The Neutrinos + Birds of Hell @ NAC 12 December 2019

Having previously played in all manner of venues, locations and buildings with inventive set-ups turning gig expectations on their head this Neutrinos double-header with their friends Birds of Hell at Norwich Arts Centre was perhaps by their standards one of the more conventional gig set-ups but of course their performances are always out of the ordinary and we still had stage telephones and Karen sending a bucket of metallic utensils crashing to the floor “because they make a great noise!”  Another weird factor was added to the occasion by it happening ahead of the election results coming in, making for a quite tense vibe in the audience.

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Pete of Birds of Hell very much picked up on this and after the set opener asked how we were doing. “You look like you’ve all been thinking about politics all day!  Forget about it and escape for a couple of hours!”  With the full band and big, impressive sound Birds of Hell played a strong set of the familiar (Two Brothers, Fizzy Hummus, Do I Get to Ride on a Unicorn, Los Yarmouth etc.) alongside a fantastic brand new one which involved a sporty costume change for a song about musicians on fitness regimes with the whole band wearing sweatbands and really helping everyone forget the outside world. BoH got another great reaction.

The Neutrinos

With The Neutrinos pottering about the stage ahead of their set I don’t think quite everyone in the audience had fully realised that the tuning had quietly turned into the song and in moments got everyone’s full attention, holiding it continuously for the following hour or so. Even with people going to the bar and hearing news of the Exit polls and the rumours spreading like those of another scoreline at a football match involving fellow relegation battlers on the last day of a season. The only thing to do in a surreal headspace was to go back in the hall and the comfort of being in a crowd of music fans listening and watching the extraordinary Neutrinos with their incredible breadth of sound and theatre, Karen being in particularly fine form and absolutely spellbinding.

It was one of those special Norwich gigs where it felt as though one knew everyone in the audience, indeed Karen remarked from the stage with a beaming smile that looking intro the crowd that is was like she recognised every face she could see. “It’s like being in my front room!”  Before departing the NAC I bought myself an advance copy of their new single Pulse Addict on 12″ vinyl. It is due for official release early next year.

The Neutrinos

“Art-rock mavericks The Neutrinos have over 100 sell-out London Royal Festival Hall shows under their belts with their critically acclaimed KlangHaus show. Now they return to the NAC stage alongside long-term stable-mates Birds of Hell. These musicians have co-existed and championed each other for over two decades and finally get to share a stage. From the beginning BoH have kept it carnal with songs and spoken word covering such appetising subjects as dogging, sniffing poppers and being eaten by snakes.
‘Weird beyond the call of duty’ – Jon Tye, Lo Recordings
As well as two separate energy-fuelled sets to unsettle and rouse, the bands will be sparking off each other and sharing songs specially written together for this show. You might even get to join in…”

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Photo by Nathan Clarke

“Art-rock mavericks The Neutrinos have over 100 sell-out London Royal Festival Hall shows under their belts with their critically acclaimed KlangHaus show. Now they return to the NAC stage alongside long-term stable-mates Birds of Hell. These musicians have co-existed and championed each other for over two decades and finally get to share a stage. 

 

Hailed as ‘total game changers‘ by the Guardian and ‘truly outstanding’ by The Daily Telegraph, The Neutrinos will be celebrating the preview release of their new single Pulse Addict. This is set for 2020 release, but limited edition 12” vinyl copies will be exclusively available at the show. Renowned for their musical and visual experimentation, every Neutrinos gig is a one off event and this will be no exception.

It’s been a busy year for Birds of Hell, releasing their debut album and the single Do I Get To Ride On A Unicorn? with it’s epic video of pagan spirit animals dancing under the moonlight. Whilst touring UK they’ve also managed to write new material that they’ll be premiering at this gig.

 

From the beginning BoH have kept it carnal with songs and spoken word covering such appetising subjects as dogging, sniffing poppers and being eaten by snakes.

 

‘Weird beyond the call of duty’ – Jon Tye, Lo Recordings

 

As well as two separate energy-fuelled sets to unsettle and rouse, the bands will be sparking off each other and sharing songs specially written together for this show. You might even get to join in…

 

The Neutrinos ‘If David Lynch had a band….‘ KlangHaus audience member,

‘Breathes a lungful of fresh air into gig going’ Sunday Times, 

‘sexy urgent energy’ Time Out New York”

 

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1 Response to The Neutrinos + Birds of Hell @ NAC 12 December 2019

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