Glasvegas: ‘We’ve yet to earn our award’

Newcomers stunned by Shockwaves NME Awards recognition

Glasvegas have told NME.COM they don’t think they are ready to be winning awards, but were thrilled by their Shockwaves NME Award yesterday (February 28).

The band won the Philip Hall Radar Award – a prize for new bands picked by the NME staff – which was presented to them by Dirty Pretty ThingsCarl Barat.

“To be honest it feels like we’ve not really done a lot yet, we still haven’t made an album,” said frontman James Allan. “I’m not going to knock it back, you know what I mean. It was lovely Carl gave us the award, he’s a good mate and a talented guy so we’re honoured.”

Barat paid tribute to the newcomers and tipped them to go on.

“It was an absolute honour to me, I wouldn’t have presented it to anyone else – I might have accidentally told them beforehand,” he explained. “They’re like a 50s, happy-go-lucky doo-wop band whose mum died. It’s dark but brilliant.”

Watch NME.COM‘s exclusive video interview with Glasvegas and Carl Barat online now.

For all the awards coverage head to NME.COM/awards now. We have exclusive picture galleries, live webcams, minute-by-minute blogs straight from the ceremony and Big Gig and video interviews with the biggest names at the ceremony.

That’s just the beginning – the highlights of ceremony are being show tonight (February 29) on Channel 4 from 11.50pm (GMT).

Meanwhile, next week’s issue of NME – on UK newsstands from March 5 – will contain the ultimate coverage, interviews and photos from the 2008 Shockwaves NME Awards.