Published Apr 01, 2015Spring is here, and it's finally warm enough to go outside and get your hands on Exclaim!'s April issue, which is available now across the country. If you've been wondering who's holding the spotlight in the music world, we've got the answers; just leaf through the many interviews, reviews and other features in this month's issue to find out.
Featured on the cover of our April issue are the Edmonton-based electro-pop duo Purity Ring. Our feature finds Megan James and Corin Roddick opening up about the writing process of their most recent album Another Eternity, and how crafting songs together — as opposed to writing in isolation as they did for their 2012 debut, Shrines — has changed their approach altogether. Reflecting on their previous album, James asserts that they've "definitely come a long way from it."
This month's Timeline features an in-depth look at Modest Mouse's extensive career. Read about the days before the revered indie troupe came together, during which Isaac Brock was a nude model and lived in a group home, and then follow their career as they sign to Epic and Brock becomes an A&R agent for Sub Pop, mutilates himself on stage and gets a DUI. Grab an issue and read the entire tale leading up to the release of this year's LP Strangers to Ourselves.
Rising rap icon and master chef Action Bronson is the subject of this month's Questionnaire. He delves into his love of psychedelic music, his hometown pride and which legendary guitarist he wants to have a meal with.
This month's Music School showcases Toronto Renaissance man and hardcore legend Ben Cook's apartment-turned-recording studio, the Mednick Mansion. Cook details the experience gained in studios during his time fronting No Warning, and how his production style on his recent solo LP, Ripe 4 Luv, released under his Young Guv moniker, reflects the meticulous process of writing a bona-fide pop tune.
Up-and-coming pop crooner Tobias Jesso Jr. gives readers a glimpse into his humble beginnings with an extensive interview in this month's issue, as he recounts the hardships he faced in 2012: being hit by a car and immediately getting his bike stolen, learning his mother was diagnosed with cancer and breaking up with his girlfriend, to name a few. Having nothing left to lose is what pushed him to reach out to producer Chet "JR" White, who would go on to help create his powerful debut, Goon.
This month's issue also features a number of interviews from other artists who have been busy this year, including Ibeyi, who discuss their musical upbringing and the many influences that inform their unique sound, and Cancer Bats, who discuss their latest effort Searching for Zero and how they celebrate the lives of lost friends through their music.
We've also got plenty of interviews with artists like Lightning Bolt, Courtney Barnett, Laura Marling, Screaming Females and many more. Hit a street box or drop by your local bar or coffee shop to pick up a copy of Exclaim!'s April Issue today.