Liverpool Sound City 2014: Gruff Rhys, Ex-Easter Island Head, PINS, Dog Show, Shangaan Electro, Majolian, Erotic Market, Hot Soles: Kazimier, Nation & East Village Arts Club


Sound City 2014 begins slowly before building to a hip-shaking finale at the Kazimier, Getintothis’ Michael Fowler boogied until his legs fell off.

Sound City’s away and a mighty wind’s blown across the Kazimier Gardens. Majolian play a few soothing folk tunes, a double bassist with Legolas-like locks, showing he had more than one string to his bow.
Straight from that little known East London part of France, Erotic Market strutted into the festival for an early evening slot on the Getintothis Stage armed with sharp keyboards, heavy bass and one white hot front woman, Marine Pellegrini.
Her growls, whoops and winding hips brushed shoulders with the heights of Sasha Fierce, ah maybe we’re romancing the act, at least Solange Knowles.
Ooh la la, yeah the hell yeah, Hot Soles. The Hives meet the White Stripes licking your face with distorted blues drunk fight rock. The two piece electrified a packed Mello Mello with a tight tight set exploring what you can do with a two piece to a devastating effect. Double Whisky running through our veins we stepped out of Mello with our eyes wide open.
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PINS live at The Factory
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Dogshow performing live at Nation
Gruff Rhys, man oh man, disappointment is not the word. A PA so quiet and a crowd so loud and bustling. Gruff was able to engage the first four rows with his tender, sweet lyrical vocals, guitar and cool visuals. It was just shame no one else could hear outside of that. Damn.
Returning to the Getintothis Stage, Ex-Easter Island Head break the lull with an ethereal and mesmeric set packed with an orgy of guitars played like you couldn’t even imagine. It’s a mid-evening triumph and one of the contenders for Mersey sets of the festival.
Dogshow stomp onto the stage and as predicted it’s quiet for less than half a minute, that is until people really start to get it and then the whole floor is moving, dancing to the organ and drum combination to last song. Boiler room dance shanties run thick through our blood until the very end.
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Shangaan Electro performing live at The Kazimier
Closing Getintothis‘ day one were Shangaan Electro, who danced, played and danced some more, imploring us to do something we all understood and loved. The Kazimier filled up – and filled up some more – as the boogie-ing carried on deep into the night. It was non stop. The beats and the feathers tickled everyone in the venue, and not a soul was still. Hips, hips, hips and more hips it showed us how to dance and we tried our best to take it on board.
Friday has got a lot gunning against it, Thursday’s late night antics have been near unbeatable.
Pictures by Getintothis‘ Simon Lewis, Gaz Jones and John Johnson
Further reading on Getintothis
Liverpool Sound City 2014 Review: Day One Round Up.
* Liverpool Sound City 2014: Top 10 Merseyside bands to watch
* Liverpool Sound City 2014: Top 10 international bands to watch.
* Liverpool Sound City 2014: Top 10 UK bands to watch.
* Liverpool Sound City 2014: Getintothis‘ guide to the venues.
* Liverpool Sound City 2014: Things to do off the beaten track.
* John Cale – the grit in the oyster that shaped the sound we worship today.
* Liverpool Sound City 2014: Revo‘s routeplanner – the insider’s guide.
*Liverpool Sound City 2014: Getintothis presents Jon Hopkins and stellar Merseyside show at Nation.
* Liverpool Sound City 2014: Fringe events and John Peel World Cup revealed.
* Liverpool Sound City 2014: The Hold Steady ready to bear their teeth.
* Liverpool Sound City 2014 – a Getintothis festival playlist.
* Liverpool Sound City 2014 add The Kooks to festival bill.
* Liverpool Sound City 2014: He used to come round wearing make up and strange Japanese Kimono clothing – David Pichilingi.
* Liverpool Sound City 2014: Jon Hopkins, Albert Hammond Jnr, Drenge and more for May festival.
* Liverpool Sound City 2014 announce headliners Kodaline plus Gruff Rhys and Fuck Buttons for May festival
* Liverpool Sound City 2014: John Cale and Thurston Moore head up Conference speakers
* Liverpool Sound City 2014 reveal football, music and style themes
* Liverpool Sound City 2013: Top 10 bands and review round up of the festival