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Ollie Rudge – “Station Wave”

30 Apr

Ollie Rudge Station Wave

Since we first featured the remarkable talent that is Ollie Rudge (in what remains the favourite of our session so far), he’s played some shows, some festivals and released a tune or two with his band Eyes In Istanbull. By all accounts his also been working hard to make our proclamation that he will become a success story come true; making connections and making more music. He’s put a few demos together and while the work continues, he’s shared one with the world.

There are many reasons why we like Ollie, and on “Station Wave” he shows most of them off. Particularly his ability to convey emotion and the intricacies of life and a relationship in such a simple yet refined manner. His soulfully emotive vocals are part apologetic embrace, part charming smile as his imaginative and graceful imagery slips from his mouth. Elegant guitar lines give body and depth to a deceptively simple track and we find ourselves getting lost in the visuals and texture of a goodbye.

We’ve said it before but Ollie really is something special and we can’t wait to hear more.

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Norwich Sound & Vision: Day 2 – Gig Preview

11 Oct

So, after a cracking (and tiring) night out all over the town, we’re ready to do it all again as Norwich Sound and Vision Festival hits day two. Thursday was great, but Friday looks like it could top it. Let’s see what’s on the stocks for this evening in our day 2 gig preview.

NSV13 Friday

Day 2 – Friday
Undoubtedly the biggest attraction for Friday is likely to be the appearance of two brothers at the Arts Centre. Fresh from their recent appearance on Later… Drenge (23:00) headline the Infectious Music stage with support from Superfood (22:10), Radkey (21:20) and Dems (20:30). As if that wasn’t enough, there will also be a DJ set from Alt J (00:00 – 02:00). Unsurprisingly all pre-sale tickets have been sold and there will be limited space for festival wristband holders. Get there early people.

Elsewhere the Hog and Armour will be rocked to its foundations by Islet (21:40) with a possible late show from the indomitable God Damn. For an altogether more relaxed and mellifluous evening of fine tunage, look no further than the Bicycle Shop where Alphabet Bands’ favourite Lisa Redford (who we first met at last year’s festival incidentally) will be headlining (22:00).

Open will be having a late night groove to some soulful R’n’B and Hip Hop sounds for the Tru Thoughts Showcase and The Plugg Presents…. Topping the bill there is the fantastic (and previous Mercury prize nominee), Ty (23:30). Also performing will be Rodney P (22:45) and Harleighblu (22:00) amongst others.

Tilting Sky are taking over The Birdcage for the evening and will feature Alto45 (22:00), Damien Flynn (20:45) and Meadowlark (21:30) amongst their number. Meanwhile a special one-off showcase at The Assembly Rooms will include the beautiful sounds of Wooden Arms (19:30) and a full band performance from Halls (21:30), and over at Olives, the Monotrome records showcase hosts Niagara, M+A and the very good indeed Midas Fall (times tbc).

Down at The Waterfront, the main room has Nina Nesbitt (time tbc) to look forward to, and the studio will be home to San Cisco (21:00), F.U.R.S (20:00) and Bloody Knees (19:15).

Finally (for this preview, there is still more going on elsewhere), Raevennan Husbandes and Ollie Rudge will be playing acoustic sets at Cinema City.

Where we’ll be:
As tempting as it is to just plonk down at the Arts Centre for the duration we’re gonna take a risk and head out across the city once again. While logistics will be a nightmare, we will try and make it to some if not all of Wooden Arms and Halls at The Assembly Rooms, Alto45 at The Birdcage, Superfood and Drenge at The Arts Centre and Ty at Open. How successful/feasible that plan is remains to be seen.

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: Oliver Rudge – “I Will Be Your Sun”

1 Apr

Ollie Rudge

You know how it goes; every day someone is telling someone else to listen out for yet another someone as they are going to be the next one. The big one, the one that takes what that other one has done and makes it look like nothing. We’ve done it, other bloggers have done it, everyone knows someone who is going to be that someone. Sometimes though, just sometimes, you come across an artist who you don’t think is going to be someone, you know it. You can feel it. You only have to hear them sing, see them perform and it’s there. It.

Oliver Rudge, or Ollie if you like, has it and undoubtedly, it won’t be long before everyone knows. Just 18, Ollie has a youthful charm and exuberance, a ‘this shit is fun’ vibe that is pretty darn infectious. Talk to him and this young brummie could almost be any other gregarious kid talking about going out and having a laugh; listen to him sing and he could win the heart of the most glacial of ice maidens. Don’t believe us? We know cynical old bastards who wouldn’t be impressed by a unicorn juggling dinosaur eggs while riding a unicycle and burping the alphabet backwards; when it comes to Ollie though, they are getting more excited than a 6 year old girl being given a puppy for their birthday.

His debut EP, I Will Be Your Sun, will be out later this month and we were lucky enough to catch up with Ollie recently to film an acoustic session of the title track. It’ a song he wrote in the time it took to walk to the end of his road and back in the snow and it is probably one of the most gorgeous tracks we’ve heard this year. We did mention that Ollie is prodigiously talented right? Watch him play, to no one but us and the wonderful Sessions Productions who shot the video, and he could quite easily be performing to a packed audience. Charisma doesn’t cut it, he has more. Tender, sweet, warm with just enough of an edge to it and oh so freaking good, if we could play guitar that way we’d never bloody stop.

Everyone knows someone who is going to be someone. Oliver Rudge is going to be someone that everyone knows.

The ‘I Will Be Your Sun’ EP will be released 15 April and is available for pre-order now. We tell you this as once you’ve played the video, you’re probably going to want to come back and click this link.

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