Americana stalwarts Blitzen Trapper will release their new album, VII, on October 1 via Vagrant.
The Horrors are pushing back the release of their new album to 2014. The follow-up to their superb 2011 album, Skying, was due in September but is now being pushed. Guitarist Josh Hayward explained the reason to NME and said, "We didn't finish mixing it in time so it's been pushed back. But now we've got more time we'll probably write more songs for it." Singer Faris Badwin then added, "We basically had the choice between finishing the record and it being one way, or giving it a few more months and it being substantially better. Albums last forever, there's no point rushing it."
White Lies, who have a new album titled Big TV coming next month spoke to NME about the bands heavy metal influence on their forthcoming third LP. Singer Harry McVeigh said, "We consciously went out to make a pop album with heavy metal guitars." Bass player Charles Cave adds: "White Lies actually share a lot in common with heavy metal. Heavy metal has its own gothic and sinister cliches that are really fun to rub up against."
Also speaking to NME were Arctic Monkeys, who gave some insight into their new album AM, which arrives in September. Frontman Alex Turner said, "It sounds like a Dr Dre beat, but we've given it an Ike Turner bowl-cut and sent it galloping across the desert on a Stratocaster. Essentially, that's what it is, but if you can find a way to manipulate the instruments or the sounds to the point where it sounds a bit like a hip-hop beat that'd be boss in your car, then I think there's something quite cool about that."