FAN Q&A – TWISTED WHEEL

The Second Coming? You could say that, but we see it as more of a hiatus in what looks to be a long career for Jonny Brown and the band..

And rightly so, you don’t get to No1 in the physical charts unless your making sounds that connect with people and evidently that’s what they have done with the latest release.

You can catch TWISTED WHEEL on tour now as they roll across the UK – Plus they support Liam Gallagher Ft Richard Ashcroft & Bugzy Malone at Old Trafford cricket ground this Saturday August 18

We sent the best questions we received from you (the fans) and Jonny kindly answered them for you….

1.This could be considered your second coming…what’s different this time around?

To start with, I’m more mature in some ways so I’ve found myself more as an artist. When I was younger, it was more about setting up a band and getting songs, recording an album and I don’t think I realized what I was so much. I did you know to an extent but now I’ve had more time and life experience, I know where I’m going and what I am as an artist. Also, my playing and performance is better and I can sing better live, more confident on stage. A new set of songs makes it more exciting too as it adds a lot more excitement for me which passes on to the audience. Just being back: new songs, new band, new audience and at a time when guitar music now is a bit more relevant. When we first came out, it wasn’t so much and we got overlooked a little bit but I think that now we’re getting a bit more recognition for being a good British grass-roots rock n roll band.

2.  Would you ever try a different approach to writing – electronic beats based?

I already have done and definitely will do.

3.  Who inspires you?

David Bowie because of how many times he reinvented himself but came back still being the same person. He had so many different styles and images. I am not so far as him but it’s just someone who doesn’t stop for anyone.

4.  If you could plan the rest of your career – how would it look?

It wouldn’t look like anything the past Twisted Wheel career looked like.  

5.  What’s your favourite song of all time?

El Condor Passa by Simon and Garfunkel. Is it like a Chilean folk song originally – not sure although I should be! But I just love its vibe and to sing and play it. I love the lyrics too.

6.  Who is your favourite singer?

I think John Lennon solo.

7.  If you could write/collaborate with someone who would it be?

Jamie T.  Just because he’s got a bit of a hip hop background and he’s into punk and rock.  I think we could write a song together. He’s current and I feel he’s reachable so I’ll say Jamie T.

8.  Favourite place on earth?

Deia, Mallorca.  In the mountains.

9.  What made you pick up a guitar?

Led Zeppelin: ‘The Song Remains the Same’.

I did actually pick a guitar up when I was 2. There’s a picture of me playing it with my willy!  But yeah – Led Zeppelin in Madison Square Gardens. I wanted to be like Jimmy Page. I was 8/9.

10.  What was the first song you wrote where you thought – hang on – I wanna do this?

A song by my first band ‘The Children’, ‘Set Me Free’. It was about me being an artist and a songwriter in school trying to write and not succeeding.  It was about how the band set me free, I was writing for something and performing. It was about me setting myself free to be an artist.

11.  The first time you met one of your heros – who, when and where.

I met Noel Gallagher in Ibiza at the Cafe Mambo, Sunset Strip, San Antonio. He was on the table next to us. I was 15 and went up and said hello. It was funny that seven years later I was touring with them as a support band!

12.  Is there a venue/festival you would love to play?

The pyramid stage, late at night at Glastonbury.

13. Are you spiritual?

Yeah.

14.  Lad’s holiday or romantic break?

Romantic break.

15.  If somebody offered you 100 million to leave music forever, would you?

Yeah and then I’d give them 30 million to leave me alone and let me do what I want.

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TWISTED WHEEL FAN Q & A – send us your questions!

TWISTED WHEEL set sail again this year after hitting stormy waters a few years back. And what a comeback it’s turned out to be!

