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!
Summer’s here and up and down the UK and beyond bands are hauling themselves through rain, mud, occasional sunshine and irritating TV presenters as another festival season gets in full swing. So with 2011 already careering towards July, it seems like a good time to sit back, take stock of the first six months of the year, and sort through the best of what has been hogging the speakers at Live4ever so far. Is rock n roll music currently in a state of stagnation? Hmm, let’s just say, judge for yourself…
Is your favourite album so far not included? Why not leave us a comment below to recommend your own stand-outs from the first part of 2011.
Manchester band The Answering Machine have announced their split today, bringing to an end a six year career which resulted in the studio albums ‘Another City, Another Sorry‘ (2009) and ‘Lifeline‘ (2011).
Not long after being rushed through a set at Latitude 30′s impressive North West showcase on the Saturday afternoon of this year’s SXSW, The Answering Machine made the short trip down to Live4ever HQ to join us for a very special, exclusive acoustic performance which displayed just why the Manchester four-piece have been firmly on our radar for so long.
Live4ever was lucky enough to catch dozens of memorable shows at the recent SXSW festival in Austin, Texas. For this week’s playlist, check out some official videos from eleven of the best bands we witnessed that took the festival by storm.
Certain albums take on a character of their own. Something intangible. Something beyond the cover sleeve or the promotional photoshoots and music videos. ‘Lifeline‘ is one of those certain albums. Rather than a mere collection of sound-a-like songs, this music is intelligently insubordinate, self-aware, and possessed of an old-fashioned romantic streak. At its simplest, most categorical level, yes, it’s indie pop, but since when do we connect with a music’s genre label?
Getting people to dance is a hell of a thing. The lyrics might be poetry incarnate and the guitar solos might knock spots off Jimmy Page, but if nobody so much as taps their foot, you’re wasting your time. They aren’t feeling it.
Manchester’s The Answering Machine will return on October 25th with the physical 7″ release ‘Animals‘, the first teaser taken from their forthcoming new album ‘Lifeline’, which is due out through Heist Or Hit Records in early 2011.
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