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)
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.”
Victoria Park saw the band – singer Tom Meighan, guitarist Serge Pizzorno, bass guitarist Chris Edwards and drummer Ian Matthews – perform to 50,000 people; Glastonbury, including its live feed, was even larger. But as is often the case, a tidal wave which crushes the British Isles is often reduced to a ripple along the shores of America.
Oasis, who Kasabian have often lazily been compared to, were playing Madison Square Garden by the time they imploded in 2009. Arctic Monkeys have seen their stock rise over the past several years, playing large arenas in primarily support slots but looking like they belong there. Yet Kasabian, with their natural bluster and genre-mixing canon, should be even bigger. Instead, they’re selling out Boston’s Paradise Rock Club (capacity: 933) and New York City’s Terminal 5 (capacity: 3,000), and absolutely killing it.
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It’s been tough for Kasabian in America, an often deflating experience that’s had little to do with an inability to connect with the audience; the problem, as Meighan and Pizzorno see it, has been with the people in the States who they feel should have been working harder to get the word out.
Ian Mackinnon (vocals/guitar)
Mick McGeoch (keys)
John Boyle (bass)
Mark O’Donnell (drums)
All based in Glasgow but Mick hails from Stranraer and Mark from Mallaig.
We met each other through mutual friends really. A couple of us had played in a band before this and decided we wanted to change the way we did things, and that’s how Medicine Men came about.
Live4ever has already showcased well over 200 breaking artists during 2014, and now we’ve dipped back in to New Tunes Guide highlights, track reviews, Presents features and video premieres to revisit just 25 of the many brilliant tracks to have passed through our radar section so far this year.
Live4ever’s Essential Listening is here to share, not preach! An interactive celebration of rock and roll where your favourites can contribute. Make sure your stand-out tracks of the year so far get a deserved mention by leaving a comment below.
We’ve had veterans dipping into the solo world, seasoned mainstays releasing some of the best work of their career and, always most excitingly, brand new bands unleashing truly impressive debuts. 2014 has been undoubtedly another strong year so far, and Live4ever has once again picked out just a handful of albums for us all to revisit and reflect on as an all-too fleeting summer homes into view.
The variety is striking; from the ‘true joy and genius of great punk music’ found in OFF’s ‘Wasted Years’, to the ‘haunting, tragic air’ of ‘I Can Learn’, and the majestic under-the-radar first release from Vikesh Kapoor which dispays ‘the real America, its majesty and pride never so honestly depicted’. All this and much more is waiting in the latest edition of Live4ever’s Essential Listening series.
Live4ever’s Essential Listening 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 so far get a deserved mention by leaving a comment below.
Never underestimate the power and potential of a lo-fi garage-rock-revival duo; to do so would be foolish if listening to …And the Hangnails‘ latest gem ‘You & I’.
A tune about wrestling with yourself, combating the uncertainties you face when that glance in the mirror is unsure of what’s casted back. Combine those ideas with loud, guttural guitars and a bombastic drum explosion, and the results are quite magnificent.
‘’We don’t have a record label’’ says Eddie Gossein. ‘’Well, maybe we don’t need one,’’ replies Nader Mansour.
This is The Wanton Bishops. A duo that, despite delving into new and unorthodox ways of promoting and publishing their music, are fascinated by the old-school blues roots of the delta. This untainted sense of tradition has given them a new outlook on how the music industry operates. They’re a garage-rock revival couplet with a brain wired for the present, while their fingertips and hearts bleed with a love of the past.
Never one to shy away from combining politics, punk and hip-hop iTCH, the former frontman of The King Blues, is currently supporting the campaign for his debut solo album ‘The Deep End’, released on March 24th this year through Red Bull Records.
As a street poet and suburban punk by both day and night, the LP predictably sees iTCH showing no reluctance or resistance to propagate his message of peace, love and anarchy amongst the people, the proletariat. At the 2014 South By Southwest Festival, we managed to catch up with the sharp-suited and equally sharp-tongued musician; starting our chat by looking at the nature of the music industry as it is now, in the 21st century. Get ready for iTCH to show just why he’s one of the most passionate and compelling artists around today.
What is punk nowadays anyway?
Just a throwaway tag for any band with pointy, gel-encrusted hairdos, and trousers that refuse to say hello to a faraway striped-socked ankle? Or anything just that bit too quick, that bit too loud, to be labelled ‘indie’? What is indie nowadays anyway..? Probably best to leave that for another time and place.
If what first started rushing out of the doors of New York nightclubs, and from an expanding London pub scene in 1976, came shuddering to a miserable end before it was barely out of nappies, its most famous protagonist staring into middle distance on a dank San Francisco stage, feeling cheated by the world, then surely there can’t be any authenticity left, nearly four decades on from an untimely demise.
Well, Missouri brothers Dee, Isaiah and Solomon appear to be navigating that particular problem by coming up with a new definition all of their own.
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