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Tomorrow sees the debut of our new feature…

We get many emails etc from musicians, just signed, unsigned or just starting out asking for a shout, so we created The Eyelet.

If you know any musicians that you would like to see featured, or you’d like to get your own music out there get in touch via our Facebook page. We welcome music beyond Liverpool as well!! Keep ’em coming!

 

Until Such Time – the ‘Eye

The Eyelet

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We receive a lot of mail from unsigned bands, solo artists etc wanting a mention, So……As of next week we will be posting links that the more unknown/unsigned folks have sent us.  We say unknown maybe you’ll know them maybe you wont….(all the more reason to tune in!)

The Eyelet #1 will be posted next week. If you know of  any bands you think should be under the spotlight, or you think YOUR band should be ….get in touch.

Until Such Time -The ‘Eye

Eye to Eye #3 POLTERGEIST

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Will Sergeant needs no introduction. ‘Least not if you are into music and have been since ,er…time began?

If you don’t know of him, he is of Echo and the Bunnymen fame where he has provided six string sonic wonder for decades. His current side project is POLTERGEIST ( alongside his artistic endeavours http://willsergeant.com ) which also features Les Pattinson (ex-Bunnyman) on bass and Nick Kilroe (current Bunnyman) on drums. What do they sound like? To quote directly from their YouTube “They create a form of rock music with its toes paddling in the dirty progressive ocean foam of the sixties and seventies and its head in the bone dry air of the present day.”

And to quote Will Sergeant himself “There are 12 notes in a scale and we intend to use most of them”

Will kindly answered the following questions for us…

TLE: What are you listening to at the moment?

Will: I have been doing a lot of backtracking of late. Listening to things I liked as a kid. For example, mid period Pink Floyd ‘Ummagumma’ or Phaedra by Tangerine Dream.

TLE: What’s the most Rock and Roll situation the band have found themselves in?

Will: Dropping and smashing a glass of Duvel Lager on David Bowies bare feet just before he was about to go on stage in Paris 1996. He forgave me the next day.

TLE: What’s been your favorite gig(of the bands) so far and why?

Will: Liverpool because of the crowd and I get to kip in my own bed.

TLE: How do you describe your sound?

Will: Dark, Atmospheric, filmic and a cheeky psychedelic finish.

TLE: How long have you known each other and how did you meet?

Will: From Secondary Modern School in the early 70’s from about 11 or 12 years old.

TLE: How has your music evolved since you started playing together?

Will: We are more competent now. We can get everything just right a lot quicker.

TLE: What are your rehearsals generally like?

Will: Loud, intense and fun with many cups of tea and even biscuits sometimes.

TLE: What the ultimate direction for the band?

Will: We never try to direct anything to much, just set off and see where it leads.

TLE: How do you write your songs?

Will: Ideas form in our minds this transfers to our finger tips, then to the metal strings on our instruments creating pleasant vibrations that can change the air pressure on our eardrums. We jam said vibes then to try and improve the construction and arrangement add a bit of fairy dust and bob’s your uncle.

TLE: What do you think the music reflects about you as people, or is it pure escapism?

Will: There are themes and meaning to the songs but we don’t mind the listener having their own journey to the center of the mind. So if escapism you are after we hold the key’s to unlock your mind and set it free.

TLE: What’s the hardest aspect of being in a band?

Will: There are no hard things. We travel the world get treated like gods make people happy and get paid for it.

TLE: What’s the one rule that must remain unbroken?

Will: Never have a shit in the tour bus toilet.

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-Until Such Time

Eye to Eye #2 BIRD

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Following on from last week we have another band from Liverpool, Bird. Label mates of The Tea Street Band on Jack to Phono they make a refreshing change from the usual sound you may expect from Liverpool (As do their label mates). A three piece (soon to be four?) featuring Adele (Bass/Voice), Sian (Guitar/Voice) and Lex (Drums). They have been described as ethereal, hauntingly beautiful and having a gothic sound… Their influences include; Leonard Cohen, Kate Bush, The Cocteau Twins, Warpaint, and Fleetwood Mac. Having released two critically acclaimed EP’s, they are gaining a strong following from the press and radio alike.

Adele was kind enough to answer a few questions for us.

TLE: What are you listening to at the moment?

Adele: I am currently listening to Chelsea Wolfe, Pink Floyd, Jonathan Wilson, Clint Mansell and Joy Division. Sian (guitar/vocals) is listening to The Smiths, New Order, Lana Del Rey, PINS and Makthaverskan. Lex (drums) is listening to The Beta Band, Portishead, Big Black and Nirvana.

TLE: What’s been your favourite gig far and why?

