Live Review: Minor Moguls – Liverpool

Minor Moguls

minor moguls Leaf, Liverpool, 10th February 2016

Words: Daryl Wafer

I found myself in the cool part of town on Wednesday night. Leaf, Bold Street (the ‘Chicken and Ribs Combo’ of the Liverpool music venue scene) was hosting an EP launch for Minor Moguls.

I’ve been to the downstairs part of the venue for a cider or two but never ventured upstairs. The upstairs part of the venue was brilliant, I was really impressed. It’s certainly a fantastic venue for any artist or band to play at no matter what the genre or experience. It’s big enough to fill, ‘rock out’ and really perform to a rowdy crowd or it’s just as perfect to have an intimate set of loving ballads.

It has light bulbs hanging from the ceiling and the majority of the people (including my lazy self) are sat round candle lit tables.

On paper that shouldn’t really work for an Indie Rock band launch night, but in reality it worked really well. Of course you could stand and even dance if you wanted to but for those of you who like to sit an enjoy live music in it’s purest form (and even write a review) then it was the perfect ‘combo’.

Minor Moguls the chilled Indie three piece from Liverpool make an unexpected, bold opening. No introduction and went straight in with their first track knowing quite well there audience was there to get stuck in to some of their music.

I really liked their vibe, they were chilled, confident and made you feel at ease while watching them which is so hard to do when you have everyone’s eyes (and ears) in the room watching you.

Their performance wasn’t over the top but still held strong command of the stage. There was no story telling and no introduction to their songs, which I didn’t mind at all. It let us do what we came to do and that was to not overly think anything and just enjoy the musical rebels play.

From their mysterious Watching the Curtains the lead singers vocals ooze with comfort through the lyrics. The portrayal felt honest and easy going, as If you were having a conversation over a pint and there just so happened to be a band playing in sync with your conversation. I could feel the whole room engage, holding on to everything word. He (the lead singer) seemed to have a familiar vocal that quite naturally I trusted which made the compelling delivery very easy to watch.

Their set kept you on your ears throughout the performance and gave a solid understanding of whom they were.

They end on an up beat Chicken Necker with some rebellious unexpected musical patterns. The mood was up and in a great place to end of a really good Launch. All in all I enjoyed the night, I think it was everything the band started out; chilled but straight to the point.


Tracks I really enjoyed; Future Lines and Watching The Curtains. You can now listen to their music here.

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