“Genius” is a term that’s often thrown around for no reason. Very rarely is it applied to the right person, someone who’s earned the right to this title. That’s why I’m here to say Tom DeLonge is a genius. A straight-up rule-breaker who doesn’t care what you want him to do, or what you think. He does what he wants, when he wants.
Read more: Tom DeLonge teases new Angels & Airwaves coming soon
Why does this make him a genius? What exactly makes Tom stand out from the rest? Well, from the begin...
Every band has that one album that makes or breaks them; the one that's their chance to hit the big time and prove they're deserving of your attention. From Blink-182’s Enema Of The State to Jimmy Eat World’s Bleed American, every band has that album that draws them to the mainstream. More often than not, it happens by accident. Obviously, every band wants a hit, but going into the studio with that specifically in mind is considered bad form and doesn't make you a “real” musician (whatever th...
Release date: 04 June 2021
Country: United Kingdom
Of the mid 2010s British indie band bubble, there’s always been something that’s kept Wolf Alice apart form the crowd. It’s unquestionable they’ve exuded an air of cool - their journey has predominantly been based around seizing the day - but they’ve always been consistent in offering so much more; a humanity.
They’ve also been a band ardently following their whims - never giving into the hype that enveloped them on their 2015 debut My Love I...
Release date: 21 May 2021
Country: United States
There’s a tangible swing in Twenty One Pilot’s step on the follow up to 2018’s ascension continuing Trench.
Where previously the duo, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Tyler Joseph and drummer Josh Dun, relied on packing a punch with immersive worlds, cinematic soundscapes and rapid-fire vocals Scaled And Icy instead opts to blow the murky clouds away, exploring a TOP world unlike any other before.
Being written, recorded and produced remotely...
After last night's technical issues, Glastonbury’s streaming partner Driift have made a statement.
It comes following many ticket holders finding their codes invalid when trying to acces the Live At Worthy Farm website 7pm BST start, with many missing the first two hours. A link was later made available free of charge to all.
After initially making a statement last night, Driift have since released an additional one which you can read in full below:
Dear Live At Worthy Farm ticket purchasers,...
Many fans have been locked out of Glastonbury's Live At Worthy Farm livestream
Since the event began at 7pm with a set from Wolf Alice, ticket holders have reported being greeted with an 'Invalid Access' code.
Tweeting to those affected, the festival have said: "So sorry to those of you who haven’t been able to get onto the stream yet. We’re speaking to Driift to find out what the issue is and trying to do everything we can to get this sorted ASAP. Please bear with us."
So sorry to those of y...
Arrogant? Stupid? Calling your new album ‘Greatest Hits’ certainly takes a bit of swagger, but then Waterparks’ Awsten Knight has never been one for keeping it lowkey.
Words: Steven Loftin. Photos: Jawn Rocha.
Waterparks’ Awsten Knight is someone who’ll find a tangent and follow it to the ends of the earth. It’s alright by us, but it makes for frantic fun trying to get an article together. Chart stats from the last thirty years, an extensive list of his favourite films, which animals he’d pop...
There are few acts as all-in as singer-rapper-and-future-pop-phenomenon Ashnikko.
Words: Steven Loftin.
Emerging through the quagmire of 2020 came Ashnikko. Swaggering into everyone’s lives with her vehemently playful feminist agenda, and unabashed way of dealing with, well, everything. Her success in the darkest of days, of course, means the London based US singer-songwriter is the name on the tip of everybody’s tongue.
When Dork gets on the phone with Ashnikko, she’s back in her homestead o...
Label: Dirty Hit
Released: 10th June 2021
Soaked in a raggedy charm, Olivia O.’s solo EP, ‘Great Big Nothing’, is an endearing one. One half of hype-toting duo Lowertown, she’s opting for a rough’n’ready approach compared to the refined chaos of her home project.
Cutting directly through the hazy cacophony created by the colliding of twanging guitar strings, and innocently hit drums, comes Olivia’s vocals. Delivering a sermon of dealing with growing up and getting older in a fractured world, ...
Formed out of friendship, Jay Som’s Melina Duterte and Palehound’s Ellen Kempner have joined forces to form Bachelor.
Words: Steven Loftin. Photo: Tonje Thilesen.
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Mates are great, especially when they spring out of nowhere, suddenly feeling like they’ve always been your partner in crime, as is the case for Jay Som’s Melina Duterte and Palehound’s Ellen Kempner. Th...
Spending his early days immersed in hip-hop, Ricky Himself is bringing a fresh approach to pop-punk.
Pop punkers in the studio with rappers. A common scene in recent few years, but step back to 2006, to Fall Out Boy's reappearance with 'This Ain't A Scene'. In the accompanying video, they're set in a darkened room with a hot hip-hop producer and his entourage on the mock-quest to understand and push themselves beyond the success of 2005's 'From Under The Cork Tree', to an almost successful re...
Label: Nice Swan Records
Released: 14th May 2021
More packed than a car boot sale on a Sunday morning, Mandrake Handshake’s debut EP – while clocking in at only four tracks – effortlessly feels like a hell of a lot more.
The Oxford ensemble fuse together quite the melodious mix of psychedelia and jazz perfectly befitting a starry-eyed odyssey through the cosmos – or just having a tinny in a field with your mates.
Where Mandrake differ from their other explorative contemporaries – your Black M...
There’s something magical about toys. They manage to capture the imagination and a moment. Everything from Barbie to Action Man and all the in-betweens, chances are we’ve all had that moment of letting our minds run wild when we were younger.
But when the world of music also collides into these plastic time capsules, it’s a perfect recipe for building a collection — and sometimes a solid monetary investment. From Freddie Mercury to Kurt Cobain, below, we’ve picked out a bunch of rare, expensi...
Ever since their inception, music videos have been a way for bands to fully realize their ideas. Taking a song and constructing three-odd minutes of film to capture those ideas, however, is where a band can truly flourish or risk being forgotten to the wiles of times.
Indeed, there are already numerous lists of iconic videos, but what about those videos that pushed a boundary. Those that found the edge of reason and launched themselves straight over it? Music videos that truly broke the mold....
Released: 30th April 2021
It’s been nearly ten years since the last Julia Stone solo outing, and in that time, she’s discovered the dance floor. Averting the expected gentle indie-folk of old, instead, Julia has coopted for an alt-pop of sorts; drifting deep into a dark night, billowing dresses flowing as street lights keep on glowing. Welcome to ‘Sixty Summers’.
One thing that quickly becomes clear is Julia wants to hit the road with her love – to speed off into that good night – ...