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Single Review: Example – Whisky Story

 
By on Wednesday, 15th July 2015 at 1:00 pm
 

Written shortly after the birth of his son when the rapper was really craving a night out, ‘Whisky Story’, in Example’s own words, is a “tale of nights out in my younger single days and a nod to my first record – and thinking how much my life has changed since then”. He added, “I want to put the fun and humour back into my music. When another artist heard it they said, ‘I think this is the most Example-y Example track yet’, which I suppose can only be a good thing.”

And he’s not wrong. Example is well known for his monstrous live performances and ‘Whisky Story’ looks set to slot into his set list perfectly. The energetic pop anthem is highly reminiscent of ‘Changed the Way You Kissed Me’ and ‘Stay Awake’, with its heavy bass, let-yourself-go bounces and pulsing beats. This will undoubtedly have a major impact at gigs, festivals and nightclubs alike.

Having drifted away from rapping with his recent studio albums, ‘Whisky Story’ features the sharp, witty lyrics and tight sing-speak bursts that gave Example his major breakthrough 5 years ago. After a few listens, it won’t be long before the highly infectious chorus (“Oh darling, let’s stay up all night / drinking whisky, telling stories, I can keep you satisfied”) is implanted in your brain.

The accompanying music video (see bottom of this post) was shot by Example himself using a GoPro on a selfie stick, as he walks and talks from the tube to Trafalgar Square in one, long continuous shot. According to the rapper, it took 80 people and 24 takes to get it right, but the end result is incredibly impressive and is definitely worth watching.

8.5/10

‘Whisky Story’ is available to download now and is the first single to be taken from Example’s sixth studio album, which is set for release later this year. For all past coverage on TGTF on Example, go here.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQceqbA7kFI[/youtube]

 

Live Review: Example at Newcastle Academy – 21st October 2014

 
By on Thursday, 23rd October 2014 at 2:00 pm
 

As the remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo arrived in the UK, it was Example who went down a storm this past Tuesday at the Academy in Newcastle.

The support acts on the night came in the form of house DJ Benjamin Please, Delta Heavy (an electronic duo from London) and DJ Wire (Example’s touring DJ). For the most part, the acts played remixes of popular club hits, much to the delight of the onlookers, who were bellowing out the words and getting involved wherever they could.

With the crowd well and truly warmed up, Sheldrake (bass / synths), Kai Kai (guitar / keys) and Chris Maas (drums) took to the stage, closely followed by Example (real name Elliot Gleave), as they broke out into the chart-topping track ‘Stay Awake’. This was followed by the 2012 hit ‘Say Nothing’, which provided the first shiver-down-your-spine moment of the night. The big stadium chorus echoed throughout the venue, before the track made the transition into the Hardwell and Dannic remix.

The onlookers, most of whom were donning Example’s “Not A Salad” merchandise, maintained the energy and liveliness throughout ‘Watch the Sun Come Up’, ‘All the Wrong Places (Quintino remix)’, ‘Perfect Replacement’ and ‘Midnight Run (Flux Pavilion remix)’ before Example slowed proceedings down with ‘Playing in the Shadows’ and ‘Close Enemies (Jakob Liedholm remix)’. At this point, Example acknowledged Newcastle as one of his favourite cities to play, thanking the fans for their continued support throughout the years. This was followed by two tracks from his 2010 album, ‘Won’t Go Quietly’, as ‘Dirty Face’ seamlessly integrated into ‘Hooligans (Spor remix)’.

Audience interaction has always been one of Example’s strong points, and this gig was no different. The rapper-turned-singer regularly encouraged fans to participate by bouncing with the person next to them, clapping along and getting on other people’s shoulders. This interactivity spurred the lively crowd on, as they raved to the Ibiza-esque beats of ‘One More Day (Stay with Me)’ and ‘10 Million People (Kove remix)’, two singles from Example’s latest album, ‘Live Life Living’. That momentum continued through ‘Won’t Go Quietly (DC Breaks remix)’, ‘Take Me As I Am’ and ‘Kids Again’, before Example and the band temporarily left the stage.

After a short break, the encore turned things up a notch, opening with the rather aptly-named ‘We’ll Be Coming Back’. And there was no sign of the onlookers tiring, as the show continued with ‘Kickstarts’ and ‘Natural Disaster (Benny Benassi remix)’, before concluding with Example’s first number one hit ‘Changed the Way You Kiss Me (Chuckie remix)’.

Despite posting a video on Facebook prior to his tour to say that this set of dates would be his “last for a while” (due to the fact that his wife, Australian model, actress and tv personality Erin McNaught is currently pregnant), Example reassured fans that he would be returning, as he posed the question: “Who’s coming to my next tour?” After the energetic performance Example and his band gave, it’s safe to say that I, along with other attendees at the Academy in Newcastle that night, will be first in line for tickets.

