Almost exactly a year ago I was sat right where I am right now, writing about why Fat White Family were so great. “You do know this is Saul from The Metros’ new band?” someone wrote in the comments section. Uh huh, sure I did! And now here I am today, still blabbing on about why Fat White Family are so great. The only major difference, as far as I can tell, is that this week they’re on the front cover of the NME, which is a vindication of sorts. Undoubtedly, that’s the place where they belong.
Our feature – which heads up over 30 pages on the 50 Best New Acts Of 2015 – is easily the most accomplished, engrossing piece I’ve ever read on the band, and sees writer Barry Nicolson travel to New York to interview them at Sean Lennon’s Greenwich Village apartment. A weird hook-up, but then Fat Whites are a pretty weird bunch of guys.
They talk about everything that needs to be addressed: the year ahead, new music, the “awful” drugs they do, their record label Without Consent, how much they hate each other, beheading people, politics, public schools, the EDL, crisis loans, Charles Manson and what, exactly, they think of themselves, their music and you. It’s essential reading for anybody who loves interesting people and new music.
And that’s not all – the issue also features interview with the ten brand new bands we’re tipping for great success in 2015. We’ll be publishing each of these in full online, two a day, from today until next Tuesday so you can get the lowdown on everyone – from XL wonderkid Shamir to Madrid garage gals Deers, NYC New Wavers Public Access TV, Brit-punks Slaves and LA heartbreaker Tobias Jesso Jr.
There’s the first ever interview with Leon Bridges too, who sent the internet into overdrive late last year with his soul-inflected track ‘Coming Home’, as well as Steve Albini’s favourite breaking band Bully, Philly newbies The Districts, Scotland’s Neon Waltz and possibly the UK’s most heartfelt rapper ever, Loyle Carner.
Finally, to properly kick off your year of new music, check out this mammoth playlist of EVERY SINGLE ACT featured in this week’s magazine. There are 50 buzzy acts to get your teeth stuck into in total – all vetted by us here at NME, as well as some of our favourite on-the-ball musos including Killer Mike, Joe Mount and Harry Koisser.
So pick up the new issue now, and listen to the bands below.