In the new issue of Q, out tomorrow, we go in deep with The 1975. Sylvia Patterson spends time with the quartet in England and Los Angeles to hear the story of how they became one of the world’s biggest bands by stealth and finds out how frontman Matty Healy pulled back from the abyss so as to push his group into a new galaxy. “The 1975 are incredibly representative of the millennial generation. And what is the millennial generation? It’s musically all over the place and it’s particularly mentally unwell,” Healy tells her.
Also in the new issue, Eve Barlow heads to Dave Grohl’s Caljam festival in California and gets the lowdown from the singer and drummer on the Nirvana reunion that took place at the end of Foo Fighters’ set. Niall Doherty meets US singer-songwriter John Grant to learn how navigating his way through depression, drugs and death has shaped his excellent new album and we pop round to Neneh Cherry’s West London house for tea and meditation. We also join rising pop star and ex-karate world champion Anne-Marie on the road as she supports Ed Sheeran and Jazz Monroe discovers how Estonia’s situationist rapper Tommy Cash became an unlikely hip-hop star.
From Tin Machine to Woodstock ’99, we count down The 50 Worst Decisions In Modern Music, running through the catastrophic creative missteps that have shocked and amused us. Rupert Howe documents the E-fuelled story behind the making of the Happy Mondays’ classic 1988 album Bummed and this month’s Q Maverick is Julia Holter. The avant-garde artist from LA tells Laura Barton about the personal turmoil she had to overcome during the making of her new record.
Primal Scream’s Bobby Gillespie is the subject of this issue’s Cash For Questions, spilling the beans on whether drugs help or hinder, if his bandmates invite him out to comedy nights and his experiences of domestic pest control over the course of his interrogation. The new Doctor Who Jodie Whittaker takes us through the records that shaped her world, former Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello outlines his 10 Commandments for living and Sharon Van Etten gives us an update on her new album from the studio.
This month’s Q Review section gives our verdict on new albums from Muse, Nao, Thom Yorke, The Good, The Bad & The Queen, Robyn and Smashing Pumpkins. We also get the inside info on the new Coldplay documentary from director Mat Whitecross and head Out To Lunch with Ray BLK. All this and much more in the new issue, out Tuesday 23 October!