Happy Tuesday dear readers! Today we come to you with some great news indeed: there’s a new issue of DIY out on Friday! And not only that, but in the September 2017 edition of the mag, we welcome the wonderful Wolf Alice back to the cover ahead of the release of their second album ‘Visions Of A Life’.
When Wolf Alice wrapped up their final show in support of debut ‘My Love Is Cool’ on 1st October last year, it was an end, but also a beginning. Having toured incessantly for the previous three years - growing from nervous shoe-gazers, stumbling over their instruments in pub back rooms to defiant, joyful superstars in waiting, selling 10,000 tickets in their hometown on their last tour - they closed their first chapter with their first ever festival headline slot at Margate weekender By The Sea - less a misty-eyed, celebratory pat on the back, and more a hungry career milestone, already snapping at the heels of a stupidly exciting future. “It’s promising isn’t it?” grins bassist Theo Ellis. “It wasn’t like, oh that’s done now, that chapter’s over. It’s like when you’re gonna drop a sequel and you have a cliffhanger…”
Joining them in the new, September issue of DIY is The Horrors. With their fifth album - appropriately titled ‘V’ - out this month, Faris Badwan and co. are constantly innovating as ever, and never becoming static or reproducing their old work. “I just have a chronic fear of boredom,” the frontman tells Lisa Wright in London, and it looks like none of that will be setting in for quite a while.
A little further from home, we head to Oslo to meet Sløtface, who are preparing to release their debut album ‘Try Not To Freak Out’ later this month. There’s also chats with a revitalised, reborn Superfood, who return this Friday with their excellent new album ‘Bambino’, and Death From Above, now missing a rogue 1979.
In Neu, we profile Irish hip-hop soon-to-be-sensation Hare Squead, alongside potty-mouthed Lucky Number signing Suzi Wu and South London wonderkid Jerkcurb.
Elsewhere, revisit Friendly Fires’ brilliant 2008 debut album in Hall of Fame, Kieran of Circa Waves takes our Lucky Dip challenge, LIFE battle It’s Your Round, and INHEAVEN tell us all about their favourite service station.
There’s also all the action and reaction from this year’s Reading & Leeds, verdicts on new albums from The Killers, Wolf Alice and more, and we report back from a host more festivals as summer draws to an end (sob).
Well then, take a deep breath and steady yourself. All this and more is in the new issue of DIY, out this Friday (8th September). It’s available free via stockists across the UK, and readable online. If you’d rather have a copy posted to you in person, you can do so (or subscribe!) below.
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