Richard Russell: In The Court Of The Creative King
Richard Russell progressed from hawking rave 12 inchers around Soho for XL Records to running the label, turning The Prodigy and Adele into international stars. He produced Gil Scott-Heron and Bobby Womack’s last albums, but, writes Tom Doyle, it was Russell’s own brush with mortality that prompted his first solo excursion, co-starring Damon Albarn, Giggs, Brian Eno and others.
Wild Beasts: This Is The End, My Friends
Wild Beasts emerged in 2008 as an antidote to lumpen lad rock, delivering a unique brand of rakish, ambitious and emotionally intelligent pop. Their star seemed to be in the ascendant ever since... until they suddenly announced they were splitting in September last year. Laura Snapes meets them to find out why.
RZA in London
Wu-Tang Clan leader RZA shot in London in October 2017 by Andrew Cotterill, An outtake from Q381, available to buy here.
The Photo Issue, Out On Tuesday 13 February!
The new issue of Q is a photo spectacular, featuring 75 stunning pages of classic rock'n'roll imagery. We hear the amazing tales behind classic, rare and unseen pictures of Bowie, Blur, PJ Harvey, Nirvana, Amy Winehouse, Radiohead, U2, Bjork, Morrissey, Kate Bush, Joy Division, Florence & The Machine, Oasis, Blur, Manics, Skepta, Cat Power and many, many more from the photographers who took them.
Mark E Smith's Final Q Interview
Mark E Smith formed The Fall as a teenager in 1976 with the explicit goal of tethering primitive music to intelligent lyrics. By 2015, thirty albums and countless band members later, he remained unusually faithful to that mission. But at what cost? In Smith’s last Q interview, Ted Kessler met him in the boozer to find out.
Mark E Smith 1957-2018
Mark E Smith was the ultimate outlier, a genius contrarian who carved out one of the most singular bodies of work in British music. His sad passing has prompted thousands of heartfelt obituaries. Q’s Simon McEwen revisits The Fall's 32 studio albums and chooses his six favourites.
On tour and in the pub with Liam Gallagher, on the cover of the new Q!
On the victory lap. On the ales. On a massive wind-up. In the new issue of Q, out Tuesday 16 January, Q joins Liam Gallagher for three nights of noise and confusion. We report from triumphant shows in Cardiff and Manchester before spending an entertaining afternoon in the pub with Liam in London.
An Icon Arrives… St. Vincent is on the cover of the new issue!
In the new of Q, out on Tuesday 19 December, we join St. Vincent on the road in America’s Midwest as we witness an artist coming into her own. We hear how Annie Clark’s alter ego has redesigned pop and performance in her own image, and how she has designs on the film and art worlds in motion too. “I got all that shit done,” Clark tells Niall Doherty, “did all of it.”
Franz Ferdinand - 'Always Ascending'
Although they released a collaborative album with Sparks in 2015, it has been almost five years since Franz Ferdinand released a record of their own. The title track of their forthcoming fifth album suggests they are determined to make up for lost time, marrying the spiky guitars of their early material to an old school house groove. A welcome return.
Liam Gallagher and Skepta in London
Liam Gallagher and Skepta, captured by Jordan Hughes at the Q Awards, London, October 2017. An outtake from Q379, available to buy here.
Go-Kart Mozart - 'When You're Depressed'
Five years after his last run around as Go Kart Mozart, former Felt leader Lawrence is back with a fresh blast of his singular brand of plastic glam pop. Its chintzy neon synths and first-pumping chorus slightly at odds with a lyric detailing the lows of mental illness: “Never cry, never laugh, don’t clean your teeth, don’t have a bath…”
When Liam Met Ed... The New Issue, Out On Tuesday
On sale Tuesday 21st November, the new issue of Q is an all-star special. We reveal what happened when Liam Gallagher crossed paths with Ed Sheeran at the Q Awards and speak to a stellar cast about how 2017 has been for them. Also in the issue, we countdown the 50 best albums of the year and catch up with some of the acts who have made Q’s select half-century of 2017.