Brick House – Sound, Liverpool – 09/11/17

After being together for a few years now, Brick House have gained themselves quite a fan base – and it was evident tonight. With two tracks on Spotify, and their set list working its way into potential album material, it’s clear that the Liverpool quartet are here to stay.

Their choice of venue for their seventh gig proves to be a perfect fit. The brick walls lining the basement of Liverpool’s Sound fills with people pretty quickly during opening act William McTaggart, whose stripped back stage set-up immediately plays on the audience’s emotions and pulls them in. Cable and the Bay manage to do the same, throwing out easy beats to build an atmosphere of potential.

The crowd already feel alive – but by the time Brick House walk out, the energy’s tingling in the air. “Thanks for coming guys” grins vocalist Benjamin Roche, “We’re going to start with the ‘World’s Most Hated Man’ – hope you enjoy it!”. The bass riff kicks in as drummer Stuart Wilson starts his infectious beat, producing a rhythm that works its way right into the audience. Suprised by Roche’s mature and experienced voice, people start moving their heads as the atmosphere heightens already, only half way through the first song.

‘Hour of Action’ is a clear favourite, with Roche unable to keep still any longer as he bops around the stage. Funk vibes make themselves obviously present in the band’s influence and set list – particularly on ‘Stairway to Hell’, the track debuting Robert Mutch’s impressive vocals.

‘Down from Day to Night’ suggests the end – but it’s ‘The Hate Shake’ that closes the set, every audience member shoulder dancing even more furiously than before. Wilson racks up the beat, barely breaking out a sweat as Lee Shaw showcases his epic skills with an electric mid-song solo. It’s so other worldly that Brick House have transformed the venue from a tightly-packed basement into a full-blown festival.

When Primyl Vinyl step onto stage, they bring us a different vibe with the kicked-back ‘Head of Gold’. We’re encouraged to sing along – and as girls start screaming and dancing wildly, it’s clear that the band have a devout fan-base that keeps the energy going all through the night.

University of Liverpool’s Big Band are the perfect closing act for the night, with Lydia Thomas effortlessly conducting whilst Amy Peebles sings a rendition of Aretha Franklin’s ‘Respect’. An obvious favourite is the cover of Earth Wind & Fire’s ‘September’, the room yelling along at the top of their lungs.

Big bands often covers tracks that sometimes don’t lend themselves well to the genre, but Chris Dickenson proves us wrong with an ingeniously re-imagined jazz rendition of Oasis’ ‘Wonderwall’. The band display strong talent, particularly with Conor James Osbourne’s iconic saxophone solo. The crowd doesn’t disperse quickly; people are still eager for more music. It’s unclear who they all came for, or even who they enjoyed the most – but it was a night that would appeal to most, and I left with the hope there would be more like it.

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