ormed in the multicultural hub of London, LIVINGSTON are Beukes Willemse and guitarist/keyboardist Chris van Niekerk from South Africa, drummer Jan Siekmann from Germany and bassist Phil Magee from the UK.
Finding their feet with 2009’s debut “Sign Language” and 2012’s “Fire To Fire” (Universal Music Germany), the band achieved numerous successes including Top 20 in the German Sales Charts and Number 1 on the Amazon & iTunes Rock Charts as well as iTunes Newcomer Album of the Year 2010. Their single “Broken” went to Top 20 and their second single “Go” was the ofﬁcial song for German national broadcaster ZDF during the winter Olympics of 2010.
Their music has been featured in numerous TV shows/series as well as having the featured soundtrack in the international blockbuster movie Chalet Girl featuring Bill Nighy, Felicity Jones, Brooke Shields and Ed Westwick. More recently the band featured in the remake of The Man Who Was Thursday, directed by Balazs Juszt, again having the feature track.
Having recorded at the hallowed grounds of Abbey Road Studios in London and Sonic Ranch in Texas and with producers such as David Botrill (Muse, Tool, Placebo), the band wrote, produced, recorded and mixed their 3rd album “Animal” (SPV, Longbranch Records) entirely in a hunter’s cabin in the woods outside Berlin. The result? Animal was LIVINGSTON at their purest.
LIVINGSTON released “Animal” in the UK, Benelux and GSA in autumn 2014 followed by successful tour where the band displayed their greatest and most dynamic live shows, as well as enjoying their best album and live reviews to date. Their single “Human” reached No.4 of the EAC (European Alternative Charts) as well as No.6 on the German Indie-Alternative Club Charts. The release has been well-appreciated and reviewed on some of the big music magazines such as Big Cheese, Kerrang!, TeamRock, PowerPlay or Rocksound.
And then LIVINGSTON completely disappeared. Fans thought that The band had retired to a quiet life in the country, but they were dead wrong. The story goes that after their 4th album, The band having always been very ambitious felt that the money in showbiz was not enough to sustain their lavish lifestyles. So they did what any self respecting group of entrepreneurs would do...turn to a life of crime. This as I’m sure you already guessed did not end well with their bank robbery spree in the US coming to an abrupt end with the arrest of all four members. Court cases ensued and later the eventual extradition back to Europe for Beukes, Jan and Phil, and the incarceration of Chris in the US.
The new album “This is a Robbery” is the embodiment of this chapter in Livingston’s life. Is this chapter ﬁctional? Maybe. You’ll have to watch and ﬁnd out.