Issue #51 – September/October 2014 – alt-J
Under the Radar is excited to announce the full details of the September/October issue, which is on newsstands now. It features alt-J on the cover. Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry does a joint interview with Peter Gabriel. We talk to Lush’s Miki Berenyi and Emma Anderson about their 1996 album, Lovelife. The issue also includes interviews with Interpol, Jessie Ware, Foxygen, Caribou, Belle and Sebastian’s Stuart Murdoch, iconic film director Terry Gilliam, Gotham star Ben McKenzie, Zola Jesus, Hooray For Earth, Bear in Heaven, My Brightest Diamond, Twin Peaks, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Avi Buffalo, Garfunkel and Oates, Total Control, Adult Jazz, and more.
The issue features an in-depth 10-page cover story on alt-J. We talk to the British three-piece about their much anticipated sophomore album, This Is All Yours, sampling Miley Cyrus, the band’s detailed history, why original bassist Gwil Sainsbury left the band, winning the Mercury Prize, why a certain bad review of their debut album still haunts them, and how they are really just nice average guys. The interview was conducted by Matt Fink and the band was photographed in London by Pal Hansen.
“I think I enjoyed how much [Pitchfork’s reviewer] hated us. It wasn’t that she just disliked the music; she actually hated us. I thought that was really funny.” – Joe Newman of alt-J
“Essentially, if I could have asked for one thing for us to achieve as a band, it was to win a Mercury Prize.” – Gus Unger-Hamilton of alt-J
“We went back and forth with [the Miley Cyrus sample], purely because we didn’t want to give off the impression that we were trying to gain something from her massive celebrity status.” – Thom Green of alt-J
The front-of-book Detection section feature interviews with: Avi Buffalo, Bear in Heaven, Belle and Sebastian’s Stuart Murdoch (on his feature film writing/directing debut God Help the Girl), Caribou, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Foxygen, Garfunkel and Oates (on their new IFC TV show), Terry Gilliam (the legendary film director and Monty Python member on his new film The Zero Theorem), Hooray For Earth, Ben McKenzie (who plays Jim Gordon on FOX’s Batman prequel TV show Gotham), My Brightest Diamond, Twin Peaks, Jessie Ware, and Zola Jesus.
“I feel like so many new bands go on tour and when they’re young they don’t stop, and that’s what leads them to a bad step.” – Avi Zahner-Isenberg of Avi Buffalo
“I feel like one day someone going to pull the veil and say, ‘Oh, it was a joke! You should have done something else with your time!'” – Jon Philpot of Bear in Heaven
“I was never terribly comfortable with the aspect of directing, but my consolation was that I was really comfortable around the actors.” – Stuart Murdoch of Belle and Sebastian on Directing God Help the Girl
“I wanted to put my own life-my personal life-[in the record] and obfuscate what I was saying as little as possible.” – Dan Snaith of Caribou
“I need to see all the parts of this world I haven’t seen before it goes completely down the shitter, and music happens to be my vehicle.” – Joseph D’Agostino of Cymbals Eat Guitars
“At the shows now, people are very scared of me. People were flinching when I came out into the audience, moving away from me.” – Sam France of Foxygen
“There’s a lot of stuff men can say, but there are some things that can only come out of a woman’s mouth.” – Riki Lindhome of Garfunkel and Oates
“I feel people aren’t really living the moment anymore; they’re commenting on the moment before the moment is even finished. That’s a thing that always worries me.” – Terry Gilliam
“If [my character Jim Gordon] wants his actions to result in the greater good, he’s going to have to cut deals with the devil.” – Ben McKenzie of Gotham
“Maybe some day I’ll have that chemical reaction in my brain where I can take a break and feel contented.” – Noel Heroux of Hooray For Earth
“I would strongly recommend people to do their second album and get married at the same time. It works.” – Jessie Ware
“I wanted to make a dance album, but I grew up a super-conservative Christian family, so Lord help you if you were dancing.” – Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond
“My dad loves our music.” – Cadien Lake James of Twin Peaks
“I tend to have a very emotional and psychological relationship with my voice.” – Zola Jesus
Our main features include a Retro article on ’90s shoegaze legends Lush. Band members Emma Anderson and Miki Berenyi (in a rare interview) discuss the band’s final album (1996’s Lovelife), the death of drummer Chris Acland, and the band’s breakup. Richard Reed Parry of Arcade Fire and the iconic Peter Gabriel interview each other.
