No less than 80 crew members were used to transport Muse’s most ambitious stage set to date on their recent UK tour. Wembley hero Matt Bellamy described the set as “a group of utilitarian-style buildings, like prisons, that the three of us will be locked in.” You can witness the world’s greatest live band in their element in this week’s Muse UK tour photo special. Pic: Danny North.
Biffy Clyro’s Simon Neil isn’t vain after all, he just sweats a lot. The frontman, who is renowned for bearing his chest during their live shows reveals: “I’ve always got my top off because I’m sweating enthusiast, I love sweating!” Not that anyone is complaining of course. Pic: Andy Willsher
school Of Seven Bells singer-guitarist Alejandra Deheza is looking forward to putting the band’s past firmly behind her, with the completion of their new album. “I feel like I’m at the point where there just has to be some new material,” she said. “I’m not nervous at all [about the new album] – I just really want to move ahead with all these new songs.” Pic: Pieter M Van Hattem
If you check out any new tracks this week, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart’s newie ‘Higher Than The Stars’ should be one of them. Also on the NME stereo this week are Two Door Cinema Club, Shy Child and The Golden Filter, which all can be heard on NME Radio now. Pic: Pieter M Van Hattem
Jarvis Cocker is this week (November 9-11) set to be in the midst of a three day residency at Shoreditch’s Village Underground, which will see him play live amongst pole dancers, yoga dances and a circus troupe. According to the Pulp man it’s an “exhibition… installation… experimentation… happening… call it anything you like!” Pic:Richard Johnson
Hot Chip have decamped full-time to a ‘proper’ studio to complete their new album ‘One Life Stand’ with positive consequences.”It’s a big space, and I think the record has a bigger sound as a result of that,” suggested frontman Alexis Taylor. “It’s got a bit less of an electronic feel – it’s not an acoustic record per se, but it does feature more live drumming.” Pic: Richard Johnson
It’s that time of year again. The Shockwaves NME Awards Tour 2010 has been announced. The Maccabees, Bombay Bicycle Club, The Big Pink and The Drums are set to span the country in February next year. Tickets will go on general release this Friday (November 13) at 9am via NME.COM/tickets. Pic: Richard Johnson
The XX’s Baria Qureshi’s has left the band for good. “I guess, ‘personal differences’ would be the standard way to say it,” explained singer/guitarist Romy Madley Croft. “I guess it’s just the intensity of being on tour, things are so much heightened. But I haven’t really sat down and thought about how to put it in words yet, to be able to tell the world of exactly what’s happened.” Pic: Tom Oxley
Calvin Harris has knocked Biffy Clyro off the NME Chart top spot this week with his latest single ‘Flashback’. You can hear the top 30 first every Monday at 10am by tuning in to NME Radio (NMERADIO.co.uk). Pic: PA Photos
Josh Homme’s excitement over Them Crooked Vultures is comparable to suffering with rabies – in a good way. The frontman admits: “I’ve felt like a puppy with rabies, frothing and jumping because I don’t want know what’s going to happen.”
Friendly Fires hope to have a new album out as early as May next year. The St Albans trio’s frontman Ed Macfarlane told BBC 6music: “We have about four tracks done already, which is really good because we only came off the road about a month ago, so we’re really pleased with the way it’s panning out.” Pic: Tom Oxley
Ultimate supergroup Them Crooked Vultures were formed after an “absolutely pissed” Dave Grohl presented Led Zeppelin with an award last September. In a world exclusive interview in NME this week, a proud Grohl reveals all including how it all began. “For 20 years people have asked me what my dream band line-up is. And now I can say, I’m in it.”
Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien comes back hard on Manic Street Preachers’ Nicky Wire who claimed Radiohead had no interest in illegal downloading when they were selling millions: “That’s a load of old bollocks. If it was just about self-interest I’d be going, ‘Fuck the file-sharers because we want to sell more copies of ‘In Rainbows’.
Wild Beasts’ singer Hayden Thorpe loves a bit of Beyonce. “I think the vocal is absolutely incredible (On the ex-Destiny’s Child singer’s single ‘Halo’). And I love these pop moments that really engage you, rather than just brush over you – it’s designed to be this huge, awe-inspiring song, which is quite a big task when you think about it.”
Dave Grohl introduced the remaining unsuspecting members of his supergroup at his Medieval Times birthday bash. Josh Homme (Queens Of The Stone Age) recalls: “It broke the ice. With a lance.” Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones buts in. “It was weird, the blind date, but I was aware of Josh’s music. I couldn’t imagine it not working.”