Tonight was my first time at the Epic Studios for me and it lived up to it’s name with three great bands playing, Reno Dakota, Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate) and The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die, played an awesome and interesting gig to an audience that could have been so much better for them. Tonight when it comes to the audience was the opposite of any of the bands, subdued and quiet getting louder later in the evening – it was the place to be tonight and TWIABP made that point evidently clear.
Reno Dakota was an excellent choice tonight and were actually a highlight and not just an addition to the evening’s entertainment with melodies that you can’t hear anywhere else and a presence that is so rare in bands just beginning their music careers, they are some of the best local support I’ve seen in Norwich – their music is so right now, with guitars hooks and beats that really worked with the evening, kudos to the guy who booked them to support the bands on tonight because they did good with a fusion of indie roots and pop punk vocals, this band could go places and they have a great performance style that could lead them to headlining. And I would watch it – seriously great band with great style.
Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate) have some deep and emotive lyrics, the last song of the set, Ruin was about the singer’s wedding day and an accident that occured which could have been tragic, though simple it was really emotional combined with the unique voice of the singer and some special guitars there are some excellent songs in the set, Keepsake which the singer said was on the new record coming out later this year was a highlight of the set and though the audience weren’t very lively, there were a lot of nodding heads in the audience and definitely a good band to prepare for the headliner.
The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die are a great band, with different vocal set ups, a variety of instruments at their disposal, this half a dozen of people brought an excellent set to Epic Studios with a presence which with the amount of people in the band is difficult on such a small stage, they brought it with amazing guitars and excellent vocal layers that you can not find in any other band – TWIABP are a band with their star in the ascendance, and there’s a reason why people wanna see this band live, they’re unique, they’re talented and they make some amazing t-shirt designs 😉
I think the biggest problem with the show was the audience in my opinion it was quiet and it felt like a lot of the people there weren’t there to see the band, they were there because they felt they should be. Bands like The World Is A Beautiful Place aren’t attracting people to their gigs who know the words, but people who want to see a band which is cool right now – and that’s not a problem, it brings bands back here, however it does nothing for the connection between the band and the audience, there’s no energy and no one really moved, all the kids just stood there and watched – and it’s great financially but it makes it kinda boring and makes a gig lack atmosphere and it was noted by the band.
These three bands brought it tonight in Norwich, I just hope the next audience they have do too.
Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate) and The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die have shows in Leeds, Glasgow and London, please go and be crazy.