We've been keeping a secret, Dear Reader, but finally we're allowed to spill. This month's Dork features an exclusive cover feature with the mighty Pale Waves, as the buzziest band on the planet announce the release of their debut album, 'My Mind Makes Noises'.
Since they first exploded with debut single 'There's A Honey' back in February 2017, it's been obvious Pale Waves are a little bit special. Dropping banger after banger, they've already developed a trademark sound and an iconic image on their stratospheric rise. Now, they're ready for the pay off.
On the threshold of their defining moment, we asked Pale Waves' biggest fan, frontwoman Heather Baron-Gracie, to spill all about the band's first full-length. Accompanied by some stunning portraits shot just a couple of weeks ago in the midst of a summer full of live shows and festivals, she delves deep into one of the most remarkable debuts of recent years. Seriously - the full Dork review will come later, but whatever you're expecting, 'My Mind Makes Noises' tops it.
From pop ambitions to be the biggest band on the planet, to the deeply personal moments that define the record, this month's cover is your essential primer on an album that delivers on all that potential and more. It's one not to miss,
Obviously that's not all we're bringing you this month. Dedicated readers will remember we spent most of June asking you for your Bangers of the Year (so far). There was a reason. This month we run down our (and your) favourite tracks from the first half of 2018, including chats with Let's Eat Grandma, Superorganism, Confidence Man and more.
Elsewhere, we talk new material with Maggie Rogers, being "the same old boring wanker" with Ten Tonnes (his words, not ours - Ed), and go mushrooming with Kate Nash. Yes. Mushrooming. We're all fun guys here.
Death Cab For Cutie run us through their new album 'Thanks For Today', Ben Khan talks his much anticipated, finally here new album and Bodega prove why they're one of the most essential new bands of 2018. In our new bands section Hype we get to know the latest addition to pop's ruling family No Rome, compare mullets with Amyl and the Sniffers, get new band tips from Goat Girl and meet newcomers Zuzu and joan.
That's all without mentioning the shocking evolution of Deaf Havana, a day with Matt Maltese, our off-topic Any Other Questions with Harry from Peace, and the staggering pop tsunami of HRH Queen of All Pop Charli XCX. They're all in there, and more.
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