NO ENCORE #012 | Taylor Swift Death Machine

Gremlins prowl HeadStuff HQ, but they’ve picked the wrong podcast to mess with – no amount of technical difficulties could stop the inexorable march of NO ENCORE. Short of usual partner-in-crime Craig Fitzpatrick, HeadStuff Music Chief Dave Hanratty and Hot Press wordsmith Colm O’Regan call in back-up in the form of Bitch Falcon.

The hard-rocking trio discuss everything from songwriting and conquering the industry DIY-style to drumming with glasses and on-stage panic attacks. Either side of that interview, our boys discuss the potentially robotic princess of pop, cast a judgemental eye over the week’s biggest new tracks, and give the verdict on the new album from Garbage.

ACT ONE: Dave reveals his “no more festivals” pledge has already fallen apart, but his fascination with live wrestling continues.

ACT TWO (5:20): The major talking points of the week are tackled as Bob Geldof and Nigel Farage engage in riverine warfare over fishing quotas, Swiddleston hit the rocks – with photographers in prime position – and could Harry Styles have moves like Jagger?

ACT THREE (23:05): The lads run the rule over new efforts from Two Door Cinema Club, Danny Brown, Vince Staples, Norma Jean and Usher. Also, tragic news of Craig’s Tidal subscription, and the introduction of our new sponsor.

ACT FOUR (39:40): A day before launching a furious assault on Body&Soul – and hours after the release of new single ‘Clutch’ – the superb Bitch Falcon stop by. Even technical difficulties can’t slow the conversation as creative processes, financial pressures, riders, raw meats and the future of the band are all up for discussion.

ACT FIVE (1:11.35): Strange Little Birds, the new album from Garbage, gets a thorough analysis.

Exit Music: Video Blue – ‘Disco Nap’

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