With con­fi­dence get to the bot­tom of how to pro­nounce ‘nor­wich’

PLUS: SAFE TO SAY, BROADSIDE EPIC STU­DIOS, NOR­WICH. 06.03.17 KKKK AUSSIE POP-PUNKS BRING BIG TUNES AND GOOD VIBES TO NORFOLK

Kerrang! (UK) - - Contents - WORDS: JAMES HICKIE PHO­TOS: ANDY GALLAGHER

“THIS SONG is about hav­ing a glimpse of some­thing that might take you some­where,” says Jay­den See­ley, in­tro­duc­ing the song Grav­ity.tonight With Con­fi­dence’s ef­forts have brought them to East Anglia for the fi­nal date of their first UK head­line tour. Pre­sum­ably, when he wrote it he hadn’t thought it’d take him here, which would ex­plain why he has to ask the au­di­ence whether it’s pro­nounced ‘Nor-witch’ or ‘Nor­rich’. Nor did he imag­ine that he’d be here after hav­ing a load of their stuff stolen after an­other show on this jaunt. But here they are, and he’s smil­ing like the cat that got the cream.

Talk­ing of food­stuffs, Broadside front­man Ol­lie Baxxter is fas­ci­nated by the fact that “high-fruc­tose corn syrup is il­le­gal here”. His Vir­ginia pop-punk mob bring their own strain of ir­re­sistible sac­cha­rine goods, how­ever, in the form of Dam­aged Kids. Cana­di­ans Safe To Say, mean­while, pro­vide a sober­ing palate cleanser be­tween sweet cour­ses. Singer-guitarist Brad Gar­cia is aware of their mu­si­cal odd-man-out sta­tus, sug­gest­ing,“it’s weird hav­ing a band like this on this stage.” So while the likes of Slip make for a row­dier, more ma­ture de­tour, the muted re­sponse sug­gests not every­one wants to take it.“it gets re­ally quiet in here re­ally fast,” a ner­vous Brad ob­serves.

That might be due to the rel­a­tively small crowd. For con­text, it’s about the same num­ber as were wait­ing for With Con­fi­dence out the back of the venue after their re­cent Lon­don show.that takes noth­ing away from the head­lin­ers’ per­for­mance, how­ever – even if, by their own ad­mis­sion, they’re not break­ing the mu­si­cal mould.

“This is a song about heart­break,” says Jay­den of his solo ren­di­tion of Long Night.“be­cause a band’s never done that be­fore.” He’s right, but the pre­vail­ing sense of fun on of­fer – high­lighted when their tour mates run on for an im­promptu game of dice dur­ing We’ll Be Okay – suc­cess­fully sug­gests tear­ing it up (in the good-time sense) trumps tear­ing up the rule­book (in the artis­tic one). That’s just how these guys roll.

With Con­fi­dence’s Luke: “Yeah, the in­ter­view box is that­away, mate”

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