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Monday, October 8, 2012
The John Peel Festival of New Music — running alongside Norwich Sound & Vision and offering some 50 bands in 10 venues between October 11-13 — gets underway with four-piece ‘post electro’ jerk-merchants Errors. Plus: Turbowolf, Azealia Banks, Hot Chip.
Norwich Arts Centre, October 6
Bristol psych-rock freaks Turbowolf, who deal in monster riffs powering a chaotic mix of rock’n’roll, punk and electronica, stop off in Norwich as part of their first headline UK tour.
Their long-awaited self-titled debut was released on Hassle last year to critical acclaim though many found them all but impossible to pigeonhole, partly due to the diverse influences of members Chris Georgiadis (vocals/synth), Andy Ghosh (guitar), Joe Baker (bass) and Blake Davies (drums).
The band devours influences from across the full spectrum of distorted guitars before spitting them back out. Think Black Sabbath on speed or Motorhead on acid.
Having heavily rocked this summer’s festival circuit, including appearances at Download, Dot to Dot and Germany’s Metalfest, they here headline the latest Twee Off night at the Arts centre and will be introducing new songs from their forthcoming covers EP.
Their frenetic and fuzzed version of Lightning Bolt’s Captain Caveman is sometime to beyond. They’ll be taking a long break for recording purposes after this tour so this is your last chance to see them for a long time. Expect a tasty thick soup of distorted boogie rock, psychedelic weirdness and snarling punk attitude. Support from Black Moth and Broken Seas.
t Further listening: www.facebook.com/turbowolf
Waterfront, October 7
Harlem raised singer/producer/MC Azealia Banks arrives back in Norwich after her last visit in February when she occupied the coveted opening slot for the NME Awards Tour 2012.
Since her first steps as a child in off-Broadway theatre productions to her training at La Guardia High School of Performing Arts – a breeding ground for acting talent – Azealia Banks’ angelic voice popped up as Miss Bank$, with the Ladytron-sampling Seventeen attracting the attention of XL Records, before appearances on the 1Love video series and Major Lazer EP Lazers Never Die.
Now based in London, NME’s coolest person of 2011 has seen her profile continue to skyrocket even if her hugely anticipated debut album is still no closer to release (it is currently set for release in February 2013). But a recent free mixtape, Fantasea, showcased an artist brimming with ideas, musically magpie-hopping from R&B jams to house loops, all backed with a cartoon-like persona (complete with ever more outlandish outfits) and punk attitude.
Catch her now because when that album finally drops she’s sure to go mega.
t Further listening: www.azealiabanks.com
UEA, October 8
Fresh off the back of a sold out UK tour, a Sonar appearance and a Lovebox festival headline appearance, the ever hard-working Hot Chip arrive back at the UEA.
The Grammy-nominated electro-pop band are still plugging their excellent fifth album In Our Heads, which doesn’t pack anything as instantly catchy as breakthrough hit Over and Over, but does further expand their trademark bittersweet dance-pop cum disco-soul. If there is any justice it will feature on many polls of the best albums of 2012.
This shouldn’t exactly be a surprise. After years of self-releasing records, they signed with Moshi Moshi in 2003 and released their debut LP Coming on Strong in 2004. Their second album, The Warning gained more mainstream appeal as well as the attention of critics including a Mercury Prize nod.
And now with five albums spanning eight years, each record has produced at least one track that could be heard non-stop on dancefloors and radio stations.
Support comes from Disclosure
t Further listening: www.hotchip.co.uk
Waterfront Studio, October 11
The John Peel Festival of New Music — running alongside Norwich Sound & Vision and offering some 50 bands in 10 venues between October 11-13 — gets underway with four-piece ‘post electro’ jerk-merchants Errors.
Originally formed in 2004 by Simon Ward, Stephen Livingstone and Greg Paterson on the back of a three-track demo recorded in Simon’s bedroom, the band quickly made a name for themselves in their hometown of Glasgow with their unique take on dance music.
Their hard work paid off and they are now signed to the Rock Action label alongside the likes of Part Chimp and James Orr Complex.
