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Vieux Farka Touré, Blurred Sun: 24 Kitchen Street, Liverpool
Category Live reviews, 24 Kitchen Street, Blurred Sun, Vieux Farka Toure
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As Vieux Farka Touré brings his stripped down blues to 24 Kitchen Street, Getintothis’ Amy Chidlow gets all mellow on a chilly Wednesday evening. There was a warm community feeling last night at our beloved Kitchen Street. A venue most famous for its House, Techno and Jungle nights. Unlike the usual nights in this warehouse venue, [...]

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Vieux Farka Touré

As Vieux Farka Touré brings his stripped down blues to 24 Kitchen Street, Getintothis’ Amy Chidlow gets all mellow on a chilly Wednesday evening.

There was a warm community feeling last night at our beloved Kitchen Street.

A venue most famous for its House, Techno and Jungle nights. Unlike the usual nights in this warehouse venue, were the crowd gets ridiculously sweaty and impossible to move through, this was to be a show that would hold people hooked and still. Vieux Farka Touré?s intimate and almost hypnotic set reflected nicely on the audience and was an interesting change of atmosphere in the venue.

An interesting choice of support from our very own The Blurred Sun Band. But none the less, they opened the night really well. It?s becoming harder and harder to find new psych bands that genuinely have a unique sound that hasn?t just been accidentally swept under the Tame Impala rug. Their combination of jazz and psych is in perfect balance. Basically, these guys are boss?

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The room filled up nicely but still enough space to get a good view, enter Vieux.

Touré kept it simple and sweet, nothing but a chair and mic on stage, soaked in an earthy green light.

The room had a campfire vibe, with everyone stood semi-circled around this glowing light while Kitchen Street?s notoriously huge disco ball rotates in a glorious red. Touré?s locomotive rhythm and abrasive guitar sound combines a range of influence, from Celtic to Western and Blues, not to mention his African roots. His poetic singing style and humble stage presence was the perfect remedy for a cold Wednesday night.

Images by Getintothis’ Amy Chidlow and Sam Jones

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Imarhan: District, Liverpool
Category Live reviews, Africa Oye, Bob Marley, Dire Straits, Harvest Sun, Iggy Pop, imarhan, Jacques Malchance, Jimi Hendrix, Joe Strummer, Mark Knopfler, Mellowtone, Songhoy Blues, tamikrest, Terakeft, the baltic triangle, The Clash, Tinariwen
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As Algerian Tuareg rockers, Imarhan brought their fiery brand of desert rock to the Baltic district, Getintothis? Mark Rowley was there to swirl in on a Saharan Sirocco sandstorm. Back in Liverpool after playing to a packed Philharmonic Music Room in 2016, Imarhan were here as part of a UK tour to promote their ‘rockier’ [...]

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Imarhan

Imarhan

As Algerian Tuareg rockers, Imarhan brought their fiery brand of desert rock to the Baltic district, Getintothis? Mark Rowley was there to swirl in on a Saharan Sirocco sandstorm.

Back in Liverpool after playing to a packed Philharmonic Music Room in 2016, Imarhan were here as part of a UK tour to promote their ‘rockier’ 2nd album, Temet, released earlier this year.

The now Paris-based quintet, formed 10 years ago but only laying down recordings in the past three years, was the only live act on tonight?s bill; a Harvest Sun promotion with additional involvement from Africa Oyé and Mellowtone Records. The night also featured a DJ set from Jacques Malchance, before and after the main attraction.

Slightly later than advertised, Imarhan kicked off their one hour plus set with Temet opener, Azzaman and followed this with the brilliant Alwa, with its nostalgic nod for the land, riches (and turmoil) the band has left behind. The song is ultimately a call for the nomadic, largely Muslim, Berber communities that surround the Sahara to unite, following years of strife and in-fighting. Unsurprising, as past liaisons have included support from Gaddafi and more recently, infiltration by al-Qaeda.

Thus, born of the pains and struggles of land contestation and wilderness survival around one of the harshest and unforgiving regions of the Africa continent, Tuareg desert rock has its roots in campfire rebel resistance; the reggae of Bob Marley and most interestingly, the blues-rock of Mark Knopfler?s sultans of swing, Dire Straits.

And if by chance the sound of bands like Tinariwen, Tamikrest, Terakeft and of course, Imarhan conjures up a vision of a turbaned Jimi Hendrix, riding roughshod on a camel through parched sand dunes, slinging fiery, reverbed riffs from an upside down Fender Strat … you?ll have a gist of what image and vibe this music evokes.

The band?s set consisted of a balanced mix of songs from the self-titled first album and Temet. Particular highlights were an upbeat, stomping Imarhan (which translates to ?The Posse?), the slower-paced Imuhagh, crowd favourite Tahabort and set closer and wildly frenetic Tumast.

