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Liverpool music gig guide: Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls, Drenge, Josh Rouse and much more
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We are heading out of April like a shot, but that doesn?t mean it doesn?t have some parting gifts, as Getintothis? David Hall finds out in the latest live listings. There?s nothing to look forward to this week, let?s call the whole thing off. The Grand National is all over, and the winnings of any [...]

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Frank Turner

Frank Turner

We are heading out of April like a shot, but that doesn?t mean it doesn?t have some parting gifts, as Getintothis? David Hall finds out in the latest live listings.

There?s nothing to look forward to this week, let?s call the whole thing off. The Grand National is all over, and the winnings of any betting slips that weren?t torn and confettied have been long since spent.

Those double bank holidays are the sort of tantalising length of time away that just makes the weeks in work between now and then seem longer.

Has everyone been out in the last week dropping to your knees, worshipping and fearing that fiery ball in the sky? Great. Get back to us on what that thing was, please. There?s goat blood everywhere now, but hopefully that will have satisfied that hot shiny thing to leave us alone and not slaughter our families.

How can people just sit around in beer gardens while all of this has been going on? We?re at a loss.

Well thankfully, the Merseyside gig scene has plenty for us heathens to look forward to, even if the rest of the world doesn?t. Lookie here:

Frank Turner at EBGBs

Frank Turner at EBGBs

Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls: O2 Academy, Wednesday April 25

Following his solo acoustic spot at EBGBs in celebration of Independent Venue Week, Frank Turner not only returns to Liverpool with a full band setup this week, but with a new album Be More Kind landing in early May.

Now some thirteen years, six albums, three compilations, one split album and five EPs down the line, Turner shows no signs of letting up his relentless schedule.

Drenge

Drenge

Drenge: Invisible Wind Factory, Wednesday April 25

Continuing their long standing love affair with Liverpool, Derbyshire based garage duo Drenge return to Merseyside.

Remember Drenge‘s intimate, rammed free show at the now dearly-departed Magnet a few years back? If a gig in the relatively diminutive Invisible Wind Factory is anything to go by, we’re expecting nothing short of bloodsports.

The Shipbuilders

The Shipbuilders

The Shipbuilders: Shipping Forecast, Friday April 27

The Shipbuilders have a single to launch (we would say no pun intended but, pun intended) and you can be there to see them cast off!

Following a Record Store Day acoustic set at Up North Records in Chester, they will hit the Shipping Forecast for the release of new single Fault Line, which is backed by Wild Atlantic Way on 7? vinyl and digital download.

Witch Fever (photo credit: artist's Facebook page)

Witch Fever (photo credit: artist’s Facebook page)

Kick.Out #5: Sound Food and Drink, Friday April 27

Featuring on the bill a headline set from local rising stars Wild Fruit Art Collective, Manchester grunge punks Witch Fever, plus Inland Taipan and Beija Flo, the Sound Basement delivers another first class lineup.

Tickets are still available priced at just £4 to experience some of the best rising bands from across the north west of England, gathered in a carpet, thrown in the back of a Transit van and brought to Liverpool.

The Asylum at Newsham Park - photo from Skiddle.com

The Asylum at Newsham Park – photo from Skiddle.com

Circus & Cream Present Kaluki: The Asylum At Newsham Park, Saturday April 28

Taking place at the intensely creepy, grade 2 listed Newsham Park Orphanage and Asylum, Dubfire, Camelphat, Heidi, Max Chapman, Pirate Copy and Pete Zorba bring the tunes on Saturday night.

Punters may or may not have to deal with the several spirits said to haunt the venue, including one of a small child and other shadowy figures prowling around. If you see anything ghastly on the night, it could be a ghost or it could be a ket head.

Reef

Reef

Reef: Arts Club, Saturday April 28

If some nostalgia is more your bag, then the Arts Club have you covered at the weekend, when 90s four piece Reef take to the stage.

Without being sniffy about them (us? never!) they had hits like Naked and Come Back Brighter, which are a cut above your standard Britpop output of the era. You just know however that when they play Place Your Hands, the roof will come off the place.

Josh Rouse

Josh Rouse

Josh Rouse: Leaf On Bold Street, Saturday April 28

Quietly bashing out albums for the past 20 years, Josh Rouse has had flirtations with the big time but probably hasn?t quite attained the level of success he deserves. Support meanwhile comes from new Bella Union signing Field Division.

Rouse?s music has been featured on films like Vanilla Sky and he has a brand new album in Love In The Modern Age, which takes a synthpop diversion from his more usual indie folk style.

Read our full preview here.

