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