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Monday, November 5, 2012
Canadian melodic punk rockers Billy Talent return to Norwich for a show supporting their new album Dead Silence as headlines of the Rock Sound Riot 2012 tour. Plus: Django Django, The Twang.
Waterfront, November 5
Hopefully it will be third time lucky on Monday as psychedelic-indie Mercury Prize nominees Django Django, who are one of the few new guitar bands to make great strides this year, with their self-titled debut album gaining rave reviews and building on the success of singles Waveforms and Default, finally play their delayed gig at the Waterfront.
The London-based foursome have come up with something far more unpredictable and playful than bog standard landfill indie on their album that includes some widely imaginative psychedelia that both beguiles and delights, making them the perfect answer to those who’ve written off British guitar music.
Their foundations are a take on the music of the immediate pre-psychedelic era, employing heavily tremeloed surf guitar — oh and coconut halves which form the distinctive beat of their unusual, mantra-like song Love’s Dart.
Waterfront, November 6
With a few notable exceptions, times have been tough for guitar music recently, especially the type of indie rock produced by Birmingham band The Twang.
It didn’t help that they were lambasted by the press from day one. However don’t count them out. The sheer love for what they do has kept them going and they’ve got a lively and loyal following.
They return to the Waterfront next week having just released their third album 10:20, follow-up to 2009’s Jewellery Quarter.
The quintet, comprising of lead singer Phil Etheridge, Martin Saunders, Jon Watkin, Ash Sheehan and Stu Hartland, who took the NME-reading world by storm in 2007, have returned to their roots with a lo-fi and more organic sound than their previous albums, taking mild reggae and mod influences to create a mature and contemporary sound.
Though much of the Madchester-attitude is still present — new track We’re A Crowd retains the mid-1990s mentality — the lads present less of a Stone Roses sound this time around, much to the album’s credit.
New tracks Beer Wine And Sunshine, and Woah Man should be real highlights live. Support comes from Wide Eyed and The Problems.
t Further listening: www.thetwang.co.uk
UEA, November 7
Canadian melodic punk rockers Billy Talent return to Norwich for a show supporting their new album Dead Silence as headlines of the Rock Sound Riot 2012 tour.
In May they released a taster of what was to come from the album in the form of huge return-to-form single Viking Death March. The single was met by fans with huge excitement and anticipation for the fourth album, which followed to positive reviews in September.
Following this, they have announced the second single to be released from Dead Silence, Surprise Surprise, will be out on November 12.
Formed in 1993 with Ben Kowalewicz as the lead vocalist, Ian D’Sa on lead guitar, bassist Jon Gallant and drummer Aaron Solowoniuk, the band existed for almost a decade before mainstream success when their sound began to move in a more aggressive, punk direction.
The latest album’s success prompted Rock Sound magazine to install the band as headliners on their Rock Sound Riot 2012. Rock Sound editor Ben Patashnik: “It’s awesome to be working with Billy Talent, a band all at Rock Sound has loved for years, and it’s genuinely thrilling to be taking this step up into big venues.”
Support comes from electronic act Awolnation.
t Further listening: www.billytalent.com
Sub Focus (electronic) — UEA
Geno Washington (soul) — Arts Centre
Buster James Band + Dirty Tricks (rock/blues) — Brickmakers
Walkway (rock) — King Edward VII
Milly Hurst + Port Isla + Brother The Wolfe (acoustic) — The Birdcage
Rockin’ Devils Blues Band (blues) — Walnut Tree Shades
SkaFace UK (ska) — Moles Rest
The Killer Tomatoes (rock/pop) — Silver Road Cottage
Die You Now (indie/rock) — Blueberry
The Bunkadoos (rock/pop) — Brewery Tap
Lena Black’s Uptown Playboys — Arkwrights
Norwich Folk Club: feat Bob Wood — Christ Church Centre
Backstreet DJs (Northern soul) — Keir Hardie Hall
Lucas (soul) — Old Catton Maids Head
Unlawfully Yours — The Farmhouse
Seckou Keita Band (world) — Arts Centre
The Pistols + Hotwired + Ziplock (punk/tribute) — Waterfront Studio
Mentallica (metal/tribute) — Brickmakers
To The Last (rock) — King Edward VII
Storm (rock) — Walnut Tree Shades
Moneyshot (rock/pop) — Bluberry
Thin Ice (rock/pop) — The Woolpack
Uprising (rock/pop) — Boundary
Stepback — Arkwrights
Mother Black Cap — Hog In Armour
Eastwood + Spandex Ballet — Golden Star
Craig Powell — Keir Hardie Hall
Tony Cann — Bread & Cheese
Anna Marie — The Farmhouse
Midlife Crisis — Trowel & Hammer
Shinedown (rock) — UEA
Two Gallants (indie) — Arts Centre
Tea (rock/blues) — King Edward VII
The Broad Cut Drifters (bluegrass/5pm) — Silver Road Cottage
The Decline (pop/world) — The Stanley
Lena Black’s Swing Style Playboys — Hog In Armour
The Cleaving Heavages (risqué rock) — Brewery Tap
Lee Vasey Big Band (12pm) — Brickmakers
Django Django (indie) — Waterfront
Twin Atlantic + Charlie Simpson (rock) — UEA
Catherine Feeney (folk/indie) — Bicycle Shop
Jakwob (dubstep/electronic) — Waterfront Studio
International Open Mic — Micawbers Tavern
Brickie Session (open mic) — Brickmakers
Jazz Jam: feat Rich Buddie — Walnut Tree Shades
Jazz Jam — Silver Road Cottage
The Twang (rock) — Waterfront
Catherine Feeney (folk/indie) — Bicycle Shop
Breaking Belief (rock) — Brickmakers
Soft Bullets (indie/rock) — B2
Kristian Borring Quartet (jazz) — Rackheath Green Man
Live Folk — Beehive
Billy Talent (rock) — UEA
Gong (prog rock) — Arts Centre
Laish (folk/indie) — Bicycle Shop
Jack Pout and The Dirt Level — Walnut Tree Shades
Pure Acoustic (open mic) — Brickmakers
Open Mic — Garden House
New Found Glory + Less Than Jake (pop-punk) — UEA
UK Subs + Anti-Nowhere League (punk) — Waterfront
Krystle Warren (singer-songwriter) — Arts Centre
Rory McLeod (multi-instrumentalist) — Bicycle Shop
Scream Don’t Whisper + Third Place Victory (indie/rock) — B2
Laguna Sunrise (metal) — King Edward VII
Cielo (hip hop/pop) — Ten Bells
Thin Ice (rock/pop) — Brickmakers
Johnny Jump Band (blues/country) — Micawbers Tavern
Ghostriders Western Club: feat. Ronnie Del Rio (country) — TA Centre
Bluesdance Collective — The Lounge