GIG: International Pop Overthrow
DATE: Sunday 17th May 2015
VENUE: The Cavern Pub and Club
COST: Club Entrance charge - £2.50 between 1-8pm, £4 all day or after 8pm
OUR VERDICT: Hate Goodbyes

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 = 4
Blake Jones & The Trike Shop, The Fast Camels, Las Annettes, Honeybug

Number of bands seen in the IPO so far = 51

Blake Jones and the Trike Shop – The Underground Garden / Teasers From The Whispermaphone

Blake Jones and  Theremin
Day number 6……and of the four bands we saw today, there was just one band we had not already seen this year - Blake Jones and the Trike Shop. From California, Blake is a shadow of his former self since we last saw him at the 2011 IPO, and he was looking trim and healthy and sounding great. David Bash primed the audience and told us we would be entertained, and we were. 

This is another band who don’t turn the amps all the way up, and we could hear every instrument and vocal. With a flute and a Theremin alongside the traditional “pop” instruments we loved this band.  

The songs are very well crafted, and this is another US band who do great power pop. The Theremin was used for a great instrumental version of “Goldfinger” and they wound up their set with a very Zappa influenced song (the clue was in the title) “Ross Used To Play Us His Frank Zappa Records”! It was brilliant.

Blake Jones And The Trike Shop

The Fast Camels
The Fast Camels in Action
Sometimes it is good to see both slots for a band as you are not guaranteed to see the same thing! The second appearance at this year’s IPO from The Fast Camels was completely different to their Saturday night slot – today we got an experimental set. Starting off with a regular song they perform, “Der Nazi Tea” they progressed to songs we knew less well, or didn’t know at all, including some new songs. All were in the true Fast Camels style, weaving through great guitar riffs, and different tempos with a nod to Arthur Lee’s Love.  
Joe, the drummer was shattered afterwards as all of the songs had a frantic drum beat and he hardly paused for breath. The guitarist from Blake Jones & The Trike Shop completely freaked out and just danced madly through the whole psychedelic set!
If this was a taster for the new album, we want it now!!!

We missed the first part of Las Annettes’ second performance at the IPO, but were just in time to hear “Kiss Me”.  This trio would blend in perfectly on the TAMI show or Ready Steady Go, and despite the reduced stage area in the Cavern Pub, they still managed to do their choreographed dances. Our ears were treated to that 60’s Girl group sound, with lots of “oooh oooh ooohs” and a few “la la la la’s”. This bubbly trio smiled thoughout the whole set - they enjoyed it, we enjoyed it and the sound engineer Andy enjoyed it - he was dancing along and said it was the best thing he had heard all week!  Certainly a highlight of this year’s IPO.

Las Annettes

With Honeybug rocking out in the Cavern Pub, and a great audience behind them, it was a good way to draw our IPO to a close. A bit of gentle banter in between songs, it was great to see Ni back on top form and to hear the songs we have heard so many times on a solo basis being done in a true rock style. This is testament to the strength of Ni’s songs – it doesn’t matter if it’s one vocal and a keyboard or backed with a drum, strong bassline and rock god style guitar, it works.

So, our 5 and a half day fest came to a close. See you all next year
Our Booty

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