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.
The problems with anything that gets the heart pumping and the brain falling in love is that you have to be prepared to wait to bring it to the attention of the world, the slow unveil, tantalising, dramatic, full of tension and appeal; if music was a lover then waiting to implore others on why the relationship works would be torture.
This year will be remembered for many things, so many events that it might actually overshadow the surrounding years around it when people turn their mind to writing the annals of the century; so many distinctive voices lost, so many people who have given enormous pleasure and the arsenal of self respect to others taken from us, that it leaves a darkness, a gloomy shade of pale bitterness in the lives of those left behind.
There are times when you just want to round up the four members of The Mono LPs and shake them by the hand for giving you a few minutes of absolute pleasure, longer of course if you are fortunate to catch them live. However, for the time it takes for their new single Emilia to reach its explosive end, not only do you want to shake them by the hand but you would offer them anything to release a double album in which to sink the entire day into.
For anybody who has indulged their music whims, the caprice of cerebral cornucopia that flows from the heart of The Mono LPs live set, the cry of where is a C.D. in which to revel alongside at home has been a vexing one. Thankfully, as with all things, time rewards the patient, it offers the chance to get deep down and logically dirty with a band who are one of the major reasons in which to play great quality music in the second decade of the 21st Century.
Ste Reid of The Mono Lps at St. Lukes Chuch, Liverpool. Photograph by Ian D. Hall.
Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10
Liverpool called out, giants strode the roads and alleys as if they had appeared out of a C.S. Lewis manuscript and inside St. Luke’s Church another set of giants, ones not controlled by puppetry, man nor machine took to stage and showed once more just why they are such an exciting, tremendously warm and energetic band to watch live.
Having sold out across St. Luke’s Bombed Out Church and The Shipping Forecast in its debut year, Liverpool Calling has grown into a huge one day event for 2014, spanning across 10 city centre venues and hosting over 50 acts.
With bands such as Amsterdam led by Liverpool’s Ian Prowse, Obstacles, Orange Room, Vasa, The Shadow Theatre, the superb The Mono LPs and headliners British Sea Power creating a sensational day at St. Luke’s Church, it is no wonder the organisers of this tremendous event have ordered up another round but on an even bigger scale.
Music and video used to go hand in hand with each other, especially in the 1980s, where it was expected that a well-made video would give a band or artist a huge lift in sales. For anybody who was getting into music in the early part of the tandem craft, songs such as Ultravox’s Vienna, A-Ha’s Take On Me, Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s Two Tribes, Marillion’s Kayleigh and Genesis’ Land of Confusion were as well remembered for their iconic videos as they were for the creative lyrics and supreme music.
Ste Reid of The Mono LPs at Eric’s. Photograph by Ian D. Hall.
Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *
To hear the Mono LPs on stage at Eric’s on Mathew Street creating the type of penetrating and powerful sound as they supported Sandi Thom for the night, it might have blown you away and a lot of pre-conceived ideas about how an acoustic set works. Not only was it bouncy, brash and passionate but at one point it did look as though Ste Reid and Vicky Mutch, along with her cello were going like the clappers on stage.