What’s your new years resolution? Mine is to make more time to go to good gigs. As they* say, new decade, new gigs – including The Vegan Leather, Beans on Toast and Petrol Girls.

*Nobody says this, it’s just me. On with the gigs!

Who? Georgia
Where? Resident Records, Brighton
When? Wednesday 15
Why? Georgia Barnes was scouted for Queens Park Rangers at eight years old and went on to play for Arsenal Ladies – not exactly a traditional start for a musician. She went on to study at the Brit School, and drummed professionally for musicians like Kate Tempest before launching her own solo career, and released her self-titled debut album at the age of 21, playing most of the instruments herself. Her second album, Seeking Thrills, comes out on January 10 via Domino, veering away slightly from her MIA and Missy Elliot-tinged debut and more towards a late-night dance sound. Tickets, including a CD, both for £10.99 here.
Who? Petrol Girls
Where? Green Door Store, Brighton
When? Wednesday 15
Why? Petrol Girls describe themselves as a raging feminist post hardcore, whose second album Cut & Stitch came out in 2019 via Hassle Records. Featuring more spoken-word than their debut, ragier album, their lyrics are passionate, inflammatory and not always overtly political, but definitely there to make a statement – their first ever gig was at a house party to celebrate International Women’s Day. The tri-country band (members hail from Austria, Lithuania and the UK) have had extensive praise, with Kerrang! describing their album as “one of the best albums of the year so far”. One to watch for sure – tickets available here

PETROL GIRLS live in The K! Pit (tiny dive bar show)

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Who? The Vegan Leather
Where? Latest Music Bar, Brighton
When? Friday 24

Why? The Vegan Leather, a band where none of them are vegan and one of them says ‘cheese is like cocaine to me’, are an art-pop quartet from Paisley with LCD Soundsystem, Soulwax and Chaka Khan influences. An early string of successful singles and festival appearances led to the band recording their debut LP, Poor Girls/Broken Boys, attracting wide critical acclaim and widespread industry support. In 2019 they won Best Live Act at the Scottish Alternative Music Awards and were named by The List magazine among the year’s Hot 100 most influential cultural figures in Scotland. Tickets here.

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Who? Beans on Toast
Where? Chalk, Brighton
When? Friday 31
Why? Jay McAllister’s albums come out every year on his December 1 birthday, and bring with them a new tour. The Inevitable Train Wreck marks album number eleven, with even more protest, satire and social commentary in what may or may not become the Brexit year. I’ve interviewed him in dark, loud pubs and in venue corridors and every time he’s been a delightful, often drunk, interesting person to talk to. Get your tickets here.
Who? Indoor Pets
Where? The Factory Live, Worthing
When? Friday 31
Why? Self described ‘dirty pop’ band Indoor Pets released their highly anticipated debut album Be Content in March last year – five months after “about £10,000” of equipment had been stolen while touring alongside Bad Sounds. They went on to sell tea towels saying “I helped Indoor Pets buy their gear back, Indoor Pets helped me dry this soapy stack” after they’d been thinking of selling tea towels as merch for a while, which fans could buy for as much as they saw fit to help raise money for new kit. They eventually cobbled together a new kit, in part thanks to the outpouring of support from fans, family and friends.
They described their album as a “fourteen song riot of urgent, tightly crafted rock songs with endless undeniable melodies and choruses that will be stuck in your head all day long”. Produced by lead guitarist Jamie Glass and Kent-based producer Kris Harris, and mixed by Claudius Mittendorfer (Fall Out Boy, Ash, Parquet Courts and 4-time Grammy nominated producer and mixer), imagine 1992 Weezer in 2020 and you’re on your way to Indoor Pets. Tickets available here.

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