Liverpool is a city whose blood runs red with activist politics; always a breeding ground for socially liberal, left wing thought, its music scene reflects those leanings in a way rarely found in other UK cities. The last time the English Defence League tried to spread its toxic message in the city, thousands of locals turned up at Lime Street train station to run them out of town. Local band Twitter accounts were full of images of musicians marching among the throng of anti-Fascists.

Pale Rider’s drummer Sophie Thompson joined a panel including Frank Turner at this year’s Independent Venue Week, discussing Safe Gigs for Women. Panel events like this are held at virtually every Liverpool festival event now, and never want for politically literate musician advocates of social issues. The band’s new video for ‘I Run On Rain’ is cut together from live performances, and expresses some of the rage and sonic wonder that they’re becoming justly notorious for.