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[LISTEN] Noah And The Whale – Last Night on Earth (Full Album) by wearesme

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Festival favourites Noah And The Whale are releasing a brand new album titled Last Night on Earth on 7th March, and thanks to NME you can preview the album in its entirety before its release, via the quirky player above. The album includes the single ‘L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N’ and Wild Thing.

If you like what you hear, you can pre-order the album on iTunes HERE


[VIDEO] Magnetic Man – The Bug (Live in the 1Xtra Live Lounge) by wearesme

Fresh from blowing the roof off at Brixton Academy on Saturday evening for the NME Awards Tour; Skream, Benga and Artwork popped in to see Trevor Nelson in the 1Xtra studios and were kind enough to give a live performance of their song ‘The Bug’, taken from their debut album Magnetic Man.

Below you can see footage of the performance; a fascinating insight, as they piece the song together as if it were a puzzle. Technology these days!


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[SME INTRODUCING] The Heartbreaks by wearesme

Who? Matthew Whitehouse (vocals), Joseph Kondras (Drums), Ryan Wallace (Guitar) and Deaks (Bass)
Yard? Morecambe
Sounds Like? Romantic take on British pop culture
Big Tune? Liar, My Dear

Hailing from Morecambe, The Heartbreaks are still in their infancy (as a band, not literally) having formed just under two years ago in May 2009. Their inspiration comes from Motown, bittersweet romance and the English seaside.

In the short time they have been together, The Heartbreaks have been championed by the likes of NME and Clash, won the Manchester Evening News award for Best New Band and have been hailed by Carl Barat as “the greatest support band ever!” after their passionate live shows during a support slot on his UK tour last winter.

They have their first single being released in the Spring and are looking set to kick some life back into the indie scene along with The Vaccines and the release of new Arctic Monkeys and Strokes material.

2011 looks set to be bright for these guys, so keep your ears open for them.


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[SME MEETS] Freddie Cowan from The Vaccines *Exclusive Interview* by wearesme

If you haven’t heard about The Vaccines, you must reside under a rock. Coming third in the recently announced BBC Sound Of 2011 Poll, with their single ‘Post Break Up Sex’ released this week and a debut album on the way; The Vaccines are the band on everyone’s lips right now. An incredible achievement from a band who only formed officially in June 2010. Their rise to fame has been a rapid one to say the least.

The London based band was initially formed by Justin Young (vocals) and Freddie Cowan (guitar) with a third member who soon left. They were soon joined by Árni Hjörvar (bass) and Pete Robertson (drums) and named themselves The Vaccines in June 2010.

They released their demo “If You Wanna” in the Summer of 2010 and were immediately championed by Zane Lowe, who awarded it his ‘Hottest Record In The World’ on 18 August 2010.

After playing their first gig in Leicester they embarked on their first UK tour. Their popularity continued to rise and they sold out their first London show, having to turn away 200+ people at the door after reaching capacity at The Flowerpot in October 2010. The likes of Alex Kapranos, Marcus Mumford, and members of White Lies and The Maccabees were all in the audience.

The band then released their debut single “Wreckin’ Bar (Ra Ra Ra)” (only one minute and 24 seconds long) on 29 November 2010 which reached number 157 in the UK Singles Chart.

After securing a contract with Columbia Records, they were signed to play on the 2011 NME Awards Tour, joining the likes of Magnetic Man, Crystal Castles and Everything Everything.

The band released their second single “Post Break-Up Sex” this week which was sat at #19 in the mid week chart.

When presented with the opportunity to speak to Freddie Cowan from the band, naturally we jumped at the chance. We couldn’t wait to hear what he had to say about the bands incredible rise from obscurity and everything that has come with their newfound popularity.

Fresh from a week long trip to America where the band caused a massive stir selling out venues in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Toronto, we spoke to a jet lagged Freddie and here’s what he had to say:


SME Meets NME DJ James Theaker by wearesme

James Theaker is one of the hottest young DJs around, working for NME, Skins, and Topman to name a few. We managed to pull him away from his hectic lifestyle and sit him down for a few drinks. Here’s what he has to say:

Mr. Theaker, first and foremost, thank you for your time. It’s been a while!

JT Yeah, it has been, hasn’t it.

SME We first met you when you DJ’d at one of our New Year’s gigs – no one would leave the dance floor (which did wonders for the toilet queue) – you also did another gig for us back in April and it was a similar story, describe the feeling when you see everyone vibing on the dance floor.

