LIVE - Local 717

(EP out now through Liberator Music/Kavalry Records)

1. Love Lounge
2. Be A Giver, Man
3. Waterfall
4. Brother
5. Venus In Furs

+LIVE+’s new EP Local 717 is the first collection of new material from the original line up of +LIVE+ in over a decade. Produced by +LIVE+ guitarist Chad Taylor and recorded at Think Loud Studios in the band’s hometown, with additional recording completed in Los Angeles at the Foo Fighters’ Studio 606, +LIVE+ bring raw energy and renewed creativity on Local 717 which comes following the band’s 2017 reunion. The EP contains four original songs and a cover of the Velvet Underground’s ‘Venus In Furs’ from their 1967 debut album The Velvet Underground & Nico.

The reunited original line-up of +LIVE+ returned triumphantly in 2017. Even stronger than before, Ed Kowalczyk (vocals, guitar), Chad Taylor (guitar, backing vocals), Patrick Dahlheimer (bass) and Chad Gracey (drums, percussion) performed with both fire and emotional heart. They reminded audiences worldwide how potent they are as a live act, playing songs from albums that have sold over 22 million copies worldwide (including two number one albums, Throwing Copper and Secret Samadhi). +LIVE+ has returned to the road in 2018, with a massive summer outdoor amphitheatre tour of North America with Counting Crows.

In 2017, the multi-platinum band performed 26 shows, including major festivals such as Austin City Limits, Lollapalooza and Arroyo Seco; a run of arena dates with Guns N’ Roses; and solo headlining shows, all in five different countries.

+LIVE+ garnered praise at Lollapalooza from writers such as Randall Colburn of Consequence Of Sound, who noted,

A packed set from a recently reunited +LIVE+ at one of the country’s foremost music festivals… ‘All Over You’ kicked off the proceedings, with ‘Selling the Drama,’ ‘The Dolphin’s Cry,’ and ‘I Alone’ ushering us towards the glorious climax that is ‘Lightning Crashes.’”

Jessi Roti of the Chicago Tribune backed up the sentiment, noting, “the drama is still there.

[2017] was such an amazing year full of so many wonderful moments,” reflects Ed Kowalczyk. “I would have to say it absolutely exceeded everyone’s expectations. We are really sounding better than ever and our chemistry on and off stage is just at another level. We can feel it and I’m sure the fans can sense that this isn’t some one-off ‘reunion where everyone sort of phones it in and then goes about their business. +LIVE+ is back and better than ever at every level.

By the time LIVE hit the stage at Lollapalooza,” says Chad Taylor, “we were performing at our very best. Something about the reunion renewed our energy and spirit. The band and our fans have been on fire, like nuclear hot sauce. I’m blown away with how passionate our fan base is. Now I can’t wait to elevate things to an even higher level with new tunes.

Kowalczyk adds that “the festivals were so amazing. During every show there was a palpable sense of joy in the audience. People were just so happy to see us come full circle, reunited and sounding so strong. Highlight for me was watching Dave Grohl in my periphery rockin’ out to our set at Voodoo Fest in New Orleans. I hadn’t seen Dave in years and by the smile on his face, I could tell he was catching a good bit of the “+LIVE+-joy” as well… it’s contagious!

Most important,” says Taylor, “we’re having so much f**king fun being in and enjoying our band!

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