up with them recently for a nice chat.

01. How long have you been active for and how did you get together?

Just over 2 years. I found Ellis in a ditch. His legs were sticking out. They’re far too large for any ditch.

02. What influences do the band members have in common?

We have many influences in common. Some examples are: The Cramps, T Rex, The Jesus and Mary Chain.

03. Are there any other bands you’d recommend from your area? Why?

Wax Machine are a great band of groovy freaks with good solid tunes. Skinny Milk is another band worth checking out too, they are a two-piece bass and drums combo with a great sound (they’re much better than Royal Blood).

04. How would you describe the style you play?

Noisy rock and roll for reptiles. Music that makes you want to run around in the woods downing wine, smoking and dancing until you pass out.

05. What are your live shows like?

There is a lot of sweat. We recently played Green Door Store at 2am and things got quite wild. There was a woman swinging her jumper round, then she knocked the mic over and tried to get on the stage. At first, I thought she was really enjoying the gig, but then realised she was trying to get on stage to kill me. A bouncer had to stand with her for the rest of the gig.

06. What are your main influences in music? Who do/would you play covers by? And who do you despise?

We like to occasionally play ‘Jack the Ripper’which is an old garage song, covered by a lot of artists like Screaming Lord Sutch and The Horrors. We’re inspired by The Horrors’ version mainly. There’s not a lot better than howling “Jack the Ripper” down a microphone. I don’t like boring bands who play boring music and look bored whilst playing it. What is the point? Do you not feel anything? Do you want to be the same as everyone else? It baffles me.

07. What’s your favourite song in your repertoire currently? What’s your favourite song by another artist?

In our set: I like to play ‘Ego-Killer’ because I get to make a lot of noise. It’s usually our last song and it will be out on the EP next month.
Another artist: I keep listening to Autumn’s Child by Captain Beefheart because it’s just so so right. As is the rest of the album “Safe As Milk”

08. How would you describe the current underground scene? Do you participate?

It’s great, there are loads of great things going on Brighton. We’ve recently started a new night called Strange Cages’ Deadbeat Disco. We’re getting our favourite bands to play in a tiny space and it’s all free. It’s once a month, so come down and do a little dance.

09. What has been the biggest challenge to date?

The hardships of having to work and play music. It’s a bit of a nightmare working until 4pm, travel to a different city to play a gig and then leave straight away to get to work at 8am. Of course it’s worth it though and it obviously takes a long time for anyone to make money from music – if ever.

10. What do you think of the music coverage in the media?

It’s okay. There are plenty of good sites etc. I wish there were better magazines on paper. The NME has clearly gone downhill, a good example of this is that Chris Moyles was on the front cover. I also wish people would write more honest reviews of bands rather than just throw in superlatives.

11. Do you rate any current mainstream or underground bands?

I watched Goat live at Field Day festival and it was incredible. I didn’t know what the fuck was going on but loved it. If you don’t know who they are you should go and see them live as soon as you can.

12. Who/Where would you most like to record with and why?

I’d like to record with Josh Homme in his desert studio. I think we’d quite a lot of fun if that happened. I’m also looking forward to recording at Hermitage Works Studios with producer Margo Broom again. It’s where we recorded our upcoming EP and I don’t know if there’s anywhere around that’s better.

13. What should we expect from you in the future? What are your plans and ambitions? What interesting gig dates have you got coming up?

Our first EP will be out late July/August. We’ll be doing an EP launch at our Deadbeat Disco. I can’t wait to play 1234 Fest in September with Jesus and Mary Chain and Gang of Four. We plan on recording and releasing stuff at a much better rate in the future.

Discography:
Free download – Desert (2014)
Single on Strong Island Recordings – Pony (2015)
Free download – Catharsis (2016)

Web Links:
facebook.com/strangecages/

Updated Releases and Tour Dates 2016:
6th July – Shacklewell Arms, London
17th July – The Lock Tavern, London
28 August – Sticky Mikes Frog Bar, Brighton Psych Fest


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I run The New Untouchables organization and events like the Brighton Mod Weekender, Le Beat Bespoké Festival (and compilation series of the same name) and I co-organize Euro Ye Ye with the Trouble & Tea crew. I have run many clubs over the last 20 years in London, where I live and current nights include Timebox, Zoo Zoo, Crossfire, 100 Club and Mousetrap allnighter which has just celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011. I have been lucky to DJ all over the globe including Japan, Canada, USA and Europe and met some great people on my journey. I run RnB Records to offset my vinyl addiction: newuntouchables.com/rnbrecords for rare vintage vinyl.

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July 5, 2016 By : Category : Bands Beat Front Page Fuzz Garage Interviews Music Psych Scene UK Tags:, , , ,
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Super Lungs (Newbreed)

Super Lungs hail from Brighton, UK with band members: Billy Doyle (main vocals & rhythm guitar) Ben Varnes (Lead Guitar) Kieran Mansfield (backing vocals & bass guitar) Markus Sasse (backing vocals, drums & keys)

01. How long have you been active for and how did you get together?

About a year and half ago Ben and Billy started working together at a bar in town, Then Ben had to go on tour with the growlers, and Billy got really jealous and asked Ben to be in a band with him, I think he’s regretted it since. Once we got some songs together Ben asked Kieran to play Bass and Billy got his “mate” Markus to play drums. The first band practice turned out to be pretty sweet!

02. What influences do the band members have in common?

We all have our own influences that we bring to the table, but we have somehow managed to agree on freestyle jazz as a common one. Although we just play 60’sesque, RnB, surf, rock, blazecore.

03. Are there any other bands you’d recommend from your area? Why?

Gang are the most unique garage-y grunge guys I’ve seen for a while in the sea of Brighton bands, they have some really unusual melodies and tones that make us all really happy at SL. And Post-Heather having well written songs and melodies served up as an explosive 2 piece that sound like grace slick merged with Unkle. Bosco Rogers from Hastings are pretty sweet too!

04. What’s the 60’s/underground scene like where you’re from?

You see a lot of sixties fashion in Brighton, and a lot of appreciation for that era of music it just seems to be the norm.

