Arctic Monkeys and Daft Punk among bookies’ favourites for NME Awards 2014 with Austin, Texas

Arctic Monkeys

Arctic Monkeys

Jake Bugg and Arcade Fire also tipped for success ahead of tomorrow night’s ceremony

Arctic Monkeys lead the nominations this year with eight in total. Haim follow closely with six nominations while Queens of The Stone Age, Lily Allen and Arcade Fire all have three. Voting has now closed with bookmakers William Hill tipping Arctic Monkeys to take home the prize for Best British Band ahead of competition from Foals and Biffy Clyro. The ‘AM’ band have odds of 4/6 to add to their collection of awards.

Arcade Fire, meanwhile, are tipped to hold off Haim and Queens of the Stone Age in the category of Best International Band. The Canadian act, who released their latest album ‘Reflektor’ in 2013, currently have odds of 6/4 to take home the coveted prize.

Additionally, Jake Bugg is being backed to take home the prize for Best Solo Artist despite competition from David Bowie, Paul McCartney and newcomer Lorde. The Nottingham born singer-songwriter also faces competition from Kanye West and Lily Allen on the night.

Finally, Daft Punk’s hugely successful single ‘Get Lucky’ is the favourite to be named Best Track with odds of 4/9. Scroll down to see a full rundown of the odds currently on offer from William Hill.

NME Awards 2014 odds:

Best British Band

Arctic Monkeys 4/6
Foals 9/4
Biffy Clyro 8/1
Two Door Cinema Club 9/1
Disclosure 16/1
Palma Violets 20/1

International Band

Arcade Fire 6/4
Queens of the Stone Age 5/2
Vampire Weekend 4/1
Haim 6/1
Phoenix 8/1
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 16/1

Solo Artist

Jake Bugg 6/4
David Bowie 2/1
Paul McCartney 7/2
Lorde 8/1
Kanye West 10/1
Lily Allen 16/1

Best Track

Daft Punk – ‘Get Lucky’ 4/9
Arctic Monkeys – ‘Do I Wanna Know?’ 7/2
Arcade Fire – ‘Reflektor’ 9/1
Primal Scream – ‘2013’ 9/1
Disclosure – ‘White Noise’ 12/1
Lily Allen – ‘Hard Out Here’ 16/1

Elsewhere at the awards, Blondie have been named this year’s Godlike Genius, and the band will collect the award in person and perform at the show. In addition, Belle & Sebastian will receive the Teenage Cancer Trust Outstanding Contribution To Music Award and will also perform live.

The Walkmen frontman Hamilton Leithauser announces debut solo LP

Hamilton Leithauser - Photo Jane Five

Hamilton Leithauser

Frontman of The Walkmen Hamilton Leithauser has announced plans for his debut solo LP.

‘Black Hours’ is set for release on May 5 and will feature guest appearances from Rostam Batmanglij of Vampire Weekend, Morgan Henderson of Fleet Foxes and Amber Coffman from Dirty Projectors. “We’d toured with Fleet Foxes and really hit it off with all of them. Morgan is the most natural and accomplished musician I’ve ever seen. Calling him was like shooting for the stars, but he agreed, and we just knew it would work out with this line up,” says Leithauser of the Fleet Foxes man’s appearance on the LP. Scroll down to watch the video for first single, ‘Alexandra’.

The album, he says, was inspired by the work and sound of Frank Sinatra. “I’d been listening to ‘The September of My Years’ and ‘In the Wee Small Hours’ by Sinatra, and I realised this chord progression was actually quite dramatic. It seemed like it could maintain its odd structure, but get enormous with singing and instrumental dynamics. I have a very loud and booming voice and it was fun to put it unapologetically in front of everything. I just went for it.”

The Walkmen are currently on “extreme hiatus”. The band formed in 2000 and have released seven studio albums, including 2012’s ‘Heaven’. Emerging alongside The Strokes, Interpol and Yeah Yeahs as a raft of bands broke out of New York at the turn of the century, The Walkmen are perhaps best known for their song ‘The Rat’, which appeared on 2004 album ‘Bows + Arrows’.

The ‘Black Hours’ tracklisting is:

‘The Silent Orchestra’
’11 O’ Clock Friday Night’
‘St. Mary’s County’
‘Black Hours’
‘I Retired’
‘I Don’t Need Anyone’
‘Bless Your Heart’
‘The Smallest Splinter’