The Non-Existent Divide.

Since coming home from university a question I have been asked very frequently is, what’s the better music scene Liverpool or Brighton? Admittedly this is a hard answer to give, however, I find that they are both different but wonderful.

 

Having spent a year down South, enjoying all sorts of music from different places and going to gigs in small and large venues. I find that Brighton appears to be more DIY.

 

Now this is not to say that Liverpool is not DIY, as it is there are many bands that book their own venues and headline their own shows quite often.

 

But, there is an argument that a lot of the music scene relies on promoters/ venues like The Lomax to put their own shows on and fill their own bill.

 

Again, this is not a hindrance because any musicians in the scene in Liverpool who are worth their salt know that this is something that works well. Most bands seem happy, as do promoters.

 

I read an article lately from The Guardian claiming that Arctic Monkeys and Bastille were the North/ South divide in music because of record sales in certain cities?

 

To me that was just lazy journalism. I have came across 100s of bands of similar sounds to Bastille doing fantastic in the North and 100s of bands like Arctic Monkeys doing well in the South.

 

There is no North/ South divide in music there are just different cultures.

 

But that’s beyond the point, I enjoy liaising with bands from both music scenes as they all respect and enjoy where they have came from.

 

One difference that I have noticed in Liverpool though, is that the scene is starting to grow more independent and whether that is because of there being loads of new independent bars or whether the relationship between artist and promoter has finally reached boiling point, who knows.

 

But one thing I can assure you is that, both Brighton and Liverpool are on par with one another in terms of diversity.

 

Some scenes favour certain types of music for example, Reading has a large Pop-Punk scene and is mostly dominated by them where as, Liverpool and Brighton could have gigs where a metal band is supporting a reggae band with a Post-Punk revival band middle of the bill.

 

When it comes down to it, I feel as though both Brighton and Liverpool are still producing the best music and will continue to do so for many years to come just like they have done in the past.

 

And as very wise man (Craig Charles) once said “Be proud Liverpool”.

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Liverpool club night, Liquidation, finds a new humble abode.

As far as my favourite club nights go, the list is very short, mostly because Liquidation really made my expectations of what makes a good club night immeasurable.

 

But, now that Liquidation’s home, Le Bateau, has seen its last days to become student accommodation Liquidation has found itself a new home and where else better than HeebieJeebies Basement, Seel St.

 

To those who aren’t aware of what Liquidation is, Liquidation is by far one of the greatest alternative club nights in Liverpool. Playing music that is spanning from The Cure to Kate Bush, David Bowie to Foals and not to forget OMD.

 

Liquidation is also quite a popular haunt for some of the cities successful musician as both Dave McCabe (The Zutons) and Matthew Murphy (The Wombats) have been known to enjoy a good shindig in there. But that doesn’t matter, because as time has wore on Liquidation locals have became a community and fame is nothing more than an ideal once you step through them doors.

 

If you fancy dancing to music that isn’t shit and in the top 40 as well as making friends with some of the nicest people you’ll ever meet, get down to Liquidation in HeebieJeebies basement on the 19th July. For what it’s worth I will definitely be there. 

Lives, a musical entity.

Lives, a musical entity.

The Californian waves of over ridden drum cymbals are a keen thing to the ear of every indie-pop fan.

 

Liverpool based band, Lives, are certainly proving to be a treat in that respect.

 

Having released only two songs on Soundcloud and a very secretive Twitter account, Lives aren’t giving us much to go on.

 

But, the songs released do tell us something; this band is energetic, loud and catchy as fuck.

 

White Lies, sounding like it has been written by a more musically intelligent version of The Vaccines (if they knew anything more than just four chords, a clean tone and a distorted tone).

 

The singer’s croaky vocals makes the song all the more human, it’s different to the usual clean preference of the modern indie band.

 

Short Memory, starting very abrasively with an all out beginning, does give your eardrums a kick.

 

The Cali wave in the ride of the cymbals adds to the bounce of the verse. The classic pre-chorus break down as a bridge almost gives this song the feeling that you have heard it a million times before.

 

The also devastatingly catchy lyrics in the chorus (You say all the right things/ but always at the wrong times/ have you only come here just to ruin my night) will drive you mad, but in all of the good ways of course.

 

Another small piece of information that is clear is that they are supporting More Than Conquerors on the 29th May in Korova, Liverpool as their debut gig (or so I think).

