A feast of bands from all around the globe comes to Sound City over the next three days, but there’s plenty from Liverpool worth savouring. Here’s a taster from Getintothis’ Jon Davies.
How do you like the sound of beautiful three-part harmonies packaged in songs from Velvet Underground‘s more tender moments and Cocteau Twins‘ psychedelic dreaminess? Sounds like a treat
Formed from former limbs of Indica Ritual, Outfit pare down the eccentricities a notch and let their inner pop out to play, with slightly creepy results. A decent amount of cassette-style nostalgia comes into play, peppered with oblique Smiths and Talking Heads references, then processed through Moritz van Ozwald vision.
Carving out the night-time haunt of Burial and Ghosting Season, Capac‘s blend of 90s deep house, bits of post-rock and Tony Allen style drum jams will swim around your headspace for a while. Expect politeness in between songs, don’t expect just a couple hoodie’d lads standing still behind their laptops.
If you’ve not heard Mugstar by now, just do it, you’ll be thankful. Having been around the scene for years, they’ve gathered a fervoured following of fellow krautheads, albeit with a pummeling Shellac slant to the proceedings.
One of the exciting new kids on the block for Liverpool, Rhodes bring American sunshine to the city’s music scene. Think all your favourite emo bands before emo became a dirty word, and what they lack in a lead singer, they more than make up with expansive guitar melodies.
Hot Club de Paris
Again another staple of the Liverpool scene. HCdP are one of the finest, funnest bands you’ll witness this Sound City, thanks to their mix of good alternative rock, 80s hardcore references and pop-punk singalongs.
Emily and the Faves
In many ways a classic Mersey band, but their knack for crafting wildly fresh psychedelic pop means they stand head and shoulders from tired revivalists.
Arguably the biggest name on the list here, Clinic have been sharpening their skill for creating kaleidoscopic, often weirded-out rock’n’roll for years now. Certainly worth a punt to catch their classics from the turn of the millennium.
Thanks be to Pete for putting me onto this. How British rock should sound, galvanising the sound of indie from 80s Rough Trade all the way up to today’s blend of NYC dance-punk and Britpop, put together with a sweet sense of humour and boppability.
Emerging from Liverpool’s indie darlings (for a while) Dire Wolfe, Dan Croll has since won some award saying he can sing an’ that. Dan will be presenting himself with a full band of good singers, acoustic guitars and other non-rock instruments for a set of hip swaying, jumper clinging and overall good times.