Preview: Norwich complete gig guide August 10-16
PUBLISHED: 09:04 10 August 2012
Expect some strong vocal-led soul, funk and R&B sounds from super-cool hipster outfit Vintage Trouble who formed in Los Angeles, but are now based in London. Plus: Nick Harper, Old Man Luedecke and Your Demise.
Waterfront, August 14
Some strong vocal-led soul, funk and R&B sounds from this super-cool hipster outfit that formed in Los Angeles, but are now based in London. Vintage Trouble is the brainchild of Ty Taylor (vocal) and Nalle Colt (guitar). Combining their love for original soul and rhythm and blues, the two set up a basic home studio in Venice Beach and started crafting the beginnings of the band. Already a friend of both, Rick Barrio Dill (bass) came along and added his shared bass influences and energy into the newly formed project. Drummer Richard Danielson was recruited not long after to add the authentic and edgy take on the classic soul format.
If you caught their memorable appearance on Later with Jools Holland you’ll know that they bring to mind the days of vinyl records, sweaty juke joints and the essence of the original soul movement.
Ty Taylor, whose own vocal style brings to mind Otis Redding or Sam Cooke, calls their music “primitive soul.” “It’s raw, naked and hard-hitting – 1950’s soul and rhythm & blues music with the balls of 1960s rock ‘n’ roll,” he said.
Their first album, Bomb Shelter Sessions, was recorded in low-budget style and sold at gigs but it won them plenty of attention. There is no doubting the mesmerising power of them as a live act, their performances feel like down-home revivals with an uptown edge.
t Further listening: www.vintagetrouble.com
Bicycle Shop, August 12
Son of the legendary UK singer-songwriter Roy Harper, it is certainly no surprise that Nick Harper has carved out a career as a respected singer-songwriter. Having played the guitar from the age of 10 he grew up surrounded by the likes of Keith Moon, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and Dave Gilmour.
He made his recording debut on his father’s Whatever Happened to Jugula? back in 1985. And his prodigious youthful talent and energy entranced his dad’s fans and it was inevitable that he would begin touring and recording in his own right.
To call Nick a superlative singer/songwriter could put his highly lauded guitar talent in the shade, and to call him a guitarist’s guitarist might slight his distinctive, soulful voice and passionate songs. Not forgetting the wild ride that is one of his live shows — from personal introspection to biting political satire via a charmingly caustic wit that would make Groucho Marx proud.
For over a decade, he has been dazzling audiences and reviewers alike with this heady mix of virtuosity, boyish charm, showmanship and sheer bravado. After six studio albums, a double live release and two EPs (including Instrumental, a stunning display of his guitar talents), his work is still as fresh and vital as that of his first solo release in 1994.
t Further listening: www.harperspace.com
OLD MAN LUEDECKE
Bicycle Shop, August 14
Foot stomping banjo plucker Old Man Luedecke is one of Canada’s best loved and most intriguing roots singer-songwriters.
Though he originally hails from Toronto, he has made his home for years in the music rich maritime province of Nova Scotia. There his music has been wholeheartedly adopted and is becoming representative for its traditional storytelling folk elements.
His memorable melodies, poetic sense and easy charisma appeal to anyone searching new growth from old roots. He channels a refreshing energy from folk giants like Woody Gunthrie and Pete Seeger with a hint of Loudon Wainright III. But, it is Luedecke’s contemporary lyrics, coupled with the irresistible rhythm of the old-time banjo that make him so loved with his audiences.
Having recently received great recognition for his works, including Juno Awards (the Canadian equivalent of the Grammy) for albums Proof Of Love and My Hands Are On Fire and Other Love Songs. In January he travelled to Nashville to record his new album Tender Is The Night set for release over here in the UK next year. It was recorded with Tim O’Brian, Nashville-based folk music icon and David Ferguson who engineered nine Johnny Cash albums. Recently OML also teamed up with Canadian band Lake of Stew to release a free EP Sing All About It.
t Further listening: www.oldmanluedecke.ca
Waterfront Studio, August 15
Your Demise formed in 2005 and have shared stages and tours with the likes of Biohazard, Comeback Kid, Bury Your Dead, Enter Shikari and A Day to Remember.
