DATE: Tuesday 13th May 2013
VENUE: Cavern Pub & Club, Mathew Street, Liverpool
COST: all free today
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 = 12
We Patriots, Sonya Titus, The Amazing Kappa, The Ace, The Reflections, The Parkas (part), Thomas McConnell, Janne Borgh Identity, Rob Clarke (part), Freddie Calls, Ocean City, Scott Howells (part)
CDs: Thomas McConnell, The Reflections, The Ace, IPO Vol 16
Next up was Londoner Sonya Titus. Billed in the programme as “stylings reminiscent of Joni Mitchell and Sheryl Crow with slight Alanis hints” we thought “oh no” but were pleasantly surprised by her fresh sounding gentle vocal that didn’t grate on our ears at all. A slight echo on the microphone and a keyboard player added to the overall experience. As she introduced each song, she was at times almost apologising for not having a band behind her, telling us that on her album, the song was more up beat with the full band version. There was no need for her to apologise for the songs – they could stand up on their own as acoustic versions.
|The Amazing Kappa|
We were able to catch the last two songs from The Parkas, a band which will also be playing at the London IPO. This is a young, vibrant mod band who seemed to go down really well with the audience at the front stage. From what we heard we liked them and are looking forward to catching the full set in London.
He has the accolade of writing the only pop song about the Levinson Enquiry - “Blame It On Rebecca” captured the essence of the whole sordid affair. His set did include one cover, a Beatles song, but only at the request of one of the audience. A rising star for sure.
Have a listen to a track from his EP here https://soundcloud.com/thomasmcconnell/just-a-little-bit-jill
The Janne Borgh Identity, from Sweden, is a band who (we believe) have played many IPOs and yet we have never seen them before. What a hidden treasure they are. A three piece, with the lead looking like a bit of a character and a drummer who looked like a young Pierce Brosnan, they delivered a well performed set, which had the right mix in that the vocals were not drowned out by the guitar and drums. Indeed the vocals were fantastic. This is good old solid powerpop and they really rocked the Cavern. The blurb in the programme said that Janne “certainly knows his way around a great melody and a catchy hook” and that hits the nail on the head. Worth catching again. www.janneborgh.com
|Janne Borgh Identity|
We popped back across to the pub to catch an act that was included on the bill at the last minute, Rob Clarke and the Wooltons. Obviously a local band, they have probably had a few years of gigging. However the mix in the pub let them down tonight, with the vocal so low in the mix it was inaudible, totally dominated by the guitar and drums.
The back stage was running about 30 minutes behind schedule so we were able to catch most of the set from a young London band called Freddie Calls. In our IPO research we felt they sounded quite similar to Train. Their sound was not the only good thing about them - the lead singer really made this band – he was a great front man, with charisma and confidence who jumped around on stage, kept the time, loved the audience and played a lot of air guitar. They had a good look about them too – all young, tall, thin and some great haircuts. The energy just oozed and they really rocked. They reminded us of pop sensations the Last Carnival and have a lot of potential.
On the front stage, Scott Howells, and his new project were getting ready to play. We didn’t stay for the whole set as it was getting late and we are preserving our strength for the early starts/late nights later in the week, but the songs we did hear were pretty good. Scott is a good guitar player and his vocals were strong too.