Through a simple but weird twist of fate this was actually my third time seeing KULK within the space of 8 days. They supported YAK at probably my gig of the year thus far at NAC and I was happy to discover they were playing at the Church of Art ahead of my visiting the Rumsey for the Gluttonous Mutt double-header of Ravenous Hounds and Beast with a Gun. When the call went out a day or two ago for a local “loud and heavy” act to support PigsX7 at The Waterfront Studio the unanimous concensus was the name of KULK. This duo did not disappoint, playing the loudest, heaviest and most intense set I have yet experienced from them. The drama builds slowly at the start of the set before exploding into life but boy was that some finale with Thom leaping over the barrier and playing guitar amongst us before throwing it into the barrier, jumping back onstage and hurling the amp over the barrier and onto the floor. I love their ‘living in the moment’ attitude, unpredictability and spontaneity! Expect the unexpected with these two. This is what rock ‘n’roll needs. Hmmm, maybe they’d be the perfect slot for that upcoming Starcrawler gig!
KULK are one of the most exciting young bands to have recently emerged in the region and are chanelling the spirit of raw and dirty, loud rock and roll. I believe they hail from Stowmarket but they regularly play the fine city so do check them out, you will not regret doing so.
Somewhere between the lands of Sabbath and Motorhead dwell Pigs, Pigs, Pigs, Pigs, Pigs, Pigs, Pigs who on their visit to Norwich filled the Waterfront Studio with not just a sellout crowd but their immense sound. I’m not sure I’ve been at a sold out and full studio gig before but it felt good, full and with plenty of atmosphere. The sound was perfect too. Loads of notable Norwich music faces were in attendance and there was a palpable buzz of excitement ahead of the band’s entrance as the tension built with a looped pulsating drone before they came on. The crowd were great too on “the worst night of the week, a Monday” the place was rammed, KULK and many others were headbanging down the front and Pigs X7 were fully appreciative, one could really feel this in their words midway through the set. They came across wonderfully, humble and appreciative of their audience and not shy in saying so.
Huge, absolutely massive riffs rocked the Waterfront Studio and the crowd lapped it all up. Surely the loudest gigs I’ve heard in this space, I was one of the many lost in the music and loved it. It was immense and intense, in every sense. This was the place to be on Monday night in Norwich. Sometimes you just need something musically huge, loud and powerful. PigsX7 provided all of that and more.
After a relatively low-key start to 2019 for me, the excellent gigs are now coming thick and fast, this one was all done and dusted by just after 10pm but was yet another one of them right up there with some of the most enjoyable.
EVERYTHING IS FINE presents…
Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs
support from Kulk
The Waterfront Studio
Monday 8th April 2019
£12 Advance STBF
The period since Pigs’ Rocket Recordings 2017 debut ‘Feed The Rats’ – a mighty tsunami of rancorous riffage and unholy abjection that wowed critics and wreckheads alike – has seen the band build on their incendiary live reputation far and wide, from the sweatiest of UK fleapits to illustrious festivals like Roskilde.
Norwich: Music City, UK. A Norwich playlist of well over 30 hours of local music on Spotify: