The XS Noize Podcast

XS Noize

The XS Noize Podcast is a weekly music podcast. Presented by XS Noize Editor in Chief Mark Millar. Our mission is to convey our excitement about indie rock, electronic, pop, metal, and experimental music. Accomplishing this by providing insightful music reviews, interviews, music news and opinion in a fresh new music podcast. read less
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#173. Michael Smyth of Belfast Shoegaze Band Virgins on debut album ‘Nothing Hurt and Everything Was Beautiful’
09-04-2024
#173. Michael Smyth of Belfast Shoegaze Band Virgins on debut album ‘Nothing Hurt and Everything Was Beautiful’
In Episode #173 of The XS Noize Podcast, host Mark Millar speaks to Michael Smyth, guitarist and founder of Belfast shoegaze band Virgins, about their highly anticipated debut album ‘Nothing Hurt and Everything Was Beautiful’.  The album finds the band exploring a broader sonic palette, seamlessly moving between the gaze-pop of s l o w l y, l o n g and d i s a p p e a r e r to the dance-influenced s o f t e r. To the ethereal, heavy expansiveness of p a l e f i r e and t e n d. Their captivating sound doesn’t rely on recycling shoegaze tropes but brings a fresh and contemporary approach to the genre. The album follows the critically acclaimed transmit a little heaven EP released in 2022. In this interview, Michael discusses the writing and recording of the album, upcoming live shows, musical influences, Star Wars figures and more. Listen to episode #173 of The XS Noize Podcast with Michael Smyth from Virgins – BELOW: Previous XS Noize Podcast guests have been Elbow, Crowded House, Cast, Kula Shaker, Shed Seven, Future Islands, Peter Frampton, John Lydon, Nick Heyward, Steven Wilson, Matt Goss, Billy Nomates, Tom Meighan, Toyah Wilcox, Midge Ure, Travis, New Order, The Killers, Tito Jackson, Simple Minds, Divine Comedy, Shaun Ryder, Gary Numan, Sleaford Mods, The Brand New Heavies. Listen via YouTube | Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Amazon Music | RSS – Find The XS Noize Podcast’s complete archive of episodes here.
#172. Paul Draper on Live Shows Marking the 25th Anniversary of Mansun’s Iconic ‘Six’ Album
26-03-2024
#172. Paul Draper on Live Shows Marking the 25th Anniversary of Mansun’s Iconic ‘Six’ Album
In Episode #172 of The XS Noize Podcast, host Mark Millar speaks to acclaimed songwriter and former Mansun frontman Paul Draper to discuss his upcoming live shows to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the iconic Mansun album Six. To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Six, in April 2024, Paul Draper and his live band are hitting the road, playing legendary venues up and down the UK. This will be the last chance for fans to see Paul perform Six live in its entirety. For these very special headline shows, Draper is playing, in full, the iconic album by Mansun, the group he led and fronted until their breakup in 2003. He will be joined by his live band, capturing the unique vibe of Six while adding a fresh intensity to the songs. In this interview, Paul Draper discusses the live shows The Dead Flowers Reject Reissue, his two upcoming solo albums, and more.  Previous XS Noize Podcast guests have been Elbow, Crowded House, Cast, Kula Shaker, Shed Seven, Future Islands, Peter Frampton, John Lydon, Nick Heyward, Steven Wilson, Matt Goss, Billy Nomates, Tom Meighan, Toyah Wilcox, Midge Ure, Travis, New Order, The Killers, Tito Jackson, Simple Minds, Divine Comedy, Shaun Ryder, Gary Numan, Sleaford Mods, The Brand New Heavies. Listen via YouTube | Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Amazon Music | RSS – Find The XS Noize Podcast’s complete archive of episodes here.
