Friday 14 September 2012 Olympians + Among Brothers + Darwin & the Dinosaur + Howlback Hum bands in the bar @ Norwich Arts Centre

St Benedict's, 8pm. £6.50 adv + booking fee where applicable, £8 door. Late bar.

You won't want to miss a split-second of wombatwombat's post-Euro 2012/Wimbledon/London 2012 back-to-school show. It's a line-up of champions.

© David Drake


from Norwich/London

"Olympians are thriving in the UK underground at the moment, each release seems to add another string to their bow, its going to be really exciting listening to this band develop even further in the future. If you get the chance to see them play live, you really should take it, consider this a ringing endorsement." (

We're honoured to host the launch gig for It Was Words That Sunk Our Ship, Olympians' third instalment in their Barely Regal Records-released four-CD book club.

Check out Liam Roberts' highly colourful and rather groovy video for this track, then rejoice in the fact that he'll be doing live visuals for Olympians tonight so it's going to look AND sound amazing. Hell yes.

"Singer Dan handles vocals/guitar and additional keyboards, all with the effortless manual dexterity of my nan cooking the Sunday roast… And I'm left wanting more, definitely a band to look out for." (

"If Olympians were indeed actual Olympians, surely they'd wipe the board in all disciplines come London 2012. With riffs more finely honed than a sprinters abs, time changes more unpredictable than an anabolic steroid enhanced sprinters mood, and melodies more endearingly simple than a sprinters mind, this quartet of music-making fellows are winners whichever way you look at it." (

Among Brothers
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Among Brothers

from Cardiff

"The moody atmosphere transforms into a sweeping love-in of bro-harmonies. They barely fit the stage but the troupe of six carry their orchestral sounds far and beyond the back of the room with mesmerising vocals and tumbling, playful pianos… The orchestral songwriting on tracks like Montgolfier are big, bold and beautiful while other tracks evoke a sweet naivety from simple key changes, odd time signatures and delicately affecting violins. It goes without saying that great things should be expected from this BBC Introducing band." (The Fly)

Having fallen in love with Among Brothers' debut EP, Homes, wombatwombat's a teeny bit over-excited that, at last, they're able to play Norwich: hurrah!

Hotly-tipped by the coolest DJs at Radio 1 and 6 Music, and as seen at 2012's Camden Crawl and The Great Escape, Among Brothers' lush, magical and emotive orchestral pop has been compared to Efterklang, Grammatics and Anathallo. And if you love Mimas, you'll also love Among Brothers.

Isaac and Matt from the band run Barely Regal Records, which looked after Among Brothers' first three releases. Their latest single Keep was released as a limited edition cassette by Kissability and digitally through Young & Lost Club on 9 July; here's the rather lush video:

"A true joy to behold; the band fuse together a melodic blend of intelligent experimental electronica. The layered vocal harmonies were just awesome, all the differing tones just bounced effortlessly around the room and combined with the wealth of instrumental textures it all slotted together so very well. Among Brothers build tracks up from absolutely nothing and just construct them in such a way that just has you transfixed to this imaginatively beautiful outfit." (Altsounds)

"A proper aural treat with each new, imaginative and unexpected turn convincing us more and more that these chaps are the real frickin' deal." (Miniature Music Press)

Darwin & the Dinosaur
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Darwin & the Dinosaur

from Norwich

"Vigorous… big power-chords, low slung bass melodies and the epic choruses." (

Rocket from the East finalists Darwin & the Dinosaur are looking forward to getting back to their favourite venue. Having had the privilege of sharing NAC bills with some awesome bands, including Hot Club de Paris, Tubelord and Mimas, they say this return to support local indie heroes Olympians is not to be missed.

D&tD's musical direction has never drastically changed but it's constantly evolving, consistently dynamically varied and musically powerful. And with a new EP on the way – 16s is one of the best tracks we've heard this year – we can't wait to welcome them back to NAC. Until then, check out Please Is The Magic Word, which was filmed last year.

Plus Howlback Hum bands in the bar with The Winter Visitors, She Spoke Blues, Winter Berries and Howlback Hum DJs.

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 Olympians 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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