London/Berlin based alternative rock outfit LIVINGSTON have signed a record deal with Long Branch Records and will release their new album 'Animal' this September.
LIVINGSTON were founded in London, but relocated to Berlin in 2008. Their debut album 'Sign Language' charted Top 20 in the German sales charts, their tours sold out, and their hit single 'Broken' brought them numerous accolades (Top20 airplay single; #1 and #2 in the Rock category for Amazon and iTunes).
For their latest album 'Animal', the band decided to do the whole recording process themselves from a little cottage, a hunter's cabin in the woods just outside Berlin. Lead singer Beukes Willemse explains, "For the first time in our careers there was never actually a thought process in making the record. No game-plan as such. The only thing it had to be was come naturally and easily from each of the four of us with no outside compromise. So, we found a house in the woods an hour outside Berlin miles from the closest neighbour, and went there for 10 days of every month of last year without playing a single note to anyone. The only thing it had to be was not influenced by anyone outside the four of us."
The result can be heard in songs that flow like a live set, capturing the full range of emotions the band has always been known for, but never encapsulated so successfully. The band presented their new album live on tour in Europe and in Los Angeles earlier this year and look set to continue their hi octane no holds barred live experience in 2014.
Willemse goes on to add, "All my career people have said to me that our live show is better than our records. I am very proud of that. I think it would be fair to expect the same of this record, except to say that with this record we have considerably raised the bar when it come to the music."
It's Monday morning and my bones hurt. I'm tired, hung-over, and there's a slight ringing in my ears.
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