Liverpool’s long lost band are back, here’s Getintothis’ Howard Doupé with the details of the big reunion.
Keeping the true Liverpool skiffle sound alive at the turn of the century with their acoustic driven melodies, full time banjo member and tight harmonies. Early beginnings as a duo around the many open mic nights made them a live must-see band around the tail end of heady days of The Zanzibar and the cosmic Scouse scene.
Quickly expanding into a four-piece and creating a local buzz with plenty of gigs the sound quickly grew in strength. 2004 saw the release of two singles- Between Catharine and Hope and Change Your Tune.
Following the unexpected recent release of a retrospective collection Demos 2003-2009 on streaming sites- bringing together for the first time recorded versions of tracks supposedly for inclusion on an album that never was. Thought to be lost to the history books of Liverpool music, thanks to local promoters Purple Noise, the show, a one off celebratory gig is a welcomed surprise.
Drummer Nick Walker had this to say about the impending reunion, ’We’d talked about it for a couple of years but (the timing) was never just right. It seemed a little bit of a co-incidence that it’s been 10 years since our last gig and the passing of Tony Butler (The Zanzibar)…
…we haven’t seen as much of each other over the years and sometimes it takes something like that to give you a kick up the arse and do the things you really like doing.’
Purple Noise has been great at getting the whole thing off the ground. They’ve been promoting local bands for a while now and it just seemed right to get them involved.’
The Great Northwestern Hoboes play District Saturday February 16.