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A feature of this music is the constantly snaking lead guitar that follows verse and chorus vocals. The bass, drums and percussion on this occasion knitting perfectly together to provide a strong backbeat and rhythm. For a traditional set up of two guitars, bass, drums (along with a separate percussionist) it is actually starling that this bluesy rock music still sounds so unconventional and uniquely different.

There were let loose a few buzzing and stinging guitar solos towards the set end; whilst the encore included a pleasant duet between lead guitarist/vocalist and percussionist, which had a distinctly mellow calming and spiritual feel. The remainder of the band appeared for the rest of the encore, before bidding farewell to rapturous applause. In truth, it did take a while but the audience were well and truly won over by the band, by the time they exited stage.

When The Clash‘s Joe Strummer sang on the Give ‘Em Enough Rope album, ?… you hear a Cajun fiddle, then you’re nearly in the middle of the last gang in town?, he?d not yet heard the rebel, resistance music of the Tuareg tribesfolk.

Had he have done, his line might well have replaced the fiddle reference with that of the imzad.

And as guest singer Iggy Pop says at the beginning of Resistance by Songhoy Blues, … ?Goin to the Sahara baby?!

Images by Getintothis’ Peter Goodbody

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Liverpool Left: District
Category Live reviews, Cast, Liverpool Left, Liverpool Left District, The Farm
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A night where musicians combined for pride in politics, Getintothis’ Lewis Ridley enjoyed one of the stand out nights of the year. To coincide with Labour Party Conference at Liverpool’s Exhibition Centre last month, an event was put together by local councilors in the Merseyside area as a celebration of solidarity through politics, music and sport. A collaboration of [...]

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The Farm at Liverpool Left

A night where musicians combined for pride in politics, Getintothis’ Lewis Ridley enjoyed one of the stand out nights of the year.

To coincide with Labour Party Conference at Liverpool’s Exhibition Centre last month, an event was put together by local councilors in the Merseyside area as a celebration of solidarity through politics, music and sport.

A collaboration of musicians, artists, actors and writers with politicians from the local area created Liverpool Left. Over three days, delegates and members of the public alike came down to District to enjoy dramatised performances and DJ sets on Sunday, September 23 with the two days following it terrific nights of live music.

On Monday, Jamie Webster, made famous by A BOSS Night which shares the same venue, was joined by Mel Bowen and The Original Series and Billy Cox, but it was the final night which really left a mark. The football connection remained throughout, as the joint Liverpool FC and Everton FC banner for the charity Fans Supporting Foodbanks was aloft outside District, and leaflets urging to support grassroots football nationally.

Ian Prowse kicked off the music for the evening, a set including his famous Does This Train Stop on Merseyside began a night of music which was enjoyed by filtering supporters of the next UK government.

By the time The Farm arrived, the room was packed, and as District rang out in chorus of All Together Now, there was a sense of unity alluded to by the banner behind, reading: Unity Is Strength.

At numerous points, Peter Hooton took time to thank fellow organisers of the event, which included Ian Byrne, The Farm‘s manager Peasy and Sarah Henney as well as local MP for Walton Dan Carden. It was Carden who was given the chance to introduce the next act, after a rousing speech during which he too thanked the efforts of the local people.

It was Cast‘s John Power who was to close Liverpool Left, WalkawayFine Time, and Alright all featured in a set, but the standout moment was a stirring and heartfelt speech which Power ended with: “If helping the most vulnerable in our society is radical, then I’m a fucking radicalist.”

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Its no surprise this writer happened to mention this event when discussing the relationship between the three cultural pillars in a recent Deep Cuts column. It was a special night, with very few events capturing the same element of togetherness, hope, and pride.

There is hope too that the event will be regularly, perhaps monthly, if the support it there. It certainly was this night.

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Steely Dan to be joined by Steve Winwood on UK tour
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Grammy Award-winning jazz-rock band Steely Dan have announced a five date UK and Irish tour,  they will be joined by special guest Steve Winwood, Getintothis’ Lewis Ridley reports. New York legends Steely Dan will cross the Atlantic for a UK tour next year, including a date at Manchester Arena. Critically acclaimed album Can?t Buy A Thrill was named [...]

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Steely Dan (Photo Credit: Facebook)

Steely Dan (Photo from artists’ Facebook page)

Grammy Award-winning jazz-rock band Steely Dan have announced a five date UK and Irish tour,  they will be joined by special guest Steve Winwood, Getintothis’ Lewis Ridley reports.

New York legends Steely Dan will cross the Atlantic for a UK tour next year, including a date at Manchester Arena.

