Getintothis guestlist selections Part Three: Liverpool Bands and Artists on 2017

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Getintothis End of Year Picks as chosen by artists and bands

Getintothis End of Year Picks as chosen by artists and bands

From established greats to the future of Merseyside music, an array of Liverpool’s best and brightest bands pick out their personal peaks of the year, and give us their tips for what lies ahead.

The year 2017 has been quite a milestone for many within the Merseyside music scene, with plenty of our region’s acts pushing against a tide of obstacles to deliver brilliant new sounds and performances to our senses.

As you may well have seen in our recent Getintothis’ New Breed of 2017, the fight for music acts, especially new ones, to flourish today is real and very much at large.

From a lack of resources, the continued shadow of gentrification closing our creative spaces or any number of variables that continue to shit upon our talent from a great height, there are most definitely issues that need to be addressed and tackled together by all within the community.

But amongst this, there are signs of hope.

This year has seen acts like She Drew The Gun and The Vryll Society continue to fly the flag for our region’s talent, with a swathe of critical acclaim following stellar performances at Glastonbury and SXSW respectively, while the blossoming stages of Wrong Festival and Positive Vibrations Festival of Reggae continue to thrive.  Meanwhile,  the next wave of fresh acts to grace us with their gifts is perhaps the richest it has been for many a year.

None so is this demonstrated then in our own Deep Cuts nights. What started out as an idea among friends, has swiftly snowballed into arguably one of the premier nights to see new artists from across the Northwest and beyond.

Whether it be the Nordic angelic harmonies of I See Rivers, the blistering Scouse hip hop from Beyond Average or fuzz laden rock riffs from Pale Rider, once a month people who have a genuine love and hunger for new music, have come to see what surprises are in store as they climb the stairs to the top of the Buyers Club.

For this writer at least, it provides both pride and optimism in what we are doing and what the future may hold for our region. Despite all the struggles that our artists may face, we are sure that they will continue to bring incredible sounds to our senses. How we help them to flourish more is where the real work begins. Craig MacDonald

Xam Volo

Xam Volo

Xam Volo

Top Albums of 2017:

Rapsody – Laila’s Wisdom
Moses Sumney – Aromanticism
Kelela – Take Me Apart
Daniel Caesar – Freudian
MXXWLL – Beats Vol. 1

Top Track of 2017:

Moses Sumney – Doomed

Top Gigs of 2017:

Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles – Koko, London

Event of 2017

“First sold out headline show in October”

Music Tip for 2018

Sub Blue and SPXKEN

Cabbage

Cabbage

Cabbage

Top Albums of 2017:

Idles – Brutalism
The Moonlandingz – Interplanetary Class Classics
Sleaford Mods – English Tapas
Stormzy – Gang Signs and Prayer

Top Track of 2017:

Morrissey – Spent The Day In Bed
Big Shaq Man’s Not Hot
PinsServe The Rich

Top Gigs of 2017:

Flaming Lips – Festival No.6
Shame
By:Larm Festival, Oslo
Weaves Eagle Inn, Salford
Kate TempsetGlastonbury
Cage The Elephant
BBK, Bilbao
The Blinders
Festival No.6

Event of 2017

Y not Festival
Emmaus 20th Birthday Bash

Music Tip for 2018

Afghan Sand Gang, No Friendz, False Advertising and MOLD

She Drew The Gun play The GIT Award 2017

She Drew The Gun at The GIT Awards 2017

She Drew The Gun

Top Albums of 2017:

Kendrick LamarDamn

“Hats off to Compton’s finest and the current king of Hip Hop. He’s making one hell of a soundtrack to his life. Humble. Pride. DNA.”

Timber TimbreSincerely Future Pollution

“A nice little change in direction and I don’t think it was too obvious, warm wavy synths, its’ slightly sexier than before, dark desert music, lyrics as always, evoking stories straight out of a Hunter S Thompson comic strip book. Velvet Gloves. Grifting. Sewer Blues.”

