Tag Archives: In Pictures

Blogathon: IYES in pictures – KOKO 31/01/2014

1 Feb

Our final special edition post of the Blogathon (unless someone wants to send us something exclusive and amazing overnight…) comes from the camera of the very talented Adam Shoesmith who took up our offer of a photo pass and bopped along to IYES at Club NME @ KOKO this evening.

We are very grateful to Adam for his cracking pictures of IYES, but as we’ve read his excited texts about how amazing they were and how many of his pictures came out blurred because he was dancing so much, we can’t help but feel a little bit jealous.

Still, we’re going to go and play “Til Infinity” very loudly (headphones so as not to wake anyone up), look at the pictures and pretend we were there. You can do the same if you like.

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In Pictures: Vuvuvultures, Box of Light, Horse Party – Open Norwich, 4 July 2013.

16 Jul

It’s been just over a week since we had the privilege of hosting Vuvuvultures, Box of Light and Horse Party for the first ever Alphabet Bands presents… night and while the world may have moved on, we are still buzzing. Even a week off in the sunshine relaxing hasn’t stopped us feeling excited and entirely made up about how fantastic the night was. While we can’t recreate it for you, we can share some live photos from the evening, courtesy of the super-talented Adam Shoesmith who was there to capture it all for us.

Before we do though, we’d just like to go on record and offer our heartfelt thanks to all those people who helped make it happen. Rick and Stewart at Open, Annie of Planet of Sound, Andie at Sessions Productions, Ian at Access to Music, everyone who tweeted or wrote about the show in advance, everyone who came and of course, the bands themselves. It was a great night, here’s to the next one.

Enjoy the pictures, regular posting resumes tomorrow.

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Here’s a little bonus as well, a quick video of Horse Party performing on the night.


Vuvuvultures debut album “Push/Pull” will be out via Energy Snake Records / Cadiz on 29 July. “Steel Bones” is out now and can be bought here and they are still on tour across the country. Remaining dates below.

Vuvuvultures on tour.
July 19 – BBC4 Loose Ends / Live Session
July 21 – Sheffield – Tramlines Festival / Dada
July 27 – London – Album Launch @ The Island
July 30 – London – Rough Trade East

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In Pictures: The Ramona Flowers Live – Norwich Waterfront 08/03/13

14 Mar

Yesterday we shared some fantastic pictures from the astounding MS MR gig at the Norwich Waterfront last week.

Also on the bill that night was The Ramona Flowers who, you may recall, we love immensely and who also put on a storming show. Tighter than Ebenezer Scrooge the day before pay day, they wowed the crowd with their big, glitchy and occasionally ambient pop sounds and hook filled choruses. If you weren’t there, then you missed an absolute treat but have no fear, for there is a solution at hand. Quickly fire up their Soundcloud page and take a look at these cracking shots from the fantastic rock photographer, Andi Sapey. Now you can pretend you were there all along.


The Ramona Flowers, Norwich Waterfront

The Ramona Flowers, Norwich Waterfront

The Ramona Flowers, Norwich Waterfront

The Ramona Flowers, Norwich Waterfront

The Ramona Flowers, Norwich Waterfront

The Ramona Flowers, Norwich Waterfront

The Ramona Flowers, Norwich Waterfront

The Ramona Flowers, Norwich Waterfront

The Ramona Flowers, Norwich Waterfront

All pictures courtesy of Andi Sapey Photography

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In Pictures: MS MR Live – Norwich Waterfront 08/03/13

13 Mar

Last week we attended what will quite probably be our gig of the year at the Norwich Waterfront as the utterly fantastic MS MR exceeded our crazy high expectations and put on an amazing show.

Lizzy and Max put on a really sexy show and we brought you (what we like to think is) a fairly sexy review, now we bring you some sexy photos of the gig from the lens of the most amazing rock photographer, Andi Sapey.


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MS MR Norwich Waterfront

MS MR Norwich Waterfront

All pictures courtesy of Andi Sapey Photography

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Gig Review: Gabriel Bruce, Norwich Arts Centre 05/12/12

6 Dec

11. Gabriel Bruce at Victoria Dalston 28.02.12

Every once in a while you come across a performer or a sound that appears out of nowhere and leaves you reeling like a kick in the balls, if a kick in the balls can ever be an amazing and spectacular experience. Tonight we are experiencing the magnificence of Gabriel Bruce for the first time and both performance and sound are knocking us off our feet.

The start is an inauspicious one with a mic that seemingly doesn’t work and Gabriel left mute as his church-organ sounds drone underneath the emptiness. The problem fixed and we are given our first taste of his deep, granular baritone, like Leonard Cohen calling us in for prayer as the organ plays on then boom, from nowhere we have a big poppy sound and the first of many collective steps back in amazement are taken by the audience.

From then on it is wall to wall incredible as Gabriel and his drummer are joined on stage by a dedicated keyboard player and two backing singers, both of whom are dressed in black and who evoke memories of The Commitments as they dance out their simple but oh-so effective dance routines. Like much of Gabriel’s set, such minute details enhance the performance immeasurably.

The sound is vast. These big, brash songs that are ringing out are incredible. There is soul, there is funk, there are horns, big choruses; there is even the feeling that this could all be a John Hughes soundtrack. He sings like Bowie, Cave, Cohen and Tears for Fears all rolled into one and performs in a way that an in-his-pomp James Brown would struggle with.

An echo effect kicks in on the mic between tracks as Gabriel is regaling us, “I feel like God” he says as his earthquake of a voice reverberates around the Arts Centre. He may feel like God but at times he resembles an evangelical preacher stirring his congregation as he implores us to ‘love one an other’. It’s a wonderful sentiment but the love in the room right now is directed at him.

‘This is a disco number’ he tell us. It’s not, not really. Donna Summer wouldn’t ever have performed something like this but it is groovy and Gabriel needs no excuse to move. He is into the crowd quick-smart embarrassing the girls and boys in the audience as he sings and dances to them, before leaping back onstage and embracing his singers at waist height. Their ability to sing on while stifling laughter is commendable.

All the while we stare, dumbfounded by this magnificent beast before us, flailing and cavorting around on-stage and singing some of the most wondrous old school pop music. All too soon the set concludes with the infectious “Cars Not Leaving”, complete with Footloosey, Breakfast Cluby style dancing from Gabriel and his backing singers. The crowd wants more but it is not to be. Leave them wanting more the old adage goes, we were desperate for it.

Photo Credit: Adam Shoesmith taken at The Victoria, Dalston, March 2012