Johnny Marr — “I’ve been going to Groucho’s Records since The Smiths days… I’m glad these places are still around”

Since The Smiths dissolved, Johnny Marr has travelled the world, bringing his guitar-superstar chops to a host of bands’ records and finding his voice as a solo songwriter. Call The Comet, though, was forged in his home city. Richard Purden meets Marr to talk about embracing rock music, record shopping with Morrissey and being influenced by HG Wells… The May Fair Hotel in London’s West … Continue reading Johnny Marr — “I’ve been going to Groucho’s Records since The Smiths days… I’m glad these places are still around”

Sex Pistols’ Glen Matlock on his Top Ten Vinyl

The erstwhile Sex Pistols bassist and Rich Kids frontman is currently on tour in support of his solo record, Good To Go. He shares 10 of his favourite albums with Dave Steinfeld… Faces – A Nod Is As Good As A Wink… To A Blind Horse “It’s got Stay With Me on it and it opens with Miss Judy’s Farm, which is one of the best … Continue reading Sex Pistols’ Glen Matlock on his Top Ten Vinyl

Tame Impala – “I wanted to buy lasers…”

The majestic new Tame Impala album The Slow Rush sees Kevin Parker absorbing sounds and production techniques from everything available to him. Despite becoming a festival headliner, he tells John Earls he still isn’t fully happy with what he’s achieved in the past decade… When Kevin Parker began planning the shows for Tame Impala’s new album, The Slow Rush, he looked into the cost of … Continue reading Tame Impala – “I wanted to buy lasers…”

The Lovely Eggs’ on their Top Ten Vinyl

With their new album, I Am Moron, due out in April, the two-piece psych-punk band’s singer Holly Ross picks out 10 records she simply couldn’t live without… The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band – A Child’s Guide To Good and Evil “TWCPAEB are one of our all-time favourite bands. They’ve just got that great blend of amazing songs and proper full-on madness! And what … Continue reading The Lovely Eggs’ on their Top Ten Vinyl

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Drummer Jody Stephens lifts the lid on Big Star

Despite a stellar back catalogue, Big Star will always be one of music’s great what-if stories. Huw Baines talks to band member Jody Stephens about what might have been. “Basically, in the mid-1970s, the only people on the planet who knew Big Star were rock critics and record store clerks,” R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck, one of the countless musicians to take influence from Big Star after the fact once said… Continue reading Drummer Jody Stephens lifts the lid on Big Star

Lanterns On The Lake – “This Is Not A Drill…”

Three albums in, Newcastle’s Lanterns On The Lake were burnt out and needed a break. They return refreshed, leaner and not afraid to speak from the heart on their strongest record yet. Gary Walker hears why they’ve never been happier… Rising waters, unhinged autocrats, fake news and in the final reckoning, a future civilisation carbon dating the whole sorry mess we’ve left behind. Lanterns On … Continue reading Lanterns On The Lake – “This Is Not A Drill…”

Field Music – “The World At War…”

Field Music have made a concept album exploring the ways in which ripples from the First World War played out through the 20th century and even beyond. Jonathan Wright hears exactly why and how they did it… The guns on the Western Front fell silent on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, 1918. The First World War, a conflict of … Continue reading Field Music – “The World At War…”

Editors – “Good looks, good songs, thick skins!”

Editors have been at it since 2002 and with the release of best-of compilation Black Gold, now is the time to take stock. Gary Walker talks to their frontman about the band’s longevity, their back catalogue and hanging out with R.E.M. … 15 years separate your debut album and the release of Black Gold, a period in which the music industry has changed hugely. What … Continue reading Editors – “Good looks, good songs, thick skins!”

JJ72’s Hilary Woods on Her Most-Loved Vinyl

With her new solo album, Birthmarks, due out in March, the former JJ72 bassist explains why the gothic soundtrack to a 1970s Czech horror film made such an enduring impression… Ten years ago, I got my first record player. The speakers were 1980s hi-fi creatures that I rescued from a local skip. The turntable itself was a present from a friend, who recognised that after … Continue reading JJ72’s Hilary Woods on Her Most-Loved Vinyl