The Waterfront, Norwich.
To The Waterfront, for a downsized-from-the-UEA* concert by erstwhile Gaslight Anthem front man Brian Fallon and his five-piece band The Crowes. First on the three band bill, a performance which could charitably be referenced as shimmering sheets of slashing electric guitar combined in effectual waves to create a veritable cathedral of post-rock, but which was more accurately described by my gig companion as “The noise made by someone sound checking in an empty stadium”. Let’s skip on then, to Chris Farren, who appeared on stage with a big goofy smile, an array of pedals, a small keyboard with which he performed the first number and a band-in-a-box and an electric guitar with which he essayed the others. In contrast to the progress of the evening thus far, Farren threw himself around the stage, tossed his mane of Hanson-like hair, threw shapes and generally gave the impression that he was delighted to be there. After two songs I beat a path to the merch table (I didn’t purchase the bedsheet-sized flag featuring his face available for £20) and after three I sent a message to my Jellyfish-loving friend Steve imploring him to do some » Continue Reading.