Rock/indie

Interview: Chris Sharkey

Jazz and thrash metal may sound like two different worlds but experimental guitarist Chris Sharkey is doing his best to bring them together. We spoke to the Leeds-based musician on his involvement in Take 5 and how to survive as a jazz artist who doesn’t call London home…

30 seconds interview: Joseph Coward

Twenty-one year old Joseph Coward has carefully distilled the classic 4AD fuzzy indie sound of the late eighties into something fresh and exciting. With echoes of Deerhunter’s out-of-focus production style and Echo and the Bunnymen’s introspective songwriting, Joseph’s music holds enough heartbreak for a man twice his years. He’s already been championed by Clash and The Quietus, while associations with rising stars TOY and Charlie Boyer are helping to turn up the heat.

30 Seconds interview: Bleach Blood

Punk, pop and harmonies are the name of Bleach Blood’s musical game and it’s one they play wonderfully well. Led by former King Blues guitarist Jamie Jazz, the band has spent the last 12 months winning over hearts and minds with a string of gigs and releases. They've got a new single, H.O.P.E, primed and ready to do maximum damage over summer. M spent 30 Seconds with the band to find out why they love music and claim to be ‘too stupid’ to do anything else…

30 seconds interview: Wet Nuns

It’s pretty clear that Wet Nuns are obsessed with blood and butchery. Grizzly videos featuring carcass dissections and pierced flesh are soundtracked with driving lo-fi garage that takes the surf-rock aesthetic to an altogether darker place. It's clear the Yorkshire duo draw as much inspiration from the beardy weirdness of Texas Chainsaw Massacre as they do music of The White Stripes, Wooden Shjips or Earth, so we were keen to find out more...

In session: WALL

WALL, aka producer and songwriter Lyla Foy, excels at mellow synth-pop in the vein of Au Revoir Simone or St Vincent. Her minimalist studio-based music is honest and featherweight, translating easily to the live environment where Lyla comes into her own. We caught up with her at The Great Escape last month to record her performing No Secrets to a packed crowd at Brighton's Komedia

30 Seconds interview: Deafkid

Deafkid are a London two-piece that deliver a perfect blend of intriguing electronica and indie-pop, drawing on a range of disciplines and genres to produce a fresh new sound. They started out working with hip-hop artist Ghostpoet, providing some production on his Mercury Music Prize nominated album Peanut Butter Blues And Melancholy Jam. We spent 30 seconds with them to find out more.

Featured artist: Money

Esoteric Manchester band Money wear their hearts on their sleeve with first album The Shadow of Heaven. It’s an ambitious debut that’s halfway between the euphoria of Wu Lyf and the epic magic of Grizzly Bear or Beach House. Proclaiming that ‘Manchester is paradise’, they use the city as their muse, making music to reflect its ‘transvestites, drunken lovers, drug takers and holy fools’. After two singles for smaller indies, Bella Union has just added the band to its impressive roster.

30 seconds interview: Kiran Leonard

Mercurial talent Kiran Leonard creates atmospheric folk-rock that sounds like it’s being transmitted through a sock. Muffled guitars and chanting vocals are often smothered in an all-encompassing electronic grime, while a generous smattering of reverb boosts outdoor recordings to max out the ambience. We caught up with him ahead of the release of his debut album later this summer to find out what makes him tick.