The band’s merged sound of electronic and analogue has become a signature: angular, spiralling guitars, underpinned by mesmerising beats, euphoric synths and pop hooks. They’ve previously toured with bands as varied as Underworld, Franz Ferdinand, Gary Numan and Mogwai.
They arrive to coincide with the release of new mini-album New Relics which follows on from the critically acclaimed Have Some Faith In Magic released earlier this year.
t More details: www.weareerrors.com
SOUNDS IN THE CITY
The Enemy (indie/rock) — UEA
Murphy’s Lore + Crumbs For Comfort + Llewelyn + Lucy Sampson + Inlay (Irish/roots/indie) — Epic
Lewis Mokler + Antonio Lulic + Dan Shears + Becky CJ + Adam Moss (acoustic/pop) — Open
Mucked Up Funkies (rock/funk) — Blueberry
Monkey Spanner (reggae/ska) — Brickmakers
Immortal Empire + Baalberith (metal) — B2
We Ghosts (indie) — Brewery Tap
Dave Thomas Band (blues) — Walnut Tree Shades
Norwich Folk Club: feat. Pilgrim’s Way — Christ Church Centre
She/Sez (rock/pop) — Lakenham Cock
He Hews (swing/jump) — Arkwrights
Guitar Masters: feat. Andy McKee + more (acoustic) — UEA
Twee Off: feat. Turbowolf (indie/rock) — Arts Centre
4ft Fingers (punk) — Waterfront Studio
Love Songs To Wild Earth: feat. Nigel Shaw & Carolyn (acoustic/roots) — Puppet Theatre
Emma Hall Band (soul) — Brickmakers
Redeem The Dead (metal) — B2
Black River Falls (rock) — Blueberry
To The Last (rock) — Boundary
Blind Tiger + Truescape (rock) — King Edward VII
Stepback — Arkwrights
Paul Male — Angel Gardens
Daaron — Coach & Horses
Me Myself & I — Heath House
Azealia Banks (hip hop/pop) — Waterfront
The Planks (soul/3pm) — Brewery Tap
Lee Vasey Big Band (12pm) — Brickmakers
Devil’s Rocking Band (blues) — Boundary
Lena Black’s Swing Style Playboys — Hog In Armour
Hot Chip (pop/electronic) — UEA
Lower Than Atlantis + The Dangerous Summer + Don Broco + Gnarwolves (rock) — Arts Centre
Of Mice & Men (rock/metal) — Waterfront Studio
Brickie Session (open mic) — Brickmakers
Jazz Jam: feat. Rich Buddie — Walnut Tree Shades
Jazz Jam — Silver Road Cottage
Young Guns + We Are In The Crowd + Your Demise (rock) — Waterfront
4 Geezers (rock) — Brickmakers
Kate Williams (jazz) — Rackheath Green Man
Roger Dowe (pop/folk) — Vauxhall Centre
The Fall + The Undertones + Bearsuit + Dingus Khan (indie) — Epic
The Skints (reggae/dub) — Arts Centre
The Actor & The Peach (acoustic) — Bicycle Shop
James Lawson + Alice Walker + Paul Goodwin (acoustic) — Bedfords
Pure Acoustic (open mic) — Brickmakers
Open Mic — Garden House
Norwich Sound & Vision: Errors (indie/electronic) — Waterfront Studio
John Peel Festival of New Music: Eugene McGuiness + Virals (indie) — Arts Centre
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (dance/rock) — Open
John Peel Festival of New Music: Balaclava Kid & Dad + Arrows Of Love + Parakeet (indie) — Hog In Armour
John Peel Festival of New Music: Arhai + George Ezra + Kamilla Lovett (indie) — St Lawrence Church
Bad Amplitude (rock) — Brickmakers
The Upgrade (rock) — King Edward VII
Stone Pony (blues) — Walnut Tree Shades
Inlay + James Porter + Ross Grant (folk) — Rumsey Wells
Johnny Jump Band (blues/country) — Micawbers Tavern
Pangaea — Rose Tavern