With Liverpool Music Week just around the corner we’ve picked five bands we’re particularly excited to see (but with so many great acts on the bill, it was a challenge!). Check out our XuneMag artist picks for LMW17.
After a hectic year of extensive touring, a début album and an impressive showcase slot at Austin’s SXSW festival, dream-pop duo Her’s return to the city where it all started for them at this year’s landmark Liverpool Music Week. The LIPA alumni bring their unique brand of hazy jangle-pop and infectious energy to the Magnet on Friday 3rd November. Think Mac DeMarco’s illegitimate love-child after a few too many sherbets, a retro drum machine and some tight ’n’ bright melodies… Well, if that’s what you’re in to.
Either way this is definitely not one to miss!
Her’s will be playing at The Magnet, Liverpool on 03 November, alongside Gengahr and Loved Ones
Peaness have been creating a buzz across the UK’s indie music scene for some time, blending slow punk, fuzz and indie sounds to create their own unique brand of infectious Pea-pop.
Since signing with legendary independent label Alcopop! Records, landing slots at a host of awesome festivals across the UK, and racking up spins from BBC Radio One, 6 Music and Radio X, Peaness are fast becoming indie music royalty.
Don’t miss their LMW closing party set at The Invisible Wind Factory on Saturday 4th November. It’s sure to be the perfect cure to any end-of-festival blues!
You can catch Peaness at the LMW Closing Party on 04 November, at The Invisible Wind Factor
Starting as a duo way back in 2010, Childhood has evolved into a classy power house, and their latest album ‘Universal High’ is brimming with soulful folcetto, retro synths and funky bassline’s.
Think Tame Impala or The Lemon Twigs, with an extra slice of British and a tasteful garnish of 70’s nostaligia. We’d recommend ‘California Light’ as the track to get you started but it really is an album worth listening to in its entirety.
They’ll also be joined by TV ME who we recently covered supporting the exceptional Flyte at Buyers Club.
Childhood will be at The Magnet on the 01 November, with support from TV ME and AVG
After the huge success of their debut album ‘A Dream Outside’, we’re delighted for the return of psych-pop North Londoners, Gengahr, who will be playing The Magnet on November 3rd.
The band have announced that their second album ‘Where The Wildness Grows’ will be available next year via Transgressive, but have been treated our ears to two singles as a preview of their innovated sound. Recent release ‘Mallory’ is driven by jangly guitars and that oh so familiar Gengahr tone. The track provides a much larger soundscape, something we haven’t necessarily heard from this band before – displaying that Gengahr are evolving.
Catch Gengahr at their headline show at The Magnet on Friday 03 November, with support from Her’s & Loved Ones
5. Black Pulp
Black Pulp are one of Liverpool’s the hottest hometown prospects, so it’s no surprise that this indie-pop rock outfit have garnered the support of heavyweight industry tastemakers like BBC Introducing.
The band are renowned for their energetic, enthralling live performances and infectious guitar-fronted tracks, which made them a shoe-in for the bill at Liverpool Music Week.
Make sure to catch them at EBGBS alongside Colour, Marmalade and Little Cub on Wednesday 1st November for what it guaranteed to be a colossal night.
Honourable Mention: Nile Rodgers and CHIC
You didn’t think we were going to write a list about the artists we’re most excited to see at LMW’17, and not at least mention Nile Rodgers and CHIC did you?
Rodgers’ brainchild has been with us since 1976, offering up some of the most recognisable tracks of the the last century, and since returning to the tour circuit, they’ve been entrancing a new generation of fans with the gospel of Disco.
CHIC returning to Liverpool is a truly historic occasion, and we can’t wait to FREAK OUT. (Le freak, see’est Chic)
Catch Nile Rodgers and Chic opening the whole event on Thursday 26th October at the Echo Arena.