Deep Cuts serve up another heavy-hitting billing with six live offerings on March 7 at Jac Phase One, Getintothis looks ahead to a night of live magik with added Scouse spoken word.
“It’s good to see them step up.”
That was our new music editor Lewis Ridley touching upon a crucial point earlier this week when commenting on the transition between our contributors unearthing a fine new music outfit, and then seeing them develop and flourish on the stage.
It’s something which is particularly satisfying when, as a passionate music writer, you find that certain something in an artist and watch them blossom amid an ever growing throng of fans and contemporaries.
We were having the same conversation during a chance meeting with Bido Lito! editor Christopher Torpey while in Sainsbury‘s. Having purchased a microwaveable King Prawn Makhani (it was pretty great but the saturated fat content was obscene) we remarked how great it was to see the hard work of Eyesore & The Jinx coming to fruition with a Round Table victory on Steve Lamacq‘s 6 Music programme.
Their blistering current single, On An Island, is far from an overnight success story, it is, despite their young age, the latest piece of the jigsaw which began back in 2013. Now, having become a staple of Merseyside’s gig circuit and a key fixture in our top 101 bands of the last ten years, they could follow in the footsteps of She Drew The Gun and become Lamacq‘s latest Liverpool love affair. We shall see.
But back to Lewis and his tip: The Entire City are what it’s all about at Deep Cuts. A band we wrote about first on these pages, they’ve then gigged a fair bit, are working with EDILS Recordings and are now playing at our Deep Cuts live event. It feels like the circle is somewhat complete. And it feels great from both sides.
Catch the industrial post-punk duo and their Run The Jewels alike riffs on Thursday March 7 at Jacaranda Records Phase One at 40 Seel Street in the heart of Liverpool city centre.
Joining them are one of the most revered new live bands to emerge on Merseyside: The DSM IV.
Jade Ormesher, Pav Cummins and the rampaging leviathan that is Guy McKnight (formerly of The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster) offer up a cauldron dance-pop grooves and serrated post-punk coated in Suicide cool. Their roller rink video for single Funland was so fine it inspired this month’s Deep Cuts poster (see below).
Joing them are two bands with musicians regulars on the Merseyside circuit will be acquainted with however in former guises – The Aleph and Real Terms.
The former of Ben Fair and Jon Hering have each featured with Ex-Easter Island Head but now as The Aleph serve up analogue synths and krautrock which together with their TV-assisted stage set up needs to be experienced live to be fully appreciated. Like Open University meets Faust, they’re masters at work.
Real Terms, meanwhile, are the new collective by ex-Vasco Da Gama lads and imbue their former band’s ridiculous time signatures with a leftfield oddpop sensibility. It’s catchy but entirely unexpected – and there’s good reason as to why we tipped them in our very first Deep Cuts column.
The final pieces of magik for our March marvel are Norwegian songwriter Rebekka Anstrem, who combines seductive melodic textured folk with a quite magnificent vocal and the infamous street poetry of ROY – a master of word play, soulful Scouse storytelling and gut-punch humour. Follow him on Twitter for a guaranteed laugh.
- Deep Cuts at Jacaranda Records Phase One featuring The Aleph, Rebekka Anstrem, The DSM IV, Entire City, Real Terms and spoken word from ROY – Thursday March 7, 7pm, £5 ADV /£7 OTD. Tickets here.
Finally, here’s a look back at our February Deep Cuts which was an absolute barnstormer which left photographer Christopher Flack declaring it in his top three yet.
Thanks to Eli Smart, COW, Silver Linings, The Heavy North and Dan Disgrace for making it such a hoot. Take a look at highlights below.
Pictures by Getintothis’ Christopher Flack