Shame, Dream Wife, Spector, Ezra Furman and more – it’s the new issue of Dork, out on Friday

It's our first issue of 2018, and it's as packed as ever.
It’s almost time for the first new issue of Dork in 2018, and do we have a doozy for you.

Dropping on Friday, 19th January, we’ve got All The Bands. Like, actually all of them. We’ve got Shame. We’ve got Dream Wife. We’ve got Spector, Ezra Furman, Hookworms, Franz Ferdinand, Django Django and The Wombats. We’ve got First Aid Kit, Rae Morris, Marmozets, The Xcerts, Peace and The Orielles. We’ve got, well, all of this, actually.


We’re delighted to welcome Shame to the cover for the first time. After cutting a trail of brilliant mayhem on the way, they’ve finally arrived with their debut ‘Songs of Praise’, and we’re already calling it – this is the first great album of 2018.

Dream Wife

Dream Wife aren’t your average band. Like a fire burning hotter than the proverbial thousand suns, they’re here to fuck you up with a scorcher of a debut album. In their own words: “These bad bitches can take you down.”


With a new project in the works, 2018 will see Spector try to save guitar music. From what, we’re not sure (probably Tories – Ed). We’ll leave it to Fred Macpherson to explain.

Ezra Furman

Road trips with angels seem like the perfect thematic fuel for a great album. Exploring religion and identity, Ezra Furman’s new album ‘Transangelic Exodus’ is a triumph. But who, exactly, has been stealing his songs?


Body image, anxiety and death; Hookworms’ new album isn’t for the faint-hearted. ‘Microshift’ sees MJ and co. tackle the toughest of subjects via one of their most engaging releases to date.

Django Django

Django Django’s latest effort sees them team up with the likes of Rebecca Slow Club for an album that refuses to sit still. We find out just how their brains work.

The Wombats

The Wombats are shunning their glitzy pop of old for a more guitary, organic affair. “I was thinking of a Wombats take on ‘In Rainbows’, says Murph.

Franz Ferdinand

Franz Ferdinand are a man down, two new members up, and are about to embark on their most ambitious, and perhaps risky, album yet. Join them as they attempt to grasp the Holy Grail.

First Aid Kit

First Aid Kit have thrown out the rule book to have fun with their darkest album to date. “It sounds like we’re drunk,” they say, “but we’re not.”

Rae Morris

Kicking off 2018 with one of the best pop albums in recent memory, Rae Morris has stepped away from her sound of old, into brighter territory. It’s not all “happy-clappy music”, though.

The Orielles

The Orielles are a ray of sunshine to brighten even the greyest of winter days. Their debut album features a bunch of everyday objects they found laying around the studio and heaps of fun piled on top. It’s a winning combination.


They’re back. Teaming up with mental health charity MQ to drop a brand new track, we catch up with Harry Koisser to delve deep into Peace’s return.


The cruel trials of life nearly derailed them, but finally Marmozets are back, smarter, stronger and, above all, stranger.

The Xcerts

Embracing their passion for all thigs 80s on fourth album ‘Hold On To Your Heart’, The Xcerts are back from breaking point and have set a course to the very top. Find out why songwriting is just like TK Maxx. We know. Best sell ever.

Nick J.D. Hodgson

“Fuck this, I’m going solo!” Former Kaiser Chiefs sticksman and general mastermind Nick ‘J.D.’ Hodgson is back with a brand new solo album, and he’s sounding better than ever, branching out with a debut that showcases his talent for irresistible pop tunes.

Hype hype hype

This month we’ve got a bumper pack, introducing you to Phobophobes, Milk Disco, The Night Café, East Life and more. Every one’s a winner.

Plus all of this

Spook School talk their new album, The Amazons take on our random Any Other Questions, Shame clean up in the latest edition of Dorksville, Fall Out Boy go Behind The Banger, plus all the latest reviews, ratings, bangers, news and ‘stuff’.

Oh, and if you want… The Super Awesome Dork Indie Colouring Book Volume 1

If you fancy, you can order the new issue alongside the first volume of The Super Awesome Dork Indie Colouring Book.

Featuring hand-drawn illustrations based on Original Dork Photos of Wolf Alice, Bastille, Declan McKenna, Muna, Blaenavon, Sundara Karma, Pale Waves, Will Joseph Cook, Rat Boy, Marika Hackman, The Big Moon, Black Honey and INHEAVEN, they’re ready for you to fill in with your very own glorious rainbow.

You can pre-order a copy of the new issue of Dork, out Friday, 19th January, here. Alternatively, you can subscribe and get every issue sent direct to your door. You know you want to!

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