The five-piece, whose members variously hail from St Albans, Brighton and Salisbury, have released three albums — You Only Make Us Stronger; Ignorance Never Dies; and The Kids We Used to Be — on the label Visible Noise. However its their latest The Golden Age, released earlier this year that has caused the biggest stir. It has marked a big shift in a direct being notably poppier than their previous efforts. While maintaining their hardcore punk roots, the album adopts a more prominent skate-punk/pop-punk vibe.
When a band changes their sound, especially towards something more accessible, it is always greeted with suspicion. Have they sold out? Have they lost sight on their direction? Or are they just embracing and acknowledging what they truly love?
Frontman Ed McRae sayd: “We just wrote what we wanted really.” Guitarist Stu Paice adds: “It just happened. We all love bands like Pennywise and The Offspring, so it was going to come out in some way, but it just all came out.”
The response from fans seems generally to have been positive and this date at the smaller Waterfront Studio venue is a rare chance to catch them in more intimate surroundings.
t Further listening: www.yourdemiseofficial.com
SOUNDS IN THE CITY
Gig In The Park: feat. Katrina + more (pop) — Halesworth Town Park
Newmarket Nights: feat. Tom Jones (pop) — Newmarket Racecourse
Lovism: feat. Port Isla + Deadbeats + Jay Stansfield — Open
I Was Once A Dinosaur + The Missing Piece + more (comedy/indie) — B2
Section IV + Pirate Radio (rock/indie) — Brickmakers
The Vagaband (roots) — Brewery Tap
Big Black Cadillac (rockabilly/rock‘n’roll) — Walnut Tree Shades
The Merv White Band (rock/blues) — King Edward VII
Norwich Folk Club — Christ Church Centre
Mike & The Rhythm Stars — The Mole’s Rest
Knight Moves — Lakenham Cock
Barry Lee — Chapel Break
Mickey Spanton — Quebec Tavern
Kevin King — Fiveways
Gig In The Park: feat. Fun Lovin Criminals + more (hip hop/pop) — Halesworth Town Park
Reepham 12: feat Ex Simple Minds + more (pop/rock) — Reepham Summer Festival
White Heat + Dead Wing (rock) — Brickmakers
To The Last (rock) — Boundary
Relaunch Night: feat. Floating Greyhounds (rock) — Blueberry
The Cream Horns (rock/blues) — Walnut Tree Shades
Bone Garden (rock/indie) — King Edward VII
Honeydripper (blues/rock) — Trowel & Hammer
Mel Stevens & The Strollers (rock‘n’roll) — Arkwrights
Rock Your Heart Out (local bands/charity) — B2
Lisa Marie — Angel Gardens
Clive Paul — Keir Hardie Hall
Tony Cann — Bread & Cheese
Chippy — Robin Hood
Daaron — Coach & Horses Union Street
Jim Spiers — Heath House
Alan Ley — The Windmill
Nick Harper (acoustic/folk) — Bicycle Shop
The Proposition (roots/2.30pm) — Brewery Tap
Lee Vasey Big Band (12pm) — Brickmakers
Graham McGrotty (4pm) — Lakenham Cock
The Creepshow (psychobilly/punk) — Waterfront Studio
Brickie Sessions (open mic) — Brickmakers
Jazz Jam — Silver Road Cottage
Jazz Jam: feat. Rich Buddie — Walnut Tree Shades
Vintage Trouble (soul/blues) — Waterfront
Old Man Luedecke (roots/acoustic) — Bicycle Shop
Ray Butcher Band (jazz) — Rackheath Green Man
Your Demise (rock) — Waterfront Studio
The Upgrade (rock) — King Edward VII
Against All Odds Promo (rock) — B2
Pure Acoustic (open mic) — Brickmakers
Traditional Irish Folk — Gatehouse
Mostly Harmless + more (rock/electro) — Waterfront
Mulberry Hawk (folk/easy) — Brickmakers
Keno Kings (blues/rock) — Walnut Tree Shades
Chasing The Blues (blues) — Rose Tavern
Johnny Jump Band (blues/country) — Micawbers Tavern
Inlay (folk/indie) — Rumsey Wells