Franz Ferdinand - 'Always Ascending'
Although they released a collaborative album with Sparks in 2015, it has been almost five years since Franz Ferdinand released a record of their own. The title track of their forthcoming fifth album suggests they are determined to make up for lost time, marrying the spiky guitars of their early material to an old school house groove. A welcome return.
Liam Gallagher and Skepta in London
Liam Gallagher and Skepta, captured by Jordan Hughes at the Q Awards, London, October 2017. An outtake from Q379, available to buy here.
Go-Kart Mozart - 'When You're Depressed'
Five years after his last run around as Go Kart Mozart, former Felt leader Lawrence is back with a fresh blast of his singular brand of plastic glam pop. Its chintzy neon synths and first-pumping chorus slightly at odds with a lyric detailing the lows of mental illness: “Never cry, never laugh, don’t clean your teeth, don’t have a bath…”
When Liam Met Ed... The New Issue, Out On Tuesday
On sale Tuesday 21st November, the new issue of Q is an all-star special. We reveal what happened when Liam Gallagher crossed paths with Ed Sheeran at the Q Awards and speak to a stellar cast about how 2017 has been for them. Also in the issue, we countdown the 50 best albums of the year and catch up with some of the acts who have made Q’s select half-century of 2017.
The Killers: Brandon Flowers Fights Back From The Brink
Brandon Flowers has the perfect rock singer life. And yet behind the façade, everything started to unravel: his group, his music, his wife. Simon Goddard finds him at the dawn of another Killers album, but also at a crossroads, with band members bailing and his family leaving Las Vegas… are The Killers facing the final curtain?
Phoenix in Paris
Phoenix, shot by Ed Miles exclusively for Q at the AccorHotels Arena in Paris, September 2017. An outtake from their feature in Q379, available to buy here.
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - 'Little Thing Gone Wild'
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club return in early 2018 with their first record in almost four years. Wrong Creatures is an album of swampy, psychedelic blues-rock, the sort of thing the West Coast trio do best. Little Thing Gone Wild is the rattling, excellent first track from it.
Alien Stadium - 'This One's For The Humans'
Alien Stadium is a collaborative mini-album between Steve Mason and Primal Scream's Martin Duffy. As the picture suggests, it is four-tracks of out-there concept-rock, following a storyline about an alien invasion. They are "pisshead" aliens, explain the duo. This is the opener, its cosmic groove setting the intergalactic tone.
Euros Childs - 'My Colander'
The former frontman of psychedelic Welsh folk-rockers Gorky's Zygotic Mynci, Euros Childs is now a prolific solo artist who has retained his unique brand of excellent strangeness. This track from his forthcoming 13th solo album is a catchy paean to the kitchen utensil no-one can do without when it comes to draining things.
Kelley Deal at home
The Breeders' Kelley Deal, shot by Amy Powell exclusively for Q at her home in Dayton, Ohio, October 2017. An outtake from her shoot for The Albums That Changed My Life in Q379, available to buy here.
The Entertainer: The Rise Of London Rapper J Hus
London's J Hus is only 21 but he's seen his share of trouble, including a stint in prison. But when he started rapping on social media he had an epiphany: he was born to make music. "I've always been able to make the crowd go wild," he tells Rebecca Nicholson.
Paul Weller in New York
Paul Weller, shot by Colin Lane exclusively for Q, backstage at Irving Plaza, New York, October 2017. An outtake from Q379, available to buy here.