So having missed going to the original Sound City’s back in the day and not fancying the larger version that was about for a couple of years I finally made it to a Sound City tempted by Liverpool’s very own Tea Street Band and the energy of Confidence Man.
First up a mention of Saturday which featured Louis Berry who I have seen several times and a mention for The Florrie Guitar club. The Florrie is based in Liverpool 8 and is a Social Gem/Grade II listed/Grand Hall/Gym/Community Events/ Arts/Music/ Education & Training/ Cafe/Functions basically a boss building saved (So many have bitten the dust in Liverpool) doing big things for the local community. Anyway the guitar club is ran by The Tea Street band’s Timo Tierney (My nans maiden name was Tierney) my father in law attends this and has been trying to get me to go along. Anyway the group had a slot on the Saturday at Sound City but alas the father in law could not attend and so missed his festival debut. A cracking thing for those involved and some video below.
So onto the Sunday and having done The Liverpool Spring 10k in the morning it was down to Sound City for the afternoon and a late (ish) finish. In total I managed to catch 8 bands. After a little game of treasure hunt finding where we picked up our wristbands we were ready for some live music.
Shamona (Baltic Social)
I first came across Shamona a few years back when these young lads from Bootle were even younger as they had a support slot supporting Henry Priestman doing a gig on a Liverpool ferry back in 2012. I have caught them a few times since and as I took my seat in The Baltic social and resting my achy legs for the inevitable dancing that would come later on in the night. Added fun was name how many songs you could turn their track “Foreign Affair” into. “You aint seen nothing yet” was my guess. Hope the lads sold a few CD’s to get their bus fare back to Bootle though a Saveaway might have been better as they were performing at The Smithdown Road Festival later on in the day.
Roman Lewis (Hobo Kiosk)
After a little wander around the festival site we decided to head into The Hobo Kiosk. This was a pub/bar I never knew existed and after a small wait to get in we walked down the stairs into what must have been a small cellar back in the day of this large warehouse. The venue must have had a capacity of around 35 and was full for this Londoner. As you get older the acts you watch get younger. This lad has a French A level oral exam next week and the song “Midnight In Paris” gave him a tiny bit of revision time. Roman was just up there with his guitar and the venue was silent as he played his set as the small but capacity crowd soaked his performance up. Must pop back into this place again for a bevvy as it was a quaint little gaff and an eccentric bar owner assuming the old guy in the hat was the owner. Mad to think that one of this lads tracks has 1.3 million plays on spotify and he has most probably got about £3.56 for it.
Next up we met some parents from my youngest daughters school so this was more a in the background act. Luckily not mistaken for a member of The Ku Klux Klan as this one member of the act likes to don robes. Some nice beats going on and one to look out for if they pop up down at Glastonbury buried away deep down in the line up. We ventured outside into Constellations garden and Mrs Fay had a scran but eating is cheating for me so I had a bevy instead.
Monks (Hangar 34)
So into Hangar 34 for the first time in my life and a nice little space to see a friends lad band perform. This Liverpool band called Monks containing a Fay who is no relation but both family trees go back to two places in Ireland just 8 miles apart so there could well be. This band are doing good things and are already building up a reputation and Hangar 34 was chokka at 7pm for this performance. The Fay performs trumpet on some tracks and as was said “Who doesn’t like a bit of trumpet” A band deffo to keep an eye on and top track for me “Why does everybody look the same”
Ferris & Sylverster (Constellations)
Having got to Constellations early to get a speck for The Tea Street Band we watched the full set from Ferris & Sylverster. The female and male duo’s songs ranged from folk into blues and The Guardian called them alt Simon & Garfunkel. Fave track was “London’s Blues” and I throughly enjoyed their set.
Tea Street Band (Constellations)
Well what more needs to be said about Liverpool’s Tea Band. With album number 2 out last year and I have now lost count of the number of times I have see these lads. As ever the dance beat mixed in with guitars is a winner and the crowd were up for it. Bumped into a lad who I used to play footy with as well. I have a confession to make so forgive me father I have sinned we left a touch early as I did not want to face a lock out on the last and main act I had come to see. Sorry lads but what was watched was great and even had the added rarity of Nick Otaegui dropping his bass guitar at one point ! Oh I have now have decent selection of Adidas Originals trackie tops at which Mrs Fay rolls here eyes at when I put one on to go out in. Last night she said “Oh I like the lead singers trackie top”
The Magic Gang (Hanger 34)
A bonus act as we caught the end of their set so no “action shot” but an unexpected festival highlight and a rendition of “Cant take my eyes off you” which nearly took the roof off !
Confidence Man (Hangar 34)
So the main reason I got tickets for the Sunday at Sound City. During Glastonbury 2017 Mrs Fay and her mate were having some lunch and as ever I was having a beer because eating is cheating. There was a decent be a coming out of the Williams Green tent and left them two at it and ventured in. Performing in front of a sparse crowd but giving it their all and with some catchy choons it was only Confidence Man. Having bought their debut album “Confident music for confident people” it ended up being my album of the year for 2018. Having got a decent speck the drummer and musical person of the band came on wearing bee keeper like hats thus not revealing their identity and not long after the leading male/female duo were on stage and after the first song I knew I was in for a treat. Dance beats, catchy choons and a stage presence that can only be described as maximum fun and the rest of the set flew by. Personal faves are the Primal Scream inspired “Out of the window” and you can never not fail to move to “Bubblegum” Not to forget some risqué outfits along with a bottle of something sprayed over the crowd who are already lapping up Confidence Man and how could I not forget the the flashing cone bra of Janet’s !! Deffo will be catching these again and I am hoping its down at Glastonbury in just over 50 days time.
So that was that. Had a nice chat with a young couple post Confidence Man who were advising us to stay for The Shit Indie Disco but it was nearing 1am and despite telling them stories of my haylcon clubbing days in the 90’s it was time to head home.
Sound City exceeded expectations, Confidence Man didn’t disappoint. All the acts we watched are great and we didn’t ever get around to some venues for various reasons. See you in 2019 and all eyes next to Africa Oye and then the big one Glastonbury 2019.
Oh and also nice to bump into some Twitter people I know Geoff and Sally for a brief drunken hello during Tea Street Band
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