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Anna Calvi: Suddenly catapulted from relative unknown to one of the most well-respected musicians in the business

September 25, 2013

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She’s been compared to Edith Piaf, and her fan base includes Brian Eno and Nick Cave. The New Statesman talks politics, music and feminism with Anna Calvi. written for New Statesman Anna Calvi’s sumptuous self-titled debut saw her catapulted from relative unknown to one of the most respected artists in music. Released in 2011, it […]

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

September 25, 2013

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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 […]

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

May 16, 2013

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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 […]

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

May 16, 2013

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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 […]

Peter Hook Interview

December 10, 2012

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written by Rob Pollard for New Statesman – photograph by William Ellis Rob Pollard speaks to the former Joy Division and New Order bassist. Peter Hook was the bass player and founding member of Manchester’s influential post-punk band Joy Division. After the death of their iconic lead singer Ian Curtis, the remaining members went on […]

Wild Beasts Interview

October 23, 2012

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written by Rob Pollard for New Statesman During the middle of the last decade, British indie music had become artistically void. It was incredibly popular and sales were high, but bands were bereft of ideas and their output had become depressingly predictable. Thankfully, that nadir sparked a shift, with a new breed of intelligent, articulate […]

Internship at the New Statesman

September 11, 2012

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written by Robert Pollard In January, I spent a couple of months interning at the New Statesman offices on Fleet Street. As an aspiring writer, it was an offer I could not refuse. The New Statesman is my favourite publication and the chance to go and work with the writers who I had long followed […]