The Waterfront Studio, Norwich January 28, 2024
by Olivia Keer
Youth Killed It kick off the night with their infectious tunes and energy.
The Norwich band look nothing but confident in front of the familiar audience, joking about places in the city that ring a bell with the crowd.
Encouraging singalongs during This Sounds Cliché, they revel in the reception they receive.
Ending their set with the dynamic Popstar, they leave the venue buzzing with anticipation for the main act.
Fresh off a supporting slot with Lottery Winners, The Clause are on their own tour for Independent Venue Week.
Arriving on stage with the electrifying anthem Time Of Our Lives, enthusiasm pours from the Birmingham-based four-piece, but lead singer Pearce Macca sombrely lets us know he’s suffering from a sore throat so he may struggle through the set tonight.
Although they’d contemplated calling off the show, the Brummies didn’t want to let people down, and they want to entertain those who have come out for a Sunday night of music.
Fan favourite and indie burner Hate The Player gets the whole place moving, with band and audience enjoying the night whilst it lasts.
“Gonna need you for this one,” Macca exclaims, looking for help as he perseveres through the addictive Forever Young.
A slight technical mishap at the start lets him joke that “It’s not just my voice, then,” before the audience carries the song to a close, as its chorus slows.
Sixteen is a throwback for the OG fans here. The debut song, released in 2017, holds a sense of nostalgia with its reminiscing lyrics and the classic indie beats.
As the night draws to a quicker close than expected due to Macca’s throat worsening, The Clause win plaudits for sticking around for as long as they did.
Oozing with gratitude as they round off final song In My Element, the band thank everyone for being so understanding.
Hitting intimate venues around the UK, joined by local artists, this tour highlights the importance of independent venues, their impact on emerging artists and the opportunities they present.
Without the support of independent venues, bands such as The Clause wouldn’t have a platform to perform and grow.
As it is, the atmosphere here tonight bears a similarity with previous gigs from artists who have gone on to play larger venues.
And although the night is cut short, there’s enough evidence to suggest The Clause are well placed to follow in their footsteps.