Liverpool Music Scene

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    New Noise Roundup - Eyesore & The Jinx

    New Noise March 2024 Music Roundup

    Check out the latest releases from the Liverpool music scene. Spring is now officially just round the corner and what better way to usher in the seasonal positivity than a track from that Scouser in exile, Lewis Evans. Only The Strong is a nicely laid back track which Lewis channels his inner Clint Mansell of Nineties funsters PWEI with the help of French rappers LBLK. Evans should be applauded from the house tops for ploughing…

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    Bill Ryder Jones

    The Ultimate Liverpool Gig Guide: March 2024

    Orla Foster is back with a selection of some of the best gigs taking place in Liverpool this March. Low Girl (Saturday 2 March)The Shipping Forecast Tickets Hemel Hempstead might not be known for its musical exports, but Low Girl are about to change that. Describing their latest EP as an exercise in “desperate optimism”, their pensive yet uplifting dream-pop comes laced with 80s synth influences, masking their darker side with their appetite for a bop.…

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    Paul Iwan

    In Conversation – Paul Iwan

    Paul Iwan is one of the local musicians who operates the contemporary radar, but to those who know of him and his work, he is very much appreciated and respected. Lyrically challenging and sonically ambitious, we caught up with the man that Ray Davies of The Kinks called “…a songwriter of considerable skill…” Liverpool Noise: What have you been up to recently? Paul Iwan: Since releasing Present in 2022, I’ve been busy gigging, mainly in…

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    Red Rum Club Band

    Red Rum Club’s Fourth Album ‘Western Approaches’ Makes Waves

    It’s hard to believe that Red Rum Club are on their fourth studio album. This particular record has felt like we’ve been waiting a little longer than usual from their album-a-year releases between 2019-2022 but it’s definitely been worth the wait.  Having been holed up in the industrial outskirts of the city in their rehearsal space, the title of the album Western Approaches is also the name of the area in Liverpool where cargo was sent from…

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    Bunny Alex

    Bunny Alex’s ‘Soft Spot’ Is A Melodic Manifestation of Romance

    Bursting her way into 2024, Liverpool-based singer-songwriter, Bunny Alex provides a track for all of us hopeless romantics just in time for Valentine’s Day. With angelic vocals and an engagingly hopeful melody there’s something rather ethereal about this whole track. Taking us on a three-minute journey of finding and embracing those forming feelings of love, its beauty shines through so effortlessly.  Sharing a similar bedroom pop style to that of Beabadoobee and MUNA it’s hard…

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    Motel Sundown Band

    Motel Sundown Return With Upbeat Anthem ‘Lost Time’

    Fresh from their triumphant appearance at the Black Deer Festival and the latest single Midnight Blue, Motel Sundown unveils their latest musical offerings Lost Time, and the timing couldn’t be more impeccable. This upbeat and driven anthem marks a change from their slower folkier style, showcasing the band’s versatility and songwriting talents. As you dive into Lost Time, it’s evident that Motel Sundown have found a new gear in their sound. The chorus, with its echoes of rich harmonies and…

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    Kiera Marsland

    New Noise February 2024 Music Roundup

    January doesn’t seem to be the longest month anymore, and as life seems to get quicker, the first month of the year seems to disappear in a flash. But the second month of 2024 gifts some great local musical releases to our ears… First up we have The Guize, who never ever disappoint. Bardo House, their new single, is full of great tune-age and riff-age, delivered with a huge dollop of Guize campness. This would…

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    Liverpool Acoustic Songwriting Challenge 2023 Winners

    Jim Pearson And Mike Ryan Win The Liverpool Acoustic Songwriting Challenge 2023

    The Liverpool Acoustic Songwriting Challenge 2023 Showcase Final took place at LEAF on Bold Street on Saturday 27 January 2024. A packed venue saw each of the finalists performing their song with a picture of the work of art that inspired it projected onto the big screen for all to see. At the end of the night Jim Pearson was announced as the winner of the Judges’ Award for 2023 for The Boy With The Red Hat, a song…

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    Local Liverpool Band Musicians To Watch in 2023 - Black Borough

    The Ultimate Liverpool Gig Guide: February 2024

    Orla Foster once again provides a rundown on some of the best gigs happening in Liverpool this February. Black Borough (Thursday 1 Feb)MetrocolaTickets An unmissable line-up boasting some of the premier names in Liverpool hip-hop, from the award-winning Blue Saint to a headline set from Black Borough: a dextrous trio combining the skyhigh talents of MC Nelson, Dayzy and Starkey the Messenger. Expect big things from MC Nelson in 2024 – he’s almost ready to…

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    LIMF Academy at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall This February

    LIMF Academy To Host Unforgettable Musical Experience At Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

    Liverpool International Music Festival Academy has partnered with Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Session Orchestra to create an unforgettable musical experience in the iconic Liverpool Philharmonic Hall this February, putting the city’s finest young musical talent on one of the country’s most illustrious stages. Taking place on Saturday 3 February, this annual collaboration brings together musicians from Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Company with the best of LIMF Academy artists. Guests can expect to hear an extraordinary blend of musical flair…

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    Novelty Island 'Taped Over' EP Review

