Review: Veronica Falls at Norwich Arts Centre, 27/1/12

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28 jan. 2012, 16h07m

Veronica Falls at Norwich Arts Centre, 27/1/12 (support from Fever Fever & The Broken Seas)

Kicking off tonight's show are Norwich locals The Broken Seas and it was indeed a wonderful kick off. Crunchy, female-fronted blues rock - all fuzzy guitars and powerful (although slightly American-accented) vocals. There were some great male-female vocal contrasts and for a band that consists just of a guitarist, drummer and vocalist, they were pretty damn loud. So, OK, the Americanised vocals grated slightly at points, but overall a brilliant opening set.

Following on from The Broken Seas were another local band, the ever-awesome Fever Fever. Gloriously raucous art punk with strong female vocals. Wonderfully sing-alongy in places and generally brilliant. That's all that really needs saying about them. They are amazing live, have a great stage presence and really interact with the crowd. I highly recommened checking them out if you can catch them live.

Finally, we come to the headliners, Veronica Falls. Personally, I found their particularly brand of dark indie pop a little bland and lost interest about two songs in. This might have been partly due to the minimal sleep I'd had the night before, but I don't generally find myself zoning out quite so much at gigs. That said, the set was polished, the music lovely despite the blandness and the rest of the audience seemed to love it. Stand out tracks for me were Beachy Head and latest single Bad Feeling.

All in all, a pretty awesome gig.

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