The Liverpool Music Scene

Then and Now

The City of Liverpool has given the world so much great music over the years, it is of course the City that gave birth to pop music with The Beatles. Since The Beatles Liverpool has continued to produce a plethora of musical talent, including Echo and The Bunnymen, The Coral, The Stands, Alterkicks, The Bandits, Cast, The Lightning seeds, Clinic, Gomez, Half Man Half Biscuit, The Zutons, The La’s, The Little Flames, The Rascals, and Shack. This list could go on for ever. There is something magical and mysterious about Liverpool that makes the music sound timeless and classic, music that could have been recorded in any age, yet always manages to sound new and exciting.

Liverpool has always had a community feel to it especially when it comes to music. The spirit of Matthew street with The Beatles playing lunchtime gigs in The Cavern has never really left the city. Bands always help each other out, putting on gigs themselves and helping to promote each other. You only have to look at the Liverpool Bands Facebook page to see how social media can be used to support new music and how Liverpool promoters are getting together to support each others gig nights and promote the music the city has to offer.

Similar to the start of the century when the Liverpool scene was pushing through The Coral, The Zutons and The Stands, once again there appears to be an influx of music coming from Liverpool at the start of this new decade. Leading the way is The Sand Band who at the start of the year released their debut album All Through The Night, which is arguably a contender for album of the year. All Through The Night is an album of great depth and substance, an album that you can drift away to another time and place whilst listening to it, an album full of reflection, and love. Noel Gallagher is also a fan of the band and hand picked singer/songwriter David McDonnell to join him in his new backing band. The Sand Band are due to release their second album in 2012 and they will be the band on music critics list as a band to look out for in 2012, but please don’t wait that long, go and purchase All Through The Night now and you will not be disappointed.

There are a number of unsigned bands in Liverpool who have caught our attention lately. By The Sea are a four piece, who similar to The Sand Band are recording timeless music that sounds like it could only be made in Liverpool. Comparisons can be made to The La’s and The Coral. ‘Waltz Away’ is a beautiful dreamy summery song which is as equally comforting in the winter. By The Sea make music that needs to be heard by the entire world. The Sixteen Tonnes who could have just stepped out of the rock and roll era of the 1950‘s and early 1960’s. The Sixteen Tonnes have supported Oasis, The Zutons and Cast. The Istari Stacks formed at the start of the year, and are showing more than enough potential to have a very exciting future ahead of them. The Sundowners who are creating perfect pop music that is influenced by The Byrds and Fleetwood Mac. Steve Pilgrim former drummer with The Stands, is recording solo material. Steve has recorded acoustic songs that like so many other Liverpool bands are able to take you away from all the troubles in the world and to a magical safe place. The Red Suns a four piece who have a big sound influenced by Echo and The Bunnymen and Joy Division, this is a band whose songs would not sound out of place in big arenas or stadiums. The Relics who formed at the start of the year, with ages of 17-18 if the live demos are anything to go this is a band who are sure to cause a great deal of excitement within the music industry.

The bands mentioned above are just a handful of some of the music currently in Liverpool and waiting to be heard by the rest of the country. Liverpool is a place that will always have a special place in musical history and if the bands listed here are anything to go by the future of Liverpool music is in very safe hands.

Steve Tay


Written by: Steve Tay

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