There’s no stopping Charli XCX’s rise to becoming the ultimate, best pop star in the world. Not even a delayed album release can put stop to that. With one great big shout of “F*** you, sucker!”, she’s this month’s DIY cover star.
With the free magazine out on Friday 3rd October in all the usual stockists and online, Charli’s cover feature dives straight into the mind of 2014’s biggest pop phenomenon. Gone with the guest spots, she’s now a bonafide celebrity in her own right, and she’s dealing with this new success one greasy onion ring at a time.
Elsewhere in the new issue, there’s Jessie Ware, who admits to being the complete opposite of “rock and roll” while preparing for her new album, ‘Tough Love’. There’s also Ben Howard, an introverted, cabin fevered musician that’s also wound up becoming the UK’s biggest folk breakthrough in years.
Lower Than Atlantis are about to break big in a completely different way, and their self-titled new album represents a watershed moment between commercial appeal and uncompromising punk. When it comes to Weezer, they’ve been faced with snipes and critical jabs with almost every album, but their new release ‘Everything Will Be Alright In the End’ is their best in years, even if it won’t please everyone.
There’s also Bondax, the production duo touted to have an incredible 2014, only to have things take a turn for the worse with the aid of a stolen laptop. Now they’re fighting back.
That’s not forgetting interviews with resurgent Danish punks Iceage (showing a softer, stranger side on their new LP), the iconic Slipknot, plus the solo-favouring Johnny Marr and Radiohead drummer Philip Selway.
In Neu, we offer introductions to Palace, Kid Wave and 2014’s go-to producer TALA.
Reviews delivers verdicts on Weezer, Aphex Twin, Kindness, Sivu, Peaking Lights, Caribou, Flying Lotus and loads more.
DIY’s October issue is free from all the usual stockists from Friday 3rd October.