Two hours before the interview, a call comes in: you cannot drive up early, but is it best right now? Arriving at the Boutique Hotel, located right in the center of the Covent Garden district of London, which we got in a terrible hurry, we are told: Florence suddenly decided that she would have lunch after our conversation, so we decided to postpone the meeting. Oh yes.
The meeting takes place in an old-fashioned furnished room. Florence seemed to have become taller since our last meeting four years ago. At least it became thinner. And pale. But despite all this, she is full of health and, importantly, is in a good mood.
Back in our last meeting, I wanted to ask if the writer Denton Welch is your relative? Continue reading
Fans of unusual pop music, art rock provocateurs Sparks and Franz Ferdinand first met ten years ago. The promise to work together led to the recording of a full-length album called “FFS”, and, as Chris Cottingham from NME found out, it gave a lot of new strength to both groups.
Just think, because nothing would have happened if Alex Kapranos had not broken his tooth. In 2013, the 43-year-old frontman Franz Ferdinand was on a tour in Uruguay with the group when he was unsuccessful and Kapranos did not dare to entrust himself to the local health care system. The next stop was San Francisco, where manager Franz Ferdinand had an appointment with dentist Huey Lewis. Yes, Huey Lewis from the 1980s pop rockers Huey Lewis And The News. It looked like his toothbrush was the Continue reading
Miracles do happen. In the second half of 2015, the third album The Libertines will be released.
Kevin Perry looked behind a screen of rehearsals in Thailand that “pumped fresh blood into the band,” says Pete Doherty.
There is a saying in Thailand, just in case of absolutely unbelievable events: residents say “Châat nâa dton-bàai”, which means “Everything will happen one evening, in your next reincarnation.” In England they would say “When hell freezes” or “When The Libertines record a new album.”
And somehow, one of the most incredible days has come. At the end of 2014, for the first time in a Continue reading
It was 2001, and humanity was entering the new millennium with hope and fear. Behind – a century of scientific and technological progress, bloody world wars, space exploration, postmodernism and the formation of popular music. Hundreds of musical genres and currents were born, strengthened, evolved, captured the world, crawled to the sidelines, went into oblivion and resurrected in a few decades.
In the late 90s, rock bands increasingly began to turn their eyes to the past. The Strokes and The White Stripes Americans and The Vines Australians, inspired by the aesthetics and sounds of the 60s and 80s, breathed life into garage rock and paved the way for countless indie bands from the 2000s. In Britain, the popularity of Britpop was gradually declining, and Tom York and his associates hit electronic experiments, upsetting part of the army of their fans. A virus called “nu-metal” was rapidly spreading in the world … “Origin of Symmetry” did not fit into everything that happened. He sounded bold and strange, breaking borders and rushing into the future.
Welcome to the wonderful nightmare world of one of the most surreal, caricatured ridiculous baroque Continue reading
Any musical collective, good or not, has its own leader – this is the founder, vocalist, songwriter, ideological inspirer and a great charismatic, in the end (underline what is necessary). In short, the frontman is a person without whom there would be no group.
But there are guys among them who have proved that they are capable of musical exploits and beyond collective creativity. BritishWave.ru selected 10 frontmen who also showed great performance in solo roles.
It is not surprising that it was the magnificent frontman of the reunited Blur, Damon Albarn, who opened Continue reading