Norwich bands urge everyone to vote before gig
Two Norwich bands are urging their audiences to cast their votes in the general election before heading to their gig on 12 December.
Norwich’s Neutrinos set the date for their homecoming gig at Norwich Arts Centre, with special guests Birds of Hell before Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the election.
‘Now that we are sharing the date with polling day we really hope everyone will cast their vote in the general election before coming to the gig’ said Karen Reilly of The Neutrinos. ‘Our ancestors fought for our right to vote and doing a gig on election night is exciting as it’s at the cusp of possibilities of change’.
For art-rock mavericks The Neutrinos the show will announce the pre-release of their new single Pulse Addict, to be released 14 February but advance 12inch vinyl copies will be available to buy on the night.
Celebrating their 20th anniversary this year, The Neutrinos’ irrepressibly adventurous nature has led them to perform on boats, in complete darkness at The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, in a former London horse hospital, an Essex bus depot, a disused small animal hospital in Edinburgh, a former Inland Revenue Office and a vast furniture depository. They have made appearances around Europe, at the Bloomsbury Festival and the Festival of Love in London, Manchester/Liverpool’s In The City music convention, North by North East, Toronto, Exit Festival in Serbia, as well as Norfolk & Norwich Festival. They have recorded in Berlin’s legendary Funkhaus and their music has been used for underground film soundtracks and throughout the feature length Channel 4 documentary The Trials of Amanda Knox.
Around the UK The Neutrinos are now perhaps best known for their groundbreaking, site responsive KlangHaus collaboration with artist Sal Pittman. Described as ‘the most innovative presentation of live music I’ve ever seen’ by The Guardian and as ‘A blast of aural and visual magic’ in a five-star review in The Times, KlangHaus debuted in a month-long run at the Edinburgh Festival, transferred for two, site specific month long, sold out residencies at The Royal Festival Hall and to other venues around the country.
For very special guests Birds of Hell the show marks the end of a really busy year. Initially conceived as a solo project by singer/songwriter Pete Murdoch, BoH has now expanded into an explosive four-piece band of shamanic experimentalists. Earlier this year they released their debut album and the memorable single Do I Get To Ride On A Unicorn? which was accompanied by an epic video of pagan spirit animals dancing in the moonlight and a UK tour.
The bands will perform individual sets as well as taking to the stage together for some unique one-off collaborations.
Karen added ‘This is a chance to see us not only share a bill with one of our kindred Norwich bands but also collaborate and share a stage. Neither band plays in the city as much as we’d like so we’re both really excited about this gig and working together to create something new.’
Of course, there is another event taking place on 12 December too. ‘We really hope everyone will cast their vote in the general election before coming to the gig’ said Karen ‘Our ancestors fought for our right to vote and doing a gig on election night is exciting as it’s at the cusp of possibilities of change’.
The Neutrinos + Birds of Hell
Norwich Arts Centre
St Benedicts Street
Norwich NR2 4PG
01603 660 352
Tickets £12.50 advance, £10.50 concessions, £15 on the door www.norwichartscentre.co.uk
Story: Simon Franklin [email protected]