Preview: Norwich full gig guide November 16-22
They may have been around for more years than they'd care to remember, but 2012 has been one of the busiest years ever for The Wedding Present who arrive with intriguing support from Japanese girl group TOQUIWA. Plus: Ugly Duckling, Sonic Six Boom, Paper Aeroplanes
THE WEDDING PRESENT
Waterfront, November 16
They may have been around for more years than they'd care to remember, but 2012 has been one of the busiest years ever for The Wedding Present.
After a barnstorming appearance at the SXSW Music Festival in Texas [playing 10 shows in four days] they have toured to adoring audiences across the USA, Canada, Australia, Japan and Hong Kong.
But the Leeds indie stalwarts saved the best for last bringing energetic shows to the UK consisting of new songs from their critically acclaimed latest album Valentina, a string of beloved favourites and, best of all, the long awaited live performance of their intense Seamonsters album, which has been hailed as almost a piece of performance art.
Fascinating support comes in the shape of Japanese all girl three-piece TOQUIWA. The first band outside of The Wedding Present (and side project Cinerama) to release a debut on the Scopitones lebel, the Tokyo band formed in 1998 under the different The Pinky Piglets. Their Trojan horse assault of cute moves and explosive punk rock riffs left such an impression on Wedding Present's David Gedge that they adopted the band. 'Of all the support bands we've ever had, I've never seen an audience blown away by the support band quite like TOQUIWA,' he enthuses.
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t Further listening: www.scopitones.co.uk
Norwich Arts Centre, November 19
After five albums and more than a decade of touring, Ugly Duckling continue to hold underground hip hop integrity and are huge favourites in Norwich.
Young Einstein, Dizzy Dustin and Andy Cooper formed Ugly Duckling way back in 1993 in their hometown of Long Beach, California. Growing up in the 1980s, they were raised on a classic hip hop diet but were especially influenced by the mostly New York-based and production-focused groups of the late 1980s and early 90s such as A Tribe Called Quest, The Beatnuts and Gangstarr.
The trio still remain happily naive when it comes to the latest industry attitudes, fashion trends, and state-of-the-art production techniques preferring to stand by their own signature sound.
'We've seen so many phases come and go that it all seems silly to us now,' says Andy. 'Good music and top level live performance are really our only concerns.'
They've earned acclaim and respect and done so completely on their own terms. What's the secret? 'Stay young at heart and never stop moving,' says Dizzy.
t Further listening: www.uglyduckling.us
SONIC BOOM SIX
Waterfront Studio, November 20
This Manchester band mix dancefloor-savvy elements of reggae, jungle and ska with the rigorous commentary of hip-hop whilst retaining enough grit and aggression to be an active fixture of the UK's punk scene.
This date will see them performing songs from their latest album, City of Thieves, released on their own Rebel Alliance Recordings. The album is built on the bedrock of the band's ska-core/hip-hop/jungle hybrid but adds dubstep, electro, dub and even glam rock to the mix, all the while retaining the snarling live edge honed by recent tours of the UK, Europe and the US with acts such as Reel Big Fish and Less Than Jake.
Collaborators involved in the record include production duties by Peter Miles (The King Blues) and guest appear-ances from Al Rumjen (King Prawn, Asian Dub Foundation), Robin Leitch (Random Hand) and New York ska legend King Django.
Support from Imperial Leisure, 24 Robbers and Popes Of Chillitown.
t Further listening: www.myspace.com/sonicboomsix
Norwich Arts Centre, November 22
Richard Llewellyn and Sarah Howells of Paper Aeroplanes grew up 30 miles from each other along the coast of west Wales, in houses you could see the sea from. They spent their formative years walking on cold beaches, messing in rock pools and finding records in charity shops — a two hour drive from the nearest music scene.
Their music has been described as folky, acoustic, well-crafted, haunting and emotive -but let your ears make up their own mind at this date, part of a UK tour coinciding with the release of a new six track EP Time To Be.
In 2009 they released their debut album, The Day we ran into the Sea, distinguished by emotionally charged, captivating and heart breaking melodies. It gained the Welsh duo some impressive fans including on air acclaim from Steve Lamacq, Chris Hawkins, Lauren Laverne, Huw Stephens and BBC Wales.
The duo have toured heavily throughout 2012, playing their own headline tour, a support slot on the Ellen and the Escapades tour and numerous festivals.
