Preview: Norwich full gig guide June 29-July 5
Prepare for the Bristol sound as another interesting line-up of talent performs at The Bicycle Shop including This Is The Kit the musical project of Kate Stables. Plus: Futures, Futureproof and more.
THIS IS KIT + RACHAEL DADD + ROZI PLAIN
The Bicycle Shop, July 3
Prepare for the Bristol sound as another interesting line-up of talent performs at The Bicycle Shop in St Benedict's Street. This Is The Kit is the Bristol and Paris-based musical project of Kate Stables. The band first to prominence in 2006 when Rob Da Bank's record label Sunday Best included the track Two Wooden Spoons on their Folk Off compilation alongside tunes by Animal Collective, Tunng and Vashti Bunyan.
That was followed by the band's first full length, Krulle Bol, produced by John Parish and released on the French label Microbe. Their second album Wriggle Out The Restless was released Dreamboat Records.
Live Kate plays banjo, guitar and has a voice of unaffected clarity and is frequently accompanied by her Wild Band creating primal and electric textures onto songs of unpretentious beauty.
Rachael Dadd is a folk musician based in Bristol, England and Tokyo. She has played alongside a wide range of notable UK bands and artists including Laura Marling, Sons of Noel and Adrian. She has regularly collaborated with Kate Stables with whom she performs in the band Whalebone Polly.
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Having grown up in Winchester, but now based in Bristol, Rozi Plain has previously supporting Devendra Banhart, James Yorkston and Viking Moses, and is about to release a new album, Joined Sometimes Unjoined, on Fence Records.
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Norwich Arts Centre, July 5
Having recently parted ways with their label Mercury Records and thus delayed the release of their anticipated debut album, Futures finally arrive in Norwich on the back of their new single Karma Satellite.
This gig was originally scheduled for April but the label's repeated delaying of the album led the postponement and eventually led to the break as the band became frustrated with a backlog of unreleased material going back two years.
Formed in 2009, the London four-piece create a mix of alternative rock with pop sensibilities, taking influence from bands such as Death Cab For Cutie and Jimmy Eat World. The band came to major label prominence when they gave away their debut mini album, The Holiday, free of charge.
They recorded with Grammy award-winning producer Gil Norton for that much delayed debut album, which will now appear soon on their own label.
'We recorded our album a year ago and it is yet to surface so we decided to take the matter into our own hands,' said singer-songwriter Ant West. 'We wrote 56 songs but only released two of them, so we decided to leave Mercury and the team there were kind and understanding enough to let us take our album with us.'
t Further listening: wearefutures.co.uk/
B2, July 1
Electro-pop boy band Futureproof stop off at the B2 as part of a short UK tour.
Despite their music being mastered by the man whose multi-million selling credits include hits from Take That and The Backstreet Boys — the band are keen to show they are a live prospect gutsier their background suggests.
The trio — Jonni Wedge, Kiran Marshall and Charlie Leftwich — have successfully built a strong following by tapping into the YouTube generation and have previously touring schools across the country and supported N-Dubz at London's O2.
The 20-something Londoners caught the eye of influential B-Unique Management in 2010 and subsequently locked themselves away in the studio in Malmo, Sweden of European super-producer Anderz Wrethov.
The collaboration produced immediate results and after catching the eye of Scott Brothman, director of fast-growing UK indie LAB Records.
With all their upcoming tracks mastered by Nigel Heath — the man behind hits from Take That and The Backstreet Boys — as well as Alexander Fielding at Hackenbacker Studios, Futureproof are a band to keep an eye on. Support comes from Bristol dance-pop outfit We Start Partys and Bedfordshire electro-rock band Tonite We're Electric.
t Further listening: facebook.com/futureproofmusicuk
SOUNDS IN THE CITY
WoW Festival (folk/blues/roots) — Woolsey Bridge Fields
Saigon Kiss + more (thrash/metal/punk) — King Edward VII
Guns N Roses Experience (rock/tribute) — Brickmakers
Acaysha (folk/roots) — Brewery Tap
Red Hot Rockers (rockabilly/blues) — Walnut Tree Shades
To The Last (rock) — The Griffin
Ale Worthy Beats: feat. Mothership Connection (funk/disco) — Rumsey Wells
Soothsayer Promo (metal/rock) — B2
Norwich Folk Club — Christ Church Centre
Doozoot (pop/rock) — Angel Gardens
Pyverotti — Boundary
Ricci — Fiveways
Rumpole — Wensum Community Centre
WoW Festival (folk/blues/roots) — Woolsey Bridge Fields
Ronan Parke + more (pop/teen night) — Epic
The Pure Floyd Show (rock/tribute) — Playhouse
Enraged/Chilied (rock/tribute) — Waterfront Studio
Rawkus + Dirty Tricks (rock) — Brickmakers
Floating Greyhounds (rock) — King Edward VII
Tenderhooks (rock) — Hog In Armour
Midlife Crisis (rock/pop) — Arkwrights
Egypt (rock/blues) — The Leopard
Stolen Earth (prog rock) — B2
She/Sez (rock/pop) — The Heartsease
Honeydripper (rock/blues) — Eaton Cottage
Pure Passion (rock/pop) — Wensum Community Centre
Clive Paul — Keir Hardie Hall
Graham Mcgrotty — Old Catton Maids Head
Pyevarotti — Sprowston Social Club
Shannan — Trowel & Hammer
Johnny Valentine — Heath House
Daaron King — The Nelson
Ricci — Quebec Tavern
Hannah — Robin Hood
PJ — The Windmill
Magstock: feat. Big Red Boat + Bill Downs + more (15 local bands/1pm) — Magdalen Gates Primary School
Triette (French/folk/2.30pm) — Brewery Tap
Lou & The Diamonds (60s/5pm) — Silver Road Cottage
Lee Vasey Big Band (12pm) — Brickmakers
Bill Downs (pop/acoustic/evening) — Dog House
The Monster Ceilidh Band (folk/indie) — Arts Centre
Jazz Jam: feat. Rich Buddie — Walnut Tree Shades
Brickie Sessions (open mic) — Brickmakers
This Is Kit + Rachael Dadd (folk/acoustic) — Bicycle Shop
East Coast Band (blues/rock'n'roll) — Brickmakers
Tim Densham + Trio (jazz) — Rackheath Green Man
Talent Showcase: feat. Eco Steve's Solar Studios — Red Lion
Jack Pout + Ringoevio + more (Americana) — Walnut Tree Shades
Pure Acoustic (open mic) — Brickmakers
Futures (indie) — Arts Centre
Blind Tiger (rock) — Brickmakers
Futureproof + more (electro-pop) — B2
After Hours Band (blues) — Walnut Tree Shades
John Watchham + Mark Howes (blues) — Rackheath Green Man
Ghostriders Western Club: feat. Chris Mezza (country) — TA Centre
Johnny Jump Band (blues/rock) — Rose Tavern
Blues Club: feat. Green Man House Band (blues) — Rackheath Green Man