Example‘s current massive UK tour rolls on through to the end of November; he plays at York Barbican tonight.

 

Example / October and November 2014 UK Tour

 
By on Thursday, 21st August 2014 at 8:00 am
 

Dance-rap-rock star Example is set to bring his multi-faceted live show on a lengthy 26-stop tour of the UK this autumn, following the release of his upcoming single ’10 Million People’, due out on the 5th of October. The new track is taken from Example’s recent Top Ten album ‘Live Life Living’, which was reviewed here by our David back in July.

Tickets for the following shows go on sale this Friday, the 22nd of August, at 9 AM.

Friday 17th October 2014 – Llandudno North Wales Arena
Saturday 18th October 2014 – Stoke-on-Trent Victoria Hall
Sunday 19th October 2014 – Grimsby Auditorium
Tuesday 21st October 2014 – Newcastle Academy
Wednesday 22nd October 2014 – Carlisle Sands Centre
Thursday 23rd October 2014 – York Barbican
Saturday 25th October 2014 – Leeds Academy
Sunday 26th October 2014 – Bath Pavilion
Monday 27th October 2014 – Bournemouth Academy
Wednesday 29th October 2014 – Newport Centre
Thursday 30th October 2014 – Plymouth Pavilion
Sunday 2nd November 2014 – Southend Cliffs Pavilion
Monday 3rd November 2014 – Margate Winter Gardens
Tuesday 4th November 2014 – Folkestone Leas Cliff Hall
Thuursday 6th November 2014 – Eastbourne Winter Gardens
Friday 7th November 2014 – Nottingham Rock City
Saturday 8th November 2014 – Sheffield Academy
Monday 10th November 2014 – Leicester Academy
Tuesday 11th November 2014 – Portsmouth Guildhall
Thursday 13th November 2014 – London Brixton Academy
Monday 17th November 2014 – Cambridge Corn Exchange
Tuesday 18th November 2014 – Norwich UEA
Wednesday 19th November 2014 – Liverpool University Mountford Hall
Friday 21st November 2014 – Birmingham Academy
Sunday 23rd November 2014 – Hull City Hall
Tuesday 25th November 2014 – Glasgow Barrowland
Thursday 27th November 2014 – Manchester Apollo

 

Album Review: Example – Live Life Living

 
By on Wednesday, 9th July 2014 at 12:00 pm
 

Since the release of his fourth album ‘The Evolution of Man’ in November 2012, Example has gone through some major changes in his life, most noticeably his marriage to Australian model and former ‘Neighbours’ star Erin McNaught. Furthermore, he also signed to his first major record label and carried out a vast array of charity work. Based on these events, it comes as no surprise to see that his latest album ‘Live Life Living’ is very upbeat compared to the dark tones of ‘The Evolution of Man’ and ‘Playing in the Shadows’ (2011), with hard trance, acid house, big beat and EDM featuring heavily throughout.

In numerous interviews, Example (real name Elliot Gleave) expressed that his fifth studio record is homage to ’90s dance music, and it clearly shows. The opening track ‘Next Year’ has a Chemical Brothers-esque synth and Oasis-like vocals, while ‘Take Me As I Am’ contains undertones of The Prodigy. He also listed Faithless (who he supported on their UK tour in 2010) and Underworld as major influences.

The Fulham-born rapper turned singer is renowned for his energetic gigs and it looks like tracks from ‘Live Life Living’ will get concertgoers bouncing once again. Co-produced by Example’s bass player Andy Sheldrake, ‘Only Human’ is the perfect example (pardon the pun) of this. It’s a feel good track that just makes you want to let go; a definite highlight of the album.

The title track ‘Live Life Living’ is dedicated to his wife, whom he married in May 2013. Lines such as “I have always pictured a future so lonely, ‘cos I have always lived in a world that disowned me” demonstrate how Example is now in a better place in comparison to the lows he has previously experienced. Likewise, ‘Can’t Face The World Alone’ and ‘Seen You’ show a softer side to the artist, who has come a long way since his Twitter spats with Cher Lloyd, The Saturdays and Alexandra Burke.

In 2013, Example announced that ‘Live Life Living’ wouldn’t contain any rapping but, due to demands from his fans, he revisited a number of tracks on the album and added eight bars to each. One of these tracks was ‘One More Day (Stay With Me)’, which debuted at #4 in the Official UK Singles Chart. This is another great song to come out of the album and the trademark rap from Example really brings it to life.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-bYftKKIQA[/youtube]

The other singles (‘All The Wrong Places’ and ‘Kids Again’) are also very strong tracks on the album. While neither achieves the same heights as ‘Changed The Way You Kissed Me’ or ‘Stay Awake’, they are a true return to form for Example.

