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Liverpool Calling 2018: eight bands to watch at this year?s festival
Category Gig Guides, Dead Naked Hippes, Demob Happy, Eyesore & the Jinx, Pale Rider, Psycho Comedy, Spilt, SPQR, Sweet Deals on Surgery
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Ahead of this year’s Liverpool Calling Festival, Getintothis’ Matthew Wood tucks into eight of the best acts to catch across the city.  Having played host to some heavy hitters acts down the years including British Sea Power, Reverend and the Makers and Space, Liverpool Calling is back with another sterling line up. Leading the bill on Friday [...]

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Pale Rider

Pale Rider

Ahead of this year’s Liverpool Calling Festival, Getintothis’ Matthew Wood tucks into eight of the best acts to catch across the city. 

Having played host to some heavy hitters acts down the years including British Sea Power, Reverend and the Makers and Space, Liverpool Calling is back with another sterling line up.

Leading the bill on Friday we have Mint and the Sound City conquering False Heads, while storming into Saturday we have grave-dwelling grunge merchants The Wytches, and the ever-riotous Pulled Apart By Horses.

Liverpool Calling takes place across the city in venues including EBGBsBrick Street and Constellations‘ main room as well as outside in the garden.

There’s also the added extra of an all-day Alan Patridge screening in Baltic Social.

Amid the obvious crowd-pulling bigger acts you’ll find a solid array of rising new bands that may have slipped under your radar, here are our pick of the finest selections to keep you busy over the weekend.

SPILT

SPILT

SPILTBrick Street, Saturday @ 17:50

The energy of this act will knock you sideways; just three very young lads with a love for grunge and psychedelia, throwing every ounce of their being into their live performances.

They work frighteningly well as a unit and each possess a talent beyond their years with slick fills and magnificent guitar work that will numb your face, shredded atop a bass-drum, of course.

Expect riotous antics, crowd surfing and buckets of sweat as SPLIT are equipped to pulverise Brick Street in the early evening.

Pale RiderConstellations, Saturday @ 18:10

Ubiquitous on the current Liverpool scene, Pale Rider are surfing a wave of momentum and climbing line ups across the UK – deservedly so.

Their take on gloomy psychedelia is finely balanced by each member’s input, and unlike many psych acts, they’ve tactfully avoided falling into the over-saturated pool of 60’s and 70’s influence, existing in a bracket of their own.

Brooding poetry arrives fist in fist with thunderous drums, a bludgeoning bass and guitar work that is skillful, powerful, but far from imperious. Eyeliner at the ready.

Eyesore & The JinxConstellations, Saturday @ 14:50

Their debut single Gated Community was born a short while back featuring the trio in a terrifying cyber-world where Donald Trump and Theresa May reign supreme, can you imagine..?

David Byrne, Laura Mvula: Apollo, Manchester

Brewing politically charged, angular ditties on the reg, Eyesore & The Jinx embody all that’s grand about the likes of The Fall, The Birthday Party and Parquet Courts with a super tight live-set to boot.

Sweet Deals On SurgeryThe Jacaranda, Friday @ 22:45

Exhibiting wares from their debut record, The Snake and the Snoozer, Manchester trio Sweet Deals On Surgery score the late slot in the Jacarandaand they’ll go down a treat for anyone who fancies tumbling into the early hours in style.

Cast your minds back to when the likes of Tubelord and Dananananaykroyd ruled the roost of underground alt-pop with their fighting-fit, jangly noise punk and you’ll unveil some of their origins; simultaneously twee and rowdy, expect a schizophrenic set full of tumbling fills, gritty licks and honey-sweet harmonies.

Dead Naked HippiesMaguire’s Pizza Bar, Friday @ 21:00

Splicing influence from Nirvana, Savages and The Kills, this Leeds three-piece are razor-sharp and superbly polished with lead vocalist Lucy Jowett already sounding like a seasoned professional with her befitting, rock & roll falsetto.

This promises to be a special performance in the intimate Maguire’s Pizza Bar so get there ahead of schedule if you want to squeeze yourself to the front; Dead Naked Hippies will make you feel alive with a sinister energy and bring out your leather-clad, clove-smoking dark side.

Demob HappyConstellations, Saturday @ 19:50

Formed in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne and later relocating to Brighton in pursuit of a more rewarding music scene, Demob Happy are a supremely creative outfit with one eye peering through a kaleidoscope while the other ponders Sanskrit texts, searching for the meaning of life.

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Their psychedelic blues is explosive and mighty with hair-raising yelps, tapping into the more discordant sectors of rock, while at times they wander more serene paths with Ray/Dave Davies style harmonies and well-tempered delivery.

Psycho ComedyBrick Street, Saturday @ 21:10

Were Psycho Comedy formed during the 60’s & 70’s, with their talent and work ethic, they’d probably have knocked up as many records as The Stones by now. However, while their creative flare is most prevalent in their tunes, that doesn’t satiate their addiction to the experimental and they operate via every possible creative outlet.

