New music is the best. Honestly, grumpy borings might try and make tired, jaded statements about the shallow, here-one-minute-gone-the-next nature of the new music cycle, but they’re wrong. So, so wrong. There’s no bigger hit than the excitement that comes alongside discovering something both currently great and potentially even greater. It’s the reason why your beloved Dork (hi, yes, we’re great) continually strives to steer towards those artists who still have the potential to surprise rather than simply deliver on solid expectations. It’s also why we’re so delighted to score Conan Gray for his first Dork cover this month.
With a second album ‘on the way’, Conan’s breakthrough has already been secured. What’s exciting, though, is that doesn’t feel remotely close to the ceiling for an alt-popster who has that indefinable magic touch.
There’s a lot of that going round this month, from the fizzy, infectious energy of Maisie Peters to long-established Dork fave Baby Queen and ‘quite possibly the most exciting new band in years’ Wet Leg. We’ve also got the brilliant CHVRCHES, Orla Gartland, Priya Ragu, Chubby and the Gang and Oscar Lang.
Elsewhere, we’re diving back into live music at Latitude and Sports Team‘s annual Margate bus trip, featuring interviews with Declan McKenna, Sea Girls, The Vaccines, Shame, Holly Humbsertone and ‘more’. We talk to All Time Low about their new team-up with Heather from Pale Waves, ask random questions to Remi Wolf, and take in a day in the life of Prentice from Vistas.
Add to that all the hottest new talent in Hype, including Glaive, Swim School, Dylan Fraser, Binki and loads more, plus the latest reviews, news and ‘stuff’, and you’ll want for nothing. When the future looks so bright, why would you bother looking anywhere else?