"It's less a question of 'why now?' and more 'why only now?’… That's how I feel now the ball is finally rolling and these songs are finally starting to get out there." For Nate Mendel, bassist in Foo Fighters and revered first-wave emo pioneers Sunny Day Real Estate, a solo career is something “I’d always wanted to explore but the timing was never right.” Then a realisation struck him. “There’s never a right time!” he tells NME. “Schedules are always packed. There are always other commitments. So it was important I just bit the bullet and did this.
"It feels so good to fix something, even if it's temporary," says Ava Luna’s Felicia Douglass about the emotions underpinning new single ‘Coat of Shellac’. “As a dancer I used to put coats of shellac on my pointe shoes to increase their longevity. But I knew it was only a quick fix." After the kaleidoscopic funk-punk triumph that was their second album 'Electric Balloon', released barely a year ago, you'd have forgiven the New Yorkers for adopting an ‘if it ain’t broke…’ approach to upcoming third album ‘Infinite House’.
Nothing's certain in life but death, taxes and Kanye West stealing the limelight at award ceremonies. Or at least that's how it's supposed to be. But as the dust settles on Wednesday's Brit Awards, conversation continues to be about Madonna's unfortunate cape slip. Apparently elder pop stars being susceptible to laws of gravity like the rest of us is a really big deal, or something. Anyways, it's meant that for once, Kanye's been outdone in the controversy stakes.
February is nearly over and with it finishes this year's run of NME Awards Shows with Austin, Texas. The past month has seen some of music's greatest and brightest take over London's venues for some riotous and sweat-drenched shows, from flame-haired electro-pop queen La Roux dazzling Koko to Canadian giants Death From Above 1979 bringing Brixton Academy to its knees with humungous riffs and sheer energy.
This week's New Act Of The Week are Pretty Vicious (pictured above), who last month were at the centre of the biggest record label scrum in ages.