Phil Brady on a musical magical mystery tour...
The streets of Liverpool are on fire this weekend with the crackle of energy that is Liverpool Music Week. Spread over 20 city centre venues with around 400 acts performing in over 80 events exhibited over two weeks.
50 years ago, on these same streets, four lads were about to shake the world with their own take on rock and roll. You can almost hear the jangle of guitars reverberating like ghosts off the Liver buildings and around Mathew Street, in and out of The Nation Courtyard, The Masque Theatre and Alma de Cuba. Clattering around the Albert Docks to be blown back inland by the Mersey breeze, crash landing on a stage in Bumper, host to some of the finest acts around in the coming week. The four lads who shook the world then have become two old men sat on a park bench like book ends, and the world once again is in need of a good shake.
Boethius once said that history is a wheel. "Inconsistency is my very essence", says the wheel. "Rise up on my spokes if you like, but don't complain when you are cast back down into the depths. Good times pass away, but then so do the bad. Mutability is our tragedy, but it is also our hope. The worst of times, like the best, are always passing away". It seems tonight that wheel has been twisted by this city of culture and sent on a buckled journey up the rain-drenched, cobbled backbeats to the pinnacle of our sonic evolution.
With Kasabian, Seasick Steve, The Enemy, Reverend and the Makers, The Brand New Heavies, The Specials, Calvin Harris, Super Furry Animals, Gallows, Soft Toy Emergency, Daniel Johnson, Wild Beasts, Chrome Hoof, Bombay Bicycle Club, MAPS, The Bays, The Invisible, Grammatics, Field Music and Dananananakroyd highlighting the two week event, plus a plethora of local and submerging talents from all over the globe, history is being made.
Tonight, Friday 6 November, Twisted Wheel, a new three piece guitar band from Manchester, play The Masque, a newly refurbished night club and venue with it's own tattoo studio rock and roll bar, 'Ink', 'The Loft' and host to our revolutionary threesome 'The Theatre', which is where I will be going tonight. I will be interviewing the band after the gig then checking out what is going on in the rest of the venue.
Here we go.