The Women Taking Control of NS&V
Norwich Sound and Vision promises to exhibit the talents of a plethora of acts, popular and undiscovered, once again as we welcome the likes of Peace, The Big Moon and Diet Cig to the arts centre. However, it is the support acts that are grabbing our attention this year with 4 of the 10 booked bands being comprised entirely of female musicians. In a male dominated industry, this represents a big step forward in festival line ups which previously had seen few female acts. Yes, from the swelling electropop of Sink Ya Teeth to the riotous quartet of Peach Club, the girls of Norwich are out in force to show us what they’re made of.
Kicking off Sound and Vision on Thursday is Sink Ya Teeth, a duet utilising samplers and drum pads to create dynamic and hard-hitting tracks with circulating harmonies and multi-layered arrangements. Norwich locals, they are still fairly unknown with only a handful of singles officially released, the first of which coming out in April of this year. Their summer single ‘Glass’ is a true representation of this band with a driving, oscillating bassline and raw vocals showcasing their talents both as vocalists and musicians.
Peach Club is another Norwich staple gracing the stage, this time on Friday. An angry punk pop and ‘riot grrrl’ fusion, the stripped back, live sounding arrangements produced by this band hark back to the 70s and 80s when feminist activists sort to make their way in the world of punk music. Overdriven guitars-a-plenty and roaring vocals, their new single ‘Bad Bitch’ shouts loud and proud the call for rebel girls to unite against a patriarchy which cannot live without them. Expect much hair tossing and head banging on Friday night.
Currently on tour with Get Inuit, The Big Moon headline the Friday line up, following from Goat Girl who will headline the previous night. Formed in London, this alt-rock influenced, Haim-esque group rose to popularity on the material developed by lead singer Juliette Jackson. Self-producing their first record ‘Sucker,’ before further exposing their music through tours with the Vaccines and Ezra Furman, The Big Moon have risen quickly to become old hands at playing live music with incredible energy.
This comes before the launch of WOW – Women Of the World, a Southbank based festival which launches in Norwich in April 2018 but before this, various venues across the city are hosting ‘thinkins’ to allow people to express their ideas and opinions of the festival to further develop itself.