DATE: Wednesday 14th 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 = 8
Matthew Pop, The Janne Borgh Identity, Split Sofa (twice), The Housekeeping Society, French Boutik, Junebug, DEON, Cherry Suede (part)
No of different bands seen so far = 19
Our second day started with act no 2 at the Pub. We were venturing into the unknown as the links on the IPO site did not lead us to any music for Matthew Pop. We had no idea what we were in for!. Matthew Pop are a three piece from Brooklyn. One song had a change of beat from the other songs and one had a kazoo part but in all, we were not overly impressed as most of the songs had a very basic drum beat and (maybe we are becoming more discerning) there was nothing new or adventurous in their sound. The guitarist had bought a new distortion pedal, and he was going to use it!
|The Janne Borgh Identity|
Check out his music on his website www.janneborgh.com
|The Janne Borgh Identity|
|The Housekeeping Society|
Junebug are a firm favourite at the IPO. We feel like we have watched them grow up over the last eight years, and seen their terrific Powerpop sound mature and just get better and better. The blend of vocal harmony from brothers Guy and Ralph, the rocking guitar sound, along with the terrific drumming from Warren are a great combination, and delivers a punchy, light hearted sound that really rocks and is worth checking out. This front stage set may have been the best we've seen from them. www.junebug.co.uk
Up next, DEON who have probably travelled the furthest this year to play at the Cavern – from Singapore, which despite David Bash's into, is NOT in Malaysia. The Republic of Singapore is a country in itself. With a few problems with the cymbals, it took a while to set up but once they got going what we heard was a sophisticated mix of vocal and music which moved from soft to a crescendo of rock. One song had been inspired from a visit to Iceland and as the guitar playing swam over you, it was easy to imagine being in an iced wilderness. This was another band who appreciate that vocals should win over gritty guitars!
Our last band today was Cherry Suede from Canada. A two piece with acoustic guitars, they were quite country in a Kassidy kind of way and it worked well.
We caught only part of their set as we headed out to "Upstairs at Erics" to catch some of Ian McNabb's open mic night.