Tommy Scott - Space

Tommy Scott – Space

We?re not finished with you yet, Getintothis? Gigbites is here to bring you the best of the rest:

  • Cousin Kula: Shipping Forecast, Tuesday April 24
  • The Beat Club Featuring Tommy Scott, Howie Payne, Ian Prowse, We Are Catchers, The Racket: Hangar 34, Thursday April 26
  • Michael Chapman: Philharmonic Music Room, Thursday April 26
  • No Hot Ashes: Zanzibar, Friday April 27
  • Fabio & Grooverider: Hangar 34, Saturday April 28
  • Carcer City, In Depths, Antimony: EBGBs, Saturday April 28
  • Don Broco, The Lafontaines, Yungblud: O2 Academy, Saturday April 28
  • Ciaran Lavery: Buyers Club, Sunday April 29

Upcoming gigs to keep an eye on:

Stereophonics [Credit: Artist's Website]

Stereophonics [Credit: Artist’s Website]

Stereophonics: Echo Arena, Wednesday May 30

Surprise announcing a one-off date at the Echo Arena in little over a month?s time, Welsh rockers Stereophonics are set to play huge outdoor gigs in the summer at Wrexham Racecourse and the Cardiff City Stadium. That they consider an Echo Arena show as a warm-up for those dates probably says a lot about the calibre of venues the band play these days.

The Kelly Jones-fronted outfit released their 10th (dreadfully titled) studio album Scream Above the Sounds in late 2017. It was held at number two on the UK Albums Chart by Michael Ball and Alfie Boe, who topped the chart by just 35 sales. Scenes above the sounds, more like.

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Courtney Marie Andrews,Twain: Arts Club, Liverpool
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Courtney Marie Andrews rides into town, Getinthis’ Kevin Barrett enjoys a night of folk country pleasures. For a venue relative of its size, the Arts Club’s Theatre does a fine job to retain a warming sense of intimacy, an undeniably fitting surround for tonight?s charm. Within a current climate when the notion of a lot [...]

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Courtney Marie Andrews

Courtney Marie Andrews

Courtney Marie Andrews rides into town, Getinthis’ Kevin Barrett enjoys a night of folk country pleasures.

For a venue relative of its size, the Arts Club’s Theatre does a fine job to retain a warming sense of intimacy, an undeniably fitting surround for tonight?s charm.

Within a current climate when the notion of a lot things America tends to react with a shudder, Courtney Marie Andrews is a delight of an export. Wowing audiences from all corners is nothing new to the folk country singer/songwriter from Phoenix, Arizona. Now 27, she has been touring and releasing self-produced albums since the age of 16, raising the stakes with her latest offering, album number six, May Your Kindness Remain, arguably the best to date.

Taking to the rose clad mic stand, Andrews greets the crowd and excitedly tells us, this this is her first time in Liverpool. Her look is every part the American folk country singer, obligatory Levi jeans, white boots to match the western style shirt. The one surprise is how softly spoken she is in contrast to what lay ahead.

As Andrews opens her set with Long Road Back to You, her voice grabs you in a big hug, it gives the characteristic of a personal show for each of the lucky audience members in here.

Wasting no time to exercise the vocal chords she moves swiftly through tracks from the new album such as; I?ve Hurt Worse, Two Cold Nights in Buffalo and Table for One with back up from her four-piece band of guitar, bass, drums, keys.

Sun, sun, sun and top ten tracks of summer

Its obvious the stage is a natural haven for Courtney Marie Andrews, she empowers her voice throughout the room, whilst her piercing eyes are scanning every nook and cranny of the place, an enchantment which adds to the aura of the performance.

The band are at this point on the top of their game when they erupt into an all-powerful jam session during Near You which brings one of the loudest cheers of the night.

Next up, and one of the nights? highlights is Rough Around the Edges. It takes talent to turn such a sad song into something of such beauty, but this is what Andrews does best. You?d have thought singing about run-down houses, and tribulations on the road might have worn thin in country song form, but there?s an enjoyable freshness of listening to it here, a guilty pleasure of sorts.

The pace and precision maintained through the likes of Kindness in Strangers, How Quickly Your Heart Mends before leaving even the hardened of souls in awe at the vocal reach hit during the new alums title track. It?s easy to pigeon hole Andrews, but there also is an undertone of gospel, and deep rooted soul to her armoury which will only keep her moving as an artist.

A short wait ensued before finishing off with a three song encore. No doubt we will be seeing her again on these shores, but it still didn?t stop the audience wanting more from one of America’s best current singer/songwriters.

Heading up tonight?s support duties was fellow American soloist, Twain. Playing mainly songs form his new album Rare Feeling he delivered a pleasing folk set, fine vocal and melodies from him and his very well-travelled acoustic guitar, with pleasant crowd interaction throughout.

Photos by Getintothis’ Kev Barrett

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Shonen Knife, Takotsubo Men: Shipping Forecast, Liverpool
Category Live reviews, Uncategorised, AC/DC, arts club, Blondie, Buzzcocks, Cecil, Echo & The Bunnymen, Harvest Sun Promotions, jack black, Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, Liam Gallagher, mansun, Nick Lowe, Nirvana, Noel Gallagher, Shipping Forecast, Shonen Knife, Ste Williams, Takotsubo Men, Tamla Motown, the Beach Boys, The Damned, The Fall, The Ramones, The Rolling Stones, The Stone Roses, The Stranglers, undertones, X Ray Spex
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Shonen Knife entertained an appreciative Shipping Forecast audience; Getintothis? Mark Rowley was there to take in the vibe, but also cut the crap. The trio, featuring sisters Nacko and Atsuko Yarmeno (both original members of the band since it formed in 1981) last played in Liverpool to a sparse crowd in the Arts Club, just [...]

