The Big Read

Sampa The Great: “Music is the one thing that is supposed to be the truth”

Sampa Tembo tells NME about new album ‘As Above, So Below’ and its driving force and guiding “mentality”, Eve

Daniel Johns: “I had anxiety about the future for so long, but realised I was scared of a place that may never exist”

There are no artistic limits for Daniel Johns – not anymore. He talks to NME about ‘FutureNever’, his new solo album and the “purest record” he’s ever made, his days in Silverchair and where he goes from here

Mallrat: “When pop music is done with respect for the listeners, it’s perfect and exciting and beautiful”

Grace Shaw’s vision of pop music is vivid and vulnerable, familiar yet fresh. Debut album ‘Butterfly Blue’ is her most enthralling release yet

Hatchie: “I’m trying to let go of the expectations that I’ve set for myself”

Harriette Pilbeam’s dizzying rise as Hatchie turned into constant freefall in the pandemic. Her new album ‘Giving The World Away’ is a poppy, personal reinvention

Camp Cope: “We want to empower anyone to tell their truth and make a difference”

Known and admired for their fiery activism, the rock trio capture the zeitgeist differently and evolve their sound on new album ‘Running With The Hurricane’

Gang Of Youths: “Every artist should be able to tell the the story of their culture and their history”

NME sits down with one of Australia’s biggest bands in their adopted home of London to talk fame, grief and their powerful new album ‘Angel In Realtime’

The 25 best Australian albums of 2021

We celebrate another year of fantastic music from veterans and newcomers alike

Courtney Barnett: “I was trying to retrain my brain to not get hung up on certain things and to see the beauty in those...

The Melbourne songwriter trades wordplay for vulnerability and minimalism on her third album ‘Things Take Time, Take Time’. She talks to NME about her new outlook, #MeToo and the Australian government’s “lack of respect” for a music industry struggling in the pandemic

Parcels: “It’s almost a running joke for Australians to bring their problems everywhere they go around the globe”

The Berlin-via-Byron Bay band dig deep and continue their restless search for home on breathtaking new album ‘Day/Night’

Baker Boy: “I wanna show little kids they can be a voice for their community all around Australia – even the world”

On his debut album ‘Gela’, Yolngu hip-hop phenomenon Danzal Baker continues to tread his path of positivity – even as he delivers some of his most pointedly political songs yet