Indie star discusses 'dark' time in his life
Andrew Trendell

09:32 14th November 2013

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Jake Bugg has opened up about the impact of his love life on his music, saying that a track on his new album was inspired by a 'dark period' around the end of a former relationship.

In a new interview with Billboard magazine, the Nottingham star discusses the track 'Kitchen Table' from his upcoming second album, Shangri La - which he says is inspired by Neil Young and splitting up with a former girlfriend. 

"It was my first proper relationship," said Bugg. "A very dark time."

 Watch Bugg's video for 'Slumville Sunrise' below

Bugg also went on to slam the current state of mainstream music. 

"I want to find something I enjoy, but my ears won't let me," he said. "There's a lot of generic stuff on the charts. I think people just want to hear songs every now and again."

The 'What Doesn't Kill You' singer-songwriter has made headlines for similar comments levelled against pop acts like One Direction in the past, but he's recently spoken out to dismiss a rivalry between him and the group.

Earlier this month, Bugg told Q Magazine: "I'm sure they're all really nice lads. I just don't like their music. But it'll be interesting to see how that all works out cos as a boyband, they seem to have hung around longer than most do. I'm just intrigued to see how it goes."

Bugg releases new album Shangri La on Monday 18 November. Read our track-by-track review here

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