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Shonen Knife

Shonen Knife

Shonen Knife entertained an appreciative Shipping Forecast audience; Getintothis? Mark Rowley was there to take in the vibe, but also cut the crap.

The trio, featuring sisters Nacko and Atsuko Yarmeno (both original members of the band since it formed in 1981) last played in Liverpool to a sparse crowd in the Arts Club, just under 2 years ago.

This time round, whilst the venue was smaller, the crowd filled it to the point where finding a decent view was extremely difficult, (particularly as the Shonen Knife band members are not that tall).

From the off, they were all smiles and happy faces, feeling more relaxed as they settled into their set, singing mostly in English (and in parts Japanese). An early standout tune was Jump Into The New World, which features an Undertones-style opening riff, before branching off on a Blondie-influenced vocal. The band, mix various styles from The Ramones and the punk era, with the 1960s pop of The Beach Boys and even shades of Tamla Motown.

Shonen Knife has over the years accrued a cult following (including the infatuation of Kurt Cobain) and is credited with helping to open doors on an international scale for other Japanese bands. Since 1981 the band has released 20 studio albums and has recently released their first live album for over 10 years.

This was given a plug by way of introduction to the Nick Lowe cover, Cruel To Be Kind, mid-way through the set. Without wanting to sound too harsh, their version resembled something you?d hear at a karaoke; … with lame vocals, it has to be said. Despite this, it still managed to get heads nodding and no doubt some feet tapping also.

In 2018, The Rolling Stones have absolutely no relevance. The band hasn?t made a decent record since the early 1970s. The Stranglers (especially without Hugh Cornwell) are effectively pointless also. The Stone Roses, after gathering a tidy amount of cash over the past few years, realised their level of significance and rightly decided to call it time. They can now go back to being remembered for their majorly sparse but extremely high quality output in the late 1980s and 1990s.

The list goes on … The Damned is a completely insignificant entity and arguably was never anything but! Noel and Liam Gallagher are both extraneous to requirements, as are Echo & The Bunnymen. In this context, the whole point of Shonen Knife can justifiably be questioned.

Their achievements spanning a long career are highly commendable and their longevity bears testimony to this. However, aside from the notion of fandom, cult appeal and ?having fun?, what does the band actually offer us in 2018? Are they of any relevance whatsoever?

It?s highly likely that you have to get this music, in order for it to be appreciated. In this case then, it was neither got nor really liked, aside from a few half decent songs towards the close of what seemed like a never ending set. (The band announced their last song and then played another four!)

Wasabi, with its Hendrix riff and X-Ray Spex vocal rocked; as did Ramen Rock, which had an AC/DC guitar intro and a Jack Black, School Of Rock sound. Whilst influences continued to be heard, with one song in particular sounding like Buzzcocks, the band does manage to meld it all into what is a unique, Shonen Knife sound, which kind of explains why people like them. After all, the utterly marvellous, The Fall weren?t everyone?s cup of lemon-flavoured green tea, it has to be said.

Record Store Day 2018 in Liverpool ? reaction and pictures from Probe, Jacaranda, 81 Renshaw & more

Support on the night for this Harvest Sun Promotions event was provided by Takotsubo Men, from Liverpool. The trio contains musicians who have all played in different bands signed to record labels in the 1990s. Frontman and bassist, Ste Williams is a past member of Cecil, who released 2 studio albums and toured with Mansun around 20 years ago.

Their sound is gnarly, angular, post-punk rock with songs that tend to average around two minutes duration. During the song Magic Shit, Williams went on walkabout amidst the crowd, ending up at the mixing desk, giving the sound technician a back massage. Judging by the soundman’s kipper, you got the feeling that this wasn?t scripted before the set commenced.

Takotsubo Men play decent music with an edge and are definitely worth checking out again, soon.

Images by Getintothis’ Lucy McLachlan

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Jarvis Cocker: Williamson Tunnels, Liverpool
Category Live reviews, Elvis Presley, JARV, Jarvis, Jarvis Cocker, John Lennon, Joseph Williamson, Pulp, Williamson Tunnels
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Jarvis Cocker unveiled his new project in a unique setting and Getintothis’ Lauren Jones was there. An awkward lothario in the shadows, Jarvis Cocker stood tall beneath the curved cave ceiling of the Williamson Tunnels. In his brown suit, deep emerald shirt, swinging gold pendant and light brown cowboy boots Jarvis stepped coyly onto the stage with [...]

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Jarvis Cocker

Jarvis Cocker

Jarvis Cocker unveiled his new project in a unique setting and Getintothis’ Lauren Jones was there.

An awkward lothario in the shadows, Jarvis Cocker stood tall beneath the curved cave ceiling of the Williamson Tunnels.

In his brown suit, deep emerald shirt, swinging gold pendant and light brown cowboy boots Jarvis stepped coyly onto the stage with four band members behind him.

His set filled with new material, previous solo work and one Pulp classic lasted one hour 30 minutes ? there was no support.

