Liverpool Sound City: Burn Before Reading, Shanty Town: Heebie Jeebie’s, Metropolitan

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The Salford lads storm Metropolitan, Jack Atkins captures the messy jubilation.


Another day of unusually glorious weather embraces Sound City as Heebie Jeebie’s courtyard plays host to London group Burn Before Reading.
Filling a gap between the anthemic indie of acts like The Bravery and the frenetic energy of The Datsuns, BBR offer up a gruff somewhat grungey sound that retains the intricacies of their studio work.
Single Markers layers Damned-esque vocal stylings over a loose almost post-Madchester backing, before breaking down into a rousing chorus displaying stadium capabilities that belie their time spent as a full unit (roughly a year) delivered with fierce determination as drummer Garry pounds his drums with the power and fury akin to Keith Moon.
Currently putting the finishing touches to their debut album, helmed by Gordon Mills Jnr (Bluetones, Newton Faulkner) expect to hear more from this London quartet, because judging by their set here at Heebie Jeebie’s, the people of Liverpool will definitely be begging for more.
On the flipside to BBR is Shanty Town, a rawkus inner-city indie band from Salford. Before they even hit the stage the crowd are chanting their name, amped up and ready for their own slice of dirty rock.
Frontman Edde offers no apologies as Shanty Town launch straight into their set, a blistering mix of the Jam style punk crossed with Smiths-like musings. The crowd eat up every chord played, bopping and pogoing like possessed kangaroos, chanting the band’s name during even the slightest of breaks.
Having toured with the likes of Glasvegas and Reverend & the Makers, it’s clear this is four lads making music and loving every minute of it – and so too are their devoted fans.

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