Over the week, we’ve been slowly announcing the bands and artists that will make up our Class Of 2019, and with the list now complete, we present our December/January magazine, OUT NOW!
“It feels like an identity thing, coming to see Sports Team, which I don’t think a lot of bands have,” the band’s Alex Rice tells us of the community the band are quickly fostering, as they become one of the most promising guitar bands in the country, bringing a bravado and gang mentality back to the genre that we haven’t seen for a good while.
Amyl and the Sniffers, meanwhile, are just mainly here to have fun. “I seek out the weirdos,” singer Amy Taylor tells us. “I think I put it out to the world that I wanna hang out with weirdos and I end up finding the craziest people ever. I’ll probably end up getting killed, but it’s kind of funny I guess. I’ll have to finish the record so I have a legacy…”
They’re joined on the cover by Whenyoung, who aim for catharsis with their sweetly-sung but lyrically dark indie-pop. “People often put the best face forward and cover up their emotions, but the whole thing of making music is about that cathartic process,” vocalist Aoife Power tells us. “It’s about the healing process and trying to reach out to people to connect. That’s what we wanna do with our lyrics because that’s what we seek in other peoples’, that connection. I was watching an interview with Bjork and she said she only writes songs when she’s happy, whereas if I’m happy then i’ll probably just go to the pub…”
Our Class Of for this year is completed by Fontaines DC, King Princess, slowthai, Westerman, Stella Donnelly, Easy Life, Bakar, Anteros, YOWL and Lady Bird, all of whom we meet to dig into just why they’re such exciting prospects heading into next year, and what makes them tick.
In the new mag, we also preview some of the most exciting new albums set to arrive next year, from Yak and Circa Waves to Sløtface, Friendly Fires and Self Esteem, as well as reviewing new albums from The 1975, FIDLAR and others, and heading down to gigs from Parquet Courts, Christine & The Queens and Blood Orange, as well as the final(?) Creeper show.
It’s jam-packed basically. So, grab yer Quality Streets and mulled wine, and dig into the new issue by reading online or ordering a copy via our online shop - you might just find your new favourite band.
As featured in the December 2018 / January 2019 issue of DIY, out now. Scroll down to get your copy.
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