Producing visual art, poetry and film (with a documentary set for release) the sonic sextet prove themselves as an exemplary rock & roll band of the modern age, going that extra mile to ensure we’re front and center, cackling manically for the next crazed, waggish and darkly humorous performance.

Psych yourself up for an all-encompassing set from one of of Liverpool’s finest on a Saturday night… can we get you anything else?

SPQRConstellations, Saturday @ 16:30

The heart wrenching songwriting project of Peter Harrison explores the darkest depths of the human condition, ablaze with an intense flame that seeks to light the path to an understanding of our very existence.

Harrison’s vocal is a fluid instrument, at times recalling the distilled folk of Jeff Buckley and Born Ruffians, delivering rich, dark poetics over simply struck chords, while he has the ability to transform his vocal, and simultaneously his band, into stadium-worthy rockers with a soaring falsetto that would get a nod from Matt Bellamy.

Their debut The House That Doubt Built is a fantastic record: troubled, poignant and deeply honest, and all emotions aside: they’re absolutely belting tracks.

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Liverpool Calling Line Up

Liverpool Calling Line Up

 

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Warmduscher to play Buyers Club as part of UK tour
Category News, Liverpool gigs, Warmduscher, Warmduscher Liverpool, Warmduscher tour, Warmduscher Whale City
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Post punk heads Warmduscher are coming to Liverpool, Getintothis’ Lewis Ridley reports. London based swamp funk outfit Warmduscher have penned a date at Liverpool’s Buyers Club this autumn. They’ll come to the Hardman Street venue on Tuesday, October 16. The outfit comprises of  Clams Baker Jr. (Mutado Pintado/Paranoid London), Lightnin? Jack Everett (Fat White Family), The Saulcano (Insecure Men, Fat White [...]

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Warmduscher

Warmduscher

Post punk heads Warmduscher are coming to Liverpool, Getintothis’ Lewis Ridley reports.

London based swamp funk outfit Warmduscher have penned a date at Liverpool’s Buyers Club this autumn.

They’ll come to the Hardman Street venue on Tuesday, October 16.

The outfit comprises of  Clams Baker Jr. (Mutado Pintado/Paranoid London), Lightnin? Jack Everett (Fat White Family), The Saulcano (Insecure Men, Fat White Family), Mr Salt Fingers Lovecraft (Childhood, Insecure Men) and The Witherer aka Little Whiskers (Paranoid London).

Earlier this month the band released new album Whale City on The Leaf Label. The record is loosely based on a backdrop of New York, where front man Clams Baker Jr. grew up.

Warmduscher released debut album Khaki Tears back in 2015.

UK Warmduscher dates:

3 June Hug & Pint, Glasgow
4 June Hyde Park Book Club, Leeds
5 June Gullivers, Manchester
6 June Picture House Social, Sheffield
7 June The Exchange, Bristol
8 June  Moth Club London
9 June Hope & Ruin, Brighton

22 July Bluedot Festival, Cheshire
31 Aug End Of The Road Festival

16 Oct Buyers Club Liverpool
17 Oct Now Wave Manchester
18 Oct The Dome London
19 Oct The Festing, South Sea
20 Oct Ritual Union 2018 Oxford
21 Oct All Year?s Leaving 2018 Birmingham
22 Oct Chameleon Arts Cafe, Nottingham

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I?ve never heard Genesis, Yes or Jethro Tull ? adventures of a Prog neophyte, part two
Category Opinion, 70s, caravan, curved air, Genesis, gentle giant, jethro tull, le orme, prog, progressive, Yes
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A night with Yes in the Philharmonic prompts Getintothis? Roy Bayfield to file an update to his journey through Prog, we catch up with Jethro Tull, Caravan and a host more – it’s a little bit apocalyptic.  Walking past the Bombed-Out Church toward The Philharmonic Hall and the Friday night crowd gets decades older, I find [...]

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Yes at the Philharmonic, Feb 18: Tom Adam

Yes at the Philharmonic

A night with Yes in the Philharmonic prompts Getintothis? Roy Bayfield to file an update to his journey through Prog, we catch up with Jethro Tull, Caravan and a host more – it’s a little bit apocalyptic. 

Walking past the Bombed-Out Church toward The Philharmonic Hall and the Friday night crowd gets decades older, I find myself adrift amid a shoal of grizzled characters and grey ponytails heading to see Yes.

Unlike those heading for the Hall sporting tour shirts from previous years, I?m new to the band, despite being old enough to have heard their music first time around.

In the week running up to the show I?ve binged on most of their back catalogue, in a series of eye-watering early-morning sessions, something I?ve done every week this year with a different, equally unknown (to me) prog band. This is my life now. How did this happen?

Shortly after this picture was taken, punk started and I never listened to anything ?progressive? until 2018

Shortly after this was taken punk started and I never listened to anything ?progressive? until 2018

At the beginning of the year, I made a solemn vow to listen to one prog album per week for the whole year, by way of discovering a genre I had completely missed, as described in an earlier piece for Getintothis. We?re halfway through 2018 and so far, I?ve stuck to it. 

