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Rhian Daly

Posted on Monday, September 1, 2014

 
The Unlikely Redemption Of The Vines And How Their Comeback Happened

On the eve of the release of The Vines’ fourth album, ‘Melodia’, in July 2008, NME published an official apology for building up the Australian grunge trio. “Let’s get this out of the way, because it’s not something we’re too fond of doing. To those of you who bought the issue of NME dated July 23, 2002, please accept our sincerest and most unreserved apologies,” it read. The writer apologised for that issue's heralding of Craig Nicholls as the de facto saviour of rock’n’roll. "Well, we weren’t right. And for that we’re sorry. But nobody deserved ‘Melodia’,” he wrote.

 

Al Horner

Posted on Monday, September 1, 2014

 
Premiere - Irish Trio Cloud Castle Lake's Dark, Elegant 'A Wolf Howling'

It takes most bands three or four albums to pluck up the sort of courage and experimentalism Cloud Castle Lake's debut EP 'Dandelion' seeps from every pore. One for fans of Atoms For Peace, Max Richter and Wild Beasts, the Dublin trio's first release is a heart-bruising ballet of monochrome guitars and sophisticated electronic fizz that marks Daniel McAuley, Brendan Jenkinson and Rory O'Connor as future trail-blazers. Don't believe us? Try the brilliant 'A Wolf Howling' on for size.

 

David Renshaw

Posted on Friday, August 29, 2014

 
Protomartyr Q&A: 'The Only Reason I Threw Myself Into A Band At 37 Was Because I Made Terrible Life Decisions'

Protomartyr's second record 'Under Color of Official Right' was released earlier this year, and is already a strong contender for the title of album of the year. On it, the Detroit punk band tell tales of dodgy low-life's and the inner city turmoil that's rife in their poverty-stricken home, all with reference points that range from The Fall to James Joyce. I caught up with frontman Joe Casey recently, as he arrived in Baltimore for a live show on the band's last US tour.

 

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Posted on Friday, August 29, 2014

 

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Oasis' 'Definitely Maybe' was released 20 years ago this weekend - and what better way to celebrate the birthday of this great British debut? A cake, of course. Baker Adam Cox said: "Creating a cake to mark the anniversary of this album was a must.

 

NME Blog

Posted on Friday, August 29, 2014

 
August 2014: NME Writers Pick Best New Music Of The Month

August is traditionally a quieter month for new music before the final quarter of the year with its traditionally big releases. Not 2014. From new music by way of Merchandise, FKA Twigs, Childhood, Falty DL, The Vines and Royal Blood, SOPHIE, Rustie, Cyril Hahn, Leonard Cohen, Ex Hex, Joey Bada$$, Trust Fund and Jessie Ware to Kate Bush's return, we've been pretty spoilt. What's the best thing you've heard this month? Let us know in the comments below.

 
 
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