Live: Feeder / The Pearl Harts

Epic Studios, Norwich March 13, 2024

by Jason MacDonald

Female duo The Pearl Harts – with Kirsty Lowery on guitars and Sara Leigh Shaw on drums, and the pair sharing vocal duties – open things up.

They visited Norwich last April, but these shows are their first of the year, and come ahead of a headline tour next month.

Kirsty Lowery and The Pearl Harts are seeing years of hard work pay off (Picture: Adam Williams)
Kirsty Lowery and The Pearl Harts are seeing years of hard work pay off (Picture: Adam Williams)

With songs including Black Blood and Lara, they deliver a polished 30-minute set.

And, as Lowery tells us, it’s all the result of four years of hard work.

A polished set: Sara Leigh Shaw (Picture: Adam Williams)
A polished set: Sara Leigh Shaw (Picture: Adam Williams)

Welsh rockers Feeder, on the other hand, come to Norwich in a career which is now in its 30th year, and they have a vast back catalogue of hits to call on.

Grant Nicholas and Taka Hirose are no strangers to the city, having played at virtually every venue around here over their three decades.

Feeder: Grant Nicholas (Picture: Adam Williams)
Feeder: Grant Nicholas (Picture: Adam Williams)

They open their set with ELF and Kyoto before Nicholas apologises for feeling a little unwell.

But he also tells us how Norwich has always been an important city for Feeder, and that playing at this venue for the first time has cemented their love for one of their favourite places.

They love it here, apparently (Picture: Adam Williams)
They love it here, apparently (Picture: Adam Williams)

Songs from forthcoming album Black/Red are showcased. One of them in particular, Lost In The Wilderness, gives a definite nod to the band’s roots.

It’s obviously not possible to keep everyone happy, but there’s a good mix of the old and the new to satisfy both the veteran and the rookie Feeder fans.

Taka Hirose and Feeder include songs from their upcoming record (Picture: Adam Williams)
Taka Hirose and Feeder include songs from their upcoming record (Picture: Adam Williams)

Hey You (which is another one from Black/Red, and the next single) has a hint of Del Amitri to it, backing up Nicholas’s proclamation of love for 80s music.

The main set starts to draw to a close with High – a song that sustained the band for almost a year when it was released back in 1997 and remains their biggest US hit – and Buck Rogers.

It's a bouncing time at Epic (Picture: Adam Williams)
It’s a bouncing time at Epic (Picture: Adam Williams)

But there’s still time for the best song of the night, Just A Day. And as the final riffs die out, we’re told they’ll be back again – and there seems little doubt about that.

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