#171. Peter Hooton and Keith Mullin discuss new music from The Farm
18-03-2024
#171. Peter Hooton and Keith Mullin discuss new music from The Farm
In Episode #171 of The XS Noize Podcast, host Mark Millar is delighted to engage in a captivating conversation with Peter Hooton and Keith Mullin from The Farm. After a triumphant series of festival appearances and the debut of fresh tunes during the summer of 2017, The Farm reunited, igniting a resurgence in their recording endeavours. Although their plans for the digital release of the Feel The Love EP across all streaming platforms were initially set, unforeseen circumstances, including illness and the onset of the pandemic, caused an unexpected delay. However, during the confines of lockdown, the band persisted in their creative pursuits, culminating in the recent release of a compelling series of tracks via Ditto Music. One such track, Let The Music (Take Control), emerges as a vibrant fusion of electronic elements, drawing inspiration from the innovative sounds of Kraftwerk and invigorated by dynamic guitar riffs. A pivotal moment in the genesis of this track occurred during a live performance, coupled with a serendipitous encounter with the legendary guitarist, composer, and producer Nile Rodgers, whose influence left an indelible mark on the song’s evolution. The band’s creative journey continues unabated, with a promise of new releases slated throughout the course of 2024. In this interview, Peter Hooton and Keith Mullin offer insights into the genesis of their latest songs and provide a tantalizing glimpse into their forthcoming album. Furthermore, they delve into the rich tapestry of The Farm’s back catalogue, exploring their favourite songs, their Liverpool Music Icons Tour and much more. Previous XS Noize Podcast guests have been Elbow, Crowded House, Cast, Kula Shaker, Shed Seven, Future Islands, Peter Frampton, John Lydon, Nick Heyward, Steven Wilson, Matt Goss, Billy Nomates, Tom Meighan, Toyah Wilcox, Midge Ure, Travis, New Order, The Killers, Tito Jackson, Simple Minds, Divine Comedy, Shaun Ryder, Gary Numan, Sleaford Mods, The Brand New Heavies. Listen via YouTube | Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Amazon Music | RSS – Find The XS Noize Podcast’s complete archive of episodes here.
#170. Guy Garvey on Elbow's new album 'Audio Vertigo'
12-03-2024
#170. Guy Garvey on Elbow's new album 'Audio Vertigo'
In Episode #170 of The XS Noize Podcast, host Mark Millar is thrilled to sit down with Guy Garvey, Elbow’s illustrious lead vocalist, for an enlightening conversation about their latest masterpiece, AUDIO VERTIGO. March heralds the much-anticipated return of Elbow with their tenth studio odyssey, AUDIO VERTIGO. Crafted throughout 2023 within the intimate confines of the band’s studios and Migration Studios in Gloucestershire before reaching its final form at their dedicated space in Blueprint Studios, Salford, this album emerges as a pivotal evolution in their journey since the release of Flying Dream 1 in 2021. Throughout this engaging interview, Guy Garvey unveils the creative process, inspiration, and thematic depth woven into AUDIO VERTIGO. The conversation also ventures through the rich tapestry of Elbow’s musical catalogue, exploring the band’s most iconic tracks and much more, offering listeners a comprehensive insight into the band’s enduring legacy and their exciting new chapter. Listen to episode #170 of The XS Noize Podcast with Guy Garvey – BELOW: Previous XS Noize Podcast guests have been Elbow, Crowded House, Cast, Kula Shaker, Shed Seven, Future Islands, Peter Frampton, John Lydon, Nick Heyward, Steven Wilson, Matt Goss, Billy Nomates, Tom Meighan, Toyah Wilcox, Midge Ure, Travis, New Order, The Killers, Tito Jackson, Simple Minds, Divine Comedy, Shaun Ryder, Gary Numan, Sleaford Mods, The Brand New Heavies. Listen via YouTube | Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Amazon Music | RSS – Find The XS Noize Podcast’s complete archive of episodes here.
