The Tilting Sky presents The Thinking Men, Secret From Richard, Rory Hill and the Honeymoon, Matt Selfe at Norwich Arts Centre, 11 July 2014
The day after the storming Rainbow Girls gig at the Arts Centre I returned to the same venue for Craig Fraser Hill’s Tilting Sky four band extravaganza. Starting off with Matt Selfe, formerly of The Loyal Few and actually performing solo but playing guitar and with accompanying beats from his laptop. A good voice and very atmospheric, chiming guitar work.
I was keen and interested to hear the next act, the debut performance from Rory Hill and the Honeymoon. Rory is a great lyricist and with a unique voice, the band performing together here for the first time also featured Lydia on backing vocals. Some fascinating songs.
Secret From Richard came storming out of the blocks and played a fast uptempo, guitar driven set with huge energy and enthusiasm, possibly making the biggest impression of the night with their brand of indie rock.
With a grand backdrop of a grainy projection intro, coming onto the stage for their first NAC headline The Thinking Men also started strongly, in fact they started the set with their anthemic Piep Piper, probably their best known song, coming on like Tom Waits meets the Bad Seeds. They have a strong image, play the songs well and are a band who must be good to market, they are clearly a band with ambition, drive and are a package who could do well. Hard working and professional act.
The Tilting Sky presents :
The Thinking Men // Secret From Richard // Rory Hill and The Honeymoon // Matt Selfe
Norwich Arts Centre : 11th July 2014
The Thinking Men :
Reigning Next Big Thing champions The Thinking Men make their Arts Centre headline debut with a show which has all the promise of being their best yet.
Expect a preview of some new songs from their soon to be released brand new EP alongside such favourites as Pied Piper & Oil Song.
Secret From Richard :
This indie 4 piece are fast creating a name for themselves as one of the hottest young bands to emerge from the East in the last 12 months or so.
Secret From Richard will be showcasing some new songs alongside some favourites from their debut EP ‘ Paragon ‘.
Rory Hill and The Honeymoon :
Since receiving support for his solo work as a 15 year old from the likes of Huw Stephens , Rory Hill has spent much of the 7 years since then with The Kabeedies & most recently Keep Up.
Rory has invited some of his favourite musicians to create ‘ The Honeymoon ‘ to showcase his own material and for the very first time with a full band.
Matt Selfe :
Following the demise of the much loved The Loyal Few , Matt has been writing new material & getting used to doing things his own way & performing solo.
This show will mark his solo debut at The Arts Centre following on from some great early shows here in Norwich at both The Birdcage & The Waterfront.
words and photos, richard shashamane 2014