Author: Tom Murphy

Persian Hugs – Making Conversation | EP Review

Liverpool based indie rock trio, Persian Hugs kick off their EP Making Conversation with ‘Turn Back Now’, a track which makes the band’s strengths evident within the first minute: creative guitar lines gliding over a rock ‘n roll beat, frontman Harry Belcher’s excellent vocals, and a strict adherence to the time honoured strategy of ‘don’t bore us, get to the chorus’. It’s a sound that you can easily imagine reverberating from the slightly damp walls of a packed intimate music venue. Latest single ‘Just A Little’ sees the pace relent momentarily before the chorus picks up the energy where...

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Father John Misty @ O2 Apollo, Manchester | Gig Review

It is now five years since Josh Tillman abandoned his own name and reputation as drummer for indie-folk band Fleet Foxes, in favour of a solo career under the moniker Father John Misty. These five years have elicited three critically acclaimed albums and two mammoth worldwide tours, the most recent of which sees Tillman bringing his brass band-backed melodic ballads to Manchester’s O2 Apollo. The theatre is packed, with a high proportion of the crowd appearing to be student-aged, and there are still rafts of people entering through the venue’s art deco façade until minutes before Father John Misty...

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Loyle Carner @ Arts Club | Gig Review

The high point of Ben Coyle-Larner’s performance at Liverpool’s Arts Club comes during his penultimate song, ‘Sun of Jean’. Dedicated to his mother, it is one of several songs prefaced with a sentimental story from his past: Carner mirrors the themes of Mercury Prize nominated debut album Yesterday’s Gone by punctuating his set with a running narrative of the meaning behind his lyrics. Loyle Carner’s favourite motifs are his mother Jean, whom he professes to “miss most” when on tour, his late father, a “fantastic musician”, and recollections of childhood in his native south London. The result is a collection of songs which are...

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