Music’s Not Dead Live On The Bandstand

So excited to be back at the The De La Warr Pavilion bandstand on Saturday August 5th with a line up of our favourite musicians outside overlooking the sea in beautiful Bexhill…and it’s all free
Joana Serrat
William The Conqueror
Sister Suzie
Moss Clarkson
The Equatorial Group
DJ Jonny Morris
Running from 1pm until 6.30pm
Come on down folks…
#bexhill #livemusic

Joana Serrat
We’re delighted to welcome back the amazing Joana Serrat to Bexhill
Cross The Verge, just as its name promises, shows us another side of Joana Serrat, who so enchanted audiences on her 2014 album Dear Great Canyon. On Cross The Verge, her third album, Joana lays bare all the cracks, inconsistencies and fears that come with life, with the album revealing itself to be an especially beautiful tribute to the acknowledgment of loss and the acceptance of the uncertain.

To record this album, Joana Serrat travelled from her home in Vic, near Barcelona, to Montreal, Canada to team up with producer Howard Bilerman (Arcade Fire, The Barr Brothers) in his analogue studio, The Hotel2Tango. In the recording process Joana was joined by the likes of Gavin Gardiner (The Wooden Sky), Aaron Goldstein (Daniel Romano, City & Colour, Cowboy Junkies) and the acclaimed Canadian auto harpist and vocalist Basia Bulat. Elsewhere, Neil Halstead (Slowdive, Mojave 3) and Ryan Boldt (The Deep Dark Woods) joined Joana in two duets from two different approaches; the shimmering pop of Cloudy Heart and the wrought Americana of Black Lake.

William The Conqueror
Debut album “Proud Disturber Of The Peaceout ” out on Loose Music the day before AUgust 4th
Hailing from the coast of Cornwall, multi-instrumentalists Ruarri Joseph, Harry Harding and Naomi Holmes channel classic blues and singer-songwriter influences through a grunge/indie filter drawing influences from bands and artists as diverse as The Doors, Ryan Adams and The Lemonheads, with Mark Guarino from The Guardian describing them as “stomping country rock veering into stoner grunge”. Praised for their grit and authenticity by the likes of The Guardian and NPR’s Ann Powers, the three piece have already made their mark across the pond in Nashville performing at the influential AmericanaFest which led to a nomination for best song at the UK Americana Awards and a chance to share the stage with the likes of Van Morrison.

Sister Suzie
Suzie and Mick rarely play together but when they do it brings deep south, down home blues to life with great authenticity. Suzie plays with a 5 piece rhythm and blues band ‘Sister Suzie’ and has been playing the clubs around London and internationally of late and Mick Knight has been playing his National resonator guitar all around New Zealand and America since a teenager. Expect to hear the likes of Memphis Minnie, Blind Boy Fuller and Elmore James.

Moss Clarkson
St. Leonards-on-sea based folk, blues, jazz duo featuring Trevor Moss of Trevor Moss & Hannah-Lou and Tom Clarkson

The Equatorial Group
Sounding like Crazy Horse colliding with Fleetwood Mac on a dusty road, The Equatorial Group are a bunch of friends from the East Sussex wilds sharing their love of one-note guitar solos, stormy seas and heartache. Featuring Twe Fox on keys and vocals, Andy Tourle on bass and vocals, Dave Davies on guitar and vocals, and Helen Weeks on vocals and pedal steel/guitar, they can produce a gentle landscape of sparkling harmonies or a thirst-inducing ramshackle racket, as the moment takes them.

Dj Jonny Morris
Jonny will be spinning his eclectic collection of vinyl between the bands all afternoon

Upcoming Gigs

Upcoming Gigs














If you hang around somewhere long enough people will give you something to do. This is a good thing. Especially if that ‘having something to do’ involves records, record shops, music, and talking about records, record shops and music – or even writing about them. Since Music’s Not Dead opened in 2011 I’ve been an irregular and regular customer depending on how you view these things, increasingly more regular since January following my recent trajectory of leaving a job, doing a degree, finding a job, losing said job, having to move, putting all my belongings in storage and ending up back where I grew up, which is here, Bexhill (subtext: you are correct, I’m at my parent’s). In between writing a book and looking for work I’ve been leaning on the good will, rock’n’roll anecdotes and tea liberally dispensed by Del and Rich for a considerable part of my wellbeing, so in return, some words for the website.