Heavily pregnant violinist/guitarist Emma Smith wowed as harpist and keyboardist Serafina Steer also aided in providing stunning backing vocals to tracks such as Must I Evolve ? ?yes yes yes yes?

Never has an artist interacted with a crowd as well as Jarvis does:

 ?The reason we?re playing here is to see you and as you?ve probably noticed there are two songs that are kind of new. So it?s really nice of you to still be here. Usually that?s the cue to leave, we just wanted to come and lay these songs on you so thank you for your openness and for being here and your patience.?

Between each track there was a moment of madness, from on this day, quotes and barmy stories about Elvis and John Lennon.

Some discernible mumblings later and he began Elvis Has Left the Building with a morbid set of chords from the intro of Jailhouse Rock.

He handed out tangerines, Mars Bars and a leaf to the crowd at unprompted moments, pulling them out of his Mary Poppins pockets.

One lucky girl right at the front was given the last tangerine and asked to peel it very carefully before passing segments around the crowd.

Through karate chops, mic drops and kung-fu kicks, Jarvis worked the small stage, throwing his body around like a rag doll.

Tracks from his solo career such as You’re In My Eyes (Discosong) a seventies-inspired dream-like track – which he dedicated to the disco ball, the comedic Fat Children and punkish hit Further Complications really riled the crowd.

Getintothis’ Top 10 Pulp obscurities

Sweat poured from the ceiling as die-hard fans sang back the crafty lyrics.

This was when began to cure people?s fears.

Dragging a lad on stage to face his fear of heights before speaking to a girl about her fear of waxworks.

He thanked everyone for coming, despite missing Liverpool?s Champions League clash against Manchester City and wished he could head the disco ball above our heads but it would be going a step too far.

He asked why the world wasn?t full of Williamson?s – Joseph Williamson, a Liverpool industrialist acquired the land in Edge Hill and built houses, as well as the Williamson Tunnels, which is believed to have been providing employment to the poor ? before starting Running the World, emphasising that cunts are still running the world!

He joked about waiting with his band mates in a little hole backstage before the encore of Pulp classic His ?n? Hers.

The evening was all about ?being in the moment? so photography was limited as was video, but when Jarvis caught someone taking photographs, he mentioned it ? in a completely Jarvis way, ?Is that a phone? An actual camera ? naughty!?

The new Jarv Is project is an exciting new era for the 54-year-old Sheffield musician.

JARV is a live experience with no barriers

JARV is?& always will be.

Images by Getintothis’ Lauren Jones

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Record Store Day 2018 in Liverpool ? reaction and pictures from Probe, Jacaranda, 81 Renshaw & more
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As Record Store Day has vinyl lovers across the country hitting the streets bright and early, Getintothis’ Lewis Ridley was in amongst the action in Liverpool’s RSD hot spots. Music lovers mostly operate in darkness, we dance into the night in underground venues and are rarely seen as early as we are on Record Store Day, at least not [...]

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81 Renshaw

81 Renshaw

As Record Store Day has vinyl lovers across the country hitting the streets bright and early, Getintothis’ Lewis Ridley was in amongst the action in Liverpool’s RSD hot spots.

Music lovers mostly operate in darkness, we dance into the night in underground venues and are rarely seen as early as we are on Record Store Day, at least not out of choice.

It’s the day that pulls vinyl lovers out of bed year on year, this being the eleventh, and Liverpool is no different.

Queues formed outside of the city’s record shops well before Saturday’s shoppers have had the chance to trudge round Primark in search of, well, nothing really. Here though, these people are soul-set on RSD releases.

Of course, not all vinyl lovers buy into this one day record store pilgrimage, and in each town across the country there will no doubt be negative mumbling when it is mentioned. Nevertheless, anything that has Getintothis’ Peter Goodbody and me meeting for coffee at 7am must be good.

The day begins, after fuelling up at Costa Coffee, outside what is seemingly Liverpool’s go-to record shop, Probe Records. There’s one gentlemen, rather glumly perched on a camping chair, he’s been here since 2am, the longest wait of which we’ll hear all day.

More enthusiastic are some familiar faces, or one to begin with. Jack from Deja Vega, he’s been here for over 3 hours already, it’s yet to strike 7.30am.

Serge Gainsbourg is probably my number one,” he says, “Then the S U R V I V A L LP, that’s the music from Stranger Things.”

While we’re talking, Mike arrives with McDonalds breakfast in hand, they discuss potentially trying for RSD releases on eBay later today.

A gazebo catches the eye walking down Slater Street, before the smell of a barbecue. The Jacaranda are treating their customers this Record Store Day. Tom and Fay are two of those, clutching breakfast hot off the grill.

Next to them, Matt and Nicholas, the former desperately wants Arcade Fire while the latter doesn’t really know: Matt text me and said did I want to come along, and I didn’t really know what it was, I said yes anyway but when I got the text saying we would be going at 6am, I couldn’t believe it!” 

Well done Nicholas, you’re a good mate.

Liam is one further back, he’s after The Courteeners too, the re-press of their debut album, St. Jude. It’s a popular choice, Gayle from Warrington is one of our happiest to chat to yet: MadnessUndertonesJake BuggCourteenersBowieStreets.” 

