Remember when you used to make ink blots at school? Symmetrical butterflies and the like? Soundgarden's new video will make you feel nostalgic for those primary school art lessons - though their patterns are predictably darker. Spiders, sheep heads, creatures with rifles, thorns, that kind of thing. The video is for 'Storm', an unreleased track from the band's three-CD rarities collection, 'Echo Of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across The Path', out this week.
'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.