From an outsider’s view, it may seem like the U.K. quartet Alt-J emerged from out of nowhere with An Awesome Wave, one of last year’s most unexpected indie rock success stories.
But as keyboardist Gus Unger-Hamilton explains, the album that has drawn so much attention to the group is the product of a studied, but relaxed process — solitude. “You can take as long as you want for your first album — you can take 30 years — because no one’s waiting for it, really,” Unger-Hamilton says. “We were quite lucky in that no one had really heard of us until the album came out.”
Continue reading to see how it’s coping with the pressures of success, and what future recordings may have in store.
FROM THE ARCHIVES: Hawk Talk
The Hawks rocked throwback jerseys against the Heat, but that’s nothing compared to this throwback.
What’s the verdict, Atlanta? Is this just a soulless stab at higher profits via new (old) merch? Or is the old swag so fresh and so clean (clean) that it’s worth it?
Pigs of a different breed. (Photo by Brad Kaplan)
If you’ve never thought about how a different breed of pig might influence the decisions of a chef, your not alone. But that’s exactly the point of the Cochon 555 - to make us think about the very existence and possibilities of heritage breed pigs in our industrial factory-farm age. To illustrate this, five chefs were handed five heritage breed pigs and given the task of feeding a few hundred hungry pork-loving souls.
Find out what each pig turned into here.
Q&A: Eerie Von talks Misfits, Samhain, Danzig, and country music (Photo by Chad Radford)
Over the years, Eerie Von has become a secret icon to fans of truly fiendish punk, hardcore, and metal. For some, the name evokes the blood-soaked cover art of Initium, the 1983 debut from Glenn Danzig’s superb post-Misfits outfit Samhain. To others, he was the bass player and a staple of the classic first four Danzig albums, rounding out the band’s gloomy rhythm section with drummer Chuck Biscuits, and underscoring guitarist John Christ’s demonic blues-metal riffs.
His latest album, Kinda Country is a self-released collection of country and rockabilly numbers that build on the strengths of a few simple guitar chords and his full-bodied baritone voice that rivals that of his former band mate’s famous bellow
Check out our interview with him here.
(Photo by Dream Photography Group)
Luda’s latest collab isn’t a hot new track with Big Boi. In fact, it’s not a song at all. One of the A’s most successful rappers is getting down to business with Mayor Reed.