In the new issue of Q, out on Tuesday 7 May, we go deep into the world of Vampire Weekend. Over two meetings in Los Angeles, band leader Ezra Koenig talks to Niall Doherty about fatherhood, their excellent fourth album and why he can’t stop over-thinking. “The album is so colourful and diverse,” he says. “After all these years gone, I needed to re-establish a bigger world.”
Also in the issue, we rewind to the making of Blur’s seismic 1994 album Parklife as John Harris pulls back the curtain to tell the inside story, while Dorian Lynskey witnesses the band’s latest reunion at the recent Africa Express: The Circus event in East London.
We hit the road with slowthai as the self-styled “Brexit Bandit” causes a frenzy at shows in Manchester and London. Kate Solomon joins UK hip-hop’s great new hope as he tells her, “I want to connect with people.”
Sam Fender’s stark, euphoric songs about life in the UK’s margins helped him win the Critics’ Choice award at this year’s Brits. But that’s not the young Geordie’s greatest prize. That’s his blue and gold VIP Greggs card. “Greggs for life,” he tells Chris Catchpole, as they search the streets of Austin, Texas for anything half as good.
Little Simz is one of Britain’s most inventive and industrious rappers, but why is success such an uphill battle compared to her male peers? Rachel Aroesti meets the Londoner and hears how Drake might be providing a deserved leg-up.
Derry singer-songwriter SOAK became a teenage star with her first record. But she fell into a period of depression before making her new album Grim Town. She invites Rebecca Nicholson into her new pad in Manchester and explains how writing it saved her.
Laura Barton meets Andrew Bird in LA and asks: is there anything the violin-playing, whistling whiz, glockenspiel-tapping, folk indie-rocker can’t do?
This month’s Q Maverick is hip-hop pioneer Chuck D. The Public Enemy founder beckons Eve Barlow into his Californian office to look back on a career spanning more than three decades.
The subject of this month’s Cash For Questions is punk quintet IDLES. They respond to your queries about Dirty Dancing, teleportation, smelly pants, class, crack addiction and what it means to be punk.
Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett talks us through the albums that changed her life, we hear all about Hot Chip’s forthcoming new record from its creators, Lee “Scratch” Perry outlines his 10 Commandments for living, and we head Out To Lunch with US experimentalist Holly Herndon. Last Word goes to Kurt Vile. In the Q Review, we report from Doves’ comeback show and run the rule over new albums by The National, Cate Le Bon and Amyl And The Sniffers and many more.
All this and much more, in the new issue of Q, out on Tuesday 7 May!