When you type Liverpool into Google, the most searched subject is football-related. Between Everton and Liverpool FC, the clubs have won twenty-seven English First Division titles and twelve FA Cup trophies. If you catch a taxi, five seconds into the journey, the driver will ask the pivotal question: “Are you a footy fan? Who do you support?” It’s probably best you avoid the topic. 

Instead, you could talk about the many attractions in the city. The Grand National, the nightlife, the restaurants, the World Museum, there’s lots to do and not enough hours in the day. We could waffle on and on about its appeal, but we have a music feature to write. Plus, we don’t work for Visit Liverpool

Many will associate Liverpool with The Beatles. How can you not? They’re one of the most successful groups in the world. But if you venture into The Jacaranda or The Zanzibar on a Saturday night, you’ll discover a bustling scene of independent and unsigned artists. Musicians passionately strumming their guitars or singing their favourite tunes. Artists like SeagothVenus Demilo and Courting. Music is what drives the culture of Liverpool. That and football. 

So, without further adieu, here are ten acts to discover from Liverpool.  

Eyesore & The Jinx

Eyesore & The Jinx

These guys combine well-crafted lyrics with great melodies that stick to your brain like sellotape, then they crush it all up into a little ball and blast it through a punk cannon. Every single they’ve released so far has well and truly buttered my crumpets. In fact, I think my crumpets might be getting too buttery.

They’re rough around the edges in the best possible way and are part of the brilliant Eggy Records roster. Their music videos are also really cool, animated by the talented Pstl Cstl, and we recommend you check out Leisure Time below. Then go and listen to the rest of their singles.  

~ Daniel Fagan

Courting

Courting

I love punk music. When I wake up in the morning, I usually wack on The Clash or Rancid. Recently though, bands like IdlesFontaines D.C., and Courting are the soundtrack to my daily routine. Getting dressed, I put on Idles. Brushing my teeth, I play Boys In The Better Land. Courting? I usually headbang on the rickety bed to Not Yr Man. It’s not a very productive day. 

I am not your man, but I’d like to give this act a special shoutout. Hopefully, they’ll release an EP or album soon. Go on, lads, do it! 

~ Daniel Thomas

Aimée Steven

Aimée Steven

Hailing from Walton, Aimée Steven has been releasing music for barely over a year but has already managed to land a record deal with Jacaranda Records, and played loads of impressive live shows such as Sound CityLIMF and Kendal Calling. Her songs combine elements from various musical eras to create something familiar yet fresh. When she releases a new single, I swiftly whack it straight on my playlist. 

Her latest track, Hell Is A Teenage Girl, is catchy and danceable. It’s been well-received and has seen Steven move into new lyrical territory. I’m so excited to hear her upcoming release, Darling

~ Dan Fagan

Venus Demilo

Venus Demilo

I live in Liverpool. No, I’m not a native. Some would label me a wool, but the music scene in this city is fantastic. Another great band, and one I adore, is Venus Demilo. 

Their latest EP, Northern Lights, is a journey of enlightenment. As soon as you press play, it will dive within the depths of your mind. You’ll encounter joy and sadness, relive terrible past events, but in the end, it will be worth it. Love you, Venus Demilo. 

~ Daniel Thomas

Gold Beach

Gold Beach

I managed to catch Gold Beach live at the Jacaranda Basement a few months ago before humanity was banished to its collective bedroom. They blew me away. They must work hard in rehearsals, as they operate like some kind of musical hive mind. In light of this, it’s no surprise that This Feeling have put them on the bill of so many shows in recent months. They have great tunes to back it up too. 

I may have broken the rules a tiny bit here, as they originate from North London, but I’m going to give myself a pass because they now operate from Liverpool and are too good to leave off this list. Check out the music video for Paris, but be warned, the fantastic chorus will be stuck in your head for a while. 

~ Dan Fagan

TIËRNY

TIËRNY

I was disappointed in TIËRNY a few months back. No new release since 2019, I was craving her powerful and unique voice. Craving is an understatement, I would have climbed the Eiffel Tower to listen to an EP or album by the artist, and I’m scared of heights. 

My preys were heard this week as TIËRNY posted her new single, I’ll Wait. I mean, I won’t. I need a full album to tie me over until Christmas. One song is not enough. Cheers. 

~ Daniel Thomas

Beija Flo

Beija Flo

Picture the scene. It’s Record Store Day 2019, and I innocently wander into 81 Renshaw Street in the hopes that I’ll find some tasty jams. I notice there’s music playing from the back room, so I decide to check it out. That’s when I’m introduced to Beija Flo. Right, I’m going to stop talking in present tense now because it’s far too hard to keep up.

It was an encapsulating performance, so I went and told all my mates about it. I even put it on my Instagram story. I rarely find music so original I have to tell other people about it, but it’s truly great stuff.

Like Eyesore & The Jinx, she’s part of the Eggy Records roster. They clearly have good taste. Check out her latest song, Nudes, here. 

~ Dan Fagan

Real Terms

Real Terms

These guys are bloody talented. I bet they could put together IKEA furniture without the manual. Screw that; they’d probably design a new type of cupboard, one that would play music and store your clothes. 

Their tunes are just as experimental. Math rock combined with indie blended together with alt-pop, you won’t be left hungry after listening to this band. They cover all basis with perfection and skill. I highly recommend you check out their latest release, Housework EP; the perfect background music to accompany any house chores. 

~ Daniel Thomas

The Cheap Thrills

The Cheap Thrills

The Cheap Thrills have been releasing music since they were teenagers, but unlike most young bands, they didn’t end up parting ways. Even if you don’t know them personally, you can tell from their videos that they’re just best mates who love making tunes together. It’s due to this bond that they’ve ended up with such a solid output. Every release is fantastic, and the standard never slips.

They’ve become one of the best-loved bands in Liverpool, but the rest of the world have caught on too, with them recently playing several shows over in New York. You can check out some footage from that trip right here.

~ Daniel Fagan

Psycho Comedy

Psycho Comedy

Let’s end this feature on a high, and what better way to do that by sharing music by Psycho Comedy; a brilliant rock act that will induce random arm and leg movements.

Their latest release, Performance Space Number One, propels them into the same category of legends such as The La’s and Echo & The Bunnymen. I can’t wait to see their faces on stage when COVID-19 pisses off. Peace, lads and ladies. 

~ Daniel Thomas

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