When being quizzed on whether The Enemy’s politically-minded second album ‘Music For The People’ suggests the Coventry rockers are a new voice for the, erm, people the trio’s frontman Tom Clarke responded by saying: “I think the foolish thing to do is assume that it’s a really pretentious title. It’s probably the most humble thing could think of. Songs are a really personal thing; they’re an outlet of emotions.” Pic: Ed Miles
Kings Of Leon have revealed they are already writing the follow-up to 2008’s ‘Only By the Night’ – oh, and they are moving in a bluesier direction. The Followills, who are currently touring Australia, told NME they are not sitting on their laurels, despite selling over three million copies worldwide of their fourth album. Frontman Caleb Followill did, however, admit that a dose of jet-lagged-fuelled super-flu has warped their new songs a little. Pic: Guy Eppel
New York Dolls’ David Johansen remembers the good old days in the latest issue of NME, dated March 25. He recalls corresponding with huge fan Morrissey, who used to write into NME to defend him. Pic: Redferns
Gracing the NME this week are Coventry favourites The Enemy. Inside, the outspoken trio prepare to release their supersized second album ‘Music For The People’. Frontman Tom Clarke tells us: “We make music for the mad fuckers who are gonna be watching us live later.”
Last week Yeah Yeah Yeahs announced they were ditching their guitars to try something new. Now, it appears this trend is already catching on. In this week’s Radar section, Delphic’s guitarist Matt Cocksedge candidly states: “The guitar is dead, that’s it. I think guitars have become a bit boring, a bit mainstream.” Pic: Andy Fallon
After having won the Philip Hall Radar Award at last month’s Shockwaves NME Awards (February 25), The Big Pink are not failing to impress and make the Number One spot in our ’10 Tracks You Have To Hear This Week’ with excellent second single ‘Velvet’.
Jarvis Cocker has made the ultimate “independent” record thanks to his unlikely link-up with Nirvana’s producer. The ex-Pulp frontman will release his second solo album ‘Further Complications’ on May 28, having recorded it in a week with Steve Albini. Pick up this week’s NME for the album’s full details. Pic: Tom Oxley
Did you know Karin Anderson, aka Fever Ray, is working with her brother Olof on an opera about Charles Darwin’s ‘The Origin Of Species’. You can read about the one half of the alter-ego of Swedish super-sibling duo The Knife in NME, this week where we review her self-titled debut album.
Kasabian have made their comeback by giving away their new single – but only for a few more days. ‘Vlad The Impaler’ can be downloaded for free from the band’s website www.kasabian.co.uk until midnight on Friday April 3. An online video for the single will also be available from their website, which features ‘The Mighty Boosh”s Noel Fielding. Pic: Hamish Brown
Doves return to Live this week after four years out of the spotlight to preview their new album ‘Kingdom Of Rust’, which is out on April 6. NME’s Barry Nicolson, who was at the Glasgow show, describes the Cheshire three-piece’s new LP as a “grower”, and warns us that we will be unable to resist their charm this time round. Read the album review in next week’s NME. Pic: Neale Smith
Yeah Yeah Yeahs are the latest surprise additions to this year’s Camden Crawl event in London. The New York trio, who released third album ‘It’s Blitz!’ as a download last week, will mark the album’s physical release with an intimate set at the two-day event in April. Head to NME.COM/win now to win tickets. Pic: Sebastian Artz
The Stone Roses revealed their first new creation in 14 years last week – an artwork declaring they’re not getting back together. ‘Statement’, a digital reimaging of one of his metal works, was made by former-guitarist-turned actor John Squire to put an end to bogus claims his old band were reuniting to play summer gigs.
Liam Gallagher never fails to surprise us – last week we even saw the outspoken singer launch his very own clothing label, ‘Pretty Green’. In the latest issue of NME, he shares his mission statement with us by saying: “I’m not into the skinny look; I’m here to get rid of that shit.” Pic: PA Photos
There are no copies of Green Day’s new album ’21st Century Breakdown’ anywhere in the world at the moment. That’s because, despite having a vague release date of “May” pencilled in, the Californian punk trio’s eighth album still isn’t finished. However a handful of CDs featuring 10 of the album’s 16 tracks does exist, and one was flown into the UK last week so NME could get a sneak preview. Find out what we thought by picking up the latest issue, out now. Pic: PA Photos