Danni Nicholls + Hot Raisin @ The Guildhall. Punk in the Provinces @ NAC 23 November 2017

Before heading to The Guildhall I caught some of the excellent Punk in the Provinces, a conversational evening in the NAC Adnams Mission Hall Bar with engaging discussions and talks.  Starting shortly after 6pm the event was completely sold out (thanks for the spare ticket, Jon!) and absolutely fascinating (I’d have liked to have heard the whole thing and it was rather difficult to leave for the subsequent gig actually) with some fine speakers, discussions and a great, lively audience.  One of the conversations touched upon punk as nostalgia, the merits of band reunions and so forth. I actually find myself listening to the music quite a lot again these days, it sounds right and relevant for these times and much of it is timeless.  A really interesting event, thanks to all involved.

 

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40 years on from punk rock, come and join in an evening’s conversation between local fans from Norwich in ‘77, journalists and academics discussing the significance and legacy of punk in the provinces. Speakers include:

· Richard Balls, author of Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll: The Life of Ian Dury, Be Stiff: The Stiff Records Story

· Prof George McKay, UEA, books include Senseless Acts of Beauty: Cultures of Resistance since the Sixties, ed. DiY Culture: Party & Protest in Nineties Britain, Shakin’ All Over: Popular Music & Disability, and lead editor, The Oxford Handbook of Punk Rock (forthcoming)

· Dr Helen Reddington, University of East London, punk musician, author of The Lost Women of Rock: Female Musicians of the Punk Era

· Prof Matt Worley, University of Reading, co-editor The Aesthetic of our Anger: Anarcho-Punk, Politics and Music, author of new book No Future: Punk, Politics and British Youth Culture 1976-84

· Dr Lucy Wright, researcher on DIY cultures project, UEA

· Jonty Young, co-curator of Punk in the East exhibition

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Grapevine’s line up once again paired regular visitor to our city, Danni Nicholls and Hot Raisin, who shared a great event at the Crypt a year or two ago.  There was a good-sized crowd here, the stage area looked lovely but even in late November it seemed incredibly warm, especially upstairs. The Raisins were performing as an acoustic trio, and some in the audience had travelled considerable distances especially to see them.  I was extemely pleased to discover some pressings of a new acoustic Hot Raisin EP called the Forge Sessions. I sat in on these sessions with Tory, Mary, and Luke in the summer and took photos when the recordings took place, so I know how good the songs are and cannot wait to have further listens to these finished results. I’ve had a first listen today and they sound warm and gorgeous. Brings back happy memories of the creativity, magic and beauty of that day too.  They are produced by their good friend Chris Turpin, of Ida Mae of course, with a bass cameo on Embrace Me from Kev of the Sweetbeats.

 

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They played a few of these songs, highlights  for me were the beautiful Read Your Mind, and Take Me Over, as well as a fantastic version of (fairly) new song Midnight Gremlins.  Vanilla just had to be revived as it featured infamously in that Crypt set, and sounded absolutely superb here.  The newer songs are really good and sounding better and better with every outing. I love Hot Raisin.

 

 

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The Raisins play at OPEN in 14 December in support of a long-awaited return to their home city by Wooden Arms, a gig which was originally scheduled for spring, and one I shall be covering for Outline. Alas, that appears to be yet another unfortunate and notorious Norwich gig-clash, happening on the same night as the next Grapevine I believe, where Ana Silvera and Alden, Patterson & Dashwood share the billing.

 

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I’ve seen Danni play about a dozen times over the years, championed by Grapevine’s Steve and Jan she has played Norwich on numerous occasions, as well as Red Rooster.  Fresh on the back of an AMAUK nomination (in the excellent company of Laura Marling, Emily Barker, and Danny and the Champions of the World) she confidently opened with a brand new song (Texas), in fact we were treated to several new ones which are sounding very good.

 

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I liked her stories too, in introduction she said: “I eventually worked out that to heal myself I had to learn to love myself. So I wrote a love song. To myself!”

 

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She has quite a following in Norwich and is much-loved, getting some nice singalongs going on Blue Train and Back to Memphis, she is deserving of the recognition she is getting.  As Steve said, it may be one of our last chances to see her in such a sized venue as The Guildhall.

