Preview: This week's gig guide
PUBLISHED: 16:56 11 March 2010 | UPDATED: 08:44 02 July 2010
Falsetto indie dance this week courtesy or Wild Beasts. Frightened Rabbits, one of Scotland's best upcoming bands, also visit. Plus a swirling mix of world sounds from the Baghdaddies and post-electro quartet Errors.
Norwich Arts Centre, March 12
This post-electro quartet came to prominence after impressing fellow Glaswegians Mogwai, and signing to the band's label Rock Action Records in 2004 on the back of a three-track demo recorded in one of the band members bedrooms.
They quickly set about making a name for themselves in their hometown with their unique take on dance music.
Following on from their well received 2008 debut album, It's Not Something It's Like Whatever, the they've just released their follow up, Come Down With Me.
Recorded in the band's very own, self-created studio in Glasgow's East End, known as “the freezer”, its a largely self-produced effort, with added work from Steven Ward. The record builds on the merged sound of electronic and analogue that has become Errors' signature: angular, spiralling guitars, underpinned by truly mesmerising beats, combined with euphoric synths and pop hooks. This Twee Off! gig will see them supported by Ice, Sea, Dead People and Sukoshi.
t Further listening: www.myspace.com/weareerrors
Norwich Arts Centre, March 13
The Baghdaddies specialise in what must be a unique world music combination, mixing a strong Balkan influence alongside Caribbean grooves in a sonic soup of influences and styles.
Driving Middle Eastern rhythms and even some Geordie - they're natives of Newcastle - touches are washed in with styles such as ska, jazz, punk and metal, all delivered with theatricality and exuberance.
This pumping out an eclectic fusion of rhythms and melodies plucked from around the world is guaranteed to raise your spirits and usually has audiences leaping up to dance. No matter what their preferred genre is, fans always find a special place for music they enjoy.
Formed in 1996, they've released four albums acclaimed for their originality and uniqueness and played their anarchic mélange at many major events and festivals, even appearing at The Royal Opera House. This gig coincides with the release of their fifth album, Dancylvania.
t Further listening: www.baghdaddies.com
Norwich Arts Centre, March 14
Frightened Rabbit are a four-piece band from Selkirk, Scotland, now based in Glasgow, and though they enjoy a cult following south of the border they're one of Scotland's most acclaimed new bands.
Essentially the work of songwriter/frontman Scott Hutchison, the band play intense, emotional guitar-rock, categorised by Hutchison's raw vocals, and predilection for writing songs about heartbreak.
Though the past year has seen them finally step into public view, with more extensive touring and three full-length albums now publicly available, the past few years have largely been about the band quietly, honing their sound, and cultivating their art.
Now a five-piece with the recruitment of multi-instrumentalist Gordon Skene, the band's second album, Midnight Organ Fight, released in 2008, saw a marked progression in terms of songwriting, sonic depth, and as a fully realised entity. They've just released their new album, The Winter of Mixed Drinks, which is already generating excitement. Support comes from Manchester's Airship.
t Further listening: www.myspace.com/frightenedrabbit
Waterfront, March 15
In the period since their last live show in Norwich, Wild Beasts have become a very different, well, beast. From their promising early indie fumblings of 2008's widely celebrated debut Limbo, Panto, they've evolved the pungent hothouse funk of the fantastic follow-up Two Dancers.
Strangely enough Norfolk was partly the scene of this transformation. Co-produced by the band and northern enigma Richard Formby, Two Dancers was recorded in the county.
Formed in 2002 by frontman Hayden Thorpe and guitarist Ben Little at school in Kendal, the band eventually outgrew somnolent Lakeland, relocated to Leeds in 2005 with drummer Chris 'Bert' Talbot and bassist Tommy Fleming now on board, and signed for trendy indie label Domino.
The big advance has been to find a way to harness the air-cleaving Hayden Thorpe's soaring falsetto and lyrical deviations, with the dance rhythms. They're currently getting rave live reviews, making this one not to miss.
t Further listening: www.myspace.com/wildbeasts
SOUNDS IN THE CITY
t March 12
The Divide (rock) - Brickmakers
Nans Promotions (indie) - B2
Dead Man's Suits (pop-punk) - Bridge House
Floating Greyhounds (rock) - King Edward VII
Wapscallions (rock/funk) - Blueberry
t March 13
HIM (rock) - UEA
Staprest (Mod) - B2
Floating Greyhounds (rock) - Brickmakers
Money Shot (rock) - Blueberry
Gratuitous Beaver (hardcore) - Marquee
Rox Off (rock) - King Edward VII
7th Avenue (rock) - Bridge House
Icarus Vision (rock) - Boundary
Top Hat Alley Cat (rock) - The Stanley
Heat (rock) - Lakenham Cock
t March 14
Trivium (metal) - UEA
[Spunge] (ska/punk) - Waterfront
Norwich Pena Flamenca (Spanish: 2.30pm) - Cider Shed
Kangaroo Moon (Aussie/Celtic: 8pm) - Cider Shed
The Dog Days of Summer (bluegrass) - Bridge House
Lee Vasey Big Band (12pm) - Brickmakers
Pete 'Kiwi' Keegan (skiffle) - Trowel & Hammer
t March 15
Steve Howie Trio (jazz/blues) - Arts Centre
Sessions (open mic) - Brickmakers
Jazz N Jam (open mic) - Blueberry
t March 16
Howlback Hum: feat. Sam James Hill + more ( - Arts Centre
Deaf Havana (rock/hardcore) - Marquee
Dirty Little Habit (glam rock) - Brickmakers
Abandon All Hope (metal) - Marquee
t March 17
Tilting Sky: feat. The Kabeedies + more (indie) - Arts Centre
The Rum Brothers (St Patrick's Day) - Blueberry
Acaysha (St Patrick's Day) - Rumsey Wells
Pure Acoustic (open mic) - Brickmakers
t March 18
Emma Pollock/Josh Pyke (indie) - Arts Centre
Aftershock (funk/soul) - Brickmakers
Life's Divide + more (pop punk) - Marquee
Maxell & Murphy (rock'n'roll) - Blueberry
Egypt (blues/rock) - Bridge House
The Vagaband (rock'n'roll/country) - Rumsey Wells
Kubko (funk) - Rose Tavern
Jam (open mic) - King Edward VII