Monday 29 January 2024, 7pm - 11pm
Norwich Arts Centre
+ real farmer + the klittens
Norwich Arts Centre, 51 St Benedicts Street, Norwich, NR2 4PG
14+ (under 16’s to be accompanied by an adult over 18)
Most bands should be familiar with the honeymoon phase, those lofty formative stages where creativity blooms as the purest of fruits. The fingers itch, the eyes wander off to rapturous highs, the body trembles electric with creative energy waiting to be unleashed upon unsuspecting onlookers. Unfortunately, the honeymoon phase is usually just that: a phase.
Thank heavens, nobody told indie rock crusaders Personal Trainer this was all supposed to be temporary. The Amsterdam-based collective seek out sharp-witted ways to prolong the innate joy of being a band just plugging in and playing. Willem Smit, the group’s conductor and cheerleader, started the band as an ultimate love letter to the vibrant scene he himself inhabits. The ten tracks of their rapturously received debut album "Big Love Blanket", released late in 2022, arrived fully-formed, displaying a playful, almost hyperactive diversity of sounds and influences, landing on one all of their own.
Co-produced with Casper van de Lans, Willem Smit, the group’s conductor and cheerleader,
rummaged knee-deep into the strongholds that conceived many of the past decade’s quintessential Dutch alternative records. The quest to squeeze out the most potential out of each song might seem somewhat at odds with Personal Trainer’s tumultuous modus operandi (which included a 24-hour concert streamed live at Amsterdam’s legendary Paradiso in 2021). The conditions Smit and Van de Lans set aren’t all that different: create that feeling of being a little bit out of your depth, a little foolish, and allow some of that silliness to guide the musical direction forward. “Whenever I catch myself doing something premeditated, I wouldn't like it if I just pretended to know it all. I think I would find that incredibly lame.”
Known for their rousing and electric live shows, 2023 will see Personal Trainer take to the stages at some of the finest festivals, SXSW, Eurosonic, End of the Road Festival and more and play their biggest headline to date at a sold out Paradiso in Amsterdam.
“Dutch indie-rockers expertly juggle with pathos, clatter and Malkmus-esque deadpan.”
“An understated and slow burning joy – full of subtlety that you can’t help but return to”
So Young Magazine
“Equally loose and tight in the right places, flicking through musical genres as if it’s all one big pick and mix, ‘Big Love Blanket’ sees Personal Trainer arrive in perfect health.”
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