OF STUDENTS playing rock and youll
probably imagine the lyrical equivalent
of dour mathematical formulas being set
to dour, incomprehensible music.
But last summer a
five-piece outfit called The Higsons
shocked everybody out of their
anti-academic preconceptions with a
single entitled I Dont Want To Live
With Monkeys, a colourful explosion
of brash and breezy punk/funk action.
trumpets and crashing salvoes of brass
mated to a compulsive jerky rhythm that
aimed straight at the feet and became an
instant dance floor success.
originators of this stunning debut were
all students at the University of East
Anglia in Norwich. Four of them arriving
there from various far-flung corners of
the country with only vocalist Switch
being a born and bred local lad.
Switch is easily the most noticeable.
Usually tastelessly attired in a loud and
spectacularly baggy suit. Apart from
singing is he usually either violently
rattling maracas or percussively
assaulting an empty oil can with a length
the temptation to throw away their books
and risk all in pursuit of superstardom,
the sensibly decided to combine
intellectual endeavours with band
ferocious fivesome gigged solidly during
the long vacations gradually spreading
the energetic fun-funk message of
Hig-beat across the land.
now there is a new single. A joyous
tootsie-tapper for the paranoically
inclined named Conspiracy.
Switch: Its about the type of
people who have conspiracy theories. A
grain of truth in something that gets
blown up out of all proportion. The song
links everything you do to some big
is issued by the small-time but
big-thinking local label Waap. With the
Higsons at the helm, Norwich is rapidly
becoming recognised as a seething hotbed
of new talent. More than a few A&R
men and media scribes have journeyed
eastwards to the cathedral city.
however, remains unmoved by the
attention. Norwich is the same as
it ever was. All the musicians use the
same pub but the idea of a Norwich
scene has been blown up out of all
like a conspiracy, eh Switch?