So... what exactly is anti-folk? Some things are difficult to put into words, and this is one such occasion; perhaps it’s something that needs to be experienced to be understood. “But if you can’t even describe anti-folk, how are you going to find it?”, I hear you ask. If you’re in Liverpool on the 24th of May, such an opportunity has just fallen at your feet, with proud flyer of the anti-folk banner, Adam Green, playing at the city’s 02 Academy2.
Folk used to be a serious affair, with its politically charged messages and musings on the deepest of deep life topics (we’re looking at you, Dylan). But it doesn’t have to be that way. Rules are there for breaking, and conventions are for escaping, and Adam Green’s proven especially willing at doing both. Powered by the artistic flare of a musician, artist and filmmaker all rolled into one, Green has dipped his hands into all three to carve out a successful career as a multi-platform creative whizz, not least through his musical endeavours as one half of The Mouldy Peaches.
Prolific as a solo artist since 2002, during which time he has written, recorded and released 8 full-length albums, the relentless singer songwriter deals with his music with humour and an easy-going mantra, making him the antithesis of many of folk’s more serious heroes. A showman on stage and a bizarre visionary behind the camera, Green does things in his way and nothing that you, I or anyone else can say is going to change that.
So, returning to our original question… it’s probably best if you go and find out the answer yourself in Liverpool this May.
Words by Andrew Kemp
Photos courtesy of O2 Academy Liverpool