The Liverpool Rocks Battle of the Bands took Parr Street’s studio 2 by storm on Friday night and truly displayed some of Liverpool’s best young talent. Five acts took to the stage for the opportunity to proceed to the finals at Liverpool’s O2 Academy for the chance to win a £750 cash prize and a Liverpool Sound City Festival slot – and it proved to be a tough competition.
The night kicked off to an impressive start, with the Liverpool indie-rock four piece Room for Rent, whose numerous gigs around the city have never failed to impress. Despite the small set, the band weren’t shy to get the crowd going from the minute they walked on stage, as they performed original material from their new EP ‘Through the City’, and two brand new tracks ‘Acrimony’ and ‘Ultraviolet. The boys also covered the Palma Violets’ favourite ‘Best of Friends’ – which was a refreshing and impressive take on the hit, a real crowd pleaser.
Next to take the stage were Pyro, an even younger seeming Liverpool band with some imposing potential. Despite a rather shambled choice of covers, from the Beatles to the Arctic Monkeys, the band still managed to exhibit some major talent, especially through the unique vocals.
Next up were the slightly larger group, The Sensors, who had a more diverse range of instruments and sound. The band performed an intense collection of covers, from a carefully executed rendition of MGMT’s ‘Kids’ to a lively and energetic version of the Arctic Monkeys’ ‘A Certain Romance’. Again, the limited set time meant little time for much original music, but their performance was of such a high standard that it didn’t matter, this band had raw talent.
The Indigo Violets were next to perform, who again showed off their distinct taste in music through a number of well-chosen covers, from The Who to The Cure. By this point the crowd were loving every minute of the range of music, and so their excellent set proved to be a success with the excited spectators. The band had a strong on stage chemistry and a brilliant stage presence – a clear result of impressive skill and hard work.
Finally was The Works, a seemingly more experienced and older band with an intense and gritty sound. The band took the final slot by storm and presented some clear musical talent, with some impressive original material that kept the crowd full of life until the final song.
The final score was decided between the combination of 50% judging and 50% votes, and so despite an undeniably close competition, Room for Rent, Pyro and The Sensors made it through to the semi-finals which again will take place back in Parr Street Studio2 on 7/14 March. Be sure not to miss it!
By Georgia Green