‘Life Life Living’ closes with ‘Longest Goodbye’, which is about Example trying to understand what was going through his friend’s head when he took his own life. It’s a dark track that contains a lot of deep meaning and, while it doesn’t quite fit in with the rest of the album’s more upbeat feel, it’s a welcome change and a nice touch.

Overall, Example has experimented with a range of genres in ‘Live Life Living’ and it pays off. The album is full of dance tracks which will get crowds raving and people dancing, plus it brilliantly demonstrates his ability to write choruses that will echo throughout arenas and festivals. This is guaranteed to be one of the dance soundtracks of the summer.

8/10

‘Live Life Living’, Example’s fifth studio album, is out now on Sony Music.

 

Single Review: Example – Kids Again

 
By on Friday, 24th January 2014 at 12:00 pm
 

London’s electro dance producer/singer Example has yet another track for us in advance of his next album due out in June. The original version of ‘Kids Again’ was finally revealed on BBC Radio 1. In an unusual move, Example had allowed several remixes of the song to be played on air ahead of the original, but now we have the proper version. Full of tasty dance beats and throbbing synth licks, ‘Kids Again’ comes to us in original, Dimension, Zed Bias, or MOTi flavours. (For your convenience, we’ve embedded the original version of the song at the bottom of this post, but if you visit Example’s Soundcloud, you’ll get to hear all of them.) Each of the remixes has a very distinct sound. At this point, the Dimension version has edged forward for me with its vaguely 80s opening.

Riding the wave of previous single ‘All the Wrong Places’ top 20 charting, this song will likely garner Mr. Gleave another chart topper. The buzz on this tune is good and it has an appealing topic, “I don’t wanna do whatever they tell me / I wanna feel oh so young today / so let’s behave like kids again”. After all, who doesn’t want to feel like a kid again?

Hinting that the new album will feature no rapping at all, ‘Kids Again’ shows his vocal chops much like on the last album. I will admit to liking ‘All the Wrong Places’ a tad better, but I am excited by this single as well. I am very enthusiastic about the upcoming next album.

8/10

The single for ‘Kids Again’ itself will be released on the 16th of March on Epic Records and follows on from September 2013’s ‘All the Wrong Places’. Example’s yet unnamed fifth album is due out in June.

 

Preview: Jersey Live 2013

 
By on Monday, 24th June 2013 at 9:00 am
 

Words by Hannah Saul

When late August draws upon the sunny Channel Island of Jersey, the sound of great music will begin to play and hundreds of locals, and music lovers will flock to see some of the best acts that Jersey Live music festival has ever seen.

Jersey Live 2013 is gearing up to celebrate a summer of brilliant musical talent. Welcoming artists such as The 1975, Wolf People and Bastille. Not forgetting to mention the king of Acid House, Saturday night headliner Fatboy Slim, and Elliot John Gleave, better known as Example (pictured at top), who will be headlining Sunday night.

Having appeared at the festival back in 2007, The Enemy are amongst many of the impressive talents that have been arranged to feature at this festival, which is still only just finding its feet. However, for such a small festival, with a promising future, just looking down the line up gets me stoked. It just gets better and better the more you look. With the likes of The Cribs, and sweetheart Nina Nesbitt who John interviewed at this year’s Great Escape, there is certainly something for everyone, no matter what your music taste.

The most exciting new of all, comes in the form that for the first time ever, camping will be made available. The license for camping has now turned what could be described as one big uninterrupted concert, into a thriving music festival. However, there are big rules on what can and can’t be done. These come in the form of the obvious and also the unexpected. One of the more unconventional items on the do’s and don’t is the idea that alcohol is not permitted on site. Yes, I have to agree, that as it is the first year of camping, they may not want the hassle. But compared to other larger music events, being able to drink is normally taken for granted. But don’t you worry, there will be a bar made available to those who fancy an ice-cold cider or beer.

Although some people may wish to stay in the comfort of a hotel, it is not all that bad. There are some great local hotels and inns with a coach service to the festival grounds. There are plenty of great bars and pubs in the town center for any party animals looking to make the most of their night. But above all, the weather is normally great at the end of August. So pack some factor 15 and head on down. What more could you ask for than sun, beer and music?

Overall, what can I say? Get your tickets now! At £92 for a simple weekend ticket (not including camping) and £30 extra to camp, this is promising to be one of the best music events that the Channel Islands have ever seen! More information about Jersey Live tickets is this way.

 
 
 

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