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 series is here to share, not preach! An interactive celebration of rock and roll where your favourites can contribute. Make sure your stand-out videos of the year get a clearly deserved mention by leaving a comment below.

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


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.

Interview: Gerard McNamee - Webster Hall's East Village Badass

Interview: Gerard McNamee – Webster Hall’s East Village Badass

Posted on 19 Nov 2014 at 7:16am

There’s a lot to be done behind the scenes if one is to have a great party.

After working in various sections of the entertainment industry, Gerard McNamee understands this simple truth.

During the past twenty five years McNamee has dabbled in music, management, and most recently film with outstanding success. The Bronx native has been described as ‘the epitome of a NYC badass'; wherever he goes he brings a hardworking attitude and an effortlessly cool demeanor with him.

By way of introduction, if it’s needed, McNamee is perhaps best known as the director of operations at New York City’s world famous Webster Hall venue. He is also the owner and visionary behind East Village Social – a bar on St. Marks Place and, in addition to being a successful entrepreneur, he now also has a budding acting career and will feature as a co-star on an episode of USA Network’s ‘White Collar’.

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'The Only Thing Worth Living For': The Wedding Present's Early Years

‘The Only Thing Worth Living For': The Wedding Present’s Early Years

Posted on 18 Nov 2014 at 6:51am


It’s one of the most apocryphal gig stories of all time: the Sex Pistols‘ first visit to Manchester, on June 4th 1976, was played to an audience which included the likes of Howard Devoto, Peter Hook, Bernard Sumner, in fact, anyone who was to become anyone in the city’s incendiary new musical landscape.

From that full stop came a dominance of British music that was to span post-punk to acid house and everything in between, all delivered with an acidic Northern deadpan and a sneering distrust of all things metropolitan. It was a gig which unquestionably architected two decades of British music psyche.

Across the Pennines however, the impact of the Pistols’ dates in places like Leeds (one of the few gigs not cancelled on the Never Mind The Bollocks tour), Huddersfield, Keighley and Doncaster was less profound. True, both Gang Of Four and The Mekons were inspired indirectly by punk’s brief flurry of free-thinking, but for the most part of the decade that followed the invasion of John Lydon‘s ‘The Idiot-Savant’ brand of anarchism, the area remained a backwater in almost every sense of the word.

Throughout those barren years of being goaded from down the M62 with disparaging comments about Black Lace and The Grumbleweeds, The Wedding Present were pretty much the only thing worth living for. A four piece consisting of singer/guitarist David Gedge, Shaun Charman, Keith Gregory and Pete ‘Grapper’ Solowka, they were the first band on which Leeds especially could pin its hopes. An act with the hardcore ferocity of Husker Du but the pathos of Crossroads, they were also darlings of John Peel like The Undertones were, but still underground enough to be playing to 200 people in a pub back room whilst stoically releasing records on their own label. DIY but partially made so by a lack of options.

Live4ever Presents: Trampolene

Live4ever Presents: Trampolene

Posted on 11 Nov 2014 at 6:31am


Jack Jones – Guitar and lead vocals.
Wayne Thomas – Bass and vocals.
Kyle Williams – Drums, vocals and piano (and violin after a few drinks).

Live4ever Presents: Spookyland

Live4ever Presents: Spookyland

Posted on 27 Oct 2014 at 9:45am


Marcus (vocals, guitar), Liam (guitar), Nic (bass) and Nath (drums).

Live4ever Presents: Spring King

Live4ever Presents: Spring King

Posted on 22 Oct 2014 at 8:47am


Tarek (drums and lead vocals)
Pete (rhythm guitar that chugs like a train and vocals)
Andy (surf guitar with all the whammy you can imagine)
James (bass and vocals)

Live4ever Presents: GANGS

Live4ever Presents: GANGS

Posted on 17 Oct 2014 at 5:09am


Johnny: “I play the drums, Jordan is our bass player and lead vocalist. Dan and James on guitars.”


Jordan: “We’re all from Tallaght, south Dublin.”


James: “I’ve known Johnny all my life, Johnny went to school with Jordan, and Dan is a friend of a friend. We were all into the same stuff – same music, clothes – so it made sense.”

Dan: “We all wanted this for a long time. Two years ago we got together and decided to give it a proper go.”

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