The Moose Machine – Live review

The Moose Machine
Liverpool O2 Academy
Saturday 3rd September 2011

Here at LTW we love X-Factor and have published a number of articles from John Robb, Michelle Corbett, and Alan McGee ”“ well maybe our message is getting through”¦

In today’s world to be young, famous and adored is easy – sing into your deodorant bottle in front of the bedroom mirror, wait for the X Factor or some other joke of a programme to make you a star, write the songs for you, give you a backing band and to be on hand to indulge your diva strops; it’s all so easy.

Someone clearly forgot to tell a certain Wirral band this though, enter stage left at the Liverpool O2 Academy the Moose Machine a 5 piece indie band with an average age of just 14 who despite there tender years can actually play and I mean play, their music comes over like a sonic attack with their own brand of music which does not lend itself to imitation of any particular band.
Out of their 8 song set 6 are originals with the standout song, a number called “Amigos” complete with a rumbling bass intro and backed up by a barrage of sound courtesy of guitar and keyboards and the coolest lyrics of 2011.

On the face of it the Moose Machine shouldn’t work! Their age, the fact they perform their own songs and are not over reliant on cover versions, and yet when they do a cover of The Hives “Hate To Say I Told You So” it is broke up by a very 60’s band introduction which actually works surprisingly well!,

Credit to them ”“ The Moose Machine are not waiting for a TV show to come and find them; far from it – while the majority nations youth were glued to the X Factor this lot were captivating the Liverpool crowd.

The Moose Machine next appear Friday 14th October The Picket, Liverpool.

Downloads are available from the Moose Machine website

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Phil Newall is from The Wirral - he earns his living not writing about music nor playing music...though sorely wishes he could. He was fortunate enough to see many of the first generation punk bands when they played the U18's matinee shows at Eric's, Liverpool. As an attendee at Eric's he was exposed to punk rock, dub reggae, art rock, and all manner of weirdness; as a customer at Probe Records he was variously served and scowled at by Pete Wylie and Pete Burns - he has written for Record Collector, Whisperin & Hollerin, and Spiral Scratch and wanted to write a book detailing the Liverpool punk scene; however with 'Head-On' Julian Cope beat him to it...and frankly did a much better job.


  1. I saw them at the O2 and they rocked.Keep an eye on these guys I think we’ll be hearing a lot more about them in the future.

  2. I saw them in Liverpool last month, what can say… . Very talented indeed, we had 4 lads that changed the world, it will be 5 lads that changed the world. Watch this space.

  3. Great new band–think the song “My Amigos” is very catchy,—should be No.I —download it and watch them on YouTube–they are gonig to be big.

  4. This band will be the next big thing..all very talented and great original songs, recommend going to see them live but for now you can see them on you tube.



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