May 9, 2012 13:10

Alabama Shakes say bands should aim to be 'sincere' rather than 'original'

The band also tell NME all about their whirlwind year

Alabama Shakes say bands should aim to be 'sincere' rather than 'original'

Photo: Pieter M Van Hattem/NME

Alabama Shakes have given their views on where new bands are going wrong in their approach to songwriting.

Speaking exclusively in this week's issue of NME, which is on UK newsstands and available digitally now, the band's singer Brittany Howard has said that she and her bandmates have focused on sincerity, rather than trying to be "original" or "different".

Asked about her views on songwriting, Howard said: "A lot of people are like, 'I want to be different, I want to be original, I want to be an electronic band that mixes this and this', instead of just writing songs together as people and being sincere about it."

Howard also spoke about her disbelief at the band's success, adding: "I don't really know what's going on. I don't know if it has sunk in yet. My greatest pride is to have the album out. It's completely remarkable because this all started in an extra bedroom in my house."

To read the rest of the interview with Alabama Shakes in which they discuss their formation and the inspiration behind their debut album 'Boys & Girls', pick up this week's issue of NME, which is on UK newsstands and available digitally now

Alabama Shakes are playing at this year's T In The Park, which is taking place July 6-8 in Balado Park, Kinross. To check the availability of T In The Park 2012 tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0871 230 1094.

Manicstreetpreachers

Read More On This Artist

More News
Karen O: 'The girl group sound shaped my melodic sensibility'
ZZ Top cancel tour due to bass player's tourbus accident
Zola Jesus takes to the forest in 'Dangerous Days' video - watch
Skrillex, Diplo and Kiesza share live version of 'Take U There' - listen
Suede to release 20th anniversary 'Dog Man Star' boxset
Young Jeezy pleads not guilty to possessing illegal assault weapon
The Black Keys' Patrick Carney records theme tune to animated horse comedy starring Aaron Paul
The Weeknd reveals slow-mo video for 'King Of The Fall' – watch
Circa Waves announce new single 'So Long' – listen
Woman killed in bus crash at Burning Man festival
Aphex Twin announces international listening parties for new album 'Syro'
Miley Cyrus' homeless VMA guest hands himself in to police
Flying Lotus contemplating Kasabian's offer for collaboration: 'I've never heard...
Bristol Fleece management deny claims they're encouraging a boycott of Fat White Family
James Murphy to turn data from US Open tennis tournament into 400 hours of new music
David Lynch reveals he turned down directing video for Kanye West due to lack of ideas
Robert Plant criticises Spotify sound quality
Beyoncé's dad says Jay Z and Solange fight was staged to boost sales
New trailer released for 'Led Zeppelin IV' features rare version of 'Black Dog'
Jake Bugg says next album could take five months – or five years
American album sales hit lowest weekly total since records began
John Lennon's killer Mark David Chapman: 'I am sorry for being such an idiot'

More News

Comments

Please login to add your comment.

Featured Videos
Latest Tickets - Booking Now
 
Know Your NME
 

 
NME Store & Framed Prints
Most Read News
Popular This Week
Inside NME.COM
On NME.COM Today