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Album Review: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – The Tourist

March 08, 2017

Ah the modern day troubadour, surely one of rock’s least attractive jobs.Whatever you face, you do so alone, a state of isolation experienced whilst the audience sits there at a show wondering if the tortured soul that’s getting bared is yours. You may smile when you’re low, but for many singer-songwriters the more honest and fragile you may be, the fewer volunteers there are to pick up the pieces afterwards.It can help to employ a nom-de-guerre, of course, instead of your own; last year Jack Tatum, aka Wild Nothing, produced one of its best albums in Life Of Pause, a self sufficient effort in composition terms but one which Tatum had never considered as a solo record.Clap Your Hands Say... Continue Reading →

Live Review: Big Thief @ Soup Kitchen, Manchester

February 21, 2017

By Live4ever - Posted on 10 Feb 2017 at 8:00am Big Thief live in Bristol (Jessica Bartolini for Live4ever)They say ignorance is bliss. Turns out ‘they’ might be right, just for all the wrong reasons. As Big Thief take to the stage it dawns on this writer: he knows absolutely nothing about them – except one solitary thing. The ‘thing’? Their song, Paul. Paul alone is reason enough to travel anywhere. Its absolute raw intensity is breathtaking.Now what? Maybe kill time until they play Paul? No, Big Thief are not here to kill time, or just play. They are here to share an experience with like-minded, passionate people. Adrianne Lenker‘s impassioned and aching vocals are haunting. Filling this small, smelly... Continue Reading →

Band Of Horses @ Leeds O2 Academy

February 21, 2017

Why Are You OK‘s release in June last year has brought Band Of Horses back to the UK for a small tour which was at the Leeds Academy on February 19th. Live4ever’s Gary Mather was there for our next gallery: Read more: http://www.live4ever.uk.com/2017/02/band-of-horses-leeds-o2-academy/#ixzz4ZKR40udR Ahead of its release, frontman Ben Bridwell had detailed the changing dynamic of the band as their private lives took precedence during the album’s recording. “I didn’t have the opportunity, like I used to, to kind of squirrel away in some cabin or a beach house,” he told EW. “I work all night and then take them to school in the morning. I’m the scariest dad in the school, I’m sure.”“I didn’t want to just pander to... Continue Reading →

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