Last night U-WATT celebrated our birthday in style – we performed at The Brickmakers in Norwich. Admittedly there weren’t a great many people there to usher in the spring on the winter solstice; there were no ivy-festooned maidens, sadly, nor huggers of trees, but there was a small appreciative audience and several dogs. Thursday nights aren’t the best nights to perform; most people have to work the next day and as it was late-night shopping in the city I guess the lure of a few last minute Christmas bargains was too much for most to resist and hard choices had to be made.
The Fateful Meeting
Anyhow, three years ago last night Mal, Fizz, Alix and Phil met in Norwich and planned what we were going to learn to play as U-Watt. As you might imagine, there was some lively and occasionally heated debate in the pub about what sort of material we would play. We came together after a number of line-up changes, when the remaining core of Mal and Phil auditioned lots of singers and bassists until we settled on Alix and Fizz. Alix blew us away with her fabulous voice and presence and Fizz walked in, plugged in and began to jam along with us to a song that we hadn’t even asked him to learn for the audition!
There have been good times and bad, but thanks to the friendships we have forged, the good times far outweigh the bad; we really enjoy playing and performing together and bringing our own style of music to our small but loyal following of fans. We’d like to wish you all a fantastic festive season and a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year. We hope to see you again in 2018. Luvnpeace U-WATT.
U-Watt like to do their bit for charity, consequently we were honoured to have been part of Kazfest 2017 on 4th June at Broad Farm Holiday Park. Kazfest 2017 East Anglian Air Ambulance Charity Fundraiser was an event to celebrate Kaz’s life and raise money for the East Anglian Air Ambulance. A few days after we played at the marvellous event I got a flyer from EAAA through my door asking for contributions. I’d just effectively donated my time to raise money for EAAA, so I emailed them to let them know why I would not be donating any cash. Here’s the lovely response I got:
Thank you for your email. I just wanted to drop you a quick line to say thank you for supporting Kazfest. What a success it turned out to be! I was there myself for part of the day, and the sense unity and coming together of such varied communities was palpable – everyone certainly did a wonderful job of celebrating Kaz and all that she was. I hope to have a final total from the event soon, but I do know that it has, so far, raised in excess of £2500, which is well on the way towards covering the cost of a mission. Thank you so much for being a part of it.
With very best wishes and our heartfelt thanks once again,
Norfolk Fundraising Officer
East Anglian Air Ambulance
We like to support charity whenever we are able, consequently we were very happy to be involved in this event. Kaz was a friend of some of us, her dad runs a music venue in Great Yarmouth at which we’ve played and the East Anglian Air Ambulance is a life-saver. Thank you all those who organised the event, participated and came along to make it a memorable day.
Alix sings, Fizz plays bass, Phil is on drums and Mal plays guitars. Phil and Fizz also sing backing vocals. Fizz sometimes takes lead vocals too. Come along to a gig, see our show and meet us. We are all experienced musicians and have been together as a band just over two years. We play mainly covers but also play our own material. If you click on our bass drum logo above you will hear one of our own songs on Bandcamp called “Dry Your Tears”.
We’ve just changed our web hosting and got a new website. Mal has had a steep learning curve setting it all up. We hope you like the new scheme. Mal is building it up slowly but surely, learning new things all the time. It’s very time consuming but it’s worth it. We hope you like it.
We’ve got lots of gigs coming up next month so come along and see us, it would be great to see you. We play in venues all over Norfolk and occasionally venture further afield. Although we are a Norwich live music rock band we play across East Anglia. Check out our gig listings. You will find us on StevieG Whatson and Norfolk Gig Guide.
We’re adding additional covers and original material all the time, so if you’ve seen us in the last couple of years, you’ll hear some new songs you haven’t heard from us before. We’ve recently added Emperor’s New Clothes to our repertoire which we tried out at The Mariners Tavern in Great Yarmouth at our last outing. It didn’t sound too bad, to us at least, and it seemed to go down well. We write songs together. One of us will come up with an idea; a melody, a riff or some lyrics. We then work on it together in the rehearsal studio. Our favourite place to rehearse and write is the wonderful Earth Studios Norwich.