Critically acclaimed album Can?t Buy A Thrill was named 145 in Rolling Stone?s 500 albums of all time, Aja became a platinum selling album and Two Against Nature saw Steely Dan win an impressive total of four Grammy?s including Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album.

With plenty to showcase on their upcoming UK arena tour which kicks off on February 20, 2019, Steely Dan have celebrated a long history of success having worked with the likes of multi-award winning singers Barbara Streisand and Diana Ross.

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They will be joined by composer, legendary vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, producer and Rock n Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Steve Winwood who has sold over 50 million records in the course of his five-decade career. Winwood is a respected innovator in Rock ?n? Roll who has created some of the genre?s most celebrated achievements.

Tickets are on sale from Ticketmaster now.

Steely Dan's UK tour 2019

Steely Dan’s UK tour 2019

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Go Kart Mozart, Psycho Comedy: District, Liverpool
Category Live reviews, District, Go-Kart Mozart, Psycho Comedy
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Cult icon Lawrence and his new chargers stormed into Liverpool, Getintothis’ Jamie Bowman reflects on a rare night for all. Tonight was one of those nights when Liverpool offered much to the avid gig goer. At various venues you could have seen The Orb, Jane Weaver, Martin Stephenson or the spectacularly-named US psych band The Stevenson Ranch Davidians. [...]

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Go Kart Mozart

Cult icon Lawrence and his new chargers stormed into Liverpool, Getintothis’ Jamie Bowman reflects on a rare night for all.

Tonight was one of those nights when Liverpool offered much to the avid gig goer.

At various venues you could have seen The Orb, Jane Weaver, Martin Stephenson or the spectacularly-named US psych band The Stevenson Ranch Davidians. Or add into the mix Sly and the Family Drone.

Sticking out like a sore thumb was the offering at District was indie iconoclast Lawrence making his latest stab at stardom in much the way he has repeatedly since his first band Felt released their first single way back in 1979.

Since then the mononymous Lawrence has seemed on the edge of a commercial breakthrough on various occasions whether it was with Felt’s indie romanticism, Denim‘s junk shop glam or his latest incarnation Go-Kart Mozart‘s catchy but queasy pop culture pub rock stomp.

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Appearing on stage to a pleasingly packed gang of followers, Lawrence opens with the call and response strangeness of  Anagram Of We Sold Apes as our 57-year-old hero chants the title to the toy town electronica provided by Rusty Stone (bass), Ralph Phillips (drums) and band linchpin and keyboard maestro Terry Miles.

Come On You Lo‘s assertion that ?The girls are as thick as shit? All they want is super-sized silicone tits” is perhaps not one of Lawrence’s finest couplets but it puts him firmly in what writer Michael Hann recently called the “furious absurdism” of fellow oddities like Sleaford Mods and Cold War Steve.

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Despite years of poverty and drug abuse, Lawrence remains an upbeat presence buoyed by his unlikely appearance at the Q Awards the day previously where he picked up a gong – “my first ever award” he says gleefully.

It’s unclear exactly how many Q readers will respond to songs like  When You?re Depressed and ? so good they played it twice ? Relative Poverty‘s chorus of  “I?m living on a tenner a day? but I’d wager it’s not many compared to the chances of support act Psycho Comedy who impressed with a steely set of garage rock and eyeliner-driven drone.

Still, if there’s one thing Lawrence is used to it’s abject indifference. Long may he plough his lonely furrow.

Images by Getintothis’ Peter Goodbody

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Her?s, Trudy and The Romance, Honey Moon: Arts Club, Liverpool
Category Live reviews, arts club, her's, Honey Blood, Liverpool gigs, trudy and the romance
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Her’s played the homecoming date of their tour and Getintothis’ Lewis Ridley was there to bathe in jangle pop goodness. Local Liverpool duo Her’s are on tour and stopped by at Arts Club this week with a characteristically lively, bubbly pop night in the loft. Honey Moon opened the bill, and took little time in [...]

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Her’s

Her’s played the homecoming date of their tour and Getintothis’ Lewis Ridley was there to bathe in jangle pop goodness.

Local Liverpool duo Her’s are on tour and stopped by at Arts Club this week with a characteristically lively, bubbly pop night in the loft.

Honey Moon opened the bill, and took little time in mentioning how delighted they were to be on it. Fans of both other bands on this, an EVOL night, they travelled up from London for the first night of their tour which in large follows the same pattern as this gig.

They’ve recently released their latest EP, Four More From…, and Yours, Girl is the pick of them tonight. Each track is similar in mood, yet the performance style of frontman Jack Slater Chandler, in the main, gives each song life. There’s also a side role for a keyboardist whose name this writer can’t find, but covered in a Beatles cloth he played a key role.