“Lush was so tied up with Chris, and without him, it’s just really, really difficult to consider [a reunion].” – Miki Berenyi of Lush
“By the time we did that Gin Blossoms/Goo Goo Dolls tour, I think everyone had just retreated into themselves. It was just a nightmare.” – Emma Anderson of Lush
“It’s a strange phenomenon to be in an absurdly famous rock band that is in demand all the time, because on one hand, it’s super appealing and you feel like you can’t turn away from it. But at the same time there are more important things in the world than maintaining your pace and your status as a ‘famous’ rock band.” – Richard Reed Parry of Arcade Fire
“Songs are like people. They live and grow and die and evolve.” – Peter Gabriel
PLEASED TO MEET YOU
Our Pleased to Meet You new bands section highlights seven exciting new artists: Adult Jazz, Alvvays, Blaue Blume, Boxed In, Coves, The Death of Pop, and Total Control.
“If [a song] gives you everything you want and need and expect, there’s no risk and there’s no jeopardy.” – Harry Burgess of Adult Jazz
“I don’t really know when ‘pop’ became bad-maybe in the ’90s or something, when people were like, ‘No more dancing, just swaying!'” – Molly Rankin of Alvvays
“I’m 24, and [our songs are] about issues faced by someone that age, having anxiety about death, and where I’m going with life.” – Jonas Smith of Blaue Blume
“Kraftwerk were responsible for inspiring all the best house and techno producers. Trying to combine the two has been quite an interesting thing.” – Oli Bayston of Boxed In
“I wouldn’t want [any of my students] to look [our band] up, and some of our videos are a bit unsuitable for kids.” – Angus James of The Death of Pop
“What if all the music I’m making is subconsciously just to be validated by the screaming masses?” – Mikey Young of Total Control
For our regular last page feature, The End, we ask a different artist the same set of questions about endings and death. Paul Banks of Interpol is this issue’s participant.
“I lost a few friends last year to illness and that was very humbling.” – Paul Banks of Interpol
Over 80 CDs, films, DVDs, TV shows, and comic books are reviewed in the issue, including reviews of releases by:
The Amazing Snakeheads
Willis Earl Beal
Bear in Heaven
Cymbals Eat Guitars
Death From Above 1979
Esben and the Witch
Hooray For Earth
The Juan MacLean
Music Go Music
My Brightest Diamond
The New Pornographers
Richard Reed Parry
The Phantom Band
Simian Mobile Disco
The Smashing Pumpkins
Scott Walker and Sunn O)))
The digital version of the issue (available via iTunes and Zinio, and for iPads, iPhones, Macs, and PCs) also features extra articles not found in the print magazine, including interviews with The Amazing Snakeheads, The Rentals, and Wunder Wunder. The digital version also contains bonus Q&As not found in the print edition with alt-J, Terry Gilliam, and Stuart Murdoch of Belle and Sebastian.
“I didn’t sing in front of anyone [when I was younger], because I was embarrassed. I didn’t want anyone to think, ‘Poor guy. He thinks he can sing, but he sounds like he’s dying.'” – Joe Newman of alt-J
“I started out in masonry, but I had to have music in my life, so I started writing, and it’s been the only thing that’s fueled me in my life.” – Dale Barclay of The Amazing Snakeheads
“[Film is] such a nice art form. I tend to embrace something as it’s dying out; I know that television is the medium of choice these days, that even people in Hollywood kind of say that.” – Stuart Murdoch of Belle and Sebastian
“People are so frightened to do anything out of the ordinary at the moment. That’s part of why I worry about the modern world.” – Terry Gilliam
“I wanted to make the definitive Rentals record.” – Matt Sharp of The Rentals
The digital version also includes 80+ bonus reviews not found in the print magazine, including releases by the following artists:
The Black Keys
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Lana Del Rey
The Fresh & Onlys
Got A Girl
Hercules & Love Affair
Ice Cream Cathedral
Manic Street Preachers
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
The Proper Ornaments
She Keeps Bees
The Skygreen Leopards
A Sunny Day in Glasgow
The Vacant Lots
Anand Wilder & Maxwell Kardon
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Adult Jazzalt-J – The Under the Radar Cover Story Bonus Q&Aalt-J – The Under the Radar Cover StoryAlvvaysAvi BuffaloBear in HeavenBen McKenzie of GothamBlaue BlumeBoxed InCaribou – Dan Snaith on Making An Album for His FansCaribou – Hiding in Plain SightCovesCymbals Eat GuitarsFoxygen on Their Sprawling Album and Scaring AudiencesGarfunkel and Oates on Their IFC Show – Season Finale Airs TonightJessie WareLush – Miki Berenyi and Emma Anderson on 1996 Album “Lovelife” and the Last Days of the BandMy Brightest DiamondRichard Reed Parry of Arcade Fire vs. Peter GabrielTerry GilliamThe Death of PopThe RentalsTotal ControlTwin PeaksZola Jesus
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