The Big Read

The Big Read – Pale Waves, American gothic

Over the past year, Pale Waves have set themselves up as the UK’s premier makers of heartbreak pop. As they prepare to unleash their debut album ‘My Mind Makes Noises’, Thomas Smith meets them in the spiritual home state of the lovelorn teen movie, Illinois, to hear about how their passion for each other translates to their music – and why Heather Baron-Gracie would die for her bandmates.

The Big Read – Idles: “Music and unity, community, love and mindfulness will help you get over anything”

With next week’s second album ‘Joy As An Act Of Resistance’, Bristol pirate punks Idles have provided a modern manifesto for living based on love, tolerance and mindfulness and informed by personal demons and tragedy. They are also, finds Jordan Bassett, as he joins them in Hebden Bridge, a right laugh.

Big Read – Troye Sivan: “I don’t want people to be a fan of me from one song. I want them to be a...

Once a hugely successful teen YouTuber, South Africa-born, Australia-raised Troye Sivan fought hard to be taken seriously as a pop star. The game-changing moment came this year with ’My My My’, an uproarious pop song about two gay lovers seducing each other. Its attendant full-length ‘Bloom’, he tells Douglas Greenwood, “feels like the album of [his] lifetime”

NME Big Read Deafheaven exclusive interview

With ‘Ordinary Corrupt Human Love’, California’s Deafheaven have released one of the most acclaimed albums of the year, a record that makes non-metal fans sit back and think, ‘Wait, do I like metal?’ Tom Connick finds them –surfing, no less – on the day of the album’s release.

Big Read – Miles Kane: “I don’t feel like, ‘Oh, I’ve made it, ma!”

After the hedonistic excess of touring the latest Last Shadow Puppets with his best pal Alex Turner, Miles Kane roped in Lana Del Rey and Jamie T to knock out his third solo record, ‘Coup De Grace’. A glam-punk collection shaped by his love of wrestling, its character is all his own: sneering, snarling and hard to pin down, finds Jordan Bassett

The Big Read – Kasabian: “It’s time for a reset”

Enjoying “the battle” of winning over the European festival circuit on a hot, sticky night in Madrid, Serge Pizzorno tells Kevin EG Perry how the “healing power of being on tour” is helping Tom Meighan’s get over his personal annus horribilis and how “the world at the moment is a pretty slippery character…”

The National: ‘Sex, death and losing. What else is there?’

As The National celebrate the most successful year of their career with a run of summer festivals, Andrew Trendell joins the band of brothers on the road in Spain and the UK for a few rounds of tequila and to talk about anxiety, musicals, shopping, Playmobil figures, Queen, The Strokes, family, failure, their eighth album and why they’re still obsessed with “sex, death and losing”.

The Big Read – MØ: “The dream is to always push the boundaries”

When ‘Lean On’ became the most streamed song of all time, offbeat singer-songwriter MØ suddenly found herself in the record-breaking league of her idols, The Spice Girls. Stardom and superstar collaborators derailed plans for album number two but, as she releases new single ‘Sun In Our Eyes’, she’s ready to show the world she’s far more than a one-hit-wonder, finds Larry Bartleet

The Big Read – The Internet: ‘We belong together’

They’re the Odd Future off-shoot whose number includes singer/producer/badass Syd Tha Kid, producer/artist/renaissance man Matt Martians and the man being tipped as the new Pharrell, Steve Lacy. As they release their most collaborative album yet, ‘Hive Mind’, Jesse Bernard figures out what makes the contemporary funk heroes.

The Big Read – Gorillaz: “Murdoc leaving has been like a massive meteor strike, but instead of wiping out all life, it just blew up...

After decades at the top, Gorillaz have just released their first album without errant bassist Murdoc. And it’s had quite the effect on frontman/ape 2D, finds Dan Stubbs.