Review: Odd Box is the alternative Norwich night you need to check out

Odd Box Promotions is the project of Georgie Cox, a Norwich-based curator whose eccentric nights have grown in recent years to become fully established in the local scene. Having progressed from smaller venues like The Murderers on Timber Hill, Odd Box is now a staple feature on the programme at Norwich Arts Centre. Last Saturday’s edition saw five fantastic local acts take to two stages in a showcase of the best alternative music our city has to offer.

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Track of the Day #09: Peace – Power

For fans of: The Stone Roses, The Killers, Mystery Jets
Hear it live: Norwich Waterfront (15 May) – tickets.

Indie darlings Peace are well and truly back. Following their semi-official comeback in December, ‘Power’ is the first real taste of what the Birmingham quartet’s forthcoming third album consists of. Flamboyant, sharp, and a heap of fun, it’s unmistakably Peace, with a rousing chorus embellished by crunchy percussion. An uplifting take on the gloomy world we all currently inhabit, frontman Harry Koisser explains of the song, “It is my belief that music, if you let it, will be the oozing ore from which you forge a key. POWER is not only a call to arms, but a song about wearing that key on a silver necklace while you fly kick the door through and charge heart first into the world wide banquet of love.”

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Kaiser Chiefs, more announced for new Norwich festival

A brand new one-day festival is set to take place in Norwich’s Earlham Park on Sunday 27th May, headlined by Kaiser Chiefs. The inaugural Sunday Sessions Norwich will also see performances from Circa Waves, British Sea Power and more, with further acts to be announced across three stages.

Limited early-bird tickets are available now for £30 from the Sunday Sessions website, with VIP upgrades also available.

This summer also sees the return of pop favourites Little Mix to Earlham Park, as well as retro-revival festival Let’s Rock.

See the full line-up so far below:

 

WILLIE J HEALEY / “I could write a song for someone having a really bad day and mean it”

Oxford singer songwriter Willie J Healey, 22, is as much a movie character as he is a man, with an unmistakable orange barnet and a whimsical take on life in both conversation and song. Released through Columbia Records his 2017 debut ‘People and Their Dogs’ is a diverse affair that jumps from jaunty highs to sultry lows and fills the gaps with crackling slacker-rock. As the year drew to a close, we met for a natter about the joy of living life in analogue.

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Track of the Day #08: Starcrawler – Pussy Tower

For fans of: Alice Cooper, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Wolf Alice
Hear it live: You’ve just missed their UK dates, but expect to see them all over the festival circuit in summer

Hailing from Los Angeles, USA, Starcrawler are easily one of the most interesting new outfits to emerge in recent months. Fronted by the grisly looking Arrow de Wilde (daughter to rock photographer Autumn) they not only look like something out of a Rocky Horror-meets-Addams Family type nightmare, but make music that is just as appallingly glamorous. Released through Rough Trade Records today, their self titled debut is a total freakshow, with uber-70s riffs battered into mosh-ready millennial bangers. A stand out track is ‘Pussy Tower’, an overwhelmingly ostentatious and crude articulation of teenage sex drive. “Head, I want it every day / Oh head, it never fails to pay”, De Wilde duets with bassist Henri Cash, pausing to deliver some faux screams at the song’s – er – climax. They’ve been labelled copy-cats and pastiche, but between another wannabe Foals type band and a crop of teen punks who think they’re Ozzy Osbourne, I’ll take the latter any day.

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*PREMIERE* Track of the Day #07: Peach Club – Oh My God

For fans of: Dream Wife, Bikini Kill, Slaves
Hear it live: Leeds and Birmingham in February, London in March

Last year Norwich riot-grrrls Peach Club set rooms across the South East on fire with their no-fucks-given activist/punk tunes. With even wider-spread tour dates imminent and their second EP ‘Cherry Baby’ landing tomorrow – the title track of which is an ode to Runaways icon Cherie Currie – it looks like 2018 will be an even bigger year for the budding four piece. The EP captures the anger of four millennial women in a world that is still a battleground of gender inequality, deconstructing modern femininity piece by piece and stringing it back together on their own terms – empowered, confident, and taking no bullshit. Its most energetic cut is ‘Oh My God’, a 2 minute scorcher which grinds like Slaves’ early material, broadcasting a message of empowerment for all to hear. “I’d rather be a bitch than be fucking prejudiced!” Katie Revell screams before the chorus crashes in like an anvil dropped through a glass ceiling.

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Photo: Poppy Marriott

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Track of the Day #06: LUCIA – Melted Ice Cream

For fans of: Black Honey, Lush, Sonic Youth
Hear it live: Camden Assembly (with Milk Disco) on January 25th

Glasgow has been a hotspot for epic new bands these past few years (if you haven’t already, wrap your ears around WHITE, Baby Strange, The Ninth Wave) and the latest face on the scene is LUCIA. With its hazy vocals and distinct percussion her 2017 ‘Best Boy’ EP introduced the world to a super cool, goth girl next door, and this new single ‘Melted Ice Cream’ steps her sonic presence up to the next level. Lyrically she details her sadness at the loss of a mate, pondering “Why do you hate me? You’re supposed to be my best friend”, while dusky backing vocals swirl around fuzzed-up guitar, mixing grunge and post-punk elements with a charming new-romantic delivery. It’s catchy and relatable-A-F, and with the floor currently open for the Next Big Thing In 2018, LUCIA is looking more and more like a legitimate candidate.

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