Preview: This week's gig guide
Simon ParkinWE ARE THE UNIONMarquee, January 8Hyperactive ska-punks We Are The Union hail from Detroit, the home of Motown, so its perhaps no surprise that they feature horns just as much as guitars.Simon Parkin
WE ARE THE UNION
Marquee, January 8
Hyperactive ska-punks We Are The Union hail from Detroit, the home of Motown, so its perhaps no surprise that they feature horns just as much as guitars.
Not that you should expect soothing soul music however, their franticly energetic sound sees them thrash the brass equally hard and the guitar and drums.
With blazing tempos and pop-punk melodic vocals, their energy level are sweatily impressive both on record and, more pertinently, in their live shows.
Their love for fast music, horns and their incredibly short attention spans was much in evidence on their first full-length album, Who We Are, self-released in 2007 and given away for free by the band online. Their generosity was met with a rapidly surging fan base and an offer to have the record released in Japan followed.
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A subsequent EP, The Gun Show Must Go On, saw them signed to Paper+Plastick records and the release of their first album proper. Their youthful exuberance means they're will be plenty to get the crowd up and jumping on a cold January night.
t Further listening: www.myspace.com/wearetheunion
MAGGIE BELL & DAVE KELLY
Maddermarket Theatre, January 8
There will be a night of acoustic blues from two of its greatest Brit exponents at the Maddermarket tonight.
Ex-Stone The Crows vocalist Maggie Bell will be joining forces with slide guitar maestro and Blues Band stalwart Dave Kelly. Maggie Bell is Scotland's Queen of the Blues, and was a founder member of Stone the Crows before enjoying a successful solo career with such albums as Queen of the Night (produced by the legendary Jerry Wexler) and singing in the stage production of The Who's rock opera Tommy.
Back after 20 years living abroad, she was a big hit at the Led Zeppelin reunion concert in 2008. Dave is London's slide guitar king and was a founding member of the Blues Band. He begin as a youngster singing and performing with his sister Jo Anne - and then everything changed when he saw Muddy Waters at Croydon in the early 1960s. Dave has been voted best acoustic artist in the BBC blues poll no few than five times.
t Further listening: www.maggiebell.co.uk
Waterfront, January 11
In the deep dark mid-winter some glamtastic power pop from Chicago's OK Go is just what the music doctor ordered.
The Los Angeles-based band will be previewing songs from their new album, Of the Blue Colour of the Sky. Formed in 1998 in Chicago, the band - Damian Kulash (lead vocals/guitar), Tim Nordwind (bass), Dan Konopka (drums) and Andy Ross (keyboards) - are notable for their unusual fashion sense and their energetic music videos - in particular, those for their two most successful singles, A Million Ways and Here It Goes Again.
The latter won a Grammy Award for Best Short-Form Music Video in 2007.
OK Go released their self-titled debut album in 2002 which featured the single Get Over It. The single reached No.21 in the UK charts and led to a performance on Top of the Pops. The band's second album, Oh No, was released in August 2005 and gained popularity for its first single, A Million Ways. OK Go's third album is released on Monday and was produced by Dave Fridmann (The Flaming Lips, MGMT).
t Further listening: www.okgo.net
Norwich Arts Centre, January 12
Norwich-based outfit Horses Brawl's innovative take on folk and early music will be the highlight of the first Howlback Hum happening of 2010.
With roots firmly in traditional English folk and early music from Europe, Laura Cannell, Adrian Lever and Philip Thorby experiment with instruments to produce contemporary arrangements on guitar, bowed guitar, mdouble barrelled recorders, crumhorn and fiddle.
Their debut self-titled album released in late 2005 received highly acclaimed reviews as did 2007's follow-up Dindirin. Last year they broadened their appeal with Wild Lament, an entirely instrumental record that blended in French, Spanish and Irish tunes.
Also on the bill are Raw and the Cooked, Ian O'Brien and Tereli.
t Further listening: www.horsesbrawl.co.uk
SOUNDS IN THE CITY
t January 8
Maggie Bell & Dave Kelly (blues) - Maddermarket
New Year's Revolution (acoustic/charity) - Arts Centre
Pasadena Roof Orchestra (swing) - Playhouse
Storm (rock) - King Edward VII
We Are The Union (pop punk) - Marquee
Folk Off: feat. Project Multi-Vitamin + more (folk) - Ten Bells
Four Play (rock) - Brickmakers
Floating Greyhounds (rock) - Blueberry
Tea Time Shuffle (acoustic 5-8pm) - Karma Kafe
t January 9
Shakeout (rockabilly) - B2
Rock Doctors (rock) - Brickmakers
Saigon Kiss (trash/metal) - King Edward VII
Replica (rock) - Blueberry
Outathablues (blues) - Lakenham Cock
t January 10
The Leopard Trio (rock'n'roll 3pm) - King Edward VII
Joe Hazell - The Stanley
Lee Vasey Big Band (12pm) - Brickmakers
Lee Vasey & Friends (8pm) - King Edward VII
t January 11
OK GO (indie/rock) - Waterfront
Clear Addiction + more (pop punk) - Marquee
Jazz N Jam (open mic) - Blueberry
t January 12
Howlback Hum: Feat. Horses Brawl (folk) - Arts Centre Bar
Starsexplode (alternative) - Marquee
Folk Night (folk) - Micawbers Tavern
t January 13
W.S.M. Trio (jazz) - Arts Centre
A World Apart (rock/pop) - B2
Acoustic Jam (open mic) - Brickmakers
t January 14
Delphic (indie/electro) - Arts Centre
Solidagoes (grunge/rock) - B2
Access To Music Showcase (local talent) - Brickmakers
A13 All Stars (rock) - The Rose Tavern
Roots N Culture (reggae/hip hop) - Po Na Na