Presenting a blues-trodden past, downtown stomp-pop sensibilities, and a slicked-back swagger, Liam Gerard has risen as a breath of fresh air in the Twin Cities music scene (and we’re talking like, three Tic-Tacs at the same time fresh), combining throwback elements of key-driven love songs, layerings of instrumental simplicity, and humbly-experimental fretwork. Inspired by a slew of blues boys from back in the day, the Motown grind, and 90’s pop, Liam delivers a Noel Gallagher meets Jason Mraz sound that pleases even the most stubborn fans of melody. Liam delivered tales of love and labor all while strumming his six-string or caressing the keyboard in Studio 5 this week, and even paid homage to one of the man’s earliest blues idols, the late-great Otis Redding. Liam's voice retains a calming thickness to it, too prevalent to ignore, yet delicate enough to avoid being abrasive. Liam was backed in the studio this week by Cole Premo, his happenin’ guitarist, and Anahita, his happenin’ publicist.
Liam has released his first studio work, the EP entitled Your Name (available on Spotify, iTunes, and Google Play), and it currently at work on his first full length release, Belle and Music, which is set for a summer release.
Links are provided below to the Liam Gerard’s Website and Facebook page.
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-Article by Seth Hynes-Marquette