They’ve hit No1 in the physical charts, supported Liam Gallagher & The Libertines and have a string of summer dates lined up…

They roll into Liverpool courtesy of Vinyl Junkie Live at EBGB’s July 14th and we thought we’d ask the fans to fire their questions via us to Jonny & the band…

Email your questions to hello@theliverpooleye.com or via FB or Twitter

 

 

 

Slow Watches

Slow watches have been advertising with us for time! (if you’re from these parts you’ll get it)  – Still dig this concept – Stay Slow – TAKE A LOOK

 

slow watches were created to shift the way people read time. So rather than focusing on the second or the minute we have produced an instrument that measures the moment.

slow does not describe a speed…. It’s a mindset that most of us somehow lost. As a result of our busy lifestyles, we often forget that we actually have a choice of how to live. The slow watch (we named it slow Jo) is a subtle reminder that time is the most precious thing we have so we should enjoy everything we do and stop chasing every minute.

In order to be a true symbol of this idea, the slow watch has only one hand that rotates once every 24 hours. It actually moves at half the speed of a normal watch, but allows you to see the progress of your entire day at a glance. This slow way of showing the time is made possible by using a Swiss precision GMT movement that actually has 4 hands and a date (the Ronda 505.24 Swiss Made), but to keep you focused we simply left out the other 3 hands.

Get out of the hamster wheel!
Focus your time on what you really love to do – go for a surf, hang out with friends and family, explore the world, work on something you’re passionate about….all these simple pleasures that can be easy to forget. Of course, we realize most of us live in a world where it’s unfortunately not always possible to do those things we love, but the slow mindset is here to help you to have fun in whatever you are doing. So no matter where you are slow Jo is made to be your long lasting companion on your journey in hectic modern times.

Check out the detailed photos and we’ll let the integrity of the case design speak for itself. slow Jo’s innovative construction allows perfect symmetry on all axes and the raised extra hard glass creates a sweet vintage feel – simply an object of sophistication. That’s why it only uses the highest quality materials and is manufactured in Switzerland by the guys who do slow.

In accordance with the brand concept, purchasing a slow watch should be a stress free experience. It should be simple and not cost a fortune…that’s why slow watches can only be ordered online and will be shipped directly from our factory in Switzerland to you without a middleman increasing the price.

Have a great time and be slow

 

Pssst…. the geezer from ZZTOP wears one

 

DOUBLE FANTASY @ MUSEUM of LIVERPOOL

 

I’m going to keep this simple – Whether you’re a Lennon or Yoko fan (or both) Double Fantasy will be right up your street.

The exhibition contains some major iconic pieces. It’s beautifully curated/presented, flows well and gives you a good shot of the public view of John And Yoko’s relationship – with glimpses into their private life.

Stand Out Pieces – John’s New York t-shirt – that army shirt – the Bed – Yoko’s ladder – The center of the room has John’s round national health specs facing Yoko’s sunglasses – which as well as being iconic just represents them so well.

There’s lots of footage/interviews to be seen and a couple of really thought provoking pieces included a poster of the number of people killed since John was gunned down…

 

 

Large black and white maps of the world adorn the walls – were you are encouraged to colour in countries you think needs peace the most….

The weightier exhibits are balanced by the whimsical pieces displayed and the karaoke booth

where you can belt out you favourite songs…

 

 

The exhibition celebrates the meeting of two of the world’s most creative artists who expressed their deep and powerful love for one another through their art, music and film. They used their fame and influence to campaign for peace and human rights across the world, transforming not only their own lives, but art, music and activism forever.
 
The exhibition includes never-before-seen items from John and Yoko’s personal collection. Featuring photographs, handwritten lyrics and personal objects, alongside music, film and art produced by both John and Yoko.

 

Its an emotional journey, at times thought provoking, funny, touching, the themes of Love & Peace run throughout.

John & Yoko’s work is still as vital today, if not more so, in our ever decreasing ‘peaceful world’

 

Double Fantasy opens 18.5.18 @ Museum of Liverpool – Albert Dock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FEAST – THE RESURRECTION

Hey…

We’ve decided to resurrect FEAST

Given the recent upsurge in healthy eating…Vegan & vegetarian in particular, we have brought back an old favourite SO…Expect, great recipes, honed from time well spent in the kitchen, cooking and scoffing delicious homemade food. Possibly washed down with some of the finest booze known to man…..(more on that later).