JT Thanks! Yeah it was a lot of fun. New Years is always great because there’s so many parties going on, I think I played at three last year and finished off at Vibe Bar with you guys. To be fair you can’t really go wrong at 6am on New Years morning, the people there are obviously the die hards!

SME Yeah, that’s so true! More recently though, in May, you and your colleagues at NME Radio won a Sony Records Academy Gold Award (there are also Silver and Bronze awards awarded in the same category) for your collaboration with Skins Radio and the nationwide tour – how was that for you?

JT Yeah that’s right, it was a real honour to win! Obviously it was an award for the whole team, including all the people at NME and Skins, so it was cool. But I didn’t get invited to the ceremony! What’s with that!! Hopefully I’ll get the chance to go back one day and do it properly. (hint)

SME Perhaps that thought you were too busy and couldn’t make it. Just like we didn’t make it to any of the Skins Tour parties that you DJ’d at, were they as debauched as those we saw on screen?

JT They are great parties definitely. But to be honest because they’re branded gigs there are a lot of TV fans there, and they aren’t necessarily massive party/ music fans as a lot just come to get a photo taken with the cast members. But outside of the groupies they’re generally pretty rocking, last year we did two weeks of gigs with about 2000 people every night.

SME Woah, that’s crazy, we can only begin to imagine the goings-on.What’s your opinion on the disposable nature of our generation’s music listening habits?

JT We’re certainly at a unique juncture in terms of patterns of consumption of popular music. I’m a radio plugger, so I work somewhere in the middle between the major record labels and radio stations like Radio 1, Kiss, & Capital. Do you use Shazam? That’s a really good indicator of what people are listening to and tagging each week and we reference that quite a lot. It keeps me really up to date.

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NME & AMAZON Top Festival Acts 2010 – £1 Album Download’s by wearesme

Amazon have teamed up with legendary music publication NME to bring you 10 great albums from 10 great artists who, by all accounts, did the business on this year’s summer festival circuit for the grand total of £1. Yes, one British pound!

All you have to do is pick up a copy of this weeks NME magazine, and in it you will find a code which you must enter at the Amazon checkout to get the reduction.

There are some brilliant albums in there, our favourite and recommendation is Foals – Total Life Forever.

Heres the full list:

Kasabian – West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum
The Prodigy – Invaders Must Die (Special Edition)
Foals – Total Life Forever
Weezer – Hurley
Pendulum – Immersion
Rage Against the Machine – S/T
The Cribs – Ignore the Ignorant
Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
Mumford & Sons – Sign No More
The Strokes – Is This It


Foals – Miami New Video by wearesme
May 25, 2010, 1:37 pm
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The Foals have today released the video to their upcoming single ‘Miami’, taken from their immense album ‘Total Life Forever’.

The video is bizarre to say the least. It features body builders and transsexuals who confront each other football factory style (only with a little less Burberry) on a secluded street and begin scrapping, only for the fisticuffs to be diffused by some Miami gangsters in their Chevy. Confused? So are we. Its brilliant none the less.
All hail Foals.

Watch the video HERE.

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Loose Talk Costs Lives EP teaser.. by wearesme
May 17, 2010, 8:43 pm
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Those cheeky chappies (and SME favourites) Loose Talk Costs Lives have been up to their usual tricks of being… well, err…. cheeky.

After having caused quite a stir in recent months, most notably at Live at Leeds, these Leeds-based Londoners have now taken a step further in their plan for world domination. Fresh from recording their debut EP last month, they have now released a little teaser through the NME Breakthrough website. Bravo.

Be sure to check out ‘Wreck Ashore’ HERE. You wont be disappointed. Show your support for these young lads and become a fan of their page. We have.



Dizzee to judge NME Breakthrough competition by wearesme
May 13, 2010, 6:38 pm
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Following on from our last post, in keeping with the theme of unsigned talent; it was announced today that Dizzee Rascal will be part of the judging panel for the NME Breakthrough competition.

The competition sponsored by Blackberry, offers a massive opportunity for an unsigned band to play at one of the biggest festivals this summer; Lovebox.

Entrants must sign up to the website and create a profile for their band through which they can upload their music for others to listen to. The judges will be scouring through in search of their favourite band whilest NME Radar editor Jaimie Hodgson will be scouting the site for the best new bands to feature in the magazine and online.

For more info, or to sign your band out, check out the website http://music.nme.com/intro


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