Jane’s Addiction’s first album in eight years, ‘The Great Escape’ is inspired by Radiohead and Muse – a move that Farrell admits might not be to his fans’ tastes.
‘t’s a strange mixture of that post-punk goth darkness that Jane’s had, with what’s going on today with groups like Muse and Radiohead,’ NME reports singer Perry Farrell as saying. ‘As much as I want to appease fans and make old Jane’s fans love me, I just can’t help myself from moving forward.’
That’s right. Jane’s Addiction: “moving forward” by taking inspiration from the two biggest bands of ten years ago.
The album features original members Perry Farrell, Stephen Perkins and Dave Navarro on vocals, drums and guitar respectively, with bass duties being taken care of by session muso Chris Chaney and TV On The Radio’s Dave Sitek.
‘The Great Escape Artist’ will be the band’s fourth studio album. It will hit stores at the end of September.
The Strokes’ Nickolai Fraiture tweets from the studio but Julian Casablancas is still cranky with his bandmates. The band’s bassist has been tweeting about new music, only weeks after they released their long-awaited Angles album.
Fraiture tweeted ‘Super excited to go in to the studio today and work on some new ideas! I’ll keep you posted…’, then clarified ‘For The Strokes, of course!’ and delivered a studio photo of the band setting up.
In the meantime, singer Julian Casablancas has been griping to NME that he has become the band’s whipping boy.
He said, ‘t’s hard for me sometimes because I do feel like people, if they could, would stab me to get to the top. I’m kidding of course . that’s why the whole ‘friend’ thing is hard for me. We do interviews and they point the finger at me. They’re my such good buddies that everything is my fault. We should have called the album Frenemies.”
Since Angles was widely reported to have been recorded with the members all phoning in their parts, hopefully this next effort will unify the band again.
Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood will release his third film soundtrack. NME reports that the soundtrack for the forthcoming film Norwegian Wood will be released in March to coincide with the UK release of the film. The film is Anh Hung Tran’s 2010 adaptation of the 1987 Murakami novel of the same name. Greenwood composed the soundtrack, which was then performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra and the Emperor Quartet. The soundtrack was performed live in its entirety in March last year. Greenwood told the BBC, ‘ wrote this piece mostly in hotels and dressing rooms while touring with Radiohead. This was more practical than glamorous – lots of time sitting around indoors, lots of instruments about – and aside from picking up a few geographical working titles, I can’t think that it had any effect where, on tour, it was written.’ Greenwood has previously written scores for Bodysong and There Will Be Blood. The soundtrack to Norwegian Wood will come out on March 7.
Funeral For A Friend offer DVD and get to work on new album. Welsh modern rockers Funeral For A Friend have put together a special live DVD as they work on their new album.The footage for the DVD was shot at a Shepard’s Bush Empire show in July 2010. It captured them playing their entire debut album Casually Dressed And Deep In Conversation live. A release date hasn’t been set yet, but they’re currently in the studio working on their fifth album, which is set to be titled Welcome Home Armageddon. NME reports that this is the first album they’re recording since guitarist Gareth Ellis-Davies and bassist Darran Smith left the band. Newcomers Gavin Burrough and Richard Boucher, formerly of Welsh post-hardcore bandHondo Maclean, are the replacements. Welcome Home Armageddon will follow their July 2010 EP The Young And Defenceless.