Some weeks are beautifully mind-blowing, others infuriating, and some are simply baffling. But there is always some reward.

The music is often wildly ambitious, conceived on an epic scale, exquisitely grandiose. Sometimes it?s as if the optimistic, exploratory side of the sixties carried into a post 60?s psychedelic party. Prog is infused with classical, jazz, folk, electronica – everything?s allowed. And, perhaps too obvious to mention, the standard of musicianship is high (and no, it isn?t just noodling.)

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I have discovered that it’s odd being an outsider exploring a long tradition with no reference points. Coming 50 years late to the party, the history of the genre is opaque to me.

When you don?t know your Steve Hackett from your Steve Hillage, lengthy accounts of changing line-ups, splits and reformations are little meaningless, like those long lists of ?Someone begat someone who begat someone?? in the Bible.

Perhaps before we welcome 2019 I?ll be infused with this knowledge by osmosis, waking up one day able to discuss the merits of Jethro Tull?s 10 drummers. But for now, I accept there is significant history here, and listen to the albums as if they came out yesterday.

Whatever, I?m enjoying the ride.

TheYesAlbum

Progress has been good, following a roughly chronological approach, by mid-February I had worked my way through various proto-prog acts and started on big hitters like King Crimson, Pink Floyd and ELP.

Having reached the glory days of the early seventies I pressed on, listening to Yes, starting with breakthrough recording ?The Yes Album? from 1971 and making it to cosmological epic ?Tales from Topographic Oceans?. This is what I was expecting prog to be like – multi-layered, artful, lyrics reaching for transcendence.

What I wasn?t expecting was the lightness with which it?s woven together and the melodic pop sensibility on display.

CARAVAN

Caravan?s In the Land of Grey and Pink found its way onto the turntable next. This had me smiling with the deadpan quirkiness of Golf Girl then drawn into the rest of the stoned, whimsical feel – if this is the ‘Canterbury scene’ then I never want to leave.

CURVED AIR

After three months not hearing a female voice I felt like a prisoner, and so made Curved Air, fronted by Sonja Kristina, my next choice with Second Album, oddball art rock, enchanting in places,  it comes at you with frenetic urgency.

Selling England by the Pound

For there to be any justice to a project like this, Genesis had to be included – the early version, with Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins.

?Selling England by the Pound? (1973) seemed like a good place to start, it?s an amazing piece of eccentricity, posh-boy pop pushed into a sometimes dark sublime.

Weird that references to Green Shield Stamps and Wimpy Bars, which at the time would have signified contemporary crass commercialism, now seem to come from a quaint antiquity.

Octopus by Gentle Giant

After Genesis, I fell into eight arms of ?Octopus? by Gentle Giant, an album by a band who didn?t care too much if listeners found their music difficult. Complex, angular and baroque it?s a challenging listen and yet peculiarly entertaining.

Jethro Tull Aqualung

Jethro Tull?s Aqualung closed out my 70s British prog selection – a heavy tour-de-force that inspired me to work through the rest of their back catalogue as far as 1978?s ‘Heavy Horses’. Of all the prog bands, Tull seems most able to channel a pagan vibe as if plugged into depths of old Albion.

The journey continues, week after week, widening the scope to expressions of prog from around the world, Le Orme from Italy?s lyrical concept album Felona e Sorona, ?the story of two planets which revolve one around the other, without ever coming in contact?; Aphrodite?s Child?s apocalyptic 666, a retelling of the Book of Revelation in which a circus-show version of world-ending events is happening at the same time as the real thing unfolds outside the tent; Canadian band Rush?s 2112, a dystopian work controversially inspired by the works of Ayn Rand; Happy the Man?s exuberant self-titled first album, featuring titles such as On Time as a Helix of Precious Laughs.

The time has come to move on from the 70s to subsequent decades. Will progressive rock progress, become exponentially better with each passing year until it explodes in an ecstatic musical singularity? Or will the landscape become bleaker as the musical timeships approach the mundane present?

I look forward to finding out…

 

 

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David Byrne, Laura Mvula: Apollo, Manchester
Category Live reviews, Burning Down the House, David Byrne, David Byrne Manchester, Laura Mvula, Once In a Lifetime, Stop Making Sense, This Must Be The Place
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Talking Heads frontman David Byrne brings his American Utopia tour to the UK, Getintothis’ Sean Fearon gears up for the show of a lifetime. It must be difficult for music titan?s like David Byrne. You have such an expansive and loved back catalogue, but you?re also constantly trying to develop as an artist and try [...]

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David Bryne

David Byrne

Talking Heads frontman David Byrne brings his American Utopia tour to the UK, Getintothis’ Sean Fearon gears up for the show of a lifetime.

It must be difficult for music titan?s like David Byrne. You have such an expansive and loved back catalogue, but you?re also constantly trying to develop as an artist and try new things.

Fine for an album, but try to push it live and you could have a lot of angry dads on your hands.

