The Myspace Graveyard
Launched in 2003 as a response to social network service Friendster, Myspace was once a haven of new music - its democratic platform empowering bands such as the Arctic Monkeys to build an audience minus record label rocket fuel.
Fast forward ten years and the resource is all but dead. Trying to navigate the site now is like wading knee deep in the dark through a graveyard of disbanded projects and painful pop up ads.
The rise of Facebook and Spotify rendered Tom Anderson’s site all but redundant and in 2005 Myspace was acquired by News Corp.
In an act of sonic shamanism, we bring to life some forgotten acts from the mid noughties Myspace generation.
Charnock and Russell
Sounding more chain of solicitors than alt-country outfit, Charnock and Russell wrote doomful pop songs frailer than your Ipod Nano. Listening back, the pair’s lucid laments set against a rickety backdrop of regret make Jason Molina sound elated.
The band’s influences read like a 'best acts in the history of music ever' compilation. Here they are in full: “Gene Clark/Gene Parsons/Gram Parsons/Supreme Vagabond Craftsman/The Dillards/The Eagles/Eric Bibb/Harry Nilsson/CSN/Pentangle/The Beach Boys/ELO/Feist/Hall and Oates/Evan Dando/Gruff Rhys/The Shins/John Dowland/John Rouse/Flight of the Conchords/Spacemen 3/Herman Dune/Field Music/American Analog Set/Paul McCartney/Buddy Holly/Paul Simon/Circulus/John Shuttleworth/Gordon Lightfoot."
Ross Charnock is currently making music as Eton Mess. He is currently looking for female musicians for his next project as this bizarre audio advert shows.
Listen to - Window Pain
The Sonic Hearts
Did self styled ‘art terrorists’, the KLF really burn a million pounds? Probably, but staking a similar claim are folk poppers the Sonic Hearts. When Sean Butler’s project signed to EMI for a reported squillion, they looked set to continue Liverpool’s Beatles, Bunnymen, Coral etc lineage. Heading to the studio with Jim Lowe to record a Gram Parsons inspired masterpiece, they returned with what Butler describes as recordings “…probably more akin to late Stereophonics."
Flung on a tour with Scouting for Girls, the band were later dropped and a disillusioned Butler found himself in London writing pop bangers with Fame Academy winners. He recently released two singles on The Great Pop Supplement with dream pop duo Two Sunsets.
Listen to - Hold On
Rising from the ashes of Pete Doherty’s favourite Liverpool band after The Beatles - The Bandits, The Pedantics combined the heavy bass sound of the Pretty Things with 60s psych to produce a frantic blend of rock n roll.
Singer John Robinson had co-run seminal night The Bandwagon during his time as a Bandit, punching above its weight booking indie powerhouses such as Noel Gallagher and The Libertines.
Listen to - Walkin'
Bexy Sitch & The Creepy Crawlies
Recalling Stereolab and Wendy and Bonnie, Bexy Sitch were the early project of Stealing Sheep's Emily Lansley. The band played a month-long residency at Korova in 2006 before disbanding.
Listen to - Speakerland
The Idol Minds
Don’t be fooled by the Idol part, the Minds were diligent destroyers on Liverpool’s Battle of the Bands scene. Radio 1 plays followed before the band disappeared leaving behind just five slightly slowed down You Tube tracks. Just 18 at the time, the Idol Minds achieved a charming blend of Shack inspired Merseybeat.
Drummer Jay Sharrock now plays with Miles Kane, while guitarist Warren Adjeriou and bassist Dave Dowler formed the Red Suns. Singer Pete Raven became a regular performer at the Cavern.
Listen to - I'm Going Home
With sprawling influences including Delia Derbyshire and the Monks to Can and 60s Girl Groups, The Spectres included Liam Power, Steven Campbell and Chris Pickering now of Liverpool Escape Pop band By The Sea. The band were fronted by Cheryl Doyle who later had a stint in Hey Tourists alongside Babyshambles bassist Drew Mcconnell and the Bandits' John Robinson.
Listen to - Killers Kiss
This lo-fi folk project didn't make it beyond the bedroom but had a certain charm with its longing lyrics and primitive style, reminiscent of Roy Harper and Daniel Johnston.
Listen to - Days Are Done
It's May 2006 and Jim Morrison has been found alive and well in the attic of the Met Bar. He's bladdered and recording frenzied ska polka. The Regimental sounded a bit like that.
Listen to - He Lied To Himself
The Great Nortwestern Hoboes
Purveyors of Buddy Holly and La's esque jangle pop, The Hoboes went on to form the recently disbanded Springtime Ancourage.
Listen to - Between Catharine and Hope
The Sixteen Tons
Taking in everything from Merle Haggard to Muddy Waters via the Rolling Stones and Beck, Danny Roberts' Sixteen Tons formed after the split of The Hokum Clones.
Proving that America is more a frame of mind than geographical location - The Hokum’s imported Leadbelly and Robert Johnson’s ragtime blues to Walton. Sixteen Tons went on to play sporadically - a highlight being an unlikely support slot at the ECHO arena with Oasis.
Listen to - Early Morning Rain