This week’s NME magazine is a Shockwaves NME Awards special, boasting an exclusive Gorillaz poster, a 20%-off voucher for Criminal Clothing and a 16-track covermount CD courtesy of Domino Records and featuring the likes of Arctic Monkeys, The Kills and Franz Ferdinand. Click through the gallery to see what’s on the CD and what Domino Records’ founder Laurence Bell has to say about the tracks.
These New Puritans’ feature on the CD with album track ‘Orion’, and Domino Records founder Laurence Bell is a big fan of the band. He enthuses: “With their new album they’ve made one of the most radical and startlingly ambitious records possible. Nobody has ever made music like this before.” Pic: Andy Fallon
Dirty Projectors contributed ‘Stillness Is The Move’ to the covermount CD and Domino Records founder Bell insists: “I am absolutely convinced that this is going to be a hit one day.” Listen to all the tracks on this week’s free CD. Pic: Press
Legendary ’90s indie band Pavement released ‘Gold Soundz’ way back in 1994 before they split in 1999. But they have recently reunited. Bell is optimistic, saying, “They were a key signing for us and now they’re coming back. It’s exciting to me that so many young bands are getting into them now.” Pic: Press
Bell says of Wild Beasts, “I find the idea that such exotic music is being made by a young band in the north of England really inspiring. We should appreciate our strange and beautiful bands.” Our track is ‘Two Dancers (I)’. Pic: Richard Johnson
“When I saw Franz Ferdinand I knew immediately that they were the band who we were waiting to meet. They had perfect band chemistry,” Bell remembers. ‘Send Him Away’ comes from the band’s third album ‘Tonight: Franz Ferdinand’. Pic: Tom Oxley
The Kills’ ‘Sour Cherry’ features on our free CD. Bell admits that “they were a very important signing for us – a British band (though Alison Mosshart is American) based in London making very contemporary-sounding rock’n’roll music”. Pic: Dean Chalkley
Arctic Monkeys will be touring America from April but in the meantime, we have ‘Catapult’ to keep us company. “Seeing them for the first time in this little club in Stockton-On-Tees was just extraordinary. It was like seeing a cross between early Who and the Buzzcocks. It just took my head off,” raves Bell. Pic: Tom Oxley
‘Faculty Of Fears’, from Lightspeed Champion’s latest album, was handpicked by Domino Records founder Laurence Bell. He remembers “soon after Test Icicles disintegrated Dev came to me with this album of extraordinary fully-formed pop songs. His new album’s an audacious theatrical pop-rock opus”. Pic: Ben Roland
‘Dreams-Come-True-Girl’, featuring vocals from Hollywood legend Karen Black, is the lead track off the yet-to-be-released album from Cass McCombs. Bell tells us, “Cass is going to become one of the key American songwriters of the next couple of decades. When people get into his stuff they become obsessed.”
For their new album, Archie Bronson Outfit promises to unveil a new video for each track. ‘Shark’s Tooth’ “is the lead track off their new album and was produced by Tim Goldsworthy from DFA. It’s a wild gothic disco track, a great example of a band who are moving ahead in a big way”. Wonder what the video will be like.
‘The Golden Soundz of Domino’ comes free with this week’s magazine and features 16 tracks handpicked by Laurence Bell, founder of Domino Records. Grab a copy for that and all you need to know about this week’s Shockwaves NME Awards.