Monday, February 18, 2013
One of British music’s rising stars packed out the University of East Anglia’s student union on Sunday night, as he prepared for one of the biggest nights of his young life.
If you havent already heard the gritty vocals and lyrics of 18-year-old singer-songwriter Jake Bugg, then you almost certainly will in 2013.
Buggs debut album went to number one in the UK album chart in October and now the teenage star is hoping to collect his first major award.
At Wednesday nights Brit Awards Bugg is nominated for the British Breakthrough Act.
Last year the award was won by Suffolk star Ed Sheeran, who learned his trade by playing at various gig venues in Norwich and studying at the citys Access to Music college.
Now Bugg, who has risen from Nottinghams Clifton council estate to find fame, is hoping to take Sheerans crown.
At the UEA on Sunday he demonstrated exactly why he would be a worthy winner.
With influences from The Beatles, Johnny Cash and Oasis, Buggs angst-fuelled country rock has introduced Britains youth to a more traditional sound.
He has been hailed as the antedote to the manufactured music, produced by reality TV shows such as the X-Factor, which dominates the charts nowadays.
The opening lines to Two Fingers demonstrate this best, with Buggs understated Midlands drawl singing: I drink to remember, I smoke to forget, some things to be proud of, some stuff to regret, gone down some dark alleys, in my own head, but something is changing.
Along with his other early hit Lightning Bolt, Bugg has found an anthemic sound and honesty that chimes true with his fans.
Other songs on his self-titled album, such as Country Song and Fire, are much slower and heartfelt, providing more of an acoustic feel to the sound of the album.
Yet his live performance of such songs was far more meaty, with heavier bass and Buggs lead guitar skills ensuring a lively gig of high quality.
He is up against tough competition at the Brits Wednesday, competing against Mercury Music Prize winner alt-J as well as Ben Howard, Rita Ora and Jesse Ware.
But whether Bugg wins or not, his obvious talent should mean he becomes one of British musics biggest names for years to come.
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