Cigarettes After SexCigarettes After Sex

“I thought at first listen it might be too much to have an album all at this pace but it’s just different and lovely, I’m a sucker for an androgynous vocal but mostly I just like the songs, K sucks you in from the start.”

King KruleThe Ooz

“Just like the slackness of it, the vocals, almost spoken word, its a bit of a cauldron of sounds and almost like a live stream of consciousness jazz band, but think it’s the mood of it that stays with you.”

Hurray for the Riff RaffThe Navigator

“Beautiful country tinged, Latin flavoured, protest storytelling, with the bonus of being a sci-fi concept album. Just gutted I didn’t get onto these before their recent Liverpool gig.”

Top Track of 2017:

Hers What Once Was 

Top Gigs of 2017:

WeezerSXSW, Austin

“Ticked a gigantic box for me finally seeing one of my favourite bands of all time and in a relatively small hall in Austin were they played a proper greatest hits set. Say it ain’t soooooooo.”

RadioheadGlastonbury.

“Had to pick one and although both Chic and Barry Gibb were unreal I just cant get past that part where Johnny Greenwood’s guitar came in on Creep and everyone’s faces were like Phwaaaat. I’ve seen Radiohead at their own gigs which can feel a little bit one way like you’re just taking in every moment, witnessing the best band in the world, which is fair, but always wanted to see them at a festival where people are a little bit more, well, wild. Outstanding.”

Conor OberstLa Maroquinerie, Paris

“When you get whisked off to Paris by your girl to see one of your all time songwriting heroes, that.”

Kate Tempest –  Deer Shed

“The heavens opened pretty much as soon as she came out onstage for this, her first headliner, perfect weather to catch Let Them Eat Chaos in its full apocalyptic glory.”

Flamingods Kilburn Garden Party

“Something about the glorious Scottish coastal background, the Castle grounds, the woodland stage, the sun going down, the friends, the magic kicking in, the perfect psychedelic explosion on stage. Brand new.”

Event of 2017

Skeleton Coast

“Too many good festivals this year but just got to give it to Alfie and Martin for pulling off an amazing Skeleton Coast, from Jane Weaver to Marvin Powell, to Cabbage the gigs were boss.”

Music Tip for 2018

Mamatung, Marvin Powell, The Mysterines and Colonel Mustard.

Ali Horn

Ali Horn

Ali Horn

Top Albums of 2017:

Grandaddy – Last Place
Oh Sees – Orc
Guantanamo Baywatch – Desert Center
Jesus and Mary Chain – Damage and Joy
King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard – Flying Microtonal Banana

Top Tracks of 2017:

TV/ME – Space Geno
The Orielles – Sugar Tastes Like Salt
Gintis – Dennis/ Oh My Little Malcontent

Top Gigs of 2017:

Robbie Williams/ Erausure – Ethiad Stadium, Manchester
King Khan & The Shrines/ King Gizzard and The Lizard WizardBeaches Brew Festival

Event of 2017

Smithdown Road Festival/ Beaches Brew Festival

Music Tip for 2018

Jalen N’Gonda

Peaness

Peaness

Peaness

Top Albums of 2017:

Ryan Adams Prisoner
Everything Everything – A Fever Dream
The Big Moon – Love in the 4th Dimension 
John Mayer – The Search for Everything
Queens of The Stone Age – Villans

Top Tracks of 2017:

Get Inuit/ Indoors Pets – All My Friends
Real Estate – Darling
Alvvays – In Undertow
The Shins – Name For You
Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile – Over Everything

Top Gigs of 2017:

The Shins Green Man Festival – “I cried a bit”

Event of 2017

2000 Trees was amazing for us because it was our first ever festival and people actually turned up haha!”

Music Tip for 2018

Indoor Pets

Pale Rider

Pale Rider

Pale Rider

Top Albums of 2017:

The Black Angels – Death Song
Oh Sees – Orc
Thundercat – Drunk
King Krule – The Ooz
Jane Weaver – Modern Kosmology

Top Tracks of 2017:

BRMC – Little Thing Gone Wild
Trudy and the Romance – Is There A Place I Can Go

Top Gigs of 2017:

