Published May 31, 2013June is pretty much here, and that means Canadians are busy preparing for some fun in the sun. But before you head to the gym to work on your beach bod, warm up those joints by reaching for a copy of Exclaim!'s June issue, which is currently hitting venues, restaurants, bars, cafes and streets across Canada.
Earning the spot on Exclaim!'s cover this month is none other than French Touch pioneers Daft Punk. In this in-depth interview, the robotic pair talk about the collaborative process that went into creating their long-awaited, disco-indebted fourth album, Random Access Memories, and how they managed to keep things mysterious 20 years into their career.
In our Timeline feature, we chart the rise of experimental math-metal titans Dillinger Escape Plan, from chief songwriter Ben Wienman's early beginnings as a musical theatre nerd to working with Mike Patton, numerous lineup changes and being named "the world's most dangerous band" on VH1's Metal Evolution. That's just a taste of all the events that led to the creation of their most recent LP, One of Us is the Killer. Read more in the new issue.
Next, we subjected City and Colour's Dallas Green to the Questionnaire, in which he discusses his love for Toronto sports teams, what makes him miss working in a movie theatre, and why he won't be recording with Bryan Adams anytime soon. In our Music School Feature, we sit down with Toronto rhyme-slinger Rich Kidd to find out why a community arts organization for inner city youth has become his go-to recording space.
We also spoke with Vampire Weekend about class and music, how they came of age on their new album, and why Modern Vampires of the City is the best album of their short career. Dream-pop maestro Baths (aka Will Wiesenfeld) talks about his goth-tinged new album, Obsidian, while Savages frontwoman Jehnny Beth details her exploration of pop music on their dark debut. Also, A Tribe Called Red explain how the Idle No More movement inspired the group's newest album, Nation II Nation.
To read all of our in-print interviews this month, you'll have to grab a copy of the issue, but until then, browse our online, web-exclusive interviews with Mount Kimbie, 4th Pyramid, Alice Russell, Amorphis, Arsis and more.
More content will become available online throughout the month, but for full access now, pick up a copy of Exclaim!