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Liverpool three piece Trudy and The Romance were the first of two hometown bands this evening, and tuning up they drew bodies from the bar. Second track Baby I’m Blue is a song exactly as the title may suggest, a tick-tocking blues rock number that allows Oliver Taylor (vocals/guitar) to jaggedly serenade the Arts Club crowd.

It ain’t all cuteness and kind, though, part way through the drums hit harder and the guitar and vocals that touch moodier. It’s enough to show a flexibility and an adaptation, but not so much to go off track. They return to their ’50s thing, Twist It, Shake It, Rock and Roll.

It was revealed that Trudy and the headliners for this night have both nailed down SXSW slots only hours before doors at Arts Club.

In trousers that would breeze in Texan heat, or Benicàssim where this writer saw them last, Aduun Laading is joined by Stephen Fitzpatrick on stage, and they are Her’s. Smiling, glowing even, or was that the red neon lights above? Maybe both.

They chop into their immersive style of jangle pop, Marcel has the Arts Club swaying while Cool With You invites consensual grinding throughout. Laading may be the bounciest bassist in town, Fitzpatrick raises his beer to promote the idea of a massive party, it’s all just great fun.

They’re a rarity in that, a band that emit genuine happiness, it is almost impossible not to find yourself sinking into the dream pop they produce. A Her’s gig is a true feel good experience, and perfect for that midweek boost.

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Liverpool Arts Diary: Homotopia, Frankenstein, Tate exhibitions ? November 2018
Category Opinion, art, Bluecoat, cern, constellations, culture calendar, culture diary, dance, Everyman Theatre, FACT, gig guide, Homotopia, LEAP Dance Festival, lecture, Liverpool Biennial, mdi, Open Eye Gallery, party, Performance, Sonic Yootha, Space, Tate Liverpool, University of Liverpool, what's on
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Our cultural calendar is back in time for the party season, and Getintothis’ Sinéad Nunes is on hand with her top picks from this month’s arts programme. Liverpool Biennial 2018: Closing Weekend October 27-28, Various Venues, FREE Don’t miss your last chance to see some of the incredible artwork on display for Liverpool Biennial 2018 [...]

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Our cultural calendar is back in time for the party season, and Getintothis’ Sinéad Nunes is on hand with her top picks from this month’s arts programme.

Paul Elliman, The Day Shapes, 2018

Liverpool Biennial 2018: Closing Weekend
October 27-28, Various Venues, FREE

Don’t miss your last chance to see some of the incredible artwork on display for Liverpool Biennial 2018 at 18 different venues across the city, some you may never have been inside before.

For the final weekend, Liverpool Biennial organisers have teamed up with Sonic Yootha and Camp and Furnace to present a huge FREE closing party, to bid farewell to this year’s festivities, on Saturday October 27, 9pm – late.

Then if you’re hangover-free on Sunday (or perhaps very angry about your hangover) how does throwing rocks at a giant work of art sound? Artist Chou Yu-Cheng invites visitors to St. George’s Hall to engage with her work Chemical Gilding, Keep Calm, Galvanise, Pray, Gradient, Ashes, Manifestation, Unequal, Dissatisfaction, Capitalise, Incense Burner, Survival, Agitation, Hit, Day Light (2015) by destroying its flawless, gold plated surface, in an effort to highlight the superficiality of consumer culture. You can already see some dents from the artwork’s last exhibition.

LEAP Dance Festival

LEAP Dance Festival 2018
November 2-12, Various Venues, prices dependant on event

How often do you watch live dance (and I’m not talking about the kind you see in a club)?

Masters of commissioning and producing dance events across Liverpool for the past 25 years, MDI present LEAP festival. Whether you’re interested in a ballet inspired by Oliver Twist, a fun retelling of Romeo and Juliet experiencing their matrimonial mid-life crisis, or an award-winning, dark physical commentary on cultural mores and sexual taboos, there’s something for every taste.

Feeling inspired?

Theres also a full programme of workshops and discussions where you can have your say or have a go.

Victoria Gallery and Museum

Lecture: The Beauty of the Italian – Language, Creativity and National Pride
November 7, 5.30-7.30pm. Legate Theatre at VG&M, FREE

Did you know you can attend public lectures on a whole range of topics for free at University of Liverpool? English philosopher John Stuart Mill once wrote that it was not easy for an Englishman to learn the dolce far niente (“sweet nothings”) of the Italians. He also claimed that at times he could not find anything better than Italian to portray what he wanted to say.

Join literary critic and academic Dr Stefano Jossa as she explores the presence of the Italian language in foreign use, in order to investigate what, if anything, Italian can still express better than any other language. The lecture will be followed by an Italian themed reception.

