Q May 2020

Tame Impala are on the cover of the new Q, out now! Dorian Lynskey visits Kevin Parker, the laid-back Australian behind the band, at home in Fremantle to discover how he overcame a troubled upbringing and social anxiety to live “an eternal summer”. “Backstage I’m just stupid Kevin and then I’m Bono for an hour and a half,” he says. “I have to force myself because the reward is great.”

Elsewhere in the issue, we take an exclusive peek at Nick Cave’s secret diaries ahead of the launch of the accompanying exhibition Stranger Than Kindness. 

Ahead of U.S. Girls’ new album, Niall Doherty heads to the frozen streets of Toronto and Montreal to hear Meg Remy’s survival story. In Los Angeles, Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield reveals to Eve Barlow how giving up alcohol helped her reach a new creative peak. Former Klaxons frontman James Righton tells Chris Catchpole his tales about the vicissitudes of fame, plus other great hopes from the mid-noughties describe what it’s like to experience Post Traumatic Band Syndrome. Simon Goddard hops aboard a tram in Manchester with Paul Heaton for a tour of the ex-Beautiful South man’s adopted city.

Following the sad death of Andrew Weatherall, Q’s Andrew Perry remembers a “lovely, lovely man” plus we collect his 20 greatest remixes and recordings. This month’s Q Maverick is Stephen Malkmus. Victoria Segal meets the Pavement frontman in New York to hear all about his excellent new solo album. 

We go Out To Lunch with Badly Drawn Boy as the Mancunian singer-songwriter gets philosophical over huevos rancheros. We hear what Nadine Shah has been up to in the studio ahead of her new record Kitchen Sink and we check in with electro-pop star Låpsley as she’s about to take the dog for a walk. The subject of this issue’s Cash For Questions is London trio Girl Ray and dub veteran Mad Professor gives us his 10 Commandments for living.

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Q May 2020