Young Fathers won the Mercury Prize last night! Though you’d be forgiven for thinking they’d been given 20,000 pots of Gentleman’s Relish rather than 20,000 quid. Have a band ever looked less thrilled about winning an award?
No prize for Royal Blood’s Mike and Ben for their debut album but they can’t be too bummed out: it was the best-selling record on the list by quite some distance.
Polar Bear were nominated for ‘In Each and Every One’. We had a nice chat with the band on the red carpet: they suggested all the acts putting their keys in a pot to decide who’d team up on stage. The jazz band doing a wig-out version of Mr Tembo with Damon Albarn would’ve been pretty special, for sure.
Nick Mulvey seemed pretty chilled out and told us he’d love to work with his old pal Kate Tempest. You can watch his exclusive cover of Björk’s ‘Bachelorette’ here, recorded as part of the NME Basement Sessions with Dead Crow Spirit Flavoured Beers.
Kate Tempest was the favourite to win though she seemed pretty delighted to just be nominated when we spoke to her on the red carpet. And anyway ‘Everybody Down’ soared 124 per cent and has sold more copies in the period since its nomination than in total for the period before that.
FKA Twigs, Royal Blood and GoGo Penguin received the biggest boost in sales after being nominated for the prize. In Hazel Sheffield’s NME 8/10 review of ‘LP1’ she wrote that a “pervading sense of control and commitment to her art proves that Twigs is set on building the sound of the future all by herself.”
William Doyle who writes music under the name East India Youth missed out for his masterful debut, ‘Total Strife Forever’. “It’s well executed, quite odd, highly original and full of promise – exactly what you want from a debut album,” wrote Phil Hebblethwaite in NME’s review.
We spoke to Anna Calvi on the red carpet about supporting Morrissey on tour. What’s the first thing she’ll say to him? That she’s a vegetarian. We can’t imagine Moz would have it any other way…
Bombay Bicycle Club’s ‘So Long, See You Tomorrow’ was the second best-selling album in the list in terms of sales but didn’t grab a victory for the London lads.
Watch the band divulge that their next album will be heavy metal (!).
Good old Damon was nominated for his first solo album, a personal affair called ‘Everyday Robots’. He told us The Good, The Bad & The Queen album is already written, with the same band line-up including The Clash’s Paul Simonon but the Blur legend was reticent about Gorillaz details.