The GIT Awards 2014 Preview//
Tonight see’s Liverpool’s GIT Awards, a night dedicated to celebrating the best sounds flowing from the Mersey air, giving the rest of the country a glimpse into the enigmatic, sometimes secretive, always glamorous, world of Scouse music, hitting its new home of The Kazimier for its thrid, and largest incarnation yet. With innovation and inspiration around every corner, the award sets out to capture something totally new, yet quintessentially local, and provide a platform for it to stand on. With the new ‘One To Watch’ award handed out to Lapsley, a 17 year old ambient electronic vixen, channelling Holy Milk vibes via a Cashmere Cat beat, it’s clear 2014 is set to be no different, Liverpool right on the cutting edge of modern music, delivering it’s own coastal punches into the mainstream psyche.
It’s finally starting to feel like everyone else is taking note, this time around. Dan Croll, an indie-pop megastar with more individual musical elements than a periodic table, picks up his second consecutive nomination, but finds himself in a very different situation this time around, substantial Radio One airtime, a huge record deal and a debut LP now accompanying the LIPA graduate. The situation may soon be echoed by quirky glitch pop trio All We Are, who’ve recently signed to Domino and as of right now are sat on magazine shelves around the country as ‘NME Radar’s New Band Of The Week’, the newest addition to a catalogue of media hype.
Mr Croll isn’t the only two-time nominee to find himself in a whole new situation, however. Perennial GIT & Betacross favourites Ninetails were up for the inaugural 2012 award as 4 LIPA undergraduates, pushing semi math rock with bipolar peaks and trough’s, naively looking out to an unexplored world of records, sales, shows and reviews. Two year’s later, one man leaner, Ninetails stand proud, thick skinned, trying to make sense of it all. Following Ed Blacks departure, the trio adopted an organic, sample heavy sound, gliding sleekly over brassy trembles, SOHN-esque vox nestled into the warm glow of sun drenched keys and drizzled bass, Quiet Confidence feeling like a cross continental journey through a pop sound you never dreamed would exist.
Evian Christ is nominated for the first time, a one man museum of every underground dance sound post-2010, glistening listlessly, like a solar panel, collecting sun rays for power, a technique also used by scouse-scene ever presents, Tea Street Band, who ear toward late 90’s early 2000’s summer dance-vibes with a drop of Of Montreal quasi-60’s psych, perhaps a nod to the ever expanding world of psychedelic throwback that has well and truly engulfed Merseyside the past few years.
Well ahead of this curve we’re The Coral, one of the most influential yet criminally underrated bands our region has ever produced. It was here that two time nominee Bill Ryder-Jones started his musical career. Now a solo artist, the same west coast vibes are still channelled in his music. The same vibes that undoubtedly inspired both Forest Swords & VEYU, two very different artist’s, united in their goal to recreate golden Wirral beach scene’s and hazy summer memories. VEYU take each and every positive from Tame Impala’s ‘Lonerism’, coat it in sugar crystal-vocals and blend in a sickly sweet combination of Battles Key Changes and Jagwar Ma elegance. Forest Swords, on the other hand, takes a simple route. You create your own story, he simply add’s the minimalistic backdrop. With the likes of Sankofa, Flora Tropics & The Sundowners all set to really make an impact on the city in 2014, it’s no surprise that we’re really being put back on the map in terms of psychedelia.
Elsewhere, 2012’s hype band of the year Outfit pick up their second nomination following the release of 2013’s ‘Performance’, with many of the rough edges of the early demo’s now smoothed out, 2014 could be the year they shake of the heavy tag placed on them in the formative years and prove the critics right. First time nominee’s Circa Waves may be embarking on a similar journey, and should be careful not to let the current hype phase them. If all goes to plan, they could well be at the forefront of a collective looking to bring back 2004, 10 years on. Curve ball percussionist’s Ex Easter Island Head bring undoubtedly the most bizarre sound to the awards, but at risk of going stale, will need to do something new to keep everyone entertained. The final nominee is Mad Brains, a London based rapper born in Liverpool, who’s worked alongside the likes of Mr Scruff & MF DOOM on debut LP ‘Zades’, perhaps not quite as ‘authentic’ as the likes of Innuendo, Kasst, Thats Juvey? or the regulars of Wavy & Lab TV at portraying the Scouse hip hop scene, but a real talent all the same.
Our Favourites: 5) Forest Swords. 4) Evian Christ. 3) Dan Croll. 2) VEYU. 1) Ninetails.
Betacross will be live tweeting from the event from 7PM tonight (11/4/14). Follow the action via @CurtMcArdle or using the hashtag #GIT14
Words: Curt McArdle