Interview: Fontaines D.C. – “getting ready to do it all again…”

The biggest and best breakthrough band of the year, Dublin’s Fontaines D.C. built on their early self-published poetry collections to bring their literary side out in the brilliant, impossible to pigeonhole drama of Mercury Prize-nominated debut Dogrel. As guitarist Carlos O’Connell tells John Earls, it looks like the quintet are ready to do it all again – with added sunshine. What’s been the best moment … Continue reading Interview: Fontaines D.C. – “getting ready to do it all again…”

Big Thief Interview: Home on the Road

Their second album of 2019 and perhaps their most potent statement yet, Two Hands sees New York’s Big Thief deliver an urgent global message. Gary Walker goes into the mountains to interview a band who’ve found a home on the road… Please wake up. Cradled in the protective embrace of Sugar Loaf Mountain, Big Thief are delivering their sermon. With the Brecon Beacons sky melting … Continue reading Big Thief Interview: Home on the Road

Ride Interview: Capable ears and hugs

Ride’s well-received 2017 comeback album Weather Diaries was only the start. What’s happened next has seen Ride become spectacular again. As the stunning This Is Not A Safe Place continues their new chapter as a proper working band, they tell John Earls about the joys and frustrations of being back together, hugging the boss… and out-singing Michael Bolton on Top Of The Pops. By rights, … Continue reading Ride Interview: Capable ears and hugs

Kevin Morby Interview: Religion, Heroes, and Oh My God

A concept album about religion, written at 40,000 feet, Oh My God is Kansas troubadour Kevin Morby’s fifth solo record since going it alone. He tells Gary Walker why it could be the best thing he’s ever done… The evocative draw of the Harlem River, the sun-dappled open spaces of the “poor man’s Laurel Canyon” Mount Washington and the weathered grit of New York City: … Continue reading Kevin Morby Interview: Religion, Heroes, and Oh My God

Why I Love… Rodrigo Y Gabriela Interview

The Mexican classical guitar duo started out as Mexico City metalheads. Rod tells Gary Walker how Metallica’s Master Of Puppets set them on their way… I have many records in my collection, but Master Of Puppets has been the biggest influence on my life. In many ways, I play music because of Metallica. My brother is five years older than me and when I was nine … Continue reading Why I Love… Rodrigo Y Gabriela Interview

Fierce Friends: boygenius interview

What happens when three gifted solo indie artists throw their hats into the ring together? The answer, as Laura Barton discovers, is a band called boygenius. “You couldn’t find three people who are having a more similar experience,” says Phoebe Bridgers. “It’s being in a room with truly your peers. It’s what men get to do every time they walk into a venue.” Bridgers is … Continue reading Fierce Friends: boygenius interview

Why I Love… DJ Muggs interview

Producer and Cypress Hill member DJ Muggs digs out an otherworldly jam that captures the fusion of art and music at the heart of the old-school era, and tells Sam Willis how it influenced him… “The record I love the most is a record called Beat Bop. It’s very abstract and very illogical and awkward. Rammellzee has this kind of a style in his art, … Continue reading Why I Love… DJ Muggs interview

Rebel Soul: Richard Ashcroft interview

With fifth solo album Natural Rebel out now and a UK tour underway, Richard Ashcroft’s star is once again in the ascendant. John Earls meets him in the studio for a personal rendition… Long before Long Live Vinyl turns the dictaphone on to formally speak to Richard Ashcroft, he’s already offered more entertainment than most singers’ full interviews. We meet at State Of The Ark … Continue reading Rebel Soul: Richard Ashcroft interview

Why I Love… Matt Berry interview

The IT Crowd star and National Album Day ambassador’s love of prog was kickstarted by Mike Oldfield’s debut, a landmark album that, as he tells Steve Harnell, he remains in thrall to 30 years on… “I first heard Tubular Bells on vinyl as a 14-year-old. I couldn’t afford CDs as a kid, I didn’t have any money, so everything was on vinyl for me up … Continue reading Why I Love… Matt Berry interview