 

Give them a listen and help figure out who they are!

 

Treehouse – Newsham Park clean up.

Treehouse – Newsham Park clean up.

As a young boy growing up in Liverpool it was never any secret the struggles that an inner city community such as Tuebrook face daily due to the stereotypes and connotations.

 

Sometimes taken with a pinch of salt, Tuebrook is built around a large area of grassland known as Newsham Park.

 

The place has seemed a bit derelict in recent years, but with the new buzz about the city, the more liberal personality and bohemian aspect, It’s hard to ignore the on going rejuvenation projects such as the Newsham Park clean-up by the group known as Treehouse.

 

On the 10th May, Treehouse will undertake a large litter-picking project in Newsham Park to give a culturally diverse part of the city, such as Tuebrook, somewhere to go and enjoy one of the very few nature heavy aspects of the city.

 

A press release given by the group stated that;

 

“Helpers from other places in Liverpool, such as Croxteth, and further afield in Wales and London have been inspired to help out.  Some are coming on the day giving testimony to Tuebrook’s charisma and capacity.”

 

Rejuvenation projects such as this highlight the cities coming togetherness and the general personality that Liverpool, unbeknownst to the outside world, has.

 

If you are around get down to the event and help the people out you never know you might meet the love of your life whilst picking a Mars bar wrapper up…

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/714328021952371/

Seprona – I swear it’s a band not a beer.

Seprona – I swear it’s a band not a beer.

The year of 2008 was when I was first made aware of Seprona’s frontman, Daniel Badger’s singing capability back when he was fronting his band The Vibes/ Fare Evaders.

 

The Liverpool music scene was filled with almost fun sounding nostalgic music, the catchy guitar riffs, wavey hair and heart-felt sentiment embedded lyrically were, well just the norm.

 

Six years later that general consensus of sound has shifted, yet Daniel Badger’s new frontier is clearly something that embraces them roots.

 

Seprona, a name that sounds like a clear-bottled-beer-brand have almost as many crisp delightful after tastes in their back catalogue.

 

Take The Bait, opening with a riff that sounds very similar to that of The Smiths –  Bigmouth Strikes Againyet with a little more of a swing in its step and more of an upside down frown.

 

But this appears to be a bit more of a darker twist on what could be a pop song with the atmospheric vibe it gives of.

 

It is almost as though they were thinking, ‘let’s write a song that would be played in a really subdued part of Scrubs.’

 

Lyrically speaking, Seprona do not differ much from The Smiths – the singer sounds a bit down.

 

However, it’s clear that the songs have been written acoustically due to the elongated verses, which is evident in their second track As Soon As She Knows, but this isn’t a bad song writing characteristic by any means.

 

The shifting of the song structure and thought provoking idea of what is the chorus or when even is the chorus is undoubtedly refreshing.

 

The simplicity of the chord progressions and rhythms, but the slightly off the beat song structures make Seprona, a dare I say, polarising spectacle.

Visitors

In great grunge fashion Liverpool trio, Visitors, have some attitude and with the song Just Ask Yourself it is clear this boys have some sass.

 

Other songs such as Radioactive and I Was Waiting portray that of a grunge band.

 

Yet the lead song on their Soundcloud Irritate starts with one strums of a couple of chords that sound relatively out of tune and it leads the listener to think, oh here we go “grunge” but you are rudely proved wrong once the chorus of the next song kicks in.

 

Radioactive begins very similar to the earlier song but offers much more.

 

The guitar playing on this could be likened to an early Miles Kane, it’s obvious that Callum Main has found his way with the whammy bar.

 

Explosive choruses with elements of the seriousness of Arctic Monkeys and Drenge but the quirkiness of The late great Fratellis pretty much sums up this band. 

https://soundcloud.com/visitorsuk

Arcane Addiction – Lights

It’s not a known fact, but actual melodic-hardcore bands are relatively hard to come by.

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In fact, any sub-genre of hardcore is pretty hard to get hold of.

 

It does tend to be a lot of retired hipsters finding one last outlet of ways to be different and what better way then being a sub-genre of an already niche genre?

 

But that is beside the point, Liverpool’s metal/ hardcore/ emo/ pop punk/ anything (that is really loud and aggressive) scene has been on the rise for some years.

 

And Arcane Addiction are nothing but a fine example of what will eventually be the end product.

 

An explosive start with lead singer Simon Mora screaming ‘They were the choices you made’ – it’s abrasive, ambiguous but just fantastic.