While Kiera simply puts it: “I NEED The Courteeners.” She tells us there’s apparently 200 copies in Manchester’s Piccadilly Records, while Liverpool clutches at just a handful.

Like many, Gayle has a special agent across town in another queue, like clockwork, couples and mates across the country will be finding the best way to get their hands on that special release.

Lone wolf Shahad tells us about his picks, one being the 3D covered Rolling StonesSatanic Majesties release: “That’s priority, then Bowie stuff too.”

He explains his choice of shop: “Last year I was at Probe, and someone took Bowie‘s release from my grasp. I looked online and The Jac looked best. It’s a great atmosphere here as well.” 

Seafoam Green is playing outside, and selling LPs too.

The Coral reveal Move Through The Dawn, Sweet Release and *THAT* incredible artwork

As doors prepare to open in 3 main haunts, we head to 3B Records. The record shop was excluded from RSD this year, a move that disappointed many in the city. They revealed a responsive documentary in the week, which Alex says has gone well: “Yeah, it’s had a lot of shares, I think people are understanding what we’re getting at. But obviously regardless we’re encouraging everyone to support the other stores.”

Back at Probe, the faces we first saw at the start of the day are smiling, some have time to enjoy their purchases while others, such as Jack and Mike head off quickly for the next store. Meanwhile, the queue outside lengthens.

At The JacarandaTom and Fay are two of many happy customers. Big smiles indicate they’ve been successful, apart from one: “I panicked! So I didn’t get PiL.” 

Tom was equally flustered: “That’s worse than buying tickets, that, honestly the most stressful experience of my life.”

Out come Liam and Shahad, the former has been successful and also grabbed a Sherlocks single. Shahad is also chuffed: “It’s cheaper than I expected to be honest, I think it’s pretty good. I got BowieThe Stones and Marvin GayeLet’s Get It On, that’s a brilliant album, that.”

We leave The Jac behind, who are entertaining all day including a set later on from Xamvolo, who’s just supported Paloma Faith at Echo Arena and on her UK tour.

To 81 Renshaw, and who do we spy, Gayle! She’s added Snow Patrol and Fatboy Slim to her collection, and some of the others she was after, but now it’s her other half’s job to come up with the goods. Some time later, they emerge from the shop with The Streets‘ release and that elusive Madness record.

One fella, who’s been partially successful, reflects on the day: “I’ve just seen there, £60 on eBay for the other one I wanted. It’s wrong that.” 

I compare it to ticket touting, he agrees: “Exactly, it’s just not right, or fair. But what can you do?” The debate continues on both fronts, and about RSD in general, but it’s unfair to criticise something that so many feel so passionately about, something that has people queuing round the block, and being genuinely excited about the prospect of getting that limited edition picture disc.

A staff t-shirt outside 81 Renshaw, branded by Record Store Day, says: “Every day is Record Store Day”. 

That’s certainly the case down in Dig Vinyl, our last stop, where Yvonne and Andy tell us about what is still one of the busiest days of the year: “It’s about supporting each other, we’ve done it before but we’ve decided not to now, we get a lot of people in asking in the days leading up to it but we just encourage them to head to the other shops in town. That’s what it’s all about, really.”

Record Store Day continues in Liverpool and the UK today, there’s still plenty time to head down to support your local record stores!

Images by Getintothis’ Peter Goodbody

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Marillion and Roxanne de Bastion: Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool
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80s prog rock favourites Marillion played Liverpool?s Philharmonic Hall and Getintothis? Lauren Wise was there to witness a sold out show of serious cult following.  To many it may be surprising that Marillion are still touring. It certainly was to the gentleman who asked who was playing at the Philharmonic, then proceeding to shout ‘Fuckin? hell are they [...]

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Marillion

Marillion

80s prog rock favourites Marillion played Liverpool?s Philharmonic Hall and Getintothis? Lauren Wise was there to witness a sold out show of serious cult following. 

To many it may be surprising that Marillion are still touring. It certainly was to the gentleman who asked who was playing at the Philharmonic, then proceeding to shout ‘Fuckin? hell are they still going?’ after being told.
Their near-40 year career has seen them put out an impressive eighteen albums with 15 million sold worldwide, meaning there?s an epic back catalogue to flick through when choosing a set list.
While we wait to hear what will be chosen, it?s a chance for Roxanne de Bastion to hobble up to the mic with her crutch and broken ankle.
Compared to the vast array of instruments that litter the space, Roxanne offers a contrasting simplicity as a support act – even performing one song a cappella.
Against the backdrop of an intimidating-looking drum kit, she performs some easy-listening songs with slight nods to the 60s, giving the Berlin-raised singer/songwriter a humble aura.
Roxanne de Bastion

Roxanne de Bastion

The theme of change runs throughout her set as she talks about the fear of history repeating itself. As an example, she educates us on the recent protests against the tearing down of the final stretch of the Berlin wall, to make way for luxury hotels. It?s clear not all change is for the best.
Highlights of her set include Wasteland and Thicker Skin, both lullingly poetic despite their indicative lyrics.

