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The Album Oasis Wish They’d Made

Posted on 24 Apr 2017 at 1:22pm

Exclusive: Cotton Mather mastermind Robert Harrison talks to us about the making of seminal art rock album KONTIKI, his I Ching project, and touring with Oasis.

“We had the most interesting story of any band you’ve ever met. We have the weirdest story. We’re not going to other places, but we’re going to Russia. That’s so Cotton Mather. When we first went to Japan it’s because our song ‘Lost My Motto’ had become a fixture at the Japanese Denny’s all over the country. That’s our story.” – Robert Harrison, Cotton Mather

The story of Cotton Mather is indeed a strange one, following an unlikely trajectory from its origins as an Austin, Texas art-rock outfit through a still-obscure-yet-generation-shaking album, with fans among the Rolling Stones and Oasis, and following an extended break, a prolific return with music inspired by the I Ching.

Exclusive Interview – Brian Bell: The Relationship is my voice

Posted on 14 Apr 2017 at 3:01pm

 

Brian Bell likes to keep busy. A Weezer mainstay since the recording of the group’s blue debut album, Bell uses downtime from his day job on projects like The Relationship, a band he started a decade ago which will release its second album, Clara Obscura, on April 14.

During a chat at Live4ever’s Media Lounge, sponsored by Pirate Studios, at SXSW last month, Bell said the difference between the Relationship and Weezer is that while the latter are largely driven by the group’s mercurial leader, Rivers Cuomo, the former is very much his own thing.

Blur – ‘A Celebratory Affair’

Posted on 06 May 2015 at 1:55pm


Brit-Pop legends Blur swept across the Atlantic and into New York last week, a surprise visit that saw the band play a triumphant show at Music Hall of Williamsburg, NYC on Friday.

It was a whirlwind visit, but one which left no doubt that Blur are still a force to be reckoned with on stage. They still sound great, they still look great, and they still need each other as much as their fans need them too.

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Live4ever Exclusive: ‘The United States Of Kasabian’

Posted on 06 Oct 2014 at 7:28am

 

The biggest week of the biggest year in the decade since Kasabian released their eponymous full-length debut happened this past June, a week bookended by a massive hometown gig at Leicester’s Victoria Park and a triumphant headlining slot at Glastonbury.

They’ve since reduced their scope, playing a few weeks of shows in the United States ahead of the US release of their latest album 48:13′.

Victoria Park saw the band – singer Tom Meighan, guitarist Serge Pizzorno, bass guitarist Chris Edwards and drummer Ian Matthews – perform to 50,000 people; Glastonbury, including its live feed, was even larger. But as is often the case, a tidal wave which crushes the British Isles is often reduced to a ripple along the shores of America.

Oasis, who Kasabian have often lazily been compared to, were playing Madison Square Garden by the time they imploded in 2009. Arctic Monkeys have seen their stock rise over the past several years, playing large arenas in primarily support slots but looking like they belong there. Yet Kasabian, with their natural bluster and genre-mixing canon, should be even bigger. Instead, they’re selling out Boston’s Paradise Rock Club (capacity: 933) and New York City’s Terminal 5 (capacity: 3,000), and absolutely killing it.

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It’s been tough for Kasabian in America, an often deflating experience that’s had little to do with an inability to connect with the audience; the problem, as Meighan and Pizzorno see it, has been with the people in the States who they feel should have been working harder to get the word out.

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Band of Skulls – Essential Live Listening

Posted on 11 Nov 2010 at 12:12am

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If the true sign of a band’s worth is whether they blow your socks off on stage, you could do a whole lot worse than put your faith in the power of Band of Skulls The reports appear to walk the razor thin edge between revelation and hyperbole, but every amp-disintegrating detail delivered by slackened jaws and shellshocked blog-fingers seems to push the consensus firmly toward the latter. Band of Skulls – a trio! – are the genuine article.

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