It?s lucky then that Byrne is a master of his craft when it comes to live shows. Any Talking Heads fan will be aware of the concert film Stop Making Sense, and that Byrne knows how everything should be placed ? from lighting to backdrop to choreography. More an auteur than actor or director.

Tonight is no different. As the crowd waits, the stage show cases a chair, a table with a brain upon it and a backdrop of chains.

When the lights raise to reveal Byrne as the chairs occupant the brain becomes the prop that guides the audience through opener Here. It seems like very typical Byrne from around the time of Grown Backwards ? mellow, insightful and trying to get to the heart of the human condition through his almost inhuman analytics. The tone it sets as an opener suggests it will be a quite sedate affair.

To the surprise of almost everyone in attendance this mood gets thrown out the window as the band thrusts into X-Press 2 collaboration Lazy. Immediately the beard-scratching ceases and the crowd erupts into awkward-grooving and chanting along.

From this point, Byrne structures his set like a DJ at the best house party ever, bringing out classics like I Zimbra and Slippery People before counterpointing his polyrhythmic past with a couple more cuts from American Utopia.

For a 66-year-old man there seems to be no signs of fatigue, as he stumbles, prances and wriggles about the stage. The plastic-nerd stiffness of his youth seems to have matured into a friendly and open demeanour, reminding you of a particularly enthusiastic art-teacher, and he looks to genuinely enjoy the full aspect of his and his bands performance.

The boldest moves seem to come at the middle of the night. This Must Be The Place and Once In a Lifetime not being the closing or encore seem like bizarre – but welcome – choices, and the inclusion of a somewhat obscure, incredibly fun Brighton Port Authority (aka. Fatboy Slim) track Toe Jam.

This continues into more unexpected cuts, including the tribal-insanity of Born Under Punches and even a track from Naked (!) before bringing the set to a close with arguably Byrne?s most well-known track Burning Down the House.

The encore brings extra treats, as well, in the form of Imelda Marcos inspired Dancing Together and an awe inspiring locomotive thrash through The Great Curve.

The crowd demand a second encore, and despite the shouts for Psycho Killer and Road To Nowhere, Byrne once again subverts expectations.

After a brief introduction that a Janelle Monae track will be performed the band storms through the percussion and vocal heavy Hell You Talmbout, a track that urges the audience to chant the name of victims of police brutality in the United States.

Unfortunately, the passion and intensity of this issue seem to fall flat with a British audience, and despite a riotous applause, you can?t help but feel that some members of the crowd feel short changed by not hearing their personal favourite so they can whistle on the train home.

A similar reaction also seems to be had to opener Laura Mvula, whose all-too-short set comprised of a handful of synth and drum heavy tracks with post-rock dynamics ranges and soulful, poetic vocals.

Unfortunately, the majority of the crowd spent this time fumbling around looking for their seats or checking the England scores – which is a shame, because they missed a genuinely interesting and artistic foil to the headliner.

Social reaction to David Bryne at the O2 Apollo in Manchester

 

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Strange Collective announce Constellations all-dayer
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Strange Collective have announced an August all-dayer in the Baltic Triangle, Getintothis’ Lewis Ridley looks forward to the event. Strange Collective have announced an all day event at Constellations which includes Portugese duo Sunflowers bringing their psych punk to Liverpool. Over two stages, the gig also sees Table Scraps, SPILT, Mincemeat and Lennie Dies on the bill on Saturday, August 11. Strange Collective will take over Constellations, one of the [...]

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Strange Collective

Strange Collective (photo credit: Kevin Barrett)

Strange Collective have announced an August all-dayer in the Baltic Triangle, Getintothis’ Lewis Ridley looks forward to the event.

Strange Collective have announced an all day event at Constellations which includes Portugese duo Sunflowers bringing their psych punk to Liverpool.

Over two stages, the gig also sees Table ScrapsSPILTMincemeat and Lennie Dies on the bill on Saturday, August 11.

Strange Collective will take over Constellations, one of the most popular Sound City venues, for what is set to be a weekend packed with great music,

Strange Collective themselves will also feature at the event as they curate yet another stellar lineup. More names are yet to be announced.

Tickets are just £8 in advance.

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FAB Festival 2018: Peter Hook, Deja Vega, The Mysterines, Pale Rider: Middlewich
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Manchester classics and a strong supporting bill arrive in Middlewich, Getintothis’ Jim Climatechange enjoys a day out in the Cheshire sunshine. The industrial revolution, canals and Roman archaeology – all things associated with Middlewich. Yet it’s one weekend each year when the town comes alive with several days of noise that this sleepy east Cheshire town [...]

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Peter Hook

Peter Hook

Manchester classics and a strong supporting bill arrive in Middlewich, Getintothis’ Jim Climatechange enjoys a day out in the Cheshire sunshine.

The industrial revolution, canals and Roman archaeology – all things associated with Middlewich.

Yet it’s one weekend each year when the town comes alive with several days of noise that this sleepy east Cheshire town wakes up to the sound of music.

Formed in 1990, FAB Festival has outgrown its roots as a traditional folk festival which has hosted the likes of Lindisfarne, and in recent years has grown to a four-dayer with the likes of Lightning Seeds playing the event.

