As Dan Reed Network prepare to join Extreme on their UK tour, the band’s frontman opens up about their next album, his first gig experience, the passing of AC/DC’s Malcolm Young, recording new songs in front of fans, learning to be more collaborative, and why he loves ‘More Than Words’.
Fee Waybill is a storyteller, and not just through his lyrics, on-stage banter, or the multiple characters he inhabits during a show. Even in an interview situation, The Tubes singer is an enthusiastic and engaging conversationalist. With each question typically sparking a free-flowing five-minute reply, over the course of five questions he covers everything from volcanoes, drugs, and headlining Roskilde, to touring the UK with Alice Cooper and writing songs with Richard Marx.
Since releasing his latest album ‘Twin Solitude’ in February, Leif Vollebekk has toured the UK twice, supporting Gregory Alan Isakov and Margaret Glaspy. Next month he returns for a series of headlining shows, including a performance at Moth Club on 21 November.
Ahead of his return, the Canadian multi-instrumentalist tells us about mesmerising audiences, Neil Young’s greatest record, relinquishing control to the songwriting process, Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’, teaching people new words, and his “terrible Lancaster accent”.
Johanna Glaza, the Lithuanian born London-based artist who’s put her unique spin on folk music, has just released her debut solo LP, ‘Wild Sculptures’.
She tells us about walking the edge between raw and beautiful, the continued influence of Bach’s organ music, unlocking emotions through symbols, learning to play the piano, and finding her own voice.
The Little Kicks are back. Four years after releasing their breakthrough album ‘Put Your Love In Front Of Me’, the Aberdeen-based indie-pop band are on the verge of releasing its confident follow-up ‘Shake Off Your Troubles’. Lead singer Steven Milne tells us about recording the LP in a lodge by Loch Ness, getting out of their comfort zone, not forgetting to have fun, paying tribute to a close friend, and why he’s got nothing to be scared about.
As London-based rockers VANT prepare to release their debut album, ‘Dumb Blood’, frontman Mattie Vant tells us about stage diving, brainwashing people with lyrics, hearing his songs on Radio 1, and being himself in the live environment.
What one song on ‘Dumb Blood’ best sums up what VANT is all about?
‘Do You Know Me?’ It was one of the first songs I wrote on this album – it’s autobiographical, frustrated, but hopeful. The bigger we get, the more meaning it has.
The ‘Do You Know Me’ video was shot at Scala. What are your standout memories of that show?
It was the biggest headline show we’ve ever done – the whole thing was exhilarating. I guess the ‘Do You Know Me?’ video really captures the atmosphere which finished with my own customary stage dive.
Country Lips – an eight-piece from Seattle – are shaking up the country scene with their unique take on the genre, mixing in fresh elements like Mexican norteño and Cajun alongside classic Cash and Haggard influences.
They tell us about their new album ‘Till The Daylight Comes’, learning from Allen Toussaint and Elvis Costello, working like a socialist parliament, and being Nashville outsiders.