Liverpool Music Week update – Monday

The streets may not be flowing with raucous singing but the venues are overflowing with people. Liverpool Music Week is already a huge success; surpassing and bridging the void of disappointment left by the Mathew Street Festival.

Last night's escapades saw caped crusaders Zombina and the Skeletones steal their own show on an almighty bill of punk, two-tone, hardcore and horrorcore, including multiplized classic Liverpool acts.

Nobody likes you when you’re dead? Couldn’t be truer of Zombina and the Skeletones as they sprang back to life and blew the Bumper away with their 40 minutes set which included greats like Springheeled Jack and other furiously scribbled punk classics. If one thing is for certain about Zombina, it's they are never gonna conform and never gonna sellout to suit you or your mother! Despite apparent illness to geetarist Doc Horror the long time heroes of the local scene headlined the night over acts such the amazing The Drellas, featuring Belarussian keyboardist Masha Padziarei, insane in the brain bassist Otis Rukus, powerplay drummer Leon Caffrey and ex-Space frontman Tommy Scott.

The act that drew most plaudits from the punters was the inimitable Blue Demon, who proved their worth with a predictably swinging routine popping head and shoulders above any of the rockabilly acts performing. Mentions for The Stopouts whose show stopping performance paid tribute to Madness with a neat cover of Baggy Trousers, the truly excellent Avenging Force with a thunderous sound and local Gaelic punk jubilee The Dead Class, playing what seemed like twenty five songs in twenty five minutes and it still wasn't enough.

So far have witnessed the opening night in Carling Academy where a modest crowd loved the gala events of New Young Pony Club tearing the stage apart with most notably their remixes of Pump up the Jam and the hot hit single Ice Cream.

Support on the second night came from Hot Club De Paris who by all accounts were boss la, and although crowd favourites Goodbooks took the stage after, they were not a patch on the Scousers trio of Smith, Smith and Rafferty, especially with their Xmas offering of Will you still be in love with me next year? – Hot Club going for the accolade of the best Liverpool band not to have a headline slot at this year’s festival.

And we were in the thick of the rave on Saturday when Pendulum arrived and turned the Carling Academy from a gig venue to a banging club night that saw the sheer electronic force of Pendulum sandblast the sellout crowd with a frenzy of the Earth that only these guys create when they swing into town.

We have tonnes of live reviews on the way from the week ahead and an exclusive interview with Pendulum for you so keep checking back for LMW updates as it dominates the parties in the city.

If only every week could be Liverpool music week. Bass for your face Liverpool!

Picture – Zombina and the Skeletones – Bumper

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