#169. Irish rock duo Dea Matrona discuss their debut album 'For Your Sins'
06-03-2024
#169. Irish rock duo Dea Matrona discuss their debut album 'For Your Sins'
In Episode #169 of The XS Noize Podcast, host Mark Millar delves deep into a compelling dialogue with Mollie McGinn and Orlaith Forsythe, the dynamic Irish rock duo behind Dea Matrona. This discussion focuses on their eagerly awaited debut album, 'For Your Sins,' which is set to captivate listeners worldwide on May 3rd. Originating from shared school corridors, Mollie McGinn and Orlaith Forsythe's journey began with their mutual passion for rock 'n' roll. Their early days were spent busking on the lively streets of Belfast, breathing new life into classics such as Led Zeppelin's 'Whole Lotta Love' and Simon & Garfunkel's 'Homeward Bound'. This grassroots musical adventure has now culminated in the release of their debut album, For Your Sins, on May 3rd, marking a significant milestone in their career. Throughout this interview, Mollie and Orlaith offer an intimate glimpse into their unique bond, forged in the halls of their school and strengthened amidst the echoes of their street performances in Belfast. They share insights into the creative process behind For Your Sins, revealing the depth of their artistic vision and the evolution of their sound from the cobblestones to the studio. Previous XS Noize Podcast guests have been Elbow, Crowded House, Cast, Kula Shaker, Shed Seven, Future Islands, Peter Frampton, John Lydon, Nick Heyward, Steven Wilson, Matt Goss, Billy Nomates, Tom Meighan, Toyah Wilcox, Midge Ure, Travis, New Order, The Killers, Tito Jackson, Simple Minds, Divine Comedy, Shaun Ryder, Gary Numan, Sleaford Mods, The Brand New Heavies. Listen via YouTube | Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher | RSS – Find The XS Noize Music Podcast's complete archive of episodes here.
#168. Phil Etheridge and Jon 'Simmo' Simcox from This Rebel
29-02-2024
#168. Phil Etheridge and Jon 'Simmo' Simcox from This Rebel
In a riveting Episode #168 of The XS Noize Podcast, host Mark Millar engages in a dynamic conversation with Phil Etheridge and Jon 'Simmo' Simcox from This Rebel, exploring the depths of their self-titled album released on March 8, 2024, via Jump The Cut Records. Hailing from The Black Country, a region renowned in the UK as the heart of England's Midlands, This Rebel's narrative took root in 2008 when Jon 'Simmo' Simcox crossed paths with Phil Etheridge, the frontman of The Twang, during his tenure as the monitor engineer for the Birmingham indie rock band. This encounter blossomed into a close friendship and a burgeoning creative partnership. Simmo, in addition to his role as a monitor engineer, went on to produce multiple albums for The Twang and lent his expertise to renowned artists such as Liam Gallagher, The Kills, FKA Twigs, and most recently, Bring Me The Horizon. In this illuminating interview, Phil and Jon delve into the inception of This Rebel, sharing insights into their debut album's writing and recording process. The conversation also delves into a retrospective exploration of The Twang's extensive back catalogue, offering listeners a comprehensive look into the band's evolution. Tune in for a compelling discussion that goes beyond the surface, providing a rich tapestry of the musical journey undertaken by This Rebel. Previous XS Noize Podcast guests have been Elbow, Crowded House, Cast, Kula Shaker, Shed Seven, Future Islands, Peter Frampton, John Lydon, Nick Heyward, Steven Wilson, Matt Goss, Billy Nomates, Tom Meighan, Toyah Wilcox, Midge Ure, Travis, New Order, The Killers, Tito Jackson, Simple Minds, Divine Comedy, Shaun Ryder, Gary Numan, Sleaford Mods, The Brand New Heavies.