 

PROPERGANDER – GET INTO THIS – Liverpool Music Strategy reveals major flaws in Merseyside industry but reveals ambitious new plans

The latest PROPERGANDER points you in the direction of Get Into This who have been covering Liverpool’s music scene for over 10 years.

A new Liverpool music strategy is being formulated following consultancy in the city, Getintothis reports on the findings, the faults within Merseyside’s creative industry – and what’s happening next.

Liverpool City Council has brought together key music industry figures to shape a music strategy which makes the most of its UNESCO City of Music status.

External sector experts have used ground-breaking analysis to get an understanding of the scale and significance of the music sector, which includes live music events, production services, recording studios and music publishing – which generates more than £100m turnover annually.

BOP Consulting, a creative industry leader, has researched Liverpool’s music scene, and found that:

  • ·         There are approximately 341 music venues across the city region.
  • ·         The region’s music sector supports 2,360 jobs.
  • ·         There is a live music audience of 937,000 per annum – made up of 520,000 local visitors and the remainder from the rest of the UK and overseas.
  • ·         Live music is a significant part of the City Region’s music economy – live music accounts for 44% of music sector turnover in Liverpool, as opposed to an average of 23% for the UK.

They went on to make a number of recommendations which will be discussed at a special meeting hosted by Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson and Mayor of Liverpool City Region Steve Rotheram, which is to take place in March.

 These recommendations include:

  • The creation of a Liverpool City of Music Board to develop an overview of the music industry and develop a strategy for investment and development.
  • The establishment a Liverpool Music Office which creates a single point of entry for the music sector, based on the successful Liverpool Film Office.
  • To engage with Apple Corps in a partnership relating to the heritage of The Beatles, including securing an agreement to use Beatles-related materials to optimise and build on the existing visitor offer in the city.

When analysing Liverpool, BOP found the city has a vibrant live music scene with extensive heritage, the low cost of business premises makes the city an attractive option and there is a strong music-related offer at city universities.

 

 

In terms of weaknesses, the research found:

  • The region is not seen as an industry hub.
  • Homegrown talent leaves for London.
  • Overall the music scene is fragmented with no leading sector voice.
  • A lack of diversity in programming
  • Significant commercial pressures on venues.

 

The ‘next steps’ meeting to look at the recommendations will coincide with the launch of UK Music’s “Wish You Were Here” report on the contribution of music tourism to the economy of Liverpool City Region which will take place in the near future.

Image courtesy of G.I.T - Crowd at LIMF

LIMF Crowds

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said: “Liverpool’s rich music history is undeniable and draws millions of visitors to the city annually – whether it’s people experiencing our Fab Four attractions, taking in the enviable talent of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra or enjoying the gigs or music festivals which dominate our cultural calendar.

When it comes to other UK cities, we stand out, and our UNESCO City of Music title is an acknowledgement of that. However we want to make the most of this sector and get an accurate picture of today’s music scene and understand what we can put in place to ensure it reaches its potential.

This is the first time a report of this scale and detail has been undertaken, and working in partnership with creative experts is a significant step to achieving a city region-wide strategy which will invest and enhance all aspects of our music sector.

Working with Steve will ensure this infiltrates across Merseyside and together we can build on the incredible legacy already in place to ensure Liverpool, and the wider region, remains a key player in the music industry – nationally and internationally.

City Region Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram said: We are generally very good at celebrating our musical heritage, but this is about recognising and exploiting the full potential of an important and flourishing economic sector. The city region continues to develop outstanding and innovative musical talent, but we have to develop the infrastructure that enables us to support our musicians, develop the sector and exploit its appeal to global visitors. 

