New Yorkers FIGO have made a newly re-mastered edition of their excellent debut 7-track mini album / EP ‘Put It All On Black‘ available as a free download ahead of their upcoming CMJ appearances this month.
And so to the third and final part of Live4ever’s 2011 retrospective. A year packed with some genuinely outstanding releases, 2011 has enjoyed some of the most unanimously acclaimed records of recent years; PJ Harvey has won seemingly every award up for grabs thanks to ‘Let England Shake’, Kate Bush has wowed everyone with her first record of the decade, while the likes of The Boxer Rebellion, FIGO and The Minutes have come to the party with equally impressive, under-the-radar efforts just as deserving of your precious time and attention.
To celebrate another year of great music, the Live4ever Ezine is offering two readers the opportunity to win a pair of Boom earphones; a prize packed with both style and sound quality. So to be in with a chance of winning, when you’ve been through the pick of the LPs which have been taking up our space throughout the year, leave a comment below telling us your own Top 5 Albums of 2011 to be automatically entered into our giveaway. Good luck!
The Portuguese footballer that inspired the name of the band was the type of unique figure who helped to capture the imagination and define an era in his chosen field. One in a million. So just what exactly have these New York pretenders done to merit the honour of such a legendary namesake?
Prior to the release of this debut album, there was no discernible answer to this question. FIGO have been around for some five and a half years, but due largely to their relentless touring ethic, only flashes of their music have actually been heard. Now, however, things are different.
On October 18th, Live4ever’s Official 2011 CMJ Showcase played host to a raucous celebration of rock n roll at the world-famous Brooklyn Bowl in New York.
From the US, Fifth Nation, 1,2,3, Le Blorr and The Dirty Grand displayed emphatically to the packed crowd what the very best of new American rock sounds like, while hometown boys FIGO‘s (pics one & two) electro-tinged rock was launched by a UK and Irish one-two of Pint Shot Riot and The Minutes.
Bill-toppers DAMNDOGS and The Duke Spirit had the unenviable task of closing the night in style, but the pair rose to both the occasion and challenge with ease as DJ sets from LA Riots, VHS Or Beta and Boyhollow guided the event through the early hours.
Relive the night by taking a look through our exclusive photo gallery, and we’ll see you at SXSW!
Antone’s. Austin, Texas. Tuesday, March 17th, 5.30pm. The Jim Jones Revue are tearing through closer ‘The Princess & The Frog‘, bringing not only their own set to an end, but a day of unashamedly anthemic British rock n roll as well. Previous storming, crowd pleasing sets by Doll & The Kicks, Pulled Apart By Horses, The Mighty Stef, Twin Atlantic, Pint Shot Riot and The Boxer Rebellion had shook the famous old venue to its foundations, and in doing so turned Live4ever’s Two Fingered Salute showcase into one of the undoubted highlights of the 2011 South By Southwest Festival.
And now, after the runaway success of SXSW, the Live4ever roadshow is rolling into New York for the city’s annual CMJ Music Marathon, with a net this time cast further ashore from the white cliffs and craggy highlands of the British coast. Allow us to introduce the Live4ever Media Official CMJ 2011 Showcase, taking place at the Brooklyn Bowl on October 18th.
New York electro-noise-rockers FIGO will release their debut full-length album ‘Put It All On Black‘ online this August, and you can download the first single, ‘FADED‘ for free off the band’s Soundcloud page here.
The delicate mix of electro and rock is one that only a few acts have had the musical dexterity to handle. Immediate names that spring to mind – Primal Scream, Kasabian, Chemical Brothers – are part of a very short list. But another to be added is New York outfit FIGO, who are delivering the rock/dance crossover with equal style and sonic craftsmanship and making waves with their noise-laden, guitar-driven electro-punk.
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