Forty years ago this October, The Specials released their debut, an album that was black and white, diverse yet coherent, jaunty yet bleak and inspirationally political. It changed the world. As did its follow-up and several other singles. But within three years they’d dissolved in a rancour that persists to this day. Yet, as they tell Dorian Lynskey, the existing three members have never been happier.
Also in the issue, Laura Barton climbs into a car with Bon Iver in Wisconsin to hear how he found his way out of the woods following the enormous success of his debut LP. Brittany Howard tells us about her new solo adventure and a how a childhood tragedy still haunts her good fortune. Another star heading out into pastures solo, Kasabian’s Serge Pizzorno gets ready to release his first record without life-long wingman Tom Meighan, “I’m shitting it a bit,” he tells Hamish MacBain.
Chris Catchpole joins mulleted Aussie punks Amyl And The Sniffers as their carnival of chaos and carnage rolls into Canada, Dave Everley goes backstage in Columbus, Ohio to find out how Twenty One Pilots quietly became one of the world’s biggest bands and Eve Barlow hooks up with pop’s collaboration queen Charli XCX for a glass of rosé round her Hollywood mansion and hears about her new creative rebirth.
This month’s Q Maverick is The Cult. Poet warrior frontman Ian Astbury and rock stardom-loving guitarist Billy Duffy discuss the creative friction that has made the duo one of rock’s most compelling bands. Keane are the subject of Cash For Questions, we head Out To Lunch with Bat For Lashes, Jason Williamson from Sleaford Mods gives us his 10 Commandments for living and Wiley tells us about the records that changed his life.
In the Q Review, we report from The National’s triumphant show in Glasgow and run the rule over new albums by Liam Gallagher, Kano, Metronomy, Shura and more.
All this and much more, in the new issue of Q.