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Q Magazine June 2020

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2 min.

I hope very much that you are healthy, but if you are not, that you soon will be. At the time of writing, we are all doing fine at Q. Music can seem trivial in these moments of unusual international anxiety. Immediately after September 11, 2001, the music stopped. For a period, newspaper columnists agonised about how entertainment culture would ever recover. Then, slowly, as we all rediscovered how melody provides strength and succour and inspiration in times of extreme stress, the music returned. By that Christmas, we were raving again with extra relish. The record shows, too, that 2002 was a vintage year. Life may not return as quickly this time, but it will. So, now, if you can, buy some music please. Help those musicians, and labels, and record stores…

28 min.
splendid isolation!

Victoria Segal Q Writer Music: For dark times not done darkly, there’s Cornershop’s excellent latest album, England Is A Garden. Similarly, Bonnie “Prince” Billy’s intimate I Made A Place manages to keep the apocalypse on a very human scale. Screen: Trigonometry (BBC2)/Feel Good (C4) – two gently idealised shows about modern romance that makes audiences fall as hard in love with the characters as the characters do with each other. Books: We Have Always Lived In The Castle, Shirley Jackson’s icy American gothic, is all about people who don’t like to go out much. West by Carys Davies is a tiny novel about isolation and wildness: read it in a day and feel a sense of achievement. For pure escapist joy, there’s always Elton John’s outrageous autobiography, Me. Podcast: The Last Bohemians – vivid interviews…

3 min.

“It’s an illusion that if you want to write dark music, you need to do it in the dark.” Hello, Ghostpoet, where are you right now? I’m in the glamorous offices of my PR company in East London. The view’s amazing, the plant life is delicious. There’s a wood finish here that’s inspiring. I might put it into my own property. Your fifth album is coming out soon. What was the most annoying thing about making it? Probably the logistical side of it, which involved me having a large spreadsheet that I had to constantly keep checking to make sure I was recording everything. I saw it done by somebody else and I thought, “Yeah, that’s what I need to do to keep everything on track.” But it just became an obsession. So even dark…

2 min.
the hu

“As Mongolians we believe in the eternal blue sky and that good things come from above.” Gala Even in the theatre of the outlandish that is Camden Market, the four top-knot-and-tunic-clad men parading through its passageways like stray members of Genghis Khan’s rampaging horde draw stares. They are The Hu, and North London is the latest stop-off on their mission to bring the culture and history of their native Mongolia to the wider world via the unlikely medium of modern metal. “As nomadic people, we respect and love this earth and nature, and as Mongolians, we believe in the eternal blue sky and that good things come from above,” says singer Galbadrakh “Gala” Tsendbaatar via a translator, as we sit in the dressing room of the nearby Electric Ballroom, where The Hu…

4 min.
out to lunch with... jehnny beth

Jehnny Beth takes a seat at a table inside Tempio, a bustling Italian restaurant situated below Temple Chambers in central London, and looks around her. It’s a sunny, Friday lunchtime in early March and tables are filling up with giddy diners from the surrounding solicitors’ offices. “I wouldn’t have chosen here,” she says, her accent a mix of native French with a hint of cockney thrown in, overspill from a decade spent living in London. “I would have taken you to Banner’s in Crouch End, my old local. But I’m working near here,” she explains. As singer with Savages, Beth is a thrillingly fierce and antagonistic performer but today she chirpily scans the menu and is immediately warm company. “OK, I’m not going to take hours,” she says aloud to herself,…

1 min.
can i take your order please, ms beth?

Favourite restaurant? “Banner’s in Crouch End, London. It’s a Jamaican jerk chicken place. There’s a plate on the wall from Bob Dylan cos he used to sit there. It was my local when I first moved to London, I used to go there a lot and sit in the Bob Dylan chair.” Culinary speciality? “I’m really good at baking. Well, I shouldn’t say that I’m really good but I love baking. I was speaking to my TV PR and asking, ‘Is there any way I could go on Bake Off?’ I’d love to do it! I’d be competitive and I think I’d be upset if I didn’t present something good enough.” Most detested foodstuff? “I don’t think I hate anything, but I was a teacher in a British school in Enfield and the food was…