It’s another area where we can grow our economy and build our international reputation by focusing on something where we have a unique and exceptional offer.

UK Music chief executive Michael Dugher said: “UK Music welcomes this report and the positive determination of Mayor Joe Anderson and Liverpool City Council to support the local music scene which brings so much enjoyment to so many people from the city and indeed from across the world, and one which makes a significant contribution to the Liverpool economy.

“Liverpool truly is a world music city and the findings of this report will help inform an important ongoing discussion about how the music industry in Liverpool and the wider City Region can best be protected, supported and strengthened in the future.

  • Read the full report here.
  • Read the full article over on GIT site HERE

SEFTON PARK MEADOWS ‘SAVED’

Sefton Park Meadows

Recently it was announced that the ‘Meadows had been saved. Which at first glance is obviously great news because who wants another REDROW development in Liverpool, right?

What stuck in my mind though was the fact our Mayor said that there had to be a ‘viable solution’

A quote from the ECHO reads – ‘He made it very clear that the land cannot remain unused – and suggested either an allotment or community garden as an alternative.

Mayor Anderson said: “I am happy to concede that there will be no housing development on Sefton Park Meadows, but there does need to be a viable solution.’

What ever happened to being allowed to enjoy green space? Why does there need to be a viable solution?

Mayor Joe who was ‘happy to concede’ because they had decided to build 37000 (37000!!) houses on the old garden festival site…(Can they really fit 37000 houses on the site, or was this a typo in the Echo).

He goes on to say…’So I am happy to leave Sefton Park Meadows but only if it is used.If it is used as a green space that is fine by me, as long as it is used, but we can’t just leave it as it is.

We can’t just leave it as it is?

Why can’t it just be left as a green space? Why does a green space suddenly have to fulfill a purpose?  Can it not just serve as visual break from built up areas, somewhere you can choose to enjoy on a whim? Imagine we took this standpoint on all ‘unused’ green spaces in the city.

Again to quote the ECHO – ‘One of Mayor Anderson’s early suggestions would be that the Transforming Choice charity, which helps homeless alcoholics and is based near to the site – could use the area as a therapeutic allotment for its residents.’

We spoke to a local resident Ken Phillips – ‘We already have a lot of allotment space around Liverpool, so why not ring fence some plots for this kind of usage? I can’t think of anything worse than an allotment popping up, which would have to be fenced off to stop people gaining access and potentially become an eyesore very quickly’.

He added – ‘It seems in conceding Joe feels he still has to put his stamp on the meadows any way, against the will of many’.

After years of tireless campaigning Save Sefton Park Meadows continue to shine a light on the Meadows. Their most recent article is below and highlights some of the latest concerns….

Visit their site to see how you can get involved and have your say on it’s future and the future of other green spaces in Liverpool.

Text below taken from www.saveseftonparkmeadows.org

No Formal Policy Protection for Meadows in New Local Plan

The Liverpool Local Plan 2013 -2033 Pre-submission draft January 2018 has now been published for Public Consultation.

From our reading, we conclude that the Liverpool Local Plan 2013 -2033 Pre-submission draft January 2018 is not Legally Compliant or Sound.

Our campaign group has put together Local Plan 2018 SPM comments to highlight our concerns over the continuing lack of protection for the Meadows and other greenspaces in this Draft Local Plan. We need supporters to comment and challenge this Local Plan to provide clear, unambiguous policy protection for Sefton Park Meadows, Green Space and Green Wedge across the city. You can refer to these comments in your representations if they are helpful.

We are also sending our more detailed representations to the Council.

The Liverpool Local Plan 2013 -2033 Pre-submission draft and all Supporting Documents, including FAQ’s and how to comment can be found here

All representations must be submitted by the deadline of Friday 9 March 2018.

