Across the bank holiday weekend, Liverpool played host to the 8th annual Sound City festival – taking in a comprehensive selection of indie’s buzzy new names alongside a slew of established favourites including The Vaccines, The Flaming Lips and Thurston Moore. Here are the weekend’s highlights, in pictures.
West Midlands heavy rock duo God Damn are set to open up for the Foo Fighters next week and you can understand why Dave and co have given them the nod. With prowling Queens of the Stone Age riffs and Pixies loud-quiet-loud dynamics, their influences read like a menu of alternative rock's finest.
Stevenage punks Bad Breeding fit into a long lineage of disenfranchised small town types who've looked at the world surrounding them and found it lacking. They're young, they're angry, and they're exciting as hell.
Only in their inaugural year of the festival circuit, Brighton quartet Black Honey are already marking themselves out as one of the season's early breakthrough favourites. With a Nancy Sinatra-ish melodrama underlying their psych-tinged guitars, the likes of 'Madonna' and 'Teenager' are more than worthy of your time.
With debut LP 'Young Chasers' landing in the Top 10 and several sold out tours under their belts, it's likely that Liverpudlians Circa Waves are facing a pretty manic summer. Judging by this pic, it looks like they're not taking things too seriously though.
It's been three years since Spector's debut 'Enjoy It While Is Lasts', but the return of the UK's most soundbite-friendly frontman is imminent. Previewing tracks from their forthcoming second LP, Spector's set was one of the weekend's more irreverently entertaining.
More hometown heroes here, this time in the form of Liverpool trio Stealing Sheep. Part of Heavenly Records' experimental psych stable, their recent LP 'Not Real' is exactly the kind of thing you want to lose yourself in during the mid-afternoon sun.
Never ones to shy away from a healthy slice of colour co-ordination, Everything Everything have swapped the boiler suits of old for something we'll dub 'nu rave Star Trek'. Liverpool, we hope you brought your shades.
Topping the bill on Friday were everyone's favourite denim fans, The Vaccines. New LP 'English Graffiti' is out this week.
The Thurston Moore Band
If you wanted an alternative to the indie bounce of much of the weekend's line-up, however, then look no further than Thurston Moore. The ex-Sonic Youth guitarist has never been one to compromise, and his new output is as ear-blastingly unwillingly to tread the mainstream path as ever.
You can never go wrong when you've got a half naked, bearded Canadian punk falling into your arms - look how happy this guy giving Pink Eyes a hug is.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Bringing new album 'Multi-Love' over to the UK, Ruben Nielson's gauzy psych and sensual subject matter (the LP is about his recent foray into polyamory) are a transportive break from the usual beer and burger festival atmosphere.
Fat White Family
Returning after a stint recording in New York, Fat White Family look no less feral than ever. You can take the boys out of Brixton etc
The Flaming Lips
Rounding off proceedings as only they know how, here's The Flaming Lips' resident madman Wayne Coyne, traversing the crowd in a huge zorb. God bless you on your travels, sir.