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Friday, February 8, 2013
Manchester-based indie art-rock four-piece Everything Everything return on the back of generally positive reviews for Arc, their long-awaited follow-up to 2010’s Mercury Prize-nominated debut Man Alive. Plus: Frightened Rabbit, The Bronx and the Kerrang! Tour.
Norwich Arts Centre, February 8
Manchester-based indie art-rock four-piece Everything Everything return on the back of generally positive reviews for Arc, their long-awaited follow-up to 2010’s Mercury Prize-nominated debut Man Alive.
Again mixing brains and brawn the alt-pop outfit’s latest offering has the same electro sensibilities as their debut but with a more complex maths-rock structuring.
Opening track Cough Cough, previously released as a single last year, is a sweeping indie-tech delight with passionate hooks and a surprisingly attractive hip hop influence.
Formed in 2007, the band members actually originate from Tynedale, Kent and Guernsey, but they reside in Manchester. Both singer/guitarist Jonathan Higgs and bassist Jeremy Pritchard have degrees in Popular Music which they obtained while studying at Salford University.
Their first single Suffragette Suffragette came out in 2008 on XL Recordings and came to more general attention part of the BBC’s Sound of 2010. Their debut album, produced by David Kosten and released through Geffen Records, debuted at No. 17.
Although it’s not as attention grabbing, you wouldn’t bet against their follow-up bagging another Mercury nomination while it has already pushed the band up a level.
This is probably the last time you’ll catch them in a venue as intimate as the Arts Centre, should you be lucky enough to have bagged yourself a ticket.
t Further listening: www.everything-everything.co.uk
UEA, February 8
Always a hugely anticipated date on every metal fan’s calendar, this year’s Kerrang! Tour offers up another eye-splintering line-up featuring headliners Black Veil Brides, Michigan-based outfit Chiodos, who recently announced their reunited line-up, Sydney-based five-piece Tonight Alive and Kerrang! best British newcomer nominees Fearless Vampire Killers.
Following the success of the 2012 tour, which featured New Found Glory, The Blackout, Letlive and While She Sleeps, the 2013 vintage includes some of this year’s most talked about and hotly tipped bands, which is just as it should be.
James McMahon, Kerrang! Editor, said: “It wasn’t hard to pick the bill. We just listened to our readers. Between Black Veil Brides and Fearless Vampire Killers, that’s 50% of our mailbag on any given week. Chiodos feature Craig Owens and if I had a pound for every time someone asked Kerrang! for a Craig Owens poster, I’d have more than enough money.”
Kier Kemp, of Fearless Vampire Killers; said: “I blew my lid when I found out we were gonna be on the Kerrang! Tour! If I was going to pick a dream line up for a tour, I probably would have picked this one – it’s got everything that I could ever want and that our fans would really want. You’ve got bands that go really well with each other and you’ve Tonight Alive tucked in there to make things a little bit exciting. We can’t wait!”
t Further listening: www.kerrang.com
Waterfront, February 8
Surprisingly given their name, Scottish quartet Frightened Rabbit — made up of Scott Hutchinson (vocals/guitar), Billy Kennedy (guitar/bass), Andy Monaghan (guitar), Grant Hutchinson (drums) and Gordon Skene (guitar/keyboards) — play robust, slightly folk-toned indie-pop.
The FatCat-signed quartet, who name ‘racquet sports and diseases’ as their major influences, arrive in Norwich as part of their biggest headline tour to date and are sure to be heavily featuring tracks from their recently released fourth album, Pedestrian Verse, produced by Brian Eno and David Byrne collaborator Leo Abrahams.
It’s already been a busy 12 months for the band. In September, the band released their EP State Hospital, which gained a flurry of positive reviews and radio airplay. They also embarked on an America headline tour as well as supporting fellow Scots Biffy Clyro.
Combining the best bits of fellow countrymen Aereogramme’s later work - atmospheric, evocative indie rock - with the pop sensibilities of a post-Infinity Land Biffy Clyro, the Selkirk quintet manage to turn heartbroken, pessimistic subject matter into a comforting, reassuring friend telling you that it’s normal to feel this awful.
Support comes from Washington Irving and Wintersleep and Canadian indie rock quintet, whose latest (fifth) album ‘Hello Hum’ is currently doing the rounds.
t Further listening: www.frightenedrabbit.com/
Waterfront, February 14
For the better part of a decade, quintet The Bronx — who confusingly hailed from Los Angeles rather than New York — have played provocateurs. From their beginnings as an attack-mode hardcore band to their hardscrabble lives as road warriors to the twist of fate that led to their alter ego Mariachi El Bronx — an episode that itself was an act of defiance — the band has embraced a fierce independence. They arrive at the Waterfront as part of a UK tour to coincide with the release of their fourth album, their first in a decade.
“This represents the highest evolution of the band, which is exactly how it should be,” said vocalist Matt Caughthran of the album fans inevitably will come to know as The Bronx (IV). “We’re the same guys, but we would never make the same record twice. And because of everything that’s happened with El Bronx, we’ve grown as musicians. And that’s why on this record you’ll hear that the songs are driving everything.”
