Posts Tagged ‘Family Jools’

Here at Aural Aggravation, we’ve been backing Jekyll, Sweethearts, and Polarized Eyes for a while now, so it’s exciting to see that End of the Trail Records, is curating a stage at this year’s Liverpool Sound City on Saturday 2nd October, featuring them alongside a host of other exciting new acts.

They’re showcasing a bunch of bands from the label, alongside acts from both seminal and stalwart independent label Fierce Panda and Fear Records, to pull together an exciting bill of up-and-coming talent. Live music is back with a bang, and these are exciting times with a wealth of fresh talent emerging.

The showcase will be held at EBGBS in Liverpool (of course!) Stage sponsored by Fear Records & Blaggers Records, with stage times (and band info links) as follows:

21.00 CHINA BEARS : INFO

19.50 ENJOYABLE LISTENS INFO

19.00 THE INSTITUTES INFO

18.10 SHADE INFO

17.20 POLARIZED EYES INFO

16.30 MOSES INFO

15.40 FAMILY JOOLS INFO

14.50 JEKYLL INFO

14.00 SWEETHEARTS INFO

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If you’re already going, you can’t go far wrong. If you’re not, tickets for Sound City are still available here.

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Media kudos for End of the Trail:

Genuinely in it for the music – LOUDER THAN WAR

Super cool – BBC RADIO 6

Echoing the grandeur of Factory – NARC MAGAZINE

23rd July 2021

Christopher Nosnibor

Let’s get this covered off before I start: I’m a grumpy, curmudgeonly git, awkward and obtuse. I’m one of those people who hates Christmas – because festive cheer is false and everything’s just about oiling the cogs of capitalism – and I loathe summer because anything over eighteen degrees is too fucking hot, I can’t think straight while an uncomfortable mess of sweat, and people turn into absolute dicks. And by people, I mean practically everyone: it becomes the new norm once the mercury rises above twenty-one, and the level of dickness seems to increase incrementally with each degree. And to some, it may sound like a strange and perhaps petty niggle, but summer hits – songs specifically written to be played on the beach and at barbecues, in the park and in cars with the windows open evoke a unique level of ire and inspire a quite specific kind of fury.

Maybe it’s because as a teenage goth, I’d spend my summer holidays holed up in my room with the curtains drawn and trying not to die of hayfever while listening to The Sisters of Mercy and The Cure in semi-darkness while reading Stephen King novels that

I have no truck with this shit. Or maybe it’s just that people are generally insufferable.

But my job is to be objective, at least to a reasonable extent – ant prejudice shouldn’t colour a review, and certainly shouldn’t demolish a band – unless they’re Kasabian or Glass Caves, in which it’s entirely justified and why do these bands even have any fans in the first place?

There’s something TV / movie aspirational about California, the so-called Golden State which is renowned for its beaches and of course, Hollywood. With so much media propagating this image of sunkissed perfection and carefree living and celebrity lifestyles – often soundtracked by breezy ‘summer’ tunes, it’s no wonder it’s acquired a status that’s almost mythological over and above the reality and that it’s a popular travel destination.

But it’s 29֠C in the shade in my back yard and anyone with aspirations of travel should simply step outside and feel the melt. And if you want to enhance that sunny, summery vibe that’s a cut above the bland-as-fuck Radio 1 wallpaper, then Family Jools’ ‘California Sunshine’ is a solid choice. It’s got some strong classic rock vibes with some strong lead guitar work, whipped together with a really nice strolling bass that hits a nagging groove without being too much funk. In fact, there’s not too much of anything, and Family Jools deliver easy without being corny, and without the technicality of their playing being an obstacle to delivering a good tune. Nice.

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