Our news wrap also features gigs by RongoRongo and Red Rum Club plus listen to the first track from Young Fathers’ new album, Getintothis’ Julie Sellotape reports on a range of exciting new happenings.
Oakland progressive pop outfit Once And Future Band are to make their Liverpool debut at The Shipping Forecast on March 9.
The band, who comprise Joel Robinow (keyboards/guitar/vocals), Raj Ojha (drums/recording engineer), Eli Eckert (bass/guitar/vocals) and Raze Regal (guitar), released their superlative album How Does It Make You Feel? via Castle Face Records in 2017 and bring their heavenly sounds to Merseyside as part of a nationwide UK tour.
Melding ’70s orchestral pop, psychedelia, the technical wizardry of Yes and the outsized hooks of Jeff Lynne‘s ELO their Liverpool debut should satiate the palette of any discerning music fan.
Also calling Liverpool are Birmingham college-rockers Superfood who return to Merseyside this time round playing EBGBs on Sunday, February 11.
The band’s latest album, 2017’s Bambino reaffirmed their knack for colourful youthfulness which they showcased on their 2014 debut album Don’t Say That.
Closer to home, Liverpool-based Her’s are heading out on their first UK tour this Spring calling in at EBGBs on Thursday April 19.
Forming at LIPA, the duo, comprising Norway’s Audun Laading and Barrow-born Stephen Fitzpatrick, have been a mainstay on the Liverpool circuit for 18 months forging a strong bond through a mutual love of off-kilter humour and outsider art.
Dates supporting Blaenavon, Happyness and most recently Gengahr at Liverpool Music Week have been followed up by a London show at Sebright Arms alongside appearances at Green Man, SXSW, The Great Escape and Visions.
The upcoming tour will see them play their biggest London headline show to date at Moth Club in May, plus gigs in France and The Netherlands, with a debut album proper slated for release in the Autumn.
EBGBs, meanwhile is proving a popular new destination for bands with Red Rum Club clocking up another gig on their extensive touring campaign, they play the basement on January 29 alongside The Cheap Thrills, The Bohos and Brooklin.
Suleiman is a boundary crossing songwriter, who blends traditional Taarab vibes with a mix of drum machines, percussion, synths and ukulele. The event will raise funds and collect donations for MRANG.
Also on the Merseyside front, 81 Renshaw Street will host the quadruple talents of RongoRongo (watch the video to their latest track Euclid here) alongside Oh Well, Goodbye, Eyesore and the Jinx and Ghost Wedding! on February 3.
Finally, Young Fathers have announced full details new album Cocoa Sugar, a 12 track record out March 9 via Ninja Tune and follows the group’s previous two albums; 2014’s Mercury Prize-winning DEAD and 2015’s White Men Are Black Men Too. Listen to the first track from it below, titled In My View.