 Reduced status in new Open Spaces Report & Assessment

The new updated LCC Open Space Report Standards April 2017 is also finally published as a Supporting Document with the Local Plan. It reveals that the Meadows has been redesignated to Amenity Greenspace of ‘Low Quality or Value’. This is a significant change from the Open Spaces Report 2005 where the Meadows was clearly shown as part of Sefton Park and High Value/ Quality. No consultation has been held on these changes.

Comments can be made online, by email or by post. Although the Council website strongly recommends that you comment online on the Local Plan specific chapters, sections, policies or tables, this appears to be a very onerous and time consuming process.  You can download our Local Plan SPM comments list of 6 representations (link given above) and send it with your contact details to the Council by email, post or in person (see details below).

Alternatively, download the Council’s 4 page liverpool-local-plan-representation-form, fill in your details, attach our SPM Comments list of 6 representations, and/or your own comments,  and send to the Council.

All completed forms and comments can be sent:

by email to: liverpoollocalplan@liverpool.gov.uk

by post to: Submission Draft Liverpool Local Plan Consultation, Development Plans, FREEPOST RRUK-HRTT-LATT, Cunard Building, Water Street, Liverpool L3 1DS.

Or in person to the Cunard Building offices.

 

Drop-in information events by the Council

Come and find out more about the draft plan and how to comment on it.

20th February 2018: 11am – 5:30pm. Bean There Café 376 Smithdown Rd, L15 5AN.

• 1st March 2018: 11am-7pm. Central Library, William Brown Street, L3 8EW.

You can make comments related to Sefton Park Meadows and other green open spaces across Liverpool or any other matters in the Local Plan that interest you. Your comments will be considered by an independent inspector in the preparation for the next stage of the plan.

What happens next

April-December 2018: Draft plan will be submitted for an independent examination. The Inspector must consider all comments and representations made as part of this consultation.

December 2018-January 2019: Council to adopt the plan and the legal challenge period starts.

So it is important that we get as many representations made as possible at this stage to highlight the lack of protection for the Meadows and Green Space in the Liverpool Local Plan January 2018 document.

The Mayor of Liverpool has confirmed to the Echo that no houses will be built on Sefton Park Meadows, but gives no protection in his 15 year Local Plan.  He now also appears intent on finding a ‘use’ for the Meadows. We have proved its worth now, and no development can ‘improve’ this heritage greenspace.

Please share this information with family and friends.

Remember to submit comments on the Liverpool Local Plan 2013 -2033 to the Council before the Friday 9 March 2018 deadline.

Thank you!

Quotes taken from an article that appeared on the Liverpool Echo website. You can read the full article HERE

 

 

UK LIVE MUSIC CENSUS 2017

The UK’s first ever national live music census took place in spring 2017: for 24 hours from noon on Thursday 9th March, an army of volunteers went out and about to live music events in Glasgow, Newcastle-Gateshead, Oxford, Leeds, Southampton and Brighton (and 1st June in Liverpool), from pub gigs to massed choirs to arena concerts. A nationwide online survey for musicians, venues, promoters and audiences was online from March until June.

The intention was to help measure live music’s cultural and economic value, discover what challenges the sector is facing and inform policy to help it flourish. The census covers all genres and takes a broad definition of live music to include events featuring DJs.

The UK Live Music Census was organised by researchers from the Live Music Exchange research group, a collaboration across the universities of Edinburgh, Newcastle and the University of Turku (Finland). In 2015, the same researchers organised a pilot live music census in Edinburgh, inspired by work in Melbourne by Dobe Newton in 2012.

READ ALL ABOUT IT HERE – http://uklivemusiccensus.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/UK-Live-Music-Census-2017-executive-summary.pdf

Text above taken directly from http://uklivemusiccensus.org/ head over to read more and dig into the resources and links available.

JUNKY #8 NICK ELLIS

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This Saturday sees the release of Nick’s LP at the Scandinavian Church here in Liverpool. The album was recorded in one take in the old historic Crown Court Room of St George’s Hall, so your gonna get a similar acoustic in the church….a perfect spot for the launch show….

