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Review: Killing Moon/Ally McCrae - 'New Moons Volume II'

Review: Killing Moon/Ally McCrae – ‘New Moons Volume II’

Posted on 26 Nov 2014 at 6:30am

Now, we at Live4ever have been around long enough to know the art of making a good compilation when we hear one (say it quietly, but we even remember mix tapes).

We’re here to tell you that, just like not getting violently offed in Scream, there are rules which anyone who’s ever written ‘Great Songs Vol. 1′ in felt tip on a CD-R will be able to tell you.

So, given that the Killing Moons label has chosen to lay a 26-track collection on us, we thought that it was about time we tested some of these ancient maxims on what in reality is fast becoming a lost art in terms of sequencing, consistency and packing a punch.

Here then, in association with ‘New Moons Volume II‘, are our Killer Kompilation Kicks.

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Live4ever's New Tunes Guide: Aaron Keylock, Jim Valentine and more

Live4ever’s New Tunes Guide: Aaron Keylock, Jim Valentine and more

Posted on 22 Nov 2014 at 7:00am

New Tunes Guide highlights come this weekend from young star in the making Aaron Keylock and Glaswegians Jim Valentine.

At the age of just 16, blues guitarist Aaron Keylock has already supported Blackberry Smoke on a sold out tour of the UK and will release ‘Medicine Man’ as a free download on December 1st. Keylock is due to play winter festivals for the remainder of this year, including Winter Rocks on 6th December and Planet Rockstock the following day.

With opening vocals that call to mind the Scandinavian tones of The Tallest Man On Earth and a sound straightaway suggesting we’re already well into a post-‘AM’ world, Jim Valentine unleash their new single ‘Hello’ for release on November 28th. The Glasgow band have been playing dates with The Amazing Snakeheads and Baby Strange, and will launch their single on release day at the Broadcast venue in their hometown.

These and six other picks of the week can be found by scrolling through our latest collection. Find out much more about this week’s featured artists by clicking on their individual names, and you can catch up with all our previous editions direct through the New Tunes Guide logo above.

Live4ever's New Tunes Guide: Blossom, My Drunken Haze and more

Live4ever’s New Tunes Guide: Blossom, My Drunken Haze and more

Posted on 15 Nov 2014 at 7:57am

Live4ever’s New Tunes Guide has highlights this week from Blossom and Greece’s My Drunken Haze.

Our first highlight this week comes from Blossom, who last month saw their first video go online, entitled ‘Regeneration’ and mixed by Rory Attwell. More recently, the follow-up ‘Stupid Things’ was posted and featured on Line Of Best Fit.

The effortless sixties chill of My Drunken Haze comes out of Athens, Greece and features on the band’s self-titled debut album which was released through Inner Ear Records on November 3rd. My Drunken Haze were formed in 2010, and were joined in 2011 by guitarist Harry Kane. Singer Matina Sous Peau followed in 2012.

These and six other picks of the week can be found by scrolling through our latest collection. Find out much more about this week’s featured artists by clicking on their individual names, and you can catch up with all our previous editions direct through the New Tunes Guide logo above.

Review: Wild Smiles - 'Always Tomorrow'

Review: Wild Smiles – ‘Always Tomorrow’

Posted on 14 Nov 2014 at 5:51am

Wild Smiles are three musicians from Winchester who don’t mess around.

Their debut ‘Always Tomorrow’ – straightforward in its pursuit – is unpretentious. While the deep-running, yet quick-to-stick lyrics address lost loved ones and the challenges of adolescence, the music is an easy-to-the-ear rock out.

Marked by drums that bang away like naïve enthusiasm and a guitar that pirouettes through a haze of noise and fuzz, their style is in one piece even though their influences seem fragmented. What John Holmstrom described as ‘Bubblegum Heavy Metal’, epitomised by the Ramones, is perhaps also apt for Ben Cook and brothers Chris and Joe Peden’s straight-sailing approach.

Early US punk being the groundwork, there’s some garage and grunge in there too, which – although rooted in the 60s and 90s respectively – is reminiscent of the wave of late 2000s UK bands like the Kaiser Chiefs. Though their music is dubbed ‘indie’, it shares a similar connection to the past.

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Live4ever Presents: Trampolene

Live4ever Presents: Trampolene

Posted on 11 Nov 2014 at 6:31am

Who?

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

Live4ever's New Tunes Guide feat. Dedwardians, Jack O'Rourke and more

Live4ever’s New Tunes Guide feat. Dedwardians, Jack O’Rourke and more

Posted on 08 Nov 2014 at 5:48am

London’s Dedwardians and Irish songwriter Jack O’Rourke lead this week’s New Tunes Guide.

