Categories
Music

LIVE REVIEW: The Cheap Thrills, Arts Club, Liverpool, 9/10/2021.

Some people might tell you that the gig to be at in Liverpool on Saturday was Inhaler at The Guild of Students. Those people may well have been correct. But it will have needed to have been one hell of a gig to better The Cheap Thrills self promoted gig at the Arts Club. The […]

Categories
Music

LIVE REVIEW: Sound City Liverpool, 2021.

For most people attending Sound City 2021 their experience would have had a distinct flavour of Scouse. Red Rum Club played a buoyant Saturday headline slot at the Grand Central Hall. Local artists like Courting, SPINN, STONE, and Pixey, were playing highly anticipated festival slots. For me, my taste buds were left with the lingering […]

Categories
Music

PREVIEW: Sound City – Boss Bands! Liverpool Sound City 2021.

If you’re heading to Liverpool for the Sound City Festival you’ve probably already made your ‘Big Picks’ for the weekend, possibly The Snuts at The Arts Club on Friday, or Red Rum Club at Grand Central Hall on Saturday, but if you need a little help with some of your other choices, here are the […]

Categories
Music

LIVE REVIEW: The Wendy James Band – Jimmy’s, Liverpool, 17/09/2021.

The basement of Jimmy’s, Liverpool is usually the place where you go to watch exciting new bands on their way up. It’s intimate space is a rather incongruous setting in which to see a true, music icon. I’m here to watch Wendy James and her band perform pieces from her latest album – Queen High […]

Categories
Music

LIVE REVIEW: The K’s – Jimmy’s, Liverpool – 10/8/2021.

Things are back to some sort of normality. It feels like the world has turned full circle. The last band I should have seen prior to ‘Lockdown One’ was The K’s at Liverpool Arts Club in April, 2020. The gig happened, but I decided against it. So I couldn’t have been happier to have got […]

Categories
Music

Live Review – FestEVOL at Future Yard, Birkenhead, 31/7/2021.

I am sure it was just coincidence that in the same week a major finance company crowned Birkenhead as the ‘Trendiest Town in the UK’, FestEVOL start the first of their triumvirate of local festivals in the town. When you’re hot, you’re hot I guess. And it’s not just the town that has garnered plaudits. […]

Categories
Music

Live Review : The Sway – The Angus Tap and Grind, Liverpool – 30/6/2021.

I hadn’t intended to review The Sway at The Angus Tap and Grind (henceforth called The Angus), but sometimes you have such a great time that you want to share the experience with others. This is one of those occasions. The Angus is a relatively new venue in Liverpool. Situated on Dale Street, on the […]

Categories
Music

INTERVIEW- Wendy James.

The epithet ‘icon’ is one that is too often freely thrown about. But when you’ve created some of the most instantly recognisable pop songs of the late 80’s and early 90’s; have Top Of The Pops performances that still cause a stir when reshown on TV; and when there are historic images of Kurt Cobain […]

Categories
Music

LIVE REVIEW: VLURE, Zee Davine – Future Yard, Birkenhead – 15/6/2021.

Live music is back. Back at my favourite new venue. They’ve made a few changes to the Live Room at Future Yard in Birkenhead since I last attended one of their socially distanced gigs. The high tables built from colourful crates have been replaced by rows of smaller, numbered, wooden desks. To the artists performing, […]

Categories
Music

SINGLE REVIEW: You Give Me Chills – The Vitrines.

One of the great, yet-to-be-written books on modern music will have a title like ‘The Evolution of The Duo in Popular Music: 1970 – 2020’. The Seventies were all about Boy/Girl couples singing sugary love songs and ballads. The Eighties were characterised by moody synth-pop duos made up of ‘the one with charisma’ and ‘the […]