I am sitting backstage before the evening's Cribs show (Liverpool, July 11), hanging out, drinking, listening to records, talking nonsense. The usual backstage routine. As it is our first UK show of 2014, I am catching up with our sound guy who I haven't seen since last year sometime. He has recently had a baby daughter and tells me that there is only one band she will listen to. The Ramones. I tell him I think that's fucking rad.
Poor bassists. Unless you're a four-string plucking frontman like Paul McCartney, virtuoso maverick like Squarepusher or irascible motormouth like this week's NME cover star Nicky Wire, life as a bass player is routinely one spent in the shadows compared to your bandmates, shoved to the back of music videos and overlooked in interviews. A drummer might get to unleash a wild drum solo live. If a bassist does it, he's gonna look like he's attempting the Seinfeld theme.
Honne might hail originally from the British Isles' sleepy south west but you wouldn't know it from the lusty, late night, urbanite feel of 'Warm On A Cold Night'. The latest release from electronic imprint Super Recordings, responsible for early singles from likes of AlunaGeorge and Bondax, this debut single sees the pair - identified in their press release as Andy and James, two music teachers from Somerset and Wiltshire via Bow - pit fizzing James Blake electronics against Frank Ocean style croons honey-dipped in soul.
Plenty of excitement for Radiohead fans this month. Jonny Greenwood, speaking on Mary Anne Hobbs' BBC 6Music show, said that the band is going to start "rehearsing and recording in September". Then the Sunday Times ran an interview (July 20) in which Greenwood talked about plans to start making music soon. "I was emailing stuff to Thom last night, actually, but it's not the same, is it? You don't see him tutting." So what's been going on with the band since 'The King Of Limbs' release in 2011 and subsequent tour?
It was one of the most extraordinary gigs of recent times. Not because of the music but because of the circumstance. No Devotion, a fresh group made up of the five remaining members of Lostprophets after lead singer Ian Watkins was jailed in December 2013 for a series of heinous child sex offences, played their first show last night (July 22) at CF10 Cardiff. Having recruited former Thursday member Geoff Rickly as lead singer, they released their debut single ‘Stay’ at the start of July. In interviews they've said they would never be able to listen to, or play, Lostprophets songs ever again.