My Chemical Romance full tour dates. When My Chemical Romance debuted material from their current album release ‘Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys’ with a phenomenal show at London’s HMV Hammersmith Apollo, Kerrang! described the event as ‘truly triumphant’, while NME observed it as an ‘utter slaying of London’. My Chemical Romance will commence 2011 with the release of the single ‘Sing’ on January 10th on Warner Bros. Records. The slow-burning, inspirational ‘Sing’ was cultivated at the home studio of producer and Warner Bros. Records chairman Rob Cavallo (Paramore, Green Day). The video, directed by the band’s frontman Gerard Way and P.R. Brown (Prince, Alicia Keys, Smashing Pumpkins), can be seen at www.mychemicalromance.com. ‘Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys’ is the album My Chemical Romance have been building towards their entire, nearly decade long career. From soaring sentiment (‘The Only Hope for Me is You’) to bare-knuckled brawling in the streets (‘DESTROYA’) it defies lazy labels and demolishes expectations. Beholden to no scene, credo or code it’s a rock ‘n’ roll album from the future aimed directly at the dead-hearted present. ‘Next year it’ll be ten years since we’ve been together,’ says guitarist Frank Iero. ‘That’s a long time to stay in one shade. And I think if you’ve been a fan of our band for a long time then you need these different feelings in your life, these different emotions to come through. And I know that because it’s what we need right now.’ Now fans who missed out on that intimate show can experience material from ‘Danger Days’ in the live setting for the first time with the confirmation of a major nationwide arena tour in February 2011. My Chemical Romance will play:
February 2011 Box office
12th ‘ London, Wembley Arena 0844 815 0815
13th ‘ Birmingham, LG Arena 0844 338 8000
15th ‘ Glasgow, SECC 08444 999 990
18th ‘ Manchester, MEN Arena 0844 847 8000
19th ‘ Nottingham, Trent FM Arena 08444 124 624
21st ‘ Cardiff, CIA 029 2022 4488
22nd ‘ Newcastle, Metro Radio Arena 0844 493 6666
Foo Fighters to headline T In The Park. Foo Fighters will headline the Main Stage at Balado across the weekend of 8th, 9th & 10thJuly,2011. In a recent NME piece revealing the first details of their seventh studio album, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl said, “I want to play the album at night live in front of (tens of thousands of) people. It’s a festival album because it f**king rocks!” Grohl will do exactly that as the Foo Fighters put in yet another stadium calibre performance at this year’s T in the Park, debuting new material from their forthcoming seventh album alongside anthems from their multi-platinum, multiple Grammy-winning catalogue. The TITP crowd is sure to go home satisfied and exhausted, and nursing throats sore from singing along with the likes of The Pretender, Best of You, All My Life, Learn To Fly, Everlong and more. Geoff Ellis (Festival Director) said: ‘Once again we are proud to bring one of the world’s biggest and most influential rock bands to Balado. As well as being a personal favourite and a band that T in the Park fans continually praise, Foo Fighters are one of the best festival headliners on the planet and I’m delighted we have them for T in the Park 2011.’ Limited tickets for the 18th consecutive T in the Park go onsale at 9am on 3rd December, at 2010 prices (beating the VAT increase). Buy sold out tickets at our partners here and check out all other tickets here. More information on all ticket prices / packages at www.tinthepark.com. Ticket buyers should only purchase from the official outlets published on this website.
Gorillaz album recorded on iPad to be released. Damon Albarn has been working on the fourth Gorillaz album with the help of his trusty iPad. According to an interview with NME, Albarn said the follow up to the band’s hugely successful third record ‘Plastic Beach’ will hopefully be out before Christmas.
Speaking of the making of the record, he said ”ve made it on an iPad. I hope I’ll be making the first record on an iPad. I fell in love with my iPad as soon as I got it, so I’ve made a completely different kind of record.’
The fact that the word ‘iPad appears three times in that sentence suggests that he must really REALLY love it, despite his band announcing a partnership with Microsoft to help launch Internet Explorer 9.
Ready To Start, the second single from Arcade Fire’s latest album The Suburbs, will be released digitally on 11th October 2010 via Sonovox. From Arcade Fire’s third studio album, the track was described by the NME as having the “urgent fractious energy of ‘Tunnels’… stately, melancholic but resolute, with an urgent rhythm and riff.” Ready to Start is a follow up to Arcade Fire’s first single We Used To Wait. The music video for which, The Wilderness Downtown, has already received over 25 million views worldwide. An interactive online only video, The Wilderness Downtown filled social networking sites twitter and facebook, again causing Arcade Fire to top Hype Machine. Billboard found Chris Milk’s interactive video, ‘an eye-popping interactive film/experience. further pushing the boundaries of the music video concept” while the Guardian called it ‘an extremely impressive use of technology’. The Suburbs went to Number 1 in the UK and the US, Canada, Portugal, Norway, Ireland and Belgium on release in August and the top 5 in Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, New Zealand, Spain, Switzerland and the Netherlands. The band will return to the UK in December for two shows in London followed by dates in Birmingham, Cardiff, Manchester and Glasgow. The Arcade Fire are Win Butler, RÃ©gine Chassagne, Richard Reed Parry, William Butler, Tim Kingsbury, Sarah Neufeld and Jeremy Gara. ‘Arcade Fire knew they were ready to start a third album when they sat down and jammed an urgent indie-rock thumper appropriately titled Ready To Start.’ Q – October 2010