They have also been busy in the studio recording their new album with sound engineer Phill Brown (who has worked with Talk Talk and Laura Marling), which is due for release in 2013.
The new six track EP Time To Be will be available to buy at the show before its official release on November 26. Support comes from Jess Morgan.
t Further listening: www.paperaeroplanesmusic.com
SOUNDS IN THE CITY
The Wedding Present (indie) — Waterfront
Horse McDonald (singer-songwriter) — Arts Centre
Heather Findlay (rock) — B2
Solko + Feral Mouth + Smokes, Shoots & Leaves (indie/EP launch) — Epic
The Stylotones (ska/reggae) — Brickmakers
Howling Mat (blues/rock) — Blueberry
Killer Hurts (metal) — King Edward VII
Murphy's Lore (folk/roots) — Brewery Tap
Pied � Terre (roots) — St Catherine's Church Hall
The Planks (soul) — The Moles Rest
Electric Ducks (rock) — Walnut Tree Shades
Floating Greyhounds (rock) — Boundary
Lucas (soul) — Old Catton Maids Head
Norwich Folk Club: feat. The Old Wild Rovers — Christ Church Centre
Music House: feat. Bella McKendree + Takeda + Broad Cut Drifters (acoustic) — Wensum Lodge
Architects (metal/rock) — Waterfront
Kidsuke & Jealous Guy (hip hop/electronic) — Arts Centre
Lazy Habits + Killamonjambo (jazz/soul/hip hop) — Epic
Pure Floyd (rock/tribute) — Brickmakers
Drongos For Europe (punk) — King Edward VII
Hot Cold Ground (blues) — Walnut Tree Shades
To The Last (rock) — The Stanley
The Booze Brothers (rock/blues) — Trowel & Hammer
Lou & The Diamonds (60s) — Arkwrights
The Dirigibles (pop/rock) — Golden Star
Barry Lee (pop/rock) — Heath House
Julie Bunn (pop) — Old Catton Maids Head
Imogen Smith — The Champion
Danstar — Angel Gardens
Sabastian — Sprowston Social Club
Kevin Solo — Bread & Cheese
Daaron — Coach & Horses
Barry Lee — Heath House
Alan Ley — The Windmill
Tony Cann — Quebec Tavern
Karen — Robin Hood
Easy Star All-stars (reggae) — Waterfront
The Searchers (60s/pop) — St Andrew's Hall
Electric Ducks (rock) — King Edward VII
Dave Thomas Band (blues/soul/3pm) — Brewery Tap
Lena Black's Swing Style Playboys — Hog In Armour
Lee Vasey Big Band (12pm) — Brickmakers
Pyevarotti — Boundary
Ugly Duckling (hip hop) — Arts Centre
Netsky + Ayah Marar (dance/ecletronic) — Waterfront
Aviator (rock/pop) — The Woolpack
Jazz Jam: feat. Rich Buddie — Walnut Tree Shades
Brickies Jazz Jam (open mic) — Brickmakers
Jazz Jam — Silver Road Cottage
Frank Turner (punk/acoustic) — UEA
Sonic Boom Six (ska/punk) — Waterfront Studio
Neil Halstead & Matthew P (indie/acoustic) — Bicycle Shop
Save Ferries (rock) — Brickmakers
Oxfam Fusion: feat. Inlay (indie) — Bedfords
Hollowlands (Americana) — Vauxhall Centre
Adam Ant & The Good, The Mad & The Lovely Posse (rock/pop) — UEA
Peter Hook & The Light (indie) — Waterfront
Martin Rossiter + Raevennan Husbandes (indie/pop) — Open
Jack Pout & The Dirt Level (blues/rock) — The Langtry
Pure Acoustic (open mic) — Brickmakers
Open Mic — Garden House
Paper Aeroplanes (indie) — Arts Centre
Royal Republic + Kopek (punk/funk) — Waterfront Studio
Slow Gin + Outathablues + Jad Grand (blues) — Epic
Faith (rock/indie) — Brickmakers
Stone Pony (blues) — Walnut Tree Shades
Ghostriders Western Club: feat. Muddy Botts (country) — TA Centre
Johnny Jump Band (blues/country) — Micawbers Tavern
Inlay — Rumsey Wells
Graham Horne — Rose Tavern