Cheap Thrills: Hangar 34, Liverpool

Walton Vale royalty The Cheap Thrills made their Hangar 34 show a night to remember. Amos Wynn was there.

The self-promoted headline gig by the Liverpool four-piece provided everything you would expect from them and more. 

Whenever Cheap Thrills play a hometown show it always feels like a celebration and a party. 

You can often tell a calibre of a band by the people they inspire. 

The likes of Spinn and The Sway were in the crowd, while Jamie Webster had also given the show a bit of promo, showing just how respected and important Cheap Thrills are to the Liverpool music scene. 

Back in October, they smashed a headline show at the Arts Club, which was well worth the wait after a few Covid-inflicted postponements. 

Despite not having played too many gigs since then, they were certainly able to pick up from where they’d left off. 

The set was sparked off by Same Old Faces, which was quickly followed by Sentimentality

Ahead of the gig, the band had shared a fantastic acoustic version of their 2017 single, which had given it a whole new edge. 

No matter how good that performance was, there’s still nothing like bouncing along to the track. 

Meanwhile, their latest release Heart Attack has become a great addition to their catalogue and fits in perfectly with everything that has come before. 

In what is quite a familiar and pleasant sound, chants of ‘Fuck the Tories’ echoed around Hangar 34, as lead singer Lewis Pike made his feelings well known. 

As things briefly slowed down, the band gave a rendition of one of their more melodic songs, Keep Me Check, which is right up there with their best stuff. 

They also performed a cover, with I Think We’re Alone Now following in the footsteps of Dancing Queen from their Arts Club show. 

Party and Saint or Sinner certainly did their job in terms of firing up the crowd for the big finale, which came in the form of Codependence.  

The four-piece’s best-known song had everyone in full voice and dancing along. 

You could sense the passion and energy on stage being replicated by everyone in the crowd. 

The song could’ve gone on for much longer, and no one would’ve complained. 

It rounded off a superb set, which only cemented their position in the hierarchy of the Liverpool music scene. 

Supporting them were Traits, Lee Ford and The Kairos

The latter put in a rousing performance, with strong vocals equalling a powerful set. 

A fast pace and catchy lyrics are more often than not a winning formula, with The Kairos certainly proving this. 

Before finishing off, they described the headliners as “music royalty,” which was certainly well received. 

It was a great contrast what to the Cheap Thrills would produce, and another great example of the fantastic local talent within the city.

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