In the magazine August 2017

With Kasabian, Wolf Alice, Rat Boy, INHEAVEN, The Cribs and more.

Loved and loathed in equal measure, Kasabian are undoubtedly one of the UK’s biggest bands - a group who’ve swaggered and joked their way to the top, with a twinkle in their eye and two fingers up to the naysayers the entire time.

On the eve of their return to the top of the Reading & Leeds Festival bill this month, we catch up with Tom, Serge and co. for a whirlwind 36 hours inside the machine as they slay TRNSMT festival and take down anyone in their way - as per usual. Resistance is futile.

Jordan Cardy might only be at the start of his career, but the man better known as Rat Boy is no wallflower either. Yet behind the gobby exterior, Cardy’s managed to land the support of music’s top table (Hey Damon! Hey Kendrick!) around the release of debut LP ‘Scum’. We get to grips with the real character behind the facade.

Elsewhere, we’ve got a smorgasbord of talent from the very, very new to our most beloved stalwarts. The Cribs chat new LP ‘24/7 Rock Star Shit’ and getting back to their punkest of roots, INHEAVEN dish the goss on their hugely exciting debut (including some ghostly Freddie Mercury input) and we join Wolf Alice in America as they get back in the live ring to unveil ‘Visions Of A Life’ for the first time.

In NEU, meanwhile, we talk to fast-rising rockers Yonaka, and get the low down on new Heavenly signings The Orielles and London experimentalists ALASKALASKA.

Not enough? Well, get yer eyes around the definitive DIY ratings of this month’s essential new releases, including Lana Del Rey, Queens of the Stone Age, Arcade Fire and more. Then it’s a festival special of live reviews with reports from Mad Cool, Citadel, Super Bock Super Rock, Latitude, Nos Alive and Rock Werchter (plus a front row report from The Maccabees’ final ever show. Sob).

PHEW. DIY is available free via stockists across the UK, readable online, and direct from us below.

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