INTERNATIONAL POP OVERTHROW DAY 5 - SATURDAY

The Cavern Pub & The Cavern Club
Mathew Street, Liverpool
Saturday 20th May 2017

Bands seen today = 16
Dave Rave & Hailee Rose, Marco Rea, Colin’s Godson, Honeybug, Nathan Bennett, The Hepburns, Yoav Arbel, The Know Escape, The JetBeats, Clown Capers, B-Side, Dream Factory, Kontiki Suite, The Real Me, The Fast Camels, Johnny Remember Me,

The International Pop Overthrow is in its 15th year in Liverpool, with around 140 bands playing throughout the 8 days. We see as many bands as we can, some we like, some we love........ others not so much. This is a personal review of each day and even though some bands may not have been our cup of tea (we can’t like them all!), they are still worth checking out for yourself. Have fun, that’s what music is all about.


Another mammoth day for us with 16 bands caught today.

Since the time Dave Rave has been appearing at the IPO with Hailee Rose, we have not been able to see them perform as they have always been scheduled to play on the Monday/Tuesday slots after we have gone home. So, we were delighted to have the opportunity to see both in action this year, opening the 5th day in the Cavern Pub. 

The set was a mix of songs with leads from both Dave and Hailee, apart from when Simon, the bass player, took control of the microphone to sing what is now an IPO anthem - "Hey Anne-Marie". This is a song we love and which was written during an IPO a few years ago about, well, what it says on the tin..... Anne-Marie.  

The lunchtime pub crowd were tremendous, and the place was getting quite full as people stayed, rather than just wandering in and then back out again. Why were they staying? Well, Hailee has a great set of pipes on her - a really powerful voice that got everyone's attention and Dave Rave is a very personable and infectious performer who has the ability to draw people to him.The good thing about Hailee's voice is that it is a natural voice and she does not feel the need to go all 'Mariah Carey' through climbing up and down the scale and back up again in the space of 10 seconds that so many young female singers seem to think is the right way to sing nowadays!!!  
Dave Rave and Hailee Rose
The set included two covers. Their version of "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" was slowed down and sounded really good and they finished with a rousing version of "Respect" with Hailee taking the lead and doing Areatha justice. The audience loved it and judging from the smiles on stage, Dave, Hailee and the band loved it just as much.
Marco Rea with Jim on bass

Marco Rea is an amazing singer/songwriter from Glasgow. Not all of his band, The Wellgreen were available for the IPO this year so this was a solo set, Marco on guitar, with Jim on bass to keep things trotting along. 

We got a great set of Marco penned gentle songs and the good thing was the large pub crowd was respectful enough to not overpower an acoustic set with constant chit chat. 


The Beeb



The finale was a rousting version of "Red Light" and we cold see the audience's heads bobbing and feet tapping. We feel they appreciated this set. 

Much later on, in the Cavern Club, Marco did his second slot. This time, The Beeb was on the stage with Marco and Jim, providing some backing vocals and a bit of harmonica. You just can't keep The Beeb down!!!
Marco Rea




















Colin's Godson
We managed to catch another performance from Colin's Godson

The set was the same as yesterday's but that did not matter. 

The narrative in between songs was just as hilarious second time around and the songs themselves still held their own.

It was a pleasure to have been with them on their interplanetary journey.





Ni, Honeybug
Honeybug has graced the IPO in many guises since we've been attending the festival, ranging from Ni on his lonesome through to 3 piece, a four piece and even an entourage of seven! One day he'll hit the right formula!! (kidding). 

We never know what to expect each year and that makes it even more fun. This year we got a duo........ 80's Synth Honeybug. 

We got songs such as an old favourite, "Lady Luck" which we have heard in the past completely stripped down to a lounge style, this year spruced up to an 80's disco dance track, complete with the drum and bass machine. Wonderfully inspired. If Ni had been around in the 80's he would have been king of the charts with that set!


