Liverpool Music Week : Closing Party, Invisible Wind Factory and North Shore Troubadour – Liverpool (4th Nov 2017)

The Liverpool Music Week Closing Party, held in conjunction with local online arts review magazine ‘Get into This’ provided a most diverse evening’s entertainment across two venues, The Invisible Wind Factory, and North Shore Troubadour 1 and 2.

Pink Kink were indulging in a bit of screaming come singing early on in the evening at the Invisible Wind Factory. An enigmatic group from the LIPA fame school; deliberately provocative and deliberately devoid of a digital online presence. How much longer will we have to wait?   It was pleasing to see other female musicians in attendance on tonight’s bill; Peaness and She Drew the Gun.

Fuzzy psych rocker Ali Horn filled Troubadour 2 with his unique fuzzy brand of psych rock. For such an early doors appearance, the room was packed out. Ali was on double shifts doing the honours with Strange Collective an hour later

Wirral rockers Jo Mary, cooking up a storm locally with their lively and raucous sets, entertained and delighted a capacity audience in Troubadour 1. As is normal practice, young Ashley the percussionist stripped off his t shirt and invited the audience to follow suit which they wisely chose to ignore in an unheated venue on a frosty night.   As the set progressed, the trousers came off too. Total anarchy, total chaos.

Fuss kept up the fuzzy, psychedelic trance vibe going in Troubadour 2, followed later by Rongo Rongo; love the name, who kept the party going.   When they appeared at the Threshold Festival in March where there appeared to be more band members. Not quite sure of the others fate.

Shortly after, the Orielles positively bounced in after them with their lively pop tunes.

Over at the main venue in the Invisible Wind Factory, 2017 winners of the ‘Get into This award’ and local favourites She Drew the Gun delighted an ever growing audience with their rousing, huge political anthems of songs. It is refreshing to see young band with a big social conscience gaining critical acclaim and popularity.

Seattle’s Perfume Genius, aka Mike Hadeas was captivating and delightful as he sashayed and twirled across the stage in a gold jacquard silk suit. He really did have the audience eating out of his hand, spell bound by every note he warbled.

And so onto Everything Everything who headlined this joint Liverpool Music Week closing party/‘Get into this’ 10th birthday party. It’s not readily apparent that their songs are overtly political, being so melodic and synth pop based, but delve deeper than the surface and you find a whole manner of topics. ‘Cough Cough’ gets an airing and has been inspired by the greed for oil.

The audience are suitably impressed when front man Jonathan Higgs, announces that their latest album ‘Fever Dream’ was recorded in Liverpool’s Parr Street Studios and launches into the title track. This band certainly know how to put on a show for the punters as he jumps onto the piano for the intro and then back off again. The audience by now is tightly packed and the band successfully bring down the curtain on what has been an amazing week of music, kicked off the week previously by Nile Rogers and Chic. We are all left wondering if and how they can top this next year.