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Thursday, October 25, 2012
Just one look at the cover of The Haunted Man, the third album from Bat For Lashes, is enough to know that things are different this time around. Find out for yourself when she arrives at the UEA. Plus: Rolo Tomassi, The D.O.T., Soweto Kinch.
BAT FOR LASHES
UEA, October 26
Just one look at the cover of The Haunted Man, the third album from Bat For Lashes, is enough to know that things are different this time around.
The black and white photograph, depicts Bat For Lashes — otherwise known as Natasha Khan - naked, with an unconscious man draped around her neck. Compare it to the cover of Khan’s previous two albums, both elaborate works of art featuring mystical symbols with the artist herself almost unrecognisable in heavy make-up plus.
The Londoner’s long flowing hair has gone, too, replaced with a neat bob, making Khan look slightly more business-like and mature. “I don’t want to hide behind the costumes and the symbols any more,” she says.
The album’s contents are just as raw: Khan constantly questioning who she is and trying to discover what made her that way.
Having toured her second album, 2009’s Two Suns, for two years, Khan was hit by writer’s block when it came to new material. She busied herself with other things and waited for inspiration to strike naturally. The result is an album that simultaneously builds on what went before but adds something fresh
Don’t expect this live show to be stripped back, however, as she believes there’s a theatricality to live performance that shouldn’t be ignored.
t Further listening: www.batforlashes.com
Norwich Arts Centre, October 30
Sheffield mathscore outfit Rolo Tomassi, who take their name is taken from the fictional character in the film LA Confidential, return to Norwich as part of a short UK tour ahead of the release of their third album, Astraea, which will be out on November 5 on Destination Moon Records.
Earlier this year, the band released Old Mystics, the first single from their forthcoming album. The track was the first single to be recorded with new members Chris Cayford and Nathan Fairweather, who have recently joined the band after the departure of Joe Nicholson and Joe Thorpe.
The album promises both some of their heaviest material yet, matched to a showcasing of their lighter, more melodic side.
“It was a worry that it would take time to bed the new members in but the chemistry between us with writing was unbelievable,” said keyboardist and vocalist James Spence. “This album is exactly the direction I wanted to push the band in post-Cosmology and I don’t think we could have done it without Chris and Nathan.”
Front woman Eva Spence adds: “We’re really excited to be heading back out on tour. It has seemed like so long since we last toured over here and we can’t wait to play songs from our new record.”
Support comes from Oathbreaker and Goodtime Boys.
t Further listening: www.facebook.com/rolotomassiofficial
Open, November 1
The first chance to catch a glimpse live of Mike Skinner’s first musical project since calling time on the Streets last year, a collaboration with an old friend, Rob Harvey former singer with the Music, the once hotly earnest rockers who failed to make the expect big breakthrough.
The D.O.T.’s just released debut album, And That, features collaborations with Detroit rapper Danny Brown and vocalist Claire Maguire. Anyone who has caught any of the numerous tracks they’ve released as videos priot to the album will have an idea what to expect. The duo whittled down 60 songs to craft the album, which ranges from techno-hued rock songs to more dancy numbers. The two stand-out tracks are You Never Asked and Goes Off, the insidious dissection of a fatigued relationship and a lairy account of a druggy night at a rave.
While on record the results are a bit patchy, it’ll be fascinating to see what they do with them live. And after penning a well-received memoir and expressing a wish to make movies, its just great to see the musical return of one of the most skilful, detail-savvy narrative storytellers in modern pop.
t Further listening: www.the-dot.net
Norwich Arts Centre, November 1
Award winning alto-saxophonist and MC Soweto Kinch is one of the most exciting and versatile young musicians in both the British jazz and hip hop scenes. He has amassed an impressive list of accolades and awards on both sides of the Atlantic – including a Mercury Music Prize nomination, two UMA Awards and a MOBO for best Jazz Act. His skills as a hip hop MC and producer have also garnered him recognition in the urban music world: having supported the likes of KRS One, Dwele and TY, and being championed by the likes of Mos Def, Rodney P and 1-Xtra’s Twin B.
His projects also extend beyond recorded albums. Writing the score for Jonzi D’s Hip Hop Theatre production Markus the Sadist and Sampad’s In The Further Soil, a dance-theatre, which he wrote and acted in on a tour of India.
