Alex is an icon for two reasons. First of all, he is one of the most original writers of his generation - the simplicity of his arrangements was what raised them head and shoulders above everyone else. He has a real colloquial quality to his lyrics - wit and gentleness too - and he writes about very real things. And secondly because, despite the huge success they’ve had, he hasn’t become an arsehole.
Richard Hawley on Alex Turner (via suckitandsea)

Mmm. Nice set. [Be back to this blogging business soon..]

You And I, Richard Hawley and the Death Ramps - one night only performance at the Olympia (Paris, France - 03 February 2012) [via calicanuck]

Richard Hawley and the Death Ramps - You and I
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You and I - Richard Hawley & The Death Ramps

Put your headphones on, crank that volume up, press play and bask in the glory of this b-side. This band dumbfounds me. Goddamn.

Pre-order the single.  

Me and Al sing the lead vocal together and we also all wrote it together too we’re all well happy with how it turned out.
I heard the Arctic Monkeys’ demos early on. I thought they were shit hot. It was the first time in a long time that I’d heard indie guitar music where the lyrics were really strong. They really stood out. There’s a history in Sheffield of great lyric-writers, with Jarvis, and Adi from Clock DVA.

Richard Hawley about the band and, oh, did he imply that Alex Turner is one of Sheffield’s great lyricists?

Again, a throwback. Read the Guardian interview with him & Alex

Throwback upon throwback is what I’m going to do (or post): here’s Jarvis Cocker, Alex and Richard Hawley all together in one photograph. 

Throwback upon throwback is what I’m going to do (or post): here’s Jarvis Cocker, Alex and Richard Hawley all together in one photograph. 

Throwback, in relation to the latest bit of news: The last time the band collaborated with fellow Sheffield native Richard Hawley was back in 2007 with the song ‘Bad Woman’ (Teddy Picker EP, you know this.) Here’s a live version from the special features of the At The Apollo DVD.

Oh by the way, the b-side 'You And I' is credited to the Death Ramps.

The upcoming b-side ‘You and I’ will feature Richard Hawley on backing vocals

Oh, this ought to be good.