This is a Special Oddbox Promotions Presentation where Oddbox have put the line up together for That Music Thing.
Happy Coloured Marbles
Happy Coloured Marbles are an alternative duo (recently formed 4 piece) born from the same mutated musical womb. Inspired by the ethos of bands such as Ween Queens Of The Stone Age, their music oscillates from danceable riffs and broken beats, to pop hooks and infinite atmospherics. Debut singles ‘Cant Seem To Shake You’ and ‘The Ineluctable’ float into one another with jolting rhythms and western overtones. Hadley Rutherford (Vocals/Bass) Kalman France (Vocals/Guitar), are usually accompanied by a full band, or their bratty 80s drum machine employed to spit out broken beats. Their songs enjoy games of lyrical and instrumental ping pong between them, and are driven by a seemingly insatiable lust for manipulating and abusing genres entirely. Happy Coloured Marbles currently find themselves on a path to infiltrate the palace of rock, kill the king, and dance with the queen.
Spit-balling into the heart of the Norwich music scene from soon-to-be demolished UEA student digs, junkedelic misfits Gladboy started out as a loud, energetic and assured 3 piece who in less than a year, cemented their place as one of Norwich’s most intriguing upcoming bands – garnering support slots with The Regrettes, Willie J Healey and L.A. glam rock provocateurs, Starcrawler. Expanding to a 5 piece through the addition of both synth and tambourine, the band continued to refine and texture the noise that overwhelmed earlier incarnations and created a buzz centred around camp, theatrical and fun performances that range from blistering cacophonies of noise to gigs that encourage whole audiences to sit down. No words showcase this better than Outline’s review stating: ‘This is art-pop – think Bowie, early Talking Heads or Pulp – that veers into psych and dreampop but always has a roughness and bite that gives it an edge.’
Disco beats, dirty bass, diatribe ‘n’ brouhaha
Norwich trio Mega Emotion is made up of Iain on guitar, Lisa and Jan on keyboards, all of them sing and play drums/percussion over electronic beats. Iain describes their sound as “an alternative soundtrack to the film Tron.”
Since forming, Mega Emotion have won Steve Lamacq’s Roundtable new music selection on BBC 6 Music, seen their demo material play-listed as a 6 Music Recommends track of the week, and been championed on Radio X / XFM and by BBC Introducing.