Courtney Barnett announces new album info, UK tour and Record Store Day release

Prior to Marillion?s set, we?re greeted by a crew member who begins to give us a short prelude to the set, asking everyone to respectfully keep mobile phones in their pockets. It?s at this point that the cult following comes into play, as the majority of people present seem to have seen Marillion perform within the last six months – quite impressive since tickets aren?t exactly cheap.
After we?ve had our briefing about Marillion gig etiquette, the five-piece themselves take to the stage.
They immediately launch into one of their notably prog rock tunes, encompassing all the characteristics of 80s rock with its softening piano base leading up to its excessive drumming swells and guitar screeches.
The lighting and video for the show deserves its own review, with simplistic videos that focus on wider stories and dramatic and effective lighting that knits neatly into the musical performance.
Marillion

Marillion

Soon it?s time to have a chat, and after just the one sentence of ‘It?s nice to be in Liverpool’ the first heckle of the evening comes tumbling out of the audience – ‘IT?S ABOUT FUCKING TIME’. Clearly the Marillion masses were keen for them to make an appearance in the city.  The heckling opens up the floor for Liverpool jokes, after which lead singer Steve Hogarth affirms, ‘We love this city.’
As Marillion continue to delve into their hefty back catalogue of songs it?s clear that having thrived as a progressive rock band for the past 40 years their musical talent has only grown.
It?s also touching to see that it?s not just the fans present who would have been there to witness their initial rise to fame, but the next generation too.  Many of the parents (mostly dads) had brought the kids (mostly sons) to the show, clearly sharing a special nostalgic family moment that will no doubt have been a part of their growing up

This ?global family? of Marillion?s is famous for having crowdfunded a whole US and supported them in crowdfunding their website and their own record label. This feeling of warmth is continually felt throughout the night, not only in the cries of ?We love you? but with each enthusiastic handclap and mid-song standing ovation.
Some of the highlights of the set include Leavers, The Great Escape and one of their more recent releases Living in FEAR.
So Marillion are not just still going, they’re still going strong.
Images by Getintothis’ Kevin Barrett
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Grant Lee Phillips: Liverpool Philharmonic Music Room
Category Live reviews, Grant Lee Phillips, Jarod Dickenson, Liverpool, Michael Stipe, Philharmonic, REM
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Grant Lee Phillips brings his take on Americana to Liverpool and Getintothis’ Jamie Bowman gets reacquainted with a great, underappreciated artist ‘He never writes a set list!’ laughs the sound man at tonight’s Grant Lee Phillips‘ gig when I enquire as to the name of one of his new songs. ‘He hasn’t done since about [...]

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Grant Lee Phillips: Liverpool Philharmonic

Grant Lee Phillips: Liverpool Philharmonic

Grant Lee Phillips brings his take on Americana to Liverpool and Getintothis’ Jamie Bowman gets reacquainted with a great, underappreciated artist

‘He never writes a set list!’ laughs the sound man at tonight’s Grant Lee Phillipsgig when I enquire as to the name of one of his new songs. ‘He hasn’t done since about 1995.’

This freewheelin’ nature seems to sum up the career of Phillips, who has played the role of all-American troubadour perfectly since splitting his critically acclaimed trio Grant Lee Buffalo in 1999.

Now on his ninth solo album, Phillips is in good cheer as he’s greeted by a packed Music Room on the warmest night of the year. ‘What is this? The sunniest day since 1940 or something?’ he laughs, armed only with a huge acoustic guitar and a big grin as he launches into an opening set of songs from his latest release, Widdershins, which sees Phillips try to make sense of what’s happening politically in his native US.

It?s pretty obvious who is the target of early standout King Of Catastrophes (‘From what I hear of fascism I wouldn?t put it past him’) and it’s a credit to the power of Phillips‘ new songs that the audience show no signs of restlessness during the early stages of which turns out to be extraordinarily resonant night of alt. Americana.

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Those fans are rewarded by a trio of tunes from his former band which act as a sweet reminder as to why they were so highly rated back in those days when the opinion of Michael Stipe could make or break an act and grunge ruled the airwaves. Pick of the bunch is a stunning version of Mighty Joe Moon from Grant Lee Buffalo‘s 1994 sophomore album of the same name.

The Coral reveal Move Through The Dawn, Sweet Release and *THAT* incredible artwork

Without the band’s trademark mix of distorted guitars, mandolins, banjos and blaring harmonicas, the song is allowed to breath and rely on the sheer power of Phillips‘ powerful voice. The results are stunning.

Recalling his first visit to Liverpool with his band 25 years ago, Phillips is happy to wallow in nostalgia for a while but other new material like Miss Betsy, The Wilderness and Great Acceleration all confirm this is an artist enjoying a career boosting purple patch.

Grant Lee Phillips: Liverpool Philharmonic

Grant Lee Phillips: Liverpool Philharmonic

All the while, it’s those vocals that keep reminding us of Phillips‘ special talent. At times a throaty roar, it can soar upwards to beautiful heights as it does on the inevitable and crowd-pleasing version of Grant Lee Buffalo‘s Fuzzy which acted as the band’s calling card all those years ago.

‘I’ve been lied to, now I’m fuzzy’, sings Phillips with the crowd straining their own voices to join him on the song’s exultant chorus.

Well here’s the truth: Grant Lee Phillips is back and there’s never been a more timely opportunity to get reacquainted with one of alt-rock?s most underappreciated voices.

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The Coral reveal Move Through The Dawn, Sweet Release and *THAT* incredible artwork
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The Coral return with a new album, new song – and artwork which has everyone talking, Getintothis’ Peter Guy dissects the results. The Coral are back. To be fair, they’ve barely been away. Whether it’s Serpent Power side projects, James Skelly‘s producer skills or Nick Power‘s poetry – or Paul Duffy‘s impromptu solo outings and comic [...]

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The Coral

The Coral

The Coral return with a new album, new song – and artwork which has everyone talking, Getintothis’ Peter Guy dissects the results.

The Coral are back. To be fair, they’ve barely been away.

Whether it’s Serpent Power side projects, James Skelly‘s producer skills or Nick Power‘s poetry – or Paul Duffy‘s impromptu solo outings and comic book Twitterisms, there’s barely been a day that’s passed without some Coral related activity.

But the latest news is quite something. Both sonically and visually, they’re very much back in the game.

Announcing the release of their ninth studio album, Move Through The Dawn, they’ve dropped their opening single – Sweet Release – a power pop glam stomper complete with characteristically daft video (it has paper-bag wearing synchronized dancers boogieing around Liverpool’s north docklands venue The Invisible Wind Factory).

But it’s the eye-ball-popping artwork which has really gotten tongues wagging. Let’s take a closer look…

The Coral's Move Through The Dawn

The Coral’s Move Through The Dawn

  • First off – Duffy. Is there a cooler man in Merseyside music? No there’s not. There just isn’t. Duffy sets the bar. And while the rest of the band are resplendent in their Hawaiian shirts and ridiculous headwear, Duffy is just being himself. He’ll often be seen wearing this kinda gear in The Swan boozer or down the Baltic slinging his guitar round his shoulders effortlessly oozing rock and roll lunacy like the Greats.
  • The colour scheme. Is there a better ‘worst’ colour scheme on any album cover ever. Whoever thought slime green and Ribena vomit pink would work is a bonafide genius. It’s unbelievably disgraceful. It’s hideous. Outlandish. You can imagine record shop owners pushing it to the front of the racks purely because it’s so ridiculous. I for one, cannot wait to see it in the flesh.
  • Ian Skelly looks like he’s going to batter someone. All drummers have a bit of lunacy about them. Ian’s no different. His snarling malevolence is captured beautifully here. Who’s he gonna chin? Maybe he’s just been short changed down the ASDA. Maybe he’s left his sticks in the hotel? Maybe that’s just his relaxed facial expression? Who knows.
  • What’s with the Japanese / oriental writing? Is it Japanese? I can’t speak or read it. You tell me. Is this some form of KLF style in joke – and we’re just not privy to it. Frankly, I am not too fussed to find out – but it’s inclusion only adds to the mania and brilliance of this perverted, frankly marvellous album cover.
  • The song titles are on the front cover. This retro style counter balances the futuristic madness of the rest of the sleeve. And judging by the titles they’re gonna be pretty whacked out musically – personally, can’t wait to hear Eyes like Pearls and Eyes Of The Moon – hoping they’ll be two sides of the same coin; all proggy, lunatic jams.
  • That Lion. Why? Who cares. It’s a fucking lion in a city. All albums should have a lion on the front cover. It should be a mandatory prerequisite for designers. Get a lion on your album cover.

Anyway, make of it what you will. It’s our favourite album cover in a very long time. Here’s Sweet Release.

The Coral tour dates:

Supporting Manic Street Preachers:
April 23 Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
April 25 Glasgow The SSE Hydro Arena
April 27 Birmingham Arena
April 28 Manchester Arena
May 1 Llandudno Arena
May 2 Leeds First Direct Arena
May 4 London SSE Arena Wembley
May 5 Cardiff Motorpoint Arena

May 24 ? 27 Bearded Theory Festival, Walton-on-Trent
May 27 Neighbourhood Weekender, Warrington
June 15 Nocturne Live at Blenheim Palace (supporting Noel Gallagher)
August 19 Don Valley Bowl, Sheffield (Ocean Colour Scene headline)
August 24 ? 26 Camper Calling, Alcester
Aug 30 ? Sep 1 Electric Fields, Dumfries

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Courtney Barnett announces new album info, UK tour and Record Store Day release
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Courtney Barnett  announces a string of news, Getintothis’ Billy Strickland has the lowdown on the Australian’s continued rise. Courtney Barnett has announced the release of her new studio album, Tell Me How You Really Feel and released its lead single alongside UK tour dates in May and June. Her debut album, Sometimes I Sit and Think sold a whopping 500,000 [...]

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Courtney Barnett

Courtney Barnett

Courtney Barnett  announces a string of news, Getintothis’ Billy Strickland has the lowdown on the Australian’s continued rise.


