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Radiohead Can’t Decide If They’ll Bring Their ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’ Tour To Australia

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Radiohead are yet to bring their latest album A Moon Shaped Pool to Australia, and it appears the band can’t decide if they want to or not.

In a new interview with Rolling Stone, the band make it clear that they can’t decide on whether they’ll add any more dates to their current tour after its current schedule wraps up in Israel on 19th July.

“I think the tour will be done after these shows,” says Ed O’Brien, while frontman Thom Yorke maintains, “I would imagine we’ll keep going. I mean, I don’t know how, or when, but no, we’re not gonna stop. I fucking hope not.”

Drummer Phil Selway seems pessimistic though, saying, “It’s a blank calendar at the moment, but we all have other stuff that’s been on hold for a little while. I feel that come July we will have done as much as we can with what we’ve got at the moment. I’d love the idea that we’d be back out again touring at some point, but I think this feels about right for this record.”

Meanwhile, Colin Greenwood counters this by saying, “I don’t know what’s going to happen after July, so I can’t say anything beyond that. But I love the people that I work with, and I love what everyone does. So we’ll see. But I’m happy to go play anywhere else.”

Radiohead last toured Australia in 2012 behind their previous album The King Of Limbs, and fans have since fallen victim to a cruel Aussie tour prank which got everyone’s hopes up about a potential tour in 2017.

Their current tour aside, Ed O’Brien says he’d like to see the band continue to tour into their 70s.

“You see that joy Leonard Cohen got,” he says.

“You see it with the Dead or Neil Young when he goes off with Crazy Horse. Everybody would like to see Pink Floyd do it. If we were to do it, it would have to be authentic. It might be like the Rolling Stones. It might be like Leonard Cohen or the Grateful Dead.”

Radiohead are currently preparing to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their 1997 album OK Computer later this month with a new reissue of the record titled OKNOTOK, which will feature the remastered original album, three previously unreleased songs (including ‘I Promise’, below) and eight B-sides.

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Interview: Duncan Lloyd

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Duncan Lloyd is best known as the guitarist and driving force behind Mercury Music Prize nominated Maximo Park.

But outside of the Tyneside fourpiece, he’s a frenetic creator whose eclectic side projects take in Decade In Exile, Nano Kino and two solo albums under his own name.

His latest, I O U O M E, which dropped late May, showcases Duncan’s well-earned songwriting stripes and carries lo-fi indie flavours reminiscent of early Yo La Tengo, The Breeders and Teenage Fanclub. Veering from intimate outpourings to bigger picture ideals, the record is rich with melody, melancholy and wit.

We recently caught up with him to learn more about its origins, how his music has evolved over the years and what’s on his stereo at the moment…

What’s the thinking behind your new solo record?
It was written while I was travelling a lot. Often the best time to write is late at night, when you’ve just got time to yourself. I didn’t have a grand scheme, it unfolded quite naturally; the songs just seemed to follow another.

How is the writing process different when you’re writing for yourself rather than the band?
With Maximo Park, I often think of Paul, the singer. Also, when I get into writing for the band, I start really thinking about the space in the songs for the other players. Whereas, on my own, if I just pick up a guitar or work on something on a piano, it’s a deeper thing, because I’m in a lyrical frame of mind.

How did Nicole from Eternal Summers come to be on the new record?
Well, Maximo Park toured with Eternal Summers in the States a few years back and we became really good friends. I had this EP that I did, under the name Decade in Exile, which is probably more experimental stuff. It was on our merch stand and they picked it up. She was really into it so we decided we should maybe try and do something together. I sent her a couple of tracks over. She heard Heart in Delay and wanted to sing over it.

Where and when did the record take shape?
Most of it was recorded in Newcastle. We’ve got a rehearsal space up there with some basic recording gear. I just recorded it myself up there. I tend to record all the demos for Maxïmo through there. It’s a desk we got off Gil Norton, he’s the Pixies’ producer. Apparently, the Pixies have used that same desk for demos and stuff…

Wow, cool.
Yeh! We got it for something ridiculous like £300. When he saw me again, he said, ‘I can’t believe I sold you that desk!’ It’s quite basic thing, but it’s great. Most of the album was recorded there.

