If rock music is even slightly about a refusal to conform, then Poppy is quite possibly the most worthy of all. Initially arriving as a hyper-realised pop project, recent times have seen her swerve left, cross-pollinating across the genre boundaries with heavier influence. From working with Fever 333s Jason Aalon Butler to ripping up Reading & Leeds earlier this year, it's far from just a casual nod; it's something way more exciting than that.
That's why we're delighted to welcome her to the cover of this month's mag. In a world where so much can feel like the same parade of faces going round in ever-decreasing similar circles, Poppy is something altogether different; a giant boulder thrown into the calm waters of the status quo. The waves made are half the fun.
She's not the only one making a big noise this month, though. Far from it. Our new issue features the day-glo brilliance of Waterparks, impossibly exciting newcomers Dream State and legit legends Jimmy Eat World and Refused. We talk to Zac Farro about HalfNoise's new album, get the best stories from Great Grandpa, and check-in with faves False Advertising, Issues, Counterfeit. and Lande Hekt.
That's only some of what you'll find in November's Upset. Shipping next week, or subscribe here. You can also pick it up from our network of stockists in record shops, retail outlets and venues around the UK.