6th March 2004, University of Liverpool
As the mammoth ‘Kill the Last Romantic’ tour comes to an end, the Easyworld show rolls into Liverpool, supported by local scouse boys, The Aeroplanes and tour residents, The Upper Room.
With the ink not yet dry on their contract with label giant Sony, Brighton foursome The Upper Room gave a performance to suggest the A&R men at Sony deserve their cash…Lemar aside obviously.
Despite looking young enough to leave you wondering whether he was up past his bedtime, vocalist Alex showed he could cut it live and was ably supported by bandmates, Jimbob (guitar), Bo (bass) and Jonny (drums).
When Easyworld amble on stage for opener ‘Kill the Last Romantic’, the combination of neon lighting and dry-ice gives the impression of an eerie Hollywood B-movie. The touching track is short but sweet and offers the crowd a snippet of the delights that lie ahead.
Second track ‘Celebrity Killer’ shows Easyworld can rock with the best of them, but surprisingly the gig really gets going four songs in, with vintage Easyworld track ‘This is Where I Stand’, taken from their 2002 album of the same name. This is an obvious crowd-pleaser, but when followed by recent single ‘Till the Day’, lets us see just how far the band have come in those two years.
“My beloved scousers, here’s a song for you in an otherwise grubby universe”…The heartfelt rock ballad exercises the stunning vocals of trilby clad frontman Dav Ford and varying dynamics of ‘Till the Day’ would leave even the most cynical hard pushed to control the hairs on the back of their necks.