Honeybug

A last minute switch in the line up due to a major traffic incident delaying some people from getting up to Liverpool in time, meant we did not manage to catch Fun Of the Pier this year. Instead we got Nathan Bennett in their slot. Whilst it is nice that the IPO host wanted to give Nathan the chance to play, it was grossly unfair to bump other acts to accommodate this, especially as he did have a second slot already in the line up later on..... so it was not as though he would not have been able to play at all.
That aside, he did have a nice voice and looked vaguely like the actor Tom who played Miranda's love interest in the BBC sitcom. However, his set did seem to be a "work in progress" affair, with a disproportionate number of covers and he had to refer to a notebook of lyrics most of the time.  

The Hepburns, from South Wales, were introduced as being influenced by Burt Bacharach, and the horn player certainly gives this band the Bacharach vibe, in particular the flugal horn which really gave the set a lounge style sound. Close your eyes and you could be forgiven for thinking this was LA Lounge band, Mellocads. Mid way, the tempo changed to a more Latino rhythm before closing on a festival type song. We really enjoyed their set and got their CD too.
The Hepburns


Yoav Arbel
From Israel Yoav Arbel had piqued our interest. He was good, but by this point we had absorbed enough keyboard and left early. 

We heard later he did a brilliant version of God Only Knows. Sad to have missed that one.




The Back Stage was needed to accommodate everyone in The Know Escape. This band is the latest project from Mark Mortimer who is a bit of an IPO veteran and has appeared in a few guises over the years. With 8 on stage, it took forever to get everyone set up, including Mark himself who seemed to need to tune up 3 guitars and then go and get his jacket on! The set up included a large brass section which added volume and oomph, however we left after a couple of songs as they did not set us alight. There was nothing that really stood out.
The Know Escape


The JetBeats


The JetBeats were born to play at The Cavern. Having seen them yesterday in their leather jackets, today they were suited and booted, 60's style and sounded right at home on the Beatles stage. 

They really do nail that 60's beat sound and could easily have been the band on "That Thing You Do", they sound that good! 

Their songs are happy, upbeat and infectious to the point that you cannot do anything other than to bop your head, tap your feet and sing along to the chorus' in your head.  Totally recommended.







The JetBeats


Clown Capers



Clown Capers appeared for the fourth time, filling in for some late cancellations. Every time they have played, it has been a good solid set, with some great tunes. The lead guy's beard is still the best beard of the IPO!







B-Side



B-Side had a bit of a different sound this year - starting their set in a very Pink Floyd, Prog Rock style with mood and extended guitar solos.

 It was a bit of a surprise, but not bad! Mid-way through they reverted back to their Beach Boys' influenced, summer, happy style songs and we were delighted to hear again, their single "The Sun Brings Out the Girls" which has always been a great crowd pleaser.  


B-Side's Sean Macreavy brings out the Sunshine



On this song in particular you can really appreciate the influence of Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys on Sean Macreavy and it would not be out of place on a "Beach Boys Best Of" album, with the harmony and summer feel.







Another Mark Mortimer project, Dream Factory took over the Back Stage with their 9-piece formation who were basically the same members of The Know Escape from earlier in the evening. Having a 4 piece brass section really gave the band a bit of a Big Band / Northern Soul sound. They were good, but the line of music stands and IPad holders across the front of the stage was a disappointment because it showed this band were not really gig ready and you also could not see them either as they were a bit hidden!
Dream Factory
Kontiki Suite

It was a pleasure to see Kontiki Suite back this year. 

From Cumbria, this band has a lead singer who appears to be painfully shy and not keen on chatting to the audience. 

They have moved from a gentle west coast pysch sound to more prog rock variant and the drummer sang some great backing vocals. An enjoyable set and we do like their albums

It was great to be able to catch the second appearance from Spanish band The Real Me. again they delivered a great set of toe tapping, head nodding and sing along in your head  tunes. This is traditional powerpop for sure... brilliant vocals, great guitar and catchy hooks and choruses.
 "Oh Jen" is definitely one of the best songs of the IPO  and hearing their songs for a second time prompted Minty to buy both of their vinyls. 
The Real Me

Andy - The Fast Camels
Next up was one of Glasgow's finest, The Fast Camels. Scheduling on Sunday meant that this was the only opportunity to see Drew, Mark, Joe, Andy and CJ on stage this year. 

