Anna Calvi. Photo credit: Roger Deckker September 25, 2013

Rob Pollard v Woods: “We make money on the road and that’s just the way it is now”

September 25, 2013



A man, a band, a record label. Rob Pollard talks to Woods’ Jeremy Earl. Woods, Brooklyn’s finest lo-fi folk-rock act, are one of the busiest and hardworking bands around. Jeremy Earl, the singer and guitarist, not only writes and records Woods records, but also runs the Woodsist label, releasing work from a disparate set of […]

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Alt-J: I voted Lib Dem last time, but now I’ll vote Labour, because Diane Abbott is a complete legend

May 31, 2013



written by Rob Pollard for New Statesman The Mercury Music Prizewinners talk to Rob Pollard. Rarely has a debut album made such an impression on UK listeners. An Awesome Wave, Alt-J’s brilliant first full length release, scooped the prestigious Mercury Music Prize last year, and this week was awarded an Ivor Novello for Best Album. […]

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Rob Pollard v British Sea Power: “We need a Chavez”

May 16, 2013



written by Rob Pollard for New Statesman British Sea Power‘s Yan speaks to the New Statesman about music, politics and Grand Designs Australia. British Sea Power remain on the outskirts of British popular culture, despite being one of the most interesting bands of the last decade. Their brand of music defies definite categorisation, and as […]

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South London Hardcore: “I think the place is overdue some recognition beyond street crime statistics.”

May 16, 2013



written by Rob Pollard for New Statesman South London is a fascinating area of England. It has a rich cultural history, and was the birthplace of many iconic people: from David Bowie and Rio Ferdinand, to Ken Livingstone and Daniel Day-Lewis. Despite this, South London is often viewed negatively. Sneered at for its perceived social […]

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Interview: Johnny Marr

March 8, 2013


Johnny Marr: Northern Quarter, Manchester. Photo by William Ellis

written by Rob Pollard for New Statesman Johnny Marr was one half of the most influential British songwriting partnership of all time. In May 1982, inspired by how Leiber & Stoller met, Marr approached fellow Mancunian Morrissey to convince him that they should write songs together. It was the start of one of the most […]

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Everything Everything Interview

February 10, 2013



written by Rob Pollard for New Statesman Formed in 2007 by University of Salford students Jonathan Higgs, Jeremy Pritchard, Michael Spearman and Alex Niven (since replaced by Alex Robertshaw), Everything Everything have established themselves as one of Britain’s premier indie bands. Their debut album, Man Alive, was nominated for the 2011 Mercury Music Prize, and […]

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