05. How would you describe the style you play?

We like catchy vocal and guitar melodies driven by tight groovy beats and bass. Our guitars are nearly always clean in tone and appearance. I’d say we go for a spaghetti western vibe sometimes – kind of hard to describe.

06. What are your live shows like?

If they’re not awkward, they’re funny!

07. What are your main influences in music? Who do/would you play covers by? And who do you despise?

We play a mean rendition of George Michael’s careless whisper, its Kierans favourite – he really loves singing it. We would like to cover “Tu Fais partie du passé” by ZouZou but its all in French and Bill can’t do that.

08. What are your main influences outside of music?

Being kind to strangers.

09. Who writes your songs and what subjects do you deal with?

Writing process varies from song to song, but generally Billy writes rough songs that we all work on together until they’re ready for your ears! But we’re still changing things on songs we wrote a year and a half ago. Our songs are about life – a very broad subject. haha

10. What’s your favourite song in your repertoire currently? What’s your favourite song by another artist?

Our new song “Leave it all behind” is quite the “banger”. And we are really enjoying The Seeds – “Pushin’ too hard”

11. How would you describe the current underground scene? Do you participate?

All of us had been in bands before SL about 2 years ago that you could say were in the scene, but I wouldn’t say that now we participate as much. Although we do maintain a good network of friends that do great jobs promoting a lively garage rock scene in Brighton like Acid Box, Teen Creeps and so on.

12. What has been the biggest challenge to date?

Our drummer Markus had to be deported after the EU referendum result. Just joking he’s gone to Uni in Cologne for a while, so were in an international band now by default.

13. How often do you Rehearse? Play Live? Record? Anything interesting coming up?

We rehearse when we can, Ben and Billy live together so they jam and write a lot. Kieran comes over a fair bit but Marktin is in Cologne. We have a new drummer but we thought we’d make sure that the man himself got a mention for all his hard work… Marktin – we couldn’t have done it without you. The mystery drummer will be unveiled soon.

14. What do you think of the music coverage in the media?

I don’t think mainstream media really reports much new music but channels like KEXP do a great job getting all sorts of styles on film with great sound! We would love to feature one day!

15. Do you rate any current mainstream or underground bands?

Tame Impala, Doug Tuttle, The Seeds, Fairport Convention, Mac Demarco, Home Shake, UMO, BJM , Vague, Magic Castles and all the nice bands out there.

16. Who/Where would you most like to record with and why?

We’d like to record on our friends boat at the marina but sadly none of the tech to do it with or on top of Kilimanjaro.

17. What should we expect from you in the future? What are your plans and ambitions? What interesting gig dates have you got coming up?

At the moment we are just trying to get our new songs mixed and mastered so everyone can hear them. We have also been focusing on bringing a longer set to our live shows with some fresh songs to dance to, Ultimately we are looking to go on some sort of tour maybe in foreign lands! Peace out!

Discography:
2015 “Smoke forever demo” – I lost my way.

Weblinks:
facebook.com/SuperLungsUK
twitter.com/SuperLungs
soundcloud.com/super-lungs
instagram.com/SuperLungs.UK


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I run The New Untouchables organization and events like the Brighton Mod Weekender, Le Beat Bespoké Festival (and compilation series of the same name) and I co-organize Euro Ye Ye with the Trouble & Tea crew. I have run many clubs over the last 20 years in London, where I live and current nights include Timebox, Zoo Zoo, Crossfire, 100 Club and Mousetrap allnighter which has just celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011. I have been lucky to DJ all over the globe including Japan, Canada, USA and Europe and met some great people on my journey. I run RnB Records to offset my vinyl addiction: newuntouchables.com/rnbrecords for rare vintage vinyl.

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July 13, 2016 By : Category : Bands Front Page Fuzz Garage Interviews Music Psych Tags:, , ,
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NUTs – Brighton Weekend 2015

The New Untouchables – Brighton 2015

As my cab pulled into North Street, the spectacle that is Grit’s & Groove corner came into view. Every year the sight sends shivers and raises hairs – the sight of sharply dressed and sussed Mods spanning the width of the junction of North Street and Gardner Street, home to the Komedia, where the next three nights the New Untouchables events would be presented. As my cab passed, I could see the faces of friends from all over the UK & Europe. Just proving that the Brighton weekender, was the place to be.

As I entered the building, the queue was already 75 strong and it was only 10:45. Sound checks done, in both rooms, the clock struck 23:00 – doors opened – the weekend starts here!

The Main Room, started to fill, quickly, with smartly dressed Mods, ready to dance, and after that first taste of Dutch courage, or was it the sound of Billy Larkin’s version of “I’ve Got A Woman”? – the dance-floor was full – and there, the precedence was set for the rest of the evening, through until three am. The plethora of Mod sounds, all played from original vinyl kept the hand’s clappin’, feet tappin’ and the refreshments flowin’!

Meanwhile, upstairs in the Studio Bar, The Ham Yard DJ’s Guy, Ryan, Lucas, Rachelle & Stacey were turning up the heat on the dancefloor, playing some of the best in Soul, Jazz & Rhythm & Blues.

3 am came around too quickly and it was time to say the “See you tomorrows!” but there were just as many “Hello’s!” from  a flock of new faces I hadn’t seen during Fridays proceedings.

If there was a view to be had of Madera Drive it’s from the top of the wheel, or the access ramps above The Volks. It’s 13:15 and I’ve just arrived to the afternoon session, official kick off at 13:00, but as the story goes, they were arriving from 11am… So back to my view… rows of scooters adorned the roadside outside the Volks, also opposite to both sides of the pathway, with more and more pulling up throughout the afternoon. Inside the venue, there were many dealers with quality items, from original clothing, shoes, records, accessories to mobile tailoring, and no roundel embossed tat in sight. The rest of afternoon was spent playing catch up with various friends from around the globe who I see more than the blue mooners. The standard of dress was impeccable, and great to see the New Breed showing some, how it should be done!

