In the new issue of Q, out on Tuesday, 12 March, we track Foals across London as the quartet tell us all about their new album Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost Part 1. Foals have established themselves as one of the most powerful British guitar bands of the modern era, but since we last met them they’ve lost a key member and have been going through some choppy personal waters. “This is the start of the next phase,” they tell Niall Doherty as he follows them from bowling alley to museum to pub to rehearsals.
Also in the issue, there’s an exclusive comeback interview with Doves. Almost a decade since the trio undertook a hiatus, they have returned fully refreshed. They welcome Ted Kessler to their studio and reveal far more of their comeback plans than they meant to.
Elsewhere, Dave Everley heads to New York to hear how the road to success for Sheffield metallers Bring Me The Horizon hasn’t been an easy ride. For frontman Oli Sykes, it’s been paved with addiction, rehab, divorce and animosity. But, with the quintet bigger than ever, has their singer finally found peace?
On the first anniversary of Mark E Smith of The Fall’s death, Simon Goddard travels to Manchester to speak with the singer’s sister, ex-wife, best friend and long-serving bandmates to discover that MES’s reverberations are still unbelievably powerful.
It’s fair to say Evan Dando has lived a “full” life. Coming to global fame in the early-’90s with The Lemonheads, the “alternahunk” soon spiralled into a drug-fuelled tailspin and yet here he is to tell his tale. “I’m lucky,” this month’s Q Maverick informs Sylvia Patterson.
Twenty-five years ago, on 5 April 1994, Kurt Cobain brought a sudden halt to the Nirvana juggernaut by shooting himself. Dave Everley tracks the final year of his life.
Over the last decade, a disparate group of composers, performers and labels have been designing a modern classical sound that incorporates elements of electronica, dance and even pop. In our New Wave Of Neu Classical feature, Paul Stokes investigates a left-field phenomenon that’s colonising the mainstream.
When Theresa May triggered Article 50, avant-garde musical pioneer Matthew Herbert embarked on an “apology tour”, gathering field recordings from the continent: the result is The State Between Us, his Brexit album. Jazz Monroe meets him in full flow in Hamburg.
We also look back at the life of Mark Hollis, the Talk Talk visionary who passed away last month.
The subject of this month’s Cash For Questions is 2-Tone legends The Specials. They reveal an unexpected proclivity for DIY and throw some shade in Madness’ general direction.
There’s an exclusive chat with Marcus Mumford as Mumford & Sons gear up for a bespoke festival appearance at All Points East. We head Out To Lunch with Sleeper leader Louise Wener, introduce US singer-songwriter Hannah Cohen, Mac DeMarco gives us a report on his new record for In The Studio and Taboo star Jessie Buckley tells us about the albums that changed her life. We witness The Wombats as they storm Wembley and bring their rabid fanbase with them, while the Last Word goes to Maggie Rogers. In the Q Review, we run the rule over new releases from These New Puritans, Jenny Lewis and much more. Al this and more in the new issue, out on Tuesday!