Liverpool five-piece, Paris Youth Foundation, played a spectacular hometown show on Friday night. Getintothis’ Amos Wynn was there for the action.
Liverpool’s current music scene is growing stronger and stronger, with a flourish of up and coming bands making their mark in the city.
Paris Youth Foundation are at the centre of that, with a series of strong singles demonstrating their magical sound.
Fridays sold out gig at Jacaranda Phase One Records was the launch of their debut EP ‘The Nights Are For Thinking Of You.’
The three singles already released from their latest body of work shows off their musical pedigree, with all three tracks having a different feel to them but shares the bands enigmatic sound.
They kicked off their set with two of their new songs, with the crowd responding positively to them on their first live outings.
The first single from the EP, Look What You Started, was an superb way to start.
It filled the venue with an incredible amount of energy and had the whole room singing along to the chorus, proving to be an excellent curtain raiser to put everyone in the mood.
The power of their performance continued as they played some of their older stuff.
Their first ever single, If You Wanna, upped the rooms vibrant atmosphere, with everyone in full voice once again.
The vocals of lead singer, Kevin Potter, was on point from start to finish. The performance of Missing the Mark was angelic and simply joyful to hear.
The five-piece also had a treat in their sleeve, as they performed a cover of Hold on, We’re Going Home.
This chilled performance of the Drake song was satisfying to hear and certainly got the approval from the crowd, as did the backing vocals of guitarist Tom Morris Jones which was greeted with a huge cheer.
Back to singing their own stuff, London left Phase One bouncing with everyone singing along.
As they say all good things must come to an end, as the band finished the night with Losing Your Love.
Starting off slowly and melodically, the track was beautiful way to end the gig. Fans sat on each other’s shoulders to enjoy the moment and to enjoy a band that continues to shine.
Before the gig Potter admitted he was ‘very excited‘ to play the hometown show and it was good to be back playing live after a period in the studio recording the latest EP.
“We’ve had a quiet few months recording in Parr Street Studio so this is the first time we’re gonna play stuff live,” he said.
Taking to the stage before the wonderful performance form the five-piece were three more up an coming acts who didn’t miss the mark either.
Kicking off proceedings were Liverpool four-piece The Post Romantics.
Their set began with a slow beat and a unique sounding guitar riff, before front man Connor Cockbain declared “we are The Post Romantics and you are f***ing welcome.”
Things then sped up as the treated the band played their debut single, Call It Off, which they released last August.
Cockbain’s vocals throughout their set was powerful, adding both energy to the faster tracks and emotion to the slower ones.
One of the standout songs was the melancholy, ‘Bittersweet,’ which was fuelled with raw emotion and strength from the band.
As well as that the four-piece treated the crowd to a Kendrick Lamar cover.
In what seemed like an unexpected song to cover, the band added new depth to Swimming Pools and it worked a treat.
Following on from them was fellow Liverpool act, Katy Alex, who was making her first live appearance.
The singer-songwriter added a poppy feeling to the night, with her songs sounding like they could be by a scouse Kylie.
Her excellent vocals complimented the upbeat melodies and made for a joyous watch.
Many of Alex’s songs wouldn’t sound out of place in the current charts, and with one single under her belt more there are bound to be on the way.
The final support act, Sun Silva, where making first appearance in Liverpool and offered a smooth set of songs.
With a 70s feel and powerful drum beat throughout all their tracks, the southern band provided great entertainment before Paris Youth Foundation.
They dedicated their final song to Liverpool duo, Her’s, who sadly lost their lives, along with their manager, whilst on tour in America.
The track proved a fitting way to pay their respects, with the powerful and emotional lyrics ending their set on a high.
Fridays Phase One gig was truly spectacular, with all four acts having their own unique edge.
Despite good performances from the support acts, the night truly belonged to Paris Youth Foundation.
Their EP launch has truly raised the bar for the five-piece, and with many more shows to come things can only going get bigger.
Images by Getintothis’ Chris Everett