It has been a while. I’d like to say real life got in the way of posting here but the harsh reality is a mixture of anxiety, lethargy and sheer exhaustion. However, onwards and upwards as they say. There will be a couple of catch up posts and then hopefully more content as things go forward.
I admit I was having too much fun at IPO Liverpool this year to struggle with the Cavern Wifi in an attempt to post from the event.
There know follows a kind of master-post of the acts I saw, with photos, comments, links and stuff. Do check them out.
Micah was the perfect opening for IPO for me. I had first heard him play last year in the noisy front of the Cavern club. The Cavern Pub can be equally noisy, but this Tuesday afternoon slot was good audience-wise and the delightful tunes simply made my day.
If you like stuff by James Taylor and James Lee Stanley give Micah a listen. (In fact give him a listen anyway!)
Another “discovery” from last year that I was eager to see again. Beautiful songs, beautiful sounds, beautiful people.
Go and listen to the tunes on the website for a sound that practically yells groovy west coast pop.
The Cherry Bluestorms
I was really pleased to hear this band were returning to IPO Liverpool. They remain the only band I’ve seen play at Eric’s so far (which was on their last visit). They have a great psychedelic garage sound and do not disappoint live.
I’ve included footage I took below, but there was a problem with the sound on my device, so please forgive the odd sound anomalies. (And go to their FB page for more videos!)
Fun Of The Pier
Fun of The Pier have a permanent place of my Must-See list at IPO. They have another member these days, but Sunday’s show was as a duo.
There’s an album coming soon and quite frankly I can’t wait. They had a free 2 track promo CD on the merch desk, and both of the tracks (and some working mixes) are on the soundcloud page. I’ve posted my favourite of the two below.
I am utterly biased when it comes to this band. Ni is one of my favourite humans and has been since about 2006. This year Honeybug brought the 80s to IPO and treated us to some very different versions of tunes we know and love as well as new ones. The 80s Pop/Christmas version of Throwaway is most definitely my favourite!
Hailee’s voice is amazing and she is a lovely person to boot. When she takes to the stage she instantly wins over the entire audience, even those who aren’t there for IPO. She also always looks like she is having the best time ever on stage and that is infectious.
There’s song samples on her site along with a link to buy her CD.
The video below is from an extra show with Dave Rave at IPO after the rest of the band had left.
I love Dave. He brings joy with him wherever he goes. This year saw his 14th trip to IPO Liverpool and it was really cool to have a bit of spare time just to hang out.
Check out the bandcamp page for his latest release with The Governors as well as lots of other splendid tunes. I highly recommend the opening track of the Live With What You Know album.
My heart is heavy with the news that my friend and music blogger, Tim Hall, passed away recently. Through his infectious enthusiasm he introduced me to so much music that I may never have stumbled upon otherwise.
I remember him asking if we could meet for a beer before his work took him down to Reading. We joked about meeting people from the internet and which one of was going to turn out to be the axe murderer.
Seeing him lost in the music at the couple of gigs we both attended brought home just how much the music meant to him, as did his writing and his social media interactions.
It seems such an alien concept that won’t see another tweet or blog post from him, or spot him at a concert.
I will leave you with a link to his music blog, his legacy.
Thank you Tim, rest well.
Sorry, it’s been a bit hectic lately, but expect a flurry of posts very soon as I catch up with myself.
I came across The Suns via the International Pop Overthrow festival, and got to see them supporting The Zombies a few years ago too.
The first single from their forthcoming new album is available digitally now from various places – iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, Spotify, Soundcloud (see below)
Give it a listen, I’m just about to stick it on my mp3 player for travelling.
One of the bad things about not posting for a while is that I didn’t tell you all about the new release by B-Leaguers. They have three awesome tracks on an album split with Hooligan Crooners.
You can get a download and/or a physical version of the album by clicking here.
And if you want to know what you are letting yourself in for check out the video below for the song “World Famous (In A Little Town)” Loving it guys!! More soon please?!
This was an interesting gig. It’s been a good few years before I’ve even attempted to be at the front of a standing gig. Usually at the Arena I opt for seats just to be able to pause for a little while and rest my weary bones, however this time around I ended up with a standing ticket. My original plan was to leave my gig buddy to get himself down the front while I hovered at the back where there was space and just hope to be able to catch a glimpse of the show on the stage. Then Paul got picked for First To The Barrier Wristbands. What can I say, I had to give it a chance. I reasoned that if it became too much I could just duck back and revert to the original plan. It turns out that I stayed there at the front (off to the side, I’m not insane) for the whole gig and got to see the show from a completely different perspective than usual. Largely ignorant of the vast crowd behind me, it was brilliant to get to see the band up close. We were right below one of the pedestals so Bruce would often appear right above us.
About a third of the set list was from the latest album, Book Of Souls, including the title track. The rest were a cross section of well known songs, all very much appreciated by the die-hards down the front. Theatrics included Eddie’s heart being ripped from his body, offered in sacrifice and finally flung out into the eager audience. The energy from the stage was almost tangible at these close quarters. I may have ended up with sore feet and back ache but it was worth it to see just how much fun seems to be had on the stage. Plus the negatives were definitely out-shone by the sheer joy of enjoying the music. I still can’t believe this was my first gig of the year, I know I’m starting earlier next year, no fear!
As you may be able to tell I got some reasonably good photos on my little camera, and although it seems like I took a lot I really did spend most of my time taking in as much of the show as I could. The interplay between everyone on stage was entertaining and this is a band that knows how to work a crowd whether you are at the front or at the back. Bruce leapt around the stage with such energy that I was knackered just watching and it was good to see that the recent health scare hadn’t taken any of that performance away. Maiden is always good value for your ticket money and this show was no exception. If fate decreed this to be the last time I get to see them live, I couldn’t complain. It was an amazing night.
June sees the 50th anniversary of the release of the Sgt Pepper LP and the It Was Fifty Years Ago Today documentary by Alan G Parker will be out to celebrate the fact. Visit the film website for details of showings and pre-orders are already available via Amazon UK for the DVD/Blu-Ray release in July.
In the meantime here’s the trailer –