Liverpool gig guide: Tropical Fuck Storm, J Mascis, Crack Cloud, Alex Lahey


J Mascis

With football season coming to an end, it’s time to reassess life, but at least this week there’s plenty of gigs to get excited about as Getintothis’ Simon Kirk has the details.

For most of us, the football season will come to its end this afternoon.

It’s a gruelling road to take, being a football fan. It’s good. It’s bad. It’s ridiculous. It’s childish. It’s a disease! Most of us are glad it’s over so we can enjoy what else life has to offer over these summer months.

We can’t just survive on football alone, though and that’s whether music comes into play. Live music especially. Of course, that’s why you’re here trawling these pages on this fine Sunday and that’s why we aim to deliver. Merely messengers for your hedonism.

It’s arguably one of the strongest midweek live schedules of the year, so far. Not only because of the quality of music on offer, but there are a lot of artists coming through town for the first time, which is always nice to see.

Tropical Fuck Storm‘s arrival is a personal highlight, while Harvest Sun Promotions continue to look outside of the box and bring the goodness in the way of Crack Cloud. There’s plenty of other highlights, too.

So, without further ado. Take your pick from these beauties:

Tropical Fuck Storm

Tropical Fuck Storm (Photo from artist’s Facebook page)

Tropical Fuck Storm: Jacaranda Phase One, Tuesday May 14

It’s brewing. A Tropical Fuck Storm and it’s landing on Jacaranda Phase One‘s doorstep. Like Liverpool’s Champions League heroics, we think this is going to be something special.

On the back of their brilliant debut album, A Laughing Death In Meatspace, the antipodean wrecking ball is here to unleash a glorious hell. Enter at your own risk, beautiful freaks.

Crack Cloud (image via artist’s Facebook page).

Crack Cloud: The Shipping Forecast, Tuesday May 14

Described as an “art-rock orchestra“, Canada’s Crack Cloud are set to blow the The Shipping Forecast to bits.

With their self-titled debut album released last year, the only shame is that this gig is on the same night as Tropical Fuck Storm. We’re sure that this one will be equally brilliant, with supporting on the night coming from N0V3L and Yammerer.

The High Dials

High Dials: Jacaranda Phase One, Thursday May 16

More goodness from Canada here, folks – this time in psychedelic rockers, High Dials.

Having released the Foreverish EP in November after a three year hiatus, this one is sure to be a night filled with new and old material. Support comes from Hannah and The Wick Effect and one of Liverpool’s most underrated bands, the venerable Feral Wheel.

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“Little” Steven Van Zandt

Little Steven & The Disciples Of Soul: O2 Academy, Thursday May 16

Bruce Springsteen‘s right hand man, Steven Van Zandt returns to Liverpool for his third gig in as many years. It’s starting to feeling like a pilgrimage akin to Echo and The Bunnymen at the Philharmonic! We don’t mind.

Little Steven & The Disciples Of Soul return to the O2 Academy on the back of his brand new album, Summer of Sorcery, released last Friday. A night of heartland rock anybody…?

J Mascis

J Mascis: Arts Club, Friday May 17

After his postponement at the start of the year due to illness, Dinosaur Jr‘s J Mascis returns to Liverpool for a Friday night that will have all you alt-rock fiends gathering in merriment.

His latest album, Elastic Days, has been heralded as one of his finest solo outings and we tend to agree. This one will probably sell out so don’t sleep on it – get your ticket sorted.

Alex Lahey (photo via artist’s Facebook page)

Alex Lahey: Arts Club, Loft, Friday May 17

Melbourne’s Alex Lahey returns to the UK in support her sophomore album, the Best of Luck Club, released earlier this month.

If you don’t fancy your alt-rock downstairs at the Arts Club with J Mascis, then this may just be your ticket. Support comes from Annabel Allum.


Tallies: The Shipping Forecast, Wednesday May 15

What’s goin g on with Canada lately, is there somehting in the water there?  Following the release of their debut self-titled album in January, Tallies will be playing The Shipping Forecast on Wednesday May 15.

Tallies mix surt-pop, shoegaze and alt-rock to create their own unique brand of guitar music.  Their album Easy Enough comes highly recommended by the good folk here at Getintothis.

This gig presents a great opportunity to catch the band performing live, with this tour following such a sensational album, it is most certainly not to be missed.

What else is on this week:

  • ParrJazz presents Tromans/Green/Perrins: Jacaranda Phase One, Monday May 13
  • Parrjazz presents The Blues featuring Joey Shields: Lounge 69, Wednesday May 15
  • Big Bambora, Oracle Armchairs, Leonie Jakobi, Ellie Keegan: Studio2 Parr Street, Friday May 17
  • Peter Case & Sid Griffin: 81 Renshaw, Friday May 17
  • Sister Midnight: Prodigy Special w/ Chupa Cabra & SIlver Linings: The Zanzibar, Friday May 17
  • The Peach Fuzz: Sound Food and Drink, Friday May 17
  • Romare (Live): 24 Kitchen Street, Friday May 17
  • Electric Six: Arts Club, Saturday May 18
  • Vinyl Junkie presents – The Gear, Astles and The Heavy North: EBGBs, Saturday May 18
  • Smooth Sounds presents Polar Tide, Full House, Tilly Louise, LeWis: The Jacaranda, Saturday May 18
  • Stonefield: Jacaranda Phase One, Saturday May 18
  • Jon Ronson – Tales from The Last Days Of August: Philharmonic Hall, Saturday May 18