Dedwardians release their brand new single ‘Love Sick’ on November 24th. A double A-side with ‘Like An Animal’, the track follows previous single ‘Bang Bang Die/Stop Destroy’ and was recorded at Arsis Studios with producer Andy Brook. According to esteemed BBC DJ Steve Lamacq, ‘If you like The Jim Jones Revue you will love Dedwardians’. We’ll go along with that.

Classically trained musician Jack O’Rourke hails from Cork and cites a wide-ranging list of artists in folk, opera, blues and country as inspirations, from John Prine to Ella Fitzgerald, Puccini to The Rolling Stones. He has spent the last two years recording his debut album and released the single ‘Naivety’ on October 29th. The album ‘Dreamcatcher’ is set to follow in the summer of 2015.

These and six other picks of the week can be found by scrolling through our latest collection. Find out much more about this week’s featured artists by clicking on their individual names, and you can catch up with all our previous editions direct through the New Tunes Guide logo above.

Review: The Lost Brothers - 'New Songs Of Dawn and Dust'

Review: The Lost Brothers – ‘New Songs Of Dawn and Dust’

Posted on 05 Nov 2014 at 7:44am

New Songs of Dawn and Dust‘ – the most recent release of Irish folk duo The Lost Brothers – deals with ‘old problems’ in a manner the green nation’s people know best.

With soft, lost-in-dreamland voices that have the same sorrowful compassion as Christy Moore’s lullabies for the working man, the album speaks of loneliness, heartbreak and a tough life. Conveyed through romantic harmonies of a mellow and innocent nature, the despair common to the genre is presented in a way your mother would be happy with.

Unlike Irish folk hits like ‘The Wild Rover’ or ‘Whiskey In The Jar’, Mark McCausland and Oisin Leech’s musings won’t have you wind up in a pub, trashed and sing-screaming your head off. Rather, it’s like listening to the quiet suffering and enlightening regrets of a worn-out wise man who’s at pains to make your life a better one.

Live4ever's New Tunes Guide feat. Puppet Rebellion, Featherface and more

Live4ever’s New Tunes Guide feat. Puppet Rebellion, Featherface and more

Posted on 01 Nov 2014 at 6:22am

It’s the first New Tunes Guide of November and we have highlights this week from Manchester band Puppet Rebellion and Texans Featherface.

Puppet Rebellion‘s new video for ‘Cupboards Painted Red’ takes its theme from what is described as singer Simon Monaghan’s ‘first-hand experiences’ of domestic violence as a child growing up in the South Manchester district of Wythenshawe. “As a band we have always wanted to write about real things that affect people,” guitarist Craig Gibson explains. “It’s not necessarily about being topical or politicised, we’re just interested in engaging people in things that matter.”

Featherface hail from from Houston, Texas and have just completed a stint as an official CMJ act at the festival in New York City, when they performed at The Texas Takeover Party and The Holy Underground Music Showcase. They were also a part of their home state’s South By Southwest Festival earlier this year after the release of their debut LP ‘Actual Magic’.

These and six other picks of the week can be found by scrolling through our latest collection. Find out much more about this week’s featured artists by clicking on their individual names, and you can catch up with all our previous editions direct through the New Tunes Guide logo above.

To celebrate the start of another month of great music, the Live4ever Ezine is very excited to partner with Manchester’s Ei8htball to offer one lucky reader a new pair of their EX811 in-earphones! Once you’ve been through this week’s tracks, check out all the competition details below.

Live4ever Presents: Spookyland

Live4ever Presents: Spookyland

Posted on 27 Oct 2014 at 9:45am

Who?

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

Live4ever's New Tunes Guide feat. United Fruit, Fraser A. Gorman and more

Live4ever’s New Tunes Guide feat. United Fruit, Fraser A. Gorman and more

Posted on 25 Oct 2014 at 5:45am

The last Guide of October is led by new tunes from Glaswegians United Fruit and Melbourne’s Fraser A. Gorman.

United Fruit have supported the likes of Twin Atlantic, And So I Watch You From Afar and The Twilight Sad, and release their new single ‘Open Your Eyes’ on Monday (October 27th) which will be available as a limited edition 7” vinyl and at the usual digital outlets.

23-year-old Melbourne-based singer-songwriter Fraser A. Gorman releases his new single ‘The Book Of Love’, also on limited edition 7-inch vinyl, on December 1st via House Anxiety/Marathon Artists/Milk. It arrives ahead of his debut album which is expected in the spring.

These and eight other picks of the week can be found by scrolling through our latest collection. Find out much more about this week’s featured artists by clicking on their individual names, and you can catch up with all our previous editions direct through the New Tunes Guide logo above.

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