Incessant grooves, party tunes and jungle fever ensures Getintothis’ Adam Lowerson overcomes a shambles in Wolstenholme Square to see out Sound City on a high.
Day three. It’d take superhuman powers to have made it this far into the festival and still be fully fighting fit.
Therefore Saturday at Sound City required some real party music (and plenty of caffeine) to keep the masses dancing until the dying end, and the festival did deliver. Eventually.
Early in the evening East Midlands’ Clubs performed at a packed Sound Food and Drink, although a large majority of the crowd was made up by the general public just in for their tea. Clubs‘ brand of indie was run of the mill and had less new ideas than a suggestion box in an empty room.
Antimatter People brightened up the Kazimier Gardens with their dreamy psychedelia, with glittering synths and flute. The summery sounds provided a temporary escape from the otherwise grey weather. We Have Band showed signs of a party atmosphere breaking out with their tribal drum rhythms and minimalistic electronics living up the Kazimier, still early doors.
Lovepark‘s jagged post-punk sounded mightily impressive in the East Village Arts Club Theatre, as did Philadelphia’s the District whose gritty guitar sounds were reminiscent of early 2000s New York indie bands such as last year’s Sound City headliners the Walkmen.
Over at the Black-E Screenadelica house band Jazzhands took audience participation to a whole new level. As if three live drummers wasn’t enough, hundreds of drum sticks were left scattered around the venue inviting fans to hit railings, bins and anything in their reach to collaborate with the band’s chaotic metal sounds.
Highfields had a packed out Korova in the dancing spirit with their bouncy pop folk stylings. It’s almost impossible to pin the group down to any one specific genre, as their songs are a huge melting pot of different ideas, a product of the multiple nationalities making up the core of the band.
Jungle performing live at The Factory
At this point, with the centre of Liverpool buzzing, we were ready to catch a glimpse of Bad Rabbits at the Kazimier, but owing to poor organisation leading to the entire Wolstenholme Square being closed to any more people, we had to have a rethink of strategy. So instead it was straight to catch one of the most eagerly anticipated shows of the festival, Jungle at Factory.
The expectation surrounding the performance was huge off the back of three extremely lauded singles, and it certainly lived up to the hype. Jungle‘s mix of soul, hip hop, funk and pop on tracks such as The Heat and Busy Earnin‘ treated the lucky few who had managed to make it into the venue to one of the stand out performances of the entire festival.
Pictures by Getintothis‘ Tomas Adam and Sakura
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