 

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Looking further ahead, Hot Raisin have also been booked to play the incredible Room on 3 February.

 

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Thanks to Danni, Hot Raisin, Steve, Jan, and Dickie.

 

 

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Daddy Long Legs + Tuppenny Bunters @ Bedfords Crypt 22 November 2017

 

So good have been all the Punk Rock Blues gigs that I’ve attended – plus of course the Red Rooster Festival – that I consider it a guarantee of “my kind of music”, an endorcement of quality.  Earlier this month I saw one of the greatest gigs it has been my pleasure to experience when Starcrawler played in The Crypt.  In the same venue and on their first visit to Norwich we had Brooklyn’s Daddy Long Legs, who were one of my highlights of the 2016 Red Rooster.

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Arriving somewhat early it was interesting to note during chats that there were a few who’d travelled from afar for this gig, Daddy Long Legs put on a heck of a show and there are not too many UK dates so we were lucky to have this.  Opening was Southend’s Tuppenny Bunters who fitted the mood of the evening well. A duo consisting of partners Dave Dulake and Fi Nancy Dulake who brilliantly describe themselves as “anarchic music hall”!  Switching roles between drums and a battered, wonderfully dirty sounding organ they also shared vocal duties and were a lot of fun.

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The Daddy Long Legs trio made their way down the stairs into the Crypt and onto the stage area to the strains of Ennio Morricone and proceeded to rock this ancient undercroft with their brand of filthy, glorious punky, energetic blues.  A melting pot of Dr. Feelgood, The MC5, Howling Wolf, The Gun Club, John Lee Hooker and more, they have punk spirit and play the blues, imagine an even wilder, faster, even more harp-driven 4D Jones having a total blowout.  The tall Daddy Long Legs himself blows harp and sings into a handheld vintage mic and the rest of this cool trio feature Murat Akturk on guitar, who looks likes he’s just stepped out of the sixties and Josh Styles giving the drums a really punchy sound using a drumstick and maraca!

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They had the place going wild once again, the crowd pleaded for more and more, and got a good couple of encores too though we all had to kneel and testify in this ancient space. Brilliant!  They sure can play the blues with buckets of soul and plenty of raw, punk energy. Yet again it was a vital, brilliant combination of fantastic band, perfect venue and great crowd. I think everyone had a blast, the band most certainly did. This was another triumph of band/venue/audience/promoter/sound engineer totally nailing it. You know those people who tell us about the amazing gigs they caught in the sixties?  Well I feel these events are happening again, our time is now and amazing things are occuring. Be a part of it, we’re so lucky to have stuff like this happening here, the best music from around the world in our fantastic little city. Don’t let is pass you by. Music is really exciting again and we have some of the best of it delivered to our very doorstep. Daddy Longlegs and Starcrawler within weeks of each other in the same venue? Both played only a handful of UK dates but our city was visited by both of them for sellout dates. Very exciting times to be a music fan in Norwich.  Punk Rock Blues are bringing JD McPherson to the Arts Centre at the beginning of next year. It sold out almost immediately but tickets are still available for Bob Log III. But for now we are still on this incredible run of stunning gigs, which possibly started with that other underground gem from fellow New Yorkers Twin Guns.

 

 

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Punk Rock Blues is delighted to host the first ever show by Daddy Long Legs in Norwich! 

New York City’s most beloved blues bashers have been huffing and puffing and blowing houses down on a nightly basis on their infinite world tour and always bring an elevated level of rough and ready intensity to contemporary lo-fi blues with their explosive fire ceremony!

A Daddy Long Legs show is equal parts roots rock, blues and guttural soul, stripping down old standards and making them shiny and new again. Some of the originals are like an all-out spiritual revival, while others are hauntingly beautiful.

