Contributor Will Richards

Strength in Numbers: Big Red Machine

Strength in Numbers: Big Red Machine

Aaron Dessner and Justin Vernon’s new album is an ode to the power of collaboration, with the duo confronting mental health, loss and change with the help of Taylor Swift, Sharon Van Etten and more.

August 26, 2021 11:33am

Don’t Fight It, Feel It: Easy Life

Don’t Fight It, Feel It: Easy Life

From selling jacket potatoes to fronting the UK’s biggest cult band, Easy Life’s Murray Matravers has taken an unusual route to the top. Debut ‘life’s a beach’ proves it was worth the wait.

May 7, 2021 4:00pm

National Treasure: Matt Berninger

National Treasure: Matt Berninger

The National frontman’s debut solo album started out as a covers record. With a little help from his friends, however, the singer ended up making a prescient statement for troubled times.

October 16, 2020 11:34am

Just A Reflection: Diet Cig

Just A Reflection: Diet Cig

On Diet Cig’s newest ‘Do You Wonder About Me?’, Alex Luciano and Noah Bowman have followed up their firecracker of a debut with a chunkier second: a thunderous reckoning with past selves.

May 18, 2020 12:25pm

In The Studio With… Pale Waves

In The Studio With… Pale Waves

Finishing up work on a “vulnerable” second album, some frank and difficult conversations had to be had in camp Pale Waves to lead the band into a starkly honest new era.

April 27, 2020 11:36am

Close-Knit Compadres: Pottery

Close-Knit Compadres: Pottery

Cooking hot dogs in the shower. Writing love letters to drum kits. Finding enlightenment in puddles. Welcome to Bobby’s Motel, and meet its fantastic, frenzied rock’n’roll residents, Pottery.

April 8, 2020 11:36am

In The Studio: Fontaines DC

In The Studio: Fontaines DC

The breakthrough band of 2019 show no signs of relenting, and have already finished work on a “dreamier” second effort that tries to make sense of their whirlwind year.

March 17, 2020 3:32pm

Class of 2020: Alfie Templeman

Class of 2020: Alfie Templeman

You’d have to be pretty steely to not fall for the boundless enthusiasm of this Bedfordshire teenager, whose fervour bursts out in indie songs equally informed by R&B and bedroom pop.

December 20, 2019 10:03am

Class of 2020: Squid

Class of 2020: Squid

The Bristol-via-London-via-Brighton quintet enter the new decade ready and able to stamp their mark, mixing the avant-garde with raucous post-punk immediacy.

December 16, 2019 10:37am

First Prize: Sorcha Richardson

First Prize: Sorcha Richardson

Returning to her native Dublin after cutting her teeth in New York, this Irish singer-songwriter’s music values transience, change and freedom.

November 5, 2019 2:59pm

The Well Of Souls: Girl Band

The Well Of Souls: Girl Band

Two years ago, Girl Band cancelled their touring schedule and all but disappeared. Now, Dublin’s surrealist noiseniks are back with apocalyptic second record ‘The Talkies’.

September 27, 2019 10:42am