Throughout the afternoon guest DJ’s gave us an insight into their own personal record collections as well as live set’s from The Turning & Gemma & The Travellers both introduced by the Baron and both received very well!

For me Saturday night had started at 21:00 at venue 2 – The Volks. From the ‘git-go’ the dance floor was moving and grooving – again the atmosphere was electric and the clientele very smart. Deck duties were handed over to Gary Wall from Nottingham and Paul Molloy from Glasgow, and I made my way over to The Komedia, for round two.

Mirroring the previous night’s views, I entered the Komedia to the sound of the un-credited version of The What Four’s – ‘Destroy That Boy’ and Rita & The Tiara’s’ version of ‘Gone With The Wind Is My Love’. Thirty minutes into the evening and Rob Bailey is dropping these tracks to an appreciative audience. Just time, for a couple of ‘hello’s’ and to get a pint or two, of liquid refreshment, just to keep me going during my set. Many dancing feet and clapping hands show their appreciation for Rob’s early doors, soul selections. Topping it off with, Joey Heatherton’s – ‘When You Call Me Baby’. Tonight’s DJ team, Rob, Gary, Paul, Chris Dale & myself played to a very appreciative crowd, keeping the floor filled until the last note.

Tonight upstairs in the Studio bar, the guest club hosting, is R&B 1, 2, 3. with avid vinyl selectors Alan Handscombe, Chris Dale & Mary Boogaloo at the decks. Every time I popped in to this room, the true Mod Club atmosphere was inescapable, sussed, smart and sweaty.

Sunday started again down at The Volks, with the dealers looking like they were doing a roaring trade, with many more scooters adorning the roadside. Many daytrippers, for the impressive ride out, and scooter competition. Again more faces from all over the globe were in attendance, chatting, drinking, looking sharp & listening to the music being played by the afternoons guest DJ’s Tim Fuller & Samantha Stevens to name a couple. Bringing you some great sounds from their own personal collections, and not that god forsaken 7T’s Wigan crap that some one thought was good being played out of their scooter stereo, ruining the vibe, just not Mod or cool man!

Scott Fraser Simpson and Martin Coolcat joined out host Rob for the in enviable task of judging the scooter competition. The standard of both models was incredible but the sheer amount of amazing Lambretta s meant that after over an hour and much deliberation the results were as follows. The trophies were presented in front of the big wheel with Brighton Pier as the backdrop for photos, congratulations to:

Best LambrettaJaymo Kid – TV175
Best VespaJohn Paterson – SS180
Best ModDarryl Bunker – TV175.

Many thanks to judges and Ade & Claire, Neil & Mel and Andy McCovy for help with marshalling the ride-out a superb job folks.

Early doors at The Volks for me again, and then back to the Komedia for the last time this year.

In the Main room, Brighton Got Soul was in full flow. I only caught part of Ginger Taylor & Chris Dale’s sets. And again the dancefloor was packed, Mods & Soulies enjoying the best Soul and the atmosphere was buzzin’. All the reviews from this room were good. Well done, Yann, Craig & Simon the other DJ’s in this room.

The Mousetrap was the guest club in the Studio bar tonight, with Chris Dale, Rob Bailey, myself and guest Scott Fraser-Simpson supplying the Hand Clappin’ Foot Stompin’ 45’s, where I spent most of my night. Again, the appreciation for the soundtrack was shown at the end of every tune and the voting was done with the feet… The Mousetrap baton was passed over to the Fuzz For Freaks DJ team at 3am who kept the party going thru until dawn.

It’s at this point I realised that I’m not in my early years anymore, and the 5 hour drive does not seem as easy as it sounds after spending 3 days with the most sussed, smart fantastic friends & acquaintances, laughing, drinking and peacocking around… Bring on Brighton 2016!


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Lee Miller

I've called myself a Mod since around 1980. I first discovered the scene through 2-Tone & The Jam et al. Throughout my 35 years, I have been on a musical journey through the world of "Mod Music" - discovering something new at every RPM. Started attending Mod Clubs & Rallies in 1985, and have never looked back. DJ spots at local events escalated to London and beyond. As well as guest slots, being part of the NUT's DJ team and residencies at The Mousetrap (20 years) I’ve been involved with the hosting of events - From, The Maidstone Brandy & Blues Club, The Sidewinder & Gettin' To The Point (Leeds) and The Dreamsville Mod Weekender (Lowestoft), to name just a few!

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September 22, 2015 By : Category : Articles Events Front Page UK Tags:, ,
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Simon Bridger – Hey! Mr DJ

This entry is part 1 of 19 in the series Hey! Mr DJ 3

1. How and when did you get into music and what were you listening to then?

Got into music first in the mid 7os via the radio & my old man’s tapes he used to get via a tape club, some really bad ones in there but a couple I enjoyed were Roy Orbison’s “Crying” and David Bowie’s “Station to Station”. First seriously started getting into stuff when I bought my first single, The Ruts “Babylon’s Burning” and then into The Jam & Two Tone.

2. Where was your first DJ slot?

First spot was at a Brighton Indie Club called the Basement but my first serious modernist spot was at “Modesty” in Brighton in the mid nineties, think I got the spot because I was friends with the people who ran it and I’d also just acquired Helen Troy’s “I think I love you” which was a real big deal at the time.

3. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

Most memorable was when I got given a warm up spot at the now infamous “Capitol Soul Club”, this was a really big deal at the time as it was the number one Northern Soul club in the country and there were plenty of big name DJs out there that would have killed for a spot. In an act of un-paralleled generosity Alan Hanscombe said he’d do my warm up spot and I could do his main spot which was incredible and I’ve never forgotten it.

4. What so far, has been your worst DJ experience?

Nothing really bad that I can remember, I’ve had to deal with a few idiots over the years like we all have but I’m fairly thick-skinned and diplomatic which tends to get me out of any tricky or bad DJing situations.

5. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

I’d have to go back to the Capitol Soul Club days, David Flynn, Alan Hanscombe, Irish Greg and Carl Fortnum, the most perfect blend of DJs for a night. Two others that spring to mind that had a big influence on my taste and were very original in their choices are Ian Clark and Andy Rix.

6. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

I like a mix of emotion and impact, The Four Tops were my blue print, but I have always had a love for slightly left field stuff of the likes that were played at Stafford but saying that I like a fresh sounding classic also, I try to blend these aspects into my set.

7. What was your best ever find/discovery?

My best ever find although someone else found it for me was Ernie Wheelright’s “In your arms” @ Gaye, I’d been after a copy for a decade, tried all round the world to get a copy and then a casual conversation with a well know DJ from London and I was astonished to find that he had a copy. After some negotiation we settled on a price and I then had the agonizing wait for the postman to deliver it.

8. Who was your biggest influence musically and your favourite artist(s)?

I’d have to say Levi Stubbs and when my sister was pregnant, I had no hesitation in suggesting the name, young Levi is now 11!

9. Do you collect specific labels/artists/genres?

No, but I do seem to have a liking for certain labels that generally play my particular kind of sound, Harthon is one that springs to mind.

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

Just doing sporadic stuff at the moment, my last gig was in Brighton at Steve Rowland’s “Grits & Gravy”. I’ve become quite choosy as I’ve got older & will only do something if I think I can add something to it.

11. What is the record you would most like to own?

Probably, Soul Incorporated – My proposal @ Coconut Groove.

12. Please give us a top 10 all time favourites and a current top 5 spins?

Top 10 Tracks:

Soul Incorporated – My proposal @ Coconut Groove
Mello Souls – We can make it @ Mello
Blue Jays – Point of view @ Jay
Darrow Fletcher – Infatuation @ Jacklyn
Roy Roberts – Got to have all your love @ Ninandy
Four Tops – Bernadette @ Tamla Motown
Tangeers – Let my heart & soul be free @ Okeh
Rita & the Tiaras – Gone with the wind is my love @ Dore
Tony Middleton – To the ends of the earth @ MGM
Gene Toones – What more do you want @ Simco

Current Top 5 Tracks:

Ruby – Feminine ingenuity @ Gold Token
Darrow Fletcher – Infatuation @ Jacklyn
Shawn Robinson – My dear heart @ Minit
Stevie Wonder – Every time I see you I go wild 2 Tamla Motown
Tony Middleton – To the ends of the earth @ MGM

Next Club Spots: New Untouchables, Brighton Mod Weekender.


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I run The New Untouchables organization and events like the Brighton Mod Weekender, Le Beat Bespoké Festival (and compilation series of the same name) and I co-organize Euro Ye Ye with the Trouble & Tea crew. I have run many clubs over the last 20 years in London, where I live and current nights include Timebox, Zoo Zoo, Crossfire, 100 Club and Mousetrap allnighter which has just celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011. I have been lucky to DJ all over the globe including Japan, Canada, USA and Europe and met some great people on my journey. I run RnB Records to offset my vinyl addiction: newuntouchables.com/rnbrecords for rare vintage vinyl.

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Rob Bailey Fuzz4Freaks (Brighton) Interview

01. Tell us about the name Fuzz4Freaks and the new event in Brighton this year 2014?

As the Mod weekender in Brighton grew over the last decade the need for a separate venue playing fuzzy sounds become apparent as tickets for the Komedia were snapped up by the Mods. We used to host these sounds in the Studio Bar at Komedia but folks of the paisley persuasion couldn’t get in last year.

02. You have some great young live bands playing?

We have three great young live bands from all over the UK. On Saturday young Psych band from Birmingham, the Exploding Sound Machine are getting a great reputation and have recently played a local festival with legends Donovan and Arthur Brown with glowing reviews. Check out their interview here for a better idea on what to expect from them.

I discovered local Brighton lads the Dials driving home listening to Radio 2 at 3am after Zoo Zoo one evening and heard this song which sounded like the early Floyd. The song finished and the DJ said that is a track from the Dials new album. The next day I got up and googled the band and found out they were from Brighton so it was fate that they should play, I am really excited to see these guys. Check their interview out on here also.

The Hypnotic Eye will add plenty of fuzz to the party proceedings with strong originals and some choice covers. All the bands have products available over the weekend and we recommend you save a few quid and support these acts.

03. What about the Venue?

I planned to use it last year but it never worked out. As soon as I saw it I was sure it would be perfect for this event. It’s a basement venue with low ceiling, wooden dancefloor, stage and well stocked bar at reasonable prices for a club. It’s reminds me very much of a Mousetrap but with a live music set up as well.

04. Can we expect a full on trippy lightshow?

You can expect kaleidoscope visuals and fog in the true psychedelic tradition.

05. What kinds of sounds will we hear? A top 5 perhaps to wet our whistles?

I picked a good cross section of DJ’s who all have their own style, cover a wide variety of underground sounds and will make everyone happy. Expect the party choons alongside new discoveries as well as the current in demand biggies.

Check out some of the other DJ’s profiles on here and our facebook event page will have regular songs posted HERE!

Here are 5 choons you can expect to hear from me over the weekend.

Black Lightening Light – The Shy Guys

Polka Dotted Eyes – The Snaps

High Flying Around – Legay

Now I Know – Met & Zonder

Lucifer Sam – Pink Floyd

06. Where can folks get their tickets from?

We got 200 tickets up for grabs each night and almost half have gone already. You can get your tickets HERE!

07. What is the current ‘Fuzz’ scene like and how has it changed?

There is a great mix of youngsters and scene stalwarts, always a friendly vibe and exciting times. Music is always amazing!

08. What kind of clothes will folks be displaying? Will it be quite ‘Dandy’?

No dress codes as some folks just dig the sounds and not the entire lifestyle but there will no doubt be plenty of dandy’s and dolls strutting their stuff.

09. Why Brighton and why this particular weekend?

It’s a great town easily accessible from all over Europe with great restaurants, a very continental café culture and plenty of accommodation. You can also travel back to nearby London throughout the night by train.

10. Any advice on places to stay?

visitbrighton.com for a range of accommodation to suit your budget. There is a student residence at Sussex University a short bus ride or taxi ride from the centre with a variety of rooms available from £18-£35 per person a night some rooms are also en suite HERE!

