On a Baltic day in Liverpool, CLUB.THE.MAMMOTH rolled into town to treat us to an all-dayer boasting a packed line-up of local talent, industry buzz bands and the odd senior enigma. We went down to the East Village Arts Club to see what the day had to offer… And warm up.

Kicking things off were Scouse glitter enthusiasts, Pink Kink. Off the back of some notable support slots towards the end of 2016, the band’s first show of 2017 showed no loss in momentum. Shimmering riffs and infectious sing-alongs immediately got a packed crowd dancing and the day off to a kinky start.

Hot on their heels were fellow locals Strange Collective. Flying through a blistering set of garage psych bangers, the lads revelled in the main room and sounded like a band that will warrant big billings in the near future. 2017 is sure to be a big year for them.

Next up in the main room were the much hyped Goat Girl. The girls from the capital showcased what is already becoming a trademark sound of chunky baselines and melancholy crescendos to a grateful crowd. Set highlight and one of the tracks of 2016 ‘Country Sleaze’ showed the band at the peak of their powers and gave punters an idea of why they are being hotly tipped for the future.

The first of the more established acts up, Eagulls quickly set about darkening proceedings with highlights from their revered first 2 albums. The demonic drudge of opener ‘Skipping’ set the tone for raucous hooks and 80’s guitars. The lads from Leeds were in truly great form were one of the day’s highlights.

Headlining the second room, Cabbage drew one of the biggest crowds of the day. The band’s already infamous live set immediately set an eager crowd into frenzy as they ripped through tracks from their series of 2016 Eps. It is however wrong to pigeonhole Cabbage as a chaotic novelty act. The balance between musicianship and madness is near perfect and its makes 2017 an incredibly exciting prospect for both band and fans.

The legend that is Mark E Smith and The Fall brought the day to a truly captivating conclusion. A traditional late arrival was quickly forgotten as Smith emerged and lurched through a series of tunes from the bands extensive discography. Throughout the set a crowd of many generations remain transfixed by Smith as the post-punk legends bring a brilliant day of music to a close.

Words: Ross Crane