The Growlers' clash of sun-drenched guitars and Cure-style 1980s post-punk influences on new album 'Chinese Fountain' led the band to recently describe it as "beach goth." Which is about right, really: think Robert Smith building a sandcastle in on a postcard-perfect Marbella vista beneath a parasol, still unable to entirely shake off a looming sensation of despair, and you're not far off.
NME has been a bit smitten with Kwabs for some time now – especially after his ace 'Pray For Love' EP, released earlier this year, came with the standout track 'Something Right'. "His damaged lyrics and [producer] Sohn’s frigid beats quake in such a way that they whip up a freezing, doom-heavy feeling," said NME's Ben Homewood at the time.
Check out our new social media intern. Dapper lookin' fellow, isn't he? Only kidding - the man pictured manning NME's Twitter feed above is, of course, the one and only Johnny Marr, who this afternoon (September 19) answer readers' questions in a revealing 30 minutes. In case you missed it, here's the best bits, including the former Smith's take on today's Scottish independence referendum, returning to the Cribs, the possibility of a project with Noel Gallagher and more.
David Maclean is the drummer and producer for Django Django. He grew up in Edinburgh, Fife and The Highlands Although I would've voted 'Yes' if I still lived in Scotland - I'm now in London - I was always of the belief that the way people were galvanised to become active about politics in Scotland during the Referendum was so important and something that has to keep going. Not just in Scotland but across the rest of Britain: it’s a time for change and if Scotland can achieve that as part of Britain, that’s good.
Ahead of the release of Slipknot's fifth studio album, '5: The Gray Chapter', due out on October 20 in the UK, the Iowa metallers have unveiled their latest new look. They've changed up their masks a number of times over the years, but their latest incarnation is particularly imaginative. Anyway, they're here to be, um, enjoyed in nine fairly disturbing but entertaining GIFs.