Rarely off the road since the passing of Ian Dury in 2000, there’s no doubting that among the most lovable, cocky, funny, schoolboy-rude and artful characters from the punk generation are The Blockheads. Now that school boy charm is coming back to Liverpool as The Blockheads come to Eric’s on Friday 13th December.
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For anybody who was at Eric’s in Liverpool when Hue and Cry, the brothers Greg and Pat Kane, in May 2012 when the music they performed was so serene, so brimming with the bounty of many years as being one of the great bands to emerge from the late 80s that if the world had ended somehow in a hail of cosmic dust, nobody pretty much would have minded. Now to witness their set at the Philharmonic Hall would have just about having any audience member packing their bags and asking their own personal deity which way they should be heading.
Eric’s have announced a set of new shows leading up to the festive period that should be amongst some of the finest evenings in Liverpool during the dark nights and short days ahead.
As well as the fantastic Touchstone, bringing their critically rated new album Oceans Of Time set and with The Von Herzen Brothers on the 26th October and The Beat making their way to the venue on the 19th October, November and December will see The Chameleons, Edgar Jones and John Head, the superb Oli Brown and the sublime The Blockheads all ready to show Liverpool’s music lovers the very best of nights out.
Rapidly rising progressive hard rock five piece Touchstone was formed in 2003 by keyboard player Rob Cottingham and guitarist Adam J Hodgson. However it was the band’s second album Wintercoast that really put Touchstone on the map in 2009, with Oscar-winning actor Jeremy Irons featuring as a very special guest performing the prelude narration. The album was voted 4th best album of 2009 by PROG Magazine readers and by Classic Rock Magazine’s Geoff Barton in the Critics’ Choice.
The first batch of judges for the Liverpool Music Awards have been announced – Curator of Liverpool International Festival Yaw Owusu, live event producer and production manager Spike Beecham, broadcaster Roger Hill – who won award last year’s Lifetime Achievement Award, record producer Steve Levine and D.J. Billy Butler are the first names to sign up. The awards ceremony will take place on Sunday 25th August at St George’s Hall as part of the new Liverpool International Music Festival.
Steve Conte may be best known as the guitarist with New York Dolls, Willy DeVille, Michael Monroe and Company Of Wolves or even perhaps as the singer with Paul Simon, Yoko Kanno, Crown Jewels and The Contes. The bottom line is, Conte is no slouch, as a musician or a rock and roller. Now this iconic musician is to come to Liverpool and perform at Eric’s in April.
The Blow Monkeys formed in 1981, releasing a single Live Today, Love Tomorrow on the tiny Parasol label the following year and signing to R.C.A. and releasing a debut album Limping For A Generation, produced by Jam/Style Council knob-twiddler Pete Wilson the year after that. It wasn’t until 1986, however, that the band achieved the commercial success that matched their nascent critical acclaim with the song Digging Your Scene followed by the hit single It Doesn’t Have To Be This Way.
The House Of Love come to Eric’s on April 7th to coincide with the release of their new album, She Paints Words In Red, which will be released via Cherry Red in late March.
Having initially re-formed to release their warmly received album Days Run Away in 2005, She Paints Words In Red once again features original members Guy Chadwick and Terry Bickers; Bickers and Chadwick had previously not played together for over a decade before the release of Days Run Away.
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Judging by the rousing reception the members of The Spin Doctors got from the audience at Eric’s it might be hard to believe that New York American alternative rockers have not released an album in eight years. A lot of bands would go stale with that type of time away and even drift apart and go their own separate ways.
The Men They Couldn’t Hang were championed by the late, great John Peel and their first single, a cover of Eric Bogle’s Green Fields of France in 1984, became a big hit on the U.K. Indie charts and a staple of Peel’s festive 50 and now this iconic band have announced they will be performing at Eric’s on Mathew Street on March 11th.