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Blogathon: A gift from Box of Light – “Summer (piano version)”

31 Jan

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As well as the amount of sponsorship we’ve received from so many wonderful and supportive people, we have been touched by the generosity of artists and labels who have been in touch offering us something special to post as part of our 24 hour charity Blogathon.

So far we have had the World Premiere of the new Yumi Zouma track, a special mixtape from Avec Sans and an exclusive and revealing interview with Public Service Broadcasting (conducted this afternoon). There’s more to come as well later tonight and into the small hours including right now, with this special present from Norwich’s own Box of Light.

We’ve spoken before about how we seem to be intrinsically linked with Box of Light after giving them their debut live gig at our debut Alphabet Bands Presents… evening last July. Since then they have gone from strength to strength and could well by one of those bands that just breaks out of nowhere to suddenly be everywhere. We wouldn’t be surprised at all if that happened as they have a lovely nostalgic feel to their summery pop sounds, cracking tunes and great vocals.

And it is the vocals that are showcased in their special gift to us, a free download of an elegant piano version of their track, “Summer”.

We say free, Box of Light have given this to us to give away on the understanding that anyone who downloads the track donates at least £1 to our Just Giving page in return.

A bargain in every respect. Details of how to download are below. Thank you and thanks to Box of Light for being so generous.

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In Session: Box of Light: “The Island”

20 Nov

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Earlier this week Norwich’s own Box Of Light released their debut single, “Falling”, to the world and to commemorate the occasion we are pleased to bring you an exclusive session recording they did for us, of “The Island”.

Yes, we know that “The Island” isn’t their debut single but we’ve already shared a fantastic and intimate performance of “Falling” with you and besides, we’ve heard whispers that “The Island” will be their second single, so consider yourselves ahead of the curve on this one.

Filmed at Norwich’s newest independent record shop, Blossom Records, by the always wonderful Sessions Productions, “The Island” is filled with a similar innocent and nostalgic feeling to “Falling” and is blessed with warm light pop sounds and infectious foot-tapping rhythms. Enjoy.

”Falling” is out now and available to buy on iTunes.

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Watch: Box of Light – “Falling”

18 Nov

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During the Norwich Sound and Vision festival, we attended a panel on how not to make a music video, in which they said the most important thing to do is to create visuals that complement the sound. Such a simple premise and one that is often forgotten when acts/directors instead focus on the dazzling and spectacular rather than the elegant and understated. Here in the Fine City, bands are clearly learning the lessons of the festival panel and today we are sharing two videos from Norwich bands that sit with the music perfectly.

The first comes from Box of Light, the five-piece who played their first ever gig for us in July and who look set to do big things in 2014. Their debut single, “Falling”, which was recorded in an old abattoir of all places (though that could be seen as a step up – or down – from their usual rehearsal space, a disused nuclear bunker) is a nostalgic love song that conjures up images of a simpler time. A time of feel good 80’s romance movies, looking longingly across the room, hoping to be noticed and looking away shyly when you are, of letterman jackets, high-school rings and going steady. It’s deceptively effortless as a glitter filled vocal calls out a simple but important request, “fall for me too”.

With a song that feels like it looks at the world through a soft focus lens, it’s only right that the video should match and lo and behold, the guys and gals at Rock-Star have done just that. Here four of the five band members spend a day of ice-cream, arcades and campfires at a quiet seaside town that itself looks as though it just stopped around 1985 and said; ‘that’ll do – no need to go any further, this year is fine for me’. Both song and video are full of innocence and warmth and sit perfectly as one.

”Falling” is out now and available to buy on iTunes and you can watch an acoustic performance of the song, filmed in session for us, here.

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Norwich Sound & Vision: Day 1 – Gig Preview

10 Oct

It’s a chilly Thursday morning in October here in Norwich and we are as excited as a child at Christmas. Why? Because it is the first day of our favourite holiday, the three day Norwich Sound and Vision Festival. As promised yesterday, here is the first of our daily gig previews. We’ll see you there.

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Day 1 – Thursday
The honour of effectively opening the festival (well, they are the first band to play according to the latest timetable we have seen) fittingly goes to a Norwich band, though this year is a little bit different. The Neutrinos kick things off with one of eight scheduled performances over the festival, all taking place in their house. Because why not right? Obviously attendance at these shows must be booked in advance.

Over in more traditional venues the quality is there from the start with likes of Box Of Light (with whom we shall forever be intrinsically linked) headlining the Access To Music stage at Olives, ably supported by Eyes In Istanbull who feature the outstanding Ollie Rudge in their number (times tbc). There is also the fantastically named Let’s Eat Grandma on the Young People’s Stage over at The Garage. We’ve never heard of them but are sorely tempted based on their name alone.

Over at The Birdcage rising stars Abi Wade (20:45) and George Ezra (21:30) – a man our good friends at Breaking More Waves have been getting a bit googly over (though they do have a worrying fascination with his lips – precede the highly anticipated Lady Lamb The Beekeeper (22:00).

Our good friends at Open are getting a little bit Oh-la-la for the evening as they host the French Export Showcase with the likes of Mesparrow (19:30), Brns (20:30) and We Were Evergreen (22:30) bringing a bit of European flair to proceedings.

The wonderful guys and gals of Artrocker have returned to the festival once again and once again have taken over the Hog and Armour for the duration. Thursday night sees them start as they mean to go on with local favourites There’s Someone In The Pond (20:00), the superb and much loved (as well as being critical darlings) Pins (21:40) and then the bonkersly brilliant Comanechi.

Finally for Thursday, the festival’s home, the Norwich Arts Centre, will be playing host to two exciting showcases. In the bar Norwich’s finest, Wombat Wombat, will be hosting some storming up and coming acts including The Mondegreens (21:00) and DOE (21:50) before closing with another of our favourites (and technically speaking, the first band we ever put on ourselves), Horse Party (23:00). Meanwhile, in the main room PRS will host No Ceremony (21:15) and Ghostpoet (22:00). Get down early for that one we reckon.

Where we’ll be:
With even more venues being used this year, we expect a number of people may well be tempted to bed down in one location and stay for the evening, especially when the headliner will be one the de-facto big names of the festival. Not us of course, with so much fantastic new music on the go, we will be hotfooting it from one venue to another, hoping to see as much as possible (but probably missing quite a lot too).

So, our first entirely unachievable plan will see us variously at Olives for Eyes in Istanbull and The Birdcage for Abi Wade and George Ezra. Though, no offence George, we’ll be leaving sharpish to catch some, if not all, of the Pins set at the Hog and Armour before heading to the Arts Centre for No Ceremony, Ghostpoet and Horse Party.

Tracks of the Day

For more information on the festival as a whole and a full list of performers and a programme of gigs, visit the Norwich Sound and Vision website.

In Session: Box Of Light – “Falling”

19 Sep

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We’re not sure how, but there appears to be an unspoken connection between us and Norwich’s Box Of Light that involves ‘firsts’.

For example…

We put on their first ever live gig at our first ever Alphabet Bands Presents… night earlier this year.

They played the first ever WombleStock as part of the Norwich Lanes Festival.

And today we have the first of our two session tracks from the band (well three of them at least) where they became the first band to play on the newly constructed stage at Norwich’s newest independent record store, Blossom Records.

See what we mean?

Since performing for us at Open in July the band has gone on to play gigs at the likes of the Latitude and Green Man festivals as well as numerous other shows in London and beyond. We don’t doubt that you will be hearing a lot more from this lot in the not too distant future. Mark them down in your books guys so you can say, yes, ‘I knew about them first’.

This is “Falling”, as filmed by the always amazing Sessions Productions.

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