News Round-Up: Ride, Waxahatchee

Press photo of Ride by Cal McIntryre

Ride by Cal McIntryre

New album announcements from Ride and Waxahatchee were among last week’s biggest headlines.

Ride have announced the details of their new studio album Interplay.

First single Peace Sign, ‘started life as a jam in early 2021’, according to Andy Bell, and is lyrically inspired by The Alpinist, a film inspired by the free climber Marc-André Leclerc.

“This album has taken a long time to make, and has seen the band go through a lot of ups and downs; maybe the most of any album,” the band said. “But it has seen us come through the process as a band in a good place, feeling able to shake off the past, and ready to celebrate the combined musical talents that brought us together in the first place.”

Lil Nas X has returned with the release of J CHRIST via Columbia Records.

Co-written with Omer Fedi, Mike Levy and Blake Slatkin, and with co-production from Fedi and Gesaffelstein, the track’s video also marks Nas’ directorial debut.

It’s his first single in two years.

Liam Gallagher and John Squire have premiered the video for their debut single Just Another Rainbow.

Expected to be the start of a collaboration which will bring a full length album and touring, the track was described by Squire as being about, ‘disappointment and the sentiment is that you never get what you really want’, while Gallagher added:

“I think John’s a top songwriter. Everyone always bangs on about him as a guitarist, but he’s a top songwriter too, man, no two ways about it as far as I’m concerned. There’s not enough of his music out there, whether it’s with the Roses or himself. It’s good to see him back writing songs and fucking good ones.”

Press photo of Waxahatchee by Molly Matalon

Waxahatchee by Molly Matalon

Katie Crutchfield has confirmed the details of her next Waxahatchee record.

Tigers Blood will carry collaborations with MJ Lenderman, Spencer Tweedy and Phil and Brad Cook across its 12 tracks after sessions with producer Brad Cook in Tornillo, Texas, and is being previewed with first single Right Back To It.

Touring, meanwhile, is set to start in Kansas on April 18th and will continue off-and-on right through to September.

Bodega have set their new studio record Our Brand Could Be Yr Life for release on April 12th.

First single Tarkovski got its premiere on Steve Lamacq’s freshly relaunched BBC Radio 6 Music Show – ‘a pun on the famous Russian director and skiing’, according to Ben Hozie.

“I was enamoured by his book Sculpting in Time but found that many of his professed rules and guidelines for filmmaking were broken by his own filmmaking practices. Theory never really gets at what you want and applying theory to the chaotic practice of art making (while still useful and essential) is like skiing down a wild slope.”

Noel Gallagher, Young Fathers and The Chemical Brothers have been confirmed for this year’s Teenage Cancer Trust concert series at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

Organiser Roger Daltrey, whose band The Who will be playing orchestral gigs for the charity on March 18th and 20th, has responded:

“The £32 million raised from these concerts has been the foundation for the 28 specialised units within the NHS, as well as specialist nurses and youth workers to be there for a young person when cancer has turned their world upside down.”

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