How do you feel about it now it’s all done?
It’s a relief, in a way, because when I finished it, I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it – either I send it round to loads of labels, or maybe I play it live a bit first? Then I thought, ‘I’m just going to do it, and I’m going to get it pressed on vinyl’.

I think once the actual, physical record came back, I was like, ‘Oh, right, I’ve made this thing. I’ve done it.’ It’s a bit different when you’re in a band because you’re part of what feels like a bigger thing, and it feels very normal to do a record and get pressed.

It’s cool. It’s exciting. I feel I’m at point probably in my life where it makes the most sense. I guess I’m a bit older…

When did you figure out you could write songs?
It probably goes back to when I first started playing guitar, aged about 14 or 15. I just love melody, so the first thing I did was try to write something, even if it was just a line or two. I knew that there was something there. It was a bit hard to put my finger on it, but I knew songwriting was definitely something I had to explore. It made sense to me.

How do you think your songwriting has changed since you first started out?
I’d say initially it was very instinctive. Particularly when Maximo first got started. Me and Tom shared a flat. We would go out a lot, and then the next morning, we’d go into this tiny room we had with a washing machine in it and egg boxes on the wall. We’d rattle through some new sounds and write chords – everything was 100 miles an hour. And then Paul joined, and we felt a real momentum.

We were writing about the nights out we were having – we wanted our music to be urgent. I think at that point, there was still a lot of acoustic ballady stuff on the radio, and it didn’t really reflect how we were thinking or feeling.

There was a bit of desperation in there too! We were all in dead-end jobs and we felt we wanted to at least give this a go. It was very much an instinctive thing.

These days I make decisions. I think about the sound more, and about the song having a depth to it. I guess as you go on as a writer, it’s more about developing that, and also knowing when to leave space. We tended to fill up all the space we could with noise, whereas as now we feel the space is as good as the actual music itself…

You suddenly realise there are many ways to write a song. The more music you listen to the more you learn… I’m always on the lookout for something new, just to see how things can be done differently.

Is there anyone you’re really into at the moment?
I’ve been listening to quite a lot of US stuff, like Pinegrove and Hop Along. Robyn Hitchcock as well. And I’m a big fan of Bill Callahan. I’ve also been getting back into earlier PJ Harvey stuff. I love the raw way she recorded Rid of Me and Dry.

I also listen to a lot of soul. There are more obvious things like Aretha Franklin. Every time I put her on, it just blows my mind. I’ve been listening to Ambient Works by Aphex Twin recently too. It’s an album I always go back to. So yeh, bit of a mixed bag, I guess!

Is there anyone else that you’d really like to work with?

That’s funny because we toured with PINS and they’re a really great band – really cool. You just think, ‘Ah, it’d be cool if we had the time to do something together’. I’ve not even mentioned that to them though…

What’s next for you?
I think later on this year, I’ll probably do a full band tour of my record. I think Tom’s going to play, and Paul Rafferty from Hot Club de Paris, he’s going to be playing bass, if we can make it work out. We might do some gigs with his band, and there’s some other people we know.

We might go out with a bunch of groups, maybe even play in each other’s bands, more of a community thing. Hopefully I’ll some actual proper dates organised after summer.

Read our recent interview with Maximo Park’s Paul Smith.

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Coldplay named as 2016’s most played artist

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Coldplay have been named as 2016’s most played artist by PPL at its AGM.

Music licensing company PPL made the announcement as part of its annual Most Played Chart, revealing the most played artist and track on radio, TV and in public places by UK businesses in 2016. 

British acts are represented strongly in the top ten Most Played Artist Chart, with seven of them (Coldplay, Adele, Olly Murs, Little Mix, Ellie Goulding, Jess Glynne and Calvin Harris) hailing from the UK. 

This is Coldplay’s fourth time in the chart top ten – an indication of their popularity, longevity and talent. In the Most Played Track Chart, Justin Timberlake beat Swedish pop sensation Zara Larsson to the top spot.