#167. Starsailors' James Walsh on new album 'Where The Wild Things Grow'
20-02-2024
#167. Starsailors' James Walsh on new album 'Where The Wild Things Grow'
In the captivating Episode #167 of The XS Noize Podcast, host Mark Millar meets James Walsh from Starsailor to discuss their new album, Where The Wild Things Grow. Starsailor returns with Where The Wild Things Grow, their first album in six years, produced by Rick McNamara and set for release on 22nd March 2024. Formed in and around Wigan at the start of the millennium and featuring James Walsh (guitar, vocals), James Stelfox (bass), Barry Westhead (keyboards) and Ben Byrne (drums), Starsailor have released five albums to date, including Love Is Here in 2001, Silence Is Easy in 2003, On The Outside in 2005, All The Plans in 2009 and All This Life in 2017. A greatest hits compilation entitled Good Souls: The Greatest Hits surfaced in 2015, featuring all ten of their UK Top Forty singles to date, including their biggest hit, "Silence Is Easy", which reached No.9 in 2003. In this interview, James Walsh provides deep insights into the creation of Where The Wild Things Grow, delving into the intricate process of songwriting. Additionally, we take a nostalgic journey through the band's back catalogue of albums, exploring James's highlights and discovering his all-time favourite Starsailor songs. Previous XS Noize Podcast guests have been Crowded House, Cast, Kula Shaker, Shed Seven, Future Islands, Peter Frampton, John Lydon, Nick Heyward, Steven Wilson, Matt Goss, Billy Nomates, Tom Meighan, Toyah Wilcox, Midge Ure, Travis, New Order, The Killers, Tito Jackson, Simple Minds, Divine Comedy, Shaun Ryder, Gary Numan, Sleaford Mods, The Brand New Heavies. Listen via YouTube | Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher | RSS – Find The XS Noize Music Podcast's complete archive of episodes here.
#166. Ride's Laurence 'Loz' Colbert & Steve Queralt on new album 'Interplay'
06-02-2024
#166. Ride's Laurence 'Loz' Colbert & Steve Queralt on new album 'Interplay'
In the captivating Episode #166 of The XS Noize Podcast, host Mark Millar engages in a profound conversation with Ride's Laurence 'Loz' Colbert and Steve Queralt, delving into the intricacies of their highly anticipated seventh studio album, 'Interplay.' Scheduled for release on March 29th, Interplay marks a significant milestone for the Oxford-based quartet, being their third album since their reunion in 2014. Surpassing the duration of their original 90s phase, Ride has maintained their iconic status as shoegaze pioneers and evolved and embraced new sonic territories. Following the success of Weather Diaries (2017) and This Is Not A Safe Place (2019), which reignited the Ride spark, the upcoming album promises to continue the journey. Produced by the band alongside Richie Kennedy and skillfully mixed by Claudius Mittendorfer, Interplay weaves together the frenzied guitar attacks, hypnotic grooves, and dreamy melodic hooks from their early work. Inspired by 80s pop gems like Tears For Fears, Talk Talk, and early U2, the album explores a more expansive sonic template. In the interview, Loz and Steve navigate the depths of Interplay, offering insights into the band's split and reformation. Additionally, they reflect on their impressive back catalogue, discussing favourite Ride songs and providing listeners with a nostalgic journey through the band's musical evolution. This conversation is a compelling exploration of Ride's enduring legacy and their continued innovation in alternative rock. Previous XS Noize Podcast guests have been Cast, Kula Shaker, Shed Seven, Future Islands, Peter Frampton, John Lydon, Nick Heyward, Steven Wilson, Matt Goss, Billy Nomates, Tom Meighan, Toyah Wilcox, Midge Ure, Travis, New Order, The Killers, Tito Jackson, Simple Minds, Divine Comedy, Shaun Ryder, Gary Numan, Sleaford Mods, The Brand New Heavies. Listen via YouTube | Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher | RSS – Find The XS Noize Music Podcast's complete archive of episodes here.
