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Interview: Drenge talk Royal Blood, Letterman and new album 'Undertow'

Interview: Drenge talk Royal Blood, Letterman and new album ‘Undertow’

Posted on 25 Feb 2015 at 10:42am

Drenge’s 2013 self-titled debut album marked them down as one of the most promising new British bands of recent times. Brothers Eoin (guitar/vocals) and Rory Loveless (drums) became part of an increasingly saturated ‘duo’ market, now dominated by Royal Blood, but stood out with a gritty brand of post-grunge rock n’ roll that has steadily gained them a loyal and passionate fanbase back home.

Follow-up ‘Undertow‘ should be a meatier affair though, if the irresistible first single ‘We Can Do What We Want’ is anything to go by. Using the help of bass player Rob Graham to both expand their horizons and rise above that crowded two-piece world, the track hits like a latter day Ramones if those punk pioneers had cut their teeth in urban Derbyshire rather than late-night seventies New York.

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Live4ever Presents: Asylums

Live4ever Presents: Asylums

Posted on 12 Feb 2015 at 10:03am

Who?

Luke Branch – Vocals and guitar.
Jazz Miell – Guitar.
Michael Webster – Bass.
Henry Tyler – Drums.

Live4ever Presents: The Jaggs

Live4ever Presents: The Jaggs

Posted on 16 Jan 2015 at 7:36am

Who?

Mike McGranaghan: Rhythm guitar and lead vocals
Jamie Clarke: Lead guitar and vocals
Joe James: Bass guitar and vocals
Charlie Jennings: Drums and vocals

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The Libertines, Little Comets, Slaves: What we're looking forward to in 2015

The Libertines, Little Comets, Slaves: What we’re looking forward to in 2015

Posted on 05 Jan 2015 at 8:00am

So here it is. 2015, the year Marty McFly jumped into the future. And while hoverboards and flying cars are unlikely to be with us by October, something which not too long ago seemed just as unlikely by then probably will be.

Yes, a new album from The Libertines. Just one of the things we can look forward to as another year of rock and roll stretches out in front of us.

The Albums Of 2014: Our Writers' Picks feat. Swans, Sleaford Mods, The Twilight Sad

The Albums Of 2014: Our Writers’ Picks feat. Swans, Sleaford Mods, The Twilight Sad

Posted on 29 Dec 2014 at 7:49am

The run up to Christmas was all about Essential Listening for us here at Live4ever, and now with the turkey, Brussels sprouts and other festive cliches out of the way, we’ve handed the reigns over to some of our writers to single out their own personal favourite of the year just before 2014 leaves us.

Don’t forget, you can catch up with Live4ever’s Essential Listening Series 2014 in full at this link, and your own favourite album of the year can easily be shared by leaving a comment below.

We’ll see you in 2015!

Live4ever's Essential Listening 2014: The Albums

Live4ever’s Essential Listening 2014: The Albums

Posted on 22 Dec 2014 at 7:05am

Live4ever’s Essential Listening 2014 series comes to an end today with The Albums.

It’s been a year when albums have once again come under attack from the established order, described as ‘edging closer to extinction’ by George Ergatoudis. He of course being the man behind Radio 1’s lamentable playlists so a quick look at the state of the station’s output and its uncanny resemblance to the current Christmas singles chart shows just what he’s doing with an undue level of influence over mainstream music.

Fortunately, despite being shunned and undermined by those who could make a truly positive difference, the most traditional format of them all, vinyl, has only gone from strength to strength once again this year. With Pink Floyd offering up new music for the first time since 1994, Royal Blood concocting one of the most popular rock debuts of recent times, and high profile re-releases from the likes of Oasis and Led Zeppelin, sales on vinyl have raced past the one million mark for the first time since 1996 in the UK, justifying all the campaigns which have given a timely boost to long players since Record Store Day was first dreamed up in 2008.

Most importantly though, 2014 has also shown there’s still a mountain of soon-to-be classics out there to discover if you’re prepared to look hard enough. We’ve picked out just 20 of those for our final Essentials list of the year; a few you’re no doubt already familiar with, some you might want to re-visit, and perhaps others you’ll check out for the first time.

Catch up with Live4ever’s Essential Listening 2014 in full at this link.

Live4ever's Essential Listening 2014: The Tracks

Live4ever’s Essential Listening 2014: The Tracks

Posted on 15 Dec 2014 at 5:31am

Another year, another twelve months when hundreds of bands have been showcased on Live4ever via reviews, New Tunes Guides, interviews and Presents features.

Here, our editor Dave Smith has picked out 20 of the best for you to revisit or perhaps discover for the first time, be it the ‘naive enthusiasm’ of Wild Smiles, the ‘raucous, foot-to-the-floor, blink-and-you’ll-miss singles’ of Slaves, or the ‘sense of joy, of wonderment’ that underpins Trampolene‘s ‘I Don’t Know‘. Tomorrow, Trampolene will be talking us through ‘I Don’t Know’s origins and their plans for 2015.

Don’t forget, you can catch up with our Essential Listening 2014 series so far at this link. The final installment, The Albums, is coming next week.

Live4ever's Essential Listening 2014: The Videos

Live4ever’s Essential Listening 2014: The Videos

Posted on 10 Dec 2014 at 7:39am

Live4ever’s 2014 Essential Listening series continues today with The Videos, as selected by our Emmy award winning founder Paul Bachmann. Of particular note is the exceptional editing on The Kooks‘ ‘Down‘, the stunning visuals of Jack White‘s ‘Lazaretto‘, and the plain, spoken word simplicity of ‘Artwork Of Youth‘ by Trampolene, which clearly shows you don’t need a ton of money to produce a great music video. You can watch all the videos in full on Live4ever by clicking on each individual link.

Catch up with the first in this year’s look-back, The Gigs, right here and stay tuned next week as the Essential Listening series continues with 20 of our favourite tracks of 2014.

Live4ever's Essential Listening 2014: The Gigs

Live4ever’s Essential Listening 2014: The Gigs

Posted on 08 Dec 2014 at 7:58am

In the build-up to Christmas you’ll find videos selected by our award winning founder Paul Bachmann, tracks picked out by editor Dave Smith, and favourite albums personally selected by our staff as Live4ever’s Essential Listening 2014 series gets underway today. To start, our writers and photographers have put their collective heads together to help shape our Essential Gigs of the year, showcasing live reviews, galleries and interviews from a year of Live4ever featured shows in both the US and UK.

Amongst those making the cut is the ‘intimacy and skeletal delivery’ of Jake Bugg live in New York, The Jim Jones Revue saying farewell by ‘grabbing the lapels and screaming directly into the crowd’ at the Leeds Brudenell Social Club, and Embrace performing on an ‘emotionally-charged night’ upon their return to Manchester. You can discover the features in all their glorious entireties by clicking on each individual link.

Live4ever Presents: Aaron Keylock

Live4ever Presents: Aaron Keylock

Posted on 28 Nov 2014 at 7:01am

Who?

As well as me we have Sonny Greaves on drums, Ali Hetherington on bass and piano, Tom Julian-Jones on harmonica and Chloee Christmas on backing vocals.

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