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Frankenstein: How to Make a Monster

Play: Frankenstein: How to Make a Monster
November 9-10, 5pm and 8pm, Everyman Theatre, £10-15

An amped up monstrous evening of beatbox, song, soundscape and battles – it’s Frankenstein as you’ve never heard the tale before. A brand new gig-theatre production by BAC Beatbox Academy, inspired by the original monstrous tale of power and persecution sees a dynamic vocal collective use nothing but their mouths and a microphone to present an electrifying poetic and political live concert of song, soundscape, improvised tracks and battles ? exploring the idea of what makes a modern monster.

Homotopia Presents: John Waters

Homotopia Presents: John Waters: This Filthy World
November 10, 7.30pm, Liverpool Philharmonic, £27-33

John Waters? one-man show is a vaudeville act celebrating the film career and tastes of himself, ?The Pope of Trash?. Focusing on his early negative artistic influences and his fascination with true crime, exploitation films, fashion lunacy and the extremes of the contemporary art world, Waters’ live monologue elevates all that is trashy in life into a call-to-arms to ?filth followers? everywhere – a must for all fans of Pink Flamingos, Hairspray and Cry Baby.

Wake up Together: Ren Hang & Where Love is Illegal

Exhibition: Wake Up Together: Ren Hang & Where Love is Illegal
From November 15 (launch night), Tuesday – Sunday 10am-5pm, Open Eye Gallery, FREE

There are currently 72 countries around the world with laws that discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex people. This exhibition brings together Ren Hang?s photos and poetry, in which he expressed his depression whilst also capturing fleeting snapshots of same-sex intimacy. His images are charged with a playful freedom to experiment, a drive to exist in our own skin on our own terms – so much so that the Chinese authorities deemed his nude models posed in domestic, urban and natural surroundings to be pornographic.

In tandem, Where Love Is Illegal is the artistic result of Robin Hammond and his non-profit organisation Witness Change, sharing stories from survivors of punishment and oppression based on their sexuality and identity. Working collaboratively with participants, each self-directed portrait is accompanied by a personal account of the subject’s experience of discrimination, presented in their own handwriting.

Work by Julieta Ardenta

Exhibition: Broken Symmetries
November 22 2018 – 3 March 2019, 11am-6pm Tuesday – Sunday, FACT, FREE

Missed out on AURORA at Toxteth Reservoir? Don’t worry, because FACT‘s biggest exhibition of the year is still to come Broken Symmetries is the end result of a three year long collaboration with CERN, the largest particle physics laboratory in the world and home to the Large Hadron Collider, so you can expect some fascinating science behind each artwork. Featuring new commissions by ten artists, all creatively exploring and visualising the complex notions of current fundamental scientific research.

Homotopia Presents: Alaska

Homotopia Presents: Alaska
November 23, 7-8.30pm, Open Eye Gallery, £5

Homotopia festival spreads it wings this year, showing a range of performances in unexpected spaces. Open Eye Gallery houses Alaska, a raw and powerful one woman performance by poet, writer and performer, Cheryl Martin. A whimsical trip to the moon describing one woman?s extraordinary story of how she survived growing up with severe depression, this is a show that will strike a chord with many (especially as I write this on World Mental Health Day). With one in four people estimated to experience mental health difficulties at some time in their lives, this is a story that has the potential to touch everyone, whether first-hand or through family and friends.

Exhibition: Moon Kyungwon and Jeon Joonho

Exhibition: Moon Kyungwon and Jeon Joonho: News from Nowhere
From November 23, Tate Liverpool, FREE

?Sci-fi is always the fable of the present. By employing a way to look at the future instead of the present, we wanted to address current issues, especially in relation to what art is and what art could be.? South Korean artists Moon Kyungwon and Jeon Joonho explore what it means to be a human today, in their new film commission Anomaly Strolls, shot in-part in Liverpool and alongside an exhibition of other works, uses science fiction to question the role and importance of art to our present day society.

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Pale Waves, Swimming Girls, King Nun: O2 Academy, Liverpool
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Pale Waves played a picture perfect set at the O2 Academy and Getintothis’ Luke Chandley was there to drink it all in. As far as in vogue goes, fewer record labels right now are doing more to create a pop thing than Dirty Hit. Home of so-underground-they?re-overground sensations The 1975, Mercury-prize winners Wolf Alice and [...]

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Pale Waves

Pale Waves

Pale Waves played a picture perfect set at the O2 Academy and Getintothis’ Luke Chandley was there to drink it all in.

As far as in vogue goes, fewer record labels right now are doing more to create a pop thing than Dirty Hit. Home of so-underground-they?re-overground sensations The 1975, Mercury-prize winners Wolf Alice and today?s act in hand, Pale Waves, it seems like they?re working through the formula to create a bit of a scene in the pop world. With Pale Wave?s debut album My Mind Makes Noises hitting the charts last week at number 8 (whatever that even means anymore), we were interested to see how their ultra-synth vibes would translate to the stage of Liverpool?s O2 Academy and whether the next arm of Dirty Hit?s nationwide pop assault would take shape.