 

 

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Katie Spencer @ The Burston Crown 16 November 2017

At the Birdcage 10th Birthday celebrations last year I first met and got chatting to Carol Jones.  She told me of her plans for a series of music shows at the Mo in Sheringham and these charming concerts took place this summer.  My first visit saw performances by Hot Raisin, Falling From Trees and the totally charming and talented Katie Spencer.  Carol had first encountered Katie playing at Sheringham’s Unplugged by the Sea festival in 2016 and was keen to book her for the Mo.  I was blown away by Katie’s short set and so were all the others I spoke to. I was delighted to learn that Geoffrey had picked up on this buzz and booked her for the excellent Burston Crown.

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It was a treat indeed to hear two full sets of 45 minutes or so from Katie. She held those listening in the lower room absolutely spellbound with her playing, singing, and charming introductions.  Any chatter in the other floor was quickly banished as people came closer to marvel at the pure class that was the music being flawlessly played.  She played tracks from her mini album of original compositions as well as a sprinkling of covers from the likes of John Martyn and Roy Harper.  Anyone who is a fan of these legends, as well as Ryley Walker, Laura Marling, and Joni Mitchell should check out Katie Spencer who has recently supported the likes of Martin Stephenson, and Ian Hunter. She is amazing.

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It’s a beautiful thing to watch someone doing what they are clearly born to do, and Katie and her guitar are a perfect match. She performs with charm and a quiet, understated confidence expressing beautifully in music.  Something that she does which I also love is that she is not afraid to step away from the mic.  During the instrumental parts of her songs she seems to glide slowly across the ‘stage’ area in a musical reverie that matches our own listening experience.  I chatted earlier with her about that state one can get to listening to music, of forgetting all else and just being in the Now of the song. This happened whilst listening to her.  She creates a relaxed atmosphere so condusive to getting ‘lost in music’ and it’s a joy to watch her perform, making this intricate playing appear so effortless.  Not only is she an excellent musician and vocalist but a lovely person too, I’m full of admiration and respect for her.

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So accomplished is Katie Spencer that it is incredible and difficult to believe that she only started playing guitar less than five years ago and is totally self-taught.  When I saw her play at the Mo I was picking up on something of a Ryley Walker vibe, among others, and having the chance to chat a bit more this time I mentioned this to her.  Turns out she is also a huge fan and we exchanged a few “small world” anecdotes.  Later in the night I overheard an audience member tell Katie he had chanced upon her unexpectedly at an open mic night in Beverley, Yorkshire. The phrase “small world” was heard uttered numerous times by several people on this special night of music in these magical surroundings.  I got chatting to some lovely people from The Waveney Valley Folk Collective, and was pleasantly surprised to see Johnny Steinberg walk into the pub too.  What with the legendary Billy doing sound I remarked to Geoffrey that there was such a beautiful vibe of music and musical connections going on that the Burston Crown must be on some sort of musical ley line. Turns out I was not far wrong and the St. Michael line passes extremely close by.  I was not entirely surprised to learn this such was the magic in this place.  There’s a special thing going on at the Burston Crown, it may be some forty minutes drive from Norwich but stepping in it has that feel of a ‘local’, friendly, warm and traditional and populated with music fans, increasingly trusting of the class acts being put on to perform here (Katie Spencer, Hot Raisin, 4D Jones, The Vagaband, Jess Morgan, Johnny Steinberg and the Blue Fish, Hope in High Water, Turfclub Racebook, Organisms, Jacob Solstice and the Cosmic Order … et al.) knowing that there will be first rate sound from Billy and the music will be excellent.  I’ve enjoyed all my visits here tremendously and tonight was pure musical brilliance. Sublime.

 

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Hot Raisin + Playhouse + Simon Tall for Carwash @ The Flamingo 15 November 2017

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In the last of this series of Carwash Music nights at The Flamingo the lineup put together by Mr. Jason featured a band he himself named: Hot Raisin, plus Playhouse, and Simon Tall.

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I’d not seen Simon play before, I enjoyed his set of acoustic Americana folk, storytelling songs.  He has some recordings available online from https://simontall.bandcamp.com/ which I shall be checking out.

