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Live Review: Brother and Bones with Noah at Nottingham Bodega – 25th November 2013

 
By on Tuesday, 3rd December 2013 at 2:00 pm
 

It would be a lie to say the calm before the storm that is a Brother and Bones gig is, technically, ‘calm’: it’s more of a shuffle for the first-timers to get as close to the speakers as possible, ready to get their ears blitzed by a pounding aural-assault, and a hive of seasoned fans standing just far enough back that they’ll enjoy the gig without losing the bits of their ears that are, well, important.

Before the Southern five-piece take to the rather small stage at The Bodega (no cloakroom; yes, I’m bitter, I had a fucking massive bag), we were treated to local two-piece Noah, whose harmonies were quite beautiful. The only gripe I would have is that their cover of Whitney Houston’s ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’, sadly, was of the same quality as Bastille’s cover of Corona’s ‘Rhythm of the Night’ and conjured in me the same levels of rage and disdain.

So I’ve decided to ignore this obvious crowd pleaser and focus instead on the double’s spellbinding vocals and brilliant storytelling. Their third song, a number about how guitarist Joe stopped a father from beating his son (true story, top man) was told ever so simply and Rebeka Whittle’s voice melted in a striking and soaring harmony that remained true to their minimalist sound. A few more original songs and no more covers and they’ll be headlining shows in Nottingham, no doubt – the talent is undeniably there. Plus, they both have that whole extremely good-looking vibe going on, which tends to help in the music industry, sorry Lauren Mayberry from CHVRCHES.

Which brings me on to a conversation I had before the gig, with Richard Thomas from the headline act Brother and Bones and my compatriot for the night Alex Foxley-Johnson, where we ended up on the situation that Brother and Bones are in: a band with a fantastic underground following, a brilliant mix of carefully put together songs and yet they remain unsigned. Richard says “you’ve pretty much got to be pre-packaged these days” “Should he start twerking?”, I jest. Because falling short of taking part in the newest and grimmest dance craze, it’s difficult to see what else Brother and Bones can do to get themselves noticed.

Surely, they are the full package: a talented, charismatic and ridiculously vocally-gifted frontman, a band of brilliantly experimental musicians who aren’t afraid to push boundaries and who create one hell of a racket when they perform and a gaggle of tunes able to bring any room / festival / audience to their knees, ranging from the staggeringly poignant ‘Gold and Silver’ to the room-shaking beauty of ‘Don’t Forget to Pray’.

Somehow though, Monday’s audience were rather unreceptive to the pure showmanship of Thomas et al. The best reaction it seemed was from a small section of ladies in the middle, who later turned out to be half of the England Women’s Cricket Team, with one of the team taking to Twitter to voice her disdain for the fact the band are not signed. Even with a lethargic crowd, doing their best to suck most of the enthusiasm out of the lively Southern lads, Brother and Bones still managed to produce an ear drum pounding wall of sound. Their set was a showcase to their maturity as well, opening with their some of their most raucous barnstormers and finishing off with a majestic cover of the Black Crowes’ ‘She Talks to Angels’.

It would be lazy to say the Monday night audience were entirely responsible for the sense of lethargy in the crowd; Brother and Bones were putting their blood and grit in to the evening’s set and deserved a better response. They certainly showed why they are still one of the best live acts in the UK at the moment. Catch them, and for god’s sake it’s not a criminal offence to sing along on a Monday evening after work. You showed ’em, cricketers…

 

Hydro Connect: Day 1 review: Noah and the Whale

 
By on Saturday, 30th August 2008 at 9:38 am
 

First band up on our list to watch is Noah and the Whale over at the Guitars and other machines stage. Opening with “Give A Little Love” they drew a rather young crowd, who willingly sing along and give the feeling that the band are much bigger than their one top ten hit. Ending with “Five Years Time” and “Rocks and Daggers”, a proper festival moment ensued as girls on guys shoulders fell about the place, cheesy clapping and mass singalongs abound.

Photos are after the jump.
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Noah and the Whale / October and November UK Tour

 
By on Monday, 4th August 2008 at 6:36 pm
 

Noah and the Whale have announced a pretty impressive UK tour around the country as they promote their new album.

Tickets are on sale now priced around £8 – £10 each.

Monday 20th October – Oxford Academy
Tuesday 21st October – York Duchess
Wednesday 22nd October – Leeds Cockpit
Friday 24th October – Dundee Fat Sam’s
Saturday 25th October – Glasgow Stereo
Monday 27th October –Manchester Academy 3
Tuesday 28th October – Dublin Whelans
Wednesday 29th October Belfast Limelight
Friday 31st October – Liverpool Bumper
Saturday 1st November – Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Sunday 2nd November – Exeter Phoenix
Monday 3rd November – Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
Tuesday 4th November – Norwich Waterfront
Thursday 6th November – London Koko
Friday 7th November – Brighton Concorde 2
Saturday 8th November – Coventry Kasbah
Sunday 9th November – Bristol Thekla
Monday 10th November – Cambridge Junction
Tuesday 11th November – Birmingham Glee Club
Wednesday 12th November – Sheffield Leadmill
Thursday 13th November – Bournemouth Old Fire Station

 

Noah & The Whale + Friends / UK February Tour

 
By on Tuesday, 8th January 2008 at 9:23 pm
 

Noah and The WhaleYou may not have heard of many of the bands, but much celebrated indie record label Young & Lost Club have announced that they’re taking some of their bands on tour in February. Catch Noah & The Whale headlining, and Naked & The Boys and Lord Auch supporting..

Tickets are on sale now priced between £6 and £7.50 for the below dates.

Monday 4th February – Nottingham Bodega
Tuesday 5th February – Wolverhampton Little Civic
Wednesday 6th February – Bristol Thekla
Thursday 7th February – Manchester Night & Day
Sunday 10th February – Brighton The Albert
Monday 11th February – London ICA
Tuesday 12th February – Norwich Arts Centre
Wednesday 13th February – Glasgow Art School
Thursday 14th February – Leeds Brudenell Social Club

 
 
 

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