Preview: This week's gig guide
Simon ParkinStopping off at the Arts Centre as part of Norwich Sound & Vision, Here We Go Magic are a New York five-piece causing quite a fuss. Plus: Dinosaur-Pile-Up, Cherry Ghost, Bring Me The Horizon.Simon Parkin
HERE WE GO MAGIC
Norwich Arts Centre, September 17
Stopping off at the Arts Centre as part of Norwich Sound & Vision, Here We Go Magic are a New York five-piece made up of members Luke Temple, Kristina Lieberson, Michael Bloch, Jennifer Turner, and Peter Hale.
Though they've variously collaborated in the past, the five finally came together with a single unified vision last year, buoyed by the release of the self-titled album. Together they have developed a broad array of musical material and honed an explosive live sound all of their own. They spent much of 2009 on successive North American and European tours with, amongst others, Department of Eagles, Grizzly Bear, and the Walkmen, before retreating to the studio to record their second album.
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The resulting album, Pigeons, represents a full-on collaborative work with songwriter Luke Temple's evocative melodies and lyrics complimented and fleshed out with driving repetitive rhythms, swathed in a celestial haze and maintaining an expressive breadth of sounds throughout. They are supported by The Lost Levels and These Ghosts.
t Further listening: www.myspace.com/herewegomagic
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Norwich Arts Centre, September 18
Another great looking bill courtesy of Norwich Sound & Vision.
Leeds trio Dinosaur Pile-Up will be playing songs from their debut album, Growing Pains, which follows a handful of well received introductory independent releases over the past year or so.
Their career to date was led by the January 2009 debut seven-inch single My Rock'N'Roll, followed by a second single Traynor, and last year's summer release, modestly-titled The Most Powerful EP In The Universe - which spawned songs such as Summer Hit Single, Beach Bug and Cat Attack. Live they have supported a rich cast of bands including a UK/European jaunt with the legendary Pixies at the end of last year, which was surely a dream gig for any indie band. Support comes from Norwich's favourite lo-fi outfit Bearsuit, who are always worth seeing, and local pop punks Fever Fever.
t Further listening: www.myspace.com/dinosaurpileup
Norwich Arts Centre, September 21
Following a two-year hiatus after 2007's critically acclaimed debut Thirst for Romance, Ivor Novello award-winning Cherry Ghost return to the live circuit in support of their critically-heralded new album, Beneath This Burning Shoreline.
Their first album was - in the words of main songwriter Simon Aldred - 'Willie Nelson meets Walt Disney', the follow-up is more Tindersticks meets Richard Hawley, a broodingly romantic take on country/folk-tinged rock.
With help from Doves and Massive Attack producer Dan Austin, it sees the band further crafting a rich and distinctive sound, beguiling, theatrical and ultimately captivating. They've been steadily building through word of mouth, in a similar way to how Elbow eventually triumphed. But here is a chance to see them before their gorgeous symphonic pop is ubiquitous.
Support comes from Southport-based acoustic four-piece Misery Guts, who have previously landed support slots with the likes of Noah and the Whale.
t Further listening: www.cherryghost.co.uk
BRING ME THE HORIZON
Waterfront, September 22
One of the UK's most exciting live bands Bring Me The Horizon bring their sold-out UK tour to the Waterfront in support of their eagerly-anticipated as yet untitled new studio album, currently being recorded in Sweden with legendary metal producer Frederik Nordstrom.
The album's first taster, the single It Never Ends, reached number 11 in last week's indie charts. The tour will be the first time the band have toured the country since their sold-out UK tour late last year and is in advance of their support slots on the Bullet For My Valentine arena tour in December.
Main support comes from Canadian punk rock metallers Cancer Bats, who will be playing songs from their third studio album, Bears, Mayors, Scraps & Bones. The follow-up to 2008's critically-acclaimed Hail Destroyer, it includes a cover of the Beastie Boys' Sabotage. Opening will be heavy Dubstep pioneers Tek-One.
t Further listening: www.myspace.com/bmth
SOUNDS IN THE CITY
t September 17
Norwich Sound & Vision: Here We Go Magic + Lost Levels (indie) - Arts Centre
Hollow Earth (rock) - Brickmakers
Violet Bones (indie) - B2
The Miserable Rich + Sargasso Trio ( - The Bicycle Shop
Juice (rock) - Blueberry
Toxic Twins (Aerosmith tribute) - King Edward VII
Storm (rock) - Boundary
Crumbs For Comfort (indie/folk) - Ten Bells
Heavin Cleavages (risqu� rock) - Reindeer
Polaris (rock/pop) - Silver Road Cottage
Carla (acoustic soul) - Lord Roseberry
Barry Lee (rock/pop) - Fiveways
t September 18
The Kabeedies + many more (1-9pm) - Hog In Armour
Norwich Ukulele Festival feat: Uke Attack!! - Ten Bells
To The Last (rock) - Brickmakers
Third Rail (rock) - B2
The Good Times + Ska-Ta-Brain (reggae/ska) - Blueberry
Mad Dogs & Englishmen - King Edward VII
Outathablues (blues) - The Stanley
Chibber (rock) - The Dog House
Outhablues (blues) - The Stanley
Red Hot Rockers (rockabilly) - Arkwrights Social Club
Firewire (rock) - Lakenham Cock
t September 19
Punk Alldayer: feat. Saigon Kiss + more (punk) - B2
Chris Steinhauer (blues) - Cider Shed
Robert Brown (3pm: acoustic) - Blueberry
Classic & Custom Bike Show: feat. Menumiteno + more - Boundary
Lee Vasey Big Band (12pm) - Brickmakers
Bluegrass Jam (open mic) - Reindeer
t September 20
Hell On Earth: feat. Terror + more (metal) - Waterfront
Sessions (open mic) - Brickmakers
Jazz N jam (open mic) - Blueberry
t September 21
Ghast (metal) - Marquee
Tennessee Tuesday: feat. Overdrive + more (country/rock) - Brickmakers
Musically Stacked (acoustic) - Rumsey Wells
Folk Night (folk) - Micawber's Tavern
t September 22
The Babelfish Quartet (jazz) - Arts Centre
The Session (Irish) - Cider Shed
Pure Acoustic (open mic) - Brickmakers
t September 23
Fiddler's Bid (folk) - Arts Centre
The City Calls (punk) - B2