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The XS Noize Music Podcast

The XS Noize Music Podcast is a weekly music podcast presented by XS Noize Editor in Chief Mark Millar. Featuring insightful in-depth interviews with musicians, producers & managers within today's music industry. www.xsnoize.com
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Oct 21, 2021

In episode #56 of The XS Noize Music Podcast, Daniel Lynch catches up with American singer-songwriter Dave Hause to talk about his fifth studio album Blood Harmony.

The album is an accomplished collection of tracks written during Zoom sessions with his brother Tim and recorded in Nashville with a group of musicians Hause lauds as the “cream of the crop”. Significantly, it’s also the first album he’s releasing through his own label and his first since becoming a father.

Oct 16, 2021

In episode #55 of The XS Noize Music Podcast, Mark Millar catches up with DMA’S guitarist Johnny Took to talk about their UK and Ireland tour, songwriting and their recent surprise EP ‘I Love You Unconditionally, Sure Am Going To Miss You’.

This will see DMA’S embark upon the biggest UK tour from an international artist since COVID hit. The band have already sold over 60,000 tickets for the tour, which includes two of the biggest shows of their career to date at London’s prestigious Alexandra Palace and the huge M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool.

Listen to episode #55 of The XS Noize Music Podcast with Johnny Took

Oct 7, 2021
In episode #54 of The XS Noize Music Podcast, Mark Millar catches up with music legend Shaun Ryder to talk about his new solo album Visits From Future Technology, Celebrity Gogglebox, Happy Mondays, Black Grape and loads more. 

Who would have that in 2021 that Shaun Ryder would have become a National Treasure, one of the greatest living Englishmen and UK music’s great survivors? The Happy Mondays were game-changers, Black Grape were a celebration and his endless TV work and books have now cemented his iconic status.

Sep 24, 2021

In episode #53 of The XS Noize Music Podcast, Mark Millar catches up with She Drew The Gun, songwriter Louisa Roach. Louisa talks about her third album 'Behave Myself' the follow-up to the critically acclaimed 'Revolution Of Mind', which was named among BBC 6 Music's Albums Of The Year.

Under the moniker She Drew The Gun, songwriter Louisa Roach began by playing solo gigs around Liverpool, she quickly caught the attention of The Coral's James Skelly who she began working with at Skeleton Key Records, recruiting band members along the way.

Sep 10, 2021

In episode #52 of The XS Noize Music Podcast, Mark Millar catches up with Pete Wiggs from London trio Saint Etienne.

Pete talks about Saint Etienne's 10th studio release, 'I’ve Been Trying To Tell You' - an album about optimism, youth and the late nineties.  It is accompanied by a sumptuous film by the same name directed by acclaimed photographer Alasdair McLellan.

Sep 1, 2021

In episode #51 of The XS Noize Music Podcast, Mark Millar catches up with Megan and Rebecca from Grammy-nominated roots-rock duo Larkin Poe.

Megan and Rebecca talk about the new album ‘Paint The Roses: Live In Concert’, their collaboration with innovative hybrid orchestra Nu Deco Ensemble, released on September 17th.

Aug 23, 2021

In episode #50 of The XS Noize Music Podcast, Mark Millar catches up with Chloe and James of Wings Of Desire to talk about their fantastic new EP Amun-Ra.

Amun-Ra moves on from the observant nature of debut EP End Of An Age and into a more inwardly focused journey of self-discovery. It is named after the ancient Egyptian deity, the transcendental creator of the universe and the god of light. It represents unlimited and boundless freedom. It explores the trappings of time, ageing, and looks back with a nostalgic glow on past misdealings and successes. Amun-Ra leaves breadcrumbs for anyone growing up and asking the big existential questions on life, lighting the way for the disenfranchised.

Sonically the EP continues the exploration of 60s pop songwriting, noise rock, and euphoric atmospherics, and lifts it into new horizons. Produced by the band and mixed by kindred spirit Vincent Cacchione (Caged Animals). It includes both ‘Choose A Life’, and ‘Better Late Than Never’.

Aug 12, 2021

In episode #49 of The XS Noize Music Podcast, Lee Campbell catches up with Mark Lanegan to discuss Dark Mark vs Skeleton Joe, his collaborative project with The Icarus Line frontman, Joe Cardamone, his recent autobiography, moving to Ireland and much more.

A project born from mutual respect, Dark Mark vs Skeleton Joe mines electronic music and unearths an experimental sound for Mark Lanegan and Joe Cardamone. A prolific artist and author, Lanegan has collaborated with many bands and musicians, including UNKLE, Neko Case, The Duke Spirit, Humanist and Queens of the Stone Age, among many others.