For the 2018 affair, three days of free music was boosted with Joy Division and New Order legend Peter Hook headlining the event with three of the North West’s most promising new bands providing solid support.

A beautiful Friday afternoon, saw Pale Rider kick off proceedings with a sonic rocket blast shaking the slumber from those gathered on the field’s grass. Seemingly intent on pushing the sound generators to capacity they ripped through a six-song set including ferocious hook-laden single I Run On Rain and a devastating closing track which proved as potent as the Arthurian pints being served in the real ale tent.

The Mysterines are Merseyside music’s worst kept secret. The band with zero online presence, and no music to listen to either, tour through a brief set which vigour and riffs to burn. With the main stage sound once again struggling to match the musicianship of the band, it was left to the trio to simply rip it up in characteristic fashion before passing on the baton to Deja Vega; another trio enjoying room in the spotlight.

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With heavy national airplay, the Deja Vega lads are proving quality and persistence does pay off – having slogged themselves around the circuit over the last few years, they’re enjoying the rewards now with strong billings across the festival circuit and backing on the likes of 6 Music. Their kraut-infused, taut aggressive rock and roll is as infectious as it is pummeling on the senses.

With dusk arriving, so to does Peter Hook and his band The Light – clearly in little mood to mess about they unleash 90 minutes of stone-cold classics; from New Order‘s Blue Monday, True Faith and Bizarre Love Triangle through to Joy Division‘s more muscular Isolation, She’s Lost Control and a mighty Disorder. With the crowd singing every word back, it’s left to Hooky to round things off with a triumphant Love With Tear Us Apart to round off a cracking day out in Cheshire.

Pictures by Getintothis’ Lucy McLachlan and Peter Guy

The Middlewich mayor kicks things off Ben Pale Rider Sophie Pale Rider The Mysterines Mystical ales Pale Rider The Mysterines Deja Vega Hooky's amps Peter Hook Fran Pale Rider Peter Hook Peter Hook Peter Hook's set list

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Beach Skulls, Brad Stank, Eyesore & the Jinx, DJ Siddy Slicka: Shipping Forecast, Liverpool
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Spending Saturdays at gigs is nothing unusual for Getintothis? Jane Triin and this weekend she happily and unexpectedly stumbled upon a local trio of the good stuff. To open this evening of local music, Eyesore & the Jinx brought every dancing misfit in Liverpool into the Shipping Forecast. The band unleashed a perfect mix of [...]

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Beach Skulls

Spending Saturdays at gigs is nothing unusual for Getintothis? Jane Triin and this weekend she happily and unexpectedly stumbled upon a local trio of the good stuff.

To open this evening of local music, Eyesore & the Jinx brought every dancing misfit in Liverpool into the Shipping Forecast. The band unleashed a perfect mix of noisy garage rock and politically proclaimed pop about a world where we?re controlled, monitored and conformed by the modern super villains of politicians such as Donald Trump and Theresa May.

Although the band has just one released single Gated Community, they?ve a solid local fan base. It seemed to be an unsaid rule, but everyone was dressed to impress with their static mix of creepers and berets – and rocked to the static spew of lyrics chanting ?all I?ve got is too much to lose?. The ending of the song was definitely the peak, finishing with ?You won?t get out alive once you step inside, you won?t get out?.

A thing we did notice about the music though, was that all the songs ended on a note where you thought they?d continue. Despite this, there was a continuous flow of captivating riffs and beats, keeping you on the dance floor and singing along to songs you don?t know the name of and don?t know the words to.

As Eyesore & the Jinx took flight from the stage, the venue eased empty with everyone piling out, leaving the venue littered with cans of Red Stripe, looking a little like the post-apocalyptic world you?d expect to see if all the indie kids were to suddenly disappear in mysterious circumstances.

Eyesore & the Jinx

Eyesore & the Jinx

Between the live acts, the mix of alternative beats and bops were played by Sidonie from The Orielles (DJ Siddy Slicka) made the remaining heads bob as they waited for the next act to take stage. With a short-lived intermission, Brad Stank started setting up. At one point we had the slightly creeping fear that we?d have to whip up some moves of our own at the front, but the venue once again refilled in time for the next band, pulling in even more people than the openers.

Brad Stank can only be described in terms of having an alternative pop vibe. With a similar sound to King Krule, this band had soft pop and jazz-influenced instrumentals accompanied by lyrics rooted with melancholia, something you?d wallow to after your first break up.

Bradley Mullins along with a 4 piece instrumental band played some new tunes this evening, stopping at one point to ask if the audience could hear them. A few sound adjustments were made as the band continued their dreamy funk set. They got some quality moves out of people, at one point this writer was being asked if she?d dragged her friends to some kind of secret jazz night.

Brad Stank is definitely carving a unique path in Liverpool, closing the set with more catchy beats and heartbreaker lyrics.

Brad Stank

Brad Stank

It would?ve been great to actually catch the names of the songs played, however, the sound in the venue was weak and echoes in ways which detract from the show. Words spoken by the bands were lost in the air, something which the rest of the audience also picked up on as Beach Skulls played after a short break.

