Sounds of the City: Norwich Sound & Vision – Saturday 13 October Review

18 Oct

Here we all are then, at the last of our three posts on the gigs of Norwich Sound and Vision 2012. We do have more to say and share about the festival (more on that below) but for now, let’s just reminisce together about another day of blinding music.

God Damn
The evening began as it would end, with us atop the balcony in the Arts Centre, a band playing in the bar below. It wouldn’t end with our bones shaking and ears near bleeding though, which is where we started with God Damn. By jingo this lot are rawkus. This kind of metal doesn’t really do anything for us truth be told but there can be no denying their presence and that amongst the shredding riffs, cacophonous drums and screaming vocals, there were some pretty solid tunes to be found.

Tall Ships
The Arts Centre was packed for the return of Tall Ships to Norwich. Following the release of their debut album, to universal acclaim, at the start of the week, the crowd had flocked in for the show. They didn’t leave disappointed as, sounding tighter than a pair of cycling shorts on a 30-stone man, the three-piece rattled through tracks to the delight of friends, peers and punters.

HIGHLIGHT – Public Service Broadcasting
Our personal highlight of the festival, the boys from PSB put on a storming set of audio-visual delight. Wrigglesworth sounded immense as he pounded the skins to the side of the stage, while J. Willgoose, Esq. noodled and rocked on laptop and all manner of stringed instrument. Betwixt the two, a screen played clips that bore the now famous propaganda samples and more. Old favourite “Signal 30” made an appearance as did “ROYGBIV”, but it was the triumvirate of “Spitfire”, “London Can Take It” and set closer, “Everest” that really set pulses racing and got feet moving. The pair even managed a little digital banter with the crowd which went down a storm. A truly fantastic set that, we are pleased to say, impressed friends who had never heard the pair (don’t they read this blog??) so much they were straight in the merch queue at the end to buy The War Room.

Dad Rocks!
And so to close the festival, for us anyway – there were later gigs but after three days of rocking out, interviewing and filming sessions, these oldies were spent. We spent our last moments of Norwich Sound & Vision 2012 in the company of Dad Rocks! and we couldn’t think of a better finish. Led by the warm and engaging Snævar Albertsson, who dedicated tracks at will to friends and colleagues, the band guided us off on a charming bed of strings, horns and wonderful lyrics. Not even a broken guitar string could prevent Snævar from performing and sending us all home happy. It was the perfect end to a wonderful three days. Roll on NSV2013.

So that was our experience of the gigs of Norwich Sound & Vision 2012, if you missed them, you can click to read about Thursday and Friday. Stay tuned as well as we will soon be showing off some amazing gig photography from two extremely talented young photographers, as well as sharing a wonderful session we filmed with Dad Rocks!. Then of course there will be all the interviews we did with artists over the three days.

Live photo credit – Adam Shoesmith

2 Responses to “Sounds of the City: Norwich Sound & Vision – Saturday 13 October Review”

  1. name not supplied November 2, 2012 at 01:24 #

    I love that Public Service Broadcasting track, damn right they were the best thing about Saturday night.

  2. Commuter Bod November 25, 2014 at 15:00 #

    I love Public Service Broadcasting, thank you for introducing them to me. If you know a similar artist please let me know. Public Service Broadcasting. PSB, like Pet Shop Boys? Coincidence? – a nice one. British synth pop at its best. I saw them support the rolling stones at hyde park – PSB were better.

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