Tickets are extremely limited so please purchase in advance to avoid disappointment. Entry is £9 per ticket or £20 which includes ticket and a copy of the album on limited edition vinyl.

NICK ELLIS – ‘DAYLIGHT GHOSTS’ ALBUM LAUNCH – BUY TICKETS ONLINE HERE

‘Daylight Ghosts’ will be available online through Mellowtone Records here on 180-gram heavyweight vinyl from a limited edition of 500 copies worldwide.

 

  1. Darker shade of black Jackie Mittoo- 3:14
  2. Since I found my baby The Metros 2:40
  3. Gangsters The Specials 2:55
  4. Mary Anne with the shaky hand (mono-version) The Who 2:35
  5. Sister Mamie Yusef Lateef 5:29

JUNKY #7 JOHN ROBB

For those of you who don’t know John Robb divides his time between being an Author, Singer/Bass player for the THE MEMBRANES, & GOLDBLADE, Chat show host – His new chat show  SOUNDCHECK launched last week, Website owner – LOUDER THAN WAR,  Columnist, Talking head,  Record label owner LOUDER THAN WAR RECORDS..the list goes on (I’m knackered just thinking about it).

The band have a remix of their INNER SPACE/OUTER SPACE LP coming out on LOUDER THAN WAR RECORDS 4/11/16 with tunes remixed by Reverend & the Makers, Killing Joke, the Manic Street Preachers and many more (check below the playlist for more info )

So hot on the heels from The MEMBRANES tearing the MAGNET a new one, we asked John to pick 5 tunes that are inspiring him right now, he’s given us a cracking playlist with a few tunes weighing in over 8 minutes…Let the Music play on.

 

  1. Jigsaw Feeling Siouxsie and the Banshees 4:38
  2. Die Interimsliebenden Neubauten 5:03
  3. Torn by the Fox of the Crescent Moon Earth 8:54
  4. Death is the Road to Awe Clint Mansell 8:27
  5. Spiegel Im Spiegel Arvo Part 9:09

SOUNDCLOUD ALBUM TRACKS LINK
‘Inner Space/Outer Space’ features remixes of whole of the Dark Matter/Dark Energy album by Mark Lanegan, Killing Joke,Clint Mansell, Manic Street Preachers, The Pop Group,Einsturzende Neubauten, Therapy, Cosey Fanni, Keith Levene, Reverend And The Makers, Godflesh and many others that stretch the songs into new shapes which the band loved as they never play the same song in the same way themselves.

membranios1. Manic Street Preachers ‘The Universe Explodes Into A Billion Photons Of Pure White Light’
2. Mark Lanegan ‘ Dark Energy’
3. Clint Mansell ‘The Universe Explodes Into A Billion Photons Of Pure White Light’
4. Godflesh ‘21st Century Man’
5. Keith Levene ‘Dark Matter’
6. Reverend And The Makers ‘Space Junk dub’
7. Phillip Boa ‘Do The Supernova’
8. Mark Stewart (the Pop Group) Space Junk
9. Youth (Killing Joke) Hail To The Lovers
10. Carter Tutti ‘In The Graveyard’
10. Therapy ‘Hail To The Lovers’
11. Die Fliedermaus ‘The Breathing Song’
12. Therapy ‘Hail To The Lovers’
13. Tunnelmental ‘Money Is Dust’
14. In The Nursey ‘5776 (The breathing Song)’
15. Inca Babies ‘In The Graveyard’
16. Barfak ‘Magic Eye (To See The Sky)’
17. Alexander Hacke (Einsturzende Neubauten) ‘Hum Of The Universe’
The double album is about the universe and death and was a diverse work that ranged from dislocated post punk to drone rock to neo classical to dark dub and cranked agit funk. Many websites and magazines called it one of the albums of the year and so have many musicians. So many musicians that the band decided to ask some of them to remix a track each and a remix of the whole double album has been done.