Adele: I think our favourite gig so far has to be when we played at The Epstein Theatre as part of Sound City festival this year, just to play such a big and beautiful stage in our home town of Liverpool was a bit of an honour really. It also really suited the theatrical element of our music.

TLE: What are your rehearsals usually like?

Adele: We try and practice 3-4 times a week and our rehearsals usually involve going through our set once or twice and then any remaining time we have left we’ll work on or jam out new stuff. After we’ve done the set once we’ll stop to make tea or have what we call ‘sunshine breaks’ if its nice weather outside. We often drink a ridiculous amount of tea during practice.

TLE: What do your think the music reflects about you as people? Or do you think it’s purely escapism?

Adele: I think it can be a bit if both really, I’m a pretty deep thinker so if I look back I can see that lyrics I’ve written in the past have been a reflection on what was going on in my head at that current time. But it also can also be something that comes from no where and it can surprise you. As for our music reflecting us as people then I think it must do to a certain extent yes, I think you’re creativity is a way of expressing yourself, its can be a therapeutic process and who you are comes out in the music you make.

TLE: What’s the hardest aspect of being in a band?

Adele: The hardest aspect of being in a band is the struggle to make a living out of doing what you love and with it being such a competitive business with so many talented people out there that you wonder if you even have a chance at it. But at the end of the day there’s no other option, I can speak for all of us when I say that if we didn’t have music or a creative outlet then I think we’d all be pretty depressed!Creativity is the thing that keeps you going throughout mundane life. But if you believe in yourself you just have to hope that others will too.

TLE: How would you describe your sound?

Adele: I’d say our sound was dark, shoegazey and tribal with a slightly gothic element to it. We also love really reverby vocals!

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-Until Such Time

Eye to Eye #1 – The Tea Street Band

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Welcome to the first instalment of Eye to Eye. We are not here to review or try to convince you how good a band are, we just want to present you with the band, a few words from them and point you in the direction of their songs, vids, gigs etc. Ultimately, the Liverpool Eye is about spreading the word, because if it catches our Eye we believe its worth a shout…
In a nutshell The Tea Street Band represent a good time. When you hear their music you practically have to shield your eyes, as the sunshine that floods from the speakers is that bright. Ibiza springs to mind as do the halcyon days when the rave scene first kicked off. First and foremost though they are a live band, not a bunch of producers and knob twiddlers. Not that twiddling your knob is a bad thing…anyway, we digress…

Right now the band are funding an album via Pledge and we urge you to support. If the tunes we’ve heard so far are anything to go by then they deserve to be on an album and available for you to own. You can pledge here http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/theteastreetband

Thanks to Timo Tierney from the band for kindly answering  a few questions for us…

TLE: What’s been the bands favorite gig so far and why?

TT: Probably playing New York. Everything about the whole trip was amazing. We played a belter gig and was with great company in The Anfield Wrap lads and SoundCity. Was like a Liverpool Roadshow.

TLE: How long have you known each other and how did you meet?

TT: We’ve known each other well over a decade now.. We’re all best mates. We met in Liverpool Community College and just all got on. All our parents know each other but we didn’t even know that. Weird. If we weren’t playing music we’d still be hanging around together. A band of brothers.
TLE: What are your rehearsals generally like?
TT: Absolutely mad. We have a table tennis table in the room so we spend more time playing that than rehearsing. But we don’t get to see each other as much as we’ like so its very social. 1/4 is playing the rest is just being mates. When we need to work on stuff though we do. We know the job in hand. Over rehearsal though would take the element of interest away for me though. I like playing gigs.. We know the songs inside out.
TLE: What do you think the music reflects about you as people, or is it pure escapism?
TT: No one who listens to our words will know any more about us. The songs I write are obviously real and from me but they all have double meaning. Names of places and items are meant as people. I try and be clever with my words. But the music is totally different and its pure escapism. When I play riffs on Fiesta or Push The Feeling On. I’m not in liverpool.. I’m not me… I escape down the neck of my guitar. So hope people feel the same. Its boss our music. No one else in the world is doing anything like it.

TLE: What’s the one rule that must remain unbroken?

TT: Never take what we do for granted. We were definitely all born to be mates. Born to be in a band together. Its weird I don’t believe in chance. Its all meant to be this music lark. We will get an album done. Its been a long time coming. But to think in one year we’ll have played Dublin, NYC, Australia and main stage at Kendal Calling. That’s unreal and isn’t just luck. We’ve taken a life choice. Dedicated 31 years to this. Can’t take that for granted

 

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http://www.youtube.com/user/TheTeaStreetBandUk

-Until Such Time

Eye to Eye

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With Liverpool’s Sound City a mere 2 days away what better way to launch our new series of band interviews, Eye to Eye. Over the coming months we will be talking to our favorite up and coming and established bands. To begin with we have the Tea Street Band, Dirty Rivers, Bird and Jagwar Ma to name but a few. Stay tuned for more details.