    Novelty Island ‘Taped Over’ EP Review

    Following the release of his single 1102, Novelty Island (aka multi-instrumentalist and producer, Tom McConnell) is set to release his next psychedelic-pop EP, Taped Over.  A companion record to Wallsend Weekend Television, also recorded during his time at Abbey Road Institute, Taped Over is the awaited addition into McConnell’s imaginative, sonic world.  It’s a sound that could easily be praised for its dreamy melodies and solid progressions but instead takes it that bit further with…

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    Bill Ryder-Jones - Photo Credit - Marieke Macklon

    Bill Ryder-Jones ‘Iechyd Da’ Album Review

    The word “masterpiece” has dogged Bill Ryder-Jones’ career. It’s been used to anoint the elegant, conceptually-driven If…, the sparse and sorrowful A Bad Wind Blows in My Heart, the more radio-friendly West Kirby Country Primary and sombre Yawn. But being so heavily garlanded doesn’t always seem to sit well with him. If you’ve seen him live, brusquely fending off demands to play Two to Birkenhead, you’ll recognise a tortured relationship between writing authentically about his…

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    Mutant Jazz Event To Be The Official After Party For The Liverpool International Jazz Festival

    Mutant Jazz is a collaboration between promoters Parrjazz and You & I Present at Metrocola’s Metro Loft, on Leece Street, Liverpool. They have teamed up with the Liverpool Internationa Jazz Festival to offer a late-night extension to Friday 23 February’s jazz activities. The idea is to bring new artists who are part of the Northwest jazz spectrum and present them as key players in our rapidly mutating jazz scene, hosted and herded by the lovely…

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    Red Rum Club at The Cavern - Credit: Gemma Parker

    Liverpool’s Brightest Musical Talent Take Over The City For Spectacular Live Performances 

    Having launched in October, the Discover a New Beat project set the stage for a revolutionary series of showcases that spanned the entire cityscape where music enthusiasts submerged themselves in Liverpool’s landmark soundtrack. The string of surprise pop-up showcases featured a lineup of Liverpool’s most dynamic artists performing across iconic locations and captured the city’s eclectic music scene, harmonising its historic roots with the contemporary. Woven into the fabric of this experience is a tapestry of sound…

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    Jacaranda Baltic Launch Party Poster

    Jacaranda Baltic Announces Huge Free-To-Attend Launch Party Featuring A Line-Up Of Liverpool’s Best Talent

    Jacaranda Baltic have announced they are throwing a huge free-to-attend launch party on Saturday 20 January showcasing Liverpool’s best talent and the best part is… everybody is invited! On the 1 January The Jacaranda sent shockwaves through Liverpool when they announced a brand new record store and 400 capacity live space in Cain’s Brewery, Baltic Triangle would be opening on Friday 12th January – 65 years after opening their original site on Slater Street. In…

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    Green Ways To Enjoy Liverpool's Vibrant Music Scene

    Green Ways To Enjoy Liverpool’s Vibrant Music Scene

    Liverpool, a city that lives and breathes music, has produced some of history’s most influential and diverse musical acts, from the Beatles to the Zutons. The city’s music scene is vibrant, innovative, and constantly evolving, offering something for every taste and mood.  How can one enjoy Liverpool’s music scene responsibly? The environmental impact of music events and venues, including energy consumption and waste generation, poses challenges linked to climate change and biodiversity loss. Balancing a…

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    New Noise January 2024 Music Roundup - Pleasure Island

    New Noise January 2024 Music Roundup

    As 2024 kicks off, here’s our roundup of releases for a notoriously quiet month. First up is Zenith, with their heavy heavy Bodycount. And I love this track, for many reasons, ok, well four. Number one, it starts a lot like Deep Purple’s Highway Star, with a very similar Blackmorian guitar tone. Secondly, this track isn’t produced to within an inch of its life. Its gritty, fuzzy and at times it sounds they are playing…

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    Bright Town Band

    In Conversation – Bright Town

    We talk to loacl rising stars, Bright Town, about their music, songwriting, production and plans for the future. Liverpool Noise: When and where did you form? Bright Town: We’d all been playing music together informally for years in nearly every possible different configuration, but it was during the lockdowns that we got our heads together properly and started incorporating more structure and purpose into the practice and writing. I’ve known Jay since I was about…

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    Def.fo Photo Credit - John Johnson

    Def.fo’s Debut Album, ‘Eternity’ Is A Captivating Blend of Psychedelia, Folk, and Trip-Hop

    Step into the captivating realm of Eternity, def.fo‘s debut album that beckons you into a warm, heady, and intoxicating mix. Having reviewed his previous work, we knew this was going to be good. This sonic journey seamlessly blends swirling psychedelia, warm folk, and pin-sharp trip-hop, guiding you through the dark corridors and sun-kissed mornings of the albums songs.  At the core of Eternity lies a lyrical consciousness that delves into the vaults of the past and demanding urgent…

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    Tapestry - A Tribute To Carole King - Visions of Albion

    Tapestry: A Tribute to Carole King, Live From The Liverpool Philharmonic Music Room – Review

    Liverpool has been enjoying a thriving surge in intimate tribute shows recently. Seasoned musicians, some of which are already on the scene with their original music have been re-creating their favourite albums in delicately crafted shows with a focus on more layered, nuanced performances rather than the high-energy sequinned covered nights we might associate the word ‘tribute’ with. With a welcomed return in the demand for live music there is a booming market for these…