Preview: This week's gig guide
Simon ParkinPURE REASON REVOLUTION Norwich Arts Centre, tonightWith influences ranging from Justice, NIN and Depeche Mode to the Beach Boys and Pink Floyd, Pure Reason Revolution mix dark electro-rock, big riffs, pop hooks and vocal harmonies.Simon Parkin
PURE REASON REVOLUTION
Norwich Arts Centre, tonight
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With influences ranging from Justice, NIN and Depeche Mode to the Beach Boys and Pink Floyd, Pure Reason Revolution mix dark electro-rock, big riffs, pop hooks and vocal harmonies.
Now signed to Superball Music their second album, Amor Vincit Omnia, is out on Monday and promises to be equally provocative as their critically acclaimed debut, The Dark Third.
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From the skewed electronica of album opener Les Malheurs to the hypnotic melodies of nine-minute epic The Gloaming, it a beguiling sonic brew.
They're also consummate live act, having already played with the likes of Secret Machines, Oceansize, Hope Of the States and Mew.
t Further listening: www.myspace.com/purereasonrevolution
No indication of Sarah Palin's thoughts, but this Alaska-bred melodic metal band set out to look beyond the negative and aggressive outlook of much of the metal scene. They've aimed to distance themselves from the pack by not resorting to stereotypical metal rage while maintaining their heavy roots.
Whether the Kerrang! reading hordes are ready to fully embrace happy-clappy metallers is open to question, but after more than a decade together they seem to be enjoying some success.
Now signed to Ferret Music, the band's fifth studio album, The Tide And Its Takers, was released in 2008.
Support comes from Florida-based post-hardcore outfit Poison The Well and Gwen Stacy, who are a band not a person.
t Further listening: www.36crazyfists.com
Norwich Playhouse, Wednesday
Popular Irish singer songwriter Sean O'Farrell returns with a special new show. He has recently recorded and released Life Is A Teacher, his first studio album in many years.
O'Farrell has recently been touring with Daniel O'Donnell to promote it, and has previously toured with Don Williams, Tammy Wynette and George Hamilton.
This intimate show will be a mixture of many of his older songs, such as Radio 2 hit Eighteen Yellow Roses, along with some of the newer tracks.
He will be backed by a five-piece band.
t Further listening: www. seanofarrell.org
MR HUDSON & THE LIBRARY
Norwich Arts Centre, Thursday
For an Oxford graduate who thinks nothing of combining baggy denims with waistcoats and trilby hats, Ben Hudson certainly moves in rarefied hip hop circles.
He's just finished supporting Kanye West on his recent tour, and, rumour has it, will feature on Jay-Z's Blueprint 3 album later this year. Sway and Dizzee Rascal have also worked with the only rapper on the UK hip hop scene whose preferred clothing material is tweed.
So it obviously pays not to judge a book by its cover. The Eminem-haired Mr Hudson is a beat-maker extraordinary. This is one of a handful of shows that sees Mr Hudson team up with The Library, a band whose influence range from The Police to Andre 3000, ahead of the release of his solo album Now I See.
t Further listening: www.myspace.com/mrhudson
SOUNDS IN THE CITY
t March 6
Pure Reason Revolution (folk/alternative) - Arts Centre
Philip Shamino Quartet (jazz) - Cider Shed
The Collective (funk/soul) - Brickmakers
D-Control (punk/hardcore) - Queen Charlotte
Clickshaft (indie/funk) - Marquee
Lou & The Diamonds (60s/charity) - The Talk
Floating Greyhounds (rock) - King Edward VII
Lick The Dice (rock) - Boundary
Jumpjet Promo: feat. Mojo Kings (rockabilly) - B2
Blue Fingers (blues) - Blueberry
Dogwood - Walnut Tree Shades
Midnight Groove (soul/funk) - The Firs
Lisa Jay (pop) - Trowel & Hammer
Skaface (ska) - Reindeer
t March 7
Just Floyd (tribute) - Brickmakers
The Planks (soul) - King Edward VII
Stuck in Conflict (rock) - B2
Amen-tal (jungle/dub - Queen Charlotte
Outskirts of Town (grunge) - Marquee
Skatabrain (ska) - Boundary
Rock Doctors (rock) - Blueberry
Rockin' Johnnies (50s/60s) - Gatehouse
Mister Pink (rock/funk) - Heartsease
t March 8
36 Crazyfists (metal) - Waterfront
Cats of Ultarh - Queen Charlotte
Leopard Trio (rock'n'roll) - King Edward VII
Brooke Sharkey (singer-songwriter) - Cider Shed
Lee Vasey Big Band (12pm) - Brickmakers
t March 9
Howling Bells (indie) - Arts Centre
Kid Canaveral (indie-pop) - Queen Charlotte
t March 10
The Chill (rock) - Brickmakers
Thick Trick Chloe (punk/ska) - B2
Irukandji - Queen Charlotte
t March 11
Sean O'Farrell (Irish) - Playhouse
City of Antics (rock) - B2
t March 12
Mr Hudson & The Library (indie/hip hop) - Arts Centre
Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain (pop/quirky) - Playhouse
Replica (rock) - Brickmakers
Egypt (blues/rock) - Walnut Tree Shades
Rawkes Drift (rock) - King Edward VII
Queens English (hip hop/punk) - Marquee
Fourplay (R&B) - Blueberry