New bright hopes Wolf Alice, Spring King and Wet deliver the goods, Getintothis’ Josh Gorman is left dripping with superlatives.
Day two kicked off with Liverpool’s very own Moats playing to a packed out East Village Arts Club theatre (impressive considering their early time slot), with the band racing through an energetic set which mixed indie pop and baggy tunes, fairly similar to JAWS who played yesterday at The Shipping Forecast.
Next it was over to The Cavern for the very first time to catch Austin band Gentlemen Rogues. With a classic rock element to their sound and an undeniable ear for a melody, the four piece also allowed heavier, more sinister influences to shine through later in the set. While enjoyable, it’s clear the band still has some way to go to truly refine their musical personality.
It was immediately back to the EVAC theatre for the much talked about Manchester band, Spring King. Schooled in Liverpool, we’re immediately struck by the group’s energy on stage. This was garage pop at its best. Influenced by The Black Lips and psychedelia, Spring King were a riot.
One of the most buzzed about new bands of the last year have been Wet. After a killer EP, tour dates with Chvrches and a label bidding war we had to go and see what all the fuss was about when they played The Zanzibar. It’s fair to say we weren’t disappointed. This was modern pop music at its best, beautiful angelic vocals and unassuming RnB.
Wet performing live at The Zanzibar
Back at the EVAC theatre for Wolf Alice and firstly, Superfood. Having recently signed a deal with revered indie label Infectious, many have high hopes for this four piece. If Britpop could have been bottled and produced in the 21st century it’s likely to have sounded like this.
They had massive melodic choruses, one of the many ‘baggy’ Birmingham bands to hit the mainstream in the last year.
Wolf Alice have been tipped by many tastemakers to be the guitar band to watch. With an NME cover already under their belt as an unsigned band, they didn’t disappoint. A perfect blend of indie, grunge and shoegaze provided a perfect end to the evening at East Village Arts Club.
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.
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* 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.
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* 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