Equal parts The Radio Dept., Jesus & Mary Chain and The Strokes, Montreal's Heat understand the power of delivery – that little things like a split-second burst of meticulously planned and raggedly executed guitar can make a good song suddenly become great. They're also pretty handy when it comes to Lou Reed-style vocal slurs and nagging melodies, marking them out as one of 2014's most promising new bands in my book. Here, we've got their debut video, for 'Rooms', which originally came out on their EP earlier this year. Stream the whole thing after the jump.
The future-sounds of Hendrix inspired Muse’s Matt Bellamy to pick up a guitar and create his own warped soundscapes. Here's what the frontman had to say about the 'Electric Ladyland' innovator in a 2010 Jimi Hendrix special issue of NME, republished to mark 44 years today (September 18) since the Seattle maverick's death... "The first time I really got excited by guitars was when I was about 12. At the time, I wasn't really into heavy music at all. I was into the sort of stuff my dad plays – Dick Dale type stuff, Simon & Garfunkel. But then I saw a video of Jimi Hendrix performing his famous set at the Monterey Pop Festival. More than the songs, what changed my life was the freedom, the expression that he brought to the performance. There was a sense of wild, reckless danger, capped when he famously smashed his guitar at the end, then set it on fire.
Each week, NME chooses the best books, clothes, boxsets, DVDs and more that you need to get your hands on. It could be pretty much anything. This week, it's a George Harrison boxset to Bernard Sumner's debut book. Boxset: George Harrison: The Apple Years A companion to 2004’s 'The Dark Horse Years' boxset, this new collection collates the late Beatles guitarist’s first six solo records, including ‘All Things Must Pass’ and ‘Wonderwall Music’.
Amid the 13 adrenaline-charged, scalpel-sharp dissections of 21st century America on Bay Ridge scrappers The So So Glos’ recent third album ‘Blowout’, ‘Diss Town’ is maybe the darkest – a wispy fog of dread rising from beneath its breezy Replacements-ish garage-punk guitars, like smoke from a drain. You won’t find a gang of prouder New Yorkers than the four-piece, made up of brothers Alex and Ryan Levine, half-brother Zach Staggers plus guitarist Matt Elkins, as anyone who follows the band on Twitter will tell you.
Krill are a trio of Boston goofs whose nervous, wiry grunge treads a tightrope walk between screwball hilarity and moments of devastating melancholy - for every lyric about feeling “like a turd spinning in flushing water” (‘Turd') there’s a line like the one at the bruised, twitching heart of ‘Fresh Pond’, squawked nasally over scrappy Built To Spill guitars: “when I go home, I look out the window but all I see sometimes is the window pane.” New track 'Peanut Butter' carries on where the slacker-rock rough and tumble of December's 'Steve Hears Pile In Malden And Bursts Into Tears' EP left off,