Troy Van Leeuwen is the shadowy sonic architect who introduced Fender offsets and single-coil pickups to one of the world’s biggest rock bands. The Queens Of The Stone Age guitarist tells us about his new signature Jazzmaster, living the dream with Iggy Pop and the possibility of a new Queens album.
With indie label Matador reissuing their first eight albums a year after a greatest hits collection that spanned their 27-year career, Spoon are taking stock. We caught up with the Texas band’s frontman Britt Daniel to talk about Thinline Teles, Klon Centaurs and the band’s new album.
A third album in four years sees IDLES sharpen both their sound and their knives for an uncompromising attack on austerity, political incompetence and the patriarchy. There’s a lot more resistance than joy here.
REM’s eighth album may not have been the strident mainstream rock record many expected as a follow-up to 1991’s breakthrough Out Of Time, but it’s a refined, multifaceted masterwork that pointed the way for a generation of alternative guitar bands.
It’s been a dizzying three years for Fontaines DC, who released their second album A Hero’s Death at the end of July. The Irish band tell us about their love of 60s Fenders, selling out Brixton Academy and how they want to write a “weird as fuck” new album full of bangers.
Released into a barren musical landscape still suffering from a Britpop hangover, The Strokes' debut album was an exhilarating, razor-sharp distillation of New York's musical heritage that changed everything. Do believe the hype.
Newly settled in domestic contentment, Bill Callahan produced one of his strongest albums to date in 2019’s Shepherd In A Sheepskin Vest. Just a year later, this masterful raconteur returns with 10 hit singles new and old.
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