11. What about daytime things to do?

We have free daytime events both days from 1-5pm at the Volks with a mix of 60’s sounds, a market and live music on Saturday afternoon. Brighton is also great for shopping check out the various clothes and record shops in the lanes including the fab Jump The Gun. You also have all the tourist attractions like the Pier, Brighton Eye, Miniature railway and copious great restaurants all over town.

12. Will Fuzz4Freaks appear in other places at some point in the future, maybe even a Tour?

Who knows? Watch this space…

Web Links:

newuntouchables.com
newuntouchables.ning.com
facebook.com/thenewuntouchables

Next Events 2014:

Sat 6 September: MOUSETRAP ALLNIGHTER ‘Fuzz for Freaks’ @ Orleans 259 Seven Sisters Rd, Finsbury Park, London N4 2DD (10pm-6am) Primest Garage/Freakbeat and Psych on the planet! DJ Dr Robert & guests

Sat 11 October: CROSSFIRE Allnighter London, 9pm-6am @ 229 The Venue,
Great Portland St.

Sat 13 December: MOUSETRAP ALLNIGHTER ‘Fuzz for Freaks’ @ Orleans 259 Seven Sisters Rd, Finsbury Park, London N4 2DD (10pm-6am) Primest Garage/Freakbeat and Psych on the planet! DJ Dr Robert & guests


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July 4, 2014 By : Category : Bands DJs Events Front Page Interviews News Tags:, ,
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The Exploding Sound Machine (NewBreed)

This entry is part 4 of 22 in the series Newbreed4

We are the Exploding Sound Machine, a machine that has chewed, mangled and spat back out the sounds of the underground acid trips and nightmarish freakouts thrown into a blender of delay and reverb, mix in swirling organ and poundung beats to create something new from something old…

Band Members:
Joey Smiths (guitar, vocals)
Edward Sadowski (guitar, backing vocals)
Sarah Zietz (organ, backing vocals)
Lewis Spink (bass)
Simon Lee (drums)

Discography:
We’ve just recorded a little digital EP called “The First Twist in the Tale”, but hopefully we’ll be able to put it out as a physical release within the next few months.

Updated Releases and Tour Dates: songkick.com/exploding-sound-machine

01. How long have you been active for and how did you get together?

We had been going as a three piece with guitar, organ and drums for a while, but it wasn’t until early last year when we met our bass player Lewis that everything fell into place. Just recently, we’ve also added another guitar player which has made a massive difference to our sound. If you’re into a specific type of music, it’s always quite difficult to find like-minded people who share the same ethos, so I think we’ve been quite lucky in that respect.

02. What influences do the band members have in common?

Our background in music is obviously quite similar. It’s a mutual love for British Psych, early Prog and Folk that has brought us all together, with Lewis also really being into Soul. I think it’s good if everyone has got slightly different preferences as it doesn’t limit us to one sound which hopefully comes across in the music that we make.

03. Are there any other bands you’d recommend from your area? Why?

Birmingham has got quite a vivid music scene at the moment with lots of new bands emerging, but if I had to take my pick it would have to be Velvet Texas Cannonball. They have been around for a while, but they’re just a great live band with a very early Deep Purple sound.

04. What’s the 60’s/underground scene like where you’re from?

Birmingham and the Midlands have always been quite renowned for their big Mod scene, but recently, the 60s Psych scene has really started to pick up here. There’s quite a good selection of events to go to now with The Exploding Bubble Club in Birmingham, The Perfumed Garden in Derby or Biff Bang Pow and  the Dandelion Club up in Leicester. It’s also so amazing how many people turn up to these events who you’ve never seen on the scene before but who are massively into that kind of music. Great to see!

05. How would you describe the style you play?

A mix between 60s influenced Psych and early Prog.

06. What are your live shows like?

It’s always hard to tell when you’re the one on stage as you obviously experience it completely different to the audience. Our general aim, however, is to capture people’s attention who might have never seen us before and therefore make our live shows as interesting as possible. We’ve tried to progress our live shows by creating an atmosphere using lighting and different sound effects.

07. What are your main influences in music? Who do/would you play covers by? And who do you despise?

There are so many bands we feel we’re influenced by, the obvious ones would be Syd Barrett and Pink Floyd, hints of Donovan or even bands like King Crimson. One influence that we chose to cover for a while is The Moody Blues, not only because of their great music, but because it’s a nod to another band from Birmingham. In terms of despising a band, I can’t really say as we never really listen to mainstream radio enough to hate anything that’s out at the moment.

08. What are your main influences outside of music?

It’s hard to say as music has always influenced a lot of other things in our lives, such as the clothes we wear, the books we read, the films we watch etc. It might sound silly, but I think a lot of these things are just connected subconsciously.

09. Who writes your songs and what subjects do you deal with?

Joey is our main songwriter and all of our songs have a story somewhere down the line. All the songs seem to have a darker and more mystical edge to them than most standard love songs, something we never really wanted to write. Some of the songs are of course tales of love, but written from a different perspective.

10. What’s your favorite song in your repertoire currently? What’s your favourite song by another artist?

I think we probably all have different favourites, but some of the songs that are most fun to play are Brick Faced Man, Olympus Fallen and End Of The Sun. It’s difficult to specifically name another favourite song as there are so many, but we’ve been listening to a lot of The Moody Blues again, The Nice and Neil Young more recently.

11. How would you describe the current underground scene?  Do you participate?

As mentioned above, the scene in Birmingham and the Midlands is definitely starting to pick up and it’s great to be a part of it, especially with Joey being the main organizer of The Exploding Bubble Club. Sarah used to live in London for three years when she first moved over to the UK and was totally blown away by the scene there. The amount of 60s clubs down there is just amazing as there’s literally something for everyone, no matter whether you’re into Psych, Soul, Garage or anything else. It’s also a great place to meet like-minded people. We’ve met most of our friends here in Birmingham and across the country through the scene, so it’s undeniably playing quite an important part in our lives.

12. What has been the biggest challenge to date?

Definitely finding the right people for the band, especially in a city that was so Soul orientated at the time.

