A night of wildly expansive music from several of the North West’s bright young things, Getintothis Peter Guy reflects on the latest crop of young Jedis in waiting.
Dunno about you, but we’re enjoying these.
On what was the evening of May 4, Deep Cuts Live reached it’s fourth edition, and featured once again an array of North West talent we’ve been tipping for sometime. The force was indeed strong.
In an imaginary parallel universe, with a far more convincing host, BBC Two’s flagship music programme Later… would be featuring a veritable cornucopia of sounds much like this one on offer in the heart of Liverpool’s city centre as Buyers Club bore witness to music from the world’s of experimental electronica, progressive rock, tropical punk and lo-fi pop.
Backed with the Television-toting, rare groove-rotation machine that is Elliot Hutchinson of Bold Street wax emporium, Dig Vinyl, on the decks, it’s fair game to say the throng of revellers were treated to a kaleidoscopic aural banquet.
Regular at a variety of events during the last six months, Mary Miller once again proved one to keep a trained ear on with dazzling set of beguiling otherworldly lullabies. There’s a comforting assurance to her minimal, delicate melodies and we’d happily get wrapped up in them anytime. At the other end of the spectrum are Chester’s Chemistry Lane; dark, malevolent grooves which build and swell – the peak coming midset with a number which recalls Porcupine Tree channelling Massive Attack‘s Inertia Creeps – it’s brooding and extensive all the while set to break out into something thunderous. It doesn’t. It doesn’t need to, instead simply left snarling.
Oya Paya are an entirely different proposition once again – flamboyant time signatures and a quite brutal muscular rhythm section are under-pinned by a band who clearly revel in the live arena. Sharing jokes with the growing crowd theirs is a sound radio-ready oozing confidence yet wildly hard to pin down; mutant rock here, an ounce of jazz-timings there and even the repeated whistled vocal refrain of bird song. Intriguing to say the least.
Blackpool’s Tiger Tribe don’t mess about. The trio simply bludgeon Buyers Club to bits. With the bare brick walls sometimes a sound engineer’s nightmare, tonight, they’re coped with manfully, and it’s just as well as the Tiger’s roar their way through 30 minutes of power chords, kick drum battery and bass throoms. It’s gloriously epic topping the FestEvol set we first caught them at a little over 18 months ago.
Mark Lawless completes a night of expansive music by warming things up with a cauldron of gently bubbling pops and beats before breaking out some serious modulation and undulating rhythms. We’ve been a fan of his work for some years, however, it’s the first time we’ve caught him live and it’s little wonder the folks at underground electronic clubnight Emotion Wave have installed him as a regular.
Once again the sonics bounce around the club and the climax is akin, yet musically altogether very different, to the wall of noise Gnod brought here last year.
- The next Deep Cuts is at Buyers Club on Thursday June 8, 7pm. Stay tuned for the full line up.
Pictures by Getintothis’ Tom Williams