Huw Baines

Meet Oceanator: the guitarist creating prescient music for our times

Elise Okusami, aka Oceanator, on why her debut album feels very 2021, even if it was recorded long before these current dark times…

How Deafheaven made a live album in the midst of a pandemic

No crowds, no venue, even the band had to be separated by screens in a studio – is this the strangest live album ever made?

The Genius Of… Rabbit Fur Coat by Jenny Lewis with the Watson Twins

How the former Rilo Kiley frontwoman picked up an acoustic and set herself on the course to solo success, with a little nudge from Conor Oberst…

Introducing… Shame: The London post-punkers who had to “fuck off the reverb” to nail their second album’s vibe

The London five-piece on getting bored with their own songs and “doing weird shit along the way” to create their kinetic new record, Drunk Tank Pink.

Lande Hekt on going solo and making guitar music a true place for all

The Muncie Girls bassist on becoming more comfortable with six strings, putting her experiences front and centre, and the importance of making music that’s relatable to diverse audiences.

“I think catchiness can get a bad rap for being superficial”: the Goodbye Party on the power of power pop

Michael Cantor talks Casinos, Jazzmasters, and why it was important to have a big pool of songs for his long-awaited second LP, Beautiful Motors.

How The Dirty Nil pushed themselves to finish their new record before the world stopped

The Canadian three-piece on how the looming pandemic shutdown pushed them to their limit to get their new record, Fuck Art laid down, even if it left them as “shells of human beings”

Introducing… Tash Sultana, the Aussie guitarist redefining what it means to be a solo musician

We speak to the 25-year-old about their journey from busking to sold-out world tours, their hope for a more uplifting guitar culture, and why new album Terra Firma shows that they’re “not just a looper”.

The Genius Of…Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness by Smashing Pumpkins

Billy Corgan’s first great tearing of the script led to a bold and ambitious album that put the guitars up front and loud. Very loud.

“Guitar is like a binding element”: Nilüfer Yanya on straddling genres, Jazzmaster in hand

A year on from her debut EP, we caught up with the genre-agnostic guitarist to talk luck, lockdowns and the challenges of being a non-touring musician.