A taste of Brighton rock

The Maccabees, who are poised to release their debut album, Colour It In (Fiction Records) on May 14, bring their headlining tour of the UK to the Waterfront, Norwich, on Wednesday night.

The Maccabees, who are poised to release their debut album, Colour It In (Fiction Records) on May 14, bring their headlining tour of the UK to the Waterfront, Norwich, on Wednesday night.

When the Maccabees released 1,000 copies of their first single X-Ray into the public domain in November 2005 the response was overwhelming.

Airplay on XFM and getting a support slot with Arctic Monkeys - the outlook was good for this Brighton five-piece. Live favourite, Latchmere released on indie label Fierce Panda followed some six months later. The single was championed by BBC Radio 1 and 6 Music DJ Steve Lamacq and offers of album deals started beckoning.

Twelve months later and Felix, Orlando, Hugo, Rob and Rupert are set to release Colour It In. The result is a record crammed full of sparkling indie pop that bites deep and just won't let go. Songs such as First Love (the band's third single), Latchmere and X-Ray are the antidote to two years of hard work. The Maccabees' new single, Precious Time, is released on Monday.


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Main support comes from London-based singer/songwriter Jack Penate. Penate's music takes influences from rock'n'roll, ska, Hispania and mod rock to create a delicious, soulful sound buzzing with catchy riffs and powerful vocals.

Opening the evening are Fear of Flying, who have toured with the Mystery Jets and Jamie T as well as being on the NME Awards tour. They have been tipped by just about everyone as one of the bands to watch in 2007. Doors 7.30pm.

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t Tickets at £10 advance are available in Norwich from UEA Union, Waterfront and Soundclash. Credit card bookings: P 01603 508050. Online bookings go to www.ueaticketbookings.co.uk

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