The Black Angles – Liverpool Pysch Fest
The Lucid Dream Shipping Forecast
Fast N’ Bulbous
District

Event of 2017

Liverpool Pysch Fest
Fast N’ Bulbous

Music Tip for 2018

Eyesore & the Jinx

The Orielles

The Orielles

The Orielles

Top Albums of 2017:

Grandaddy Last Place
Happyness Write In
Girl Ray Earl Grey
ESG – Keep On Moving
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard  – Sketches of Brunswick East

Top Tracks of 2017:

Laetitia Sadier The Berlin Friend 
Trudy and the Romance – Ruff Ryder
Baxter DuryMiami
LCD SoundsystemOther Voices
OmniEquestrian

Top Gigs of 2017:

The Pastels – The White Hotel, Salford
Tops – The Ritz, Manchester
Liverpool Psych Fest
Plain Vanilla
EBGBS, Liverpool
A Certain Ratio – The Ritz, Manchester

Event of 2017

20th Century Women  –  “Film soundtrack & social commentary! EVERYONE needs to watch this film!”

Music Tips for 2018

“Keep your eyes on Party Hardly, Starwheel and Fat Spatula! All three are insanely good bands that supported us on tour and genuinely blew our minds and made us nervous to follow them.”

St. Jude the Obscure

St. Jude the Obscure

St Jude and The Obscure

Top Albums of 2017:

Aldous Harding– Party
Big Thief – Capacity
Mount Eerie – A Crow Looked At Me

Top Tracks of 2017:

Big Thief – Mary
Arcade Fire – Everything Now
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Sad Waters 

Top Gigs of 2017:

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Manchester Arena
Conor Oberst & Big Thief O2 Academy, Liverpool
Aldous Harding
Gorilla, Manchester
The Magnetic Fields
Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

Event of 2017

Women’s March

Music Tip for 2018

A Lovely War, Kepla and Dialect.

Black Pulp

Black Pulp

Black Pulp

Top Albums of 2017:

War On Drugs – A Deeper Understanding
Loyle Carner – Yesterday’s Gone

Top Tracks of 2017:

Everything Everything – Night of the Long Knives
Blaenavon – My Bark is Your Bite
Will Joseph Cook – Water’s Gone Cold

Top Gigs of 2017:

Astles – Leaf, Merseyrail Sound Station Final “absolutley spellbinding”
Bad Sounds – Jimmys, Manchester

Event of 2017

“Re-opening of Manchester Arena show; music in the face of adversity is the best kind of music”

Music Tip for 2018

Astles

Mary Miller

Mary Miller

Mary Miller

Top Albums of 2017:

SZA – Ctrl
Tyler The Creator – Flower Boy
Goldlink – At What Cost
Loyle Carner – Yesterday’s Gone
Mount Kimbie – Love What Survives

Top Track of 2017:

SZA Prom

Top Gig of 2017:

Jungle – Invisible Wind Factory, Liverpool Music Week

Event of 2017

LIMF

Music Tip for 2018

Smerz

Strange Collective

Strange Collective

Strange Collective

Top Album of 2017:

Thee Oh Sees Orc

Top Track of 2017:

Thee Oh Sees – Animated Violence

Top Gig of 2017:

Liverpool Psych Fest

Event of 2017

Liverpool Psych Fest

Music Tip for 2018

Eyesore and The Jinx, Yamerer

Eyesore and the Jinx

Eyesore and the Jinx

Eyesore & The Jinx

Top Albums of 2017:

The MoonlandingzInterplanetary Class Classics
DudsOf a Nature or Degree
ProtomartyrRelatives in Descent
OmniMulti-task
Alex CameronForced Witness

Top Tracks of 2017:

ProtomartyrMy Children
Cigarettes After SexApocalypse
Goat GirlCracker Drool

Top Gigs of 2017:

The Fall, Hookworms – Arts Club, Liverpool
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds –  Manchester Arena, Manchester

Events of 2017

“2017 General Election/Labour Party gains, National League play-off final (until the 41st minute)
and the demise of Hollywood.”