 

The guitars kick in and as it goes it’s all really loud and heavy, what you would expect, but the beatdown in the middle of the intro is sickengly melodic, it doesn’t work but it sounds so fantastic.

 

It’s so melodic in fact that it is very similar to the main riff in Bon Iver – Perth.

 

Some very stop start moments throughout the song where the band turn to the melodic roots of their genre and it’s all very strangely elegant.

 

Lights by Arcane Addiction is probably the only melodic hardcore song you could defy as being fragile due to how well, melodic they actually are.

 

The boys have hit the nail on the head here. 

 

Save St Lukes Church

Though I have never been one to go and actively experience the art that St Lukes Church, or better known as the ‘bombed out church’, has bestowed upon me and my fellow “liverpudlians”.

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I completely understand the need for this place to be maintained and not changed for the sake of corporate pleasure.

 

A few articles have been past around by The Echo explaining how the place is looking to be sold to a “local business” by the council.

 

Yet, is it not the council who may be at fault as seeing another reason to make profit from this?

 

I know of only two major gigs to have been played there one being The Kooks who apparently agreed that the venue is beautiful.

 

I am not one to consistently agree with that of Yoko Ono’s views yet her tweet or retweet of The Echo’s article on “Seven Reasons Why We Should Cherish St Luke’s Liverpool Bombed Out Church.” Left me realising that the woman has some sense.

 

The view in Liverpool is that of those who are proud of the foundations that generations before them had built and though ‘The Bombed Out Church’ as a spectacle wasn’t decided by people before us the actual story behind it is beautiful and tragic at the same time.

 

The obvious pound signs that are in the eyes of Joe Anderson are massive yet he needs to understand that, if he opened this place to public events more often he would probably make a lot more money.

 

This place needs to be preserved in all its beauty and architectural relevance.

 

Save the bombed out church and sign here:

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/save-the-bombed-out-church-in-liverpool

VYNCE – April Showers

VYNCE – April Showers

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Working hard montage music hasn’t been that easy to find since the release of Thin Lizzy’s Boys Are Back In Town.

Yet, “Merseyside” four-piece, VYNCE newest single April Showers begs to differ.

The beat in this song is similar to that, of how one who does not do manual labour would imagine, of the timing of beating a nail into a piece of wood.

It appears that VYNCE have decided to follow up a similar sound to The XX, after they have taken a hand full of well-needed anti-depressants (of course).

With the minimalist sound being adopted it is truly amazing how much this band have managed to do with two different hooks.

The main one being the guitar, but also the simple yet enjoyable lyrics of frontman Peter Pegasiou.

The main hook of the lyrics being in the middle-eight, “Do you love me? Do you love me?” – though it sounds like an adolescent female is an absolute delight to listen to, sang so very well too.

It is refreshing to hear an indie band writing songs that don’t leave you reaching for the dictionary every time your favourite part comes up.

Go enjoy their bashful leopard print aesthetics, here:

Peace Cover Wham’s Christmas Classic – “Last Christmas”.

Peace Cover Wham’s Christmas Classic – “Last Christmas”.

Amidst the first night of their winter tour; Peace decided to cover the Christmas classic; “Last Christmas”.

 

The boys are playing a series of dates in the early stages of December 2013, including two nights at the iconic Shephard’s Bush in London.

 

Peace will play:

Nottingham, Rock City (November 29)
Glasgow, QMU (30)
Newcastle, Hoult’s Yard (December 1)
Leeds, Metropolitan University (2)
Liverpool, East Village Arts Club (3)
Oxford, O2 Academy (5)
London, O2 Shepherds Bush Empire (6)
London, O2 Shepherds Bush Empire (7)
Portsmouth, Pyramid (8)
Norwich, Waterfront (10)
Manchester, Ritz (11)
Birmingham, University Anson Rooms (12)
Birmingham, O2 Academy (13)

In support are Yorkshire duo Drenge sporting their mash-up of Blues and Grunge.

 

The tour has already started yet most dates haven’t yet sold out. But, much like one of the golden tickets to get into the Chocolate Factory, I am one of the very lucky few who have got hold of one.

 

Get the remainder of tickets here:

http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/search?tm_link=tm_homeA_header_search&user_input=Peace+&q=Peace+&search.x=-758&search.y=-32

 

Read more here:

http://www.nme.com/news/peace/72296