'Drum + Fife' is the fourth track from the band’s forthcoming album ‘Monuments To An Elegy’, out December 8. The band's eighth album was recorded in Chicago and Tommy Lee plays drums on every track. Billy Corgan was surprised that 'Drum + Fife' became a single but by the sounds of it, it'll become an anthem for fans - and a live favourite. Here's Corgan with more info: [quote]'Drum + Fife' was originally a folk song. We really had a problem getting it off its almost dour Irish balladeer aspect. And I must give a lot of credit to Tommy Lee, because he’s the one who turned the corner.
This week's Buzz section in Radar sees us big up The Symposium, who've risen from the same Chicago scene as The Orwells and Twin Peaks.
39 years ago this week, Queen's ‘Bohemian Rhapsody' - a masterful, if ludicrous, six-minute suite of operatic cock-rock about a lad who’s killed someone, sold his soul to Beelzebub and wants to know if Scaramouche can do the Fandango - hit number 1 in the UK singles chart, where it then stayed for nine weeks. Is it a rejigged myth? A metaphor for a failed Mercury relationship? Well, your guess is good as ours. It was a mammoth undertaking for a band about to become one of the biggest in the world – and these are the facts.
Beady Eye's loss was fans of searing shoegaze's gain: earlier this week, following the recent split of Liam Gallagher's group, guitarist Andy Bell spoke to NME to confirm pioneering '90s racketmakers Ride are reuniting. Ressurecting their caustic sound for a 2015 tour, the news has had a massive reaction. NME's Andy Welch spoke to Bell and Mark Gardener about the comeback, and whether there's new material on the horizon... How's it feel to be back? Andy Bell: "I'm buzzing. It's going to be really cool." Mark Gardener: "Sitting on this news has been torture.
To listen to Kings Of Leon's back catalogue in one blast is to listen to four young men coming of age musically and in life. Theirs is a journey that’s taken them from hokey country-fried rockers to the stadium-filling unit they are today. They’ve released six albums in just ten years and, largely, kept the quality up. Did you only like Kings Of Leon before they released the ‘Holy Roller Novocaine’ EP? Is ‘Sex On Fire’ their high water mark? Let us know how you’d rank the albums in the comments below.