Aug 7, 2021

In episode #48 of The XS Noize Music Podcast, Mark Millar catches up with music legend Tito Jackson to discuss his debut Blues album, Under Your Spell, The Jackson 5, his brother Michael Jackson and much more.

The California-based Jackson is supported on the album by many special guests, including George Benson, Joe Bonamassa, Marlon Jackson, Eddie Levert, Kenny Neal, Bobby Rush and Stevie Wonder, who all add their special talents to the proceedings. Above it all, though, Tito Jackson’s innate abilities as a singer, songwriter, guitarist, producer and arranger shine through brilliantly, creating a spectacular record.

 

Jul 30, 2021
In episode #47 of The XS Noize Music Podcast, Mark Millar catches up with Argentine-born actor, writer, and director Ben Cura who is known for his work on various film, TV, and stage productions, including Netflix’s ‘Marcella’, ‘15 Minutes of War’, ‘Gatecrash’ and his award-winning directorial debut ‘Creditors’.

Ben has just released his debut E.P. Extended Play No.1. and later in the year, the original motion picture soundtrack for an upcoming feature film.

Jul 7, 2021

In episode #45 of The XS Noize Music Podcast, Mark Millar catches up with The Bluetones' Mark Morriss to discuss the 25th anniversary of The Bluetones’ debut album Expecting To Fly.

Hailing from Heston in West London, The Bluetones (Scott Morriss – bass, Eds Chesters – drums, Adam Devlin – guitars, and Mark Morriss – vocals) arrived on the scene in 1995 with their debut single ‘Are You Blue Or Are You Blind?’. They followed this up with ‘Bluetonic’ and then ‘Slight Return’, which reached # 2 on the UK singles chart.

The debut album ‘Expecting To Fly’ was released in February 1996 and went straight to # 1. To celebrate the album’s 25th anniversary, a 3LP blue vinyl lift-off lid box set will be released. The box contains the original 1996 album, a 12-track LP of non-album A- and B-sides, as well as the collection of pre-fame demos ‘The Early Garage Years’.

Jun 24, 2021

In episode #45 of The XS Noize Music Podcast, Mark Millar catches up with Northern Irish artist Conchúr White to talk about his stunning new EP 'Dreamers'.

Hailing from County Armagh in Northern Ireland, Conchúr White achieved notable success in Ireland with his previous band Silences, who split in 2019. Upon parting ways, Conchúr felt an outpouring of creativity and began working on solo material - with Conchúr's 2020 debut 'Bikini Crops' EP the initial result of those writing sessions.

EP 'Dreamers' is set to shed further light on that period of his life. Recorded across various different studios in the UK and US, Conchúr worked with producers including Kevin McMahon (Frightened Rabbit, Real Estate) and Simon Dine (Paul Weller), with EP finally being mixed by Matt Wiggins (London Grammar, Glass Animals, The Horrors).

Jun 17, 2021

In episode #44 of The XS Noize Music Podcast, Lee Campbell catches up with LoneLady to talk about her third album, Former Things.

Former Things was written, performed and recorded entirely by LoneLady. Whereas previous albums at least allowed the appearance of another human, the soundworld of Former Things was entirely crafted by LoneLady during her time spent in Somerset House Studios Rifle Range, an 18th-century shooting range that has now been adapted into an experimental performance space. The album was inspired by a seismic move for LoneLady, who left her native Manchester, decamping to London’s Somerset House Studios in search of a new cityscape to inspire her poised machine funk.

 

Jun 10, 2021

In episode #43 of The XS Noize Music Podcast, Mark Millar catches up with AJ Dean-Revington, Tara Wilcox and Chess Whiffin of The Wandering Hearts about their new album and upcoming tour. 

After shooting to the forefront of the UK folk/Americana scene with their debut album ‘Wild Silence’, The Wandering Hearts headed to the genre’s spiritual home of Woodstock at the start of 2020 to work on a follow-up. The result is their forthcoming self-titled album, which will be released on July 30th.

Jun 4, 2021

In episode #42 of The XS Noize Music Podcast, Mark Millar catches up with James multi-instrumentalist Saul Davies to talk about their 16th studio album 'All The Colours of You'. 

Since the release of Sit Down, their breakthrough single in 1991, James has released 15 studio albums, selling over 25 million copies in the process, and performed at countless headline shows and festivals across the world. They continue to be a huge live draw, having sold 60,000 tickets for their UK arena tour in November and December this year, a tour that has sold faster than any previous James tour.

