Music Interviews

Music Interviews

Does Rock ‘N’ Roll Kill Braincells?! – Vernon Reid, Living Colour

1: Who once introduced himself to you by saying ‘Hi! I’m one of those glamour boys you been singin’ about!’? “Oh yeah, it was...

The Big Read – The Good, The Bad & The Queen: “There’s something sinister behind Boris Johnson”

The Good, The Bad & The Queen’s latest album ‘Merrie Land’ took the temperature of the country and was a melancholic ode to a Britain scarred by toxic politics and divisive ideologies. Nine months later, tying in with the anniversaries of ‘Parklife’ and ‘London Calling’, Jordan Bassett meets Damon Albarn and The Clash’s Paul Simonon to hear what’s changed

Exclusive – Royal Blood on their 2019 plans and comeback tour: “We’ve got some monsters up our sleeves”

Hello Mike Kerr of Royal Blood fame. How's progress going on the new album? “We’re very much in the middle of it. A similar thing...

ATEEZ – the K-pop act blending trance, hip hop and theatrical pop and creating at breakneck speed

It turns out that Hong Joong – the red-haired leader of the eight-member K-Pop group ATEEZ – has an excellent poker face. “We have...

Biffy Clyro give us an update on their “rocking opus” of a new album

Biffy Clyro have revealed that they are progressing well with their "overyielding beast" of a new album, that looks set to be "a lot...

Tom Walker says Arctic Monkeys’ last album was “crap”, and other things

This past year has been a bit of a whirlwind for Tom Walker. Whether it's winning Best Breakthrough Act at the Brits, scoring a...

“Beauty was a curse for Nico”: Maxine Peake on playing the iconic avant garde singer at Manchester International Festival

“People think of beauty as a blessing, but I think for Nico it was definitely a curse,” Maxine Peake says, a few weeks before...

The Big Read – Vampire Weekend: on the road with the summer’s must-see band

Following a long break and the semi-retirement of songwriter Rostam Batmanglij, Ezra Koenig realised it was time Vampire Weekend had a shake-up. And so the crown prince of preppy pop returned with the wildly inventive 'Father Of The Bride' and a seven-piece live band you can't afford to miss seeing this summer. Thomas Smith joins the indie-rock icons on the road at Glastonbury and Mad Cool Festival to see how they’ve flipped touring dread into their most exciting era yet.

Sink Ya Teeth – how this Norwich duo ended up headlining a Slovakian festival for 30,000 at ONE hour’s notice

For Norwich post-punk dance duo Sink Ya Teeth, performing in front of a 2000-strong crowd at Pohoda festival last weekend was one of their...

‘Peaky Blinders’ season 5 exclusive: Anna Calvi has written the musical score for new series

Anna Calvi has written the musical score for the upcoming new season of Peaky Blinders, NME can exclusively reveal. Peaky Blinders series five will receive...

Sofi Tukker: “Electric Castle will be our first show in two months, which we’re really excited for”

For the past few years Sofi Tukker have become a regular feature on festival line-ups across the world. And there's good reason for it:...

Greta Van Fleet on album number two: “what hasn’t been done and how many rules can we break”

We caught up with Sam and Jake Kiszka – one half of Greta Van Fleet – backstage at Mad Cool Festival in Spain this...

“It’s a celebration of resistance”: Prophets Of Rage on their second album, ‘milkshaking’ and staying woke

“MAKE ESPAŃA RAGE AGAIN!” So read a banner draped over the back of the stage as Prophets of Rage battered through ‘Killing In Name’ at...

Sum 41’s Deryck Whibley on hard-hitting album ‘Order In Decline’, playing with Linkin Park and the ‘Avril is a clone’ conspiracy

Noughties pop-punk flag bearers Sum 41 are back with a new album ‘Order In Decline’, their first since 2016’s ’13 Voices’. Following three years...

Exclusive – Skepta on A$AP Rocky arrest: “They’ll make an example out of us black artists”

After the recent release of his stellar fifth studio album, 'Ignorance Is Bliss', Skepta has been keeping himself busy on the festival circuit. We find him...

“I’ve spent my life savings on blonde wigs” – Black Honey’s Izzy reveals syrup-based hint for future show at Mad Cool festival

You know when you’re backstage at a festival and the temperature is in the mid-30s and you just can’t resist sticking your feet in...

NME take SG Lewis for a ride on Mad Cool’s Ferris wheel and try to have a serious chat about music

SG Lewis has spent the past 14 months releasing his 'Dusk, Dark, Dawn' trilogy. The collection of three EPs (which combined make up his debut...

Does Rock ‘N’ Roll Kill Braincells?! – Perry Farrell, Jane’s Addiction frontman and Lollapalooza founder

1: What gift did you give Tony Blair in 2007? “It wasn’t a gift – it was an oration. I gave a speech at...

Toronto’s MorMor makes psychedelic R&B that could soundtrack David Lynch’s most surreal moments

To listen to MorMor’s unique brand of psychedelic pop is to escape into a trippy world filled with soothing synths and delicate introspection. Yet...

Miles Kane on his “camp and frantic” next album and jamming with “bunch of pyschos” The Jaded Hearts Club Band

Miles Kane has spoken of how his new material is leading him in a "camp and frantic" new direction, as well as discussing his...
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