Check out our pick of best gigs to see in Brighton this October

EMA // STICKY MIKES FROG BAR // £11ADV // 2ND OCTOBER One Inch Badge present EMA + Dubais Sticky Mike's Frog Bar, Brighton Following last month’s bold anti-nationalist opening statement, “Aryan Nation”, taken from her forthcoming album third album, 'Exile In The Outer Ring' (August 25th, City Slang), EMA has shared a second track and announced European live dates. The new track, “Breathalyzer”, is a seven-minute noise epic, extending modular synth solos over a simple, almost chant-like melody, until the tale of one woman’s “heroic dose” in the backseat of a car turns into an exercise in suspense. YAK // GREEN DOOR STORE // £6ADV // 4TH OCTOBER Teen Creeps & Neat Neat Neat present: YAK + Skinny Girl Diet Taking time out from recording their second album (a journey that has already taken them to Tokyo and Perth), London-based trio Yak will be bringing their ferocious live experience back to the UK and Europe this year for an extensive run of shows. Led by Britain’s most exciting young frontmen Oli Burslem, the band will play two nights at London’s Forum in May supporting The Cribs followed by a string of summer festivals and their biggest headline tour to date in October. The release of their breathtaking 2016 debut album ‘Alas Salvation’, which was produced by Pulp’s Steve Mackey, was met with glowing reviews across the board from the likes of The Guardian, Uncut and DIY – who declared it to be “the kind of record that can inspire the next generation”. FAZERDAZE // STICKY MIKES FROG BAR// £8ADV // 6TH OCTOBER Fazerdaze in Brighton plus IDER & Post-Heather The brainchild of Amelia Murray, Fazerdaze began as a string of bedroom recordings created late in the night, emerging fully formed in 2014 as her eponymous debut EP before releasing her debut LP Morningside in May 2017. A succinct collection of intimate, beautifully produced dreampop written, produced and performed by Murray. It’s a significant first outing for the young New Zealander with layers of softly crunching guitars swirling over consistently driving drum machines and sparse electronica. The EP quickly took flight, receiving critical acclaim from blogs and publications around the globe. Since the EP release, Fazerdaze and her band have shifted to another level. Opening the 2015 New Zealand Silver Scroll Awards as well as touring with international artists Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Conan Mockasin. This year Fazerdaze toured the UK, became a genuine highlight at Australia’s BIGSOUND music conference and will be joining the 2016 Red Bull Music Academy in Montreal. ULRIKA SPACEK // STICKY MIKES FROG BAR // £8ADV // 13TH OCTOBER Neat Neat Neat present Ulrika Spacek + Method Actress Sticky Mike's Frog Bar, Brighton Citing influences that include Sonic Youth, Deerhunter, and My Bloody Valentine, Ulrika Spacek deliver spectral sonic soundscapes via a decisive triple-guitar attack. New record 'Modern English Decoration' is out now. FRANKIE ROSE // THE JOKER // £9ADV // 17TH OCTOBER Watch Frankie Rose play her latest album Cage Tropical.  After a few years hiatus and a slight detour, it was announced in June that Frankie Rose would be releasing her fourth studio album Cage Tropical via Slumberland. Frankie, a self-described indie veteran, has spent time as a member of Crystal Stilts, Dum Dum Girls and Beverly as well as releasing her own music whilst living in her adopted home of Brooklyn, NY. The next chapter on her musical quest involved a relocation to her familial home in Los Angeles for 18 months. The blurb surrounding the release of Cage Tropical is that Frankie experienced some angst and self-doubt before work on the new LP began. Basically, she was having a bad time taking uppers and pursuing a stint on a catering truck doubting she would ever make music again, before coming to some existential realisations:
“In the end, I’m on my own. I have to do these things on my own.” She said of this time of uncertainty; “who am I, I’m not cut out for this business, it’s not for me.” She continues, “I was literally in my room in L.A., not knowing how I was going to get out. But out of it all, I just decided to keep making music, because it is what I love and what I do – regardless of the outcome.”
After figuring out her s**t so to say, she connected with producer Jorge Elbrecht (Tamaryn, Gang Gang Dance, Violens), moved back to Brooklyn and began work on the album. The recording took place in between jobs and in parts as she made the record without a budget. Help came in the form of Dave Harrington (Darkside) who had an input with the dynamics and “changing up the rhythm” on part of the LP. YOWL // THE JOKER // £5ADV // 18TH OCTOBER The Joker Live & No Coconuts present YOWL + LICE + Egyptian Blue The Joker Live, Brighton 18th October 20:00 - 23:00 Few bands encapsulate what living in modern-cities is quite like as well as YOWL. Their debut EP, ‘As The Sleep Sets In’ was jam-packed with confessional tales of overrun seshes, anxiety and the pressure on a new generation. A fitting tale for disillusioned youths. - NME   HMLTD // PATTERNS // £9ADV // 20TH OCTOBER Teen Creeps & Neat Neat Neat present HMLTD + Hotel Lux Patterns, Brighton This year has seen the London based, multinational six-piece emerge as one of the most original and closely followed new acts in the UK, receiving acclaim as well as a rabid, glitter-clad following for their shape-shifting, genre-defying sonics and mesmerizing, all-encompassing live shows, where the lines between performers and audience are ever-blurred. The band’s latest single ‘To The Door’ and its flipside ‘Music’ have seen them flesh out their sound in exciting new ways while continuing their relationship with video director Jenkin Van Zyl, for a surreal and hypnotic audio-visual assault on the senses.   DREAM WIFE // THE HAUNT // £8ADV // 21ST OCTOBER Teen Creeps & Neat Neat Neat present Dream Wife + Special Guests The Haunt Brighton The pop-punk trio - Alice, Bella & Rakel - Dream Wife formed within the walls of art university in Brighton. When they left uni that's when the rocky roads of Dream Wife kicked in full speed: Their reputation as one of the best new live bands in London is already cemented following tours with Sleigh Bells, The Kills and their recent US triumphant stateside debut on tour at SXSW which earned them praise from NPR, DIY, Stereogum, Nylon, Entertainment Weekly etc. Armed with razor-sharp pop tunes and a take no prisoners punk attitude, they’re are known to elicit pure chaos at their raucous live shows.   ZOLA JESUS // THE HAUNT // £15ADV // 29TH OCTOBER Love Thy Neighbour & One Inch Badge present ZOLA JESUS Zola Jesus plays her first Brighton show in 7 years, with her new LP Okovi due on Sacred Bones.   BAYWAVES // THE JOKER // £6.60 ADV // 30TH OCTOBER The Joker Live & Acid Box Promotions present Baywaves + Support 30th October 2017 Hailing from the north of Spain but based in Madrid, Baywaves craft pop songs that melt shiny melodies and marine reverb vibes. Newcomers in the Spanish scene, the band is breaking out with his debut EP «Only For Uz», a dose of smooth psychedelia served in four acid tunes, full of spacy synths, vibrant guitars and catchy vocals mixed by King Gizzard’s guitar hero Joe Walker. Their debut EP soon gained attention in Spain and Europe, being supported by Spotify Fresh Finds, BBC6 Tom Ravenscroft or The Line of Best Fit, and spreading the word with their powerful live show in a long tour that included festivals such as End Of The Road, FIB Benicàssim, Primavera Sound, NOS Alive and headline shows in London, Brighton, Paris or Berlin. After a promising debut, Baywaves started the new season at Eurosonic and headlining one of The Line Of Best Fit’s Forecast shows in London and are planning to release soon two new singles produced by Jarvis Taveniere (Woods, Real Estate, Mild High Club).