ONE of Liverpool’s nice misplaced bands have reformed to play a two date residency at Birkenhead’s Future Yard.
Shaped in 1990 by singer and bassist Edgar ‘Summertyme’ Jones, guitarist Ged Lynn and drummer Paul Maguire, The Stairs rapidly attracted an enormous cult following with their traditional fusion of mid-Sixties’ US storage rock and British R’n’B.
Championed by Elvis Costello, Paul Weller and plenty of different luminaries, they influenced (together with The La’s) an entire new technology of musicians together with The Coral, The Stands and The Zutons. The Scouse trio created a heady combination of psychedelia, Motown, storage rock ‘n’ soul and R‘n’B, creating one thing all their very own, topped by the astounding growling blues vocals of Jones.
The Stairs launched little, aside from the unforgettable cult traditional Weed Bus EP, and their celebrated, psyched-up debut LP Mexican R’n’B, earlier than splitting up in 1993. However what they did launch was sufficient to trigger a storm with native audiences and lit a hearth that burns to this present day.
Jones went on to work with Weller, Saint Etienne, Johnny Marr, Cherry Ghost and Candie Payne, amongst others, and fashioned the bands The Isrites, The Large Youngsters and Free Peace.
He would additionally carve a distinct segment in making albums that continued to evoke the perfect of music’s previous whereas additionally remaining up to date, attracting many heavy followers and admirers (Noel Gallagher and Weller amongst them – Jones performed in Weller’s band for some time).
The band may also be joined by multi-instrumentalist Austin ‘Ozzy’ Murphy who was final seen on the Future Yard stage offering pitch excellent flute and sax backing for Johnny Echols and The Love Band.
A spokesperson for Future Yard mentioned: “We’re hyped to be welcoming one in every of our all-time favorite Merseyside acts to our stage, for a particular, one-off present.
“Storage rock legends The Stairs, whose perspective and elegance launched a thousand Liverpool bands, are returning to the stage after a five-year hiatus. And we’re overjoyed to have them right here at Future Yard for a really particular pre-Christmas shindig, their first stay present in virtually 5 years.”
n The Stairs play Future Yard on Thursday, December 15 and Friday, December 16. Tickets from futureyard.org