Poor bassists. Unless you're a four-string plucking frontman like Paul McCartney, virtuoso maverick like Squarepusher or irascible motormouth like this week's NME cover star Nicky Wire, life as a bass player is routinely one spent in the shadows compared to your bandmates, shoved to the back of music videos and overlooked in interviews. A drummer might get to unleash a wild drum solo live. If a bassist does it, he's gonna look like he's attempting the Seinfeld theme.
It was one of the most extraordinary gigs of recent times. Not because of the music but because of the circumstance. No Devotion, a fresh group made up of the five remaining members of Lostprophets after lead singer Ian Watkins was jailed in December 2013 for a series of heinous child sex offences, played their first show last night (July 22) at CF10 Cardiff. Having recruited former Thursday member Geoff Rickly as lead singer, they released their debut single ‘Stay’ at the start of July. In interviews they've said they would never be able to listen to, or play, Lostprophets songs ever again.
Let's face it, breakfast is probably the least rock 'n' roll meal of the day. Maybe it's something to do with the fact any rock star worth his salt isn't likely to wake up before lunch - and even then, their first meal of the day is more likely to be two aspirins and Bloody Mary. That didn't stop New York artist Sarah Rosado creating these awesome cereal portraits of musicians from Jimi Hendrix to Amy Winehouse, though.
You may not be hugely familiar with the name Greg Kurstin, but you'll have heard scores of songs he's written and produced over the last decade. The sought-after super-producer has defined 00s chart-pop, working with a real mix of artists, from The Flaming Lips to Beyoncé, Karen O to Kylie and Donna Summer to Devo.
"Right now, The Family Rain sound like a band whose confidence is swelling," writes Kevin EG Perry in this week's NME, praising the Bath trio's "ripped, pumped-up riffs" and Oasis-like swagger on new EP 'Hunger Sauce'. Most bands would rest on their laurels having just released a widely applauded debut album ('Under The Volcano'). Not William, Ollie and Timothy Walter who, five months after that debut LP, release this new seven song collection next Monday (July 28).