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"Priory Falls and One Night Only, Carling Academy 2, Liverpool"

REVIEW: Priory Falls and One Night Only, Carling Academy 2, Liverpool

By Greg O'Keefe

They are very young, very energetic and very much on the brink of big things.

Yorkshire five-piece One Night Only have already played one belting set at the Carling Academy (supporting the Enemey earlier this year) and this was no different.

It was a tough set to follow but local four-piece Priory Falls managed it comfortably. They deal in slick, feel-good pop songs with saccharine choruses and enough melodic nouse to get the most
miserable listener tapping their feet.

Frontman Ben Sherwen was in feisty form and backed by a tight rhythm section and Neil Grant's catchy guitar lines they didn't disappoint the crowd, who had largely turned up to watch them rather than York's precocious upstarts.

Sherwen is a Ryan Adams devotee and tinges of his rootsy song-writing shine through tracks like 'Love's already made' and torch-song 'Smile'.

Happily, Priory Falls are a band confident enough in their ability to stand outside of the scene.
They don't try too hard and don't peddle hyped-up and disingenuous tales of six-day benders or rants against the modern rat-race a la The Enemey.

Instead Sherwen turns to his nearest and dearest for inspiration and writes heart-on-sleeve love songs with a refreshing lack of cynicism.

They fill their jangly sound out with cute three-part harmonies and bassist Chris Wilson didn't miss a note in his supporting role on Sunday.

In person Sherwen is endearingly laid-back but he dished out a pointed tongue-lashing to One Night Only who might learn that manners cost nothing. They didn't bother to hang around for Priory Fall's set despite the local lads agreeing at the last minute to headline the bill.

Already gathering a nice word-of-mouth buzz thanks to impressive sets at the Crosby music festival and in the Cavern don't be surprised to see a lot more of Priory Falls. -


Still working on that hot first release.



Priory Falls was born a year ago. Lead singer/songwiter Ben Sherwen, was joined by bass player Chris Wilson in a quest to set up a band which could showcase a catalogue of impressive pop songs. Shortly after, school friend Neil Grant joined on lead guitar. Grant's intricate lead guitar added authenticity to the group, as well as bringing an extra songwriting dimension. The three voices blended instantly.

After a brief period with another drummer, Phil Stevens joined, completing the jigsaw. Phils drumming style complimented the songs perfectly, and added drive and momentum to the songs, without losing sight of the melody and harmony, which sets Priory Falls apart.

Influenced by the classics of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, The Band, The Beatles, Supertramp, James Taylor and more recently REM, americana, and the Liverpool scene, we aim to entertain as many people as we possibly can.

This is what truly sets Priory Falls apart.

We are not pretentious musicians, who are afraid of the obvious. We don't want to show off our instrumentation through gratuitous solo's. We believe that the song and the melody is the key, and this is why anyone who listens, loves us.

Simplicity is genius.