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Live4ever's New Tunes Guide feat. The Minx, Factory Dolls and more

Live4ever’s New Tunes Guide feat. The Minx, Factory Dolls and more

Posted on 16 Aug 2014 at 7:00am

Live4ever’s New Tunes Guide is led this week by The Minx and our latest ReverbNation featured artist Factory Dolls.

The Minx hail from Manchester and already count one of their hometown’s most famous sons, Johnny Marr, as a fan. They’ll be bringing their pop-orientated brand of rock to the city’s Ruby Lounge on August 23rd, and then headline The Rocking Chair in Sheffield a week later.

Factory Dolls are a three-piece from the south coast of the UK and are made up of former school friends. The band are the New Tunes Guide’s highlighted Reverb Nation act for this week.

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 Distant Sun

Live4ever Presents: The Distant Sun

Posted on 11 Aug 2014 at 3:30am

Alternative rock as an alternative to rock sounds like an oxymoron.

But Texas’ The Distant Sun aren’t any kind of moronic. This is intelligent and passionate rock, and an alternative to the current rock scene. They are wonderfully reminiscent of alternative rock’s hey day of the late 80s and early 90s, without ever feelingly slavishly contrived.

Live4ever's New Tunes Guide feat The Eskimo Chain, Steve Thompson & The Incidents and more

Live4ever’s New Tunes Guide feat The Eskimo Chain, Steve Thompson & The Incidents and more

Posted on 09 Aug 2014 at 6:17am

New Tunes Guide highlights come this week from The Eskimo Chain and our latest ReverbNation featured artist Steve Thompson & The Incidents.

The Eskimo Chain released ‘Feel Me’ and ‘Riding’ at the end of July as a double A-side, while the second single ‘All Watched Over’ is pencilled in for September. The band have also just completed support slots in London behind Spies and Telegram at The Sebright Arms and Lexington respectively.

Steve Thompson & The Incidents have supported Tom Hingley from the Inspiral Carpets and Steve Cradock. They’ve also played alongside Bez as part of the Happy Mondays aftershow party at Brixton Jamm and played Noel Gallagher’s aftershow party at The Liverpool O2. They are the New Tunes Guide’s highlighted Reverb Nation act for this week.

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.

Review: Childhood - 'Lacuna'

Review: Childhood – ‘Lacuna’

Posted on 05 Aug 2014 at 5:51am

This writer first came across Childhood in expectation-free circumstances; a Friday night support slot for Kettering’s own retro-psychedelics, Temples.

Suitably impressed the unprecedented un-British step was taken of approaching gangly lead singer Ben Romans-Hopcraft after their set with the intention of finding out just who this mystery outfit were. “We’re called Childhood” he almost whispered, before going on, “We meant to say it during the set but we erm…didn’t.”

Self promoting scions of Lady Gaga the former Nottingham University students are certainly not.

Impressions on the night was of a group who were enthralled by the ‘indie’ chameleon in its various guises throughout the years, from its raincoaty beginnings in The Cure and Echo and The Bunnymen, to the late-eighties flirtation with acid house, past Britpop and through to the likes of White Lies and Foster The People.

Lacuna‘ delivers something less prosaic than that however, containing in it a batch of songs that rarely stop for breath, making up in enthusiasm and rickety charm for what they lack in inventiveness.

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Review: ...And The Hangnails - 'Rut'

Review: …And The Hangnails – ‘Rut’

Posted on 04 Aug 2014 at 7:10am

…And The Hangnails unleashed their third album ‘Rut’ on July 25th.

There’s a difference between ‘release’ and ‘unleash’; the former would indicate a typical, typecast adopted method of allowing listeners to digest and fall in love a record.

The latter indicates a total takeover of heart, mind, soul and body, when once the victim has fallen to a record as punk, potent and powerful as this one, will later be found as a pile of mush, their remains a small heap of rubbish thanks to the utterly adulterated teenage-angst frenzy that surrounds and energizes this rock, full of fuck you guitar-driven pop-dining-room floor-fillers. Full of fascination.

Live4ever's New Tunes Guide feat. Great Mutations, Dope Body and more

Live4ever’s New Tunes Guide feat. Great Mutations, Dope Body and more

Posted on 02 Aug 2014 at 7:00am

New Tunes Guide highlights this week both come out of the US courtesy of Great Mutations and Dope Body.