Music Tips for 2018

Mincemeat, Shame

Vryll Society

Vryll Society

The Vryll Society

Top Albums of 2017:

Charlotte Gainsbourg – Rest
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Flying Microtonal Banana
Foxygen – Hang
The War On Drugs – A Deeper Understanding
Queens of The Stone Age – Villains

Top Gigs of 2017:

Radiohead Manchester Cricket Ground
Mac DeMarco
Liverpool Guild of Students
CHIC Echo Arena
Jamiroquai MEN Arena
Todd Terje The Underground

Event of 2017

“Our biggest event of 2017 was definitely playing SXSW over in Austin, Texas – It was our first visit over to the States and we absolutely buzzed off it and we cant wait to get back over there!”

Music Tip for 2018

” Make sure you get on our album!”

Hooton Tennis Club

Hooton Tennis Club

Hooton Tennis Club

Top Albums of 2017:

Golden Teacher – No Luscious Life
POND – The Weather
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Sketches on Brunswick East
Hand Habits – Wildly Idle
Kendrick Lamar – Damn

Top Track of 2017:

The Jesus and Mary Chain – Two of Us

Top Gig of 2017:

The Goon Sax Manchester Ritz, Manchester

Events of 2017

Sgt Pepper anniversary events

Music Tip for 2018

Confidence Man

Samurai Kip

Samurai Kip

Samurai Kip

Top Album of 2017:

King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard – Sketches of Brunswick East

Top Tracks of 2017:

Jo Mary – Wife Song
The Blurred Sun Band – St Bride
Wild Fruit Art Collective – Under The Hooves

Top Gig of 2017:

Alfa Mist – 24 Kitchen Street 

Event of 2017

Smithdown Road Festival

Music Tip for 2018

“We’re struggling to think of anymore. We haven’t kept up to date with what’s come out this year,  we mostly listen to older music anyway apart from local bands.”

Katie Mac

Katie Mac

Katie Mac

Top Albums of 2017:

Laura MarlingSemper Femina 
Shilpa Ray – Door Girl
St Vincent – Masseducation 
Alexandra SaviorBelladonna of Sadness
Arcade Fire – Everything Now 

Top Track of 2017:

Laura Marling – Nothing, Not Nearly

Top Gig of 2017:

Lianne La Havas at Glastonbury

Event of 2017

Glastonbury

Music Tip for 2018

Seprona

SPQR

SPQR

SPQR

Top Albums of 2017:

Mr Jukes – God First
Everything Everything – A Fever Dream
Jamie Lenman – Devolver
LCD Soundsystem – American Dream
Kendrick Lamar – Damn

Top Track of 2017:

Everything Everything – Put Me Together – ” So hard to choose one! I cant even remember last month let alone this past year!”

Top Gig of 2017:

Mr Jukes in Manchester – we danced so hard!”

Events of 2017

Our EP Launch show! Playing to well over 100 people that were there to see us! What?! Very grateful for the experience. Felt very much like this IS all worthwhile after all, to see people enjoying themselves.”

Music Tips for 2018

” Does this mean a tip to fellow musicians? Or a tip to who’s going to be the next big thing next year? I’m not really into doing the latter so I’ll give you a tip! Put your real fans and people who care first! Look after them and they look after you!”

Wild Fruit Art Collective

Wild Fruit Art Collective

Wild Fruit Art Collective

Top Albums of 2017:

Richard Dawson – Peasant 
MadonnatronMadonnatron
Mount EerieA Crow Looked At Me
Jo MarySongs to shit to Vol. 1
Thurston MooreRock n Roll Consciousness

Top Tracks of 2017:

The NationalGuilty Party
Beija FloOne of those things
LCD Soundsystem – Black Screen
RongoRongo – Black Rain

Top Gig of 2017:

Wild Fruit Art Collective/ District’ support Labour gig with Wild Fruit Art Collective, Ohmns, Jo Mary, Samurai Kip, The Floormen and more from the corridor!”

Event of 2017

Wrong Festival

Music Tips for 2018

RongoRongo and Jo Mary

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