Normanton Street @ Patterns – 15 April 2016

12909637_10156656568175214_4768224252742723807_oFresh from their crowdfunded SxSW Festival slot, local band Normanton Street launched their latest EP Life’s Real downstairs at Patterns, supported by three other Brighton-based outfits: Lebeaux, One Eyed Jacks, and Frankie Stew & Harvey Gunn.

This four-piece hip-hop/soul group has garnered a loyal following, reflected by the sizeable crowd they attracted and band members Ned, Nicholson, Phoebe and Nico showed their appreciation by putting on an energetic, jovial performance. Ned on bass guitar was particularly animated, almost headbanging, along with some fancy footwork and very entertaining to watch.

Lead singer, Phoebe Freya effortlessly filled the room with her soulful, bluesy tones, contrasting with Nicholson’s northern twang, spitting personal and often humorous stories, over bassy, laidback beats, while Ned’s smooth spoken words enveloped the audience like a cozy blanket. Playing a selection of tracks from their back catalogue, highlights included New Dawn, Take a Walk With Me and This Way, obviously well known by the faithful crowd, many of whom were singing along to the lyrics. New tracks Take Time and Angeline went down well and show the band are honing their unique sound.

These guys clearly love the stage and chatting after the show, Nicholson said they had a short break from gigging in the autumn and were all suffering withdrawal symptoms, because ‘it’s like an addiction’. With their enthusiasm, passion and talent, life is indeed real for Normanton Street.

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