CHAR­LIE SIMP­SON

YOUR FAVOURITE POP BAND RULED ARE­NAS THIS YEAR – BUT WHAT DO MATT WIL­LIS, CHAR­LIE SIMP­SON AND JAMES BOURNE THINK OF OUR MU­SIC? THEY TACKLE SOME OF 2016’S BEST SONGS – AND IT’S NOT GOOD FOR M. SHAD­OWS…

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Watch out, Char­lie, M. Shadz is about…

PANIC! AT THE DISCO – EM­PEROR’S NEW CLOTHES

MATT: “I re­ally fuck­ing like this song! you should watch the video – al­though that might dis­tract you from the song, be­cause it’s so good. But Panic! At The Disco, right… It’s just [Bren­don Urie] now?”

CHAR­LIE: “It’s Panic! At The Bren­don.”

JAMES: “I’ve al­ways been a big fan of Panic! – I don’t think I’ve ever heard a song of theirs I’ve dis­liked.”

CHAR­LIE: “It’s very Fall Out Boy, but I like the pro­duc­tion el­e­ments, and he’s got a re­ally good voice. It’s got a the­atri­cal el­e­ment, which I like.”

GREEN DAY – REV­O­LU­TION RA­DIO

MATT: “I didn’t like a sin­gle thing from [2012 tril­ogy] ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, ¡Tré! – and I re­ally tried – so I was ner­vous about this, but I love this record.”

CHAR­LIE: “They’ve gone back to the Nim­rod [1997] days. Dookie [1994] and In­som­niac [1995] were huge records in my life, and I don’t feel like they’ve ever beaten that, al­though Amer­i­can Id­iot [2004] had some bangers. It’s nice hear­ing them go back to that sound.”

JAMES: “When the melodies are on form, Green Day are un­beat­able. Some of those melodies are just on a higher level. they’re just ef­fort­less songs, and that’s what makes them so spe­cial – when they get it right.”

FRANK IERO – REM­EDY

JAMES: “When you’ve got some­body that’s been a part of some­thing as amaz­ing as My Chem­i­cal Ro­mance, it’s very dif­fi­cult to say neg­a­tive stuff, be­cause this is some­one that’s had an amaz­ing ca­reer with an amaz­ing band, and now he’s branch­ing off and he’s do­ing mu­sic that sat­is­fies him. He wouldn’t put that out if he didn’t love it, I don’t think. So it’s a se­ri­ous pas­sion project for him, but it’s not to my taste. But I’m sure he doesn’t care what we think about his mu­sic!” CHAR­LIE: “I agree – I’ve got noth­ing neg­a­tive towards it, but it just doesn’t grab me in the way that these other songs do.” MATT: “I’d like to keep quiet (laughs)…”

ZACK DE LA ROCHA – DIG­GING FOR WIN­DOWS

MATT: “I had a fuck­ing awe­some time in my car this morn­ing lis­ten­ing to this song with the sun­roof down, blar­ing it out!” CHAR­LIE: “It makes me want to lis­ten to Rage Against The Ma­chine. It’s great. I like the fact he’s do­ing some­thing dif­fer­ent, be­cause his vo­cals ac­tu­ally re­ally suit that. But I love Rage.” MATT: “There’s no beef be­tween them, is there? They’re just do­ing their own thing now. I kind of get the im­pres­sion that Zack just doesn’t give a fuck.” CHAR­LIE: “He must be hav­ing a field day – 2016 is like a kid in the candy store, writ­ing about pol­i­tics.” MATT: “Yeah! He’s prob­a­bly like, ‘i need to change my genre be­cause I’m al­most a bit too cliché now…’”

NAILS – FRIEND TO ALL

CHAR­LIE: “This is fuck­ing heavy!” MATT: “I wasn’t that into this – it’s not my thing. I was wait­ing for it to start. I was like, ‘any minute now, it’s go­ing to start.’ And then it ended!” CHAR­LIE: “This is all just fast and scream­ing, and there’s no melody. af­ter three songs, I’d kind of get bored by it. But it’s got some re­ally cool riffs in there.” JAMES: “You know when you look at a paint­ing and you stare at it for too long and it kind of blurs? I feel like this is my au­dio equiv­a­lent!”

ME­TAL­LICA – SPIT OUT THE BONE

CHAR­LIE: “For a start, I’m so glad that Lars Ul­rich has sorted out his snare drum, be­cause [2003’s] St.anger was just an em­bar­rass­ment. this sounds like the best Me­tal­lica I’ve heard in a long time. I love them for their riffs, but James Het­field writes amaz­ing melodies.” JAMES: “I ac­tu­ally al­ways wanted Me­tal­lica and Michael Jackson to work to­gether. when I lis­ten to this mu­sic, I can hear Michael Jackson singing on top of it – I know that sounds crazy! When you talk about mash-ups, that would be top of my list. If it has hap­pened be­hind closed doors then we need to hear it!”

