- 11 Oct 17
Back with their chart-topping fifth album, The Killers are Hot Press cover stars this fortnight!
It’s been five years since the mega-selling Nevada act last released an album, but The Killers made up for lost time with Wonderful Wonderful, a record that perhaps their most vital offering yet. Brandon Flowers and Ronnie Vanucci Jr. sit down with Olaf Tyaransen for a five-page interview that covers growing up in Vegas, chasing the ‘Bono Talk’, Jackknife Lee’s work ethic, playing the White House, the deaths of Bowie, Cohen and Cornell, and the weight of expectation when it comes to Album No. 5.
Also in the issue, we provide full coverage of this year's March For Choice. Our 4-page spread on the March coincidences with the unveiling of Hot Press' new Repeal The 8th Podcast. Having been part of the struggle for women’s rights since its inception 40 years ago, this new podcast will air over the course of months leading up to the referendum and will take a detailed and informative look at what repealing the 8th Amendment will mean for this country.
Elsewhere, we take a look at the towering musical legacy of the great Tom Petty. Pat Carty pays tribute to the man by exploring his extraordinary early years, his issues with drugs and record company wrangles during his mid-career slum, and his triumphant resurgence in recent times. Eleanor McEvoy and Gavin Glass join us in paying tribute to the lost legend.
Bringing things closer to home, we also sit down with some of the Irish artists set to take off in the coming months. Orchid Collective break down the albums that inspired their new music, while we also cover the rise of Brooklyn-via-Dublin singer Sorcha Richardson, and the bright horizons for hotly-tipped Dublin acts The Fontaines and Elm.
In the Hot Press interview, Jason O'Toole speaks with well-known RTE newsreader, psychoanalyst and broadcaster, Michael Murphy, calls the Catholic Church's position on homosexuality "nonsense". Murphy also talks about the actions of the current Government, the Jobstown protests, why he's in favour of Repealing the 8th, and the furore around George Hook's comments about rape.
In our Frontlines section, we get a first hand update on the efforts to bring Ibrahim Halawa home to Ireland. His sister, Somaia, talks about why the nightmarish ordeal is still far from over...
On top of all that, we also speak to ABBA's Benny Anderson, and Ruth Fitzmaurice, wife of the great filmmaker Simon, who has been diagnosed with motor neurone disease. We also haveall the usual previews, reviews and news that you'd expect from Hot Press, including coverage of the newest releases from Liam Gallagher, Beck and Robert Planet and more.