May 27, 2021

In episode #41 of The XS Noize Music Podcast, Mark Millar catches up with The Killers’ founding member and guitarist Dave Keuning to talk about his second solo album, A Mild Case of Everything, the origin of The Killers and much more.

The 16-track album - a mix of dynamic guitar riffs, 80s synth-pop and melodic alt-rock - was written throughout 2020 and recorded by Dave in his San Diego home studio. Because of the wealth of material he’s written in the last year, Dave felt it was important to get as much music out as possible and shared three of the tracks with Rolling Stone - “Ends Of The Earth,” “Bad Instincts,” and “No One Is Calling You A Liar”.

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May 20, 2021

On episode #40 of The XS Noize Music Podcast, Mark Millar catches up with the iconic Gary Numan, who is set to release his brand new album ‘Intruder’ on May 21st.

‘Intruder’ is Numan’s 18th solo studio album and follows 2017’s ‘Savage: Songs From A Broken World’, which became his highest-charting set in almost forty years when it debuted at #2 on the Official Albums Chart. That commercial success was complemented with wide-reaching critical acclaim.

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May 12, 2021

On episode #39 of The Xs Noize Music Podcast, Mark Millar catches up with Alice Merton. Born in Frankfurt and raised in the USA, England and Canada, Alice achieved so much in the first chapter of her career: her breakthrough track ‘No Roots’ topped the Billboard rock chart, exceeded 400 million streams and shot to the Top 10 all across Europe.

Alice Merton's recent single 'Vertigo' is #1 Most Added AAA and Top 5 Most Added at Alt Radio with 680k Streams Worldwide After 5 Days.

Mark Millar caught up with Alice Merton to talk about 'Vertigo', songwriting, being a judge on The Voice and more. 

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May 6, 2021

On episode #38 of The Xs Noize Music Podcast, Mark Millar sits down with New Order guitarist Phil Cunningham to talk about their new Bluray, CD release 'Education, Entertainment, Recreation (Live at Alexandra Palace), his musical influences and Sea-Fever and more.

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Apr 28, 2021

On episode #37 of The XS Noize Music Podcast Mark Millar sits down with Mark Emmerson of The Lucid Dream to discuss the bands' fifth album - The Deep End. 

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Apr 20, 2021

On episode #36 of The Xs Noize Music Podcast Mark Millar catches up with Merseyside five-piece The Coral's Nick Power to discuss their first ever double-album ‘Coral Island’ 

Jul 6, 2017

Lea Porcelain’s debut Hymns To The Night was written and recorded over a two year period in Berlin’s FUNKHAUS, a broadcasting house created under Soviet supervision that now houses the world’s biggest recording studio. The spectrum of the album is extremely wide.

Hymns To The Night bends genres, yet every song works together, playing with very different moods. Lea Porcelain describe their sound “atmospheric, cinematic and melancholic”.

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Jun 12, 2017

Welcome to episode #34 of the XS Noize Music Podcast. This episode Mark Millar is joined by Hightown Pirates frontman Simon Mason to talk about their debut album, Dry and High, will be released June 16th on Strike-Back records.

 

Simon Mason is best known for his critically acclaimed book Too High Too Far Too Soon, where he recounts his numerous decadent adventures at Glastonbury Festival and the notoriety that came during his stint as personal chemist to the biggest bands of the ’90s. Fast forward to 2017 where Simon now gets a natural high through drawing on his experiences which lend themselves to his incredible songwriting backed by this huge energetic sound.

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May 25, 2017

Welcome to episode #33 of the XS Noize Music Podcast. This episode Mark Millar is joined by Curse of Lono Founder and frontman Felix Bechtolsheimer. To talk about their acclaimed debut album ‘Severed’ which was released on Submarine Cat Records on April 7th.

Founded and fronted by Felix Bechtolsheimer, formerly the singer-guitarist in British roots pioneers Hey Negrita, Curse Of Lono formed in early 2015, though the songs on ‘Severed’ were written over a 14-year period. They range from the perky, Paul Simon-ish new single ‘Pick Up The Pieces’ to the more lugubrious ‘He Takes My Place’, the almost jazzy ‘London Rain’ and the rootsy, rhythmic ‘Send For The Whiskey’. The album belongs as much to the Americana tradition and old faithfuls such as Little Feat as it does to more modern, playful practitioners of the form such as Beck.

May 12, 2017

Welcome to episode #33 of the XS Noize Music Podcast. This episode Mark Millar is joined Kyle Falconer from Scottish indie four piece The View who are celebrating the 10th anniversary of their debut album ‘Hats Off To The Buskers’.

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