AVENGED SEV­EN­FOLD – EX­IST

MATT: “It’s re­ally long [It’s 15mins and 41secs in to­tal – K! Time­keep­ing Ed]… I lis­tened to it to­day and gave up af­ter eight min­utes. But I en­joyed all this shit… I thought it was re­ally cool.” CHAR­LIE: “They’re fuck­ing mas­sive, aren’t they? I don’t not like them, but I’ve just never got them. there’s a lot of so­los and it’s wid­dly and all a bit cock­sure for me. It’s Steel Pan­ther with­out the hu­mour.” JAMES: “[The con­cept] side of them, I love.” MATT: “Yeah, what you’re say­ing [about AI and space] I love, so I’m go­ing to lis­ten to this al­bum!”

AR­CHI­TECTS – GONE WITH THE WIND

CHAR­LIE: “I did Warped Tour with Ar­chi­tects in 2013, and they’re just such nice dudes. I took a lot of in­flu­ence from them when I was writ­ing the last Fight­star record. It’s such sad news that Tom [Searle, gui­tar] passed away.”

MATT: “I didn’t know any­thing about Ar­chi­tects, and I lis­tened to this and thought, ‘char­lie is go­ing to love this!’ There’s great scream­ing and then beau­ti­ful singing.”

CHAR­LIE: “That’s the thing – it’s not heavy for heavy’s sake, the heavy makes sense.”

VODUN – POS­SES­SION

CHAR­LIE: “It sounds like Skunk Anan­sie on acid!” MATT: “It’s like a Je­sus Christ Su­per­star B-side.”

CHAR­LIE: “There’s a whole genre of this shit… This is like the pop ver­sion of Evanes­cence or Nightwish, with the the­atri­cal singers.”

MATT: “What’s Dream The­ater[’s genre called]? I re­mem­ber go­ing down a rab­bit hole one night on Youtube watch­ing drum videos and go­ing, ‘what the fuck is go­ing on here?!’”

CHAR­LIE: “This genre isn’t re­ally my cup of tea, but I like her [Oya’s] voice. I tell you who I do think is fuck­ing amaz­ing – Marmozets! I fuck­ing love them – that’s a fe­male rock voice [Becca Mac­in­tyre] who can nail it.”

MESHUGGAH – BORN IN DIS­SO­NANCE

JAMES: “I don’t know any­thing about Meshuggah – but this is Char­lie’s cup of tea!”

CHAR­LIE: “Bril­liant. I love Meshuggah – they wrote the fuck­ing play­book. I re­mem­ber hear­ing them first in 2005 and it blew my mind. I know that mathy shit would turn a lot of peo­ple off and they wouldn’t get it, but it’s so hyp­notic.”

MATT: “The only thing I know is that I’ve heard the name ‘Meshuggah’ from Char­lie’s mouth! In a pre­vi­ous in­ter­view he’d men­tioned them some­where, so I know that name.”

BABYMETAL – KARATE

MATT: “I fuck­ing love this so much. this riff is fuck­ing amaz­ing!” CHAR­LIE: “Dude, if you like this, you’ll like some Meshuggah shit!” MATT: “My kids lis­ten to this – they love it. I put it on in the car and my son’s like, ‘put on the Ja­panese girls, daddy!’ I’m like, ‘al­right!’ They’ve got all these rou­tines, haven’t they?” CHAR­LIE: “I think this is a lit­tle sug­ary metal sur­prise! Only the Ja­panese could come up with some­thing as crazy as this, but it’s bril­liant.” MATT: “I’ve seen them do this (holds up Fox God hands). we need our own lit­tle hand sign!”

TWENTY ONE PI­LOTS – HEATHENS

MATT: “It’s my favourite song of the year. In headphones I don’t think I’ve had a bet­ter time for a long time!” JAMES: “I feel like now there’s a lot of bands that are pop by na­ture, but I wouldn’t be sur­prised to see them in K! be­cause there’s not these cat­e­gories any more.” CHAR­LIE: “It’s the playlist gen­er­a­tion – you can have a Bring Me The Hori­zon song next to a com­pletely dif­fer­ent genre. I’d cer­tainly have had an eas­ier time 10 years ago if that was the case then (laughs)!”

“A7X IS STEEL PAN­THER WITH­OUT THE HU­MOUR” CHAR­LIE SIMP­SON

Char­lie would take some time to get over his band­mates not know­ing Meshuggah

Nails:“like star­ing at a paint­ing for too long”

Meshuggah: “hyp­notic mathy shit”

Zack:“like a kid in a candy store”

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