I like Maguires… I think every pizza house should be a venue… Although, you know if they became successful the corporates like Dominos and their ilk would be putting on gigs… ‘Olly Murs live at The Pizza Hut Arena.’
Maguires is basically a cool pizza cafe/restaurant in the centre of town with a soft spot for punk and alternative music. The live room is situated through the shop at the back of the building, and a glance at the posters adorning the walls betrays the stature of bands and artistes who have plied their trade here.
Enter Bad Mood – a Liverpool band featuring North Wales exile, Tom Carroll on bass, who has Plantfoot, The Trestles and Pete Wylie’s Wah! on his impressive CV.
The biblical rain outside sent torrents pouring down Hardman Street and no doubt pissed on many a bonfire. Inside Bad Mood rocked, reeled and rolled before those of us present (including Tony Hart – no Morph I’m afraid).
Their bizarre video backdrop footage of the Soul Train (70s dance show), socio-statements and the TT Races sometimes drew your attention away from the performance, before a twist or turn pulled you back in… and that in-your-face-bass..!
Bad Mood appeared on my radar in February with their debut single May 2nd – an infectious three minutes of indie beauty. Their new single Grungeblues came out yesterday, and again, hooks your line and your sinker.
But don’t be fooled by the sterility a recording studio can sometimes put upon a band… Live and in the flesh Bad Mood ramp it up… It’s hard to define clearly as there’s no line drawn in the sand… There’s a cool yet dark post-punk theme chundering along in there, with JJ Burnel-esq basslines and cruising drums driving the tour bus. The quiet guitarist to the left, with his back mostly to the audience seems to be pulling the strings, almost as if he’s working away on some experiment while the band knock out the songs.
Up front and personal there’s Liam on vocal and guitar, a kind of T-Bird from the film Grease, with his slicked back hair and jacket. Great voice and cool stance, ready to dish up songs from his podionic stage; ‘Calm down,’ he says to an enthusiastic audience, ‘it was only a song!’
Yeah but it was a great song…
**Hear Bad Mood live in session on Neil Crud’s TudnoFM Radio Show – Monday 7th Nov from 10pm **