“We want to be a fucking big band, not fucking big rock stars,” professed Biffy Clyro, when we took a trip to LA to join the Scotsmen in the studio. Find out how the unlikely megastars are planning to go all Muse with their forthcoming album, only in NME this week. Pic: Tom Oxley
Twilight Sad are this week’s NME Gig Guide pick of the week. The Scottish foursome will play London’s ICA on Thursday (July 9) and T in The Park on Sunday (July 12) to preview tracks off their astoundingly loud second LP ‘Forget The Night Ahead’, which we recommend you should check out.
Enter Shikari reveal some unlikely heroes in this week’s NME, with the boys expressing love for William Blake, High Contrast, and DJ Tiesto. Rory explains that Blake taught the band how important lyrics were, saying, “His stuff grabbed me – just how brave he was in the day. And I guess something made me realise with our lyrics we had power, just by having a voice, to say something, and we probably should, given the big opportunity and the big stage we’ve made for ourselves.” Pic: Danny North
T in The Park isn’t all about bands and festival vibes – the festival can be thoroughly enjoyable for many other things too such as fancy dress Friday (you can never get bored of seeing a nun, Bananaman and Buzz Lightyear parading drunkly around a field). You can find further costume inspiration in this week’s special T In The Park preview issue. Pic: Phil Wallis
The Cribs have lashed out at the current crop of British bands by claiming that they are too careerist to be truly indie. Ryan Jarman announces that “people aren’t doing it [indie music] well”, in NME this week. The band’s fourth album, ‘Ignore The Ignorant’, is due to be released in September, and will be the first album the band have recorded with newest band addition Johnny Marr.
MGMT emerged from the studio to perform in New York last week sporting
new threads and new mops. The pair appear to have ditched the hippie look for a more conventional style. Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden are set to support Paul McCartney in Boston next month before they head into the studio to finish off their second album, which we believe to be the reasoning behind their makeover. Pic: Ben Rowland
Muse have decided to police themselves with their forthcoming album ‘The Resistance’. Drummer Dominic Howard tells us: “Because we didn’t have a producer, we had to resolve all the discussions about the music ourselves.” You can read all about our trip to Muse’s Italian studio in NME this week, where they unveiled its tracklisting for the very first time. Pic: Dean Chalkley
Ordinary Boys singer Preston is back, albeit Chantelle-less, and embracing the tattooed boy band pin-up appearance. His new track, ‘Dressed To Kill’, sees him fend for himself in the big wide musical world and sample the riff from Siouxsie And The Banshees’ ‘Happy House’. Preston is the not the first person however to attack this wonderful, minimal riff, as the ’90s paid witness to Capella’s actually-quite-brilliant rave tune ‘U Got 2 Know’.
The Gaslight Anthem are revelling in their recent Glasto glory when ‘The Boss’ took to the stage with them. Lead singer Brian Fallon expresses his band new found confidence since the Springsteen episode: “Now we’ve got a send-off from the parent of the genre of music that we do, it’s like, ‘Go out into the world'”. The Gaslight Anthem are set to play T in The Park this weekend (June 12) on the NME/Radio 1 stage alongside Lily Allen, Keane and Doves. Pic: Andy Willsher
The Ting Tings are set to record the follow-up to 2008 debut album ‘We Started Nothing’ in a Berlin jazz club. Jules De Martino and and Katie White told Radio 1’s Newsbeat they intend to test their new material by hosting parties at the unlikely studio. Pic: Dean Chalkley
The Mars Volta are angry with the media regarding swineflu in Mexico. The Volta’s guitarist, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, even goes as far to compare the coverage to a terror campaign.”The media’s reporting of swine flu is an act of terrorism”, he tells us. Pic: Andy Willsher
Nigel Tufnel of Spinal Tap fame doesn’t just play guitar, he’s also an avid Stonehenge fan with his own theory. Tufnel has conducted extensive studies into the of the sacred circle of stones and claims that is was built by a solitary man called ‘Duncan’. Read more about it in this week’s NME.
Biffy Clyro’s 14 years of soul-baring graft has taught the boys to be wary of the music industry. Frontman Simon points out: “We’ve been around so long, and around the block so many times, that I think we’re quite experienced at knowing when someone’s blowing smoke up our ass”. In terms of their quest for success, Simon puts it quite succintly admitting: We’re satisfied playing to five people or to a stadium. But we are aware of people expecting things of us. But we do everything we can to ignore it.”