The Noisettes

UEA LCR, Norwich

Emma Harrowing

With their schizophrenic sound and electrifying vocals the Noisettes played an explosive set at the UEA. By EMMA HARROWING

I first saw the Noisettes when they did an acoustic set at Latitude 2006. Their hyperactive mix of blues and rock n roll was different to the indie music at the time when the likes of Latitude headliners The Zutons and Snow Patrol rocked the charts.

Now signed to a major record label and having achieved nationwide recognition with the second single of their second album 'Don't Upset The Rhythm (Go Baby Go), I was curious to see if the band were still as rowdy and experimental as they were in their freewheeling indie days.

Opening with their most well known hit Don't Upset The Rhythm was a risk only a band who knew that they could offer their audience so much more could take.

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The Noisettes are that band.

Talented singer and bassist Shingai Shoniwa has grown into a sophisticated performer whose electrifying vocals hit all the right notes and were reminiscent of Macy Gray and Billie Holiday.

Shoniwa's extraordinary schizophrenic vocal range, her impeccable fashion sense (she was wearing a metallic gold 80s inspired cocktail dress) and her natural way with the audience (she left stage on numerous occasions and even sang amongst her fans at the back of the room during the encore to make sure that everyone could see her) makes her a diva in the making.

Their set took us on a thrilling rollercoaster of a ride that constantly interchanged between upbeat songs such as Never Forget You and Saturday Night, to spine tingling ballads such as Sometimes. Their take on The Killers When You Were Young and the show stopping finale of T Rex's Children Of The Revolution proved that the Noisettes have come a long way since they formed in 2003 and yet they still have their experimental edge.