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Music Notes: A new venue uncovered

PUBLISHED: 13:36 10 April 2009 | UPDATED: 15:40 29 October 2010

BK and Dad

BK and Dad

Kingsley Harris

It was a strange one this week. I'm always asking people to keep me up to date with new bands and good gigs, there is so much happening in Norwich, blink and you could miss a quality gig.

Kingsley Harris

It was a strange one this week. I'm always asking people to keep me up to date with new bands and good gigs, there is so much happening in Norwich, blink and you could miss a quality gig. I was told to buy a badge from the Playhouse and then turn up with a four pack of beer at a unit in the city.

Twenty-years-ago I'd have jumped at this chance but these days I am slightly more apprehensive. I found myself at an arts unit, a low roofed, long thin garage type building with a completely white interior. It was one short of a 60s sci-fi set out of Barbarella, all it needed, apart from Jane Fonda obviously, was an old lava lamp effects wheel. It did have a montage of rather geeky Z movies being shown on the back wall. The worst image I caught was a 10ft hairy arse being enthusiastically lathered. No wonder I still have nightmares!

First up were Follow Your Heart, who are the new outfit featuring the Riviere brothers, with many credible band connections: Le Tetsuo, The Bells The Bells and The Middle Ones to name a few. The brothers have a penchant for producing ingenious off kilter material and major eruptions of eclectic pop. The band's overall sound reminded me of many early-80s groups but the one that kept springing to mind was Talking Heads.

A Bear are a three piece from Manchester and currently out on tour with our very own Hair Traffic Control. It's nice to see intercity collaborations such as this. They didn't really set my ears alight or get my imagination thinking there could be something really good here. Although not Emo they did head in that direction on several occasions. I still bought a demo though to show my support, it takes a lot of guts to get out there and tour.

How many clichés or adjectives would you like to describe how good BK & Dad's set was on the night? My initial reaction was unprintable. These guys have found a niche in exploration art rock and apart from probably blowing a few hearing aid fuses you could put these guys on at Ronnie Scott's and the regulars would be none the wiser.

Hair Traffic Control are a Norwich three-piece that formed in summer 2007. Despite the noticeable American punk pop influence buried in some of the riffs and choruses, for me they homed in on that late-90s alt indie scene with tracks very much in the mould of Seafood.

The worst thing of the night was taking a swig from a Tesco's dress down Friday Vino de Mesa Rose, lets just say if your drains are ever blocked! The city needs ingenuity like this when putting on gigs; the atmosphere was relaxed and the crowd receptive to all the acts and most notably great acoustics.

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