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Live4ever's New Tunes Guide feat. F A N S, Ball Park Music and more

Live4ever’s New Tunes Guide feat. F A N S, Ball Park Music and more

Posted on 19 Apr 2014 at 4:13am

Live4ever’s New Tunes Guide this week has highlights from three-piece F A N S and Australia’s Ball Park Music.

F A N S came into being just over a year ago, and have just released the video for their debut single ‘All This Time’. The track was produced by Matt Peel and will no doubt be heard when the band perform at Live At Leeds on May 3rd.

The Australian band Ball Park Music have already made waves in their homeland and officially released the single ‘Surrender’ in the UK on April 7th. Triple J’s ‘Unearthed Band Of The Year’ have played festivals such as London Calling in Amsterdam and CMJ in New York, and played a one-off show in London last year.

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.

Live4ever Presents: The Wands

Live4ever Presents: The Wands

Posted on 16 Apr 2014 at 4:34am

To describe the new material from Danish psych-rock duo The Wands as ‘typical’ of them is misleading.

It would suggest they are somewhat one dimensional, or that they opt not to push their musical boundaries. But this is the antithesis of The Wand’s musical ethic; a plethora of influences collaborate within the group’s expansive taste in experimental soundscapes to create a track which continues to cement their place in the evolution of psychedelic popular music.

Spotted by Fuzz Club Records in August 2012, they released their debut EP ‘Hello I Know The Blow You Grow Is Magic’ the following November, and are now said to be ‘working hard’ on a first full length album, on which ‘The Dawn‘ is set to appear.

Live4ever's New Tunes Guide feat. Blueprint Blue, Ought and more

Live4ever’s New Tunes Guide feat. Blueprint Blue, Ought and more

Posted on 12 Apr 2014 at 5:22am

Blueprint Blue and Ought provide this week’s New Tunes Guide highlights.

Blueprint Blue  – Melissa Rigby, Huw Webb and Elliot Hayward – release their latest EP ‘Undertoad’ on May 5th. “We wanted to capture what our shows are like so it was recorded completely live and we kept in all the mistakes, bum notes and snare buzz,” they say of the EP. “The first three songs are about either being a parent or having parents. The last song is about having panic attacks. The title ‘Undertoad’ is a reference to John Irving’s novel ‘The world according to Garp’.”

Ought are getting ready to release their debut album ‘More Than Any Other Day’ on the 28th of this month and have shared another track, ‘Habit’. ‘More Than Any Other Day’ is the result of a week of recording and mixing at Montreal’s Hotel2Tango with engineer Radwan Moumneh in November 2013.

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 below.

Another collection of great new music is being celebrated this week with a giveaway of a copy of Wilko Johnson & Roger Daltrey’s superb recent album ‘Going Back Home’. Once you’ve been through the tracks, get busy with the Retweets and Likes for the article on Twitter and Facebook to be in with a chance of winning (closes Friday, April 18th). Good luck!

Live4ever's New Tunes Guide feat. The Wands, Death Valley Sleepers and more

Live4ever’s New Tunes Guide feat. The Wands, Death Valley Sleepers and more

Posted on 05 Apr 2014 at 5:09am

April rings in with New Tunes Highlights from The Wands and Death Valley Sleepers.

The Wands are a Danish psych duo formed in 2011 by childhood friends Christian Skibdal and Mads Gräs. Bursting out of Copenhagen, they played their first show in a dark living room in an old villa belonging to their friends. In August 2012 they were picked up by Fuzz Club Records which lead to the pressing of their debut EP ‘Hello I Know The Blow You Grow Is Magic’. The band is now working hard on their debut album from which first single ‘The Dawn’ is set to be released in April 2014 on Levitation Records & Fuzz Club Records.

Death Valley Sleepers started in 2008 as a solo project by singer and guitarist Tobias Winberg. Since then the group has grown to consist of 6 members and has among other things toured around Europe with The Asteroids Galaxy Tour. In April 2012 the band released their first album ‘Death Valley Sleepers’.

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 below.

To celebrate another week 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's New Tunes Guide feat. Vigo Thieves, Omi Palone and more

Live4ever’s New Tunes Guide feat. Vigo Thieves, Omi Palone and more

Posted on 29 Mar 2014 at 4:49am

The final New Tunes Guide of March arrives today with highlights from Vigo Thieves and Omi Palone.

