UK Rock band LIVINGSTON Unveils new single 'Sabotage'

UK Rock band LIVINGSTON Unveils new single 'Sabotage'

UK Rock band LIVINGSTON Unveils new single 'Sabotage'

By Press Release / News / Friday, 29 November 2019 07:44

Formed 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 a 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 has 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.


It’s not really a habit of ours to discuss what a song is about since that is so subjective. But in this case, I guess Sabotage can be seen to be about forbidden love, having to tear yourself away from it and the chaos that it causes in you.

Listen to 'Sabotage' below!

LIVINGSTON Sabotage Single Cover

The lyrics are intentionally simple and unintellectual as this kind of inner dialogue normally is, like a mantra or a rehearsal in your head trying to convince yourself to break free from self-sabotaging actions that feels so good but that you know will ultimately end in extreme pain. For the music, we wanted to accompany the lyrics firstly with a heartbeat-like pulse then build around that. Then later it’s all about the bipolar contrast between sweet and minacious.!! Or the song is about a love affair with a life of crime and having to run away from the authorities. You can decide for yourself.

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