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I first saw Playhouse at the beginning of the year at one of Shane’s OosWolf nights at Cactus and subsequently saw them a number of times in pleasant succession but not since the spring.  The development and growth of the band in that time is incredible, it’s no surprise that they have been recognised by BBC Radio Norfolk with a couple of Record of the Week tracks.  The addition of a drummer augmenting the sound I was more familiar with from previous sets by Bridget and Joe. They seem to be on a creative roll with the large number of new songs they played here.  Vocals were shared by both Bridget at piano, and Joe on acoustic guitar.  I loved Playhouse from the first time I saw them in January but this really impressed me very much. They are growing, maturing and developing in delicious ways.

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Hot Raisin I often refer to as my anti-depressant. The perfect prescription, they always make me feel good, be they playing as a duo, a trio, or as tonight the full five piece band.  They have a an incredible dynamic as a group with terrific songs and arrangements. Their energy as people and as musicians is positive, contageous, and a beautiful thing.  There’s a nice vibe about their gigs and a collective spirit which is quite special.

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Due to travels and work commitments they hadn’t played live for a couple of months so I was eager for this fix and they didn’t disappoint.  Sounding especially punchy in the hands of Jason on sound, the deeper tones were warm and beefy and it felt good to hear these songs live again.  They are back again next week – as a trio – playing The Guildhall for Grapevine alongside the excellent Danni Nicholls making a welcome return to the city.  They played once before together in a memorable night at Bedford’s Crypt a year or two ago to much mutual appreciation. It should be another good one.

 

Hot Raisin will also be appearing at OPEN on 14 December supporting Wooden Arms, who return to their home city in support of their new album.

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I love Hot Raisin. And not just because it was me that named the band! They play laid-back Americana, sort of, but it also has tons of energy, and power when needed. Quiet/louder arrangements, but not in a Nirvana/Pixies way. The songs are catchy, and can come across as quite simple, which is one of the clever things about them, as they have lots of intricacies that you only notice after a few listens. 

In Mary Podd they have “the female Johnny Marr”, or “the female Mary Podd” I should say (that sounds wierd though..), as her playing isn’t indebted to anyone. And in Tory Cobb they have one of the best singers there is. Also, they’re the nicest people in the world, and I love them very much. Oh, I already mentioned that..

Plus the delicate folk of Playhouse, and the calming Americana of Simon Tall; both of whom have fantastic recordings for you to listen to:
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Worry Dolls + Morganway + Lisa Redford @ OPEN 10 November 2017

It was only relatively recently that I first became aware of Worry Dolls through some browsing and exploring on YouTube and Spotify, so it was a nice moment of synchronicity and serendipity that soon afterwards I learned that Craig had booked them to play a very welcoming OPEN Club Room. With stellar support too from Lisa Redford and Norwich premier leaguers Morganway.  It was a lovely evening, the only slight negative being the misfortune of sharing a Friday night with the usual glut of Norwich gig-clashes … a mere twenty-five of these clashes to my knowledge which probably had an impact an attendance though there was still a decent turnout. There is never a clear Friday in Norwich: Music City, UK where on any given Friday or Saturday, or any day come to that, there seems to be at least half a dozen gigs I’d like to go to.  On this occasion we had Macka B at NAC, Mammal Hands at Epic, The Rezillos at the Waterfront, Black Sharks at the Owl, The Music House Acoustic-ish Session at Jurnets, and a whole host of others.

 

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Fresh from her appearance the previous evening at the Guildhall, sharing a bill with Kieran Morgan(way) in his SJ and the Flying Pigs capacity, Lisa Redford opened the music at OPEN.  It’s always a pleasure to hear her perform and there was plenty of appreciation in the room from not just the audience but between all the acts playing too, which is always lovely. Lisa is currently recording some new material, produced by Jose McGill of The Vagaband, and she played songs here covering all of her musical career.

 

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I do like Lisa’s songs, a lot. She impressed me at her recent NAC Nashville in the Round support appearance and again tonight. An easy and engaging manner between songs and wonderfully evocative, melancholic, wistful stories within them.  I like that she does not over-complicate the delivery of the songs, letting them breathe and allowing the listener to really appreciate the melody, voice, story and songwriting. She slipped a couple of covers into the set too, one from Cat Stevens and another – which worked particularly well – from Lucinda Williams.  As a barometer to how good an artist is when listening to them perform live, I will sometimes ask myself “Would I listen to this at home?” and in Lisa’s case it’s a resounding “Yes! Absolutely!” I most certainly would. So why don’t I own more of her recordings?  I must rectify this.

