Welcome to one of the hottest contested gongs at this year’s NME Awards 2015 With Austin, Texas. The Best New Band Supported By Replay category is always one of the most sought after awards on the night, purely because of the pedigree of acts who’ve won it before. 2002? The Strokes. 2003? The Libertines. 2006? Arctic Monkeys. Hell, in 1964 a little known singer called Mick Jagger picked up the equivalent. Put simply: voters of this award are always amazingly on-the-ball when it comes to predicting who’ll go onto be massive in future years.
Yet again the Yanks have done well in the [b]Best International Band Supported By Austin, Texas[/b] category at the 2015 NME Awards but Aussies [a]Tame Impala[/a] and Canadians [a]Arcade Fire[/a] have also snuck in on the impressive list, and they’ll be battling [a]Foo Fighters[/a], [a]Haim[/a], [a]Interpol[/a] and [a]Queens Of The Stone Age[/a] for the award.
“Let’s make this last forever,” once yowled Tom DeLonge, dragging his trademark sneer across a melee of skate-rock guitars and breathlessly thwacked drums. For a while, it seemed like Blink-182 might have lived up to that pledge, the hook to fizzing 2001 single ‘First Date’. Four years after an acrimonious 2005 split – sparked by guitarist DeLonge who described himself as tired of writing “bullshit pop songs” to people “singing along like 14-year-old girls” – the band returned in 2009, with a new album in the works and a world tour planned.
It's only a few weeks left until the NME Awards 2015 with Austin, Texas on February 18 and you've got just a couple of days to get your votes in. To refresh your memory here's the six amazing tracks you voted to be nominated in the Best Track Award sponsored by Tito's Handmade Vodka.
Here on the NME news desk, we deal with revelations by musicians on a daily basis. This past week, one of the more intriguing ones I came across was Bob Dylan’s disclosure that if he wasn't a musician, he would be a teacher. One of the biggest music icons of the last century teaching you about algebra and F. Scott Fitzgerald - imagine that! So I did. Here's what a week at school with Bob Dylan might look like. Monday: You’ve been dreading today.