Scouse psych heads The Vryll Society came home after a long overdue debut album tour, Getintothis’ Lewis Ridley was there.
For those who have kept tabs on The Vryll Society over the past few years in Liverpool, they’ll tell you the wait for the arrival of their debut album was like that of waiting for a Northern service out of Lime Street this weekend.
In fact, for those who have only followed them from afar, it might have been a surprise that when they release Course of The Satellite earlier this year it was indeed their first full length effort.
On a tour that has stretched the UK, including sold out dates in both London and Manchester, it was their hometown that they spent this Friday night for an all scouse lineup.
First up were Lemonade Fix, since their early days on the scene they’ve refocused and now come out all guns blazing with 8 minute long riffs as well as their shorter pop efforts.
Loose-knit collective Sunstack Jones arrive. Christopher Jones is very much like namesake Kelly, Stereophonics vibes aplenty. The light show was doing overtime as they dug into yet another refrain.
The final song is the closer of their self-titled debut album, released in May. A breezy West Coast number.
Softy carried the most meaning though, introduced as an exploration into male mental health and such stigma. An encouragement to speak out in the form of keyboard riffs.
Then, it was time for The Vryll Society, led by the swaying figure of Mike Ellis as the guitar began to swell in the O2 Academy.
In front of mesmeric visuals courtesy of Sam Wiehl, their set flowed in carefree abandon. Ellis himself noted how happy he was to get this gig, and a sold out venue agreed.
Talked the other week about how The Coral have become one of the UK’s best live bands, well it’s intriguing to see where @TheVryllSociety are gonna go next cos they just did something ridiculous. Tight cosmic pop with interstellar visuals. Tremendous. 💫 pic.twitter.com/aYTIOo8u6i
— Peter Guy (@Getintothis) October 19, 2018
For their encore, tracks from Course of The Satellite, with that mind bending album artwork spiralling behind them. Those new tunes sound as phenomenal as hoped, they have the instant appreciation of those in situ and it’s clear the band enjoy tearing through them too.
The set closer, Deep Blue Skies, is always incredible, the outro itself can affirm The Vryll Society as one of Liverpool’s great live outfits, but here they combined the songs that saw them skyrocket a couple of years ago with a touch of magic. They’re well and truly back on top.
Images by Getintothis’ Warren Millar