13. How often do you Rehearse? Play Live? Record? Anything interesting coming up?

Since getting together, there have been very few days we’ve been apart from each other, whether it’s because we’re at our own studio (The Bubble Factory), on the road or recording, which I think has made us a tighter band. At the moment, we try to play at least three gigs a month, but we’re also really keen on getting our first EP “The First Twist in the Tale” out as a physical release.

14. What do you think of the music coverage in the media?

Personally, I think it’s a great time for underground music because it’s never been easier to find and read about new bands. It’s also far easier to reach people thanks to social media and magazines like Shindig.

15. Do you rate any current mainstream or underground bands?

We all really love a German band called The Magnificent Brotherhood who are absolutely mind-blowing.

16. Who/Where would you most like to record with and why?

Any studio that Brian Eno would come to and produce us (just in case you’re reading this Brian).

17. What should we expect from you in the future?  What are your plans and ambitions? What interesting gig dates have you got coming up?

This year, we’ve been trying to get out of Birmingham a bit more and play some other places which has worked quite well so far. We’ve just played Lunar Festival alongside Donovan, Temples and Tim Burgess which was a really great experience. Generally, we would love to get some more support slots and start playing the North of England a bit more, so we are currently working on that.

Besides that, we have some more London shows coming up which we are thrilled about, plus, obviously the New Untouchables Brighton Fuzz 4 Freaks Weekender in August and the One Beast Festival in Birmingham in June which are set to be great as well.

Web Links:

facebook.com/TheExplodingSoundMachine
twitter.com/Exploding_Sound
soundcloud.com/explodingsoundmachine
theexplodingsoundmachine.bandcamp.com


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I run The New Untouchables organization and events like the Brighton Mod Weekender, Le Beat Bespoké Festival (and compilation series of the same name) and I co-organize Euro Ye Ye with the Trouble & Tea crew. I have run many clubs over the last 20 years in London, where I live and current nights include Timebox, Zoo Zoo, Crossfire, 100 Club and Mousetrap allnighter which has just celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011. I have been lucky to DJ all over the globe including Japan, Canada, USA and Europe and met some great people on my journey. I run RnB Records to offset my vinyl addiction: newuntouchables.com/rnbrecords for rare vintage vinyl.

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The Dials (NewBreed)

This entry is part 10 of 10 in the series Newbreed3

The Dials are a 4 piece band from Brighton in the UK. “Glides effortlessly between the harmonic swoon of The Byrds, the poppier elements of the Velvets and the child-like psych of Syd Barrett’s Pink Floyd.” Uncut Magazine
Dermot Watson took some time out to talk to Dr Robert for NUTsMag.

Band Members:
Andrew Taylor (Vocals & Keyboards)
Rich Parrish (Drums & Vocals)
Joe Allenby-Byrne (Bass and Vocals)
Dermot Watson (Guitars)

Discography:
‘The Dials’ Album (2007)
‘Companions Of The Rosy Album (2009)

Updated Releases and Tour Dates: thedials.co.uk/gigs

01. How long have you been active for and how did you get together?

We started in 2005 following a jam session in Brighton. The original idea was to put a few tunes together and – for a laugh – go busking on the seafront. We never got to go busking but the rest, as they say, is history.

02. What influences do the band members have in common?

We all have far too eclectic tastes, but we do share a taste for psychedelia – from Caravan to early Floyd. Beyond that, we have our individual musical ghettoes we retreat to and introduce from time to time.

03. Are there any other bands you’d recommend from your area? Why?

Unanswered.

04. What’s the 60’s/underground scene like where you’re from?

We live in Brighton. It never went away.

05. How would you describe the style you play?

The joy of The Dials is that we don’t have a single style. We’re known for mixing it up, adding our own flavors and coming up with something tasty.

06. What are your live shows like?

We try to mix raw and refined. They rock but they also make you think.

07. What are your main influences in music? Who do/would you play covers by? And who do you despise?

Influences range from The Faces and Nuggets garage to Miles Davis. We don’t do covers. Anything with the cynical, saccharine hand of Simon Cowell deserves an expression of distaste.

08. What are your main influences outside of music?

For the latest album – The End Of The Pier – we’ve been thinking a lot about our adopted town of Brighton. You can come for a day and see a certain side of it, but it becomes something else and something strange out of season and away from the tourists.

09. Who writes your songs and what subjects do you deal with?

Songwriting tends to be a collaborative business. Subjects range from the release and joy of jumping into sea after a hard week at work to the doubts that possess us all in the wee small hours. It’s all real.

10. What’s your favorite song in your repertoire currently? What’s your favourite song by another artist?

Each of us would have a different answer, but as I’m writing this, I’m going to say Over The Fence. It bothers me in a good way.

My choice of favourite song by another artist would be Red Cadillac and a Black Moustache by Warren Smith. It’s classic Sun Records, perfect tune and wonderful, understated guitar (my suggestion for best ever solo). Everything is right. My choice will, of course, change tomorrow.

11. How would you describe the current underground scene?  Do you participate?

I don’t really know what that means. Not wishing to be awkward, but there’s good and bad music. Whatever works, works.

12. What has been the biggest challenge to date?

Just keeping a band together can be hard. As life gets more complicated so do the demands on everyone. Luckily, we all believe this is a special band and worth it.

13. How often do you Rehearse? Play Live? Record? Anything interesting coming up?

We usually rehearse once a week with extra song writing sessions in between (they’re coming thick and fast at the minute… I can see another album not too far away. Gigs it depends, a couple a month generally but occasionally a few a week.

14. What do you think of the music coverage in the media?

It’s getting increasingly hard to get noticed by traditional media if you don’t fit a certain mould. Having said that, there are all sorts of new routes to look at now.

15. Do you rate any current mainstream or underground bands?

Some of the chaps like bands like White Denim or Tame Impala. Wooden Shjips are also a big hit with one of us. Another was recently going on about his love for Nick Lowe.

16. Who/Where would you most like to record with and why?

That is a very real question to which we are turning our attention to right now…
I would suspect we’re going to hire a cottage in the country to retreat to and do it all ourselves.