#165. John Power explores Cast's Latest Album 'Love is the Call'
30-01-2024
#165. John Power explores Cast's Latest Album 'Love is the Call'
In episode #165 of The XS Noize Podcast, Mark Millar engages in a captivating conversation with John Power, the lead singer of Cast, exploring their latest musical endeavour, 'Love Is The Call.' This marks a significant return for Cast, with their first album in six years set to be released on February 16th. Love Is The Call doesn't just resonate with Cast's musical history but also draws inspiration from the influential band, The La's. Although reminiscent of their timeless hits like Alright, Walkaway, Sandstorm, and Flying, the album showcases a unique evolution that Power couldn't have envisioned during the peak of their chart-topping singles era. While Love Is The Call takes listeners on a cohesive and immersive journey, it refuses to be confined to a single genre. From the captivating simplicity of Bluebird to the introspective and soul-stirring Tomorrow Calls My Name, the anthemic rock energy of Rain That Falls, to the rebellious punk vibes of I Have Been Waiting, and the infectious Merseybeat charm with an indie-pop twist in Look Around, the album fulfils John's ambition of creating yet another exceptional musical collection. While pulsating with life-affirming energy, some of its lyrics delicately touch upon the themes of the passage of time and the transient nature of life. In this insightful interview, John Power delves deep into the new album's creation, discussing not only its musical aspects but also his Irish roots, the departure of Jurgen Klopp from Liverpool FC, and many other engaging topics. Listen to episode #165 of The XS Noize Podcast with John Power – BELOW: Previous XS Noize Podcast guests have been Kula Shaker, Shed Seven, Future Islands, Peter Frampton, John Lydon, Nick Heyward, Steven Wilson, Matt Goss, Billy Nomates, Tom Meighan, Toyah Wilcox, Midge Ure, Travis, New Order, The Killers, Tito Jackson, Simple Minds, Divine Comedy, Shaun Ryder, Gary Numan, Sleaford Mods, The Brand New Heavies. Listen via YouTube | Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher | RSS – Find The XS Noize Music Podcast's complete archive of episodes here.
#164. James Atkin and Ian Dench of EMF Discuss 'The Beauty and the Chaos'
24-01-2024
#164. James Atkin and Ian Dench of EMF Discuss 'The Beauty and the Chaos'
In episode #164 of The XS Noize Podcast, Mark Millar meets James Atkin and Ian Dench from EMF to discuss their new album, 'The Beauty and The Chaos,' released on January 26th 2024. The Beauty and The Chaos finds the band at their full creative tilt, delivering Classic EMF! And sees the band reunited with Ralph Jezzard, who produced their first two albums, Schubert Dip and Stigma. This energetic and diverse album features ten finely crafted songs, with the opening track and first single, Hello People, setting the tone with its indie grove and its call to stand against the hate myths of immigration. A further nine songs take the listener on a musical rollercoaster embracing Techno punk (Reach For The Lasers), Nasty Northern Soul (Read The Room), Swampy Electronica (I've Been Down), Prog Punk (Stardust) and Trip Trop gospel (Lookout Mountain), before the psychedelic Do It Again, a song about trying to grow up but failing, closes this sumptuous album in the best possible way. Along with the original version of Hello People, there is the Hello People' Facts vs Fear remix' featuring Stephen Fry, a bonus track at the album's end. In this interview, James and Ian delve into the writing and recording of the album, live shows and lots more. Listen to episode #164 of The XS Noize Podcast with James Atkin and Ian Dench – BELOW: Previous XS Noize Podcast guests have been Kula Shaker, Future Islands, Peter Frampton, John Lydon, Nick Heyward, Steven Wilson, Matt Goss, Billy Nomates, Tom Meighan, Toyah Wilcox, Midge Ure, Travis, New Order, The Killers, Tito Jackson, Simple Minds, Divine Comedy, Shaun Ryder, Gary Numan, Sleaford Mods, The Brand New Heavies. Listen via YouTube | Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher | RSS – Find The XS Noize Music Podcast's complete archive of episodes here.
#163. Kula Shaker: Crispian Mills on Seventh Studio Album, 'Natural Magick'
16-01-2024
#163. Kula Shaker: Crispian Mills on Seventh Studio Album, 'Natural Magick'
In episode #163 of The XS Noize Podcast, Mark Millar meets the visionary mind behind Kula Shaker, the legendary Crispian Mills. We delve into the enchanting realms of their latest musical creation, "NATURAL MAGICK." As the frontman and creative force behind the band, Crispian takes us through the inspiration, creative process, and mystical elements that shape the album. Join us as we uncover the secrets and stories behind the sonic tapestry woven by Kula Shaker in this captivating exploration of NATURAL MAGICK. NATURAL MAGICK finds the original four members delivering the renewed wild energy we know and love. A mesmeric 13-track incantation incorporating blazing psychedelic sermons, raga rave-ups, stardust-coated pop pearls and mood-enhancing mantras, it is a technicolour sonic pathway towards a more enlightened state of mind. Kinetic energy coursing through every second of 'NATURAL MAGICK' planted firmly in the rolling 24-hour news-feed mind-mash that is today's Planet Earth. Listen to episode #163 of The XS Noize Podcast with Crispian Mills – BELOW: Previous XS Noize Podcast guests have been Future Islands, Peter Frampton, John Lydon, Nick Heyward, Steven Wilson, Matt Goss, Billy Nomates, Tom Meighan, Toyah Wilcox, Midge Ure, Travis, New Order, The Killers, Tito Jackson, Simple Minds, Divine Comedy, Shaun Ryder, Gary Numan, Sleaford Mods, The Brand New Heavies. Listen via YouTube | Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher | RSS – Find The XS Noize Music Podcast's complete archive of episodes here.
