Live4ever's Essential Listening: Ten Albums Of 2015...So Far

Live4ever’s Essential Listening: Ten Albums Of 2015…So Far

Posted on 11 Aug 2015 at 9:16am

We’re into August already, and as the last of the summer festivals come into view on the horizon Live4ever has been looking back on some of the very best albums to have crossed our path during 2015. Here, just ten have been picked out which we feel deserve revisiting time after time or which you should be discovering before it’s too late. Click on each artist and album title to find 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 clearly deserved mention by leaving a comment below.

Live4ever Presents: Alias Kid

Live4ever Presents: Alias Kid

Posted on 31 Jul 2015 at 10:30am


Maz: Main Vocal / Guitar
Sean: Main Vocal / Guitar
James: Backing vocal / Lead guitar
Nick: Bass
Col: Drums

Interview: Arrows of Love

Interview: Arrows of Love

Posted on 04 Jun 2015 at 11:51am

“‘Why?’ is big. I mean, I ask myself ‘Why?’ every fucking day.”

And it’s a question Live4ever are also asking Arrows of Love, guests at the ei8htball Media lounge. But as Pavement said on “Blue Hawaiian”: “it’s in how you inflect”.

The Arrows of Love are, in the modern music world, that very rare thing. So rare in fact, there’s not really a term for it yet. Like bottled lightning, they have something that can barely be contained, something frightening, but equally powerful and beautiful.

Death Valley Girls - 'Music, it's not a fucking hobby'

Death Valley Girls – ‘Music, it’s not a fucking hobby’

Posted on 27 May 2015 at 8:59am

For some bands music is an imperative, an act of urgency. It’s guttural, primal. Not just in their sound, but in their actions and instincts. And in the true Garage Rock spirit that so infused bands like The Stooges, the Death Valley Girls are all about actions right down to their most base instincts.

Meeting them for the first time at our Ei8htball Media Lounge at SXSW, they are genial, jovial and welcoming. Shooting the breeze easily about whatever comes to mind. When not talking about the music, it’s hard to imagine just where such a primordial soup of a sound could come from.

'In their own time, on their own terms' - Happyness @ SXSW 2015

‘In their own time, on their own terms’ – Happyness @ SXSW 2015

Posted on 07 May 2015 at 10:23am

The greatest moments of happiness come unexpectedly, often with a sense of effortlessness.

Fitting then that South London trio Happyness burst onto the scene earlier this year with an effortlessly outstanding self-titled EP. The group’s breezy melodies and sly lyrical jabs immediately connected, leading into debut album ‘Weird Little Birthday‘ which Live4ever praised as displaying ‘songwriting principals far more upright than at first they seem’.

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'Dreams, Desire, Determination' - Catfish & The Bottlemen @ SXSW 2015

‘Dreams, Desire, Determination’ – Catfish & The Bottlemen @ SXSW 2015

Posted on 22 Apr 2015 at 8:15am

“I don’t believe in, talent I believe in graft. I don’t think John Lennon wrote ‘Imagine’ because he is talented. I believe he wrote it because he wrote 5,000 more songs than Roy Orbison.”

Catfish and The Bottlemen’s first set at SXSW in many ways provided a fitting tribute to precisely what’s endeared the four-piece to audiences on both sides of the Atlantic. Fresh from a Top 10 UK chart placing for debut album ‘The Balcony‘, animated lead singer Van McCann discussed with Live4ever how the band dealt with a raft of sound issues in their bid to ingratiate themselves to an expectant Austin crowd.

“It must have added to it I guess that we were having a bit of trouble”, he said. “I don’t even remember singing a song last night. I thought if anything let’s just make people talk about us so that tomorrow they’ll come and see us again and give us another chance”.

There are few bands who have been through such a humbling journey in making their way to the upper echelons of the alternative music scene. It quickly becomes apparent that the relentless touring schedule required in meticulously crafting their sound, and making their music heard across as many pubs and music venues on either side of the A55, has seen a tight-knit family unit develop – something which McCann articulates with utmost exuberance.

Live4ever Presents: Bosco Rogers

Live4ever Presents: Bosco Rogers

Posted on 21 Apr 2015 at 8:00am


Barth (lead vocals/guitar), Del (lead vocals/guitar). Plus our gang of cronies when we play live: Danielle Wadey (keys/vocals), Hannah LeCheminant (keys/vocals/percussion), Ben Beetham (bass), Jack Wilson (guitar), George MacDonald (drums).

'Unrelenting Rock 'n' Roll Passion' - Cairo Knife Fight @ SXSW 2015

‘Unrelenting Rock ‘n’ Roll Passion’ – Cairo Knife Fight @ SXSW 2015

Posted on 16 Apr 2015 at 11:48am

It’s been a long and crazy journey for Cairo Knife Fight’s founder and lead singer Nick Gaffaney, so the chaos and madness which commonly surrounds SXSW should be nothing new to him.

In the space of six months Gaffaney moved from New Zealand to the US, recorded an album and an EP, and has since been gigging nonstop around the world, now joined by Grammy winner and industry extraordinaire George Pajon Jr..

A pure passion for music and an unbridled love for performing makes the new duo one of the most promising new rock n’ roll bands of the past few years.

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'When Two Worlds Collide' - East India Youth @ SXSW 2015

‘When Two Worlds Collide’ – East India Youth @ SXSW 2015

Posted on 09 Apr 2015 at 8:41am

Dressed sharp – even in the blistering humid Texas sun – is William Doyle, the mastermind behind East India Youth.

The immaculate sense of style reflects the sleek electronic ambiance of his musical project. Last year, critics took note of a pristine take on electronic music as East India Youth’s debut album ‘Total Strife Forever‘ earned a nomination for the Mercury Music Prize. Just a year on from the first album, he’s back with ‘Culture Of Volume‘, which sees Doyle’s songwriting and production skills take a notable leap.

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'Still Waters Run Deep' - Dry The River @ SXSW 2015

‘Still Waters Run Deep’ – Dry The River @ SXSW 2015

Posted on 01 Apr 2015 at 9:01am

Beauty can be found in the strangest of places.

Think about the South By Southwest Festival, for instance, and beauty might not be the first word that springs to mind. Think about the stifling heat, the sweaty bars, the copious volume of alcohol and the thousands of music lovers crammed in to half a dozen Austin blocks every March and the first answer in a game of word association mightn’t be all that glamorous. Fortunately though, South By is merciful in its size.

From Japanese all-girl punk bands to home-grown New York grime, a motley cast of every size, shape and description are arriving in Texas in ever more increasing numbers each year, slowly transforming a traditional new music showcase into the most eclectic US event on the calendar, finding plenty of room too for those bands who choose to attack the world of rock from a far more elegant angle.

Step forward Dry The River.

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