There are hordes of road-dogged and battle-tested bands that flourish under the one-night-after-another pressure cooker of intensive touring, yet still struggle to find their comfort zone when the crowds are gone and the tape is rolling.
Belfast indie rockers And So I Watch You From Afar have developed a reputation over the past few years as circuit-hopping veterans, bringing their dizzying, punk-indebted instrumental compositions to dingy basements in Brooklyn, packed festival fields in Belgium, obscure music-deprived burgs in Russia, and sold-out arenas in their Northern Ireland hometown.
What is perhaps more significant than their passport credentials is the way in which they have consistently managed to avoid the aforementioned lightning-out-of-the-bottle letdown. From the laser-beam march that set off their 2009 self-titled debut to the thunderous tribal percussion that closed out 2011’s breakthrough ‘Gangs‘, these guys have approached each recording with the same sort of off-the-rails intensity and clenched-fist grit that they determinedly bring to the stage.
And So I Watch You From Afar will release a new album early next year.
During the past year, writers, guest reviewers and photographers have been out covering gigs in cities from Melbourne to Glasgow, Austin to London for Live4ever as we paid witness to some of 2012′s biggest live music events, as well as some unexpected delights. Whether it’s four Manchester legends returning home and creating history in the process, or a bunch of last minute, bandana-clad Kiwis stealing the show in Austin, we’ve brought together just some of our highlights for the next part of Live4ever’s Essential Listening 2012 series.
Don’t forget to leave a comment below letting us know who has provided your favourite live experience of the previous twelve months.
In today’s Soundbites – our look back at the past week’s news, reviews, and tabloid gossip – Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber get typecast in the new Men In Black film, Paul McCartney adds a few more pennies to his piggy bank, Coldplay aim to eek out a few more sales from ‘Mylo Xyloto’, the latest Sons Of Noel and Adrian track is reviewed, and our pick of the week’s new videos is selected.
Back in the USSR, they don’t know how lucky they are; in the midst of a typically hot and humid South By Southwest festival in Texas, And So I Watch You From Afar are looking back on an ever so slightly cooler environment when they last visited Russia for a tour which nonetheless proved to be hotter than they could ever have imagined.
“It was like -25c, really harsh conditions, so the daytimes would maybe be a bit of a slog and be hard work, freezing cold. But then the crowds at night would just make it so worthwhile,” they tell Live4ever in this exclusive SXSW interview.
The Irish group also found time to candidly discuss all details behind the shock exit of influential band member Tony Wright and the subsequent arrival of long-time friend Niall Kennedy, as well as why they were dancing around the garden after landing a coveted support slot with Them Crooked Vultures.
Who: Rory Friers, Johnny Adger, Chris Wee
Where: Belfast, NI
When: ND at 501 Studios, March 15th. 4pm sharp.
Dublin based VenueOne.com, an online entertainment site which allows users to connect with each other while watching live streams, video on demand and shared playlists, is to stream Ireland’s Meteor Choice Prize ceremony live tomorrow (March 8th) from 7.30pm GMT.
Live4ever Media is returning to the South By Southwest festival, and this year we are delighted to be presenting bands from both sides of the Atlantic at our unofficial party.
Well, it’s that time of year again when we here at the Live4ever Ezine begin to trail back through 12 months worth of musical delights in a vain attempt to group our favourites of 2011 into some sort of coherent list we like to call Live4ever’s Essential Listening.
Over the coming weeks, we’ll be presenting our most cherished gigs, tracks and albums of the year, in the hope that our highlights from 52 weeks worth of sonic adventure will inspire you to investigate our essential picks of 2011, as well as sharing your own favourites with us.
Check back next week for Live4ever’s Essential Listening 2011 – The Tracks, and when you’ve been through our stand-out gigs of the year, don’t forget to leave a comment below to tell the world of your memorable gig-going experiences of 2011.
The annual arrival of the Reading / Leeds Festival always signals the beginning of the end for another hectic season of UK summer festivals, and it usually helps each year to go out with a bang, and with a bill that packs in homecoming heroes, some of the US’ finest, and a wide selection of bright young things, this year looks like being no different.
So, after wading through the many stages and many, many artists ready to descend on the twin sites in just over a week’s time, the Live4ever Ezine has picked out ten acts we feel you should not be missing over the course of the weekend – might take some manic dashing to fit them all in though…
(Stages and dates represent the Leeds leg of the festivals)
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