His latest release, The New Emancipation, draws its inspiration from 19th century work songs and early blues, exploring the modern resonances of the emancipation story.
Currently touring this material with his core quartet, Kinch has earned a number of five star reviews for his recent live performances and he arrives in Norwich as one of the highlights of Norfolk Black History Month.
t Further listening: www.soweto-kinch.com
SOUNDS IN THE CITY
Bat For Lashes (indie/pop) — UEA
We Cut Corners + Khan + Kings & Crows (indie/pop) — Arts Centre
Tallowah + The Piratones + Kodeta + Murphy’s Lore (punk/roots) — Open
The Divide (rock) — King Edward VII
Agent Orange (rock/pop) — Brickmakers
Black History Month All-Star Jam — Anteros Arts Foundation
Claire Barker Band (funk/soul) — Blueberry
50 Feet Below (pop-punk) — B2
Danny & The Seniors (rock‘n’roll) — Walnut Tree Shades
Honeydripper (blues/rock) — The Talk
Johnny Jump Band (blues/country) — Buck Inn
Chibber (rock/pop) — The Otter
Lucas (soul) — Old Catton Maids Head
Norwich Folk Club — Christ Church Centre
Johnny Jump Band (blues/country) — Buck Inn
Pyevorotti — Trowel & Hammer
Bollywood Brass Band (world) — Arts Centre
Evile + Wolf (metal) — Open
Big Black Cadillac (rockabilly) — The Woolpack
Saigon Kiss (glam rock) — King Edward VII
Bon Giovi (rock/tribute) — Brickmakers
The Dirty Tricks (rock/blues/indie) — B2
Teanderhooks ( — Hog In Armour
Emma Hall Band (soul) — Blueberry
Carol (soul) — The Farmhouse
Honeydripper (rock/blues) — Eaton Cottage
Washed Up (punk) — The Stanley
Lowrider (rock‘n’roll) — Akwirghts
Barry Lee — Sprowston Social Club
Starbuck — Golden Star
Pat James — Heath House
Ricci — Old Catton Maids Head
Bobby Graham — Keir Hardie Hall
Alan Ley — Trowel & Hammer
Carol — The Farmhouse
Davie J — Angel Gardens
Spector (indie/pop) — Waterfront
A Loss For Words + Save Your Breath + Light You Up (pop-punk) — Waterfront Studio
Das Fenster + The Alibis (rockabilly) — King Edward VII
Dumbfoundus (pop/roots/3pm) — Brewery Tap
Lena Black’s Swing Style Playboys — Hog In Armour
Dr Misfit (rock) — Boundary
Lee Vasey Big Band (12pm) — Brickmakers
Tom McRae (singer-songwriter) — Arts Centre
David Celia (indie/acoustic) — Bicycle Shop
Summerlin + The Hype Theory + Chick Rides (rock) — B2
Brickie Session (open mic) — Brickmakers
Jazz Jam: feat. Rich Buddie — Walnut Tree Shades
Jazz Jam — Silver Road Cottage
Alt-J (indie/rock) — Waterfront
Rolo Tomassi (indie) — Arts Centre
Nigel King Band (60s/70s) — Brickmakers
Vasilis Xenopulos & Nigel Price Trio (jazz) — Rackheath Green Man
Jam Night — Rumsey Wells
Halloween Ball: feat. Liqueur + Witches (indie/tribute) — Waterfront
Billy Lockett (country) — Bicycle Shop
Blues Jam with Norfolk Blues Society — Walnut Tree Shades
This Town Needs Guns (indie) — Keir Hardie Hall
Pure Acoustic (open mic) — Brickmakers
Open Mic — Garden House
The D.O.T. (indie) — Open
Soweto Kinch (jazz) — Arts Centre
Chasing Tigers + Kodeta + Harriet Langley + Kolin Durier (acoustic) — Epic
Sabaton + Eluveitie + Wisdom (metal) — Waterfront
Tea (blues) — Walnut Tree Shades
Firewire (rock) — Brickmakers
Knifeworld + The Fierce (prog rock) — B2
The Upgrade (rock) — King Edward VII
Grant Ley & Friends (acoustic) — Ten Bells
The Dog Days of Summer (bluegrass) — Rose Tavern
Acoustic Jukebox with Dan Scoggins — Brewery Tap
Strange Pleasure (blues) — Rackheath Green Man