Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Bootlegs: Keane, Embrace, Oasis

Tom Chaplin (vocals), Richard Hughes (drums), and Tim Rice-Oxley (piano) are childhood friends from Battle, East Sussex, England who make up the merry pop sounds of Keane. Formed in 1997 while each were attending college, Keane initially started out as a cover band. They played Oasis, U2 and Beatles songs in and around Sussex with guitarist Dominic Scott. The schtick would only last so long, for Keane got tired of playing everyone else's songs and yearned to do things on their own. When Chaplin left his Art History studies at Edinburgh University behind in 1999 and moved to London to join the rest of his mates, Keane had a chance to really do it.

In December 2002, Keane got the break that they'd be waiting for. Fierce Panda's Simon Williams was summoned by a friend to attend a Keane gig in London. He was so impressed by the band's performance, Williams offered to issue the band's next single, Everything's Changing, on the spot. The limited-edition release was such a success on radio, several labels soon swarmed around the indie rock trio, eager to offer them a recording contract. Keane signed to Island UK in fall 2003 and released their fourth single, This Is The Last Time. The band's full-length debut, Hopes and Fears, appeared the following spring.

Keane - Live in Sweden 2004-07-16

Following in the footsteps of Oasis and the Verve, Embrace became a minor pop sensation in post-Brit-pop Britain in the late '90s. Like Oasis, the group has a knack for big, anthemic hooks, yet they turn these catchy numbers into sweeping, sprawling, lugubrious rockers, much like the Verve. To this date, the band released 4 full-length albums.

Embrace - Live 2005-05-04

Oasis always tried to established themself as The Beatles of the modern age. Although their later work was not too much appreciated by the critics, they succeed to win some of the most prestige awards for the contribution to the UK and world's music. The presented are some live and acoustic recordings showing Oasis in their best mood.

Oasis - Live @ Finsbury Park, London 05-07-2002
Oasis - Live @ Finsbury Park, London 07-07-2002
Oasis - T In The Park 2002
Oasis - MTV Unplugged 1996

LCD Soundsystem, Arcade Fire, etc.
The Go! Team - Thunder, Lightning, Strike
The Postal Sevice - Give Up
Radiohead - Hail To The Thief
Black Box Recorder - 3 Albums
Sevendust - Next
Minus 5 - Down With Wilco
Aimee Mann - Bachelor No2
Aimee Mann - Lost In Space
Nickelback - All The Right Reasons
Chris Rea - Greatest Hits
The Pussycats Dolls - PCD


Blogger mp3hugger said...

Bottle Rocket is one of the songs of the year. Thunder, lightning and assorted natural wonders all within the confines of one song...hooray.

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