The Bronx burst on the scene in 2002 with music that recalled the heyday of LA punk — artillery-fire guitars and percussion punctuating anguished missives about the perils of street life and the frayed edges of society. Now the band (Caughthran, guitarists Joby J. Ford and Ken Horne, bassist Brad Magers and drummer Jorma Vik) frames its aggression in more sophisticated ways.
“We made an effort to trim the fat and focus the ideas a lot more,” Ford explains. “It helped that we’re working in our own studio, with our friend (producer/engineer) Beau Burchell, and that we know what we want to do and how to get there very quickly.”
t Further listening: www.thebronxxx.com
SOUNDS IN THE CITY
Everything Everything (indie) — Arts Centre
Kerrang! Tour: feat. Black Veil Brides + Chiodos + Tonight Alive + Fearless Vampire Killers (metal) — UEA
Frightened Rabbit + Washington Irving + Wintersleep (indie) — Waterfront
Super Action Heroes + Enigma (rock) — Brickmakers
Think Floyd (rock/tribute) — Maddermarket
The Foolish (rock) — Blueberry
Salute To Kareem (rock/tribute) — King Edward VII
Banjaxeld (soul/blues/funk) — Silver Road Cottage
Dynamite Horton (rockabilly) — Walnut Tree Shades
Len Black & The Playboys (jazz) — Hog In Armour
Voodoo Boogie (ska/soul/funk) — Bedfords
Eagle Burner (punk/charity) — The Stanley
Murphy’s Lore (roots) — Brewery Tap
Norwich Folk Club: feat. Poacher — Christ Church Centre
Danny & The Seniors (rock‘n’roll) — Fiveways
Claire & Josie (duo/pop/soul) — Taverham Silver Fox
Rich Pickins — Rose Inn
Funeral For A Friend (rock) — Waterfront
Ms Dynamite (hip hop/soul) — Wonderland
Emma Hall Band (soul/pop/funk) — Brickmakers
The Troggs (pop/rock) — Maddermarket
GI Sounds (rock) — King Edward VII
Replica (rock) — Blueberry
Audio Junkies (pop/rock) — Walnut Tree Shades
Gravy Presents: Bloody Knees + There’s Someone In The Pond + Rawshank (indie/rock) — Olives
Dan Hinds + Chairman Of The Bored + Psychotronic Man (punk/indie) — The Stanley
Play The Music: feat. Andy Kirkham + Leanne Croft + David Welfare (acoustic/1pm) — Arts Centre
ABC Blues Brothers Band (soul) — Quebec
Polaris (pop/rock) — Heath House
Killer Tomatoes (punk) — Old Catton Maids Head
Johnny Jump Band (country/blues) — Golden Star
Revolves — Sprowston Social Club
Clive Paul — Gas Social Club
Stepback (rock‘n’roll) — Arkwrights
Lenny T — Spixworth Social Club
Steve Moyse — Angel Gardens
Susan Jane — Keir Hardie Hall
Janey K — Robin Hood
Kevin Barnes — The Champion
Little Feat + Tom Fuller Band (Americana) — UEA
High On Fire + Jumping Jack (rock) — Waterfront
The Planks (soul/blues/3.30pm) — Brewery Tap
The Vagaband (Americana/5pm) — Silver Road Cottage
Lee Vasey Big Band (12pm) — Brickmakers
Folk Club (acoustic) — Lounge
Ethan Johns + Marika Hackman (indie/folk) — Arts Centre
Modestep + Document One (pop/rock) — Waterfront
Jazz Jam: feat. Rich Buddie — Walnut Tree Shades
Jazz Jam: feat. Brendan Young + Lee Vasey + Ian Hireson + Mark Jolley (jazz) — Silver Road Cottage
Brickie Session (open mic) — Brickmakers
Robin Guthie Trio + Mark Gardener (indie/pop) — Arts Centre
Gabby Young & Other Animals (folk/jazz) — Bicycle Shop
Outathablues (blues) — Brickmakers
Screamdontwhisper (indie/rock) — B2
Phab Club: feat. The Wymondham Warblers (pop) — Vauxhall Centre
Jam Night — Rumsey Wells
Pure Love + Turbogeist + The Vestals (indie/rock) — Norwich Arts Centre
Pure Acoustic (open mic) — Brickmakers
Traditional Irish — Gatehouse
Open Mic — Garden House
The Bronx (hardcore/rock) — Waterfront
Twee Off: feat. Veronica Falls (indie) — Arts Centre
About Them Shoes (rock/pop) — Brickmakers
Madaz + Twisted Piglet + Feeding Norman (rock) — B2
Ghostriders Western Club: feat. MT Allan (country) — TA Centre
Keno Kings (blues) — Walnut Tree Shades
Open Jam — King Edward VII
Open Mic — Lounge