I’m not a music writer and have minimal experience of writing reviews. I say this now to lower any expectations – how do you write about music anyway? It exists only at a vibrational level, much like everything else if we’re going to get cosmic about it, which means that writing about music is just writing about anything. Of course music gets in (some of it at least), straight into the bit that feels stuff. This can be good and bad: good for knowing that despite everything the world can throw at you, you are still a human being; bad for finding words to express exactly what you might be feeling. This is the murk we have to deal with.

All that said, let’s have a look at a couple of recent events.

At the end of August The Weather Station played at the De La Warr Pavilion. The Weather Station are a folk band from Canada fronted by the songwriter Tamara Lindeman. Loyalty, their new album, is warm and moody; if you like vocals underpinned by spare guitar lines and muffled drums they are for you. I was new to the band but was happy to discover Lindeman is a sensitive writer, her songs disarmingly simple, clear images drifting along on strong undercurrents. They made the room feel small and connected to something greater; throughout I was conscious of the sea in the dark just outside. They’re nothing like The Innocence Mission, the American folk-rock band whose 1989 eponymous debut album I loved, but something about their music made me think of them all the same; perhaps the gentleness. I bought the vinyl and got it signed, a fantastic signature too, big, sprawling, proper, date and place included. Their bass player wore amazing high-waisted trousers.

Then on the first of September Eleanor Friedberger, previously of the Fiery Furnaces, now three albums into a solo career. A completely different proposition in every way. I have to mention the shoes, perhaps the most ambitious sell I’ve seen in my years of perusing merchandise at gigs. Next to the vinyl and CDs and tote bags and fabric badges a pair of white canvas shoes, pre-loved and holy (in the sense of having holes worn in them, not in the sense of a venerated object with miraculous powers, though thinking about it now perhaps this would’ve more than justified the ‘Eleanor’s Shoes £100’ label). People were loving the shoes. I saw at least two people take pictures. It certainly got me thinking. Are artists that hard up? Or is she just way ahead of the curve? Why was I simultaneously amused and confused by them? Perhaps I don’t take things seriously enough sometimes. These kinds of questions flew in and out of my head while the band, a three piece, played. There is a certain kind of swagger to her writing that appealed, though it took me a while to warm to it. Her songs are built with care and seem rock-solid, storm proof, able to withstand heavy seas. I liked the ones that were a bit looser than the others; these cropped up more towards the end so I guess she was warming into it too. Again I’m writing from a perspective of limited knowledge. I never bought the Fiery Furnaces triple LP with the wonderful cover that I used to see on my regular visits to Rooster Records when I lived in Exeter, though each time I picked it up. Now I wish I had.

My recent discovery is Anna von Hausswollf. This came about purely from looking through the racks (as if you needed to be reminded, this is one of the many reasons why we need record shops). I am a firm believer of judging a record (or a book) by its cover. If it’s a grainy black and white photo then my inner goth will want to find out more and certainly Hauswollf’s Ceremony (released in 2013) has yet to disappoint. If you liked the early Dead Can Dance albums or are a fan of Chelsea Wolfe or Russian Circles you’ll find much to love in this; it is a stunning work, atmospheric, empty, orchestral, almost heavy metal in places. I can’t recommend it enough. Latest album The Miraculous (2015) is just as good if not better. Start with the wonderful ten minute long ‘Come Wander With Me/Deliverance’ to get the full range of what to expect; it’s not of the twenty-first century and doesn’t belong here, but I’m very glad that it is.

(This post by Alex, MND’s writer in residence. Views are my own and not necessarily that of the shop. Anyone interested in writing – about anything – come and say hello).

Upcoming Gigs

Robert Chaney
Saturday 29th October
@ Music’s Not Dead
Tickets £7 from the shop or below

Steve Gunn with support Nathan Bowles
Sunday 13th November
The De La Warr Pavilion
Tickets £12.50
From The shop or below