Before that, though, there was the small matter of a couple of support acts by the names of King Nun and Swimming Girls.

King Nun were fine. Interesting descriptor, fine, isn?t it? At times in their set they were interesting, and they exuded a raw element about their performance that at times intrigued us, but a lot of what they offered was merely lad indie being shouted through untamed guitars. Whereas latest single Heavenly She Comes works well on record, if you?re unfamiliar with their catalogue, it essentially comes across as a bit of a tangle. The unfortunate result of being first on the bill, and least known in the ranks. As I say, King Nun were fine.

A complete change of scene next, as Swimming Girls took to the stage, and straight away you could tell that if King Nun were there as label mates and this was their route to market (they, too, are on the Dirty Hit roster), Swimming Girls were the warm-up act in the most traditional of senses.

The sound of Swimming Girls was closer to Pale Waves (synthy, alt-pop deliciousness) and the crowd seemed much more open to movement and applause than earlier in the night (sorry, King Nun). The highlight of their set, Tastes Like Money – a dream-pop delight – was in our head until way after their set ended, and whilst Swimming Girls weren?t what we were there for, we’d guess they made a fair few new fans from that room and indeed this tour.

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The 40-minute wait for Pale Waves to enter centre stage only seemed to allow for the room to grow in attendance and overflow in anticipation for a band that are undoubtedly one of the UK?s most hyped bands right now. But hype is only justified if the band delivers. And did they deliver? In short, yes. They did.

The show, not sold out but brimming with moving bodies and voices, started with a brief intro then moved into their breakout single Television Romance. Throughout the entire track our adoring audience sang along as if holding on to the moment for dear life. The atmosphere fell short of totally special but hit impressive early doors.

A worry in our minds before the show was about a band that are so perfectly compact and shiny on record and how well that sheen is transferred to a setting that lent itself more to messy rock and sweaty angst than the sugary sweet pop anthem. Maybe Pale Waves had thought about this themselves because this picture-perfect set never left a note out of place, and each piece of synth and vocal tone was allowed the fill the room without coming across as a traditionally pop gig.

Fans of the band?s singles won?t have been disappointed, with the setlist giving enough album material to leave casual fans wanting a bit more and dedicated bods heading back to their CD players, iPhones and record players wanting to play more, more often.

If there?s a criticism of the band, it?s how they move on from their take on 80s synth pop. They do it well, but what is the next step?

Sounding like they?ve moved fresh from the soundtrack of Black Mirror?s San Junipero (big compliment), there?s a question hanging over what albums 2 & 3 may ever sound like if they?re to grow to arena size. For now, though, they?re revelling in being exactly what they are: the poster band for new pop. And as far as their Liverpool show went, we thought it was boss.

Images by Getintothis’ Amy Faith

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Unknown Pleasures #175 ft. North Atlantic Oscillation, Tombstones In Their Eyes, The Pull of Autumn
Category Unknown Pleasures, Doom Metal, Electronic, Grind Show, Low Earth Orbit, Mike Stanton, new music, North Atlantic Oscillation, Pop, prog rock, psychedelia, The Pull of Autumn, Tombstones In Their Eyes, unknown pleasures
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After a brief hiatus Unknown Pleasures returns, so join Getintothis’ Mike Stanton as he unveils three more under-the-radar belters to help you into autumn. North Atlantic Oscillation have been creating dreamy, washed-out and infectious pop for around fifteen years now, emerging onto the scene with their first album Grappling Hooks way back in 2010. It?s kind [...]

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Sam Healy (North Atlantic Oscillation)

After a brief hiatus Unknown Pleasures returns, so join Getintothis’ Mike Stanton as he unveils three more under-the-radar belters to help you into autumn.

North Atlantic Oscillation have been creating dreamy, washed-out and infectious pop for around fifteen years now, emerging onto the scene with their first album Grappling Hooks way back in 2010. It?s kind of old-school art rock but beamed through a bright and shimmery lens, and it totally works.

Fog Electric took this style onto a higher plain with gorgeous falsetto vocals and close-harmony backing. Playing around with motorik beats and a gleaming kosmische jacket of prog guitars, vintage synths and ethereal vocals, North Atlantic Oscillation have managed to eek out a small but verdant spot beneath the forest canopy and continue to produce some beautiful winsome songs.

Driven by the multi-talented Sam Healy and ably assisted by Ben, Chris, Bill and Pete, North Atlantic Oscillation had seemingly retreated into an indefinite hiatus following the release of 2016?s The Third Day as Healy pursued his side solo project Sand, dealing in equally blissed-out and velveteen sonics.

