The first night of alternative band Normil Hawaiians two-night residency in our Steel Shed was a resounding success. The evening's entertainment started with a spoken word performance by renowned punk poet Rodney Relax. His first stage appearances were with Dunfermline punk band The Alternative in the early 80s, a band who featured on the 'Bullshit Detector' compilation produced by Crass. Life has a habit of coming around in circles, as 37 years later Rodney's next gig is with former Crass frontman Steve Ignorant!
Normil Hawaiians entranced the crowd with their diverse sonic soundscapes. Driven by a solid rhythm section, keyboards, synth, vocals, guitars and sundry other instruments (including flute) were layered over the mix. Separate musicians dipped in and out of the unfolding pieces, set against constant visuals projected onto the shed's plated walls behind the stage. They concluded with an acapella, subtle in melody but heavy in irony as it forecast how idyllic Heaven is going to be.
If you are going to be anywhere near Leith tonight, check out their second show!