DATE:: Sunday 20th May 2012
VENUE: The Cavern Pub
COST: all free
OUR VERDICT: Close Harmony
The International Pop Overthrow in Liverpool hosts over 150 artists, across 5 stages, ranging from solo acts with an acoustic guitar to full on rock bands covering different music styles form folk, pop, rock and everything in between!!!!
During our time at the festival, we can’t see every artist / band, but we do aim to see as many as we can. Some of the bands / artists just aren’t our cup of tea, some are good and some are just pure nuggets and our blog is a personal account of what we thought of each day, highlights and lowlights included.
Day six was a short day for us, as today we were heading home. But we couldn’t leave Liverpool without spending an hour in the company of friends, watching and listening to a couple of Beach Boys & surf inspired bands.
Surfs Up, an eleven piece including keyboard, saxophones and flutes, tambourine, a great falsetto and some harmonious backing vocals, spilled from the Pub stage onto the floor. It is unusual for a covers band to grace the stage of the IPO and this group gave us a whole set of Beach Boys numbers, from “Wild Honey”, through to “Good Vibrations” and a medley of some songs the average Beach Boys appreciator may not recognise, including “Keepin’ The Summer Alive” and a bit of the brand new Beach Boys song “That’s Why God Made The Radio”. A healthy crowd was in the pub, enjoying the harmonies and really seemed to appreciate this group. Whilst we do prefer hearing original material during the IPO, Surfs Up were pretty good and hit the mark with the audience.
We had enjoyed the falsetto and Brian Wilson inspired harmonies from The Sunny Boys last night, that we caught their second slot. It was lovely to listen to their songs, being very close to a Brian Wilson composition without being a direct copy of The Beach Boys. They had a really full, summery sound, and we loved them. Once again they included the song about surfing in the snow, with the refrain from “My Sharona”. These guys are really good.
It was really nice that The Beat Rats all appeared in the pub to say goodbye before we left. Big hugs all round...and a promise to get back to New York City ASAP!
After that, we had to hit the road.
Until next year…….
The StatsTotal number of bands seen today = 2
Number of bands seen more than once today = 0
OverallTotal number of bands seen = 54
Number of bands seen more than once during the IPO = 6