February 2023 (The Murder Capital cover)

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We’re delighted to reveal The Murder Capital as cover stars for our new February 2023 issue.

Frontman James McGovern is in proper fighting talk and not in the mood for taking any prisoners when it comes to discussing what The Murder Capital have cooked up for their second record, the follow-up to incendiary (and intense) debut ‘When I Have Fears’. “You and I have both seen bands do that thing,” he states at one point, “where it’s just like ‘well, here you go again…’”

The band already made big waves when their debut album crashed into the charts at a point it took more than a smart bundling campaign and a whole lot of vim and vigour to make a splash. Where so many of their peers chanced on the quick sharp follow up, attempting to hold on to momentum, that’s not the way The Murder Capital went about it. ‘Gigi’s Recovery’ isn’t just a second full-length, it’s a work of art. The kind of record that will stick in the mind long after it stops spinning.

The Murder Capital are one of three cover acts for our February 2023 issue, which also packs variants featuring Biig Piig and Mimi Webb. They lead off an issue typically packed with loads of our faves, as we get the new year rolling in style.

There’s musical mastermind SG Lewis, quickly becoming a label for the most exciting bops, and chart-topping success story RAYE, who proves you can’t keep a good popster down. Indie legends Circa Waves are present and correct, as is Joesef, as he drops a debut album full of promise.

Elsewhere, we introduce hip young gunslingers Nell Mescal, Somebody’s Child and Connie Campsie in Hype, run through the albums you need to be ready for in 2023, ask silly questions to Priestgate, head down the front with Muna, The Amazons, Holly Humberstone, Blossoms and Black Country, New Road, plus loads, loads more.