Thursday, June 16, 2011

Motley Crue's Tommy Lee: 'The days of the album are over'

Tommy Lee recently spoke to NoiseCreep about his belief that the days of full length albums are over.

"No one buys them anymore." he says. "I'll never make another full record I think. It's a waste of time cause people can only ingest a song at a time, so why not make bitching songs at a time and release them. If you want to call them singles, great, whatever; or at its maximum, an EP, four songs, done, boom. I just really feel like the days of the entire record are long gone."

"I don't listen to anybody's full record anymore," admits Lee, "and when I did, I don't think I listened to the whole record. I guess I'm just a fan of switching it up. I want to hear some of this, some of that. Maybe it's my child-like short attention span, but I'm not a fan of that long, drawn-out fucking album anymore. I don't think most people are; if you look at sales most people are buying songs at a time and they're just not really buying records."

"That's just a sign of the times," says the drummer. "There's so much more out there to play with that grabbing anybody's attention and keeping it there for an hour and a half - good luck."

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Arctic Monkeys' Alex Turner: I Don't Mind Being Compared To Oasis At All

Alex Turner has revealed that he doesn't mind that the Arctic Monkeys get compared to Oasis in North America.

The band, who released their anticipated new album 'Suck It And See' this week, said that Oasis were an important band to them growing up.

When asked about whether he minded being compared to Oasis, frontman Alex Turner, told Reuters: ''Not really, I mean, it's like we're both a British rock and roll band, we're kind of bound to get compared to Oasis in other countries."

He added: ''We are both from the North, similar haircut. But musically, it is a little bit different. I mean, we are huge fans of them, growing up and all that, they were a really important band for us. I don't mind being compared to Oasis at all."

He also said that though he believed the band's fourth LP was mellower than their previous efforts, it also contained fast paced songs like those in their early work.

Turner said: "I think it's pretty frantic at times. It has its moments that are a bit more like the chimey guitar thing, like reverberated out that occurs in quite a lot of the songs and I suppose that does give it quite a mellow aspect. I guess probably compared with the first two, it is not as fast and crazy. But it has moments like that."

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

BOTM June 2011 - LOWLINE

Hailing from The south of the city, Lowline formed in 2007 after a chance meeting at a Fall show. With a similar predeliction for Krautrock and Post-punk including The Chameleons, The Clash and Echo and The Bunnymen, the band soon won a reputation as 'the black sheep' of the Manchester music scene – eschewing traditional venues preferring to set-up their own shows in semi-derelict warehouses in Salford and Ancoats and winning a loyal fanbase in the process. Oasis producer Owen Morris soon caught the scent as did Roses/Primal Scream bassist Mani and The Verve's Nick McCabe.

With two Morris produced, self-released, singles selling out by word of mouth; subsequent airplay by recognized radio stations; tours with The Enemy, The Happy Mondays and The Charlatans followed as did a burgeoning interest from record labels. The band then entered a stage of in-voluntary hiatus caused by simultaneous accidents to both guitarist Andy Hewitt and vocalist Robbie Rush resulting in hospital treatment to both.

Holed up in an Ancoats rehearsal studio for the past eighteen months Lowline have emerged with an album that reflects the city they see, a record of dark, brooding, apocalyptic, psyche-rock. LOWLINE released their long awaited, self-titled debut LP on Saturday May 28th.

**Lowline reached the TOP 10 of Kool Rock Radio's Best New Bands list in 2008 and their singles 'Monitors' and 'Outside' were also included in the TOP 20 Best Tracks the same year. In 2009, 'Gun In My Side' was included in the TOP 20 Best tracks.