 

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The magnificent Morganway were billed as playing a “stripped-back” set, and yes they were without their rhythm section but still sounded mighty and huge.  Currently recording their album it is a rare treat to catch them live this autumn and to hear some of these wonderful songs.  They sound cinematic, expansive and even anthemic at times and the band’s soul and professionalism always shines through.  A minor technical hitch decided to make itself known moments into the set but the way the band improvised as Callum made some field repairs and lead changes was hugely impressive, they never broke their stride or got ruffled.  Matt on keys (a rare sighting without the fingerless gloves but he was sporting an Unknown Pleasures t-shirt for BBC 6Music Band T-shirt day instead) was a powerhouse, as were they all, and Kieran’s guitar filled and reached every space in the room.  A beautiful and moving dedication to Tom Petty followed with a cover of Southern Accents, and my current Morganway favourite, the astonishing Frozen in Our Time. In my humble opinion their new masterpiece and if this is a taster of the forthcoming album we are in for one heck of a treat. Great sound for this set too.

 

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Yvey B wearing her heart of light on her sleeve.

 

Apparently Worry Dolls – Zoe and Rosie – have visited Norwich a few times previously as a duo, most recently supporting Ian Hunter of all people, of which I learned in a conversation just the previous night and in glowing terms too.  Tonight they were with a full band, and what a band!  Superb players on deep and warm upright bass, truly brilliant and sensitive drumming, and some astonishingly beautiful pedal steel with the finesse and subtlety you’d only expect to hear from the likes of BJ Cole or Patrick from the Vagaband.  A wonderfully accomplished set of musicians playing with just the right blend of restraint and power, they really impressed me. The girls themselves play guitar, banjo, keys and have glorious songs and voices, with beautiful harmonising occasionally putting me in mind of Rainbow Girls … who were my own choice for band t-shirt day. I reckon fans of Rainbow Girls, Hope in High Water, Alden, Patterson & Dashwood, Gillian Welch, and The Woodland Creatures would love Worry Dolls too.

 

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The set flew by and the girls were funny and charming between songs with their introductions, it seems “Bless Your Heart” does not always mean what we think it does over here, it being more of a put-down in the American South.

 

 

I was most impressed, charmed and moved by Worry Dolls, backed by a tight, excellent band the whole set was flawless and really well-received by an attentive and appreciative audience. We have a big appetite for this kind of music in this city, so well-played and delivered, there’s a lot of feeling and soul in these songs. I had no hesitation in buying their album on vinyl and am looking forward to giving it a proper listen at home.  Nice to see so many feathers and dreamcatchers around the stage too, not just for Worry Dolls but also in the lovely Yve’s hair for the Morganway set. Worry Dolls are fast making a name for themselves and it’s clear they are touching people deeply and really meaning something to them.  I think I’m joining those people.  At the end of the set as they strolled off the stage a few behind me shouted “Miss you already!” and that is exactly the song they played for their encore. Beautiful.

 

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I felt a sense of two artists brought together by a common love of similar music and pursuing their dream … with hearts full of passion, purity and integrity for what they do. The music is honest and heartfelt and so is their intention …  and of course the listener always picks up on this. I love them all the more for that, on top of the great songs and playing. Thank you, Worry Dolls, come back again soon.

 

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Worry Dolls are a tenacious female duo born out of the joint talents of Zoe Nicol and Rosie Jones.

 

When they met in Liverpool at just 18, both on their chosen path of becoming solo singer songwriters, and both falling under the spell of ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou?’. Rosie joined Zoe’s band as a mandolin player and backing vocalist and their great chemistry and love of harmony led to them starting a contemporary bluegrass band playing Nickel Creek, Alison Krauss & Gillian Welch songs together. Paired by their teachers for an opportunity to have their songwriting critiqued by Paul McCartney, they were inspired to start co-writing, and could now be described as an almost telepathically linked songwriting force.

