Getintothis’ Jake Marley witnessed one of the hottest bands around and a host of local talent kick off a euphoric new Liverpool gig night.
Swansea band Trampolene have been giving one back to their adoring fans recently with a series of gigs in fans’ houses and garages. Their Liverpool offering was part of a new Vinyl Junkie night, although on the face of it in a venue and on a stage, turned out to be anything but a standard gig. A ‘pay what you want’ policy was in operation on the door, with the band wanting to put on a show for the fans first and foremost.
Support on the night came from a trio of local bands – The Jjohns, Generation and Colour. Each of which played to healthy crowds.
Liverpool quartet The Jjohns opened. They’re the sort of band that although they’re not going to set the world on fire by offering something you’ve never heard before, put in a solid performance of upbeat indie that’s throughly enjoyable if not a little too common in these parts.
Next up supremely styled foursome Generation – formerly SPARES. An outfit that have always had it, tonnes of gnarly attitude, bags of energy and an anthemic sound fit to fill venues. They’re as tight as they come and boast proper frontman in Dean Carne, a real crowd pleasing band with loads of potential.
Final support COLOUR offered a bit of variety on the lineup with more light jangly riffs and funky basslines, more light indie-rock with pop touches. You’d never expect to see them placed on a bill alongside Trampolene but they’re a solid enough outfit and their tunes hold up well live.
Now, headliners Trampolene have created quite a buzz; whether it be frontman Jack Jones‘ poetic exploits both in his own right and on tour with The Libertines, their euphoric live sets or their desire to give back to the fans in any way possible. There’s something special brewing and you’d be mad not to be a part of it.
Live they’re as intimate as they come, a point enforced even more by The Magnet’s hugely intimate feel as a venue. Wordsmith Jack Jones likes to come off stage and walk round the crowd when performing his increasingly famed poetry such as the fantastic Ketamine and Artwork of Youth, offering an intimate experience for fans to get up close and personal with one of the finest young lyrical talents around.
Seeing Trampolene in such an intimate setting really felt like a ‘I was there moment’ as this is clearly a band going places, their songs won’t allow any less nor do they deserve less, to quote a good friend Mikey Jonns of This Feeling ‘It’s just a matter of time- they [Trampolene] will be massive.’
As ever Jones proclaimed ‘I’ve ripped up the setlist, what do you want to hear?’ before taking suggestions from the crowd and thrashing through track after track from Tom Hardy to Alcohol Kiss, the anthemic Divided Kingdom and beyond. The crowd sung every word back and filled in the lines to both the song lyrics and poetic verses. Jones‘ repeated jaunts into the crowd and on-stage antics including pulling the stage curtain across the drummer and teaching various crowd members to play the guitar alongside him made the night feel a lot more than just a gig. It was an experience and a very memorable one. We all scream for Tramp-o-lene.