What a delightful set they played, kicking off with two new songs which has really whetted our appetite for album no 4. 

They are very psych influenced, with roots that give a nod to Arthur Lee but with a great individuality that means you cannot say "They sound like.....". because they have their own sound, their own style of chord progression. Over these last few years, the boys have really come into their own, being very comfortable with their look and their sound. It is a great group effort too, with everyone contributing, including writing the songs.

Despite consciously moving to a more commercial sound last year, in all honesty they have not really departed from their psych influences. The songs are a little shorter than in the past, but the sound is still their own. Another stunning set from the Glasgow boys, which went down very well.


Drew & Mark,  The Fast Camels

We did catch one more band, Germany's Johnny Remember Me. In our IPO research we had noted these as Joe Meek influenced, with a bit of a sound quite similar to eighties band H2O. Maybe it was late and we are doing them a great injustice, as we had been all banded out, but nothing has stuck in our minds about this band.







INTERNATIONAL POP OVERTHROW DAY 4 - FRIDAY

The Cavern Pub & The Cavern Club
Mathew Street, Liverpool
Friday 19th May 2017

Bands seen today = 17
The JetBeats, Deni Bonet, viseMenn, Miracle Glass Company, The Shudders, Amoeba Teen, Colin’s Godson, Leisure McCorkle, Edward Rogers, Cirrone, Picnic Republic, Squire, Love L.U.V, Caper Clowns, The Real Me, Ladies, The Jeremy Band

The International Pop Overthrow is in its 15th year in Liverpool, with around 140 bands playing throughout the 8 days. We see as many bands as we can, some we like, some we love........ others not so much. This is a personal review of each day and even though some bands may not have been our cup of tea (we can’t like them all!), they are still worth checking out for yourself. Have fun, that’s what music is all about.

This was one of the big marathon days and we managed to take in 17 (yes, Seventeen) bands today.
The JetBeats
Starting in the Cavern Pub, we knew we would love The JetBeats who had come all the way from Grand Rapids, Michigan. This is a 60’s style beat group who have nailed the sound without a doubt. They also have a great look, wearing black leather. Immediately we thought they were quite similar to another fantastic beat band from the US, The Beat Rats. We always describe The Beat Rats as The Beatles meet the Ramones and The JetBeats are not so distant cousins here with their punchy beat inspired songs, albeit they are not quite a “punky”. Absolutely loved their set.

Next up was a “quirky” performance from Deni Bonet. From New York. As well as being really talented musically, she was very witty and had us all chuckling about her stories and 3 marriages that inspired some of her songs. She played the violin which gave her that edgy quirkiness, especially on her cover of “Please Please Me”. We liked the fact she went with the flow, changing her set on impulse and her personality rubbed off on the Pub crowd who just loved her. Vocally she is very strong with a naturally great voice.
Deni Bonet & Edward Rogers

For some of her set, Edward Rogers joined her on stage and when we saw him later that evening on the Back Stage, he returned the favour by having Deni on stage with him for part of his set, so these two really do work well together as a double act. 

The back stage performance from Edward was brilliant, although we were a bit disappointed he did not include “Denmark Street” as this would have resonated with a lot of the musicians in the Club. But the exclusion of his song about that iconic London street in no way weakened his set which was in a nutshell, pretty terrific. 
Edward Rogers and Deni Bonet on the Back Stage
Edward has a wry sense of humour and coped well with some of the rabble in the Back Stage who then started to listen up and pay attention. He is an obvious great lyricist and we would say his songs are genuinely poetic ...... He got a fantastic reaction from the audience. He had a bit of an Eric Idle “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” style about him during a couple of songs and Minty thought he had a lovely English accent despite being New York based for some time now. Although we do begrudge paying a tenner for CDs at the IPO, we didn’t mind paying the price for his. It was worth it.

viseMenn

We thought we had walked into a real powerpop sound when we caught Norwegian band viseMenn on the Back stage. With the vocals and backing harmony they sounded great. 

