On the night before All Hallows Eve, we went to the newly launched Danger De Mort night at Green Door Store, Brighton. Playing this night were Curxes, Jake Emlyn, and The Nordic Giants. This is probably the last Brighton show the Nordic Giants will be playing this year, looks like they’ll be playing at Heaven in ‘that London’ supporting God is an Astronaut. I unfortunately missed quite a bit of Curxes slot, but did see Jake Emlyn, a band from London – the lead singer offering an androgynous and interesting mixture of fast rap, wicked and funny lyrics, all accompanied by heavy rock. He also has a great voice when he sings. By the time The Nordic Giants came on the Green Door Store was packed out with people standing on benches to get a good view of their unique and stunning performance.

The Green Door Store is an atmospheric location set under the arches of Brighton Station. A bit like a small cave (or maybe like the Cavern?) the sound quality is actually very good and it is small enough for a close-up view of the bands. Good intimate location for a pre-Halloween gig with the Nordic Giants looking suitably demonic with their feathered and tusked masks.

We were lucky enough to have a chat with them after the gig, once they and their roadies had put all the equipment in the band van. They told us that this winter they’re going to be hiding in the depths of Wales at a cottage specially stripped down and set up for bands to record. They’ve got about 30 songs which they are whittling down to around 15 to record for their first album. Currently their releases are a single and an EP with Shine – vocals (and lyrics?) by Cate Ferris (as played on Shaun Keaveny’s BBC6 Music show) as the focal track.

Nordic Giants were keen for me to mention the place they’ll be recording at as there is a danger that it will disappear if not enough use is made of it. Here’s what they emailed to me:

hey here is some info on the place in Wales we are recording!! I think its called coc-a-dwdl-dŵ in welsh!!!!! ( We call it the Cottage)

Here is a link to the blog post they wrote about The Cottage back in January this year. Spread the word amongst musicians who need a quiet, remote location to record their music.

I’m a bit late writing this post – half-term often makes it difficult for me to get to my computer, this was not helped by the disappearance of all post content when I clicked ‘publish first time round. Aaagh! I can see that there are some fabulous reviews and Nordic Giants photos already up on the web. See Brighton Music Blog for a full review of the evening and Brighton Noise. Rob Orchard also has a great photo on his Flickr stream. Think I saw them at the gig – difficult to miss – must have been the guys with the professional looking equipment and big lenses – lying on the floor to get the best shots! Great image Rob (trying not to feel ashamed at my attempts – actually quite pleased though at what I can manage with my micro four thirds EVIL camera!!).

I actually managed to get a reasonable shot of both performers this time – I’m usually either too far away/over the wrong side/obscured by dry ice! I love a bit of brass on a track (see brass section in King Porter Stomp review).

Really looking forward to hearing the first Nordic Giants album when it’s released – I’m keeping an eye on their Facebook page for updates. Sounds exciting and beautiful as always! Here’s one interesting post – sounds intriguing – can’t wait!

Massive thank you to everyone that came to the green door last nights, also Danger De Mort for putting on a great night!!!! Next time you’ll see us expect – new songs, new films, live singers, new light show and some more crazy Nordic ideas thrown in!! x x x

Here’s some post-gig shots of  the roadies getting all that equipment packed away.

Our next music encounter is Bat for Lashes in Brighton. I’ll try to get round to doing a post (or put pics on Flickr) about this a bit sooner if I’m allowed to take photos!