Sarai Givaty is an upcoming artist from Israel who has already enjoyed big success in her homeland and is now starting to find similar recognition in places as far apart as the UK and Los Angeles. Take a read through this interview to find out more about Sarai:
After first coming across the group 18 months ago as they released their first single ‘Take Turns’, Live4ever contributor Carl Stanley returns to the Manchester band for a talk with lead man Liam Faherty on line-up changes, the success of their last single ‘Rode Your Luck‘ and recent tour with city neighbours The Courteeners:
What is your initial thought when you think of the sprawling megatropolis of Los Angeles and Southern California?
One might think of the surf culture of Venice beach; The Doors playing The Whiskey A Go Go; Iggy Pop getting arrested by the LAPD along Sunset Strip (in a puke stained mini skirt) during the implosion of The Stooges, and all manner of musical poets, down the ages, making tripped out, sunshine daydreams on wax about bikini-clad babes and hot rods.
Such an environment has also been partially responsible for sculpting one Davis Fetter, and the unique place he is currently carving for himself in the musical landscape.
Joe Perkins’ obvious classic rock influences are nicely brought to the fore by Ray Staff – a man well schooled in that rock tradition – who worked on an album in AIR Studios which you can now pick up for free. Feral Brood also display an impressive contemporary sound on their ‘Into The Woods’ EP and have already shared a stage with the likes of Razorlight since forming early last year, while Du Bellows are becoming regulars on the London circuit and can count Simon Townshend amongst others as a fan.
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For our New Tunes Guide highlights this week we present Davis Fetter, a Los Angeles-based musician first inspired by the embryonic 50s rock of Chuck Berry, and whose latest single was released right at the start of this year. The Mariner’s Children are included just as they announce a support slot with Willy Mason and prepare to release the ‘Sycamore’ EP, while The Areola Treat have emerged out of the tiny island of Malta with a sound that would have made a happy room-mate of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs some time around 2003.
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When Oasis’ manager stated that the band, ‘Does not exist anymore’, after an altercation between the Gallagher brothers in the bowels of a Parisian music festival in the summer of 2009, some feared the final nail in the coffin for a brand of contemporary rock & roll music which harks back to its original roots of carefree swagger, attitude and intrigue.
Talent scouts and the collective music media alike continue to search in desperation for the next guitar band that will supposedly ‘save rock & roll’, but arguably not since The Libertines, or more recently the Arctic Monkeys, have we witnessed a band able to command the attention of a nation in the manner of the Nineties Britpop-dominated music scene, when rock music transcended a basic style with anthems capable of uniting an entire generation.
In steps Cold Committee, a four-piece guitar band jointly hailing from the North Wales coastal towns of Prestatyn and Rhyl, with influences sourced from decades of past rock luminaries such as The Who and The Beatles, all the way up to the present day with the Arctic Monkeys and Oasis. The intrinsic link with Oasis in particular goes beyond merely a strong musical inspiration however, with the band having recently played a string of private in-store gigs in aid of Liam Gallagher’s Pretty Green clothing line.
23-year-old Winston Yellen, better known as Night Beds, possesses a voice of tremulous, outstanding beauty. It’s something he is highly aware of, that much is evident. For on debut album ‘Country Sleep‘, when Yellen unleashes his vocal gymnastics of heartbreaking vulnerability over lashings of rumbling Americana, he holds nothing back.
Snapped Ankles describe their music as a ‘collision of art-punk and noise’ but more immediately draw to mind the atmospheric hum of late seventies new wave most expertly realised by Joy Division on their debut single ‘True Ecology (shit everywhere)’, out on Ears Have Eyes on 25th March 2013.
Elsewhere, Wolf Alice invite us to take in a story all about the boredom of misspent youth, a neutered cat called Fluffy and their own genesis in just over three minutes nonsense free rock, while Derry’s Ryan Vail is joined by Katie Cosgrove for an inescapably post-XX sound on the single ‘Sunlight’.
All three bands are the highlights of this week’s New Tunes Guide.
Live4ever’s New Tunes Guide highlights start off this week with Kill For Company – a Manchester duo who have gone and invented a ‘Guibass’ for themselves and in doing so concocted a groove heavy spiral which gradually commands attention and results in a very impressive EP. Sparrow & The Workshop release their new single ‘Shock Shock’ through independent label Song By Toad Records on March 11th and can count the likes of British Sea Power and Thee Oh Sees as touring partners, while Moriaty show off a juicy, full of flavour rock sound on their new single ‘Mindsweeper’. They promise a face melting live show, and on the basis of this track, it’s hard not to believe them.
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The New Tunes Guide has highlights this week from Young Jack, Talk Of Spring and The Scholars.
The Scholars have previously supported Live4ever favourites The Boxer Rebellion since forming in 2008. Last year they released the singles ‘This Heart’s Built To Break’ and ‘Wired’ and made the new track ‘Love The Thunder’ available this week. Three-piece Talk Of Spring hail from Louisville and after recording five songs with Weezer cohort Marc Mcclusky, have made a new EP available on Bandcamp. Finally, Hull’s Young Jack have recently signed to Diffusion Records and are ready to head out on a UK tour this month in support of their debut single ‘Lucio’, which is today’s featured track.
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