Friday 24 February 2012 Electricity in our Homes + Octagon Court + Invisible Cities + Howlback Hum bands in the bar @ Norwich Arts Centre

St Benedict's, 8pm. £6 adv + booking fee where applicable, £8 door, or £2 after 10pm with a ticket from the Kabeedies' album launch at the Waterfront, where the live music finishes at 10pm. Late bar.

8pm: doors
9–9.30pm: Invisible Cities
9.50pm–10.20pm: Octagon Court
10.45pm–11.30pm: Electricity in our Homes
plus Howlback Hum in the bar starting at 8pm.

Hurrah! The uber-cool Fierce Panda releases Electricity in our Homes' long-awaited debut LP, Dear Shareholder, on Monday 27 February, three days after Paul, Charles and Bonnie bring their pop-defying melodic bendiness to wombatwombat and you need a slice of both events.

Electricity in our Homes

Electricity in our Homes

from London

"The Fall once proved that stark originality can come from limited technical know-how and bags of imagination, and EIOH are one of a few nearing such unapologetic greatness." (Loud and Quiet)

One of London's most talked about and influential acts, Electricity in our Homes have been championed by alternative icons as varied as Tim Burgess and Colin Newman of Wire. EIOH have worked stealthily on the East London underground and released six singles on a selection of esteemed indie labels including Too Pure and 4AD, with Fierce Panda releasing the all-important debut album, which includes this track, Appletree

With a clattering rhythmic undercurrent, some seriously scratchy guitars and Bonnie's gently growling bass often to the fore, Dear Shareholder melts the mind by putting the disco into discordant. Fast As Lightning evokes the intense knockabout spirit of Postcard, the hypnotic Oranges is borne of the Stereolab lab, Buddy Lemonade guzzles from the C86 siphon and pretty much everything else sounds like there's a rum-swiggingly room-spinningly ramshackle Peel Session party going on in their head and everyone's invited. The fact that Aching, Breaking appears to concern itself with zebras only adds to the fun.

"If you love difficult arty indie that sounds like Pere Ubu then you are going to absolutely love this." (The Guardian)

Octagon Court
© JMA Photography

Octagon Court

from Norwich

"To us it's a pantomime horse wreaking havoc at a Talking Heads show." (tweeOFF!)

Couldn't have put it better ourselves! This is contemporary art-pop, proper: Prepare to be aurally and visually stunned.

Bare-footed theatrical crooner Charlie CC Audsley's most recent serenading of NAC's audience included an accompanying visual spectacle that involved dipping his limbs into containers of paint as multi-instrumentalist Stephen Draycott obliviously mixed a marvellous musical backdrop of post-pop/new-wave noise, something like this shot by Edmund Gillingwater at Outpost Gallery on 31 December 2011

Invisible Cities

Invisible Cities

from Norwich

Although playing only their second gig, Invisible Cities are no strangers to performance, boasting Richard Squires (ex-Bearsuit) and Owen Cox (ex-Elle S'Appelle) in their ranks and having already bagged a live session with Breakthru Radio.

Invisible Cities play intelligent, slightly skewed pop that tips its cap to Talking Heads, Sonic Youth, New Order, Pixies and Roxy Music, so best you check them out!

Plus Howlback Hum bands in the bar: details TBC.

Tickets from:

1. Norwich Arts Centre in person, or on 01603 660352, or from NAC's online ticketing, using the button at the bottom of the EIOH gig page

2. Soundclash Records in person

3. UEA box office in person, or on 01603 508050, or from UEA's online ticketing

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