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
“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”