EBGBS in the basement of popular Liverpool bar/club Heebie Jeebies was the spot for the launch party of The Holograms‘ new single ‘All She Surveys‘. The atmospheric cellar, washed with dim red light, quickly filled up with a buzzy crowd who were eager to catch support acts Samurai Kip and Oranj Son – both local bands.
Samurai Kip were first up to play a set of their funky indie tunes. The Merseyside outfit impressed revellers with big trombone riffs and strong bluesy vocals. Their track ‘Mr Void‘ gave off a similar jazz-influenced vibe to that of young London musician Cosmo Pyke’s EP Just Cosmo.
Next up were Oranj Son, a band from nearby Ellesmere Port who have been around and about in the Liverpool music scene for a few years despite an evolving line-up. They played a brilliant set of synth-driven post-punk songs that had an undoubtable Joy Division/New Order influence to them. Not to mention frontman Kieran playing the classic Ian Curtis white Vox Phantom guitar as he grooved to the beat. Drummer Patrick played well after switching back from playing synth for DSM IV at the Drenge show just two days prior.
The band’s stand-out track was single ‘Radio Wires‘. Oranj Son’s next live appearance will be at Liverpool’s metropolitan festival Sound City next weekend and they also have an upcoming tour in the works.
The EBGBS basement was packed full by the time headliners The Holograms took to the stage. The crowd danced in front of the stage to the Liverpudlian quartet’s psychedelia-infused indie rock. A handful of tracks drew comparisons to early Blossoms material such as ‘You Pulled A Gun On Me’. The Holograms are the latest psychedelic band to come out of Liverpool after the success of Stealing Sheep and The Vryll Society.
Groovy guitar riffs and Miles Kane-esque vocals from frontman Joe sounded great on new single ‘All She Surveys‘. ‘Adore U‘ with it’s smooth vocal harmonies was the standout of the set.