With a punk band (The Resurrection Men) singing about Slender Man, Green Tangerines providing a jazz-funk masterclass, FLIZZ demonstrating why they’re one of the most exciting new bands to come out of Liverpool and not forgetting Brick House, who closed the night with a crowd-pleasing riot of a performance that left the audience wanting more. ‘Brick House Get a 2:2’ at the Handyman Pub on Smithdown Road, was a night not to be missed with something for every music lover on offer, and then some.
Opening the show punk rockers, The Res Men certainly warmed up the crowd in Handyman’s with their over-the-top theatrics and at times hilarious lyrics. Not like any other band on the lineup, The Res Men are a band like no other. Green Tangerines took to the stage next, billed as one of the most exciting bands to come out of the University of Liverpool in recent years, their performance lived up to every expectation. Sam Taylor on the trumpet, in particular, stood out, which is no mean feat in a collective so polished and talented. The last of the acts to take the stage before headliners Brick House was FLIZZ. With impressive harmonies and a distinct indie rock sound, not too dissimilar to Bombay Bicycle Club, they were the perfect accompaniment to Brick House.
Just over a year on from seeing Brick House at the Magnet, the improvements in their performance and music is clear to see. This is a band that has found their sound and style and are clearly confident in it, they much more self-assured and gave a much slicker, polished performance. That’s not the say the band were bad before, far from it in fact, but Brick House have moulded their style and performance into something that wouldn’t be out of place playing much bigger venues and academies around the country amongst bands that have been around for much longer than a band that has been together for just three years.
Having performed countless gigs around the city since their formation, Brick House have clearly shaped their shows and band nights around what they know audiences will love and enjoy the most and this clearly pays off with a loyal following inside Handyman’s who know their songs as though the band has been around for decades.
Brick House’s sound has also shifted slightly, with a gothic edge to some songs, a hypnotic lead guitar – not too dissimilar to the Arctic Monkeys at their most experimental – and a much more indie rock sound. Stylistically the band still dress in their familiar sharp suits, but don’t let that fool you; the riotous atmosphere inside Handyman’s as the band took to the stage and let loose, hints at a band much more confident in their sound and performance. The band pride themselves on “prioritising entertainment value over everything else in their events” and it certainly shows through lead vocalist Benjamin Roche’s interaction with the audience and stage presence. This focus on entertainment for some bands could mean less polished vocals and overall sound but that’s not the case with Brick House, far from it in fact.
The only downfall of the night was that it couldn’t last for much longer. Brick House are a band that always leave their audience wanting more, in the best way possible. Their live performances could go on for at least an extra hour and the audience would no doubt love every minute of it. After seeing Brick House last year, the Sphinx labeled the band one to watch out for it, that’s still the case. Brick House are on course to achieve great things and a live performance by them is certainly not one to miss at such an early stage in their careers.
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