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Bobby Gillespie and co to be honoured at the Shockwaves NME Awards

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Primal Scream are set to be named Godlike Geniuses at this year’s Shockwaves NME Awards on March 1.

Bobby Gillespie’s band will pick up the top honour for a career that has spanned three decades and seen the band confidently and continually evolve their sound from the psychedelic beginnings, through ‘Screamadelica’‘s acid house beast in 1991 to the rock ‘n’ roll, adrenalin blast of last year’s ’Riot City Blues’.

Announcing this year’s award NME editor Conor McNicholas said: “Everyone at NME is really looking forward to welcoming Primal Scream as the Godlike Geniuses at this year’s awards – no-one parties like Primal Scream. They’re a band who have had a massive influence on our scene. All our bands love them and after 24 years they’ve just had their biggest ever hit (‘Country Girl’ got to Number Five last year). Our awards are the last big event at the legendary Hammersmith Palais before it’s reduced to rubble. Primal Scream may just do that before the bulldozers even get there.”

Speaking to NME.COM, Gillespie welcomed the recognition for his band.

“It’s a great honour to get the same award as a band like The Clash. It’s a real honour,” adding that he felt Primal Scream’s constant attempts to innovate had marked them apart.

“I’ve always thought of what we do as an experiment, even from day one,” he said. “That’s the driving force in our band. We’ve never made the same record twice, like most bands. We just want to keep everything fresh and exciting.”

Primal Scream will collect the Godlike Genius award at this year’s ceremony on March 1.