The two venues I’ve loved most in Liverpool over the years have been the Royal Court and The Lomax.
The Royal Court for 15 years from 1981 and the Lomax from about 1996 until the turn of the century.
There was just something about the atmosphere at both that made gigs in either truly special no matter who it was you were seeing.
Now both are gone – at least in terms of gig hosting – but there was a reminder of the old days at The Lomax when me and regular Tony took our places in the audience at The Ritz in Manchester for a Hell is for Heroes anniversary show, with support from A.
The picture above is of A, although you couldn’t tell by looking at it!
Hell is for Heroes formed out of Symposium who seemed to be on at The Lomax every couple of months.
I took Gill to see them once and barely had we walked through the door than the singer came rushing out on to the stage and hurled himself into the crowd right in front of us. That was enough to see her watching the rest of the show from a safer distance.
Regular Tony is also pictured on the inner sleeve artwork of one of their albums – albeit as part of a big festival crowd from which he’s certain he can pick himself out.
Equally I’m sure I saw A at The Lomax more than once at a time when every passing indie hopeful would check in.
Super Furry Animals, Silver Sun, Collapsed Lung, Joyrider, The Montrose Avenue, Flyscreen, Crazy Gods of Endless Noise and many more were watched and thoroughly enjoyed.
At the new gig, Hell is for Heroes were marking the 15th anniversary of the release of their acclaimed The Neon Handshake album – and it went down an absolute storm.
I thought it sounded of its time, but there was no denying its power in a live setting.
Personally I preferred their previous incarnation who were a huge amount of fun. Like your best mate’s band playing on the last day of summer term after GCSEs.
What they became was more like the black-clad moody sixth-former. More intense, more depth and more grown-up – but fewer laughs.