News Preview: Liverpool Sound City 2013

This weekend, Liverpool will be taken over by music fans as the city undergoes a transformation for three days. Beginning on Thursday 2nd May, Liverpool Sound City will be hosting events across an array of the area’s best venues and a whole host of DIY’s favourite artists will be playing.

There’ll be everyone from Noah And The Whale – who’ll be appearing at the rather magnificent Cathedral – to AlunaGeorge, TOY, Savages and Everything Everything. What we’re especially excited about though, is DIY’s very own stage at The Shipping Forecast. Heading up our two-day bill will be Drenge and Big Deal, along with PINS, Night Engine, Dexters, Loom, Likely Lads, Broken Engine, Bleech, Oxygen Thieves and The Wild Eyes.

“[We’re] just looking forward to playing the new songs in front of people,” PINS vocalist and guitarist Faith Holgate tells us, when we drop her a line pre-event. “We had a good time [last year], although it was the night myself and Lara [Williams, drummer] thought that gin could be our new drink, and felt depressed for two days afterwards. We had a good night in Liverpool a couple of weeks ago, we went to see our friends Base Ventura, they were playing with Hookworms.”

“We’ve been writing and recording,” she says of the last few months, “we’ve made an LP. Since the start of the band I’ve just been having a wild time with my best friends. All of last year was magical. Call us naive if you want to, but it felt like our dreams were starting to come true. But we don’t spend too much time reminiscing; we’re always doing the next thing. It’s exciting!”

The follow up to the band’s ‘LuvU4Lyf’ EP, released last autumn, their debut album is expected to land later this year. “Sonically, it’s fuller and warmer. We did this record in a ‘real’ studio, where we were able to record the whole thing to tape and had loads of analogue gear at our finger tips. The vocals aren’t as drenched in reverb as they are on some of our previous material. I feel brave enough to sing without it now, so that’s what I’m doing. We also acquired a new drummer, Sophie, and whilst she slotted straight in as a PIN, there are moments on the album where she has definitely stamped her mark.”

Liverpool Sound City will take place across various venues from 2nd - 4th May. Find DIY at The Shipping Forecast on Thursday 2nd and Saturday 4th May.

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