Louder Than War visits Liverpool and reports on a huge selection of acts caught at this years Sound City event. Keith Goldhangers’ part one of the three day festival review begins here.

Friday 3rd May 2019

It’s the fear of what we may be missing that can give us a little anxiety before events like this. We scour the schedules, circle the names we know and want to catch up with and then try to fill in any gaps before we leave the house by investigating acts we may never have heard of before. Liverpool Sound City does have a knack of introducing us new music lovers to fresh sounds, odd ball individuals and acts from the across UK as well as overseas that may not have been here before. Someone somewhere has made the effort to collate these line ups, and after more than a decade Liverpool Sound City has become a safe bet in trusting that whichever of the 17 doors (gaps in the fences or roads between warehouses) we walk through may provide us with something of high quality. It’s why we’re here and it’s why we keep coming back.

Day one (Friday) eases us into the weekend nicely. Itching to get going, we head for 24 Kitchen Street and then pat ourselves on the back for being in attendance to see a four-piece band we’d not previously heard of before called FARADAY. Strong, rousing, passionate vocals from a marvellous front man is exactly what we need at 6 o’clock in the evening and has us tapping him on the shoulder later, grabbing a CD , learning that the band are from Stoke and then a conversation about Stokes’ finest Average Joe results in what could be a visit to this potential hot spot of new music later in the year.

We come to the conclusion that INGAJA is from Lithuania (we’re at a Lithuanian Culture Institute Showcase according to the backdrop). One young lady singing atmospheric songs with an acoustic guitar fed through two or three pedals makes the following half hour a thoroughly satisfying experience. South London’s PHOBOPHOBES, who we’ve seen before, cement their identity back into our heads with a top class performance that already we feel will be difficult to equal all weekend. This six-piece seem to be casually making their way around the UK nowadays, and are certainly going to attract those that have enjoyed the sounds of The Fall and Fat White Family over the past few years.  Catch these now while you can, we haven’t seen or heard the last of this lot.

THE INDICTA GALLERY are a local band playing sweet refreshing psychedelic sixties pop tunes, GIANT ROOKS from Germany make happy sweet pop music that have the huge crowd inside District clapping along and smiling back at the lead singer, who has this look permanently fixed on his face. SOAK from Northern Ireland (top) end the first evening with some pleasant non-offensive pop songs to round off the day.

We’re now getting our bearings. The venues seem close together, the outside stage tucked in between the warehouses looks promising for the two days ahead and our schedules (whether on a scrap of paper or on a decent phone app) indicate that we’ll be a bit busy for the next couple of days.

Tomorrow the real slog begins….


Parts two and Three can be found here and here.

All words and pictures by Keith Goldhanger. More writing by Keith on Louder Than War can be found at his author’s archive. You can also find Keith on Facebook and Twitter (@HIDEOUSWHEELINV).You may subscribe to the Goldhanger Shorts Facebook page too if you so wish.
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Keith Goldhanger -- Spent the 90's as a frontman with London noisemerchants HEADBUTT - spent the 80's in "Peel favourites" BASTARD KESTREL. Spent a few years mashing up tunes and remixing bands as HIDEOUS WHEEL INVENTION. Is often out and about getting in the way of things and bumping his head on low ceilings - drinks real ale, takes photo's has made a few short films. Will give your band the time of day but will dislike any band that balances full pints of alcohol on the top of guitar amps (Not keen on lead singers that wear hats either).


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