This was a gig I was full of anticipation for, wanting to experience again the Balaclava Kid & Dad live show. But first for the night was The Star Fields, a solo artist named Jay Holliday who with some clever use of pedals and loops and guitar created a rich soundscape, which at times put me in mind of Spacemen 3, Spiritualised. For his incredible final song he jumped offstage and paced around the dancefloor reciting lyrics whilst his loops played in the background. A very interesting artist who I will be happy to hear again.
I saw some truly astonishing bands in 2012, somewhere at the top of this list has to be BK & Dad, who were supporting the also extraordinary Dingus Khan. Rarely have I heard such power and energy, certainly not from a duo! Definitely the loudest band I have ever heard in the Norwich Arts Centre, and that is certainly not intended in any bad way! I love this band and the sounds they get from drums and guitar with use of loops, pedals and drone. Amazing live experience, the combination of their sound and the backdrop visuals is absolutely captivating, please try to catch them! They are also one of my favourite bands to photograph, a real pleasure.
The headline act for the night was Negative Pegasus, from Brighton. I had not heard them before so was really interested to hear how they would follow such an act as BK & Dad. But manage this they did, with a similar use of loops and pedals this trio made a dramatic start, with the singer laying down beside his guitar on stage, leaping up and flailing wildly, making use of feedback alongside the excellent drummer and guitarist. A super and energetic live set from a very charismatic frontman who puts everything into the passionate performance. At the end it would have been unfair to expect an encore from a band who must have felt drained after putting their all into an incredible show!