I Like Trains live dates. Leeds’ returning cult heroes I LIKE TRAINS are proud to announce that they will be playing a handful of club shows in late October and early November. These gigs will coincide with the release of the widely anticipated and hotly tipped second I LIKE TRAINS album ‘He Who Saw the Deep’, released on October 25th via the bands own ILR label. Previously hailed by the likes of NME (‘iceberg sized heavenly sounds’), The Sun (‘breathtakingly powerful’) and RockSound (‘a glacial beauty’) amongst others, I LIKE TRAINS sophomore full length continues to expand the bands creative palette as well as serving as a timely reminder just why their expansive, cinematic style has gained them such a cult following. These dates are an opportunity for fans to see one of the UK’s most exciting, independent bands playing songs from the new album for the first time, as well as indulging in old favourites. The dates in full are:
Mon 25th October Glasgow ABC2
Tue 26th October Manchester Ruby Lounge
Thur 28th October Birmingham Hare and Hounds
Tue 2nd November London 100 Club
Operator Please release ‘Gloves’ Everyone’s favourite Australian baroque-pop ™ collective, Operator Please, burst onto the music scene in early 2007 with their addictive ‘Song About Ping Pong’, and their infectious debut album Yes Yes Vindictive. Aged only 16 they toured the world wowing crowds with their incredible presence and energy in Australia, Europe and Japan and found themselves supporting the likes of Bloc Party, Futureheads, Kaiser Chiefs and Arctic Monkeys. Now they are back, all grown up, and with a remarkably sophisticated sophomore album, titled Gloves. The band spent the last 12 months pouring their hearts into their work, self-producing the record at a farm near Australia’s Byron Bay, and in singer Amandah Wilkinson’s lounge on the Gold Coast, before mixing it in Los Angeles with long time No Doubt collaborator Jimmy Harry. ‘Gloves’ shows a fresh new direction for the band, a sound already turning heads as the first release, ‘Logic’, hits Australian and international airwaves. The reaction at home in Austrlaia was incredible, with national radio stations ripping and adding the track instantly after the band posted it on their myspace. Proving to be an instant hit there, ‘Logic’ – released in the UK last week digitally and limited edition 7′ on Brille Records – has also been picking up attention here from Radio 1, 6 Music, XFM, MTV, NME and all over the worldwide web. The album, ‘Gloves’ will be released in the UK on May 31st, preceded by the summery single ‘Back And Forth’ on May 24th. The album is already available for fans to pre-order via the bands website at www.operatorpleaseband.com along with exclusive goodies, including a limited edition cassette of bonus tracks.
NME Breakthrough supported by Blackberry – The new service allows bands and users to upload their music and videos onto profiles on NME.COM for other users to listen to. Acts who upload their music will have the chance to feature in NME magazine’s Radar section and on the NME.COM Radar Blog, with Radar editor Jaimie Hodgson scouting the new service for hot new musical talent. There will also be opportunities for acts on NME Breakthrough supported by Blackberry to play live at NME events, and a live slot at this year’s Lovebox festival in London, which takes place on July 16-18. David Moynihan, NME.COM editor, said: “NME Breakthrough supported by Blackberry is a step for us in providing a channel for artists and our users to connect with each other. Our website and magazine play a key role in keeping our audience informed with the latest news and expert reviews, and this new social networking platform is giving our users direct interaction with bands. “It also acts as an important medium for bands to listen to what their fans want, through a simple rating feature. In addition, we are going to offer amazing opportunities on the site; the rewarded artists will perform at an NME Radar event as well as a key festival this summer.” See NME.COM/breakthrough for more information and to sign up.
Pete and The Pirates sign up for Nozstock Festival. Pete and The Pirates, gaggle, Louis Barrabas, Jack Beats and DJ Gammer have just been confirmed for Nozstock Festival 2010, With their eagerly anticipated second album due for release in the summer, NME favourites Pete and The Pirates are set to bring their raucous breed of indie-pop to the mainstage at this years Nozstock Festival. Also just announced are 20 piece all girl phenomenon Gaggle, remixer du jour Jack Beats (having recently torn the essential mix apart for BBC Radio 1, Louis Barabbas and global hardcore superstar DJ Gammer with many more soon to be announced. All weekend tickets include camping
Adult Weekend = £75 | Student Weekend (on presentation of a valid NUS card) = £70
Teen Weekend (13-17 yrs, ID will be requested on presentation) = £55 | 12 and under = free.
NOZSTOCK FESTIVAL 2010
ROWDEN PADDOCKS, BROMYARD, HEREFORDSHIRE, HR7 4LS
DATES: 9th – 11th JULY
THEME: THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS
WEEKEND TICKETS: £75 (inc camping)
BUY TICKETS FROM: www.skiddle.com