 

The pair were drawn to London, where they spent the best part of a year sleeping on couches, obsessively co-writing and performing, and all the while developing a burgeoning cult following. Worry Dolls harnessed this period of transition and channelled it into two EPs, with their second release “Burden” evidencing a sound that was beginning to shed its starry-eyed innocence, and give way to a more acerbic and mature artistic voice.

‘Bless Your Heart’ is the first single taken from their 2017 debut album, co-written with Wild Ponies. It was the first song they wrote in Nashville. They’d been in town for a couple of days and were picking up the southern slang, including “Bless Your Heart” – which they were told can be used to point out to someone that they are being a complete idiot. The highly anticipated debut album “Get Gone” was released Through Bread and Butter Records in early 2017.

 

Worry Dolls tour throughout February, March and April 2017 promoting their album, with some incredible showcases already completed at the AMA’s Moth Club Showcase and London Fashion week with Vogue. Following this the band will be appearing at some of the UK’s best festivals, including an inciting to the prestigious Country 2 Country.

 

Special guests for this show & hot on the heels of a sold out headline performance at The Norwich Arts centre will be Norwich based Morganway who will be playing a very special ‘ stripped back & intimate ‘ set. This will be the only time you will be able to catch the band live in Norwich before they release their debut album early in 2018.

 

Many thanks to Worry Dolls, Morganway, Lisa Redford, the excellent soundman and extra special thanks to the fantastic Craig at OPEN.

 

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Sheila Rock punk photography exhibition @ Norfolk Gallery. Doug MacLeod @ Fine City Blues. Bad Apples + HyperFox @ The Owl Sanctuary 9 November 2017

A fortuitous encounter with Norwich and Lanes legend Jonty at the Sleaford Mods UEA LCR gig the previous evening led not only to some more chat about that Starcrawler gig (yes, I know I’m going on about it but it’s starting to feel like my Sex Pistols moment!) but also the launch of the Sheila Rock Punk Photography exhibition which was to launch at the Norfolk Gallery on St. Giles on Thursday.  Arriving shortly after it opened I was lucky enough to have the chance to have a short but highly interesting chat with Sheila about her photography and *that time* between 1976 and 1979 as well as have a good look at the twenty or so photographic prints before the space became properly busy a short time later. And it really did get busy.  If you have any interest in punk rock, social documentary photography or simply the likes of The Clash, PiL, Blondie, Siouxsie and the Banshees et al, then see this exhibition, we are lucky to have it in our city.

 

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Needless to say, many of those in attendance were also at the Crypt last week and we were all still talking about it, reminiscing as much about that gig, Sleaford Mods the previous night, and Savages last year as much as the punk “heyday” years.

 

Having made it into the city once again I thought I may as well catch some music to try and re-feel that Starcrawler buzz.  My first port of call was The Owl Sanctuary where some heavyweight punk and thrash was happening. I enjoyed it a lot.  HyperFox impressed me, a new name but one I’ll keep an eye out for in the future, they were interesting and powerful.

 

As for Bad Apples, well any band that has the balls and confidence to start their set with a cover of Kick Out the Jams and yet still ratch it up another level has my respect and admiration. Drawn in by this cover I moved further forward and was astonished to discover that this huge noise was being created by a duo.  I’ll definitely be looking out for Bad Apples again.

 

A short while later I headed across the road, literally, to The Murderers to catch some Fine City Blues.  This may not be some strip like those in Nashville or New Orleans but boy is Norwich music diverse!  From some very loud, energetic grungey punk and thrash I only took a few steps across the way and was hearing some world class blues from Doug MacLeod who seemed to be channeling John Lee Hooker among others whilst always holding his very own style. He’s the real deal and it’s incredible that you can walk into a free gig like this in Norwich on a Thursday night. Top class!  Thanks to Fine City Blues for hosting this (and to UNISON who sponsored this night for Living Wage Week).  In my search for Starcrawler buzz I was seeking noise and volume but felt the emotion in some silencing blues which satiated my soul at last.

