So, what's the first great album of 2012? If you ask us, it's The Maccabees' stunning new effort 'Given To The Wild'. The band have given us the full lowdown on the album that's set to make them superstars, as well as the reasons why they covet a signed print from The Snowman film and their thoughts on the David Attenborough polar bear 'scandal'. This band are our next great British guitar band, so dive in.
We've also got the full lowdown on the characters set to pop up in Noel Fielding's mental new show, Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy. Purple anteaters, aliens that travel in biscuit tins, a cockney lion – they're all there, and Noel has given us an insight into his multi-coloured brain about the inspiration behind them. Plus, Serge from Kasabian explains how he came up with a song for a character who is a chocolate biscuit PE teacher who used to be in the army and plays swingball alone. Best you just read the feature.
Excited about The Stone Roses' return? Ever think how it might affect Primal Scream – who have lost bassist Mani to Ian Brown's gang this year but are still fighting on with a new album? Kevin Shields is on board, Bobby Gillespie's angry about politics and Happy Mondays maraca shaker Bez has been asked to fill in on bass duties. Seriously. Get the mag for the full lowdown.
We've also got a chat with Chairlift about their deranged, serial killer-soaked new album, amazing free Joe Strummer and The Cure posters, plus the NME verdicts on debut albums by Howler and Tribes – this year's new guitar hopes.
Oh, and there's the small matter of an exclusive Blur comeback scoop with Graham Coxon about the band's 2012 plans, including chat about whether they'll do a new album or not.
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