On a relatively unsuspecting, grey Monday evening the critically acclaimed Fontaines D.C. returned to Norwich for the second time.
The Quireboys do nowt new. They aren’t pushing the boundaries of music. What they do is play good ol’ rock ‘n’ roll with tinges of country and blues and they do it bloody well. For a rocking night out, go see the Quireboys. They will not disappoint.
It would appear that the word is indeed out, the Stuffies are still sounding quite brilliant and at the age of fifty three, I am not quite sure how Miles Hunt is still doing it live with so much energy
Tonight has been exhausting, in a good way. Three great bands playing to a young ... and passionate crowd. How could it get any better?
The music itself was full of stark, thunderous menace, counterpointed with moments of surprising delicacy. On occasion I was gobsmacked by the band’s symphonic ambitions; at other times I felt I was listening to little more than a cacophonous row.
Throughout the night, the mutual respect between the two bands becomes clear when they share the stage, feeding off each other’s energy and championing each other’s work. I went into this show with open eyes and ears and left feeling inspired
It cannot be denied that it’s the last six songs that completely blow the roof off of the LCR building tonight
The evening inevitably finished on a rousing encore of Easy Livin’ (proving not that every song had to be tricky to be good) and the band grinning from ear to ear as they played. It only served to consolidate the abiding impression throughout, of the strong bond between the men on stage, delighted that they still got to do this for a living.
Guitar music is by no means dead. It has just been resting.
You know you have witnessed a great gig at the Arts Centre when the security have been clappin’ and hollerin’ with as much, if not more, enthusiasm as anyone opinion the audience!
If I was going to recommend anyone to go see this year it would be Jade Bird. She opened with the first song on the new album “Ruins”, a song that epitomises her unique blend of vulnerability, powerful grungy vocals and country guitar
The new material, in particular Kite, Tallulah, and Guillotine come over really well besides the classic Feeder material High, Feeling A Moment, Just The Way I’m Feeling, Come Back Around, Just The Way I’m Feeling, Comfort In Sound and of course Buck Rogers.
After taking their bows together, she and Clare Uchima leave the stage, and an audience that has just given them the biggest, most rapturous, ovation that I can ever remember hearing at the LCR.
What a night.
..it was with some trepidation that I went along to see him play with his Bastard Sons, and I desperately wanted to like what I found. What a pleasure it is, therefore, to report what a great band they are....
Musically, Clown Smash Everything are hard, fast, heavy and intense, combining the best elements of hardcore, metal and desert rock.
What a weekend see Pavlis' journey, suffice to say ...his closing words "Here’s hoping there is more of the same next year (and that I manage to get my bike fixed between now and then). Kudos to Ben and the team for putting it together."
The band was uniformly excellent....
Take my advice people. Next time he is in the fine City, make an effort to go and see him, if you can get a ticket.
Reach The Moon, managed to achieve what many others have tried and failed to do – to recreate the excitement and overwhelming sense of achievement that emerged from that historic moment on July 20th, 1969
They may have been around for almost two decades, and may not have visited Norwich for a while but, judging by tonight's show, Hot Chip have certainly not gone off the boil.
Was Wild Paths 2019 a success? Well, you had better believe it. With its incredibly ambitious goals for a first year, booking a ridiculously rich array of artists and venues, but by galvanising a fantastic team of organisers and volunteers, somehow Ben Street had pulled it off – four days and nights of remarkable shows that reinforced Norwich's position on the musical map, and gave the city's music fans plenty to talk about for months to come. Thank you, Ben.
The gentlemen of Hawklords have long since been able to stand on their own feet, a comfortable distance from their Hawkwind association as they prolifically pump out freshly minted material that continues to impress
Acid Mother Temple are a quite extraordinary genre-defying ensemble of talented Japanese musicians that from the outset delivered a wall of thunderous sound that was energising, uplifting and just a bit bonkers