CD Review: The Kavanaghs “Love Conquers Pain (Live)”

The heavily British-influenced band The Kavanaghs are a pop/rock band that makes their home in Rosario, Argentina. Together, the four-piece band has evolved while during their time together as a group. Having begun as a band inspired by the likes of The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and other British Invasion bands, as well as Post-British Invasion bands such as The Raspberries and Badfinger, the band would later merge that style with more current sounds from the likes of Coldplay. That love of the British style of Rock and Roll music would lead the band to create two albums of original music: 2009’s self-titled release and 2011’s Love Conquers Pain.

Although the band has been quiet of late, they have since returned with a new release. The new album features the band as they performed live in concert. The resulting album, 2017’s Love Conquers Pain (Live). The release features many of the tracks found on the original Love Conquers Pain with a few tracks from the band’s self-titled release thrown in for good measure. For the live album, the band consisted of Tiago Galindez: Bass – Vocals – Piano, Ale Pin: Guitars – Vocals, Diego Vázquez: Guitars and Seba Cairo: Drums – Vocals (shown in the concert photo above) with special guest musicians: Juan Manuel Garassino: Piano – Vocals – Acoustic guitar, Mariano Barabani: Piano – Hammond.

As soon as the listener puts the Love Conquers Pain (Live) album on, they can hear the talent that exists within the four members of the band. From the very first note, the listener gets a good idea of how tight The Kavanaghs are as a live ensemble.

Love Conquers Pain (Live) begins with the track “Tonight”. The song ends up being one of the more original takes on any of the band’s material as the arrangement of the song for the live setting starts off with an extended introduction that adds a new element to the song. That new introduction makes the song feel very fresh as the band begins the set with one of their best and strongest tracks.

Just like the first track of “Tonight,” the track “Come On (Before the Wind)” finds The Kavanaghs revisiting their song with a fresh approach. The original track had a very timeless feel to the music. With this version, the band takes the track in a more New Wave direction, especially with the inclusion of the additional keyboards on the track. Just like the track before it, the new version of “Come On (Before the Wind)” takes the music from the band and makes it seem tighter and stronger.

One of the tracks that feels very much like the studio version from the Love Conquers Pain album is the track “Those Days”. On the track, the band performs the song almost as if they had just recorded the song. One standout element in the live track is the three-part harmony from the musicians as they sing the chorus to the song.

The vast majority of Love Conquers Pain (Live) has been taken, rather obviously, from the band’s 2011 studio release entitled Love Conquers Pain. And because of that, the live release is a rather good indication of what the band’s sound is like. The few tracks that come from The Kavanaghs’ 2009 self-titled album is where the listener who is familiar with the band’s musical output would notice the difference.

On the songs “Hyde Park,” “All the Time” “English Town, English People” and “Cat in Town,” The Kavanaghs had recorded their self-titled release when they were still rather largely influenced by the early days of The Kinks, The Beatles and other British Invasion bands. On this new live album, these four songs are the tracks that truly show the band’s progression as a group coming into their own style and sound. Perhaps the track with the biggest difference in sound is the song “Hyde Park”.

Taken from The Kavanaghs’ 2009 self-titled release, “Hyde Park” was a mostly-acoustic track that featured a very strong Beatles-like influence. On the live release, the band transferred the song from the acoustic realm into the electric realm, adding electric guitars to the song’s musical mix. The choice to go electric on the song means that the song now has a much later Beatles influence to the music. It also makes the song seem a little more timeless, as far as Rock and Roll is concerned.

When comparing the live versions of the tracks chosen for the Love Conquers Pain (Live) release to the original ones, the newer live tracks on this release breathe new life into the music of The Kavanaghs. And with the band having had two different styles, one being very influenced by the British Invasion era and one being influenced by the later styles of British Rock and Roll, this live album of music from the Argentina-based band The Kavanaghs helps to unify the band’s two sounds into one style. The result is a release that proves that Rock and Roll is truly international.

To hear just a little of the music from The Kavanaghs live release, check out the song “Tonight” from Love Conquers Pain (Live).

For more information, check out the band’s record label Eternal Sunday. Also check out the label’s Facebook account.

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Kavahaghs Live