FIVE QUESTIONS: ANDY BELL

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Back in the saddle with Ride and running the Psychedelic Machine, the former Oasis, Beady Eye and Hurricane #1 man (surely by now we’ve answered the “Who the f*ck is …?” question) takes five from us. Continue reading

INTERVIEW: KEVIN ROWLAND

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“There was lots of people that were living in my area of northwest London—their dads were also builders … So some of their dads would have companies, and they’d be making big money. But they weren’t as exacting about the detail of what they were doing as my dad. I worked for him, and I would see. Something you would think would be alright was not good enough for him. He wanted it really, really right, you know? I’m like that.”

Kevin Rowland at length about why it took 27 years to make a new Dexys album, the art of conversational songs, the “indefinable” element Big Jim Paterson brings to a band and why songwriting is “f*cking hard word.” Oh, and also why younger musicians need to learn to appreciate dynamics … Continue reading

FIVE QUESTIONS: KEVIN ROWLAND

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The Dexys frontman and Celtic Soul Brother number one takes five from us. Continue reading

INTERVIEW: PAUL ‘BONEHEAD’ ARTHURS

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“I’m still more than capable of doing the big Bonehead power chords, but I’ve matured as a player and I think that comes across in songs  … The days of standing on the edge of the stage, staring people out, playing huge, big rock chords are sort of behind me now. You move on, don’t you? You turn a corner, which I think I’ve done.”

Bonehead at length about his career, from following the Stone Roses around since 1984 to traveling the world with Oasis in the 1990s, post-Oasis reassurance from Johnny Marr and a more “mature” future with Parlour Flames. Oh, and also that matter of Oasis and Travis songs reducing him to tears … Continue reading

FIVE QUESTIONS: PAUL ‘BONEHEAD’ ARTHURS

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The current Parlour Flame and former Oasis axe-man takes five from us. Continue reading

INTERVIEW: ISOBEL CAMPBELL

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I just thought, ‘Wait a minute. You’re supposed to do things that make you feel good. Do I feel good? I don’t feel good and I’m not taking care of myself.’ I was just so exhausted by everything that I think I just needed to go …  I had that feeling at the end of the band, too. You just have to go and recalibrate. I’m a really quiet person anyway, so I think a lot of the touring stuff takes a lot from me. It’s been really good to just think about myself and do really boring things like go to the supermarket.”

Isobel Campbell at length about re-establishing herself as a solo artist, preparing to write her book, riding the storm of album-and-tour cycles with Mark Lanegan and becoming more comfortable about looking back at her time with Belle & Sebastian. Oh, and also why it’s hard for a “little girl from Glasgow” to not look out the window at California’s beautiful weather and think, “#$%@.” Continue reading

FIVE QUESTIONS: ISOBEL CAMPBELL

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The singer, songwriter, producer, sometimes-Mark-Lanegan-duetter and ex-Belle and Sebastianer takes five from us. Continue reading

INTERVIEW: NEIL INNES

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“I am one of the shrinking violets in this business because I’ve never been that keen on being famous. I like to share observations and feelings and things like that, but I can’t stand the idea of being popular. I think people who are hugely popular have to work at it quite a bit. And I’ve never worked at it.”

Neil Innes at length about the life of the Bonzo Dog (Doo-Dah) Band, the legacy of the Rutles, a solo career that’s oscillated between television and radio and how instant karma got both himself and Noel Gallagher in a similar predicament. Oh, and also why Benjamin Britten’s stuff is “just the most unthinkably bad music you’ve ever heard.” Continue reading

FIVE QUESTIONS: NEIL INNES

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The Bonzo/GRIMMSer/Seventh Python/Rutle/Idiot Bastard/Ego Warrior and all the other descriptions his CV includes takes five from us. Continue reading

INTERVIEW: MILES KANE

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“I guess it’s been sort of a long old journey to find the craft. After the Puppets, I sort of found it, really, making the Colour of the Trap album. And then now on this one, when you get people coming forward and saying they wanna work with you, it’s just a complete honor. It sort of raises my game.”

Miles Kane at length about his second solo LP, working with the likes of Paul Weller, Noel Gallagher, Gruff Rhys and Ian Broudie, and being prepared to start small in America. Oh, and also wanting to do what T. Rex, Oasis or the Four Tops can do for a Saturday night (with no regard for Sunday morning) …  Continue reading