Today we’re taking a nostalgic look back at the first time certain bands appeared in the pages of NME. Here’s Arctic Monkeys, photographed in their Sheffield rehearsal space for their first appearance in the mag, a new band feature emblazoned with the headline: ‘The most talked about new band in Britain.’ This was early 2005. By October they’d had a Number One single.
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Foals goof around at South By Southwest in Austin, Texas, 2007 – photographed by Danny North. At this point the only things they’d released were the limited editions 7″ singles Hummer (b/w Astronauts ‘n’ All) and Mathletics. They hadn’t yet started work on debut album ‘Antidotes’.
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Yeah Yeah Yeahs graced the cover in April 2003, proclaimed the “most exciting band on the planet.” ‘Fever To Tell’ was finished but hadn’t been released yet, and the band were in good spirits, bantering about chronic masturbation, Karen’s love of “champagne and reefer”, and Nick’s love of “sucking face”.
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The Strokes shot backstage post-gig in LA in 2002. They were still in the first flush of success – ‘Is This It’ had come out the previous summer – and even though Julian had injured his leg just before this photo was taken (hence the slight grimace), he and the rest of the band were partying hard.
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The Killers in 2004, around the time of the ‘Somebody Told Me’ single. We shot them, not in their native Vegas, but on a lit-up dance floor in London’s King’s Cross. In the accompanying interview, Brandon confessed: “If I got a dollar for every time I was propositioned up to some MILF’s room, I’d be a rich man” (this being 2004, we had to explain the term MILF in brackets).
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Franz Ferdinand were recording their debut album in Malmo, Sweden, when we interviewed them for their first NME one-pager. They released their debut single ‘Darts Of Pleasure’ around the same time. This being 2003, The Darkness were on the cover and there was a giant poster of The Datsuns.
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Crystal Castles, shot at photographer Tom Oxley’s studio in Dalston, 2008. Marian Paterson: “They’re quite mysterious and difficult to shoot but that tension is what makes them interesting. Nathan had a strong of idea of how he wanted himself and Alice to be portrayed. We were amazed by how fragile and delicate Alice looks in person, completely opposite to her onstage persona.”
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