I first heard of Liberty Ship after attending a music night at Water Rats in King’s Cross, London, United Kingdom. They were the second act on a four artist bill and received a warm welcome from the Saturday night London crowd. After their performance I purchased a six-track EP from the friendly guy at the merchandise desk and I’ve decided to review it so here goes…
Opening track ‘What Point’ is very Kooks-esque and straight to the point with ‘I see right through the lies that you’re telling’.
‘Without Her’ has some fantastic harmonies which blend well with the bright electric guitar solo. The song has a very summery sound and would go done very well at an outdoor festival or event. Future single for sure…
‘Neon Light’ is best heard during the night time as the band sing about going out for a night on the town and I love the humorous lyrics as it is just a group of lads from Sheffield having fun.
The psychedelic drums on ‘It’s Alright’ creates an unsteady feeling as they sing ‘woke up all black and blue’. I like how this outfit can handle both light and dark subjects with such ease.
‘Fire Your Love’ has elements of the Rolling Stones’ ‘Miss You’ in terms of the guitar tone which is funky to say the least. This could be a Jamie Cullum B-side modern classic in my mind.
The lead vocals are extremely soulful on this track but the bass is just crystal clear and keeps the hypnotic vibe going throughout.
One thing I would like to mention about this demo is that it is incredibly well recorded and engineered which is very impressive for a self-made release. Hats off to the sound engineer and recording team on this demo.
Closing track ‘For You’ is an acoustic piece that features subtle percussion. It is quite a sad and reflective song but it proves that Liberty Ship are strong songwriters as well as fluid musicians.
In conclusion, Liberty Ship is an act that wouldn’t be out of place on the BBC Introducing Stage at Reading & Leeds Festival for example but it is clear that they can work as a tight unit which is incredibly important for a new band on the circuit. They have passion and strong material and I believe that with acts like this the future of music is in safe hands.
Liberty Ship’s new demo is out now.
For more information visit their official links here: http://bit.ly/23LLoUZ