Eddie The Goatboy’s building a new Brighton music scene at his Late Night Lingerie club. With films, albums, exhibitions and festivals in the works, all wrapped up in provocative artwork, he wants the world to take notice.
How did Late Night Lingerie come about?
It started back in December 2011 as a night for my band Skirts, where we’d just pick our mates to play. The plan was to do three or four a year but Sticky Mike’s bullied me into doing it monthly. I started running out of mates to put on, so we made all these adverts for certain kinds of bands to come to us. And my god, they all stepped out of the woodwork, bands I’d never heard of before. There’s a certain scene bubbling under the surface in Brighton, full of garage, grungy, surfy, psychedelic type bands.
What makes the shows special?
There’s always a couple of established groups but we’re putting on bands between 11pm and 3am so there’s no headline slot. Often bands only begrudgingly want to go on at 2 o’clock, but those have been some of the best shows I’ve seen. It’s not like a normal gig, we want everyone to be drunk, we want people to jump on stage. We’ve had people getting up and singing with the bands because everyone’s pissed. Things like that make things more fun and unique.
What’s happening at the bank holiday festival?
Because it’s Easter we thought a lot of people might be coming out and we wanted to put on something special, get a good pissed up weekend. It’s 12 bands over the two days, so it’s a ‘best of’ showcase, plus a couple of new bands who’ve been on our radar.
Has anyone been offended by your artwork?
No, never actually, if anything I’ve only ever had praise. I’ve never had any criticism for the zine we give out. I’ve got this DVD called Punk: Attitude by Don Letts and in that you get a free copy of Sniffin’ Glue, the old punk magazine. I thought, this is brilliant, I should do this. I can just fold up a bit of paper, put something rude on the cover that we can’t really put on a poster, and that’s the programme. I get an artist to do the front and I say to them, think of the most disgusting thing you can imagine and draw it. So we’ve had some brilliant ones and they’re getting worse. And better.
We have a different artist every month for the posters too. They’re all screenprinted and we want to put on a show during The Great Escape with a pop up shop to sell them at – the artists gets half the profit, the other half will go back into Late Night Lingerie.
What’s the film you’re working on?
Originally we were going to make a documentary about Brighton, showcasing the sessions we did down Brighton Electric studios, but now we’re going to make it into a series. It’s a celebration of Brighton now, saying how none of us have got any money, but we’re just going to do things our own DIY way. We’ll be doing a free show soon that we’re inviting anyone down to, where Steve Glashier, the director, will do a lot of filming. We’ll blog it as an internet thing and hopefully speak to the Duke’s about getting it screened. There’s an album we’re releasing with that as well, I’ve just had the audio back from Brighton Electric. And there’s another CD which I’ve picked about 16 bands to submit tracks for: that should be ready for March and we’ll sell that cheap on the door and give it away to label people.
You want the industry to take notice then?
Yeah, I look at scenes like Manchester, Sheffield and Liverpool and I think, what’s Brighton famous for? Initially we thought we’d fake a scene so we’d fool all these record companies into believing they were missing out on something down here. Now we’ve created one by accident, we’ve brought all these bands together. One of them’s producing one of the others, one’s doing a website for another, the artists who’ve done the posters are doing artwork for the bands. It’s bringing artists and musicians together and we all use Late Night Lingerie as a banner. We come as a pack now, like a pack of wolves, so if one band gets picked up then we all get picked up. That’s the idea, we stick together.
WHERE: Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar
WHEN: Fri 29th / Sat 30th