Nothing Pretty, Oranj Son & more @ The Jacaranda, Liverpool 29/07/17

On Friday night, Liverpool‘s famous Jacaranda Club hosted one of their regular nights ‘The Fiver’ – where you can see five live bands for just £5. On this month’s billing was Marietta and Dominique Daly, Nothing Pretty, Oranj Son, NESH and Gen & The Degenerates.

The small basement of the historic Jacaranda on Slater Street was packed as plenty of revellers arrived early to see Marietta and Dominique. The sisters played a short acoustic set and impressed with their vocal harmonies. Even closing with an a cappella number and encouraging the buzzy Liverpool crowd to sing along.

Turning the tempo (and volume) up a notch was Nothing Pretty, a band all the way from Stockport. And they made sure everyone knew it by waving around a Stockport banner and chanting. The band’s drummer even recited a heartfelt piece of poetry about their beloved hometown before going straight into a cover of The Streets‘ ‘Fit But You Know It‘. Covers of ‘Sockets‘ by Slaves and Arctic Monkeys‘ ‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor‘ were also squeezed in between a couple of their own raw punky tracks. The crowd certainly seemed to enjoy Nothing Pretty’s energetic set – and not only because the band handed out beers mid way through.

Next up were Oranj Son, a band from nearby Ellesmere Port with an ever-evolving line-up. I last saw them supporting The Holograms at their single launch at EBGBs back in April, and two members of that band had joined them for tonight’s show. Oranj Son played a slightly longer set of moody but melodic post-punk tracks. Popular single ‘Radio Wires‘ and ‘Commodify Me, Baby‘ were highlights of the set. ‘It Might Never Happen‘ from the band’s recent EP of the same name is a catchy synth-heavy track that got the crowd dancing.

NESH were the next band on the line-up for the night. The local band played a handful of gritty alt rock songs that went down well with the Liverpool crowd. A couple of new and as yet untitled tracks were worked in too and sounded very good live. The songs weren’t the only thing that was new for NESH – they also had a new bassist in the line-up. “There’s only so much sh*t you can put up with” declared frontman Michael Threlfall, referring to the band’s old bass player who had been given the boot by the sounds of it.