However, they then turned Prog Rock the middle part of their set, with a moody sound that seemed quite Pink Floyd inspired. They finished on a more up tempo number, almost U2 style which suited the lead singer’s voice more than the prog rock. Overall though, not a bad performance.

Miracle Glass Company
Miracle Glass Company
Miracle Glass Company was another potential nugget we had noted during our pre-IPO research We had missed their Thursday performance and had heard other IPO’ers raving about them. We HAD to see them. Today’s set was an acoustic one, versus the electric one they played the night before, and with real sublime 3 part harmony they had a bit of a nod to Gallagher & Lyle / Crosby, Stills & Nash. 





Miracle Glass Company
The audience was absolutely entranced with this acoustic performance and for once, there was a bit of a hush in the Back Stage. 

All three members of the band get a shot on lead vocals and one real highlight was their new single Trouble which was a great foot tapping rhythm, fantastic vocals and had you singing along in your head from the get go. Definitely recommended and another band we were willing to part with a tenner for their album.
Miracle Glass Company
Up next, the full set from The Shudders. This band really do deliver solid harmony filled rock/pop with good vocals. A few of their songs start out quietly and build up to a bit of a crescendo with some good guitar work thrown in and the chorus of their songs are almost anthemic. Again like the day before, they did eek out their last song with an extended guitar solo but it was a really, really strong set. Their second last song should have been their grand finale to finish on – it was a bit of an Irish jig rhythm, that would have had a crowd in an Irish pub clamouring for more!
The Shudders

Amoeba Teen
Punchy powerpop, jingle jangle from a 12 string Danelectro, solid drum beat and vocals all blended together in a superb set from Amoeba Teen

With a sound reminiscent of Gram Parsons and The Byrds, the West Coast vibe of this band really shone through. They were brilliant – powerpop as it should be and the band also looked like they loved being on stage. 

Their set included a cover of the highly influential powerpop classic “No Matter What” and they nailed it.

Scotland seems to pour a never ending stream of music talent across the border and Glasgow band Colin’s Godson can be added to that list of great bands form North of the Border. Quirky with it too. 

Taking the time and effort to dress in orange boiler suits, we thought they looked like the Numbskulls (from the Whizzer & Chips comic?) or tyre fitters! In fact, they were space and time travellers and their set was based around tales of their intergalactic travels. These interludes to provide narratives in between songs were so funny and they packed so much into the half hour they had. 

They started off asking the audience for apathy as that powered their hypergalactic drive and their first song “Stadium Rock” which had a tongue in cheek nod to big stadium gigs, set a high bar that the rest of the set matched or exceeded. 

Other songs in the set included the discovery of a split Oasis/Blur single from the 90’s, their failure to stop the making of Black Adder Goes Forth and a nostalgic reminiscence of the demise of “Orange Wednesday”. Although we should really have had "Fenian Friday" to balance that! 

After we wiped the tears from our eyes from laughing so much, we really did cheer loudly – brilliant set. This band really does go the whole hog on merchandising and we bought a “goody bag” of CDs, 7”’s and a fantastic comic that was designed by the band to tell the story of their space travels!
Colin's Godson

Leisure McCorkle

The Back Room can be a big stage for a solo artist, especially when the audience is fairly large and in a chatty mood. Unfortunately that was the case for Leisure McCorkle. He had come from the US to play at this year’s IPO, and had a pretty cool looking travel friendly guitar with him (thin and small) which provided a surprisingly good sound. 

He had a very strong voice naturally, but also augmented it through a vocal pedal and this did help in the battle against the constant noise for the audience in the bar area. Whilst he is a good artist, the songs were all quite similar and became hard to distinguish one from the other by the time the middle of the set was reached.




