Merseyside has been churning out top notch pop acts since The Beatles were in short trousers, even if the four lads who shook the world remain its most famous export.
The post-punk boom of the late 1970s resulted in another raft of outfits, many of whom – Wirral’s Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark and Liverpool’s China Crisis and Dalek I Love You – relied on electronics rather than guitars.
Continuing that grand tradition is international trio All We Are, who “consider Liverpool their home” after forming at Paul McCartney’s LIPA (Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts), and whose debut LP has been eagerly awaited in the city following a succession of well received EPs and singles.
What makes All We Are worth that wait is the way it mixes songs – sometimes overlooked by today’s electronica hipsters, unlike their 20th century predecessors – with an even rarer dollop of funkiness.
I can’t hear many potential chart smashes in its 11 tracks but it’s certainly an excellent start. One to watch.
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By Andrew Greenhalgh