With the release of their second album Las Dunas in early June, the Manchester and Liverpool based trio have been kicking about playing shows in the likes of Sweden as well as the north west.

As the band did a quick set up, they made the venue their own (much like Brad Stank who used the mic stands as coat hangers), with the drummer edging to his stool in bare feet. Before the first song Ain?t Easy, this writer was already gushing to friends about how she recognised the bassist, Dan West, as the frontman of DANYE and how this band, without doubt, would live up to it. Taking on a completely different sound, the psychedelic surf band were very reminiscent of the early music by Swim Deep as well as Her?s.

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Front man Ry Vieira took on smooth vocals with an undertone of influences from indie rock, once again turning the crowd electric with the continuous dancing, as well as doing a few moves of his own during Sacred Citrus.

The band tried to speak to the audience and name the songs they were playing, however, yet again the sound in the small venue wasn?t the best, at one point even making someone in the audience exclaim ?pardon??, trying to catch what was being said.

The set Beach Skulls played was an ideal split between first album Slow Grind and new release Las Dunas. They divided their set list in two, playing: Ain?t Easy, That?s Not Me, Dreamin? Blue, Sacred Citrus, Baby?s a Liar, Santa Fe?, Melted, Soma Holiday, Come Undone, Love & Sex, and Walk Temple in the first part.

The highlight of their show was Love and Sex, the entire venue knew the words, and toned down into a slow sway. The band was joined by a female vocalist, who was on and off the stage from that point to dance with the others in the crowd. The melodic vocals were a good addition, and also something that caught us by pleasant surprise.

The crowd was appreciative and there were very few wallflowers, definitely an impressive change of scene from the regular ?I came here alone so I?m gonna look at my phone and tap my feet? which is probably the most typical thing you?d see at a small venue like the Shipping Forecast.

All of the bands tonight are up and coming locally, although having not heard any of the music before, this writer came across 3 different artists that she’s eager to see again. It?s not every day that you leave a venue buzzing from how much you liked the music and the moment you depart from your friends, finding yourself sticking earbuds in, instantly searching for their music online.

Photos by Getinthis’ Mark Taylor

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Africa Oyé 2018 review and photo gallery: Sefton Park, Liverpool
Category Live reviews, Africa Oye, Inner Circle, Kasai Masai, Lura, Marena, Mei Suleiman, Movema, Remée, Rocky Dawuni, Sefton Park, Son Yambu, Sona Jobarteh
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Africa Oyé is back for it’s 26th iteration and is in rude health as Getintothis’ Peter Goodbody discovers after a weekend in Sefton Park enjoying the sun and dodging the rain. It?s the weekend we look forward to every year, for Liverpool does this event so well. Oyé is brilliant. We could leave this review [...]

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Africa Oye

Africa Oye

Africa Oyé is back for it’s 26th iteration and is in rude health as Getintothis’ Peter Goodbody discovers after a weekend in Sefton Park enjoying the sun and dodging the rain.

It?s the weekend we look forward to every year, for Liverpool does this event so well. Oyé is brilliant. We could leave this review at that. Skip the rest.

Pity then there was a massive dump of rain as we arrived at Sefton Park on Saturday afternoon, just before Kasai Masai came on stage. There were plenty of people taking shelter under the trees around the Review Field and fewer than we remember from previous years actually in the field itself.

But the rain passed and the site began to fill such that by the time Marema started her excdllent set it seemed we were back to normal Oyé attendance levels. By 5pm the place was jumping as far back as we could see.

The reception given to Sonah Jobarteh was immense as she walked on stage plucking at her incredible kora. It?s obvious many here remembered her appearance two years ago where, despite the rain, she pulled a blinder. This year was no different. Liverpool <3 Sona Jobarteh.

We?d also reckon a good chunk of the audience was younger than we?ve seen in previous years with the result the sets from DJ Edu in between acts were greeted with just as much enthusiasm as the acts themselves. The youth were singing and dancing to all he could throw at them.

At the far end of the field, Trenchtown always proves a hit, with DJ sets away from the main stage keeping a sizeable crowd entertained. Maybe we’re cynical to wonder if this is because of its proximity to the main bar. But, hey, they were all having fun as they kicked a large purple beach ball around amongst the grooves.

The site felt bigger this year, too. There were more merch stalls than previous years and more great food offerings. Our Senegalese chicken curry was delicious. All manner of jewellery, clothing, trinkets, pictures, posters and, of course, cds were on offer. Given the opportunity (and the space in our belly) we really liked the look of the Greek street food and the Thai and Indian offerings, too.

Saturday closed with Rocky Dawuni. We feel slightly uneasy about saying he was a kind of cheesy end to the day, but he didn’t quite gel with us. For sure, he has a popular appeal and all the moves – he’s a natural headliner and a massive character. But it’s all a bit, well, been done before. It’s fine, though and the crowd love him. We leave them to it and head off for a kebab.