Another band we were really looking forward to seeing after doing our pre-IPO research was Sicilian band Cirrone (pronounced Chir-rone-ee). Knowing there were three brothers in this band was a winner for us. Being big Beach Boys fans, we do like the family connection and at previous IPOs have really enjoyed bands of brothers such as 54321 and The Kinbeats. And this year, Cirrone was no exception to this rule. We caught both of their sets today, the first on the Back Stage and the second much later on, on the Front Stage. You might expect a gentle harmony from a band with three brothers, but no, this band absolutely rocked as much as they harmonised. 

The guitar playing was brilliant even to the point on their latest single they extended the song to include a good five minutes of Van Halen / Slash style rock guitar!!! Well we assume it was an extended version and not the radio edit! A friend of a friend sitting next to us was absolutely awestruck. 
Cirrone
Their Front Stage set was equally terrific – same set played to an audience that totally filled the Front Stage area. The place was so mobbed we could not get any pictures. Again they went down a storm and to be honest, they really suited playing this stage. We could not quite comprehend the interruption from local radio DJ Billy Butler who came on to the stage after the second song to pay homage to the band as this did disrupt the flow, but in the end up the performance was still quite stellar. 

We loved this band. We found out later that they also play at The Beatle Week so we hope to see them again in August.

Picnic Republic
From France, Picnic Republic were totally different to our expectations. From our pre-IPO research we had heard a band who sounded not dis-similar to Crowded House or Scotland’s own The Pearlfishers and this would have been right up our street. 

However, the band that appeared on the stage today had a more traditional “pop” sound. Decent enough and enjoyable but nothing really stand out from this band to make anything stick in our memory other than a Cello player being in the band!



Next up, on the front Stage was a real Mod-revival band from London, Squire. They used to come to the IPO year in year out, and they are favourites of ours to the extent we have also seen them play outside the IPO environment. We have not seen them at the IPO for a while so it was terrific to see father and son Anthony and James Meynell back on the Front Stage. Minty was absolutely delighted to hear “Girl On A Train” which is her favourite Squire song. The Rickenbacker really adds to the sound of this band. The audience in the Cavern were not a typical Mod audience, but they loved this band. Terrific stuff. Come back again soon!


Squire

Love L.U.V.
Every now and then the IPO attracts bands that have a bit of a girl group influence / sound – highlights in the past have been The School from Wales, Las Annettes from Barcelona and the more rocky Cocktail Slippers from Norway. 

This year it was London’s turn, and LOVE L.U.V. were a band Minty was really interested in seeing. They had a good look – 60’s influenced and they really did storm through a brilliant set that the audience just lapped up. 

The lead singer was the main face of the band and she was a cross between the sweet voice of Clare Grogan from Altered Images and the power of Mary Weiss from the Shangri-las. Excellent backing vocals (and a lead vocal for one song) was provided by the keyboard player who also had that 60’s mod girl look and of course the drummer had got that “Be My Baby” drum beat down to a fine art. 

A couple of songs had influences drawn directly from  the 60’s, for instance a bit of “The Stroll” and the “Aaahhhhs” that the Beatles stole from the Isley Bros! Love L.U.V. really hit the spot. It was however a tad disappointing that their merchandise did not include any CDs as they would have flown off the merch table….. maybe next year?

Caper Clowns
From Denmark, Caper Clowns won the award for the best beard of the IPO (that from Dave Wilcox and seconded and thirded by us!). 

Again, our pre-IPO research had highlighted this band as a must see, and we were really impressed with them. Their set was varied, starting with the typical Power Pop sound before slowing down mid-set to a more gentle beat and then back to full power. 

The fact that 3 of the band delivered the lead vocal through the set added to the variety. 

They gave a really strong performance and we managed to enjoy their set, despite the sometimes obnoxious crowd that seeps into the Cavern on a Friday night!

