Normil Hawaiians have been soundchecking in the Steel Shed, the DOK staff have been ensuring the bar is well stocked, and invitations have been sent out. Tomorrow night promises to be another exciting opening night at Leith's unique community artspace ... just a bit noisier than the recent photography and paintings exhibitions.
Normil Hawaiians developed from the late 70s/early 80s post-punk scene, recording a session for John Peel in May 1980 before continuing that decade with increasing creativity. Their third album Return of the Ranters (recorded at onetime Hawkwind bassist Dave Anderson's Foel Studio) juxtaposed upbeat musical experimentation with a lyrical denunciation of the political landscape (typified by Thatcher's riot police attacking legitimately striking miners and their families in northern England in 1984 and destroying the campsites of peaceable Stonehenge festival goers a year later.)
Thirty years may have passed but the collective (always more than just another 'band') have reconvened to unleash their blend of intoxicating music and barbed vocals. The double header of gigs at the DOK, ably supported by performance artists including self-styled punk poet Rodney Relax, promises to be a fantastic experience.