December 9 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Norwich’s gorilla trail has taken the city by storm – and a local band with a debut album to promote have now set another trail to try.
But this time whoever completes it will just get a hug.
Jack Pout and the Dirt Level release their first album, Getting off the Ground tomorrow, and will be celebrating at a party at Take Five in Tombland, Norwich, later that night.
And to advertise the release they have put up about 50 posters round the city.
Jack Pout, 20, who sings, plays guitar and writes the songs, said: “It’s kind of like the gorilla thing. Find them all and you win a hug.”
The band, which started about two years ago, are playing in the crypt at Take Five, and the party will start at about 8.30pm, with them taking to the stage two hours later.
Last year Jack Pout entered the BBC young folk artist competition and came fifth out of about 500. This year the band have re-entered and are hoping to do even better with the added boost of the new album. The band have been featured on local radio and Mustard TV.
Mr Pout, from Garvestone, near Dereham, has been playing guitar for about six years, and studied at Access to Music in King Street, Norwich, where the band met.
He said: “The concept for the band’s name was just that we started off from the dirt level of music. I hate the arrogance of some musicians, who try to make out that they didn’t start that way. We also wanted something fun and happy. We play folk rock, and have quite a 70s style, with influences from Dr Hook and the Faces to John Martyn.”
The rest of the band is bassist Ben Asker, from Heartsease, drummer Robbie Kuhn, from Old Catton, and mandolin/fiddle player Calum McKemmie, from Reepham, all 20.
The fundraising gorilla art trail, comprising a troop of 54 colourfully-crafted life-size gorillas, together with 67 baby primates, has attracted thousands of people to Norwich, with so many trying to find each and every one that the organisers ran out of 100,000 trail maps in just four days.
The trail, which runs until September 7, was brought to life by Norfolk charity Break with arts educational company Wild in Art and the Born Free Foundation.