Live review: Barney Soanes EP launch Support from Marc Hannon @ MelloMello Friday 19th July 2013
Barney Soanes is an up and coming Liverpool Musician with a bluesy-country-folk sound stemming from his fantastic acoustic guitar playing. Still relatively new to the Liverpool Music Scene Barney has hit the ground running in his first year as a gigging artist, securing gigs at Wirral Festival of Firsts, Liverpool International Music Festival and West Derby Village Fete.
Tonight’s gig at MelloMello is to promote the launch of Barney’s first EP “Far From Plain”. Quite cleverly the night had an airline theme (Plane/Plain do you get it?) with promotional airhostesses handing out aeroplanes and boarding passes to a free cocktail at the bar. The night was shaping up nicely.
Support on the night came from Springtime Anchorage’s very own Mark Hannon, who worked his way through an acoustic set-list of his bands tracks. If you haven’t heard of Springtime Anchorage before, then you need to check them out. They are one of the best Liverpool bands working the circuit at the minute, their sound sits somewhere between The Coral and Simon and Garfunkel. Bird of Prey was a real highlight of Marks set and left me wanting to see the full band at the next opportunity.
Barney and his band finally hit the stage at 10pm and kicked things off with a rousing rendition of Toots and the Maytals “54-46 was my number”. Before moving onto the most popular track from his EP “Rail Replacement” an upbeat folk ditty that almost envelopes the iconic Liverpool sound that seems to have resurfaced on a major scale in the past few years.
As part of his marathon 16 song set Soanes included covers of Pat Boone, The Avett Brothers, Hank Williams and The Band, which gave a fantastic insight into influences that have helped inspire the Barney Soanes sound.
After losing his band to perform a few acoustic covers, Barney invites his band back to the stage to finish off with a few songs from his EP. Peace Out was my favorite song of the night, it’s bluesy country beat got my right foot tapping away like it had a mind of its own. For his encore Barney chose to perform Rail Replacement for a second time, only this time, there was so much conviction; the energy in MelloMello was sky high and it was clear that no one wanted the night to end, especially Barney.
Barney Soanes EP ‘Far From Plane’ is available to download from itunes for the tiny price of £3.16, which is about the same price as a coffee on the highstreet. I can personally guarantee that this EP will bring you far more enjoyment than that. Great Music, Genuine Guy, Big Future.
Liam Pickup is a music blogger/reviewer with a keen interest in the Liverpool Music Scene. Posting all of his reviews on his ‘LiverpoolGigReview’ Facebook page, he hopes to grow his audience organically. Liam lives in the Huyton area and in his ‘real job’ works as a fashion retail manager for an International brand.