The Librarians – The Pier

Screen shot 2014-12-31 at 15.02.59Bands channelling the work of Messrs Lennon, McCartney, Harrison and Starr are ten a penny, you can hear sounds influenced by Liverpool’s finest up and down the UK – and indeed around the world – yet there are few examples of Beatles-influenced sounds that ever stand up as being particularly impressive. The Librarians are one such exception to this rule as they bring skiffle sounds the the fore in their music, mixing it with a sprinkling of angst to help keep it fresh for the new generation.

Of course, The Beatles are just one of many influences on the song and you could take a trip through whole wings of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and select a range of classic songwriters that have contributed to the eventual sound of this Peterborough-based band. The vocal harmonies sound as strong as those of Ray and Dave Davies whilst the power of the drumming owes an awful lot of favours to the infamous Mr Moon and the rather more reserved Mr Watts. There’s a selection of bass riffs taken straight from old blues classics with a hint of Ronnie Lane’s touch lingering over them. Vocally there’s a cross between Lane’s Small Faces compatriot Steve Marriott and the gobby bloke from Manchester that’s waiting for a reunion with his brother so that he can live a lavish lifestyle once more.

Whoever you think they sound like, this is a lovely slice of classic rock and roll – wrapped up in a feisty little ball for the 21st century. Time to grab your dancing shoes…

Ciaran Steward

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