Live: Bdrmm / DEK

Norwich Arts Centre March 14, 2024

by Cameron Cookson

DEK set the scene for the night ahead with their blurry, disorientating sound.

The trio have mastered the art of guitar distortion, soundboards and feedback, and their half an hour of high-energy tracks sets things up perfectly for the shoegaze headliners.

DEK get things off to a perfect start (Picture: Cameron Cookson)
DEK get things off to a perfect start (Picture: Cameron Cookson)

During the scramble between sets to rearrange the stage, there are a few whoops and cheers for Bdrmm’s Ryan Smith, Jordan Smith, Joe Vickers and Conor Murray as they set up their equipment.

They’ve been to the area on several occasions in support slots but it’s clear that those here tonight are eager ahead of this headline show.

Bdrmm make the deserved step up to headliners (Picture: Cameron Cookson)
Bdrmm make the deserved step up to headliners (Picture: Cameron Cookson)

They start with Alps, off their second album. The driving beat and dreamy vocals get the blood pumping, and it’s not long before heads begin to bang.

They released debut album Bedroom and came to prominence only in 2020 when the world was tucked away and quiet, but they’ve got enough decent material to create a good 14-song setlist.

Bdrmm weave multiple genres together (Picture: Cameron Cookson)
Bdrmm weave multiple genres together (Picture: Cameron Cookson)

Tracks from both Bedroom and last year’s I Don’t Know weave in and out of psychedelic, ambient and indie genres. With the constant humming of the speakers the songs blend wonderfully.

Their newest single, Standard Tuning, was unleashed on the world early last month. Its quick and upbeat nature dips its toes into electronica and would easily fit in at a futuristic rave.

The shoegazer band provided one of the soundtracks of the lockdown (Picture: Cameron Cookson)
The shoegazer band provided one of the soundtracks of the lockdown (Picture: Cameron Cookson)

As we head towards the end with fan favourites Happy and Push/Pull, both the band and their supporters are having a fantastic time sharing the love of songs that helped get so many people through the dark and dingy days of lockdown.

Norfolk has been a staple for Bdrmm on their supporting tours. We can only hope that the same applies now that they’re headliners, and that they’ll be back again soon.

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