Leamington Spa isn't renowned for having a vibrant music scene yet the town has somehow birthed one of the most promising new bands. I popped down the pub with Beck Wood and John Ridgard of Coves recently to talk good-hearted inter-band bust ups, getting your heart broken and their debut album 'Soft Friday'.
From the stars of 'Almost Famous' and 'Velvet Goldmine' to 'High Fidelity' and 'Spinal Tap', cinema is full of brilliant fictional bands. The Prems are the next fictitious group to follow in these cinematic footsteps - they feature in 'Svengali', the forthcoming film written, produced by and starring Jonny Owen. He plays Paul 'Dixie' Dean, a postman-turned-band manager and full-time dreamer from the Welsh valleys.
Coming soon to a wedding or Bar Mitzvah near you! Over the last few months, Arcade Fire have began to transform themselves into the world's greatest functions band, sneaking covers of some of their favourite artists into sets while on the road. From Stevie Wonder classic 'Signed, Sealed, Delivered' to snippets of Aerosmith, and New Order to Prince's 'Controversy', they're cover crazy at the moment. In fact, you can now assemble an entire double album of tracks the Montreal band have put their own spin on - so we did just that.
There aren't many more magnetic personalities in rap right now than Danny Brown. Which is why in this week's NME, we follow him on as he storms the UK, where he's unwilling to live up to the goofy persona he's cultivated across his acclaimed albums. Pick up this week's issue for Jordan Bassett's account of two days on tour with the Michigan emcee.
Throughout music's rich history, there's been heaps of bands using the feeling of being stuck in a small town to fill their sound with feeling. Stevenage's Bad Breeding are no different. On their debut single 'Age Of Nothing' they bare their teeth and spit bile about "living in a town where nothing really happens, except nothingness itself". It's a barbed, no-holds-barred sonic assault that marks them out as an even angrier, more vicious Eagulls; an aggressive confrontation that’s as darkly exciting as it is terrifyingly in your face.