Glasgow’s Vigo Thieves had their new single ‘This Love’ released on vinyl, special limited edition CD and download at the start of this month. “We thought it would suit the song and it does,” the band’s Stevie Jukes says of the video. “It’s a big powerful anthem but has a darker side, just like the video. We’re showing that dark side of love. Ultimately, the anti-hero is out to save his girl. That’s what counts. I think our fans will understand we’re a grown-up band, a rock band. There’s an edge there, so hopefully people won’t be offended by the video and understand what we’re trying to convey.” Meanwhile, Omi Palone will have their self-titled debut album out as a joint release between Faux Discx and new label Negative Space on April 14th. The London-based four-piece are comprised of Philip Serfaty, guitarist Simon Marsham, bassist Liam O’Neill and drummer Jack Gillis.

To celebrate another week 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.

Track Review: Darlia - 'Animal Kingdom'

Track Review: Darlia – ‘Animal Kingdom’

Posted on 28 Mar 2014 at 5:20am

In recent days and weeks, popular music has seen two heavyweight mainstays alter their sound greatly.

Coldplay’s latest release, ‘Magic’, barely relates to the ‘Parachutes‘ days for its Clubland feel and, perhaps even more strangely, The Black Keys’ ‘Fever’ contrasts the raw tones of ‘Thickfreakness‘ by replacing them with synths. We all expect it from Coldplay; but not from the Ohio rockers.  So where does this leave us now?

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Review: Dexters - 'Shimmer Gold'

Review: Dexters – ‘Shimmer Gold’

Posted on 24 Mar 2014 at 5:34am

It’s always a pleasure to encounter a band which strikes that balance between punching the stomach, banging chords until the fingers bleed and playing outside just as the dust of the day settles.

Still in keeping with Dexters‘ tag as the renegades, vagabonds, vampires and vigilantes of the current grey English landscape, stale with the same old tune, ‘Shimmer Gold‘ is ultimately an 11-track diary entry written after a drunken night full of beautiful tales that, when wrapped in angry guitars, guttural bass attacks, icy keyboard beams and cluttered drums, allows the art of storytelling to become something more than a text conversation between two friends, but a memory of something extraordinary which all are bound to remember whether they like it or not.

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Review: Vikesh Kapoor - 'The Ballad Of Willy Robbins'

Review: Vikesh Kapoor – ‘The Ballad Of Willy Robbins’

Posted on 21 Mar 2014 at 4:30am

Whatever happened to the ‘common man’?

The ordinary working class man mythologised throughout American history, and never more so than in its music. Of late this working class hero, the men (and women) Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Leadbelly, John Steinbeck and so many fought for, suffered for, hoped for and some even sung for, seem to have fallen from sight.

Are they no more, is it finally their land as Woody promised? According to Vikesh Kapoor’s debut album ‘The Ballad of Willy Robbins’, nothing could be further from the truth.

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Track Review: The Savage Nomads - 'Porno'

Track Review: The Savage Nomads – ‘Porno’

Posted on 20 Mar 2014 at 5:55am

Once again, The Savage Nomads unveil another tune full of their notorious trickery, training the ears as it progresses from a more typical indie-rock song into a full-blown heartfelt anthem.

The title, ‘Porno‘, encapsulates perfectly the notion of action, entertainment and alertness, whilst also maintaining a level of soothing melody with help from frontman Cole Salewicz’s delicate baritone, allowing the natural beauty of the song to be revealed.

Track Review: Tail Feather - 'Knocked Down' / 'All Of a Sudden'

Track Review: Tail Feather – ‘Knocked Down’ / ‘All Of a Sudden’

Posted on 19 Mar 2014 at 10:26am

Straight from the decade that brought us Monty Python, Pacman and lava lamps, Reading’s Tail Feather are here to preserve some seventies style in a neat little time capsule.

The band appear complete with leather jackets, long hair and powerful moustaches on the cover of their new double A-side single ‘Knocked Down‘ / ‘All Of a Sudden’, and this all radiates a charming sense of nostalgia.

It’s extremely fitting that these tracks, released on March 10th and followed soon by an April/May UK tour, have been produced by Graham Dominy (a previous collaborator with the likes of Robert Plant and Ray Davies) as they have captured something that feels classic, polished and cool – like speeding in a vintage car.

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