WILLIE J HEALEY / “I could write a song for someone having a really bad day and mean it”

Oxford singer songwriter Willie J Healey, 22, is as much a movie character as he is a man, with an unmistakable orange barnet and a whimsical take on life in both conversation and song. Released through Columbia Records his 2017 debut ‘People and Their Dogs’ is a diverse affair that jumps from jaunty highs to sultry lows and fills the gaps with crackling slacker-rock. As the year drew to a close, we met for a natter about the joy of living life in analogue.

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YASSASSIN / “What else is there, what else can we create?”

Yassassin are one of the hardest working new acts around. The quintet, based in London, are yet to give up the day jobs, but have already found time to hit the road with Pins, and share stages with the likes of Primal Scream at European festivals. Taking their moniker from a song by David Bowie, everything they do embodies a swaggering vintage quality, and an inclusive, DIY ethos is core to the Yassassin experience. Between them Anna, Moa, Jo, Ruth, and Raissa work not only in music but video, fashion, publishing, graphic design and more, and with backgrounds spanning five countries, each members brings their own creative flare to the group.
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GIRLI / “People have a responsibility to spread good and fight bullshit”

London upstart Girli is making a name for herself as one of the most exciting pop newcomers in a generation. Her empowering lyrics cover everything from feminism to anti-bullying, while her music combines hip-hop and grime elements with sugary pop, punk, and rock. As she launches her new EP ‘Hot Mess’, read this Q&A with the woman herself about the wonderful world of Girli.

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VANT / “The only solution is a revolution, but it’s not going to be from a punk band”

Tired of working in shitty bars and call-centres, Mattie Vant decided to make a better life for himself as the frontman of one of Britain’s most socially active new bands. Tackling current affairs in every form – from climate change to gun regulation – debut album ‘Dumb Blood’ proved a bitter pill to swallow. Less than a year on, VANT are calling it quits and going on an ‘indefinite hiatus’. Ahead of the announcement, Mattie talked to us about travel, Tories, and making the world a better place.

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ANTEROS / “We were sat there super hungover thinking, what the fuck is going on?”

London bunch Anteros make glitzy indie-pop that on the surface dazzles with catchy hooks and shimmery melodies, but addresses the stress and heartbreaks of being young underneath. Huge shows with Two Door Cinema Club have put them through their paces this year, and a busy end to 2017 lies ahead, with their own headline tour already confirmed. At their last Norwich visit, I nabbed the foursome for a chat about festivals, tour antics, and the ever present pressures of being in a band.

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YONAKA / “I met Skepta and started talking about grills. The accessory, not like making burgers”

Brighton quartet Yonaka are one of the most ferocious new bands in Britain. Mixing thunderous noise-rock with an exhilarating hip-hop energy, releases from the band have been few and far between, but consistent excellence has been a running theme. We had a pre-show natter as they hit the road with Frank Carter earlier this year. Continue reading “YONAKA / “I met Skepta and started talking about grills. The accessory, not like making burgers””