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Live4ever's Essential Listening 2014: The Tracks

Live4ever’s Essential Listening 2014: The Tracks

Posted on 15 Dec 2014 at 5:31am

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

Live4ever's New Tunes Guide: The Midnight Barbers, Bite The Buffalo and more

Live4ever’s New Tunes Guide: The Midnight Barbers, Bite The Buffalo and more

Posted on 13 Dec 2014 at 6:38am

New Tunes Guide highlights are provided this week by The Midnight Barbers and Bite The Buffalo.

The Midnight Barbers released their debut single ‘Business’ on 7″ vinyl and digital download at the start of this week. The duo have already received support from Steve Lamacq on BBC 6Music, John Kennedy at XFM, and Q and NME.

Duo Bite The Buffalo keep it brief with ‘Polka Dots’. They hail from Bath and are signed to Gabrielle Aplin’s Never Fade Records. The band released their debut EP ‘Bromigos’ in 2012 and toured UK, Europe and the US with their debut album ‘Blue Lips’, when they also performed at the South By Southwest Festival in Texas.

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: St. Tropez, Jib Kidder and more

Live4ever’s New Tunes Guide: St. Tropez, Jib Kidder and more

Posted on 06 Dec 2014 at 6:10am

The last month of 2014 New Tunes Guides is here today with highlights from Amsterdam’s St. Tropez and New York based multi-media artist Jib Kidder.

St. Tropez laid down some songs in what they describe as ‘a former gay sauna by the canals of Amsterdam’ and, in search of someone to mix it, enlisted the talents of singer/producer Tarek Musa of recent Live4ever Presents featured band Spring King. “Raw, chaotic new-wave garage thing going on across the track, 70s punk meets with a bit Black Lips, Ty Segall, catchy as hell,” Musa has said.

Jib Kidder, meanwhile, has just shared another glimpse of ‘Teaspoon To The Ocean’, his debut album which is set for release on January 27th, 2015. ‘Appetites’ sees Sean Schuster-Craig, as he is better known, joined on vocals by friend and collaborator Julia Holter.

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's New Tunes Guide: Black Light White Light, The Yetis and more

Live4ever’s New Tunes Guide: Black Light White Light, The Yetis and more

Posted on 29 Nov 2014 at 5:13am

As we enter the final stages of November our New Tunes Guide highlights this week are provided by Danish psych band Black Light White Light and Pennsylvania’s The Yetis.

Black Light White Light hail from Copenhagen and have just released their second album ‘Gold Into Dreams’, recorded with US producer Chris Frenchie Smith. ‘Running’, our highlighted track, was released around a month ago on a double A-side single with ‘Operators’. The band will be in the UK next month, playing dates at Surya, London (December 12th), Soup Kitchen, Manchester (13th) and The Hope, Brighton (14th).

The warm west coast chimes of The Yetis belies their Pennsylvanian roots, and is crystal clear on ‘Warm California’ which this year formed a part of a double A-side single with the equally sun-soaked titled ‘Little Surfer Girl’.

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 Presents: Aaron Keylock

Live4ever Presents: Aaron Keylock

Posted on 28 Nov 2014 at 7:01am

Who?

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.

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).

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