Sound of Guns Mini Tour:
The promise of not one, but two hometown shows had Sound of Guns fans traveling far and wide for this one, the first an afternoon acoustic session at Liverpool’s Leaf Tea Shop followed by a full headline set later that evening at nearby venue The Masque.
Long before doors had even opened fans began to queue outside quickly forming a long line all eager to hear the acoustic versions and rare B-sides Sound of Guns had vowed to perform. Happily interacting with the waiting crowd as they loaded into the venue the band seemed as genuinely excited as their fans for this momentous occasion. Outside the anticipation quickly escalated as fans swapped stories of past shows all with the band, now sound checking upstairs, clearly being heard in the background.
Once inside you’d have been forgiven for thinking you’d arrived at the wrong venue, kitted out with Christmas decorations, comfy sofas and candle lit tables it really didn’t appear to be the setting for a Sound of Guns gig even if it was meant to be an acoustic set. As it happens you couldn’t be more wrong and as the soft and gentle yet extremely powerful voice of T.G. Elias perfectly set the tone for Sound of Guns to take the stage it soon became clear this was in fact the ideal backdrop for their matinee performance
Whilst acoustic versions of favourites Collisions and Sometimes have been heard before guitar heavy track Flash of Light was a surprise inclusion in this unplugged set, to say it worked beautifully would be a massive understatement. With T.G. Elias joining them on stage the band continued to surprise switching things around with drummer Si Finley moving on to keys, and guitarist Lee Glynn onto drums even lead singer Andy Metcalfe was confused, but yet again it worked perfectly. Closing the set with Alcatraz and Elementary of Youth Metcalfe urged the crowd to make as much noise as possible for afternoon diners downstairs to enjoy to which of course they promptly responded.
Whilst this may have been an acoustic performance the atmosphere inside was electric throughout, it seems these boys really can turn their hand to anything delivering as promised an unforgettable and truly emotional performance. Having successfully produced such a remarkable show maybe a full acoustic Sound of Guns tour will be next on the agenda.
Fi Carroll aka @Dirtyroknroller