However, a new song has emerged and it?s a reassuring trip back into the blurred sounds and dream-woven psychedelic trips of previous releases.

Low Earth Orbit is a hazy, lo-fi electronic-psych trip into fog-swept valleys of glimmering sound and melodic dynamism. Multi-layered and hypnotically dreamy, Low Earth Orbit touches on shoegaze, krautrock and dream-pop while maintaining an art-rock vibe that keeps pulling the song back from becoming too indistinct.

Low Earth Orbit is out now and is from the forthcoming album Grind Show due out November 16th on Kscope.

Tombstones In Their Eyes (Photo: Cathryn Farnsworth)

Tombstones In Their Eyes (Photo: Cathryn Farnsworth)

Los Angeles? indie psych-rockers Tombstones In Their Eyes have just released their new Nothing Here EP and it’s a collection of sonorous and hazy stoner lullabies that descend into post-rock soundscapes all wrapped up in dark shoegazing dreamscapes.

Lead single Silhouette is a grinding, monolithic doom anthem, all detuned and textured guitars that almost collapse under their colossal mass. A languid pace allows for much head nodding as the reverb-cloaked drums and vocals swirl and tumble into the shimmering space.

“Silhouette was created one lonely night in the basement recording studio. It?s a song about losing yourself. The catharsis is in the creation of the song and the release of the painful feelings,” says frontman John Treanor. “In its three songs, this EP incorporates the Tombstones sound, even though the songs do not follow the same recipe and include a morose rocker, a shaking blues and a soundscape.”

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Taking musical cues from the likes of The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Elliott Smith and The Melvins, the four-piece’s sound embraces a wide range of genres – from the stoner rock of Kyuss through the warped neo-psychedelia of Spacemen 3 to the cavernous and doom-laden sounds of Electric Wizard and beyond.

Nothing Here is out now on Send Me Your Head Records.

The Pull of Autumn (Photo: Matthew Darrow)

The Pull of Autumn (Photo: Matthew Darrow)

Closing out this week’s Unknown Pleasures is a pastoral and romantic ballad from Boston-based The Pull of Autumn. Having just released their eponymous debut LP, the super group (including members of Fashion, Johanna?s House of Glamour and Throwing Muses), have previewed lead album track Laurasong, a winsome and melancholy neo-folk song.

The Pull of Autumn was born through experimentation and extensive collaboration between the members, often writing by correspondence as the sound and ethos was honed. The bulk core of the songs on the album  evolved through the partnership between Daniel Darrow from Johanna?s House of Glamour and Luke ?Skyscraper? James, frontman of Fashion. Skyscraper would send basic ideas with Darrow creating more elaborate soundscapes to ornament this sound.

Darrow says, ?I think of this music as post-rock informed by electronic and experimental music, but also taking elements of a simpler sound as an acoustic guitar. Bowie?s Berlin trilogy was also an inspiration. The chance to meld together different elements of music such as electronic, acoustic, avant-garde and pop is at the core of what we want to achieve with The Pull of Autumn?.

The Pull of Autumn LP is out now on RBM Records

 

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Red Rum Club, Life At The Arcade, Colombia, Tracky: O2 Academy, Liverpool
Category Live reviews, Columbia, Evol, Life At The Arcade, Liverpool, new music, O2 Academy, red rum club, review, TRACKY
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As Red Rum Club play a sold out homecoming show, Getintothis’ Chris Flack wanders through movies, Mexican hats and Men In Black. As Getintothis got set to join the masses for a sold-out Red Rum Club gig we contemplated what has been a quick rise to the top of Merseyside’s crop of new talent for the lads from Crosby. Having [...]

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Red Rum Club

As Red Rum Club play a sold out homecoming show, Getintothis’ Chris Flack wanders through movies, Mexican hats and Men In Black.


As Getintothis got set to join the masses for a sold-out Red Rum Club gig we contemplated what has been a quick rise to the top of Merseyside’s crop of new talent for the lads from Crosby.

Having barely been at this for two years, Red Rum Club have managed to squeeze in a lot. From touring the UK, selling out venues across the city, releasing a debut album, playing on a rooftop, packing out stages at The Isle of Wight, Y-Not, Sound City and signing with Modern Sky, they’ve not sat on their laurels.

They’ve come a long way to get here and have a bit of a jaunt to go, from sell-out shows at the Zanzibar, the O2, they’re kicking off a 12 date UK tour. Tonight, they’ve brought three very different acts to get us started.

If you’ve ever read Getintothis you’ll have probably picked up that we’re a little bit enamoured by Tracky. His music is infectious,  all 80s pop, trippy hooks, poetry, and sheer bravado. Throw in the fact that he has his name in lights and some pretty creative visuals and it’s hard not to like him, the little scamp.

