Issue #793 (December 2017) is out today, available via the usual stockists and our online store.
For the cover-story, Annabel Ross speaks to punky-pop star Pink about new album Beautiful Trauma, her huge success in Australia and why, 16 years since her transforming second album, she remains misunderstood.
"Someone said on my Twitter last night, 'Oh, you must be a PR nightmare.' I'm not doing this to sell records, I'm doing this because this is who I am and this is what I believe in and it's not lucrative, and sure, a few less people will buy my records. Fuck you!"
Her laugh sounds like whiskey and cigarettes, and it comes, like her expletives, freely and frequently. Fire in the belly has served Moore well over the years, but she rues her short fuse on occasion, pointing to Ellen DeGeneres as a model of someone who is forthright, but expresses her opinions with humour and kindness. "One regret about being the fighter person I am, sometimes I do wish I could just not fight and lead with kindness, and that is my work and that's what I'm working on."
The issue also features a special Women of the Future section, featuring prominent Australian musicians (such as Montaigne, Meg Mac and KLP) talking about the formative female influences, as well as profiles of emerging female artists, podcasters, politicians, activists and more.
Back on street level, 360 — aka Matt Colwell — draws coffee from a gleaming chrome appliance in an incredibly clean kitchen that looks, like everything from glass stairwell to manicured back courtyard, as good as new. Just like its owner.
"I'm a different person," 360 assured his fans in a video rap earlier this year. "I'm not just saying that," he added, with fair reason: "I'm Sorry" was the confession of an addict who'd cried clean before. By the time of his gold-selling third album, Utopia, the caged party animal was common knowledge but the prescription opiate fiend remained a dirty secret.
Further afield, Laura Rena Murray spends time on the streets of New York with a group of homeless transgender teenagers, as they navigate a dangerous world of sex work, drugs and transphobia.
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Tonight, none of the guys on Grindr look good — "Too many butch queens and transvestites," Quinn says — so they decide to relocate downtown. At 42nd Street, a man smoking a K2 blunt shares the rest with them. Synthetic marijuana is now mostly illegal, but the previous summer, the girls say, K2 was plentiful. Lexington Avenue used to be known as K Alley. "It's the drug of the future," Quinn says. "You can be walking down the street and it transports you to a different plane."
Happily buzzed, they continue to the nearest pharmacy, where they split up, wandering through the aisles. Quinn steals eye shadow and lip pencils, Scarlet an expensive bottle of contact-lens solution and a gemstone clip that she slips through her topknot. They return the loot at another location for a gift card worth $58 and head to Penn Station. At a water fountain near the police stand, Scarlet recognises a man stumbling toward them. "You got anything to smoke?" Scarlet asks.
Closer to home, we profile Grace Knight, frontwoman for influential Eighties synth-pop band the Eurogliders for our Living Legend interview series, plus speak to Jet's Nic Cester about his new solo LP and look back at INXS' Kick, 30 years on. Alongside which, there's interviews with post-hardcore veterans Quicksand, pop star Sam Smith, the always-quotable Liam Gallagher, Julien Baker, Marilyn Manson and Tegan Quin from Tegan & Sara.
Petty "had a great bullshit detector — he didn’t suffer fools, just like my dad," says Dhani Harrison - the son of Petty's close friend George Harrison. While Petty and George Harrison "were kind of stone-y, mellow dudes, they had that toughness. They'd kick your ass. But they loved the same stuff — ukuleles, motor racing. They would go to the Formula One races together."
George "really felt at ease with Tom", Dhani says, "because it was like having another you next to you. There were more eyes watching out for you."