Gig Review by Emily Talbot with Photography by Jonathan Morgan

The Vryll Society

Liverpool’s band of the moment, The Vryll Society, performed at the Sunflower Lounge on Wednesday, accompanied by local bands Semantics and Institutes for an energetic and intimate gig, with a variety of genres and great sound. It was a high quality performance at a venue well suited for these three up and coming bands.

Institutes

When Institutes came on, the atmosphere of the room changed instantly to that of excitement and high energy. A local band composed of three guys and a girl, were confident and charismatic to watch, in spite of the fact that the lead singer was ill (which, if he hadn’t confessed halfway through the show, never would have been noticed.)

Institutes

They put on a brilliant act, with a variety of sounds from loud to soft, energetic to smooth and fast pace to slower. Furthermore, the fourth song of the set used three of the members vocals, showing the band to have multi-talented members and also put an interesting spin on their music, as the multiple voices worked well, despite being very different to one another. In general, the lead singer’s deep voice matched and adjusted well with the shifting vibes of the music. Due to their ability to pull of such a variety of genres and moods, this is a band to look out for in the future.

Semantics

Next up were another local band, Semantics, which offered a more post-punk indie vibe. From their strong instrumental introduction and sophisticated stage presence, it seems clear big things will come for this band. The lead, Rob Lilley, had a low and unusual voice, both entrancing and hypnotic, which played live well alongside the contrasting instrumental sound which was much louder and hard hitting. The opposing binaries of low voice and loud music, as well as some incredible guitar riffs, worked well throughout all of their songs, for both a haunting and enticing feel.

Semantics

The band performed a new song which was incredibly well received despite being so new that it was untitled. As well as that, they played their more known song “Ocean” which is both melancholy and alluring, and grabbed everyone’s attention in the room. This band could well be one of the next big things on the alternative music scene.

The Vryll Society

The Vryll Society

Finally, came on The Vryll Society. A band on the same label as The Coral and The Zutons; it was expected from the start they would put on an interesting and unique performance, and they did. The band had a very strong stage presence, reflective of their distinctive off-the-wall music. “Beautiful Faces” played as well live as recorded, the lead singer, Mike Ellis, had an ambient and interesting voice, that worked well with the softer, more soothing guitar and percussion. The soothing vocals in “Deep Blue Skies”, a song with liquid sounds, alongside piercing percussion and outstanding guitar riff made for a melancholic melody that created a sea of swaying amongst the crowd.

The Vryll Society

The Vryll Society

This band have clearly taken a lot of influence from varied genres, from rock to jazz to electronic, and from varied eras, to create a unique and mesmerising sound. This sound resonated throughout the audience at the Sunflower Lounge. I can’t wait to hear more from Liverpool’s next big thing in the future.

The Vryll Society

The Vryll Society

See the complete photo set by Jonathan here.

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