Published Sep 30, 2015A change of season is upon us once again, and if you're still working your way through a lengthy list of summer reads turned autumn reads, the latest issue of Exclaim! is the perfect addition to the stack. Read below for a sampling of interviews, reviews and other features on your favourite artists that you can find in October's issue, then find a copy of the mag to curl up with alongside your favourite warm beverage.
Gracing this month's cover is San Francisco metal outfit Deafheaven. We caught up with frontman George Clarke to talk about the band's widespread appeal amongst metalheads and indie fans alike, their commitment to innovation in writing and recording and following up the career-defining Sunbather with their third studio record, New Bermuda. Of the new LP, he says, "When reviews and stuff start rolling in, I'm pretty curious to see what people think. I'm ready to get things underway and fully start this new chapter of the band." Find out what's changed since their sophomore effort by reading the cover story above.
October's Timeline feature focuses on the artist responsible for putting Toronto on the map as T-Dot before it became known as the 6ix. We look back at the storied career of Toronto hip-hop icon Kardinal Offishall from the start of his rise through the city's scene in 1992, and document his work with everyone from Pharrell Williams to DJ Jazzy Jeff. Read the full feature in the new issue to discover who he turned down to sign with Akon and which rising Canadian emcees he once collaborated with.
Award-winning American comedian Hannibal Buress has the answers to this month's Questionnaire. Currently shooting his Comedy Network show Why? With Hannibal Buress and performing stand-up comedy across North America, the man took some time to tell Exclaim! about his most memorable comedy gig, a strange gift he received from Martha Stewart and his essentials for an ideal picnic.
This month's Music School feature focuses on Montreal punk and ska label Stomp Records, who are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year. Co-founder Matt Collyer details the label's 1995 inception as "a necessity," as no one else in Canada was releasing ska at the time. Read further about the label's foray outside of ska and some of the other successful artists that have passed through Stomp's doors by grabbing an issue.
Our October issue is also packed with a ton more interviews with the season's most buzzed-about artists; rising UK MC Little Simz speaks to us about the conceptual and introspective look at her own growing notoriety on her latest LP, while Empress Of details her move from New York to a secluded lakefront town in Mexico to spend five weeks composing her pointed, heartfelt debut Me. In a full-page feature, Ought discuss the changes that have come with their more measured sophomore record Sun Coming Down. Disclosure let us in on their writing process both as brothers and with their guest vocalists on Caracal, while New Order drummer Stephen Morris details working with new bassist Tom Chapman and Tom Rowlands of the Chemical Brothers on Music Complete.
Keep an eye on Exclaim.ca for web exclusive interviews with artists like Mick Jenkins, Natalia Yanchak of the Dears, Illa J, Foreign Exchange, Pole and many more, but to read everything in the new issue, you'll have to find a street box or head to your favourite local coffee shop, concert venue or record store to get your hands on Exclaim!'s fresh October issue.