SPQR

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  • Ohmns
  • Piss Kitti
Harvest Sun @ Arts Club 29/3/19

The upstairs of Arts Club has filled quickly, here, at a fringe event, on the opening night of the BBC Radio 6 Music Festival. It’s not without good reason. Some of the most exciting bands to come out of the North West in recent years are billed together tonight.

Despite the large environment playing home to the group of underground bands, the punk atmosphere is still prominent. First up on the bill are rising stars PISS KITTI. Before they begin, drummer Dan dedicates their set to Her’s, who died tragically while on tour in America days before. With emotions still very raw, it’s a fitting way to begin a weekend of music, dedicating it to local music stars gone too soon.
Piss Kitti deliver loud, raucous music with an element of fun. Lead singer Esme dedicates song Better Than You to “all the lad psych rock bands around at the moment”. It’s a funny moment, especially since some of them are probably in this audience. However, the band still get everyone up to the front for Hash, now a staple song of their sets. A few people (including myself) dance along to keep the energy going.

For a long time I’ve felt that OHMNS are the best live band in Liverpool. There’s been some good competition, but, for me, no-one has matched their level of high ferocity, filled out with an underlay of doomy sounds. Such is the abundance of the latter, it’s difficult to decipher which song is which, such is the reverberation through the venue. It’s a bit of a downer. Regardless, they have an unshakeable sound and presence. Even after being off the live circuit for a few months late last year, they play a set that reminds me why they’re my favourite band.
I’ve heard a lot about SPQR over the past year or so, but this is my first time seeing them live. Without surprise, they really do live up to the hype. They have a relentless energy and a perfectly tight punk sound; the basslines jolt with that Talking Heads-esque elevation. It’s an appreciation of rhythm that’s more unique than their peers. This may be the biggest venue SPQR have played, and it’s nearly at full capacity. This is a sign of the future growing more punk than we imagined.

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