John Grant headed up an eclectic, but well received, bill at Liverpool’s Mountford Hall, Getintothis’ Warren Millar reports back on a great night.
This was a curious bill, but an ultimately satisfying one.
The mix of styles from the bands on stage doesn’t seem to fit that well together, but there wasn’t a bad moment in this pick and mix of a gig.
First up was Bill Ryder-Jones with an acoustic set, he with his guitar and a cello to compliment him. Leading the tributes to the devastating news of the death of Her’s, which got a round of applause, obviously well received. It was a was a nice tight set and none the less for it being an acoustic one.
Ex:Re were Rough Trade’s album of the month for February and a well deserved one at that. Another act well received by the crowd. She seemed to have quite a few fans in the house.
Her drummer, in particular was amazing and had this reviewer especially entranced by him. Ex:Re also brought a cello to the stage.
John Grant is well known to the Liverpool audience. He was not that long ago playing the Phil and his return for this gig was a welcome one. He was told to watch his language, given the gig was being broadcast on the Beeb. That was a challenge for him. But he still had his usual 2 little dinosaurs on the keyboards. And delivered with his usual charisma.
Images by Getintothis’ Warren Millar