The Bohicas on their last visit to Norwich played at Open in the run up to the Big Weekend, with Daisy Victoria, and Real Life Charm. for BBC Introducing. I loved their short set on that occasion and was delighted to see they were booked for a return to Music City UK by Norwich Arts Centre and presented as part of Black History Month.
Moving from a duo to a trio and finally a quartet here thonight, there were two strong supports for the gig with The Big Alabama (from Diss) and The Vitamins (Bury St. Edmunds) playing loud and powerful sets to an enthusiastic audience. The Big Alabama I have seen before but this was my introduction to The Vitamins and this young band impressed me with their attitude, presence and songs, especially the final two songs which were superb and played with great confidence.
The Bohicas were down to play a 45 minute set and that’s just what they did but they delivered it in such a blistering, energetic and memorable style proving that Open gig was no one-off in the way they grabbed my attention and interest. This was their first date of the tour and the crowd of about 2/3 of capacity absolutely adored it. The band created a fantastic bond with the audience and the energy was palpable. They look right too, reminding me of The Clash with their three-pronged guitar attack and pounding drums. A special gig from a band with enormous potential. Their recordings are good but I’m not sure anything can do justice to just how excellent they are live, experience that if you can.
Their new album “The Making Of” is out now.
Many thanks to Norwich Arts Centre.
words and photos (c) richard shashamane 2015