Welcome to our latest issue, our biggest and most ambitious one to date. As always, we’ve worked our asses off to put together a magazine that will challenge and delight you. We worked on this for almost five months, the usual pain of DIY project that is constantly growing. Along the way, we are learning from our mistakes and we’re constantly keeping our fingers on the pulse of the industry to deliver a magazine that we think will push boundaries.
On our cover story, we have two great artists whose work is equally important and impactful: Father John Misty and King Woman. Father John Misty aka Josh Tillman, dived deep into his new album, Pure Comedy, and at the end of the journey there’s an important realisation for these troubled times. We talked about how important it is to point the finger at yourself, how love can truly save the world, and how the man you probably view as a “troll, meme, sarcastic asshole, etc.” has feelings too. On the other hand, King Woman started with Kristina Esfandiari, and just like her other “main project”, Miserable, it grew organically. It’s been a very long road for Kristina. A road filled with doubts, pain and scars. From those torturous moments, King Woman’s debut album Created In The Image of Suffering was born. A cornerstone of her short career.
Apart from those two amazing artists, we have plenty more features! We had the opportunity to catch up with Los Campesinos’ frontman Gareth about their new album, Sick Scenes, and talked about what was it like to record the album in Fridão (Portugal). We talked to Thom Wasluck of Planning For Burial about the sonic range of his new record, Below The House, his penchant for gloom and his most essential gear; The Navigator is Hurray for the Riff Raff’s brand new album and Alynda Segarra shared with us her thoughts about the current situation in the USA and across the globe, and what really inspired her for this new effort. The unbreakable will to not repeat themselves and the recent Silver Eye album were just a few of the topics of our conversation with Will Gregory of Goldfrapp. The Black Angels’ frontman Alex Maas was kind enough to talk us through their amazing new album, Death Song; we talked with Frank Carter about the most recent album he released with his amazing band, the Rattlesnakes, Modern Ruin; Jacob Bannon took some time out of his perpetually hectic schedule to give us the low-down on this new(ish) venture, Wear Your Wounds.
There was also the opportunity to catch up with some other great artists such as Pallbearer, Cloud Nothings, Xiu Xiu, Me And That Man, Boss Hog, Motionless In White, Royal Thunder, Minus The Bear, Pulled Apart By Horses, Brutus, Decade, The Winter Passing, Idles and No Thank You.
We also have a wide range of album reviews, the lowdown of live shows we’ve been to and our take on some new films for you to dig in. (Read the new issue below)