17. What should we expect from you in the future?  What are your plans and ambitions? What interesting gig dates have you got coming up?

We want to get in on the festival circuit more… we’ve never really cracked it. Radio play has been really good with Radio 6 and 2 giving us loads of exposure, so we’d like this to continue and build. We reckon there are many more people out there who would ‘get’ us. Finding more of them would be the best achievement. Interesting Gigs – the New Untouchables Brighton Fuzz 4 Freaks Weekender in August, the Bank Holiday

Web Links:

thedials.co.uk
facebook.com/TheDials
twitter.com/thedials
soundcloud.com/thedials
youtube.com/user/thedialsuk


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I run The New Untouchables organization and events like the Brighton Mod Weekender, Le Beat Bespoké Festival (and compilation series of the same name) and I co-organize Euro Ye Ye with the Trouble & Tea crew. I have run many clubs over the last 20 years in London, where I live and current nights include Timebox, Zoo Zoo, Crossfire, 100 Club and Mousetrap allnighter which has just celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011. I have been lucky to DJ all over the globe including Japan, Canada, USA and Europe and met some great people on my journey. I run RnB Records to offset my vinyl addiction: newuntouchables.com/rnbrecords for rare vintage vinyl.

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Brighton Mod/60’s Weekender 2013 Review

The August bank holiday saw the New Untouchables team heading for Brighton to set up for a hotly anticipated weekend of fun in Britain’s best seaside resort. In this video are some of the highlights from 2013. Join us same time, same place next year for more action.

A Massive thanks to the team: Pip! Pip!, Ellie, Kolorz, Carlo Sesto, Graham Lentz, Lord Savage, Doug Sturrock and Nicky Bubbles (Bar Italia). The soundtrack was superb all weekend big shout for the live bands Faith Keepers & the 45’s, plus the NUTS DJs: Chris Dale, Lee Miller, Pid: special guests Pete & Kris Tebbutt, Holly Calder, Mik Parry, Ginger Taylor, Yann Vatiste, Andy Roseman, Jamie Parr, Simon Bridger, Craig Simpson, Dean Chalkley and Graeme Very and all those who spun at the open decks session at the Volks Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

Credits: Video by Doug Sturrock @ Stable Studios & Photos by Carlo Sesto


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I run The New Untouchables organization and events like the Brighton Mod Weekender, Le Beat Bespoké Festival (and compilation series of the same name) and I co-organize Euro Ye Ye with the Trouble & Tea crew. I have run many clubs over the last 20 years in London, where I live and current nights include Timebox, Zoo Zoo, Crossfire, 100 Club and Mousetrap allnighter which has just celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011. I have been lucky to DJ all over the globe including Japan, Canada, USA and Europe and met some great people on my journey. I run RnB Records to offset my vinyl addiction: newuntouchables.com/rnbrecords for rare vintage vinyl.

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September 20, 2013 By : Category : Bands Cars and Scooters Clubs DJs Events Fashion Front Page Music Reviews Tags:, , , , , , , ,
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Jump the Gun

I managed to catch up with Adam the owner of Brighton’s premiere gentlemen’s clothing shop Jump the Gun ahead of the Brighton Mod weekender about his passion for early modernist fashion. Keep an eye on the website to check out the latest Jump the Gun news.

Shop Name: Jump the Gun – Modernist Men’s Wear and Accessories

Headquarters: Brighton, UK

Opening Hours: 10am-6m (except Sundays 12-5pm)
Address: 44 Gardner Street, Brighton, BN1 1UN

Main website: jumpthegun.co.uk

Social Networks: facebook.com/Jump-the-Gun


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I run The New Untouchables organization and events like the Brighton Mod Weekender, Le Beat Bespoké Festival (and compilation series of the same name) and I co-organize Euro Ye Ye with the Trouble & Tea crew. I have run many clubs over the last 20 years in London, where I live and current nights include Timebox, Zoo Zoo, Crossfire, 100 Club and Mousetrap allnighter which has just celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011. I have been lucky to DJ all over the globe including Japan, Canada, USA and Europe and met some great people on my journey. I run RnB Records to offset my vinyl addiction: newuntouchables.com/rnbrecords for rare vintage vinyl.

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Brighton August 2012 Review by Nicky Bubbles

As usual, the August bank holiday is upon us all too quickly after the short spell of sunshine and clear skies that constitutes a British summer. It has to be said that, despite the topsy turvy weather (always a struggle for the sartorially inclined) 2012 has been a largely successful one in terms of scooter events and rides for the Bar Italia Scooter Club.

From Greenwich in March to the Palace in May and even the Le Mans in June to display our scooters, we’ve been pretty busy. But the icing on the metaphorical cake, is the Brighton August Bank holiday weekend rideout.

So, with a hotel booked and our friends Catford Chris and Joeli kindly agreeing to take the suit carrier in their car (just enough room with all of Chris’s records), the French one and I planned the journey to the coast from our dwellings in sarf-east London. The scenic route via B-roads is an absolute must for anyone wanting to take in the idyllic Kent/Sussex countryside and a pleasure to deal with on a 50-year-old shopping trolley.

Sunday arrives all too soon after a cracking Saturday night. A worthwhile mention to the chap from Perth (Australia) who I chatted to at the bar. Dare I say it made me reminisce about my mis-spent youth?

A new scooter and some forward planning helped things along. This time everyone was facing in the right direction on Madeira Drive–what a sight! A few hundred scooters and riders greeted us as we turned onto the promenade. Every style, with numbers growing by the second (I think I said multiplying like single-celled amoebas).

A check in with Rob at the Volks meant pushing through heaving crowds. It was then time to start the judging for the scooter competition. For this, the keen eyes of Gary Milan and Paul Boddy were employed. Judging was tough this year. A lot of people had put effort into restoring or accessorising, but we were forced get a move on as we ran out of time and the rideout was due to start.

At 3pm exactly, 400 scooters were idling waiting for instructions. A kick of the starter and I made my way through the pack to lead the charge. Thanks to everyone who understood instructions. Then we were off!