The Real Me

We were impressed with The Real Me who gave us some really harmonious melody. "Oh Jen" ” has all of the powerpop essentials - a great vocal, brilliant drum beat and all round spot on sound. The lyrics "Oh Jen, it's good to see you again, Oh Jen, I hope that we can be friends....." just kept going around in Minty's head. A truly lovely song.

Another song, “Hurt Me” had a distinctive Doo Wop feel to it and sounded terrific. 


This band were really tight musically and were right at home on the Front Stage. The fact that the band really enjoyed their set added to their overall performance. Loved it.

Chaz from The Ladies
The Ladies essentially did not turn up for their second slot, and it was left to just one of the band, Chaz, to do a solo stint, rather than pull out all together. 

The blurb on this band likened them to the Partridge Family and The Brady Bunch – and we understood why. Not in sound, but in looks with Chaz sporting a very 70’s teenage boy hairdo. 

Hats off to him, he played a really good set on his own. He was up against it a bit with the noise of the midnight Cavern Crowd which can be a bit relentless but he did the full slot and got a great reaction from the audience.


Jeremy Morris
The last band to round off our marathon day was The Jeremy Band. Jeremy Morris is the King of the IPO, playing all around the US and every year he makes the trip to Liverpool from the US and never fails to entertain. 


The Beeb and The Jeremy Band















The Beeb was invited up to play a bit of blues harmonica half way through the set, and never one to let anyone down, he obliged. Jeremy’s set rocked, and included (at the behest of host David Bash), his song about the IPO and to Minty’s delight, his surf selection where he includes a blinding version of "Misserlou".


Being last on, the only thing that can stop Jeremy is the Cavern’s own 2am curfew, and Jeremey timed it to perfection when at 1.59 the final twang of the guitar faded and the amps were turned off. However this was not before Jeremy made the audience gasp with anticipation as he leapt from the drum platform and launched himself onto the water pipes that run across the stage ceiling…… not once, but twice! A brilliant end  to our marathon day.
The Beeb with The Jeremy Band after the Cavern closed

INTERNATIONAL POP OVERTHROW DAY 3 - THURSDAY

The Cavern Pub & The Cavern Club
Mathew Street, Liverpool
Thursday 18th May 2017


Bands seen today = 8
Ben's Diapers, Col Lewis, The Shudders, The Bad Losers, Thee Wylde Fuzz Show, The Gentle Scars, The Spontanas, The Oxides

The International Pop Overthrow is in its 15th year in Liverpool, with around 140 bands playing throughout the 8 days. We see as many bands as we can, some we like, some we love........ others not so much. This is a personal review of each day and even though some bands may not have been our cup of tea (we can’t like them all!), they are still worth checking out for yourself. Have fun, that’s what music is all about.


Day 3 started for us in the Cavern Pub, with Ben’s Diapers. This is a band who previously appeared at the festival a few years on the trot and we loved them back then, so it was great to see them return to Liverpool this year. Back home in Turku, Finland, they are a country band but it not a hard move for them to be a bit more rocky and deliver some fantastic powerpop sounds.

We heard a blistering set of feet tapping, head nodding pop tunes. Mikka, the drummer and the main spokesman for the band mentioned that they have played together for 20 years now, so they are seasoned pros – they were slick, obviously knew their songs inside out and delivered a fantastic set. The sound was great too, with the balance such that you could hear the vocals over the guitars and drums (something a lot of the younger and less seasoned IPO bands fail to do). We totally recommend them.
Ben's Diapers


Col Lewis with The Beeb on  Harp
We had a change of plan in our itinerary due to the fact that Col Lewis, who has previously played with Lincoln band, Postcards From Places That Don’t Exist, who were a firm favourite of ours a few years ago at the IPO, asked The Beeb if he could play some harmonica. 

Those who know The Beeb well, know that he is not one to turn down any opportunity for a stage bomb, so the answer was, of course “yes”, even though he had no idea what this invite would entail!!! 



