Introducing Liam Lever
aaamusic | On 07, Oct 2010
Liam Lever is a true musical maverick whose veins flow with musical ideas of great scope and ambition. So far the major record labels of this world have spent enormous sums developing, recording and pondering his genius without yet launching him onto a public who want, nay need his brand of dynamism. So what is the story?
Liam Lever is about amazing soaring guitar driven songs which evocate a metaphorical Route 66 of the mind, sweeping and all encompassing. “Light Heart Life” is all of those things and more, “a secret underpass, whether we should take it i don’t know…” while “Welcome to Earth” has a surreality in the lyric which belies it’s driving synth driven classic pop…”the solar system which I’ve chosen is available…” sets us up and you know Liam means what he says as the chorus hits “Earth…I came here for the re-invention of myself…”. His album has an abundance of songs which you just know radio stations of every denomination will spin to their hearts content…”All Time” sums that up with its dreamy refrain “Love there’s more in the past than any here now…secretly the first touch is always enough but you never forget one..”
Added to this debut album which sums up Liam’s complete grasp of the art of instantly memorable pop music and at the other end of the musical spectrum is is his alter ego side project…The Sweet Men of Hell. Formed in early 2010 as major label frustrations nibbled at his creativity Sweet Men of Hell are as in your face as the Liam Lever project is subtle. Driving riff laden guitars allied to Liam’s powerful vocals adorn debut single “Make Me Cry” bringing to mind Death from Above 1979 meeting 80s Matchbox B-Line Disaster with powerful slices of Queens of Stoneage generously balanced with a sweet smattering of Nick Cave. Now attracting immense interest in their own right the Sweet Men of Hell are Liam’s pressure guage outlet extraordinaire.
When people grow up, things happen to them and they become other creatures till they have been enough of them to be people again. Then they write songs and perform them in their favourite clothes and sun glasses. It’s a history and the evidence is here. Liam Lever is one of those creatures, fresh from the grinding stone he carves out fantastic escapes from a world that has far less to offer than it’s own past. ..