Tag Archives: Gig Review. 02 Academy

Heaven 17, Gig Review. 02 Academy, Liverpool. (2016).

Heaven 17's Glenn Gregory at the Liverpool 02 Academy, October 2016.

Heaven 17’s Glenn Gregory at the Liverpool 02 Academy, October 2016.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

Any genre of music requires its founding fathers, its elder statesmen and women, the ones who made the dream of a generation and the bane of a previous one, to stand up, take control and be magnificent in the face of possible adversity and obliging redemption.

Hayseed Dixie, Gig Review. 02 Academy, Liverpool. (2016).

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

Hayseed Dixie are an example to how tribute bands should be. What’s the point in seeing or hearing a covers group if they sound the same as the original? The gentlemen from Hayseed Dixie give a fantastic yet unusual twist to rock n roll, as distorted guitar solos are replaced by a banjo and acoustic guitars.

The Jokers, Gig Review. 02 Academy, Liverpool. (2016).

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

The Jokers, bringing back classic rock to the masses, as sure and cool as they can and aided by the fact that vocalist Wayne Parry has a unique voice suited to old style rock n roll which is often missed in this generation of music; coupled with a classic guitar solos, rhythm bass and brilliant drum beats makes the band stand out from others of their kind.

Exodus, Gig Review. 02 Academy, Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * * *

For over 30 years American Thrash Metal band Exodus have primed their audiences with enough energy to fill more long life batteries than Duracell could ever muster, the violence they play up to only for show and for the crowd to draw off strength too and the influence of this has been keenly felt across many venues and cities throughout America, Europe and Britain.

Lost Society, Gig Review. 02 Academy, Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

It seems that every day we inch closer to an abyss in which a society, a species that was born for greatness, is to be lost, vanquished off the face of the Earth by its own ineptitude and disorienting values, thankfully till that moment in which the next great extinction comes along there is always pleasure to be had in Finland’s Kings of the Thrash Metal genre Lost Society. Civilisation may be teetering, the position of leader of the Western world may about to put into the hands of a man who wants to build walls and a leader in Russia that fancies the idea of a Nuclear Middle East party but Lost Society know how to fill a room with music driven scorch marks and ear bashing, heart thumping Metal groove.

Deified, Gig Review. 02 Academy, Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

The deep rumblings of discontent, the explosion of a megaton bomb and the urgency of a siren warning of an impending attack, all fade into the ether when the growl of Thrash and Heavy Metal gets going, when it breaks loose of society’s moorings and allows itself the free range in which to catapult its quarrel and blistering beautiful argument into the ears of those receptive to a different kind of outbreak.

Darline, Gig Review. 02 Academy, Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

The rigours of the day, the small, petty and the otherwise inconsequential can mount up to the point where the meaning of life is clouded, it becomes fogged up with bruising and baffling irritation that it can offend the very sensibility of music and it can something very unexpected to soothe the day over; something that might have been missed.

Steve Thompson And The Incidents, Gig Review. 02 Academy, Liverpool.

Steve Thompson at the 02 Academy in Liverpool. Photograph by Ian D. Hall.

Steve Thompson at the 02 Academy in Liverpool. Photograph by Ian D. Hall.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

There are bands performing in Liverpool that to be brutally frank, you would climb off your sick bed to go and watch, or at least make sure the venue would let you take in a bed, a team of nurses and a glowering doctor, full of self-importance and unhappiness, as part of the ticket price. For Steve Thompson and the Incidents, sick bed or not, the chance to take in the sincerity and prized affection for the music on offer is perhaps enough to tempt even Lazarus out of retirement and have him storming the barricades, the arm pumped in appreciation and singing each well delivered line as though his very life depended upon it.

Last Line Out, Gig Review. 02 Academy, Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 7.5/10

Summer evenings can be a time of quiet introspection surrounded by friends. Amongst the jokes, hilarity and loud musings between acquaintances, mates and lovers, the calm of summer’s heat can get in your head and considerations and plans are laid out in a row of certainty. You could do that, you could sit there as the sun finally burns itself out and the crispy smell of human bacon stirs into enough life to meander lazily home, or you could make your way to a gig given by Last Line Out and really enjoy the evening.

Mike Peters, Gig Review. 02 Academy, Birmingham.

Mike Peters at the Birmingham Academy, March 2015. Photograph by Ian D. Hall.

Mike Peters at the Birmingham Academy, March 2015. Photograph by Ian D. Hall.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

The message of the night was simple, that the power of love, hope and strength is an overriding force of nature which can help overcome the widest of chasms, the tallest of mountains and can hold the attention of a sold out audience right down to the newest of fans who weren’t alive when the century started, let alone those that have been on board The Alarm train for over 30 years.