Circles of Care

 

grey eyeHow far does your Circle of Care extend? For some it doesn’t go beyond themselves, for others its their kids, partner, family. Clicktivism has some people extending their CoC to worldwide concerns from the comfort of their armchairs, while other will get down and dirty with true activism. Fighting the fight on the front lines. With what’s going on in the world at the moment its hard not to give a shit about world affairs. More often than not though your left thinking ‘What can I do about that?’ then you go about your daily business.

While your Circle of Care is ultimately about self preservation I think when faced with natural disasters, wars, economic downturns, etc it sees people retreating and caring less? Because the weight of the problems leaves you feeling powerless and demotivated. When what the world really needs is more people to question what’s going on and extend their CoC further.

I’ll use Facebook as my case in point. You browse around clicking like on peoples posts and pages and before you know it you have all sorts in your feed about Worldwide causes needing your attention.

I suddenly had about five sites which report on misinformation spread by the American government and the host of stuff they get away with, on a daily basis and have done for years. I mean we all know about JFK, right?

Collective-evolution.com, True Activist,Gathering of the minds, Truththeory.com, the Max Kaiser report. all of these sites suddenly dominating my feed. You are provided with a mass of facts that are hard to deny ( and i think most will agree corruption runs deep in politics around the world) But, WHAT DO WE DO WITH THIS INFORMATION. Take to the streets armed with facts? I want to see change in the world and stop the capitalist rot that is destroying everything in its path. But the question remains. HOW?

http://www.naturalnews.com/037289_monsanto_corporations_ethics.html

We have been divided, distracted and dis-informed for too long. The majority of folks live in a lovely warm ignorant bubble. The truth is once its been popped, there’s no going back.

 

-Until Such Time.

 

Blowing Smoke and Patchwork Quilts

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While its very easy to point out other peoples success. it can come across like blowing smoke up their arse. Which is precisely what the device above was intended for.

As for Patchwork quilts the roads of Liverpool resemble a poorly made one. Driving has become a game of dodge the hole as you weave about the road as if driving a clowns car..Honk Honk.

-Until such time.

When all Hell Breaks Loose…

Yesterdays bombing at Boston; I haven’t watched footage, I find it all a bit voyeuristic and I get no satisfaction from watching such footage, cerebral or otherwise. The conspiracy theorists are in overdrive and you cant escape the fact that these kind of events are carried out by seriously twisted individuals.

The main thing is though; with all the shit that the media present us with on a daily basis, its hard to forget that the world is still an amazing place to live. This was posted by the comedian Patton Oswalt on FB today… just thought Id share..

Boston. Fucking horrible.I remember, when 9/11 went down, my reaction was, “Well, I’ve had it with humanity.”But I was wrong. I don’t know what’s going to be revealed to be behind all of this mayhem. One human insect or a poisonous mass of broken sociopaths.

But here’s what I DO know. If it’s one person or a HUNDRED people, that number is not even a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of a percent of the population on this planet. You watch the videos of the carnage and there are people running TOWARDS the destruction to help out. (Thanks FAKE Gallery founder and owner Paul Kozlowski for pointing this out to me). This is a giant planet and we’re lucky to live on it but there are prices and penalties incurred for the daily miracle of existence. One of them is, every once in awhile, the wiring of a tiny sliver of the species gets snarled and they’re pointed towards darkness.

But the vast majority stands against that darkness and, like white blood cells attacking a virus, they dilute and weaken and eventually wash away the evil doers and, more importantly, the damage they wreak. This is beyond religion or creed or nation. We would not be here if humanity were inherently evil. We’d have eaten ourselves alive long ago.

So when you spot violence, or bigotry, or intolerance or fear or just garden-variety misogyny, hatred or ignorance, just look it in the eye and think, “The good outnumber you, and we always will.”

 

For now we leave you with the words from one of our most famous sons…
We were talking-about the space between us all
And the people-who hide themselves behind a wall of illusion
Never glimpse the truth-then it’s far too late-when they pass away.
We were talking-about the love we all could share-when we find it
To try our best to hold it there-with our love
With our love-we could save the world-if they only knew.
Try to realize it’s all within yourself
No-one else can make you change
And to see you’re really only very small,
And life flows ON within you and without you.
We were talking-about the love that’s gone so cold and the people,
Who gain the world and lose their soul-
They don’t know-they can’t see-are you one of them?
When you’ve seen beyond yourself-then you may find, peace of mind,
Is waiting there-
And the time will come when you see
we’re all one, and life flows on within you and without you.
Until such time  -The Liverpool Eye