GIG: International Pop Overthrow
DATE: Saturday 16th May 2015
VENUE: The Cavern Club (we didn't actually see anyone in the Pub today!)
COST: Club Entrance charge - £2.50 entrance between 1-8pm, £4 all day or after 8pm
OUR VERDICT: Scottish Invasion
This 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 around 140 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!!!! 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 = 10
The Dreamboats, The Supernaturals, The Junipers (twice), B-Side, Las Annettes, The Springtime Anchorage (part), The Wellgreen, The Fast Camels, Electroshock Therapy, Button Up
Number of bands seen in the IPO so far = 50
Las Annettes 7” Vinyl, Supernaturals
Day number 5……and we were up early so that we did not miss the second appearance from the band everyone was still talking about – The Dreamboats. Saturday lunchtime in the Cavern Club usually has a transient crowd. The tourists wander in, take a few snaps and then move on. That didn’t happen today. With The Dreamboats totally in charge of the front Stage, everyone who walked in stopped and stayed. We have never seen the Cavern so full (and hot) on a Saturday lunchtime. The foursome from Canada were on top form again. They sounded great, their stage moves were timed to perfection and they totally ripped up the rule book and gave us raw, rock and roll with a 21st Century feel to it. The energy they have is fantastic and the audience absorbed every piece of it. This a band that will be remembered for a long time to come, for all the right reasons.
Today we saw this brilliant band twice and both times they took us on a musical journey which filled our ears with lush harmonies and gentle tunes which also warmed the Cavern Club. The songs were bright and breezy, although at times we felt they were too short and we were left wanting more!
It's definitely worth checking out their albums - your ears will thank you.
|The Junipers at home in the Cavern Club|
From Spain, a band Minty was not going to miss, given her love of all things Girl Groups – Las Annettes. With Paul Bevoir and Mickey Dias (from The Jet Set and the Family Way) in the band supporting this delightful trio, we knew this was going to be a fab set. Our expectations were more than exceeded.
The main vocalist in the group has a great voice,
and with the other two girls adding delicious backing vocals, throw in choreographed
dance moves, the constant smiles and the general 60’s girl group sound, we were
spoiled. Most of the songs were sung in Spanish, so we didn’t know what they
were actually singing about, but that didn’t matter. They sounded good, the
vocals blended so well and the beat to the songs was really authentic 60’s
girls pop. They did sing a couple of Paul's songs in English and the real stand out one was “Kiss Me”, ending with a cheeky
kiss blown to the audience at the end. We loved this band.
|Las Annettes bring their girl group sound to the Cavern Club|
|The Springtime Anchorage|
One of our very favourite Scottish bands, The Wellgreen were up next. They started their set with a jaw dropping a cappella short song (like Our Prayer) and went straight into their set, with an up-tempo number. This is psych-pop at its finest. The Live Lounge (Back Stage) was filled to bursting and the audience lapped up every song in their set.
Stand out numbers were the title song from their latest album “Grin And Bear It” which has some fabulous “whoo whoo whoo whoo’s” and with a dedication to his father, Dan McGeever delivered lead on a really emotional “She’s the Greatest” which left us an emotional mess, in tears, and the rest of the crowd in awe of such a great vocal experience from all of the band. The harmony was to die for. What a fabulous performance from this vibrant foursome from Glasgow (and Edinburgh).
|The Wellgreen, just wowed everyone|
Our other very favourite Scottish band, Glasgow’s finest, The Fast Camels controlled the Live Lounge. This is a band we have thought nothing of driving the 400 miles north to see play a gig in their home town and we are big fans of their psychedelic songs.
This year they have a 5th
member, CJ on tambourine and backing vocals which really added to the overall
vocal experience. Each song follows its own musical adventure, taking you high
and low, fast and faster with some brilliant vocals, fantastic guitar riffs (the
one of Penny Pinching Debt Collector really stands out) and the drum beat is
terrific, strong and crazy!. This line up has been in place for a few years now
and they have really found their sound together. They were great when we first
saw them, but they just get better and better every time we see them.
|The Fast Camels|
|Drew and Mark - the Fast Camels|
Anyone to the right of the stage would not have seen the lead vocalist, who was hidden behind a large music stand (acting as a comfort blanket) that was not actually needed as she glanced at it only a couple of times.
And so, after another 14 hour music fest we trundled back to our hotel……… see you back tomorrow for the last few bands.