I went to 33-45 Parr Street to review a CD and live event on Thursday
3rd July. The event was 'Liverpool Music Today' which featured bands and
singers produced by Robbie at Sonica Records who I had the pleasure of
meeting and must thank for his hospitality. The featured musicians included
The Kambourines, Duncan Stewart, Kaya, Strawhouses etc.
To begin with, the CD is a brilliant compilation of grassroots artists,
each with their own different style, some from Liverpool, some from Norway
etc. It is a great example of brand new bands, indie blending with folk,
psychedelic and Bob Dylan style music. A lot of it reminded me of the
The musicians played to quite a full house. Some caught the attention
of the crowd and some didn’t. But perhaps an air of competition
crept in as they were performing to each other with vibrancy.
The event began with Mark Jones as he started with the song from the
album ‘Life’s Alright’, which was slow and dramatic.
Following on from that he sent a message to people with his tune ‘Super
Lamb Bananas’ which created a good vibe whilst being blatant and
opinionated as is his ‘War Song’, which he next announced.
Horrible but true to life lyrics, good song though. Finishing off was
a song about writing songs but I think from what I could hear, either
it was a comical song or he ran out of ideas.
Next on came Lizzy Nunnery who was announced by Kaya. She started off
with a song called ‘Dancing’ which was a powerful song, sung
from a lovely harmonic voice. It reminded me of a hippie style ditty as
in ‘Time for Changes’ which was quiet but yet striking. ‘Concertina’
was played on a ukulele again sung with a harmonic warbling voice, ‘Hungry’
was a very folk, catchy tune.
Duncan Stewart was the Bob Dylan type of artiste, but with a modern touch
and a bit of content. His voice sounded very Richard Ashcroft. Kaya from
Norway strummed her way through her four songs sounding different and
unique but with a slight Sheryl Crow vibe especially with the riffs. Her
tune on the album, ‘Meatmarket’ was a special vibrant tune.
Tom George next sounded very Paul McCartney but with a male Bobby Gentry
riff style. These four songs were nicely picked with the guitar, with
an air of rebellion in his lyrics. I thought a couple of the songs were
upbeat, yet the other two sounded a little insipid but inspiring at the
same time. Nice easy listening melodies.
The Kambourines (also from Norway) consisted of Ragnhild Kambo Grov and
Endre. This was really fast and poppy folk-rock/punk but reminded me of
the early seventies. Great stuff.
The Trestles’ have shockingly vibrant soul inspiring energetic
tunes. They caught the audience with their passion and positivity. Very
different to other bands although the melodies were slightly slow and
easy listening with the power behind it all. Definitely one to watch.
Strawhouses were the last act and I would like to mention the CD they
asked me to review that they recorded separately which I will talk about
later. Watching them live, I would describe them as a cross between Radiohead,
Oasis and Blur all at the same time. They had great voices and a lot of
passion in what they were doing. Watching them perform was like watching
The Kinks in their stage presence. They were influenced by Tom Waits and
Finally to discuss the Strawhouses' three track EP. 'The Willing’
is very a indie, lively tune which Paul, the singer, wrote. 'Sunlight’
and ‘Photophobia’ both very Oasis (early) kind of sound. Powerful
stuff. I think the band will do very well and I hope they climb up the
charts. What an EP.
I had a great night and I think each band or singer had what it takes
to make it big. I could have been looking at famous people in the making.
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