REVIEW: Made In Liverpool stage at Williamson Square (Mathew St Festival), Part 1

THE Mathew Street Festival showcased a whole host of acts during its run over the August bank holiday weekend. The Made In Liverpool stage in Williamson Square saw many of Liverpool’s unsigned acts perform. Our music reviewer Shaun McCoy went to check them out.

Filter Distortion are an indie/rock electronica trio playing a host of anthemic tracks that have a blend of Kraftwerk, New Order and Kasabian within them. They go down well with the ever growing audience in Williamson Square. Cash Card is one such track which gets the crowd tapping their toes and nodding their heads. The vocal is quite Kasabian-esque, treading over funky synths and strings. Take You Home has a resonance of Kraftwerk with its chiming synthesiser fillers blended with a rocky guitar riff.

Next on are All We Are, a folk/rock trio featuring highly harmonic and heartfelt vocals backed up by rhythmic strings and laidback beats. The co-lead singers, the female bassist and drummer each have contrasting voices that create a dreamy sound that rise very nicely on tracks like Go and Cardhouse. The guitarist has an interesting style of playing. It’s quite experimental and melodic. I like it a when guitarist plays a guitar with a bow because it can produce some interesting effects.


Another trio to take to the stage are The Verdict, showcasing the highly harmonious singing of bassist and guitarist. Their harmonies are quite reminiscent of the Everley Brothers and Turin Breaks. The band’s music is rhythmically pounding from a heavy bass and fast strumming guitar. The drummer is no slouch either – chipping in with flurries of thunder. Honest and Days Are Speed are particular highlights of their big sounding set. The latter is very harmonious and anthemic drenched in powerful music.

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