You know the drill by now, Dear Reader. We describe every single issue of your delightful, daring Dork as ‘rammed’. ‘Packed’, it is. Bursting at the seams. It’s true, too – we regularly, by design, push the boundaries of what you can fit into a magazine. But this month, oh blimey.
If we call September’s issue of Dork as the most ridiculous we’ve ever put together, we’re pretty sure we wouldn’t be making any understatements. It’s perhaps easier to list bands who don’t feature in our latest edition – though perhaps less helpful if you’re looking to order a copy. So…
We’re delighted – nay, euphoric with joy – to welcome MUNA to the cover of Dork for the first time. Long one of our very, very favourite acts, their new album ‘Saves The World’ is full of the kind of powerful, emotional, sometimes down-right-heartbreaking bangers that make them one of the most essential and invigorating bands on the planet right now. They’re a force of nature.
But they’re not the only ones making camp in our latest issue. Not by a long shot.
The Murder Capital have arrived in an explosion of whispered, word of mouth buzz. From the back end of 2018, those ‘in the know’ have been asking questions about the Irish upstarts. Now, in a timely fashion, they’re about to drop a debut album that might well knock off several socks – if they can stay awake long enough, that is. There’s much more from them this month.
Shura, on the other hand, is another of Dork’s OG faves. Appearing back in our very first issue, she’s finally returned with a new album. ‘Forevher’ is a poignant yet life-affirming collection of bops in many shades of blue. While Shu may have kept us waiting, though, Ezra Furman is currently feeling nothing short of prolific. As he drops his latest full-length ‘Twelve Nudes’, we find out about how it’s all a reaction to the troubled world around us.
Friendly Fires are ‘back’, after an eight-year gap, ready to fill that dance-slash-indie-slash-dance-again space with their trademark brilliance. They’re in, obviously. As is The S.L.P. – our Serge from Kasabian – who is unveiling a solo project both as varied and delightfully nuts as you’d expect. The man’s a legend.
We’re down the front for our summer music spectacular Etc. 2019, including the mighty Spector, who appeared in a surprise capacity last month. There’s all the snaps and chats. It was, quite frankly, ‘mad’. Mabel is an artist on a steep old rise. As one of UK pop’s emerging megastars, we’re catching up with her, too. It would be rude not to.
And that lengthy list isn’t even the end. There’s a brilliant The Big Moon, magnificent Jay Som, the wiley Whitney, excellent Everything Everything, amazing Adam Green, practically perfect Pale Waves and – erm – weally weally good Will Joseph Cook (?? – Ed). You’ll find a full preview of Reading and Leeds 2019 featuring PVRIS, The Night Café, Sports Team, The Amazons and loads more. There’s everything we know so far about The 1975‘s ‘Notes On A Conditional Form’, as they team up with Greta Thunberg to kick off chapter two of Music For Cars, as well as all the action from the summer’s festivals, including – but not limited to – action featuring Florence and the Machine, Bastille, Chvrches, MØ, Lana Del Rey, Wolf Alice, Foals, Maggie Rogers, George Ezra and ‘others’.
Add to that introductions to some fine new artists – L Devine, Talk Show and Egyptian Blue – in Hype, your usual rundown of what to expect for your New Music Fridays over the next month or so (OMG Sleater-Kinney, we love you), and Murph, in his ‘from The Wombats‘ capacity’, answering our top of the head, random set of questions, and you’ll still be reading come Christmas. No, you can’t just look at the pictures. We ask you.