This was Norm’s last night of live music at The Crypt but went out in fine style with a strong line-up and a good audience turnout, plus guest DJ George from Gladboy under the guise of DJ Ego Healer playing everything from Sweet to Bauhaus, ahead of a Gladboy appearance at The Gunton Festival on Saturday.
On another warm evening a pre-gig pint in Bedfords’ courtyard after watching Ben C Winn play a great set outside The Birdcage was in order before the strains on Elly Bishop wafting up from the basement crypt lured me back downstairs, I only caught a couple of numbers but she was playing to an enthusiastic crowd at the front and her set was well-received.
A short time later Fever Machine started their set. I’ve only seen them once before, at the Owl, and I liked them then but they really impressed me even more here, seemingly having developed further in that time and looking confident. A quietly assured presence and an atmospheric post-punk sound. I already want to see them again.
Norwich riot grrrls were next with a strong, powerful and very confident set, Katie Revell on lead vocals was a dervish of energy and animation and the sound was spot on. A great spot to see them in too and their devoted following had a blast.
I didn’t know too much about Sharkmuffin ahead of this gig announcement but I really liked what I heard on their YouTube channel when I checked them out. Sharkmuffin are Tarra on guitar and vocals, Natalie on bass and vocals, and Jordyn on drums and vocals and they hail from New York’s Brooklyn district. Respect is due to Jason for getting them here. Their sound too is energetic, filthy but glam grunge and they sounded amazing down here. A lot of fun. Following on the heels of that appearance here by Fruit & Flowers a couple of months back we’ve been fortunate to have such wonderful garage rock put on in the city. I hope we haven’t heard the last from Norm’s (I’m sure we haven’t) and that I will be introduced to many more such bands in the future, as well as enjoying familiar local favourites with that special Norm’s sound.
They are still touring the UK and the tour ends down the road in Ipswich on 11th.
1 Bradford @ Al’s Dime Bar
2 Norwich @ The Crypt
3 Brighton @ The Green Door Store
4 Nottingham @ The Angel
6 Stoke @ The Underground
7 Chester The Lock Keeper
8 Manchester @ Night & Day
9 Huddersfield @ The Parish
10 London @ Sebright Arms
11 Ipswich @ The Swan
THE LAST EVER NORM’S!!
Thur 2nd Aug – SHARKMUFFIN (USA) + Peach Club + Fever Machine + Elly Bishop + DJ Ego Healer @ The Crypt, Bedfords, Norwich
£5 ticket / £6 door – Doors open 8pm.
“Sharkmuffin are either the most glam garage band around, or the grungiest glam band around.” – NPR
“Sharkmuffin are one of the more popular garage punk bands in the Brooklyn music scene, and essential listening for fans of Screaming Females. There’s a certain ’90s feel to the music they make, driven by demanding but never desperate hollers.” -Billboard Magazine
“Their sound is energetic and wild, fitting for a band with a name like theirs. It’s rough and raw and soaked in whisky, just the way the best bands are.“ – The Village Voice
Supported by our rising riot grrrls about town, Peach Club, moody rockers Fever Machine & songy-singwriter Elly Bishop. And to complete your life, DJ Ego Healer (George from Gladboy) spinning wax (ie playing records) throughout the evening.
Thanks to Norm’s and Bedfords.