Personally I’m not familiar with the current state of music within Liverpool but if Signal Flare are anything to go by it shows that it must be pretty dire. It was one of those support acts where quite blatantly the only people who have come to see you are your friends. Simple enough pop by numbers music that could of been written by anyone, no heart or personality and managed to murder There She Goes by The La’s.

Summer Camp however certainly managed to raise the bar opening with debut single Ghost Train which was even more dreamy when played live. They contently continued to play a set of songs that obviously no one had heard, all of which were a pretty good a mix of  cheesy pop masked by lo-fi sensibility and  beautiful tales of heartache and woe delivered wonderfully by Jeremy Warmsely and Elizabeth Sankey throughout . I feel there’s a long way to go for Summer Camp yet as this being their first ever time out on tour and roughly about their tenth or eleventh gig. But I’m sure they’ll only get better as time progresses, a promising start though for a band who are just beginning to find their feet.

Slow Club entered in the crowd rather than ending in it for the second time I’ve seen the Sheffield two piece starting off with a lovely acoustic rendition of b-side ‘Wild Blue Milk’. Slow Club are at there best like this with Charles and Rebecca’s voices complementing each other beautifully and resonating throughout the venue. The band moved up on stage to start off a set which was almost 50/50 new songs and old songs. Second song was a new song and already the second album is looking like it’s got potential be just as good or if not better than the first. Heard it here first there is definitely a new sound on the way to go by how the new stuff is performed live.  For the first of the new songs Charles and Rebecca we’re joined by Jeremy Warmsley on bass and the drummer for Summer Camp later stating that this was the first time they’ve ever played with a live band. Surprisingly noisy and un-nervingly chaotic showing off a new abrasive side to them which I hadn’t seen before. This however does not mean the superb lyrics and pop melody’s have disappeared for good later shown by the only new song that was given a name ‘Gold Mountain’ which showed of a louder darker side to Slow Club. From debut album Yeah, So the band played a more of the quieter songs from it in favour of some of the singles from it. Both ‘Trophy Room’ and ‘It Doesn’t Have To Be Beautiful’ both criminally missed out. ‘Sorry About The Doom’ coming being one of my favourites of the night. Personal highlight for me though was my favourite track from the album ‘Our Most Brilliant Friends’ showing what a quality live act Slow Club are once again. Throughout the band managed to deal with stupid drunken man in England shirt (“Play that one that was on Canadian TV”) quite well in which one point Charles told him to fuck off. Banter between Charles and Rebecca was funny all night. The band finished with new single ‘Giving Up On Love’ with Jeremy Warmsley once again returning to the stage before final closing with traditional encore ‘Christmas TV’, and invited everyone to a mass sing-a-long.

SET LIST (can’t be sure though)

  1. Wild Blue Milk
  2. (new song)
  3. I Was Unconscious, It Was A Dream
  4. (new song)
  5. There’s No Good Way To Say I’m Leaving You
  6. Because We’re Dead
  7. (new song)
  8. Sorry About The Doom
  9. (new song)
  10. Our Most Brilliant Friends
  11. (new song)
  12. Giving Up On Love
  13. Christmas TV*

*encore

Slow Club are ultimately one of the best and also underrated song-writers in the U.K. and it’s good to see them stepping up to bigger venues like they thoroughly deserve. Can’t wait to see what the future holds for them, more of the same please.

James x

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