Tag Archives: Gig Review. Studio 2

Elijah James And The Nightmares, Gig Review. Studio 2, Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

Time was a new album or E.P. launch would be held in the frosted glaze of cameras and a hundred scribes finding a novel way to describe the happiness and pride in the room, the management pouring out champagne and the band assured a million dollar comeback; it was all colourful, it was cynical and it was never truly real. Under the façade of a thousand camera lenses lays one of the truths of life, that nothing is truly what is seems unless you witness it in all its beauty of the humble and quietly talented leaving a bigger mark on the audience than a extravaganza could ever achieve.

The Mono LPs, Gig Review. Studio 2, Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

Vicky Mutch at Studio 2. September 2017.

Not everything in life is a stroll, often we take the great moments for granted and always use them as the bench mark of how we must approach a new setback or pitfall. If everything was a stroll then the way we see the way of solving the setback would be just like taking a step around a small puddle in the middle of the pavement, we would just bypass it with a blasé demeanour, it would nothing more to us than even breathing or staring at the world and wondering why it had become so dull and predictable.

Shy Billy, Gig Review. Studio 2, Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

Shy Billy at Studio 2, Liverpool. September 2017.

The change of name can sometimes reveal a different side to the artist, an altered state of vision and rhetoric down the microphone; the shift can cause the stage to shrug its shoulders and the audience to slowly drift off into the realms of memory and the once proudly proclaimed emblems on T-shirts, such is the trepidation of a name change, the question always asked, does it revolutionise the art or does it detract from it.

Jimmy & The Revolvers, Gig Review. Studio 2, Liverpool. (2017).

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * * *

It doesn’t have to be big to be clever, it doesn’t require the sense of razzmatazz, the three ringed circus, over blown sense of production or the hype to be the best; all anything needs to be to stick in the mind of the viewer of art, of sport, of life, is to be honest and forgiving, the sense of knowing that the time on stage is the most important feeling and to give it all in the pursuit of natural, beguiling magic.

Cal Ruddy, Gig Review. Studio 2, Liverpool. (2017).

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

If Science Fiction teaches us anything, it is that Time is but an illusion, a structure devised to keep order, to make sense of the day to day and the minutes that come and go as easily as lightning captured on a camera. Time though is about what is in between, the second hand giving way to the power of the one that speeds by rapidly, not for some the elongated minute or hour, but instead the infinite; for it does not take a day or an hour to fall in love, but the second, fleeting, invisible and beautiful.

Girls With No Faces, Gig Review. Studio 2, Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

Girls With No Faces at Studio2, Liverpool. Photograph by Ian D. Hall.

Obstacles are no permanent barrier, they only require the smile of the determined to shine before too long, like walls of made of clay and governments fashioned in panic, before they fall to the inevitable bull dozer being driven at full speed and aiming right for the weakest spot.

The Change, Gig Review. Studio 2, Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

The Change at Studio 2, Liverpool. Photograph by Ian D. Hall.

The Change is coming, it just requires belief to see it through and whilst at times it feels as though you have to wade and poke at the sandy dregs of ignominy to find it, once it is there in your face, there is no hiding from the feeling and the option is to embrace it with everything you have.

Abichan, Gig Review. Studio 2, Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

Abichan at Studio 2, Liverpool. Photograph by Ian D. Hall.

Studio 2 in Liverpool has had the distinction of hosting bands that were to be seen as encapsulating a moment, of living in and outside of the framework of what was perhaps expected, and finally going beyond the call of duty; that a group can do this is to be seen as proof just how vibrant, how exciting the music is and even when the forces of destruction invariably start sinking their teeth into anything that is seen as not part of the high finance image they wish to portray, there is still the energy of those not willing to be pushed aside which carries the day into one of total groove and spirited beauty.

The Mono LPs, Gig Review. Studio 2, Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

Seeing any one of Liverpool’s enjoyable and talented bands on the multitude of stages that hug the city is to be surely viewed as a mixture of honour and pleasure.

To be able to see the raw, the passionate and the creative mood in which is a source of life blood for The Mersey, is to know that the world still turns, that despite all the fury that government can reign down on the planet, there will always be groups and solo artists that stick their hands in the air and ask if the powers that be can cope with what’s coming next. The storm as it were fighting back with a smile, and that’s what you have in the sense of The Mono LPs, four musicians who make you sweat with anticipation and pure heart, who seriously pound the strings and the skin with venom and absolute assurance.

Penny Mob, Gig Review. Studio 2, Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

Penny Mob at Studio 2, Liverpool. Photograph by Ian D. Hall.

They have travelled up from London to Liverpool before and gave the audience at District House a taste, a bountiful and very pleasing taste, of just exactly what they can achieve whilst on the stage and in a city which enjoys and respects musicians who give all they have to give from their soul, coming back to enjoy a second bite of the cherry in the form of Penny Mob was just the savoury trimming required.