The Academy 2, Dublin: Saturday 21st September, 2019.
+ DREAMERS & ROMAN LEWIS
Strictly over 18’s
The band formed in their native Liverpool as an “excuse not to do the homework”. School friends Sean, Josh, Arran and Carl bonded over a mutual admiration of Bombay Bicycle Club, Kings of Leon, Fleetwood Mac and Title Fight and would jam together in music class. The band then started working on their own material and though they all pull from different scenes - Arran is a techno fan - they found a middle ground in the song’s melodies and structures. “It was more about chord progressions than actual genres of music,” Sean says.
The impact of Liverpool runs deep in each member. Sean says that the city “has made us who we are” and calls it “the best place in the world”. Arran concurrs and calls it the “centre of the universe.” But they acknowledge how the city’s perception has wrongly coloured people against them. “We get treated a little bit different just because we're from Liverpool, but we act differently to all the bands in Liverpool scene,” Sean says. “It's not where people are from, it's what they're about that people remember.”
Indeed, it’s not where they’re from that should matter – it’s where they’re going that truly resonates. And they’ve been everywhere. The band’s reputation has been cemented by their reveltory live show, one that they’ve taken all around the country and back again. Each gig – whether it be out in the regions or in the big cities – are met by a fervent fanbase ready to party regardless what night it is. It’s that close contact with each other that has laid such a strong foundation. “We chat a lot of shit”, Sean admits. “We’ve rubbed off on each other so much. We spend seven days a week practising and then on tour it is literally every single minute. We basically live in the practise room.”
That dedication is paying dividends already. The band recently joined hometown heroes The Wombats on their nationwide arena tour and will do the same in the coming months. “It was amazing to see a band from Liverpool like The Wombats smash it in arenas and be bigger now than they ever were,” says Sean, with the professional touring culture rubbing off on them, also.