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Although they admit to not taking themselves too seriously and playing for the pure fun of it, exciting times lie ahead for Liverpool garage rock group Shrinking Minds – with a single release and big festival date on the horizon
‘Something Better‘ is due for release on 3rd March and has already been building up critical acclaim in the music press, including airplay on BBC Introducing Radio Merseyside.

Earlier this week, it was confirmed that they would play at Sound City for a second consecutive year.
GIGsoup’s Jane Davies caught up with Liam Evans (guitar and vox)to hear their reactions to the news, ask about their musical influences and to find out about their month long party in a pizza bar.

How do you feel about the news of your second year at Liverpool Sound City?

We are very excited to have been invited back to Sound City. It’s something that we really liked last year and it’s going to be particularly special with lots going on as part of their 10th birthday celebrations.

Who are the main influences behind your music?

We have loads of influences and we all listen to vastly different music, but recently we have been listening to Danny Brown, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Bill Nickson, Parquet Courts, Death Grips, Whitney, The Oh Sees and Roy Ayers amongst many more.

Tell us a bit about the Liverpool music scene at the moment.

We don’t pay much attention to any scenes or trends within Liverpool because there are so many great things that it’s hard to put everybody in to a certain bracket and there doesn’t seem to be a sound that defines bands from the city.

Liverpool has a vast wealth of music venues. Last year you held a month’s residency at Maguire’s Pizza Bar in Renshaw Street, tell us what that was like.

The residency at Maguires was just something that we wanted to do where we could get bands that we liked to play and our friends could all come and have a party of sorts. We ate lots of pizza and we would love to keep doing them, however we can’t afford it right now as two thirds of us are broke students and we pretty much made a loss on it. Hopefully soon we can do it again. It’s nice just having somewhere to regularly play without caring if anybody comes along or what we play!

Live Dates:
March 4: Edge Hill Arts Centre, Edge Hill University – Appearing as part of The Label Recordings Band Night.
May 27-28 – Liverpool Sound City, Clarence Dock, Liverpool

Sound City this year promises to be bigger than ever. It is a huge event with an ethos built around emerging talent. Be sure to pop along during the weekend of 27-28 May 2017 at Clarence Dock, Liverpool.

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