The Real People, Liverpool’s cult heroes of Britpop before it was even a thing, are back for an intimate gig at Studio2 on Parr Street this weekend.
They’re the band who got Liam Gallagher all over-excited on Twitter, giving them a whole lot of love – and plenty of credit – in a string of typically rambling tweets.
The band, anchored by Scouse brothers Tony and Chris Griffiths, have been cited as an influence by The Stone Roses, The Inspiral Carpets and most recently Kasabian.
But it’s the Oasis connection which won them a place in the Britpop history books. They famously took the then-unsigned Gallagher brothers under their wings back in 1992 and helped them record their first demos at The Real People’s little Bootle studio.
The demos helped Oasis land their first record deal and Chris went on to pen Rocking Chair with Noel, which became the B side for Roll With It.
Since then the Gallaghers have had megastardom and gone their bickering sibling separate ways, but his Twitter feed shows Liam hasn’t forgotten their Liverpool leg-up in the industry.
Last summer he rattled off a series of Tweets kicking off with one which said: “You wanna know how I feel on a day basis 24/7 listen to that tune by the Real People Dream On brothers n sisters LGx” He also described the band as “foo fighting before the foo fighters.”
The band last played Studio2 just before Christmas last year to a sell-out crowd, now The Realies are getting a summer gig return.
Studio2 general manager Paul Nasole said: “The Real People are a really big cult band especially in Liverpool so we love having them here and it gives the fans a chance to see them in a more intimate venue and because it’s a proper studio the sound is unique.”
- The Real People are at Studio2 in Parr Street on Friday June 15, 8pm, very limited tickets still available. https://www.studio2liverpool.com/events/the-real-people-live-at-studio2