Albert Hammond Jr and Drenge star at Liverpool Sound City day two

Headline performances from Albert Hammond Jr, Drenge and Fuck Buttons are among the highlights of Day Two

Michelle Roberts
With Sound City’s music industry conference finishing yesterday afternoon (May 2), featuring a keynote speech from Velvet Underground co-founder John Cale, all eyes were focused on the live action.

Liverpool’s cavernous Anglican Cathedral played host to first San Fermin and then Albert Hammond Jr. Brooklyn eight-piece San Fermin seemed humbled by the large crowd who’d gathered to see them, bowing together at the end of their show. They played two new songs in their set; the brass-laden, vocal call and response of ‘Demon Lover’ and the rockier sounding ‘Parasite’. Scroll down to watch footage of their performance of ‘Demon Lover’.

Albert Hammond Jr by contrast overcame his bewilderment at playing in a religious building (“I can’t believe I’m playing in front of a giant cross,”) to play a solo career-spanning set, that included a cover of Buzzcocks’ ‘Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)’ and The Misfits ‘Last Caress’.

Another band borrowing songs at the event were Wolf Alice, who covered Chris Isaac’s ‘Wicked Game’ at a busy East Village Arts Club. The scuzzy four-piece also played an apparently untitled brand new song which, according to singer, Ellie Rowsell they’d “only played for the first time yesterday”. Scroll down to watch footage of the new song's performance. Equally packed was The Shipping Forecast, where Minneapolis rapper Lizzo held court. Despite only arriving in the UK the day before, she was in energetic mood, with recent single ‘Faded’ among the tracks played.

Two hard rock duos competed for crowds within the same square, with Royal Blood playing in converted warehouse Duke Street Garage at the same time as Drenge performed at The Kazimier opposite. Queues snaked around the block for both bands nearly half an hour beforehand. On stage meanwhile Drenge once again included new material in their set, including the grinding ‘The Snake’.

Fuck Buttons played Nation with a set that drew heavily from last year’s 'Slow Focus', though they also included 2009 single ‘Surf Solar’. Before them, East India Youth had attracted a sizeable crowd as he ran through songs from his debut LP, 'Total Strife Forever'; behind Nation at Factory, Chloe Howl previewed her forthcoming self-titled album, including recent single ‘Rumour’ and the upbeat ‘Drop In The Ocean’.

The party raged on until the early hours at the Kazimier, with Factory Floor the final act to play at nearly two in the morning. The final day of Sound City concludes today (May 3) with Jungle, Jagwar Ma and The Kooks, among others.

Albert Hammond Jr played:

‘Rocket’
‘Everyone Gets A Star’
‘Carnal Cruise’
‘Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)’
‘Cooker Ship’
‘101’
‘Strange Tidings’
‘GfC’
‘Rude Customer’
‘In Transit’
‘St. Justice’
‘Last Caress’
‘Blue Skies’





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