It was a cracking first day effort from Oyé and a demonstration of how good is this festival.

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Sunday’s weather forecasts are confusing. A mate texts us and says there’s gonna be torrential rain between about 5 – 6pm. That doesn’t square with our iOS weather app, which gives us decent sunshine for the day. But, he’s ever the optimist.

Anyway, we’re back at the Park in time for Cuba’s Son Yambu who belt out a strong latin vibe with aplomb to an audience that’s much bigger than this time yesterday.

But the highlight of the day, perhaps the weekend, was the amazing singing and general sass and swagger of Cape Verde’s Lura. Just about everybody we spoke to was blown away by her voice and cool moves as she sashayed her way around the Oyé stage. There can be no doubt she won plenty of hearts today.

Sunday’s headliner, Inner Circle, were a fitting close to the festivities and drew a massive crowd to the main stage as they romped through a pretty classy reggae / dub infused set.

Africa Oyé

Africa Oyé

That this festival can remain free is remarkable; that it can attract world class bands and singers is even more so. Oyé has consistently been voted one of the best free festivals the country has to offer time after time. Songlines magazine has rated it in its Top 10 Festivals (whether free or paid) for the past six out of seven years.

And it’s easy to see why. Oyé is quite simply one of the best things Liverpool does. The atmosphere is always chilled and friendly; the police presence is minimal because nothing more is required. The organisation is superb and the stewards helpful. The beer is reasonably priced as well and every pint goes towards keeping Africa Oyé going for years to come. We did our bit because, although it’s free at the point of delivery, it’s worth paying for.

Oh, and the best bit. Our mate was wrong. It didn’t rain.

Images by Getintothis’ Peter Goodbody and Warren Millar

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Liverpool music gig guide: Katy Perry, Liverpool Calling 2018, The Skids and much more
Category Gig Guides, Beija Flo, Hannah and the Wick Effect, Katy Perry, Katy Perry liverpool, LANY, LANY band, LANY liverpool, Liverpool Calling 2018, The Skids, The Skids liverpool, Wild Fruit Art Collective
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The gig guide is a more chilled out affair this week, so Getintothis? David Hall pours a long one and sits you down in a deck chair. We have a delightful selection of gigs to tell you about this week. So, no hard sell needed. No upfront overarching theme to this guide. Just five classy [...]

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Katy Perry

Katy Perry

The gig guide is a more chilled out affair this week, so Getintothis? David Hall pours a long one and sits you down in a deck chair.

We have a delightful selection of gigs to tell you about this week. So, no hard sell needed. No upfront overarching theme to this guide. Just five classy picks featuring everything from first wave punk to the latest in pop maneuvers.

See, this is one of our favourite kinds of week. All of the gigs across town in the next seven days look to have grouped together effortlessly. The kind of events that will bring people together with a beer in their hand, a smile on their face, and maybe even the sun on their brow. If we?re lucky of course.

That?s certainly the case with Liverpool Calling festival, which features a billing of mostly rising stars. Looks like you?re just as likely to discover your new favourite act there as in one of the smaller venue efforts in Gigbites this week.

We?re all entitled to a break every once in a while, and it seems like the Merseyside gig scene is no exception. This week has the feeling of being organised from a hammock. So strip down to your budgie smugglers, and slap on some sun cream.

Peruse these lineups at your leisure.

LANY

LANY

LANY: O2 Academy, Tuesday June 19

LANY (an acronym of Los Angeles New York, yet pronounced ?Lay-nee?) do not hang around. Having formed in 2014, they released their debut album last year and already have the follow-up Malibu Nights in the can for release later this year.

Think of a American version of The Script with this three-piece, and you?re getting somewhere close. They?re a big deal overseas though, having recently sold out an arena in the Philippines.

Katy Perry

Katy Perry

Katy Perry: Echo Arena, Thursday June 21

Pop sensation Katy Perry has come a long way from being the I Kissed A Girl girl. Last year?s Witness was her fifth album, and featured Chained To The Rhythm; the most-streamed ever song on Spotify by a female artist.

Her last Merseyside visit was on the Prismatic tour in 2014. This time Perry brings Hailee Steinfeld in support, on a tour which was estimated to have grossed around $28.1 million in 2017 alone.

Wild Fruit Art Collective

Wild Fruit Art Collective

The Bido Lito! Social: EBGBs, Thursday June 21

Our friends and colleagues of the pink pages Bido Lito! host their monthly show of no fixed address. This time they descend the stairs of EBGBs for a midweek show city centre show.

The lineup features the noisy dissonance of Wild Fruit Art Collective and the angular art-pop of Beija Flo, plus Hannah and the Wick Effect.

Pulled Apart by Horses

Pulled Apart by Horses

Liverpool Calling 2018: Baltic Triangle, Friday June 22 – Saturday June 23

The latest bijou festival to call the Baltic Triangle home, this weekend sees Liverpool Calling start its 2018 edition. It’s something of a reboot for the event, which was forced to cancel at short notice in 2016 and went on to skip a year.

