It is perhaps a standard that many of us are loathe to do, the action of being able to say to someone with no uncertain terms that their company is not wanted because they make you feel ill, inadequate or they fill you with the a type of unhealthy fear of being aside if they weren’t there to bug you. It is the action of fore and after thought that some people are able to get under your skin, make the surface layer of your very being feel as though it crawling with the sign of the desperate need to be liked that we forget that in their non-handshake, their snide remarks and back-handed compliments, that in the end they don’t need us, don’t even like us, so why persist?
The sheer magnetism that runs through The Hummingbirds, whether in their live sets which sets the pulses racing as if being hooked up to the national grid or in the studio recordings which just seem to get better and better, certainly marks them out as being part of the new breed, the surging confidence in music from Merseyside.
Their latest self-titled E.P. release epitomizes this and once more the band has come up with a set of music which has been strung together in timeless fashion and made to resemble a piece of work that gets pawed at, eyes glowing with anticipation as the prospect of each song coming through the speakers is nothing short of tantalising.
They are one of the great young bands and artists that call Liverpool their home. Alongside many others that in the last few years have made the city’s music addicts sit up and take notice of the new and tremendously exciting breed coming through, such as All We Are, Stealing Sheep, Path Unknown, Joe Symes and The Loving Kind, Only Child, Mono L.P.s, Matt Breen, Buckle Tongue, Rob Vincent and Carrianne Hayden, The Hummingbirds name has travelled far and wide, beyond the metaphorical city walls and out into the open world. People outside the city have once more discovered what makes Liverpool tick like no other in the U.K. and perhaps in the world.
If 2012 was a year that for The Hummingbirds was unreal and full of exciting times then 2013 has surely already surpassed that and made the coming year so full of expectation and burgeoning exhilaration. Already tipped as one to watch by the Liverpool Music Awards, the band have recently performed at The Alarm’s famous Gathering in deepest North Wales and now they have kicked off March by opening for the Welsh Punk Rockers at the o2 Academy in their home town.