Hookworms frontman Matt Johnson looks the colour of abeetroot stuffed full of TNT.
After 40 minutes of screeching, hitting his keyboard like it was an effigy of Thatcher and generally psychedelik freeeking out, his breathless kiss off isn’t about the redeeming power of dirty rock n’ roll, but instead about the venue we’re in. It’s not often a performer chooses to single out the stage instead of the crowd, but tonight we’re in Wharf Chambers, Leeds’ own co-op managed social enterprise which is, as he points out, as far off the corporate rock map as possible.
It’s DIY. It’s free of souvenir programmes. They don’t stock plastic bottles of Chablis behind the bar. In a country where watching live music can now feel at times like being at a dinner party, it’s a place that provides a link back to when all you needed was a guitar, an amp, and some space to create in.
The dawning of a new year brings with it the usual wave of music press hyperbole and grand statements telling us which bands will be bigger than The Beatles or the best thing since the discovery of penicillin.
In reality, there is inevitably going to be a lot of tripe among the hype that is not worth your time – among the new music to arrive this year is a debut release by Moxy Ru, and thankfully they do not fall into the latter category. On the eve of their second anniversary, the band are gearing up for the release of their first EP and single. Since their conception they’ve gigged at some of London’s most iconic music venues, including the highly revered Dublin Castle which has played host to some of the best bands to emerge in England. Now with an established fan base and a growing arsenal of material they are ready to unleash their first official release – ‘Momento Retro‘.
We all dread that moment: 6.30 am, January 2nd, any year. It’s the point at which the alarm goes off and all our worst nightmares become true; the waking ones in which we return to work or school, wage slaves or education stooges, the festive period already beginning to recede into the background of our memories. Just for one year we’d all like to collectively turn it the hell off and roll back over to sleep.
Like many industries, those who work in music have long realised that sleep itself is something of a loser’s choice, and for the last decade or more, they’ve been carefully manicuring a whole host of artists whom they have high hopes for the year ahead – whether or not they’ve been in five bands before for now, they are new. And for now, they are the hottest acts of 2014.
With another series of essential music videos, gigs, tracks and albums in the bag, now it’s our writers’ turn to pick their own favourite album of 2013 – across six selected LPs there’s a ‘head rush of pulsing punk rock rhythms and unsettling psych-pop melodies’, some ‘mastery of techno’, ‘a true labour of love’ and plenty more besides.
After you’ve been through Live4ever’s picks of the year, please leave a comment below to let us know which LP has best occupied your time during the past twelve months!
Another year of essential listening draws to a close today with The Albums.
From the ‘rich arcane pleasures and secret thrills’ of veteran Richard Thompson, to the ‘near flawless, brazen, yet reflective dancefloor filling triumph’ of Arctic Monkeys’ ‘AM’ and the ‘explorations and celebrations of life and death’ which inform Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’s ‘Specter At The Feast’, both high profile and under-the-radar album releases have fallen under the gaze of Live4ever’s talented writing staff as 2013 has progressed, and here a select 20 have been pulled out and revisited for you to take a look through. Maybe there’s some major releases you can share your thoughts on, and some hidden gems which can be given a spin for the first time. Clicking on each individual artwork will take you through to our reviews in full.
Live4ever’s Essential Listening series is here to share, not preach! An interactive celebration of rock and roll where your favourites can contribute. Make sure your stand-out albums of the year get a deserved mention by leaving a comment below.
The Essential Listening 2013 series has so far taken in Live4ever publisher Paul Bachmann’s top music video picks of the year and photographer Andy Crossland’s favourite gigs of the past twelve months. Now, editor Dave Smith has taken a look back through a busy year’s worth of Radar music to select 25 of the very best for our Essential Tracks of 2013.
Through New Tunes Guides, Presents features, videos, interviews and reviews, Live4ever’s Radar section has showcased in excess of 300 new and emerging bands during the course of the year, with everything from brash young indie, laid back Americana, solo troubadours and East Coast new wave making the cut for this final rundown. You can rediscover and immerse yourself in all of the selected tracks by clicking on each individual artwork.
Live4ever’s Essential Listening series is here to share, not preach! An interactive celebration of rock and roll where your favourites can contribute. Make sure your stand-out tracks, singles and EPs of the year all get a deserved mention by leaving a comment below.
Into December, and as the festive season rolls ever closer Live4ever’s 2013 Essential Listening series continues today with The Gigs.
As a regular fixture in the photo-pits across London during 2013, Live4ever’s Andy Crossland has witnessed a vast array of acts as the year has unfolded, taking in modern day legends, Mercury nominees, prog icons, art installations and plenty more along the way. And now, Andy talks us through 25 of the very best which have been collected together for you to revisit as we remember an outstanding year of live music in the capital. Find all the complete galleries by clicking on each individual picture.
Live4ever’s Essential Listening series is here to share, not preach! An interactive celebration of rock and roll where your favourites can contribute. Make sure your stand-out music gig of the year gets a deserved mention by leaving a comment below.
It happens every Tuesday at a certain time of year, between ten at night and half past; for thirty minutes my Twitter feed is alive with scorn and cynicism, a nation of detractors railing against just one thing: the abbreviated first weekly edition of Jools Holland‘s Later.
A staple of the BBC’s programming schedule for more than two decades, a move before this year to the Maidstone studios (which gave birth to the likes of Catchphrase) has done little to address the criticisms which the show has faced almost constantly during that time. Far from heralding a break from its highly formulaic script, relocation has instead been a missed opportunity to change the stale, carousel-like procession of the players, to kill off the presenter’s yawn-inducing sidebars with has-beens, to broaden the creative palette, or to alleviate Holland’s lugubrious air of almost complete indifference.
If you were to say what you see, it would surely be a dinosaur sat waiting for Chixulub.
Here we go again! Live4ever’s end-of-year look back is primed and ready to bring the best of another great twelve months of music together during the next few weeks when some of our favourite albums, tracks, gigs and more will be remembered and revisited as the festive season gets in full swing.
The Essential Listening 2013 series begins today with some essential viewing – Live4ever’s Emmy award winning founder Paul Bachmann has been casting his expert eye over some of the best videos to have crossed our path this year, variously looking out for cinematography, visuals, production value, editing, concept and adaption, all of which prove the world of the music video is flourishing with fresh ideas and imagination.
John Lennon, one of the most influential songwriters and musicians of all time, was born on October 9th, 1940 in Liverpool.
John’s early childhood was a disruptive one; spending the first few years of his life under the care of his mother Julia, the small family was supported with cheques sent from abroad by their merchant seaman husband and father Alf. However, when Alf’s income was halted after going AWOL, Julia eventually handed the care of John over to her sister, Mimi. Then, in 1946 when John was 6, his father intended to emigrate with his son to New Zealand but, after being confronted by Julia in Blackpool, John eventually chose to stay in England.
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