To be honest we have only caught one previous solo set from Col (and that’s Col as in Colin, not Colnel!!) on his first appearance as a solo artist at the IPO. He has come a long way since then, when it was just him and a guitar to battle against the noise of the transient Cavern mob. 

Col played bass and with a full band he did a really good set. His wife is part of the band, adding vocal harmony and playing keyboards, and he had a drummer and guitarist too. The Beeb got up in the second half of the set to add Harmonica on one of Col’s own songs. Col also did a nice cover of “Stand By Me”.


The Shudders
In order to catch the Col Lewis set, we missed a lot of The Shudders on the front stage but caught their last two songs. 

Last year we saw this band as an acoustic 3 piece, due to the drummer not making their first slot and we liked what we heard. Today was the full electric band and they did rock and they sounded good. The lead singer has a Paul Weller look about him.

Their last song was however, a little laboured as they seemed to eek out as much as they could with a guitar solo at the end.

On the front stage were The Bad Losers. Wow, what a terrific band. This is freakbeat from Bristol, complete with great harmonica parts. They nailed that freakbeat sound, sounded so authentic and were totally at home on the front stage. Their songs had great hooks and choruses that you could sing along to, and The Beeb was singing along (well in his head anyhow). The Cavern was packed and everyone really enjoyed this band. We bought their vinyl. The packaging was superb with a double gatefold sleeve and the actual album is cream vinyl. Lovely.
The Bad Losers
Thee Wylde Fuzz Show before their second show
Next up were Thee Wylde Fuzz Show. We’ve seen this band every time they’ve played the IPO and each time we have enjoyed their set immensely. 

This year they seemed to take things up a notch and both of their sets, one on the front stage and the second, later in the Cavern Pub surpassed their previous fantastic performances – it was the best we’ve ever seen them play. 

Paisley shirts have also been replaced with a new look of tailored suits and ties – very smart. 


Jonny from Thee Wylde Fuzz Show

It is always worth seeing both slots from Thee Wylde Fuzz Show as they are different. We think their second set was supposed to be a little less energetic than their first, but that idea was thrown out of the window! 

What do you get from this band? The easiest way to describe them is that they have stepped straight out of a Nuggets Box Set. They have the two most worked Rickenbackers of the IPO, showing no mercy as they thrash out that wylde psychedelic pop with an energy that no other band in the IPO matches. 

There are a couple of covers in their set, a rather nice version of The Small Faces “Ooh Ah” and a superb rendition of Link Wray’s “Rumble” which gives the chance for the band to catch their breath mid-set. 

This is definitely a team effort, with a frenetic drum beat, solid bass and the Jonny and Jase sharing the vocal leads. Loved it all.

Jonny and Jase rip it up

The Gentle Scars
The Gentle Scars are a five piece, four of whom are old punks rekindling their youth, albeit at a slightly slower paced tempo! This band was another example of experience coming through, realising that you did not need to turn your guitars up to 11 and drown perfectly good vocals out. 

Although the bass player was obviously not happy with the sound from the monitors, the sound we heard in the audience sounded perfectly fine. Overall, this was a good solid performance and we enjoyed it.


The second last band we saw tonight was the Montanas’ spin off The Spontanas. From this Dutch band, you get some great powerpop, with good vocals which really brought us back to the roots of powerpop. We really liked The Montanas, and we like the Spontanas too!
The Spontanas
The Oxides

We caught the last band of the night The Oxides, purely because we were still in the pub catching up with Jonny from Thee Wylde Fuzz Show. They were a young band from Inverness who will be deaf before they mature and realise that you do not have turn everything up to 11. 

It was not worth the singer singing because you could hear nothing from him over the fuzz of guitars. After the first song the lead singer asked "How are you feeling?" - we said "Deaf"!!!! 

We have heard loud bands at the IPO, but this was excruciatingly LOUD!


The Powerpop Master of Ceremonies, David Bash was sporting a lovely new shirt today - here modelled alongside the lovely Anne-Marie
David Bash and "Hey Anne-Marie"