Courtney Barnett has announced the release of her new studio album, Tell Me How You Really Feel and released its lead single alongside UK tour dates in May and June.

Her debut album, Sometimes I Sit and Think sold a whopping 500,000 and gained an impressive number of accolades including a nomination for Best New Artist at the Grammys back in 2016.

It also won the top prizes in her native Australia, the Australian Music Prize and the APRA?s Songwriter of the Year.

There is no doubt as to why Barnett has received the opportunity to release a second album with her current accomplishments. The album will be released on May 18.

The tracklist for Tell Me How You Really Feel is:

1. Hopefulessness
2. City Looks Pretty
3. Charity
4. Need a Little Time
5. Nameless, Faceless
6. I?m Not Your Mother, I?m Not Your Bitch
7. Crippling Self Doubt and a General Lack of Self-Confidence
8. Help Your Self
9. Walkin? on Eggshells
10. Sunday Roast

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City Looks Pretty from the album is released on 12″ vinyl for Record Store Day tomorrow (21 April) as a double A side, along with Sunday Roast, also taken from the forthcoming record.

Barnett has also announced a set of UK festivals and headline shows with tickets already on sale now over on her official website.

The dates and venues are:

May 25 –  Belfast, Titanic Slipways (BBC 6Music Biggest Weekend)
May 29 –  Leeds, O2 Academy
June 2 – Glasgow, Barrowlands
June 3 – London, All Points East Festival
June 4 – Manchester, O2 Academy
June 5 – Bristol, O2 Academy
June 6 – London, Roundhouse

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Her?s, Hobby Club and Pizzagirl: EBGBs, Liverpool
Category Live reviews, Beach Boys, ebgbs, her's, Hobby Club, Morrissey, Pizzagirl, Robbie Williams, The Smiths
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Liverpool-based dream pop duo Her’s headlined EBGBs and Getintothis’ Lauren Wise was there to soak up the full line-up of synth pop whimsy.  Liverpool duo Her’s have slowly been building themselves a reputation as a quirky alternative for those in the process of outgrowing The Smiths and looking for some pop undertones to bob along to. Having [...]

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Her's

Her’s

Liverpool-based dream pop duo Her’s headlined EBGBs and Getintothis’ Lauren Wise was there to soak up the full line-up of synth pop whimsy. 

Liverpool duo Her’s have slowly been building themselves a reputation as a quirky alternative for those in the process of outgrowing The Smiths and looking for some pop undertones to bob along to.

Having released their debut album last year and just released another single, they’re well on their way to filling up those festival tents during the summer season.

Pizzagirl

Pizzagirl

Before they took to the stage, however, it was Pizzagirl’s turn to offer the crowd some summer lovin’ songs.

Solo artist Liam Brown is a one man band of joviality, sunshine and pizza-based merchandise. Complete with funky shirt and a flower garland, he’s bringing England’s new-found sun with him into the depths of EBGBs, not only with his attire but with his music too.

There’s a theme daydreaming blissfulness running throughout the set, despite some sullen lyrics. These are matched by a more than upbeat tempo and some impressive DJ/keyboard skills, which keeps everything feeling light and enjoyable.

Coffee Shop is the track that stands out, and it’s not surprising that Radio 1 have picked it as their tune of the week for next week. To end with, Pizzagirl puts his own simple twist on Kavinsky’s Nightcall, resulting in a great cover.

Pizzagirl is without a doubt one to watch.

Hobby Club

Hobby Club

Next up are two-piece Hobby Club, who work on a similar wavelength to Pizzagirl in that they also place emphasis on the live guitar and vocals, preferring to leave beats up to their computer.

We can see the London-based duo becoming a new marmite of the music scene, you’re either on board with their Smiths-esque attitude or you’re gritting your teeth wondering if reinventing Morrissey is ever a good move.

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They’re set is the most melancholy of the night, with singer Beth Truscott’s vocals bordering on mournful. Yet, as with the act before them they manage to counteract this with a particularly upbeat melody and energetic stage presence.

Last up, and running on a tight schedule as a result of EBGBs club night, are the unlikely coupling Her’s.

Her's

Her’s

The two-piece from Barrow-In-Furness and Norway explained in an interview that if their sound was a song it would be a Fanta Fruit Twist and in a weird, hallucinatory way, you can see why.  The pop is present in some of the more upbeat tunes, satisfying the fizzy Fanta-ness their songs bring, but it’s the running theme of the night that adds the twist, that downbeat vocal with lyrics to match.

While some of the best songs compromise an exciting tune and a gloomy message, there’s something about a night full of it that makes you consider if a more cheerful message might not go amiss.

The duo’s latest single, Love on the Line (Call Now) is one of the most well-received by the audience, along with their first release Marcel. Both are the slow and downbeat songs of the set,  The best song is no doubt Speed Racer, an exciting an energetic song that matches their images and marries together the duo’s differing energies on the stage.

Well, the best song after their brief rendition of Robbie Williams‘ She’s The One of course.

Images by Getintothis’ Lucy McLachlan

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