Stealing Sheep review: the band were having so much fun on stage you wished you were up there with them
- Credit: Supplied by Norwich Arts Centre
Synth-pop trio Stealing Sheep brought gorgeous harmonies, infectious disco grooves, spiky lyrics, dance routines, glitter and more than a touch of surrealism to Norwich Arts Centre on Thursday night.
Support came from city favourites Bug Teeth and Despicable Zee - the electro solo project of drummer Zahra Haji Fath Ali Tehrani, who gave an absolutely compelling rhythm-driven performance.
Emerging through a haze of dry ice, Stealing Sheep took to the stage - possibly beamed down from outer space - beginning with an overture and dance routine, signalling that this was not just a gig, but a full-on performance piece.
Formed in Liverpool in 2010, the band - Rebecca Hawley (vocals and keyboards), Emily Lansley (vocals, guitar and bass) and Luciana Mercer (vocals and drums) - released their third album, the playful, experimental Big Wows, in the spring, packed with polished, nostalgia-tinged pop gems.
Musical magpies, there was everything from psychedelia to Kraftwerk-style robotic bleeps, ominous Stranger Things rumbling basslines and 80s synth riffs.
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Highlights of the set included Why Haven't I?, the shimmering Show Love, the sophisticated groove of Jokin' Me and the swooning True Colours - all taken from their latest album.
It was one of those gigs where the band were having so much fun on stage you wished you were up there with them - it was certainly infectious. The fact that more bands - from Snapped Ankles to Norwich's own Mega Emotion - are adding costumes and choreography to their live shows is officially a good thing.
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The trio returned to the stage for their encore in full costume looking like extras from an 80s New Order video - check out the clip of them on Norwich Arts Centre's Instagram feed - before introducing a special guest, their giant inflatable sheep (what else?) mascot, to the crowd.
It was a beautifully bizarre end to an evening which really did have the big wow factor.