Reverend And The Makers are a worthy
replacement for The Enemy after Tom Clarke was forced to pull out of the
first Oasis gig at Manchester's Heaton Park. "I got the call first thing this
morning when I was in bed, and had to go round Sheffield rounding up the
band," Jon McClure explained. "I called up my dad and he was like, 'I'm
at work - what, playing with Oasis tonight? I'll get your mother, see you
there'." Pic: Danny North
Calvin Harris and Dizzee Rascal are set for collaboration
number two. According to the 'Bonkers' rapper, their new single, set for
release in August, is destined to be a summertime hit. "It's some knight in
shining armour shit," he explained. "It's got some trance sounds but the tempo
is quite slow - it's danceable, though, it's got a really summery
Kasabian's Serge Pizzorno reveals how
cleaning products influenced a track on their new album 'West Ryder Pauper
Lunatic Asylum'. "['Swarfiga' is] an industrial cleaner you use after
working with machinery, so it's what you need after a hard day's graft," he
said. "This tune makes you think, 'Where's this album
going?'" Pic: Pieter M Van Hattem
Vampire Weekend's Rostam
Batmanglij and Ra Ra Riot frontman Wes Miles are hoping to take on the charts
with their glossy, pop-influenced side-project Discovery. "Stuff like that
song Eve did with Gwen Stefani, 'Let Me Blow Ya Mind', that was incredible,"
Batmanglij told NME. "We want people to hear that in Discovery. I see this album
as 10 songs from a parallel universe - music to dance to."
Edinburgh's Broken Records tell NME how being nice people from
nice families ruined their chances of writing heart-wrenching anthems of divorce
and despair. "We've played with Glasvegas and they've written some great songs,"
says frontman Jamie Sutherland. "Everyone would like to have a 'Daddy's Gone' in
their set. We just don't have the balls to be rock'n'roll! Damn those
middle-class roots!" Pic: Danny North
Outlandish pop rebel Marina, from Marina And The Diamonds,
explained how being covered in silver paint for her new video 'I Am Not A
Robot' has its ups and downs. "It was probably the worst and best day I've
had for the past five years," she said. "I don't think I've worked that hard
for 16 hours ever."
Lily Allen thinks you should pay for
good music, because apparently the music industry is losing its way. "If what
the consumer wants is good music then they need to start paying for it, because
at the moment there is so little money in the music industry. And, as we all
know, the music industry is run by a bunch of fucking idiots who have no idea
what they are doing." Pic: Tom Oxley
Sonic Youth reckon
there's nothing wrong with selling your records in a corporate coffee outlet.
"Selling records in Starbucks is no different to selling in Tower Records,"
said Thurston Moore. "I want to sell our records where people go to buy
things. I'd sell them in Dunkin' Donuts. Actually, I said that somewhere else
and they [Dunkin' Donuts] sent all this promotional material to
Sheffield's finest have been getting more hands-on with their
third album, 'Humbug'. "We'll be getting into all that [designing] now," said
Alex Turner. "We've got a new logo that [drummer Matt] Helders did," he
explained. "I think there's something about this record that we were all more
involved in. It seems more like it's our thing." Pic: Tom Oxley
Maximo Park's Paul Smith
confirms that he really is a genuinely nice bloke. The frontman told NME: "All I
ever wanted to do was write a song that sounds like me, pure and honest."
Awww. Pic: Tom Oxley
Masked duo Marmaduke Duke have revealed secret plans behind their upcoming Reading and Leeds performances. "We're working on special costumes - chainmail is appearing," JP Reid told NME. "We might include a couple of songs that we've never performed live to do something a bit special." Pic: Neal Smith
The 2007 'American Idol' winner
reveals how being a small female in a wartime situation has its plus points.
"Short women can fit in tiny places," she explained. "Good for spying during
This week's Radar band, Django
Django, reveal the story behind 'Love Dart', a sullen, forbidding tale of a
gold-rushing cattle rancher distracted from his task by the sudden appearance
of salacious beauties. "It turns out to be a mirage and he ends up in limbo,
wandering the desert in circles," they said. Read more about these
sound-forging cowboys in this week's issue. Pic: Andy Whitton
Kasabian's Tom Meighan has shown a more
humble side to his rock star demeanor as he resigned himself this week to
the fact that not even they can fill the gap an Oasis hiatus might create.
"There's one Oasis and one Kasabian," he said. "We're never going to be
another Oasis. They're entitled to time off, but the fact that they can still do
these gigs shows how powerful they still are."