If you think for even one second that recording in Sheffield means the debut album from American garage rockers Radkey is going to be laced with saucy Jarvis Cocker-style poetry or bleepy Warp Records beats, then think again. “Obviously, there’s Def Leppard,” says bassist Isaiah Radke when asked about the local influences he and his brothers-cum-bandmates Dee (guitar/vocals) and Solomon (drums) have soaked up. “They’re actually awesome,” he adds, suddenly serious.
Make no mistake: the return of Ride is 2015's most exciting comeback so far. The band, who played their first shows together in 14 years last month, inspired everyone from The Horrors to Deerhunter across their four studio albums the first time around the block, earning them a reputation as highly influential shoegaze pioneers. But which bands were the ones to influence them?
After the release of their surprise million-selling Number One album ‘Settle’, Surrey duo Disclosure took off into the dance-pop stratosphere, scoring hit singles, appearances at every international festival worth its salt and a 2013 Grammy nomination for Best Dance Album. Two years later, the Lawrence brothers are back with a banger. ‘Bang That’ (and it’s no misleading title) pushes their ravey sonics into colder, lustier territory here, stripping back the hyperactive hooks of fan favourites like 'White Noise' for a more minimalist, beat-driven five minutes of rave pressure.
Finally, US comedy Broad City is being shown in the UK. If you tuned in to Comedy Central on Tuesday night, the show's UK premiere, you’ll have been introduced to Ilana and Abbi already - two girls in their early twenties running the usual gamut of sex, friendship, drugs, work and parties, while trying to make it in New York. Abbi is an artist who works as a cleaner in a gym, also harbouring secret dreams of becoming a trainer there.
JK Simmons drama Whiplash stormed cinemas earlier this year with its powerful depiction of a young jazz drummer whose struggle to appease an overbearing teacher pushes him to a dangerous brink. For classical pianist James Rhodes, who you might recognise from Channel 4 shows Don’t Stop The Music and Notes from the Inside, it was a dark reminder of how humiliating and torturous training to become a virtuoso can be - mobile phones were thrown at him, his face was spat on and his life became full of "pain, sweat and terror" as he mastered his instrument.