Today we’re releasing the latest issue of Upset. It’s something we’ve been working on for months, packed with some of our favourite bands.
More than a month ago, we decided to offer the cover of this month’s magazine to PWR BTTM, who were releasing their album on the same day our issue dropped. We felt they were an important act, who deserved to be given our biggest platform. The final piece was something we felt proud to publish.
The final magazine was sent to our printers over a week ago.
However, yesterday news reached us of accusations made against the band’s Ben Hopkins. Though a statement has since been made, we’re uncomfortable running coverage of the band at this point. In light of this, we feel it’s important that, as a magazine, we don’t simply attempt to pretend nothing is happening and carry on regardless.
As a publication, we believe we have a responsibility to take accusations seriously. Generally, in this situation, we would cease coverage of an act. If we felt the situation was resolved satisfactorily, we would consider resuming our coverage. If we didn’t, we wouldn’t. Every situation has its own nuance, but we strongly believe in protecting that platform to the best of our ability.
However, in this instance, we find ourself in a less than ideal situation where we’re unable to apply our usual standards fully.
Many thousands of copies of our new issue have been printed and distributed around the country. We debated not offering direct orders from the website on this issue, but we felt that would be unfair to the other bands featured.
There are changes to how we’ll be publishing this issue digitally, though.
We won’t, at this stage, be running the cover feature on the website. We’ll also be promoting the issue by focusing on the many other exciting bands covered within.
As part of this issue’s direct orders, we’d also planned to offer a run of exclusive PWR BTTM tote bags. All profits from these, which would have been included in a special bundle with the magazine, were to be donated to The Albert Kennedy Trust, which helps young LGBT people in crisis. Under the circumstances, we feel it would be inappropriate to offer the totes for sale. However, if you do wish to donate to the good work they do, you can do so here. Because we don’t feel a charity should miss out, we’ll also be donating £1 from each copy of Upset purchased online for the next month.
If any of these issues have affected you or someone you know, disrespectnobody.co.uk offers a list of organisations that can provide advice, help and support.
June’s Upset is rammed with brilliant bands. This month, we’ve added more pages, more features and more amazing stuff for you to dive into.
There’s All Time Low, back with a new album, a new label and a plan to change everything. There’s Fall Out Boy, who explain just what is going on with that left turn ‘Young And Menace’ and their forthcoming record ‘M A N I A’. There’s PVRIS, striding the divide between heaven and hell, and there’s Milk Teeth, who want us to ‘Be Nice’. We’re always nice.
That’s not all though. When we say we’re packed, we mean it. We celebrate the return of Paramore, and ask you to write us your own review of ‘After Laughter’. We also pay homage to letlive. as they step away from the front line. We ask what comes next for Twenty One Pilots as they put ‘Blurryface’ to bed, and chat to Incubus, Wavves, Papa Roach, Lemuria, Girlpool, Chastity Belt, Free Throw and more.
There’s also room for Peaness, Employed To Serve, Bullet Height and Higher Power in About To Break, we go live with While She Sleeps and The Menzingers, and present our 2017 Festival Guide featuring Waterparks, Of Mice & Men, Pierce The Veil, Madina Lake, Basement and loads more.
The new issue of Upset is out now. You can order a copy direct below, or subscribe here using the code 5OFFSUBSCRIBE to get £5 off. You can also pick up a copy at record shops, venues and bars throughout the UK.