Liverpool Calling

LIVERPOOL Calling's third edition this past weekend was teeming with local favourites, The Music Manual sent Jake Marley to find the very best of what our city has to offer.

First port of call, The Jackobins, who took to the main stage situated at the picturesque Bombed Out Church. The five-some have recently sold out several dates on their UK Tour so the anticipation was high not-to-mention with their solid back catalogue of tunes. Front-man, Dominic Bassnett's vocal power never waned as the band smashed through a quick 30 minute set. New single 'Waiting On The Sun' got another airing as Bassnett continued to smash through decibel records accompanied by jangly guitars and tight percussion, bass and keys.

At Parr Street's Studio 2, The Sneaky Nixons' antics best rounded up by the headline "Riffs, guitars on fire and a megaphone wielding Nixons town crier." The energetic stage manner of ringleader, Charlie Daniels adds to their excruciatingly tight live sound on tracks such as 'Love Is a Funny Thing', which dealt a riff so off the scale, it was on an illegal level, showing a stark comparison to The Libertines. The unique use of a megaphone fighting back and forth with guitars on their new single 'Sex', gave the audience a bit more than they could chew.

Not to be outdone by what had come before, Blues-rockers The Levons took to the stage bringing their modern brand of 'Merseybeat Nostalgia' including their highly impressive new single, 'Too Strange'. The substantial rhythm and attitude to 'Come & Get It' also livens up on stage, only strengthening my belief that this quartet belong in higher places.

Calling headliners, Reverend & The Makers, bounced their way through a set which included several new tracks from their as of yet un-released fifth record. Elsewhere there was a wall-shaking set from North Wales trio Secateurs who's dark and edgy sound (although maybe not suitable for Studio 2) was memorable nonetheless. London based, Dexters also impressed with their easy on the ear indie-pop which was fitting for the sunny, open-top affair.

2015 was without doubt a resounding success for Liverpool Calling, easily their best year yet. The only problem now is finding the recipe to better it in 2016.

Words and images Jake Marley

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