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Sheafs to release debut EP Vox Pop in March

Posted on 24 Jan 2020 at 8:46am

Sheafs will release their debut EP Vox Pop via Blood Records on March 6th.

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Track Of The Week: Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs – Reducer

Posted on 18 Jan 2020 at 8:12am

Our Track Of The Week comes from Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs with their new single Reducer.

Live4ever’s Best Of 2019: The Music Videos

Posted on 31 Dec 2019 at 10:30am

Our 2019 retrospective series ends today with the countdown of Live4ever’s 20 favourite music videos featured on these pages during the past 12 months.

Our publisher and Primetime Emmy Award (Visual Effects) winning founder Paul Bachmann has been looking out especially for cinematography, visuals, production value, editing, concept and adaption.

Album Review: Apollo Junction – Mystery

Posted on 11 Dec 2019 at 8:29am

Type ‘Apollo Junction’ into a search engine and you’ll come across the band’s profile easy enough, but words don’t always tell the full story, especially little ones. Right next to the description of their genre is one of the smallest, most dangerous of all: pop.

A host of questions immediately spring to mind, not just the deeply philosophical one about what that term can even be in 2019, but equally where you’d go to seek it out. Commercial radio? Not likely. The glowering BBC 6Music? No chance.

The soon reached conclusion is that in by identifying like this as an artist you’re on dangerous ground, making something that everyone knows but nobody can define any more. In short, if you’re Apollo Junction or anyone else who wants to be taken seriously, the last thing you should be labelling yourself as is ‘p*p’.

It would be easy to be intimidated by all of this, but on their debut album Mystery the Leeds band, fronted by singer Jamie Williamson, have instead met the problem head on, refusing to be trapped by syntax and instead writing songs that, by and large, are infectiously open books.

Live4ever’s Best Of 2019: Working Men’s Club discuss our track of the year Teeth

Posted on 10 Dec 2019 at 6:58am

If you were to compare the singles Bad Blood and Teeth you would assume they came at different points in their band’s career.

But they are the early offerings which demonstrate how much Working Men’s Club have evolved over the course of 2019. Bad Blood was a promising debut, bouncing shimmering indie designed for the dancefloor, and was enough to get them a deal with Heavenly Records. Teeth is something else entirely.

Gloriously menacing, with an electronic hook that stands alongside the greats (i.e. impossible to forget), and guitars that sound like jet planes lost in a hurricane, it’s like nothing else this year, with a haunting, Godlike vocal from Sydney Minsky-Sargeant on the verse (which sounds like your conscience on a Sunday morning) which then becomes more despairing as the songs reaches its crescendo, vocals and guitars working in simpatico.

Live4ever’s Best Of 2019: The Tracks

Posted on 10 Dec 2019 at 6:58am

On our Best Albums list, 2019 brought us future classics from Fontaines D.C., Dave, The Murder Capital, FEET, slowthai and black midi to name just a few. Those and plenty more feature too on our favourite tracks of the year.

Picked out by editor David Smith from the hundreds which have featured on these pages during the past twelve months, Sinead O’Brien, Dry Cleaning, Black Country New Road, Kate Tempest and Working Men’s Club are just some who have added to a year which, whilst nostalgia has continued its grip on the mainstream, has quietly created a vintage all of its own.

Track Of The Week: Junodream – As Far As I See

Posted on 07 Dec 2019 at 7:34am

Junodream have our pick of the week after releasing the animated video for their single As Far As I See.

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Live4ever Presents: An interview with The Clockworks

Posted on 26 Nov 2019 at 8:17am

Following your dreams is such an idealistic notion that it’s easy to be sneered at. It’s apparently unrealistic to expect your life to go the way you want it to, ‘that doesn’t happen’.

And yet time and time again, it does: footballers, entrepreneurs and social media stars have got where they are through belief and ambition. Musicians (despite some exceptions) are no different. Even so, to up sticks and relocate to a different country just to make your voice heard takes guts – around this time last year, a young four-piece from Galway decided to do just that.

The Irish music scene is in a healthy place right now: The Murder Capital and Just Mustard are playing to large venues in the UK, while Fontaines D.C. are the indie success story of the year. Yet these acts had an advantage, being in or around the Dublin area. The Clockworks had no such luck.

“We’re a funny one because I think if you asked the bands in Dublin, they do hang out, whereas we just don’t get to,” lead singer and lyric writer James tells Live4ever. “But that’s what made the decision to come here easier, because there was nothing tying us to Dublin.”

“There isn’t much of a scene in Galway, it’s all in Dublin,” notes drummer Damian. “If you’re not in the scene in Dublin, you’re not in the scene at all,” James agrees: “We just thought we’d come here and open ourselves up for some more opportunities.”

Track Of The Week: Ducks Unlimited – Gleaming Spires

Posted on 23 Nov 2019 at 6:38am

The new single from Ducks Unlimited, Gleaming Spires, is our Track Of The Week.

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Live4ever Presents: Shambolics

Posted on 21 Nov 2019 at 7:12am
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