Up the ramp on Madeira Drive, right onto the coastal road and sit tight against the fresh August wind buffeting me all over the road…or was that the DT’s? Through Saltdean and after five miles along it’s time to pull into the end point of the Smugglers Rest pub. Various groups of scooter riders didn’t hear about the end point and made it clear they were off to Beachy Head. Fair play–the rest of us plotted up on a bench and had a well earned hair-of-the-dog and rest. Then it was back on the bikes, rounding up the troops and back to the Volks to announce the competition winners:

Best Lambretta–green series 2 LI–reg X75 XUB belonging to Shaun

Best Vespa–blue and silver GS150 reg–HFO 815 belonging to Richard

Best Mod Scooter–orange and cream series 1–regXJJ 813 belonging to Andrew

Honorable mentions should also be given to Marco from Rimini Lambretta Centre and his blue/chrome series 1, as well as Daniele from Italy and his gold/green Series 3. If there were awards for furthest travelled…

Thanks as always to the NUTs team for a great weekend and everyone who took part. Keep ‘em peeled for more Bar Italia S.C. adventures in the usual places.

Photography by: © Ramees Farooqi 2012


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Nicky Bubbles was bitten by the bug as a young lad in Australia. With the sounds of Otis, Diana and Marvin in the background of his youth, it was a deep seeded passion for Tamla that helped propel him towards the Mod scene in his mid twenties. The love of scooters was also apparent from a relative obsessed with Vespas. This led to Nicky joining and subsequently taking over the reigns at Central London’s only dedicated geared scooter club as ‘El Presidente’- Bar Italia SC. Based in Soho, the spiritual home of the Mod/ern/ist, the club meet on sundays at the iconic all night coffee bar, drink some of London’s best ground blend, and plan/ride through Central London throughout the year, as well as collaborate with fellow clubs in the South East region. The club, now approaching it’s tenth year anniversary as an official club, has a heavy influence by the scene and represents the more sussed part of the scootering fraternity. All other clubs are welcome, as well as any solo riders, Mod or otherwise.

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September 28, 2012 By : Category : Articles Events Front Page Music Reviews Scene UK Tags:, , , ,
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Brighton August 2012 Review by Scott Simpson

This year was my fifth weekender, if my memory serves me correctly: alcohol-assisted weekends seem to blur into one when I try to recall them. Arriving on the Thursday there was already a buzz about Brighton town centre. Scooters racing up the seafront, people milling around the winding lanes looking out for those last minute purchases before the weekend got into full swing.

Friday opened out in the main room of the Komedia, where the events of the whole weekend would take place. Like many weekenders, the first hour was a chance to catch up with old friends and meet new people. The pull that this weekend has was more apparent this year as there were people over from Australia and America – not forgetting the hardcore Europeans that make it over every year to show us their version how to party.

It wasn’t long until legendary NUT’s resident DJ Pid, along with new-to-the-decks, Scully, smacked down some tasty dance floor tracks. From then on with the help from Mary Boogaloo and the guv’nor, Rob Bailey, the DJs kept it going until the 3am finish.

Saturday morning, slightly fuzzy headed, we made our way down to the daytime venue the Volks bar on the seafront, Scooters everywhere, the vintage clothes and record stalls were healthier than the year before and were packed with promising offerings. 

A chance to chat with people under the sun (with the odd shower… it is the British summer time after all) and listen to the bands, Shake 101 and Elgazelle. Between the bands DJs changed over and helped to keep the vibe going, pulling out some wax that got people’s feet tapping and ready to welcome in the night ahead.

Rolling up to the pubs across from the Komedia, which seemed to be the usual meeting point, you could sense the night ahead already with people filling both pubs and spilling out onto the street. In the weeks leading up to the bank holiday there was a surge in ticket sales and it was decided in order to accommodate everyone a second venue would be opened up for the Saturday and Sunday nights in two different locations.

With both sold-out the dance floors were packed, turning the large basement venue, even with the air-con, into what could only have been described as a sweat box. This though only adding to the atmosphere of this weekend – it’s proper. Going on until a later time slot of 5am it was again busy up till the last song was spun from the DJs Callum Simpson, Holly, Pid, Chris Dale, Lee Miller and host, Rob Bailey.

Sunday daytime means the rideout, scooter competition, more music, clothes and a chance to recuperate before the allnighter. I have to say the calibre of scooter at this weekender was high. Some driving over from Italy–Dean and Marco from the famous Rimini Lambretta were amongst my favourites. The rideout drew 400 scooters headed up by Bar Italia scooter club. 

Back home to change, pick up my records and head off to the usual watering holes. Some Dutch courage then I made my way up to the second room of the Komedia. The venue tonight was split into a Northern Soul in the basement and a 60s R&B/ Psych room on the ground floor. I was slightly apprehensive as I started playing the first set but boy… there was no need to be. The crowd were easily one of the best that I had ever played out to, welcoming the new progressive club sounds right through to the classics that got everyone singing.

That was the last night to get a few drinks and dances in–people were taking full advantage of it and once the two rooms came together for the last hour it was down to Warren Boogaloo & Chris Dale to finish up. When 6am came around the sun was up and the seagulls were out. People said their goodbyes and it was now time to head back home: back to work and back to reality…until next time.

Photography by: © Dammo 2012


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Scott Simpson

Starting out venturing into the delves of the mod scene at the tender age of 17. A couple of years later and bitten by all things retrospective; scooters, knitwear and records have taken hold of me and I don't think they'll ever let me go - not that I really want to be that is! Currently living in London and attending the 50s and 60s clubs that the homeland has to offer, as well as traveling further afield for the different countries versions and lessons in how to party. I have been collecting record since 2009 and from that point on have been playing my take on early Rhythm and Blues, Soul and Latin Boogaloo. If you fancy a listen to what I have on offer check out my youtube channel - http://www.youtube.com/user/scottfsimpson?feature=mhee For now, I'll see you out on the dance floor. And for some cool threads on offer: styleandclassics.wordpress.com/

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