So far 2014 has been a great year for music and certainly an exciting time for Bristol music. Breakthrough acts like Coasts and George Ezra are becoming the talk of the town, both of them achieving great things in the scene from headline tours, Radio 1 airtime to record releases and summer festivals. Exciting times are also growing for local music communities, Chiverin, a growing music community based within the heart of Bristol music scene is certainly one of them.
Having worked with George Ezra in the early days of his career as well as musicians such as Champs, Little Dusty and Rhain, Chiverin continues to strive in working with great artists and getting their work to the right audiences. Now approaching the summer season Chiverin is becoming something more, with a series of music events planned featuring some of their favourite artists. Recently marked the first ever Chiverin event, a musical showcase like no other; transforming the Louisiana into a powerful spectacle! Headlining were Isle of Wight’s Plastic Mermaids with support from Bristol’s Tamu Massif and Gulls.
Over twenty degrees, blue skies and an ice cold drink in my hand; it was summer at full swing. Upon walking into the Louisiana, colourful decorations across the main floor, sea fish patterns, a plastic mermaid sculpture and DJ set all ready for the party. People slowly gathering in numbers, the World Cup on and Big Jeff making his entrance; it was good vibes all around!
We go to the upstairs room ready for Gulls and their shimmering summer vibes. A perfect dose of music to start the party with their live set; smooth basslines, glittering strings, skittering drums and swooning harmonies. Songs like ‘Deep Water’ and ‘When The Light Lands’ will make you wanting to go to the beach and ride the waves, everyone enjoying the sounds and in good spirits. Tamu Massif was next on and a band I was excited to see live having featured them on The Flux as well as their notable mentions in NME, The Line of Best Fit and Gold Flake Paint. Their set was a lot more chilled with a touch of soul and ambiance; starting with gentle guitar strings then shifting to looping synths and clapping drums; a mystic blend of indie and electronica. ‘Azora’ hits me on the spot every time, Sparse vocal tones from singer Dave Dixon, persistent percussion and gentle piano keys make for a delicate and intriguing piece.
People gathering in numbers with the room packed out to the rim within minutes, excitement couldn’t be contained, and everyone was ready for Plastic Mermaids whom after their stunning performance at this year’s Isle of Wright Festival were ready to shine the Louisiana. No confetti or smoke this time around but glittering projections and vast collection of musical instruments from guitars, drums, beads, bells and trumpets, we were in for a treat! Airy guitar strings, slick basslines and sparse vocal tones gliding through the vast soundscapes and mesmerising jingles; one minute shifting from calm and collective then the next, powerful and atmospheric. From the electronically rhythmic and piano textured ‘Polaroids’ to the upbeat and soulful ‘Drømtorp’, insistent percussion throughout, rattling shakers, xylophone jingles, electronic pads and violin like strings. Members moving across the room using one instrument after the next, it was one of the most creative live sets that I’ve ever seen.
Isle of Wight native and artist Rhain also featured during the set but what happened next was something truly special. Collaboration like no other as she sung lyrics in Latin but with such elegance and power, vocals soaring so high that it immediately sent shivers down my spine and leaving myself and the audience completely stunned.
Upon finishing, a thunderous praises and cheers from the audience. Chiverin promised a powerful spectacle and indeed they delivered! A spectacular show and one which was truly an honour to witness. Sold out show, celebration drinks and DJ set from New Palace Talkies vs Superfly to finish the party in style; congratulations to Chiverin on their first event, I look forward to the next one!
Check out ‘Polaroids’ right here: