Sound City: Highlights Reel
With Liverpool Sound City over for another year we can reflect on what were the stand-out performances of the weekend. With so many performances across so many amazing venues in the Baltic Triangle, it was hard to narrow it down to just four. Each of these performances offered something different – fresh, fun and inspiring. Home grown Scouse talent was aplenty at Sound City, but a few artists from further afield also packed a punch.
Red Rum Club @ District [4/05/19]
The Scouse Americana sextet put some fire into District on the Saturday of Sound City. Rocking through songs from their new album Matador, Red Rum Club turned the heat up and had the crowd singing and dancing along. Walking onto the stage in their costumes complete with wigs from their latest music video for ‘TV Said So’, any doubt that the boys wouldn’t bring a fun twist was a distant memory. With wigs flying (literally!) into the crowd, the boys put on one hell of a performance and undoubtedly gained many more fans who perhaps turned up to District at the right time.
Red Rum Club are bringing their fiesta across the UK so watch out for any shows or festivals they will pop up at (including Glasto!!) – trust me these guys are not to be slept on.
Sophie and the Giants @ Hanger 34 [4/05/19]
Heading into the evening on the first day of Sound City, Hanger 34 was becoming a hub of great performances. Currently based in Sheffield, Sophie and the Giants’ ‘left-leaning pop’ had the crowd in Hanger 34 wanting more. ‘Space Girl’, ‘Monsters’ and ‘Waste My Air’ were real highlights of their set. The powerful voice and dance moves of frontwoman Sophie, powered a heavy driving set, with Chris Hill (drums), Bailey Stapledon (bass) and Toby Holmes (guitar) as the perfect storm.
Sophie and the Giants have got an exciting summer ahead, performing at Radio 1 Big Weekend, Reading and Leeds and Y Not? Festival. If you happen to be going to these make some time and schedule a boogie to Sophie and the Giants’ innovative and infectious indie-pop.
Platon Karataev @ Baltic Roastery [5/05/19]
Moving out of the big warehouse bar venues and into the Baltic Roastery for an afternoon of more chilled performances was the perfect balance to Saturday’s high charged day. Named after a character from Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace, Platon Karataev are based in Budapest and came to Liverpool to share some of their beautiful songs in a relaxed coffee house. Folk-indie vibes are the closest to describing this band, with heart-achingly beautiful lyrics and compositions, Platon Karataev were a perfect change of pace.
They are currently working on their second album, but if you are looking for some slow beautiful songs then these are your guys. I’ve had their songs playing on repeat since seeing them at Sound City and will guarantee you will too!
Pizzagirl @ District [5/05/19]
Ending on another scouse talent, Liam Brown aka Pizzagirl rocked the stage at District on Sunday. With just himself, Diane (his cool sparkly guitar), Laptop and sampling pad, Pizzagirl did what many solo artists struggle with – make an audience laugh, dance and relax. Pizzagirl’s 80s inspired pop, stroke electronic, stroke melancholy indie just hits the spot. Embracing a Canadian tuxedo in full force, Pizzagirl rattled through a selection of his songs from ‘Seabirds’, ‘Gymnasium’ and ‘Coffee Shop’. Ending on perhaps one of the best covers I’ve heard in a long time – ‘Nightcall’ by Kavinsky – rivalling if not surpassing London Grammar’s successful cover, Pizzagirl left the stage to an admiring crowd.
Sound City is an incredible weekend of talented musicians, where we were spoilt for choice on who to see. These four are just the highlights of my weekend but there were so many great performances that I didn’t get to see – maybe next year!