Dave McCabe

Pirate Studios Launch 18/3/17

As musical history runs deep through the streets of Liverpool, there’s inevitably an unrelenting feed of new, hungry artists and bands looking to make their mark on that heritage. Not the easiest process, but made that bit easier by the launch of the new self-service rehearsal spaces opened by Pirate Studios. Tonight we are treated to an intimate performance in the Regent Street premises from one of the key players in Merseyside’s musical lineage.

“Follow the noise”, I am advised as I walked down the corridor of studios. Opening the sound-proofed door, I find York’s HELLO OPERATOR gearing up to detonate. Slickly clad in black and leather, they kick off the unusual event in full volume and the studio is rocking with the blasting noise of lead guitarist Pete Greenwood’s sound. Black Blooded Tiger is a song that especially catches the attention, sounding like Royal Blood, with aggression and purpose. Lead singer Max Dalton has a look of Kyle Falconer, and his voice isn’t far off too. An explosive sound that will not be contained for very long.

When DAVE MCCABE arrives at the studios, he’s eager to get on the microphone and start making noise. The sound of Earth, Wind and Fire’s September travels down the corridor in the form of a vocal warm up, and a mess around. Dave’s back on his guitar after a stint with The Ramifications, but it is Let Me Go from that project that brings the room alive, transfixing and inspiring. You Will You Won’t arrives soon after, and Pirate Studios basks in Zuton fever like it’s 2004 again. He’s joined by Ian Skelly from The Coral, who’s by his side on bongos, looking towards a heap of competition winners and local press squeezed into the packed studio.

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The event signals the beginning of Pirate’s goal is to foster a community of new bands who they can help each other break through. There are no staff on-site, instead 24-hour help lines if something doesn’t go to plan. The savings go straight to the emerging talent honing their craft in cheap-as-chips rehearsal rooms. The all-hours approach also means whatever hour of the day; the important thing is helping these bands produce music.

McCabe commentates, “this one’s for your ex birds, I haven’t even got an ex bird”, and “this one’s for your ma’s”, his off-kilter sense of humour going well with the idiosyncratic gig. He’s a good fit with the optimistic attitude that this building instils on its guests – an environment that encourages expression and a go get ‘em mentality. McCabe voices a word of thanks to support Hello Operator, still enjoying the atmosphere, as well those responsible for organising the gig. A mainstay of Merseyside music celebrating the birth of another hive of activity in Liverpool. He ends the gig pretending to smash his guitar up in the studio, “Was that alright?” he asks, on his way out. Yes Dave, it was.

See Dave McCabe perform Valerie at the Pirate Launch here.



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