"We're home, Chewie." With three words, J. J. Abrams yesterday sent shivers down the spines of hundreds of thousands across the globe. People who, still haunted by the horrors of those prequels, are daring to dream. Hopes weren't high for the upcoming Disney-released Star Wars film, The Force Awakens, after George Lucas' childhood-destroying early '00s trilogy. An 88-second teaser, released late last year, however, changed all that. Dark, enigmatic and pacey, it was everything that trilogy wasn't.
If Lemmy dabbled in acid, Mötorhead might have sounded a bit like London stoner-metal maestros Riddles, whose new double A-side 7'' single 'Psychedelic Power Engine Iron Claw Thunder Mistress' (Metal much? Now THAT's a title) offers a diesel-spitting hog-ride straight through the doors of perception (man!), hurtling through punk, doom and flamboyant NWOBHM influences at 180mph.
“With our next album we wanted to make something that sounds amazing next year and then terrible in 10 years,” Vaccines frontman Justin Young told NME at the start of this year. It may be too early to judge just how successful they’ve been in that regard, but what is for certain is working with producers Dave Friddman and Cole MGN on 'English Graffiti' in upstate New York has helped craft a Vaccines record that rips up the template of their previous two LPs.
Written and directed by Carol Morley, sister of former NME journalist Paul, The Falling is a beguiling British film that follows a mysterious fainting epidemic at a girls' school in 1969. Game Of Thrones' Maisie Williams stars as Lydia, the first girl to fall into a strange trance-like state before fainting midway through a routine lesson, while newcomer Florence Pugh makes an impressive screen debut as her charismatic best friend Abbie.
Here's one we didn't see coming. Stewart Lee has contributed to a new compilation album featuring covers of folk singer Shirley Collins, released for Record Store Day (April 18). The record also features Blur's Graham Coxon, Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo, Bonnie Prince Billy, Johnny Flynn and Trembling Bells, to name a few. How'd Lee come to be involved in 'Shirley Inspired' then? We caught up with the comedian to find out. You're more known for your love of The Fall than folk music. When did you first get into Shirley Collins and what attracted you to her music?