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Friday, 06 November 2015 00:00

The Selecter at OPEN Norwich

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Legendary 2-Tone artists, The Selecter, are to embark on a 16-date UK tour throughout November and December, in support of their recently released new studio album, 'Subculture' starting at OPEN in Norwich on Thursday 19th November. Led as always by the iconic singer, author and broadcaster Pauline Black, The Selecter will be performing a selection of tracks from Subculture - including recent single 'Walk The Walk', for which they made this brilliant, visually arresting fashion-led video: https://youtu.be/9m7V7DMrOUc - alongside all the classics and live favourites including ‘Three Minute Hero’, ‘Too Much Pressure’ and ‘On My Radio’.
Sunday, 20 September 2015 00:00

Mila Falls - Remember Me

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In February 2013 I met Mila Falls at The Forum in Norwich and the resulting interview is the silliest thing I’ve so far deposited on the hallowed e-pages of Allthingsnorfolk. Mila talked at the time about writing a combination of Katy Perry-type pop songs, acoustic numbers and some more ‘urban dance stuff’. The latter gives the best hint of what to expect from forthcoming album ‘Remember me’, which inherits its DNA from various parts of the last 30 years of dance music.
Sunday, 19 October 2014 00:00

Interview with Steve Cropper

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I don’t think it would be too large an embellishment of the facts to state that almost everyone reading this article will either recognise Steve Cropper, be well-acquainted with his prodigious musical output, or more than likely be familiar with both the man and his work. Steve Cropper was born in rural Missouri and moved with his family to Memphis as a child. At school, he formed a band called the Royal Spades with friend Charlie Freeman, which evolved into the Mar-Keys and had their first hit single in 1961. From there, he went on to become an integral part of the creative team at Stax Records, including being co-writer of soul classics such as ‘Dock Of The Bay’, ‘In The Midnight Hour’ and ‘Knock On Wood’. Cropper later found…
Sunday, 28 September 2014 00:00

Interview with Jeremy Cunningham of The Levellers

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Since their formation in 1988, The Levellers have pumped out a constant stream of albums, singles and live performances. They have their own festival, Beautiful Days, which they boast has no sponsorship, no branding and does not advertise and yet manages to sell out. For 26 years they have stridently given voice to their worldview wrapped up in a series of melodies you could easily find yourself singing on the way to work. They’ve decided to take stock of their back catalogue and are releasing a greatest hits album which they are promoting with a tour in November. I caught up with bassist/lyricist/artist Jeremy Cunningham to find out a bit more about the band’s current activity. 
Sunday, 15 April 2012 00:00

Drugstore

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During the 1990s there was only one year in which I didn't go to a festival. In 1991 I went to Monsters of Rock at Castle Donington and in 1999 I went to V at Chelmsford. Between the two, my visits were split between the Reading and Phoenix (held just outside Stratford Upon Avon) festivals. In that spell, Drugstore were a constant presence, they were regulars in the music press, had hit singles and made it as far as Top of The Pops. At some point between then and now, they seemed to vanish altogether, although I never made the effort to find out why.
Thursday, 16 August 2012 00:00

Vintage Trouble

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Vintage Trouble formed in Los Angeles, went into a studio for three days to record some demos which were so good they became first album 'The Bomb Shelter Sessions'. Aided by an incendiary appearance on 'Later With Jools Holland' and fortified by a relentless touring schedule, they have built up a reputation as a formidable live act. Allthingsnorfolk caught up with Singer Ty Taylor, guitarist Nalle Colt, bassist Rick Barrio Dill and drummer Richard Danielson at The Waterfront in Norwich ahead of this week's gig.
Thursday, 13 September 2012 00:00

Odi

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Last night, Irish songstress Odi (Clare Odlum) treated her Norwich fans to selection of her self-penned tunes together with covers of songs by Pearl Jam and John Martin. After a promising support set by local girl Alex Hill, Odi kicked things off with the atmospheric 'A Superman' and by the time we reached the life-affirmingly gorgeous 'Something Beautiful', the intimate confines of the downstairs bar of The Bicycle Shop in Norwich had seen some audience-participation percussion playing, a singalong and requests for assistance in naming new songs. Clare's voice was immaculate throughout despite having been unwell the previous day.
Thursday, 13 February 2014 00:00

Pauline Black Interview

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The Selecter formed in 1979 and soon after, started recording their seminal debut 'Too Much Pressure'. In the years since, they have put out a number of critically-acclaimed albums and have continued to adhere to the principles which gave them their kick start. I spoke to influential front woman Pauline Black ahead of a tour which celebrates the 35th anniversary of 'Too Much Pressure' which includes OPEN Norwich on Friday 4th April.