9 October 2012

The Sums/ Mercury 13/ Professor Yaffle/ The Cheap Thrills/ DJ Andy Carroll Nov 24 Liverpool Zanzibar

The Sums/ Mercury 13/ Professor Yaffle/ The Cheap Thrills/ DJ Andy Carroll Nov 24 Liverpool Zanzibar

Liverpool band The Sums play a hometown show on Saturday 24 November at The Zanzibar, along with local lads Mercury 13, Professor Yaffle, The Cheap Thrills and DJ Andy Carroll.

Mercury 13’s blend of classic pop evokes everyone from XTC to Love and they’ve already supported Field Music, I Am Kloot, John Head and Pete Wylie. Next month sees the release of their debut single.

Psyche-Folk Troubadour Professor Yaffle A.K.A. Lee Rogers has a longstanding love of folk music particularly that of Nick Drake, Neil Young and Jake Thackray, which can also be appreciated when listening to a Professor Yaffle track.

The Cheap Thrills are a self-proclaimed garage flavoured punk rock band with a scouse accent and winners of this year’s Liverpool Sound City Youth Live. They were also picked as one of the best young Merseyside bands by the Roscoe Youth Music Project 2012.

DJ’ing on the night is Andy Carroll. No matter where in the world you find yourself today, you will not be far from a club that has in some way been touched by the Andy Carroll effect.

It’s been a bench mark for The Sums over the past 12 months - Peter ‘Digsy’ Deary (guitar /vocals), Chris Mullin (bass /vocals)

Lee Watson (guitar) and Chris Campbell (drums). They released their debut album If Only on their own label, played the main stage at The Mathew Street Festival for BBC’s Introducing Dave Monks, performed at the Don’t Buy the Sun/James McVey gig alongside the likes of Clash legend Mick Jones and only last month supported Captain Beefheart’s iconic band, The Magic Band.

“I’d have to include our sell out gig at the Zanzibar with the amazing after party at Sink, the Amsterdam and The Real People shows are other highlights of the past twelve months” adds singer Digsy.

Next year will see The Sums concentrate on their own independent record label.  “Nowhere Music is a record label which myself and manager/promoter Derek Hazell formed last year and we put out the last Sums album If Only.  We’re starting to do a lot more with it like releasing myself and singer Digsy’s old band Smaller’s b sides and rare tracks, and possibly a couple from the un released 2nd Smaller album. It’s a UK based independent record label, which aims to deal with an array of eclectic music for like-minded people.” says The Sums bassist Chris Mullin.

Before The Sums there was Smaller.  Singer Peter ‘Digsy’ Deary, was immortalised by Oasis's song Digsy’s Dinner and was also later name checked in the title track of their Be Here Now album. “It’s bought me many a free beer over the years but with the new band I’m hoping that people listen to this band with a fresh pair of ears and with no preconceptions” says Digsy.

Smaller` were a part of the 90’s UK Brit pop scene who smashed into the indie top 10 with classic singles, taken from the critically acclaimed album Badly Badly, featuring the tracks, Stray dogs and bin bags , God I hate this town and Is,  with Noel Gallagher on guitar an ex La’s Barry Sutton also providing some fret action. Richard Hawley also featured on un-released material that was recorded before the demise of Smaller. Badly Badly was released by ex Creation Records man Tim Abbott’s label ‘Better Records’.

Smaller were very much in demand and toured with the Stereophonics, Catatonia, Paul Weller and Oasis and well their own shows in Japan. Chris even had a rare opportunity to write with Paul McCartney.

Then in 2005 the bands singer/ songwriters Digsy and Chris decided to end Smaller and take a new avenue of creativity and formed The Sums. In 2008 they were part of the Capital of Culture gig at Liverpool’s 10,000 seater Echo Arena in which they were the shinning lights among many stars and performed a cover version of The Beatles no.1 hit Paperback Writer, which was also featured on ‘The Number One Project’ an album released by EMI.

The Sums write strong, passionate, addictive melodies and pen lyrics which are as sharp as knife!

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