Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Inside the brand new Uncut: Springsteen, Black Sabbath, PJ Harvey, Fleet Foxes and extra


I promise you it’s not totally deliberate, however this month looks like one thing of a dwell particular. We now have two artists returning to the dwell area after prolonged hiatuses – Bruce Springsteen after six years and Siouxsie Sioux after a decade – and one other, The Warfare On Medication, taking one other triumphant lap around the UK’s arenas, whereas Blur have additionally kicked off a return to energetic service after an prolonged layoff.

These are all genuinely thrilling for numerous causes, however in addition they signify a shared, indefatigable high quality – that even after Covid and ticketing points, or in Siouxsie’s case a sort of semi-retirement, our heroes can nonetheless shock us with their resilience and skill to share communal moments. Stephen Deusner’s glorious report from the American heartlands, as he steps aboard the Springsteen Specific, captures the E Road Band in full flight – a robust sermon from what Marilyn Kales, from St Paul, Minnesota, describes as “the church of rock’n’roll. No person works like he does. No person.”

Elsewhere, Stephen Troussé digs deep into Siouxsie’s catalogue as she prepares to play within the UK for the primary time since 2013’s efficiency at Meltdown. I’ve vivid recollections of that present – Siouxsie in a white catsuit, in a whirl of scything arms, stomping around the stage as she performed the Banshees’ wonderful Kaleidoscope album in full.

Anyway, there’s much more on this difficulty, in fact, together with new interviews with Geezer Butler (MOHAIRS!), Dexys (THAI YOGA!), Fleet Foxes (OVER-THINKING!), Jim O’Rourke and Eiko Ishibashi (OCTOPUS SALAD!). There’s additionally terrific items on Fred Neil and Warfare, the newest missives from PJ Harvey, Joni Mitchell and Julie Byrne, plus Anohni, Codeine, Syd Barrett and, in fact, a free, 15-track CD showcasing one of the best of the month’s new music.

As we went to press, we heard the unhappy information of Tina Turner’s passing. Thankfully, we managed to show spherical a tribute, which you’ll learn on web page 4. It capped a very busy month for us right here at Uncut – and large thanks for going above and past to John, Marc, Mick, Michael, Mike, Tom, Sam and Phil.

Drop me a line concerning the magazine any time – letters@uncut.co.uk.

Resulting from restrictions imposed by US Customs, we’re sorry to say that American subscribers will solely obtain one artwork Springsteen print with this difficulty.

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