Even at first listen, the foremost influences on The Captive Hearts are clear to see. The Wigan quartet take their cues from the 1960s mod scene with a growing catalogue of upbeat, predominantly positive guitar driven pop melodies that are infuriatingly infectious.
Think you’ve heard it all before? Think again. These guys have far more to offer than just another tired Beatles rip off.
John Robb cuts the unique profile as an artist, presenter and music commentator in a way no one has done before. His strong Punk ethic, together with an ever-switched on musical radar has made Louder Than War the website it is today.
So it was great to get the chance to turn the questions on him, and find out how he’s covered so much over the years, and the recent banter at the Stone Roses press conference.
After the sad passing of Larry Cassidy, Manchester’s original post-punk techno band Section 25 have regrouped with daughter of both the late Larry and Jenny Cassidy Bethany Cassidy now providing vocals. Their recently released EP ‘Invicta‘, is an electronic rush of synth layered uplifting pop, with lush vocals – the sound of the Factory originals once again moving on.
Glaswegian mod band The Hollows are currently ripping it up with shots of Maximum RB while looking as classic as they sound. It’s a mod revival with intent which has seen the band play Alan McGee’s gig night as well as supporting The Moons. With ex-Primal Scream Jim Beattie on board as manager things are looking good for the Boys from Glasgow.
Manchester’s The Tapestry are a band that grabs you on first listen, possessing things we all love about indie music; whether it’s the melodies or the choruses, The Tapestry do their stuff in their own edgy but charming way. At such an early stage they are confidently writing hugely popular songs, no more apparent than on new single ‘Take Turns‘. Here frontman and guitarist Liam tells the Live4ever Ezine of the story so far…
The Live4ever Ezine was delighted to catch The Clash legend Mick Jones in Liverpool, appearing at the city’s recent ‘Don’t Buy The Sun’ concert.
Live4ever asked Mick about the gig and his affinity with Liverpool, as well as his connection with Taurus Trakker, the duo consisting of his cousin Martin Muscatt and Alison Phillips, with whom Mick has played live and appeared on their second album ‘Building Ten‘.
O Genesis is the new record label put together by Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess, along with a few like-minded friends. As Burgess plans to both sign and produce some of his favourite artists, he told the Live4ever Ezine how he is keeping it simple but also innovative, and the sound he is striving for with those signed up to his new venture.
Pete Doherty was recently backed by an array of some of Manchester’s latest talent – Where’s Strutter, Tapestry and singer songwriter Danny Mahon – at the historic King George’s Hall, Blackburn. Living up to the fantastic reviews he’s been receiving lately, Danny Mahon produced the goods with a storming set, which included his latest release ‘Odd Socks‘.
Speaking to the Live4ever Ezine literally minutes before going on stage, Danny talked to us about his new album, support slots with Beady Eye in Italy, and being proud of his city’s musical history and influence.
Described by NME as ‘Manchester’s best kept secret’ Lowline have taken on the baton from classic sounding Manchester bands, and taken it somewhere entirely new by creating their own distinctive coda; uplifting songs with dark undertones, a sound perfectly capturing the vibe of their home city.
After releasing the album ‘Lowline‘, the band have started something which they intend to take to the masses – Andy Hewitt dropped by the Live4ever Ezine to talk us through the rise of the band, and the various moves they have made while getting there.
In an interview with the Live4ever Ezine last winter, ex Seahorses and Yards frontman/songwriter Chris Helme discussed getting ready to release his new single, writing material for his new album and looking forward to hitting the road again.
While the new album is still to be released, his UK tour is now well underway, and Live4ever was in attendance for one of these dates, at a converted church in Scunthorpe.
After a night of classic tunes such as ‘Blinded by the Sun‘ ‘Love is the Law‘ and his more recent release, ‘Pleased‘, together with the beautifully crafted Yards favourite ‘Fire Flies‘, whose emotional tone echoed and resonated within the church’s tall ceiling, which contributed to a true performance in every sense, we sat down with Chris to talk through his thoughts on the tour so far, and the delays which have affected his new album.
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