It’s that time of year again, and with a huge number of gigs coming up what with Oxjam and Norwich Sound & Vision following hot on its heels, as well as some notable other gigs around the city.
This event at the Arts Centre was the launch party for this year’s Sound & Vision Festival which seems to go from strength to strength. Unlike my own stamina, feeling somewhat tired but very keen to try and catch True Adventures and the superb Grazing Saints.
True Adventures is the new project by Sam, formerly of Heart of a Dog who tonight was performing accompanied by Fynn of Wooden Arms on cello, a wise and inspired move, they sounded superb together. Having heard Sam play his new songs a few times now they are really becoming familiar and I look forward to some recordings in the not too distant future. A highly enjoyable short set, Sam’s a great performer, I like the songs and am really drawn in by the lyrics, and between songs he is very engaging and funny, regaling us with stories of MegaBus journeys and his ‘Aldi guitar’.
Next up were The Grazing Saints, I was very excited to hear them on the bigger stage and they did not disappoint. Despite one or two minor technical issues and a broken guitar string, nothing could take away from the sheer power and intensity of the performance! They sounded Big! This trio are all very good musicians, Paul on bass, Mich on drums are steady and calm, pounding the musical beat and the perfect foil to Joe as he prowls the stage menacingly and intensely, at one stage barking “Bass!” as he demanded more sound from his monitors. A nice mix of new and old songs, Windows and Tempest springing to mind as personal highlights.
Although tired I did hang around a bit for The Crystal Bats who played a very ’80s pop sounding set (looking the part too!) which wasn’t entirely my thing in my tired state but went down well with those dancing at the front. Mega Emotion were the night’s headliners but I missed them as I wanted to catch some of The Vagaband’s set elsewhere on my way home. Good to hear them in another of their pared back line ups, with Jose, Joe and Tris being the band for the night, and really great to have a catch up chat with Steve Arlene too.
words and photos, richard shashamane 2014 all rights reserved. Photos not to be used without permission.