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Stillia – The Magnet, Liverpool, UK (11th May 2017)

Liverpool ‘s Magnet serves as a staging post to bands from all over the Mersey region and beyond and on this occasion gave Stillia a lively send off on their latest “This Feeling” tour.

The Racket swept in from Widnes with an impressive entourage and played a rousing set. A Donovanesque acoustic outfit by the name of Rhine Valley joined from New Ferry via the A41 (they also had a song about it) and the hotly feted Paves breezed in from the big smoke in a very nice fedora, evoking a bit of a Western vibe in the process.

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A reliable source had informed GIGsoup that Stillia would put in a very strong performance which was to be no exaggeration. They hit the ground running with their soon to be released ‘4am’ to the delight of their fans who had made the short trip west from St Helens to see them. Upon taking the stage, lead singer Jack Bennett was engaging with the audience, exuding a confidence and professionalism which belied his young age.

Some of the songs in their live offering, particularly ‘Euphoria’ and ‘Cold coffee’ with their driving guitars and strong percussion did have distinct echoes of early Oasis. It is highly likely that this similarity will be an ongoing comparison further perpetuated by the fact that drummer Matty is Jack’s younger brother. This however is where the similarity ends, the Bennett brothers get on very well and have no desire to kill each other, well not while on stage anyway.

Musically, aside from the 90s influence, you could also detect subtle country inspired melodies in there and Jack’s voice has a certain versatility about it that would be equally at home on the range singing country and western songs. He certainly looked the part in his rhine stone encrusted suede jacket; he just needed to borrow a hat from Paves to complete the look.

After a rousing eight song set, the backbone to their forthcoming debut album, it was time to for them to hit the road once again. The audience had enjoyed a real treat and  it was a shame that it was a Thursday night and not a weekend one as I am sure there would have been even more people there.

Stillia showed us that they certainly can play a tight and polished set of anthemic stadium filling songs. They are already regularly playing pre match musical interludes at various football and rugby clubs across the North West including Everton, Manchester City, Wigan and St Helens of course!

They are now more than ready for their biggest summer festival appearances to date. Go along and check them out, they have all the makings of a future headliner.

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