#160. Ida Mae's Chris Turpin talks about new LP "Thunder Above You"
18-12-2023
#160. Ida Mae's Chris Turpin talks about new LP "Thunder Above You"
In episode #160 of The XS Noize Podcast, Mark Millar meets Chris Turpin, one-half of British indie-blues-rock duo Ida Mae, to talk about their latest LP, "Thunder Above You." Ida Mae is a husband and wife duo of Chris Turpin and Stephanie Jean Ward. They met while studying at university, quickly bonding over their passion for music and later forming their first band, Kill It Kid. Penning three critically acclaimed records, they spent their early twenties touring extensively across Europe. Recorded in just seven days, their new album Thunder Above You marks the most significant creative period in Ida Mae's career. It followed months of touring the states with legendary artists, including Willie Nelson and Lucinda Williams, driving from clubs to arena shows while inspired by the dramatic landscapes surrounding them. In this interview, Chris talks about the writing and recording of Thunder Above You and lots more. Listen to episode #160 of The XS Noize Podcast with Chris Turpin from Ida Mae – BELOW: Previous XS Noize Podcast guests have been Future Islands, Peter Frampton, John Lydon, Nick Heyward, Steven Wilson, Matt Goss, Billy Nomates, Tom Meighan, Toyah Wilcox, Midge Ure, Travis, New Order, The Killers, Tito Jackson, Simple Minds, Divine Comedy, Shaun Ryder, Gary Numan, Sleaford Mods, The Brand New Heavies. Listen via YouTube | Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher | RSS – Find The XS Noize Music Podcast's complete Archive of episodes here.
#156. Future Islands frontman Samuel T. Herring on new album 'People Who Aren't There Anymore'
22-11-2023
#156. Future Islands frontman Samuel T. Herring on new album 'People Who Aren't There Anymore'
In episode #156 of The XS Noize Podcast, Mark Millar meets Future Islands frontman Samuel T. Herring to discuss their new album, People Who Aren't There Anymore, released on 26 January 2024. The seventh album from the band - Samuel T. Herring (vocals, lyrics), William Cashion (bass, guitars), Gerrit Welmers (keyboards, programming), and Michael Lowry (drums) - follows 2020's As Long As You Are. People Who Aren't There Anymore heralds a new chapter for Future Islands, who continue to challenge themselves and each other despite having formed nearly two decades ago. Where they've pursued ever-higher energy anthems in the past, they've turned inward this time and unlocked a new level of ferocity, delivering some of their most inspiring and most heart-breaking tracks by doing the opposite: taking their time, making each breath, each syllable, each cymbal crash count. The result is a powerful, defining statement from a group of musicians who have made the best album of their career. In this interview, Samual T Herring talks about the writing and recording of the album, that excellent Letterman performance, navigating loss and resilience and lots more. Listen to episode #156 of The XS Noize Podcast with Samuel T. Herring – BELOW: Previous XS Noize Podcast guests have been Peter Frampton, John Lydon, Nick Heyward, Steven Wilson, Matt Goss, Billy Nomates, Tom Meighan, Toyah Wilcox, Midge Ure, Travis, New Order, The Killers, Tito Jackson, Simple Minds, Divine Comedy, Shaun Ryder, Gary Numan, Sleaford Mods, The Brand New Heavies. Listen via YouTube | Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher | RSS – Find The XS Noize Music Podcast's complete Archive of episodes here.