Sounds of the City: Norwich Sound & Vision – Thursday 11 October Review

16 Oct

So here we are, a couple of days removed from what was an incredible three days of new music across numerous venues within this fine city. For the first time, the Norwich Sound & Vision Convention incorporated the John Peel Festival of New Music and with it came a slew of wonderful emerging and established artists, putting on storming set after storming set.

In the coming days we will be sharing a number of interviews we conducted with some of the visiting bands, another session and some thoughts on the festival overall. Today we start our day by day round-up of the music we enjoyed each day, starting with Thursday.

Before we even got to any of the gigs, we spent some time with Lisa Redford to record an acoustic session just before she opened the evening’s festivities. That session is available here for your enjoyment.

Mari Joyce
A hectic evening of multiple venues started off calmly enough with the delicate sounds of Norwich based Mari Joyce. Performing in the intimate setting of the Bicycle Shop she charmed her multi-generational audience with the warmth of her personality and soft, slightly husky vocals.

From the relaxed and gentle we moved immediately to the spiky, kinetic energy of Parakeet who kicked off events on the Artrocker stage. Fuzzy and raw sounds exploded from the three-piece grinding their way out across the room, bombarding the senses of all in attendance. The sound on the vocals wasn’t great, which was a shame as we know Maroki can sing, but that discordance resonated well with the somewhat wild thrash and feel of the performance.

We spoke to Shaun Hencher a couple of hours before his show at the Norwich Arts Centre and he professed to just wanting to have fun. It certainly showed as he leapt and bounced around the stage like a delighted kid on a bouncy castle, the band racing through track after track after track. Interaction was kept to a minimum, he was here to play and that’s exactly what he did. The smooth pop sounds of his latest EP were given a more frenetic, rough and ready flavour and they sounded fantastic.

Sylver Tongue
A late addition to the line-up, Charlotte Hatherley’s latest musical incarnation brought more than a little synth, as well as some slap bass, to the evening at the Arts Centre. Often aloof on stage, Hatherley’s glacial keyboard sounds crept out across the floor, taking her delicious pop hooks with them. If Kylie had gone through her ‘I’m a serious artist’ phase now rather than the in the mid-nineties, this is what she would sound like.

Dam Mantle
The Waterfront Studio played host to the last two shows of the night, the first of which was from Glasgow-based Dam Mantle who let fly with some deep, dark electronica that made your bones quiver. Heads were nodding all around as the rhythm and melodies took hold. Styles were mixed and blended along with the samples and synths in what was a storming set.

Staying at the Waterfront Studio, the unenviable task of following Dam Mantle went to Errors, and they were more than up to it. The three Glasgow lads put on the show of the night and had the delighted crowd roaring their approval and baying for more at the start and end of every track. New tracks or old tracks, it mattered not as the boys brought the house down and closed the first day in perfect fashion.

So that was Thursday, after which we were pretty shattered. Check back in tomorrow to find out how we held up and what got us going again on the Friday evening.

One Response to “Sounds of the City: Norwich Sound & Vision – Thursday 11 October Review”

  1. name not supplied November 2, 2012 at 01:27 #

    I went to Virals and he did just race through the set, were we keeping him from an appointment?!! It was good though

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