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UNCUT June 2020 #277

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Published by BandLab UK Limited. Uncut is the essential magazine about rock music, written by people who love that music as much as you do. Every month, it features the most comprehensive and trustworthy album reviews section in the world. There are in-depth interviews with the finest musicians of the past five decades, and with the exciting new artists who are following in their great tradition. Insightful, informative, passionate about extraordinary music – that’s Uncut.

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16 min.
soul survivor

“I COME out here to make a lot of noise,” says Jason Isbell, unlocking the door on what appears, from the outside at least, to be a regular barn located deep in the Tennessee countryside. But the inside resembles something like a rumpus room, painted completely black and filled with instruments and gear – like a toybox tumped over by a hyperactive kid. “That Marshall used to belong to Neil Young,” he says, nodding towards a large black amp. “It gets real loud. That with my ’59 Les Paul is a lot of fun.” The barn isn’t quite a studio, despite having more than enough equipment. It’s not quite a live venue either, despite the large stage at one end and the constellation of mirrorballs dangling from the ceiling. It’s not…

31 min.
“open your heart, open your mind”

IT is Christmas morning 1984 and Prince is still working. Music’s newest superstar has certainly earned the right to a day off. Six months after its release, Purple Rain is more than halfway through a 24-week run at No 1 in the States, while the arena tour of the album has been breaking box office records all over the country since it began in early November. On December 23, Prince and The Revolution rolled into Minneapolis, to play the first of five homecoming holiday shows at the St Paul Civic Center. “On Christmas Eve we had a matinee concert,” recalls Prince’s engineer, Susan Rogers. “Prince had asked to have a mobile recording truck there to record the show. From there, we drove the truck away and pulled it into the driveway…

1 min.
kiowa trail home studio

PRINCE didn’t begin work on his Paisley Park studio complex until 1986, after deciding that the Eden Prairie warehouse – which he had bought for $400,000 and is called ‘Paisley Park’ in the album credits – would not be suitable as a longterm workspace. For Around The World… he was still recording partly in his own home. “He lived in a purple house on Kiowa Trail in Chanhassen,” says Susan Rogers. “His home studio, such as it was, was just a regular-sized suburban bedroom, across the hall from his master bedroom. It was basically a console, a tape machine, and some big speakers on the wall – there were no isolation booths or anything. We could work there but you couldn’t have other musicians, it was just a bedroom, not…

10 min.
bloodbuzz ohio by the national

IN 2009, The National were burned out. They had toured solidly on the back of their Alligator (2005) and Boxer (2008) albums and found themselves in what guitarist Aaron Dessner calls “a dark place”. “It was exhaustion and everything that comes with being that fatigued,” he says. “Relationships were suffering. We almost broke up, actually.” Instead, The National set up their own studio in Brooklyn’s Ditmas Park neighbourhood and made High Violet – an album of brooding magnificence that “healed the band”, reaching No 3 in the US charts and taking them into arenas and what Bryce Dessner describes as “another universe that wasn’t even in our vocabulary”. “Everyone was more ambitious,” remembers vocalist Matt Berninger. “We could all feel that we were on the edge of something. There was the real possibility…

1 min.
fact file

Written by: Matt Berninger, Aaron Dessner, Padma Newsome Performers: Matt Berninger (vocals), Aaron Dessner (guitar), Bryce Dessner (guitar), Bryan Devendorf (drums), Scott Devendorf (bass), Mads Brauer (electronics), Ben Lanz (trombone), Jeremy Thal (French horn), Kyle Resnick (trumpet), Laurel Sprengelmeyer (vocals), Richard Reed Parry (piano), Thomas Bartlett (Wurlitzer organ) Produced by: Aaron Dessner Recorded at: The National studio, Brooklyn, New York and Tarquin Studios, Bridgeport, Connecticut Released: March 2010 Highest chart position: Billboard Hot Singles 7…

1 min.
time line

October 2001: The quartet release their debut, The National , on the Dessners’ Brassland Records April 2005: After quitting their jobs to sign to Beggars Banquet, the band release Alligator to critical acclaim May 2007: The National’s third album, Boxer , reaches No 68 in the US 2008: An instrumental version of “Fake Empire” is used in Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. The band spend summer opening for REM on tour 2009: The group record their mainstream breakthrough, High Violet , in Brooklyn May 2010: High Violet reaches No 3 in the US charts and No 5 in the UK…