 

doug macleod

 

Rad Times & Sacred Sounds presents… Project Mork, Bono!, The Bad Apples & Hyperfox.
The Owl Sanctuary, Norwich.
Thursday 9th November 2017.
FREE ENTRY (Taking donations for MIND).

Project Mork (everyone’s favourite shabba-thrash hardcore good-times punk band)
http://music.real-records.co.uk/album/the-thing-that-sam-did

The Bad Apples (the loudest rowdiest grungey garage rock two piece you’re likely to ever find!)
https://thebadapples.bandcamp.com/

CUCK (fresh-on-the-scene balls-to-the-wall hardcore thrash punk / powerviolence)
https://www.facebook.com/CUCKTHEBAND/

HyperFox (brand spanking new alternative punk, featuring a synth machine!!)
https://soundcloud.com/hyperfoxband

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Sleaford Mods @ UEA LCR 8 November 2017

This was a gig I attended without the intention of doing a write-up for, I just wanted to experience the gig but what the heck, it’s Sleaford Mods!  And they left me with plenty of thoughts.

sleaford mods

 

For reasons I don’t recall, I wasn’t able to attend their gig at the Waterfront a couple of years ago and it’s indicative of their rise that this one was to be at the UEA. I’m not generally the biggest fan of the pre-gig LCR experience but was pleasantly surprised with the warmer than usual “Enjoy your evening” greeting as I had my ticket checked as one of the earlier arrivals (why does this have to be so noteworthy?) but normality was soon restored with a thirty minute wait to be served at the slowest bar I’ve ever encountered, well before most people had even arrived at the venue … though most had by the time the queue started to move. And at the end of the gig to be ushered quickly out ” … if you’re not going to buy some merch … ” *sigh*

 

An honorable mention should be made though for the fact that Sleaford Mods were collecting for Shelter on this tour.

 

We’re collecting for @Shelter on this years tour. There will be folk with buckets at every gig. If you can afford it please donate.

You can also text SHELTER to 70444 to donate £3. If you can spare more visit england.shelter.org.uk/donate and donate what you can

 

Anyway, it was good to catch up with some familiar faces around the Nick Rayns’ LCR, Sleaford Mods’ appeal seems to stretch across quite a wide spectrum of music fans.  When Jason and Andrew did come onstage and start their set it was quickly apparent how impressively they filled the big space and their ability to connect with over a thousand people basically just using a microphone and a laptop perched on a flight case.

sleaford mods

 

I honestly got the impression they enjoyed the gig as much as the crowd, who seemed to know every word of every track. I did not and only really made out the words on the songs I did know. Andrew was beaming thoughout and Jason said several times that it was all passing “much too quickly”, as well as referencing the LCR’s musical heritage.  What I love most about the Sleaford Mods is their articulate and hard-hitting social commentary , as well as their punk spirit and sheer power, nailing it every time. All delivered in an angry, passionate vocal style over some powerful beats. Like a hybrid of the voices of John Lydon and John Cooper Clarke, yet Jason is undeniably original and unique.  Just as I was thinking this Jason delivered probably the line of the night: “We’re not a punk band. We are not a f***ing punk band … we’re a cruise ship band”! Absolutely brilliant, this made me smile as much as anything in the set!

sleaford mods

 

I think a request was shouted from near the front and Jason responded “We haven’t rehearsed that one in a long time. What Andrew and I do may look cobbled together but I can assure you a lot of hard work and preparation goes into all of this!”  I can well believe it.

sleaford mods

 

As a friend observed afterwards, between songs they could appear almost like cartoons with exaggerated panto strutting. It was very entertaining.  They were good, very good. During the hour or so long set Jolly Fucker, BHS and TCR were huge highlights for me but for the encore which -to my ears – featured more familiar tracks, I think that is when they reached true greatness.  If this gig had happened at almost any other time I may well have been raving about it for days but I am still in total awe from their Rough Trade labelmates Starcrawler, and their gig at the Crypt last week, and it was to them that conversation quickly returned in the downstairs bar with a post-gig pint wind-down.  That’s not a comment on this gig but the spectacular nature of Starcrawlers. Gigs like that don’t come along very often but nor do ones like this.

 

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