But 2018 sees promising headline turns by Pulled Apart By Horses, The Wytches, and Demob Happy. There are a host of local bands on show too. The likes of SPQR, Peaness and False Heads are also smattered across the bill. Day and weekend tickets are still available.

The Skids

The Skids

The Skids: O2 Academy, Saturday June 23

Legendary punk originators The Skids were formed in Dunfermline in 1977. Their original lineup released a new album earlier this year with Burning Cities, and now the Scots hit the road in support of it.

They?ll be sure to also play the hits, like The Saints Are Coming and their best-known track, 1979’s single Into The Valley.

Read Getintothis’s Peter Goodbody’s interview with The Skids’ Richard Jobson here.

George Benson at the Philharmonic Hall

George Benson at the Philharmonic Hall

For the other events that fell through the cracks this week, scoop into Getintothis? Gigbites. You dig?

  • George Benson: Philharmonic Hall, Thursday June 21
  • Adam Jay, The Cascaders, The Difference, Brass Antelope: Zanzibar, Friday June 22
  • Dogtooth: Hangar 34, Friday June 22
  • Iain Till, Mudcat Landing: 81 Renshaw, Friday June 22
  • The Plan: Zanzibar, Friday June 22
  • Professor Elemental: Central Library, Saturday June 23
  • John Bramwell: Arts Club, Saturday June 23
  • Maddie Stenberg: Zanzibar, Saturday June 23

Upcoming gigs to keep an eye on:

Emel Mathlouthi

Emel Mathlouthi

Emel Mathlouthi: Invisible Wind Factory, Saturday July 7

This one is bound to stay firmly off the radar – you know how many column inches those boys with guitars take up – so listen carefully; we shall say this only once. Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival presents Tunisian born singer, songwriter and producer Emel Mathlouthi, a woman often referred to as the voice of the Arab Spring.

That?s because Mathlouthi speaks out about such issues as equality, diversity and inclusion. But her music comes first, and that?s where she mixes traditional Tunisian influences and instruments with electronica. A fiercely independent artist with an identity very much her own, this Invisible Wind Factory gig is bound to be a sleeper hit.

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Iron Witch, Coltsblood, Groak: Sound Duke Street, Liverpool
Category Live reviews, A Harrowed Dawn, Belly full of rats, Coltsblood, crust punk, Dave Mould, Drought, Groak, Iron Witch; Doom metal; Iron Witch gig Sound Basement Liverpool, Jemma McNulty, John McNulty, Liverpool metal, Liverpool metal scene, Liverpool Sound Food and Drink, Rick Owen, sludge metal, Sound Basement, unfathomable doom
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Iron Witch played their only 2018 gig in Liverpool, Getintothis? Nedim Hassan was witness to a night of crusty doom-laden sludge that will live long in the memory. Descending the stairs from the brightly lit Sound Food and Drink with its endless supply of upbeat funk and soul classics into their dark, bleak basement feels entirely [...]

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Iron Witch (Chris Everett)

Iron Witch

Iron Witch played their only 2018 gig in Liverpool, Getintothis? Nedim Hassan was witness to a night of crusty doom-laden sludge that will live long in the memory.

Descending the stairs from the brightly lit Sound Food and Drink with its endless supply of upbeat funk and soul classics into their dark, bleak basement feels entirely appropriate for a night featuring some of Liverpool?s finest sludge doom merchants.

A cold, pale blue light illuminates a stage full of Marshall amps and an ominous looking skull stage banner.

Groak take to the stage and take no prisoners. A barrage of primal screams, accompanied by devastating, bludgeoning riffing, this three-piece?s noisy brand of crust punk-infused sludge sets the scene perfectly for what is to follow.

Coltsblood are a last minute addition to the bill, replacing noise merchants Drought due to injury. Yet they threaten to steal the show throughout their mesmerising set.

Their brand of what they term “unfathomable doom” is majestic on songs such as Ascending into Shimmering Darkness, which combine guitarist Jemma McNulty’s elongated resonant guitar melodies with the fury of Jay Austin’s whirlwind drumming and John McNulty’s deep guttural vocals.

Coltsblood (Chris Everett)

Coltsblood (Chris Everett)

As if to provide further testimony of their power, at one point, Jay assaults his drum kit with such force that one of his sticks snaps in two.

Raising his bass above his head, a triumphant Rick Owen salutes the crowd as headliners Iron Witch launch into a crushing set of songs taken from their acclaimed album A Harrowed Dawn.

Standing in front of the stage, with his back to the crowd, vocalist Dave Mould is a conduit of anguish and hatred. His tortured growls on the colossal Machinery of Hatred give way to agonised screams as the song builds in intensity.

Highlight of the set is Belly Full Of Rats, which envelops the anger in a riff that compels the devoted audience to nod their heads in obedience.

A quick bout of fevered moshing takes place, but this is largely a performance that requires the audience to stand, head bang and respect the power of Iron Witch?s thickly distorted soundscapes.

When it is over, one member of the crowd turns to his friend and says “bone-crushing.” No further summary is needed.

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