Arctics’ seventh heaven

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THOSE globe-trotting Arctic Monkeys have been nominated in seven categories in the NME Awards – more than any other act.

At London’s O2 Academy Brixton on February 29 the Sheffield band could pick up accolades for Best British Band, Best Album, for Suck It And See, and Best Track, for The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala.

Sheffield band Decode

Sheffield band Decode

“We’re up for all the big ones – we’re very happy,” confirms drummer Matt Helders. “We had a lot of fun making Suck It And See and it’s great to be up for Best Live Band. That’s all we do - record or play live - so it’s good to be recognised.”

Eight million votes have been cast this year for the 26 award categories and Kasabian and The Horrors are set to fight Arctic Monkeys for the biggest.

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Their EP and they know it

Arctic Monkeys 2011

Arctic Monkeys 2011

CURRENTLY sporting a “beautifully disturbing” video for new single Before We Burn, alternative rockers Decode build on a busy 2011 with an O2 Academy headline slot next Friday.

Formed in August 2010 by Daniel Jeffery (vox/guitar), Adam Mintram (guitar), Lewis Wild (bass/vox) and Daniel Greasley (drums), the Sheffield quartet fuse hard rock with melodic vocals and pop hooks. Several independent single releases preceded their debut EP last April, recorded at Treehouse Studios, the Cutthorpe desk used by Fightstar and Rise To Remain.

Decode recently signed to independent label Ambicon Records with plans for a series of singles in the run up to recording a debut album this summer. Before then download their Shaping Shadows EP for free at See the video at

Have yourself a Sad day

WITH their new album sneaking out next Monday there’s a chance to catch The Twilight Sad in action at close quarters next week.

The Scottish squad follow that third long-player – No One Can Ever Know – on February 20 with Another Bed, a disco-tinged corker that is arguably their most accessible single yet.

It also catches singer James Graham in lyrically chilling form.

No One Can Ever Know saw the band collaborating with Andrew Weatherall in the role of ‘anti-producer’ while experimenting with vintage analogue synths to develop core sounds.

The Sad play Queens Social Club a week on Saturday before crossing ‘The Pond’ for a US tour.