Liverpool gig guide: Anathema, The Membranes and more


Anathema (credit: Caroline Traitler)

Liverpool opens its arms to bands of a certain vintage this week and Getintothis’ Steven Doherty gives us the where and the when.

If you’re reading this on the Sunday that this comes out, then congratulations, you’ve made it through your Deeper Cuts Festival hangover.

Quite the day and night.

A reminder of how lucky we are to live in a city that can put on an event such as that with the high quality of bands we were able to put on.

A testament to the fantastic local music scene of which our main venues play such a huge, vibrant part.

Which is why it was an absolute crying shame to see Sound, a perennial of this gig guide column week in and week out due the sheer volume of splendid gigs they have there, questioning their very existence last week.

This led to an excellent overview of the general state of our venues, which you can read here.

Fingers crossed that this is a mere blip, and they’ll be taking up their rightful place on this page (as they are this week) for years to come.

Onwards and upwards.

The Wildhearts

The Wildhearts: Grand Central Hall, July 18.

Good to see the Grand Central Hall being used more and more, especially with the two heavier gigs that they have on this week.

90’s rockers The Wildhearts have had quite the past, between splits, drugs and illnesses, but they have always kept up a high quality output, culminating in their recent Renaissance Man album, said by many to be their career pinnacle.

In a somewhat loud and twisted week of gigs, this will be a reliably straight up rawwwk.

More about it here.

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Baby Strange

Baby Strange: Jacaranda, July 18

A band who seem to have been around for forever (actually only since 2012), Glaswegian post punkers Baby Strange head to the Jac for what is sure to be a evening of surly scuzz-pop.

Another band that delivers a no-frills live experience, just giving the people what you would expect from then, based on their single heavy back catalogue.

An ideal Thursday night.

Paddy Steer

Paddy Steer: Kazimier Stockroom, July 18

Last seen round these parts supporting Henge just before Xmas, whilst spooking out those in attendance, the cosmic multi-instrumentalist spaceman Paddy Steer is back.

The Stockroom is built for these sort of gigs and with supporting roles for both Claire Welles and The Aleph, then this will turn out to be one of those special ones.

Frankly unmissable.

Silver Linings

Ohmns, Silver Linings, Irene and the Disappointments: Sound, July 18

The second mention in just two weeks for Ohmns, this time at the aforementioned lovely Sound.

This time out, the noisy doom merchants bring two of the city’s most mentioned-in-dispatches up and comers in the shape of Silver Linings and the angsty, tune-laden Irene and the Disappointments.

This is a superb line-up, so support your local scene and get to it.

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Anathema (credit: Caroline Traitler)

Anathema: Grand Central Hall, July 19

Returning local heroes Anathema make up the second half of this venue’s rock driven week, bringing their post-prog stylings back home for the gig of the week.

Read the full preview here.

The Membranes

The Membranes, Salt The Snail: Phase One, July 20

Last, but by no means least this week, are The Membranes.

Touring on the back of the marvellously received new album What Nature Gives…Nature Takes Away, a welcome date for John Robb’s influential post-punkers (and yet, only the second best band he has been in, the Gold Blade comeback must surely be imminent).

This will see them tear Phase One a new one.

A final note which I cannot implore strongly enough, those attending this gig must (and I repeat, must) get in early for one of the most entertaingly fun bands that this writer has had the good fortune to witness recently, Salt The Snail.

You will thank me for it.

Also this week:

Dan Shout: Phase One, July 16

Lauren Alaina: Arts Club, July 17

Arnocops: Phase One, July 17

Herron Brothers: 81 Renshaw St, July 18

Cream Classical In The Park: Sefton Park, July 19

Figure Of Eight: Outpost, July 19

Luke Rainsford: Phase One, July 19

Kez: Jacaranda, July 19





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