Created using PPL’s exclusive UK music usage and airplay data, the 2016 Most Played Charts are the only music charts illustrating the popularity of tracks being played both by broadcasters and in public by businesses across the UK. The music usage and airplay data is supplied by PPL’s licensees, including radio stations and TV channels, as well as businesses such as pubs, clubs, bars and shops all across the UK

Peter Leathem, PPL chief executive, said: ‘We are delighted to be able to announce the PPL Most Played Charts once again. PPL is very proud to recognise two of the world’s biggest artists, Coldplay and Justin Timberlake in awarding them this accolade.

‘We are also delighted to see new names such as Zara Larsson and Dnce appearing in the chart for the first time. 2017 looks set to continue the success of last year for both established and emerging artist.’

The PPL Most Played Charts are released annually at the company’s AGM which takes place today on 8 June in London.  

Created using PPL’s exclusive UK music usage and airplay data, the 2016 Most Played Charts are the only music charts illustrating the popularity of tracks being played both by broadcasters and in public by businesses across the UK. The music usage and airplay data is supplied by PPL’s licensees, including radio stations and TV channels, as well as businesses such as pubs, clubs, bars and shops all across the UK

The PPL 2016 Most Played Artist Chart



Olly Murs

Little Mix

Justin Timberlake

Ellie Goulding

Justin Bieber

Jess Glynne

Calvin Harris

Taylor Swift

The PPL 2016 Most Played Track Chart

 Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop The Feeling!

Zara Larsson – Lush Life

Dnce – Cake By The Ocean

Calvin Harris feat. RihannaThis Is What You Came For

Lukas Graham – 7 Years

Coldplay – Hymn For The Weekend

Shawn Mendes – Stitches

Justin Bieber – Love Yourself

Jess Glynne – Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself

Coldplay – Adventure Of A Lifetime

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Make Them Suffer Announce New Album ‘Worlds Apart’

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Perth sons Make Them Suffer have today unveiled details of their forthcoming new album Worlds Apart, set to be released on Friday, 28th July.

Featuring new single ‘Fireworks’, Worlds Apart will be the band’s follow-up album to 2015’s Old Souls and will no doubt reflect the gallons of experience they’ve acquired in the multitude of shows they’ve played between albums – touring both at home and abroad with the likes of Parkway Drive, Architects and In Hearts Wake.

The resulting record, according to Make Them Suffer, reflects “a new era for the band” representing their growth as musicians and songwriters intent on pushing towards their full potential.

“It’s the risks in songwriting and production taken in the past that lead us to this point,” says frontman Sean Harmanis. “The album is a reminder to ourselves that change and growth are good things, as both have been integral to the success of this band and its identity. It’s tough to say so early, but I think Worlds Apart is an album that will be in your stereo for quite some time.”

Ahead of their album’s release, Make Them Suffer will head out on the road month in support of The Amity Affliction’s national tour. See dates and details here.

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The NRL Reportedly Wants Pearl Jam To Play This Year’s Grand Final

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There are rumours swirling around that Pearl Jam are at the top of the NRL‘s wish list for this year’s Grand Final extravaganza.

Fox Sports reckons that code is trying to snag the grunge rock giants for the Big Decider on 1st October, with a spokesperson for the League saying they’re “close to confirming” this year’s headline act.

Homegrown guitar-slinger Keith Urban of course did the honours at last year’s season-ending blockbuster, which saw the Cronulla Sharks down the Melbourne Storm in a 14-12 nail-biter in front of a crowd of almost 84,000, so it’ll be interesting to see the reaction from fans if the code does go for an international act like Eddie Vedder & co. for this year’s bash.

We doubt there’d be many complaints though. Pearl Jam are the shit.

Meanwhile, the AFL have reportedly bagged Las Vegas rockers The Killers for their coveted pre-game slot at this year’s GF on 30th September, which would mark the band’s first Australian tour since their visit to the Big Day Out back in 2013. It’s yet to be confirmed, though, but it’s definitely a better option than Meatloaf.

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