He bursts onto the stage at exactly 7.40pm, full of energy and pre-prepared beats, it’s just a huge shame there were only about 40 of the full house bothered to turn up at this hour.

Still, his voice seems like he’s a little more in control of it and he sings for everyone’s supper.  He needs a bigger audience, a later start might have helped and by the time the second band was on we could have made a suggestion or two in that regard.

Tracky

The first couple of bars before the lead singer from Colombia came on stage had us fairly convinced they were about to launch into a cover of Supersonic by Oasis. It wasn’t, but it was close. Their second track, and we’ll be honest, we missed its name, didn’t really change the format. Quite the departure from Tracky, too much attention spent on a morning glory, some might say.

While there seemed to be a bit of a crowd for them, we noticed that their joke about the ‘boys changing their tampons‘ went down like a lead balloon, ill-timed, inappropriate and unfunny. It’s safe to say the Oasis tributes continued unabated. We didn’t hang around to find out.

Now, you might get this far and think we’re cheeky fuckers, but we’ve had the Oasis debate and don’t need to cover that again. We’re glad their punters seemed to enjoy it, there is probably a monumental audience out there for them but as your Mother might say, “if you can’t say anything nice…”

Life At The Arcade exploded from the darkness, all swagger and monikered bass drums. Imagine, if you will, if Muse met The Arctic Monkeys and got drunk in a hotel in, say, Scunthorpe. Life At The Arcade is their bastard child, now in its teens and sneaking out to drink cider with its mates down the local shopping center. Overrun with emotion, hormones, and seemingly, many a broken heart.

That’s not to say they weren’t any good, they were. They’ve clearly spent a lot of time and money pulling it all together, there is a ton of energy on stage, enough originality, and the guts to pull it off. They finished their set with a couple of new tracks, Little Lies being a favourite of ours and it looked like there was a little more focus coming through in the new tracks, more of this we say. More of this.

(And fewer love songs, we’ve enough of those)

Before Red Rum Club took to the stage the heat in the room kicked in, nearly killing us. It was incredible and running down the walls in a sweaty, nasty sheen.  We’ve had three support acts where the only thing they had in common was that they all played in the same room on the same night, and with one final roll of the PA CD player we are treated to Oasis Champagne Supernova.

It’s almost like someone, somewhere was taking the piss.

If you’ve watched The Shining, you’ll know that things in the Overlook Hotel start to disintegrate pretty quickly, it has to be said. Once Wendy Torrance finds reams and reams of paper with the same line, repeated over and over and over the outlook turns decidedly menacing.

All work and no play, make a Jack a dull boy.

The fall of modern movie themes ? where did they go wrong?

Red Rum Club clearly didn’t get the memo.  Men In Black by Will Smith kicks in as they walk on. With an intro that happy, what happens tonight is anyone’s guess.  The band launch into a trumpet heavy Friend of a friend, the lighting tech gets a run for his money and the mood changes almost instantly. After rattling through Casanova, Hung Up and Calexico it looks like the band needs a break along with everyone else, cue a perfectly timed trumpet solo.

You don’t get many trumpet solos these days, Jesus, we rarely see beers on stage never mind TVs getting chucked out of hotel windows.  These lads are proper Rock and Roll, it’s Tarantino – esq, part LA, part Mexico, part rebellion, there was even the slightest hint of politics. Ironic that their next track was TV Said So, a song about sucking up everything that comes through the tube. Or the flatscreen, at any rate.

They raced through a set that included Brando, Remedy, Matador and crowd favourite Honey, after a fairly short break to give the lighting guy a second to crack his knuckles, they come back on and turn the Tarantino up to 11 by starting Angeline with a snippet from Misirlou  by Dick Dale & His Del-Tones, the opening track from Pulp Fiction and ending their set on a high with Lonely.

All said and done, they didn’t stop for a breath for over an hour. As they depart the stage in a hail of sweat, glory, phone screens and screaming we’re left pondering a night of extremes. Tracky did the business, Columbia might have bored us, Life At The Arcade were good but a bit too indie for us and Red Rum Club put on a hell of a show but might need a bit more reflection.

We enjoyed their set, the crowd clearly lapped it up, there was a wonderful lack of people watching it through their phones until the bitter end and there was a lot of dancing. And we all need that, frankly.

We just wonder for how long they can get away with the Tarantino routine, does it get a little cliched four or five gigs in?  There is clearly a lot of room to grow and move about and we enjoyed it as much as they did.

We’re just perplexed as to why a door and axe weren’t part of the routine.

Where was Jonny??

Images by Getintothis?  Warren Millar

 

 

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