DATE: Thursday 15th May 2013
VENUE: Cavern Pub & Club, Mathew Street, Liverpool
COST: £4 entry after 8pm at the club
This is blog is intended to be a way for us to capture our personal memories from all the gigs we go to see. The International Pop Overthrow in Liverpool hosts over 150 artists, across 3 stages, ranging from solo acts with an acoustic guitar to full on rock bands covering different music styles from folk, pop, rock and everything in between!!!! Whilst we can’t see every artist / band, we try to catch as many as we can. Some we like, some we love, some are pure nuggets and some are just not our cup of tea. This is just our personal opinion of the acts we see through the IPO festival, highlights and lowlights included. If there’s a band we are not fond of, do still check them out as tastes differ and you could have a different opinion from us.
Bands seen today = 8
The Last fakers (twice), Two Weeks Running, Sons of Jet (twice), Dave Lloyd, Midland Railway, Second Symphony (twice), Echo Lips (part), The Sympathy
No of different bands seen so far = 27
Day 3 started a bit later than normal for us and it was act no.4 on the bill, The Last Fakers which were our first band of the day, playing in the Pub. Our interest was piqued immediately when we saw a harmonica player in the band, all geared up with a guitar pedal board and his own microphone. Unfortunately we couldn’t hear the harmonica for the first two songs, but once the mix got sorted, it came through loud and clear. This is a band from the North East of England who really stood out for us. The lead vocals, shared between both guitarists were really good, and were well complimented with backing vocals, and they gave an authentic bluesy/rock kinda vibe. Their set in the pub ended with a cover of “Time For Action” which was a great choice and really suited their style. A mention in particular has to go to their drummer - he was just superb and had boundless energy.
|The Last Fakers during their second set|
|Two Weeks Running|
Regular IPO performer James Styring has appeared under various monikers over the years. Whether it’s Postcards From Places That Don’t Exist, The Popdogs or the new band Sons Of Jet, the one thing you’re guaranteed is quality songs and a great performance. James is an excellent communicator with his audience, and has a good thing going for him by having a very distinctive singing voice. What he touches musically is pure gold. Today, we saw both of their IPO performances, first in the Pub and later, on the Cavern’s front stage. where they gave out free copies of their CD single.
|Sons of Jet in the Cavern Pub|
|Sons of Jet's James Styring|
The new songs are just great – really catchy, which you can’t help but tap your foot and bounce your head to. Their rockabilly song “Brother” had people up dancing, and the waltz-like “We Cut Our Hair,” inspired by Stuart Sutcliffe’s paintings is a classic already.
The Beeb was invited up to perform The Everly Brothers’ “When Will I Be Loved” helping out with harmonica duties. Obviously he didn’t turn that invitation down.
|The Beeb adds Harmonica for "When Will I Be Loved"|
On his own with just an acoustic guitar, you can really appreciate the strength in his vocals and with some of Minty’s favourites in the set such as “Demons” and ”Soul Desert” it was a fantastic half hour. Unfortunately though, the background noise of the general chit-chat from the migratory club audience did interfere a little.
Over to the Back stage, and Midland Railway were ready to start. With feather boas draped around the microphone stands, you knew that was going to be a flamboyant band. Their set of quirky songs, such as being posh and not apologising for it, was something different and set them apart from many of the bands that play the IPO.
|David Novan from Midland Railway|
We found another nugget at the IPO tonight, a band from Glasgow called Second Symphony. Their first set was on the Back Stage and we enjoyed them so much we caught their second appearance in the pub later on. This five piece (that includes two brothers) had a really great buzz about them, with some nice guitar licks and the audience seemed to really love this band. They have a great sound and moved from rock to blues/country funk to a rock ballad easily. It takes a lot to get a ballad across at the IPO but this band hushed the crowd with theirs – the lead vocal being particularly strong. Indeed we noticed that with just a lead vocal and occasional backing vocals from the other guitarist, this is a testament to the vocal quality, as not many other bands can make this work well.
|Second Symphony in the Pub|
Have a listen to their music: http://www.reverbnation.com/secondsymphonymusic
Echo Lips were making their appearance at this year’s IPO on the front stage. Due to clashes with other bands we wanted to see, we only caught the last two songs of their set. With quite a generic powerpop sound, we did like what we heard.
The lead singer with this band is totally mad, and the front stage was not big enough to contain his energy and when he took the rope off from the front of the stage that acts as a barrier between the artists and the audience, we knew what was coming next, and sure enough he mingled with the crowd that were gathered to watch them. Fantastic stage presence. The drums sounded great and this was another band with a harmonica player, the harp being used for their final two songs.
After that, we popped across to the Pub for the last set from Second Sympathy (see above) and then headed back to our hotel. The IPO was definitely hotting up and tomorrow is a full day.
|The Beeb has a pint with Sons of Jet, James Styring after the gig|