Great Mutations‘ debut album ‘Cheap Stuff’ was released on July 22nd. The trio usually like to record in a church basement in Troy, New York, and their singer and guitarist Matthew Thouin has flagged up bands from The Kinks to Pavement and Guided by Voices as influences.

Dope Body are returning with their second LP ‘Life’ on October 20th following the 2012 debut ‘Natural History’, which sparked a 19-month spell of almost non-stop touring. The intervening time between releases has seen bassist John Jones, guitarist Zachary Utz and drummer David Jacober concentrate on solo projects, while frontman Laumann exhibited his art work at the Galerie Jeanrochdard in Paris, the Pre Teen Gallery in Mexico City and Signal in Brooklyn.

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's New Tunes Guide feat. Transistors, Sean Flinn & The Royal We and more

Live4ever’s New Tunes Guide feat. Transistors, Sean Flinn & The Royal We and more

Posted on 26 Jul 2014 at 7:00am

New Tunes Guide highlights this week come from New Zealand band Transistors and Portland’s Sean Flinn & The Royal We.

Transistors‘ new single ‘Professional’ is taken from their ‘Is This Anything’ album. With tongue firmly placed in cheek, the band have said in a statement: “We are a professional band. This is us being professional at a professionally organised show attended by industry professionals.”

Sean Flinn formed The Royal We in 2010 after spending time on the Portland music scene with the likes of Y La Bamba, Nick Jaina, and Jolie Holland. After a rotating cast of band members, the line-up eventually settled with Adam Mack on drums, Arthur C. Lee on guitar/keys and Richard Bennett on bass. The album ‘The Lost Weekend’ was released earlier this month.

To celebrate 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's Essential Listening: The Tracks Of 2014...So Far

Live4ever’s Essential Listening: The Tracks Of 2014…So Far

Posted on 23 Jul 2014 at 5:01am

Live4ever has already showcased well over 200 breaking artists during 2014, and now we’ve dipped back in to New Tunes Guide highlights, track reviews, Presents features and video premieres to revisit just 25 of the many brilliant tracks to have passed through our radar section so far this year.

Live4ever’s Essential Listening is here to share, not preach! An interactive celebration of rock and roll where your favourites can contribute. Make sure your stand-out tracks of the year so far get a deserved mention by leaving a comment below.

 

Live4ever's New Tunes Guide feat. Active Set, The Distant Sun and more

Live4ever’s New Tunes Guide feat. Active Set, The Distant Sun and more

Posted on 19 Jul 2014 at 6:33am

Live4ever’s New Tunes Guide is led this week by LA’s Active Set and Texan natives The Distant Suns.

Active Set have returned with the new track ‘Shut Em Down’ after an uncertain period following the departure of founding guitarist Johnty Thompson in 2013 put the band’s future in doubt. Perhaps as a result, songwriter Matthew Stolarz has described their latest release as, ‘Possibly the saddest song I’ve written’.

The Distant Sun hail from San Antonio in Texas and have a sound which has been compared to the likes of Led Zeppelin, Velvet Revolver and Pearl Jam. They are the New Tunes Guide’s highlighted Reverb Nation artist for this week.

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's New Tunes Guide feat. The Black Angels, Battlehounds and more

Live4ever’s New Tunes Guide feat. The Black Angels, Battlehounds and more

Posted on 12 Jul 2014 at 5:49am

Live4ever’s New Tunes Guide is back this week with the very welcome return of The Black Angels, and newcomers Battlehounds.

The Black Angels are about to give ‘Clear Forest Lake’, which was originally put out in limited form for this year’s Record Store Day, a full release on July 21st. “After roaming through the Indigo Meadow, the time has come to journey to the Clear Lake Forest, where 7 tales of diamonds, executioners, and other strange occurrences await underneath the crystal waves lapping in the lake,” guitarist Christian Bland says.

Battlehounds tracked their new song ‘Ghost Mountain’ in Adelaide, and undertook mastering sessions with the Grammy Award winning Gavin Lurssen. The single is out on July 18th through Mirador Records, and is set to be followed by an EP at the start of next 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.

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