There seem to be bands that somehow stay a secret far longer than they deserve to be. The clandestine way of the Universe just keeping them under the radar for just a little while longer before unveiling them with a flourish and watching the world go wow! Though by no means a cult band, The Mono L.Ps have been plugging away and getting huge attention, now is surely the time for the universe to say enough of the secrecy, this is the band, deal as you may find.
The Baltic Triangle’s Camp and Furnace and live music are a match made in, if not Heaven, then certainly in a hotel in a short walkable distance and with a cold welcome drink provided and poured by St. Peter when you get there. Every weekend there is music to be had in the city but one of the venues that has become a vital part of the music community has that great feel of the outdoors about it and as Paul Straws’ beautiful hauntingly calm music flows throughout the building, even a wedding party guest or two from the other side of Camp and Furnace’s building could be seen enjoying the music.
Even after a couple of albums it is impossible to ignore the song-writing talent that lives and breathes in the very heart of Susan Hedges. She impossible not to love, a piece of Liverpool that might go unnoticed by the greater population of the country but in the city she calls home, that talented is appreciated and nurtured.
The East Village Arts Club has already been creating a buzz since the doors re-opened a few weeks back. However much loved Masque was, the heady intoxicating nights in there were a by-word for some good music, inside the building now feels more homely, the sound more complete, lush and sensuous and there certainly could be no greater exponents of that overpowering sensuousness than the three acts that found their way there on the start of what is a busy Bank Holiday for the city.
It doesn’t take long to fall in love, the barest of fleeting glimpses or sounds on a radio can be enough for anybody to start a life-times affair with the most defining of bands. Whether it is the intoxicating thought that the music supplied by The 286, is industrious, soul grabbing, slips you a crafty but loving wink in between each affectionate and amorous note or that it brings back so many memories of the only band to have ever tried anything as daring and eclectic as anything that one of Birmingham’s most favourite bands, E.L.O., ever conceived.
With a new album being worked upon, James J. Turner is one of those fortunate and rather splendid musicians who seem to find that the creative juices just never seem to stop flowing. The words, the songs that he sings with a hand over his heart storm through like the constant majestic water that goes over Niagara Falls. An ever flowing set that incorporates beauty and time and in his 2012 album How Could We Be Wrong? this is exemplified and justified.
Ste Reid at the o2 Academy, Liverpool. Photograph by Ian D. Hall.
Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * * *
As The Mono L.P.’s took to the stage at the o2 Academy, Liverpool, it was almost possible to see in the eyes of the five musicians, Luciano Verghini, Chris Barlow, Dan Beech, Ste Reid and Vicky Mutch, just how far they have come in the hearts and minds of Liverpool audiences in such a short space of time. Nothing is beyond them collectively or individually it seems, nothing much fazes them when they stand on stage together and it is great credit to the ability and tenacity of the group that they have become so well admired during that time.
Ste Reid of The Mono LPs at Eric’s. Photograph by Ian D. Hall.
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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.