Issue #45 - Winter 2013 - Phoenix
Mar 21, 2013
Under the Radar’s Winter 2013 issue is out now. It features Phoenix on the cover as well as interviews with Local Natives, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Knife, Camera Obscura, Youth Lagoon, Shout Out Louds, Chvrches, and more.
The issue includes an in-depth 8-page cover story article by Mike Hilleary on Phoenix in which the band discusses their new album Bankrupt! The exclusive photo shoot was conducted by Tommy Kearns in New York.
“I discovered that a lot of the songs I like, they’re fantasies, a vision of something, but you don’t actually live there.” – Thomas Mars
“We became half-crazy [making Bankrupt!], to be honest.” – Christian Mazzalai
“When we were younger, we lived together, so maybe our level of hygiene was lower, but I would say we haven’t changed that much.” – Laurent Brancowitz
The front-of-book Detection section features interviews with Devendra Banhart, Foals, Junip, The Mary Onettes, Shout Out Louds, Telekinesis, Veronica Falls, Youth Lagoon, and Camera Obscura, who discussed the recording of their forthcoming album, Desire Lines. We also spoke with actresses Kate Lyn Sheil and Amy Seimetz, who spoke about their joint venture, the road film Sun Don’t Shine.
“I’m one of those people that if you’re told that if you put your hand in the fire, you’ll burn your hand, I won’t listen.” – Devendra Banhart
“The last record might have had more of a preoccupation with the future and big cataclysms or big threats, but this one is more human.” – Yannis Philippakis of Foals
“I wanted to make a statement with this album: that The Mary Onettes is not a New Wave band.” – Philip Ekström of The Mary Onettes
“[Optica] has more excitement and curiosity and colors [than Work].” – Adam Olenius
“I wear my heart on my sleeve. I’m not afraid to say that it’s a remarkable achievement that I’m able to make records.” Michael Lerner of Telekinesis
“During writing this record I would take walks and have smoke breaks. I’d walk around my neighborhood with a glass of wine and think and just talk to God.” - Trevor Powers of Youth Lagoon
“I don’t think many people would use ‘fun’ and ‘Camera Obscura’ in the same sentence. It’s nice that someone does.” – Tracyanne Campbell of Camera Obscura
“I’d rather walk a very fine line between a good performance and an absolutely terrible performance than be safe.” - Kate Lyn Sheil
“As you get older, you accept that there are some tunnels that don’t have any light in them, but you go down them anyway.” – Wayne Coyne of Flaming Lips
“I think we’ve learned to think about how we organize ourselves and how we think about that in a feminist and collective way.” – Olof Dreijer of The Knife
“We kind of had this unspoken rule when we were writing and recording to not listen to any new music whatsoever.” – Matt Frazier of Local Natives
“The band’s always had a lot of love for America, strangely enough. But we just can’t really operate there with that stupid [The London Suede] name.” – Brett Anderson of Suede
“I feel immense gratitude and privilege for still being around, coming from so long ago, especially knowing that 95 percent of bands don’t really last for four years.” – Nick Zinner of Yeah Yeah Yeahs
“I think you can call my music a lot of things without being wrong. Pop, electronic, soul music, spaceship-hop, intergalactic R&B, neon blues, future funk, whatever.” – Child of Lov
“I learned drumming as a second instrument because I didn’t want to sing…. Sometimes I would quite like to be left in the back, in the darkness by myself.” – Lauren Mayberry of Chvrches
“I played [Paul McCartney] a few of my songs, and he learned them really quickly on the guitar and started singing and playing along.”- Dan Croll
“When I first played [our album for my parents], they said, ‘We’re really proud of you but we don’t understand it.’” – Joseph Shabason of DIANA
“I could never really go off on anything that weird or off-tangent, but The White Album was a big influence on this record.” – Brian Harding of Ex Cops
“We get in trouble with our parents a lot.” – Alana Haim of HAIM
“I really just like dancing. I’m really bad, but I really, really enjoy moving.” – Gabriel Winterfield of Jagwar Ma
“A lot of people in our generation have been so mollycoddled and treated like such precious children that they can’t bear the idea of having to do something that isn’t their quote unquote dream.” – Andrew Savage of Parquet Courts
Over 100 CDs, DVDs, books, films, TV shows, and comic books are reviewed in the issue, including reviews of releases by: !!!, Akron/Family, Ólafur Arnalds, Atoms for Peace, Autechre, Devendra Banhart, Besnard Lakes, Big Harp, Black Angels, Black Pus, Bleached, Born Ruffians, British Sea Power, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Caveman, Cayucas, Chvrches, Daughter, Inspectah Deck and 7L & Esoteric, Depeche Mode, Dog Bite, Ducktails, Dutch Uncles, Steve Earle & The Dukes (and Duchesses), Everything Everything, Ex Cops, Fear of Men, Feeding People, The Flaming Lips, Foals, Fol Chen, Generationals, Girls Names, Golden Grrrls, Colleen Green, Guided by Voices, Har Mar Superstar, Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, Negro Helado, Highasakite, History of Apple Pie, Robyn Hitchcock, Holopaw, The Horrors, How to Destroy Angels, Iceage, Indians, Indoor Life, Iron and Wine, Jamaican Queens, Javelin, Junip, Kavinsky, Kisses, The Knife, Lady Lamb The Beekeeper, Mark Lanegan & Duke Garwood, Le1f, Jamie Lidell, Locust, Low, Julian Lynch, The Mary Onettes, Mazes, Dawn McCarthy & Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Men, Mice Parade, Mister Lies, Mount Moriah, Mudhoney, Night Beds, OMD, Parenthetical Girls, Phosphorescent, Pissed Jeans, Matt Pond, Popstrangers, Rhye, Rilo Kiley, Josh Ritter, Kenny Roby, Sharp Things, Shout Out Louds, Sin Fang, Spacehog, Marnie Stern, Colin Stetson, STRFKR, The Strokes, Suede, Suuns, Team Ghost, Telekenesis, Richard Thompson, Shugo Tokumaru, Tosca, Ulfur, Uncluded, UUVVWWZ, Villagers, Wampire, Wavves, Widowspeak, Wire, Iannis Xenakis, Young Dreams, Young Galaxy, Youth Lagoon, Thalia Zedek, Rachel Zeffira and more.
Our last page feature, Postscript, features a postcard sent to us by Jamie Lidell.
The not-to-be-missed digital version of the issue (available for Mac, PC, iPad, and Android) includes the same articles that appear in the printed version—plus xx extra pages of editorial content not found in the print edition.
The digital version also features additional extended Q&As with artists interviewed in the print edition, quotes that didn’t make it into the print version. Included are bonus Q&As with: The Flaming Lips, The Knife, Suede, Kate Lyn Sheil, and Amy Seimetz.
Afraid of Heights
Ghost on Ghost
How to Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life)
New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light
Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong
Out of Touch in the Wild
Red Handed: The Fine Art of Strange Crimes
Ride Your Heart Out
Shaking the Habitual
Sun Don’t Shine
The Place Beyond the Pines
Until in Excess, Imperceptible UFO
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