Never the most stable band on the planet, The Verve finished touring their debut album ‘A Storm In Heaven’ in 1993 as a band on the brink. In the three years since their first gig in Wigan’s Honeysuckle pub in 1990 they’d broken the UK album chart and had a string of highly acclaimed indie hits in the shoegazey shape of ‘All In The Mind’, ‘She’s A Superstar’ and ‘Gravity Grave’. But a legal wrangle over their original name Verve and a draining US tour saw singer Richard Ashcroft hospitalized from dehydration after a lengthy boozing bout and drummer Pete Salisbury arrested for smashing up his hotel room in a drug-induced rampage. So they entered a remote Welsh studio with producer Owen Morris to record their second album deeply fractured, and the sessions only widened the cracks. 'A Northern Soul' remains, two decades later, a harrowing but tuneful snapshot of that troubled time for the group. Here's it story...Read More
It’s been a while since he released his 2009 solo album ‘Keep It Hid’ but Dan Auerbach is once again playing away from his Black Keys buddy, drummer Patrick Carney. This time however, he’s not going it alone. Forming The Arcs with friends and Black Keys session superstars Leon Michels and Richard Swift – who swap between keys, guitars and percussion - as well as Homer Steinweiss (drums) and Nick Movshon (bass), the group release their debut album ‘Yours, Dreamily,’ on September 4 via TBK label Nonesuch. “It just felt wrong to have it under my own name,” explains Auerbach on the phone from his home in Nashville, explaining why he’s shying away from calling the record a solo release. “It wasn’t just me that made it special.”Read More
It’s been seven long years since perv-punkers Eagles Of Death Metal last released an album. In that time frontman Jesse Hughes has become a certified man of the cloth – in tribute to his idol Little Richard – and drummer Josh Homme has produced an Arctic Monkeys album, formed a supergroup with Dave Grohl and Led Zep’s John Paul Jones (Them Crooked Vultures) and released yet another belting Queens of the Stone Age album, 2013’s ‘…Like Clockwork’.Read More
Keith Flint bought and restored The Leather Bottle – a pub in the village of Pleshey in his native Essex – in 2014. Like all modern landlords, he has to deal with snarky online reviews on top of usual responsibilities such as arguing with drunks and worrying about running out of scampi. So NME gave turbo electro’s most ferocious frontman the right to reply to some TripAdvisor comments…Read More
From the second he burst back onto the airwaves, a few thousand volts’ worth of adrenaline coursing through his voice, it was obvious. Not only has it absolutely killed Zane Lowe, being away from radio these last four months, but Beats 1 is something he’s seriously excited about. Whether or not the station, labeled “the world’s first local radio”, launched today as part of long-awaited new streaming service Apple Music, brings the revolution in streaming habits the tech giant promised when it was announced three weeks ago remains to be seen. But after a brilliantly high-tempo first two hours on air, full of new music, starry exclusives and classic Zane-isms - at one point he declared Royal Blood “ONE OF MY FAVOURITE ARTISTS OF ALL TIME!!!!!” at the kinda volume usually reserved for people screaming for rescue from a burning building - we know that Beats 1 means business.Read More
Lionel Richie On Playing The Biggest Set Of The Weekend At Glastonbury: 'There Was A Nude Doll Of Me In The Crowd With A Hard-On'
Following in the footsteps of Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers and Neil Diamond, Lionel Richie took over the Pyramid Stage for the Sunday afternoon "legend slot" last weekend - and drew the biggest crowd of Glastonbury 2015. With over 100,000 festival-goers singing along to classic hits like 'Hello', 'Easy' and 'All Night Long', the soul singer became so overwhelmed by what was happening in the audience, he began yelling the already immortal line: "What the hell is going on?" NME called him for a debrief the following day, and found that Lionel was still very much dancing on the ceiling.Read More
Richard Hawley may have established himself as the Godfather of the Sheffield music scene, starting out in the Longpigs before briefly joining Pulp and then giving a leg-up to the town's younger upstarts - Arctic Monkeys among them. But his solo career has consistently pushed boundaries and seen him venture into sounds from beyond his Yorkshire town.Read More