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by Unknown // Thursday, September 30, 2010 // News, Upfront // 0 Comments

White Lies say "Satan would frown on" their sense of humor.

The 'To Lose My Life' rockers are presently in the studio recording their second album and said they have steadily been getting more and more twisted in their humor as they come up with ideas for their new songs.

Bass player Charles Cave said: "Our sense of humor has deteriorated to a point that Satan would frown on.

"It's like being in the sea. Our producer was shocked. There was a whiteboard in the studio where the drawings got more and more disturbed and depraved."

The group - which also includes Harry McVeigh and Jack Lawrence-Brown - said their record label was also shocked at their new song ideas - and thought their ideas for possible singles were "insane."

Charles added to NME magazine: "Harry and I would send the demos to the label going, 'Single?' and they'd go, 'No, are you insane?' for a long time I thought we had made an album of quite inaccessible music.

"Nobody had given the thumbs-up that this was going to be commercially appealing."

by Unknown // Thursday, September 30, 2010 // News, Upfront // 0 Comments

Robert Plant may perform with Led Zeppelin again.

The British rock group's legendary singer has for a long time been adamant he would not reform the 'Black Dog' group, although he has now admitted he could be open for discussions with surviving ex-bandmates Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones.

When asked by avclub.com if Led Zeppelin were thinking of playing again, Robert replied: "I think we're probably thinking about talking."

Robert reunited with the group for a one off show in 2007 in tribute to Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun, but said he was left questioning himself about it.

He explained: "I was driven to distraction with fear and reminiscences and huge reflections of my mortality and, like, can I do it? Is it best I leave it as it was? Is it some kind of pulsing fun machine? But we had to do it. We had to say goodbye to Ahmet and that was a great way of putting a lot of things back in the box that were all over the floor."

Jimmy has previously expressed his desire for the group to play together again, but said their future lies in Robert's hands.

He said: "You'd better ask Robert Plant what the future of Led Zeppelin is. Musicians can always play together but I don't think you can go out with a band called Led Zeppelin if you haven't got the original vocalist."

Robert's latest album, 'Band Of Joy' is available now.

by Unknown // Thursday, September 30, 2010 // News, Upfront // 0 Comments

The Drums claim they wrote their best song to date immediately after the departure of their guitarist.

The 'Let's Go Surfing' band suffered the loss of their guitarist Adam Kessler earlier this month - two days before they started their first ever US tour - but frontman Jonathan Pierce said immediately afterward the rest of the group, which includes Jacob Graham and Connor Hardwick, stayed up all night then went into the studio the next day.

He told NME magazine: "The next day the three of us got together and started talking over coffee in New York. We went to the studio that day and wrote and recorded what I hope to be the first song on our next album.

"We really feel like it's the best song that we've ever written. It was a pretty emotional day for all of us. I mean, losing a band member and then coming out the other side of it with this incredible song."

Jonathan further explained the track, saying it is "kind of" about Adam's sudden departure.

He added: "It's sort of a goodbye song - but it's not sentimental. It's not sad. It's not sad. It's more of an angry sort of thing. We wrote I guess it's more about feeling betrayed than feeling sad."

Jonathan also said he wasn't sure if the band would "ever want to see Adam again."

by Unknown // Thursday, September 30, 2010 // News, Upfront // 0 Comments

Pixies guitarist Joey Santiago thinks the band could split up at any time.

The guitarist in the reformed grunge group - who got back together and have toured since 2004 but released no new material - said he thinks one of the reasons fans come to the shows is because they think they'll may never get the opportunity again, and admits he shares their worries.

Joey told artistdirect.com: "People thought it was acrimonious when we split so having us back on stage, people think we may never come around again because of that - which I never know if that is the case or not. It's at that point where I never know."

The band originally broke up in 1993 because of tensions between singer and guitarist Frank Black and bass player Kim Deal, but in the years before they reformed, the band's fanbase grew hugely as they were cited as influences by a number of groups, particularly Nirvana, whose lead singer Kurt Cobain was a massive fan of the band.

Joey admitted he was always curious about reforming and added that he loves the fact the band are now playing to larger audiences across the world.

He added: "Every two years or every year, people would ask if there would be a reunion and I never thought it would happen. I got the call and thought, 'this is exiting.'

"That excitement is carrying on and we get to go to South America next and we had never been there. They will go crazy. Literally. It's good."