Keep Your Eyes On Departure From Normal...
Pouring another pint at my casual bar job, I find myself nodding my head to the beat being played behind me. My feet start tapping and a customer asks “Are you a fan?” I look confused as I’m totally unaware my body was reacting to this fun and playful sound. I look up to the stage and see three young guys bouncing around with huge smiles feeding off the energy of the packed venue, “Departure from Normal” the customer says with a smile on his face.
Departure from Normal formed 2 years ago with school friends Daniel ‘Bam’ Fullylove and Jordan Webb, based in Brighton with previous band members they escalated the Brighton music scene very quickly and successfully having headlined at venues such as Concorde 2 and Mike’s Frog bar. The next big thing for Departure from Normal with new Drummer Calum Landlau was jetting off to America with a short tour under their hats and an exciting show at LEGOLAND Florida; these opportunities have lead the band to recently headline the O2 Academy Islington in London upon where I discovered them.
The Britpop band play a fun and exciting gig that immediately makes you want to dance, the catchy guitar riffs and clean tone of the vocals where the charismatic British accent is highlighted adds edge to the pop sound. The band fill a lost generation that was once filled with young British artists in this indie/pop sector whose previous footprints reminisce of The Wombats, Scouting for Girls and The Pigeon Detectives.
Jordan Webb one of the original band members says ‘Music gives you the power to make people feel emotion like no other, that to me makes this job worthwhile, makes it worth the work, the pain, the effort, and feeding off that emotion is what makes being on stage what it is.’ While watching the band I can see that not only the audience are having fun but the band are too; these reciprocated emotions portray the bands energy and talent and that they are definitely in it for the long run.
With previous successful EP’s the audience knew the words to popular tracks such as “Alibi”, Turn the lights out” and my new favourite “Glitter and Gold”. The Indie Pop sound is a favourite in the British Music scene and it’s so refreshing to see a younger generation with a great amount of enthusiasm and talent playing to a packed venue of all ages, they definitely made my shift more enjoyable.The band are currently working on a new EP that will be released in December. https://soundcloud.com/departure-from-normal/alibi-departure-from-normal http://departurefromnormal.co.uk/ https://www.facebook.com/departurefromnormaluk Written by Hannah West