A forthcoming gig that has recently come to my attention via the tireless James Maas is this event at The Doghouse Bar in Norwich on Sunday 24th November (19:30-23:00, free entry)
The Beautiful Word are a band from Brighton touring to promote their new album “Particles”. They feature sumptuous and tight female harmonies and very sweet melodies. The instrumentation includes glockenspiel, bongos, djembe, bass, guitar and casio. They play an uplifting brand of folk-pop, there are clearly a multitude of influences going on and the overall sound is nostalgically joyful and has a child-like innocence to it, heightened by the toy piano. They are sure to be an interesting act to see. I’ve listened to the album a couple of times and it is a definite grower with the melodies hooking themselves in the head, tracks like May Not Be Love have traces of Emiliana Torrini which is no bad thing. Very sweet and charming.
The Sepiatones will be familiar to many around Norwich, featuring James Maas and Trish Plant, this very likable duo are hardworking and honest and gaining something of a local following.
I believe I am yet to experience Kings & Crows live but these words from their bio are highly encouraging:
“a must see band live , they will leave you with a great big fat grin across your face & an unbelievable night will be etched on your brain forever”
Craig Hill, The Tilting Sky
“Kings and Crows are a team of delicious coconuts bobbing down a filthy river. Diverse, up-tempo melodies coupled with talented musicianship and showsmanship. A constant source of delight. ” – Alex Carson, Bare Feet Records
“Kings and Crows have serious problems and are way over the top. Somehow they produce fun music to put a smile on your face!” Gary Standley, BBC Norfolk
“Kings and Crows are bringing cheeky back, making catchy music that you can’t get out your head! Quite simply The Naughty Boys of Norfolk.” Debs Bishop, Future Radio
“Kings and Crows have consistently proven themselves to be a fantastic night of both great music and showmanship. They are extremely reliable and just all round lovely human beings.”
– Adam Jackson- Director, Treehouse Festival
“Tomfoolery & enjoyment are the names of the game while taking the stage by the scruff of the neck and rocking it hard. Superb set and antics by these lads”
Robert Powell, Music Arts Study
Following our birth in 2011, our main stage appearance at Play Fest in 2012, supporting Little Comets, Reverend and the Makers, The Pigeon Detectives and Ash, and also reaching the final of The Next Big Thing, 2013 has been a wild ride with some packed out shows, horrific injuries and hilarious new videos.
More is always on the way- Catch us warbling at a venue near you!
Free entry, at The Doghouse Bar, Norwich, Sunday 24th November 7:30-11pm
Photos from The Beautiful Word’s Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/thebeautifulword/
“Particles” by The Beautiful Word is released on November 16th
Particles: Out 16th November
Written and performed by The Beautiful Word
Produced by Julian Tardo at Church Road Studios
The Beautiful Word make vivid, danceable folk-pop with super-tight vocal harmony. ‘Particles’ is their debut studio album produced by musician/producer Julian Tardo, previously of ‘Insides’ (4AD). They had 30 tracks to choose from after 5 years playing together. Their last two singles have been played by Simon Raymonde (co-founder of Bella Union) and they have been featured on BBC Introducing and BBC6, supported Ellie Goulding, played at IndieTracks festival, T in the Park (T Break Stage) and Secret Garden party. The group have a strong DIY ethic, organising their own tours and making their own videos.
KEY TRACKS: Particles, Eating Me Eating You, May Not Be Love, Emily
More info on the band and album
The band threw themselves grinning into their first studio recording, the audio was recorded in 4 days – making quick and enthused decisions with producer Julian, holding character in sound above all. The open nature of The Beautiful Word is particularly disarming live and through this they have landed some high profile shows – the fee from a slot at T in the Park last summer meant the DIY group could afford this album. Best friends and front girls Emily Cluley and Megan Clifton’s voices together make one defining tone and over the years they have found a sound with the band that supports their voices. They have always previously made home recordings which are still available online.
‘The Beautiful Word hand weave some gorgeous tunes’ – Q Magazine
‘Wonderfully charming’ – AAA Music
‘This could well be the best thing they’ve done’ – Brighton Music Blog
‘I loved it and smiled circles’ – Emiliana Torrini
‘The Beautiful Word sound just as gorgeous as their name indicates’ – Just Music that I like
‘It’s clear from the way they operate that music comes first with this lot’ – The Sound of Confusion