INTERVIEW: James Atkin and Ian Dench of EMF Discuss 'The Beauty and the Chaos'


In episode #164 of The XS Noize Podcast, Mark Millar meets James Atkin and Ian Dench from EMF to discuss their new album, 'The Beauty and The Chaos,' released on January 26th 2024.

The Beauty and The Chaos finds the band at their full creative tilt, delivering Classic EMF! And sees the band reunited with Ralph Jezzard, who produced their first two albums, Schubert Dip and Stigma.

This energetic and diverse album features ten finely crafted songs, with the opening track and first single, Hello People, setting the tone with its indie grove and its call to stand against the hate myths of immigration. A further nine songs take the listener on a musical rollercoaster embracing Techno punk (Reach For The Lasers), Nasty Northern Soul (Read The Room), Swampy Electronica (I've Been Down), Prog Punk (Stardust) and Trip Trop gospel (Lookout Mountain), before the psychedelic Do It Again, a song about trying to grow up but failing, closes this sumptuous album in the best possible way.

Along with the original version of Hello People, there is the Hello People' Facts vs Fear remix' featuring Stephen Fry, a bonus track at the album's end. In this interview, James and Ian delve into the writing and recording of the album, live shows and lots more.

Listen to episode #164 of The XS Noize Podcast with James Atkin and Ian Dench – BELOW:

Previous XS Noize Podcast guests have been Kula Shaker, Future IslandsPeter FramptonJohn LydonNick HeywardSteven WilsonMatt GossBilly NomatesTom MeighanToyah Wilcox, Midge UreTravis, New OrderThe KillersTito JacksonSimple Minds, Divine ComedyShaun RyderGary NumanSleaford ModsThe Brand New Heavies.

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To celebrate the release of The Beauty and The Chaos album, EMF takes to the road for a headline tour promising "songs, energy, lasers, community, excitement, and a feeling like we will all live forever." Starting at Thekla in Bristol on January 19th, the tour concludes on Saturday, February 17th, in Wolverhampton at KK's Steel Mill.

The Beauty and The Chaos

To pre-order / pre-save The Beauty and The Chaos, go to
The album will be available on limited edition yellow vinyl, deluxe CD, CD and digital formats.

EMF 2024 UK tour dates
Thu 25 Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Fri 26 Holmfrith Picturedrome
Sat 27 Grimsby Docks Academy

Fri 09 Liverpool Hanger 34
Sat 10 Glasgow Oran Mor
Sun 11 Newcastle The Cluny
Thu 15 Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
Fri 16 Norwich Epic Studios
Sat 17 Wolverhampton KK's Steelmill

Go here to order tickets for 'The Beauty and The Chaos'.


Xsnoize Author
Mark Millar is the founder of XS Noize and looks after the daily running of the website as well as hosting interviews for the weekly XS Noize Podcast. Mark's favourite album is Achtung Baby by U2.

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