Prince of Wales Road inspires Norwich band’s song

Norwich band, Mammal Not Fish (l to r) Benji Parker, Davey Whales, Joe Greenacre and James Maas, who

Norwich band, Mammal Not Fish (l to r) Benji Parker, Davey Whales, Joe Greenacre and James Maas, who have written a song about Prince of Wales Road. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY - Credit: SIMON FINLAY

A Norwich band has recorded a song inspired by one of the city's most famous streets.

Prince of Wales Road – well known for its busy nightclub scene – is the subject of one of the latest tracks by the group Mammal Not Fish.

The song is called Fake Tan and features on the group's six-track EP which is being released in June.

Davey Whales, 40, from Wymondham, is the band's lead singer and rhythm guitarist, and he described the song as 'a reflection of Prince of Wales Road on a Saturday night'.

He said the music of Mammal Not Fish was largely 'indie rock with elements of funk and reggae' but said the group decided to make Fake Tan more of a ballad.

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'I actually wrote the song three years ago and performed it as a solo artist but we have now added the rest of the instruments to it and turned it into a track for the EP,' he said.

Mr Whales said they may record other songs inspired by the city in the future.

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Mr Whales' fellow bandmates, all from Norwich, are 23-year-old drummer Joe Greenacre, 25-year-old bassist and backing vocalist Benji Parker, and 23-year-old lead guitarist James Maas.

The band formed in September last year and the group's debut track was Dreaming of the Sea.

When asked about the inspiration for the band's name, Mr Whales said: 'It's because of my last name. Whenever I ring someone up they always ask if my last name is as in the country or the fish. I have had it all my life, and I am forever telling people that whales are mammals not fish!'

The band's EP is being launched at the Waterfront in Norwich on June 3. The support acts on the night include two acoustic acts – Phoebe York and The Tesla Jets.

For more about Mammal Not Fish, including the band's song inspired by Prince of Wales Road and the EP launch, visit

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