A Review: The Isrights at Noel Gallagher’s After Party
Going to watch a local band is something I think everyone should experience in Liverpool. Its musical heritage is clearly one of the reasons why there is so much local talent, but to be honest, watching a band who are performing somewhere that means a lot to them just feels different. This is why I was so excited at the prospect of reviewing The Isrights, a Merseyside band who in recent months have landed gigs at credible venues such as the O2 and the Arts Club (coming up on the 14th of May).
After a quick drink in a local pub, a few mates and I entered the O2 academy just before the gig was due to start. The room lacked energy, and although the band hadn’t yet appeared on stage, I really thought more people would have arrived. The band started their set and I began to wish I’d stayed at home. That is until a friend bounded up to us with a smirk on his face, obviously with something to tell us. We were in the wrong room.
We rushed down the stairs to another room I had no idea existed, where the atmosphere compared to the other empty room was astonishing. A layer of excited teenagers covered the front barrier obviously new their stuff, while the rest of the room was scattered with slightly more reserved members of the audience, who were clearly thoroughly enjoying the set. The effortless harmonies of ‘Strange Planet’ by Che Wilson (lead singer/rhythm guitar), Matt McNamara (lead guitar/backing vocals) and Andy Gill (Bass/Backing Vocals) really were pitch perfect. Meanwhile, Jack Hendrie (on drums) kept the band focused though the tricky rhythmic sections of songs such as ‘Real’, and covers including ‘No,no,no’ by Dawn Penn.
With some of the members not even being old enough to buy a drink in a pub, it is incredible how mature their sound is. Describing themselves as Punkadelic Reggae, they expose enough individuality to be worth listening to while having enough influences to build an audience. Apart from the occasional ‘thank you,’ the band kept to their set, which I respected. Personally I’m not a fan of long winded speeches, thanking their supporters and commentating on the night when they could be playing. It reminds me of the top floor of Level nightclub, which is not my favourite place.
Finishing with energetic track ‘Drinking game’, we were all sad the concert was over. The Isrights blew us away with their confidence and uniqueness, and I really felt this was the start of something big for the Liverpudlian foursome. If only we hadn’t missed the first few songs.
Take a look at The Isrights’ Facebook page to find out more about the band, and their upcoming gig dates: https://www.facebook.com/notes/927804920574490/