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The sudden rise of the enigmatic WH Lung shows no signs of slowing. Jonathan Wright catches up with the band to find out where they’re at, and where they’re going

Joseph E, WH Lung’s angular singer, is a man who likes to throw a shape. In front of a backdrop of dazzling lights at the Sea Change Festival in Totnes, where WH Lung are playing a storming aternoon set, it’s something encapsulated by the moment where, even as his bandmates create a cacophonous noise behind him, he stops dancing. Instead, he stretches out to balance on one leg, a move that looks as though it belongs in the yoga room rather than on the stage.

One wobble and it could all so easily go horribly wrong. hen again, the idea of things potentially going awry seems central to why he does this. It’s a way to open himself up to the audience, to be in the moment.

“Have you heard of Hofesh Shechter?” Joseph asks when he speaks to LLV ater the show, namechecking the Israeli choreographer and, in particular, Shechter’s dystopian Grand Finale, a work that tackles political and ecological disaster. “I’m just watching that, taking notes on the moves, stealing all the moves,” he adds. “here’s this feral vulnerability with all the dances, and I think that’s what we can achieve now we’ve played a certain amount of gigs.”

It’s a loty and serious ambition, but not one that seems unrealistic considering how 2019 has so far shaken out for WH Lung – named ater a Chinese supermarket, since you’re asking.At the beginning of the year, few had even heard of the Manchester-based band. hen came the release of debut album Incidental Music in April, an LP that’s being re-pressed because the irst batch of vinyl copies long ago sold out.

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It's Just Rock 'N' Roll! Issue 30 of Long Live Vinyl celebrates the 25th anniversary of Oasis' stellar debut album, Definitely Maybe. Our exclusive collector's covers, shot by Oasis photographer Michael Spencer Jones, allow you to choose between Noel and Liam editions – or buy both! Inside, some of the band's closest allies talk us through the making of an album that sold 7 million copies and changed the face of British guitar music. In our packed interviews section, we sit down with Black Francis to hear why new Pixies album Beneath The Eyrie is among the best records they've ever made, and King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard take a rare break from recording to talk us through their new LP, Infest The Rats' Nest. Elsewhere, we meet one of the hottest new bands of 2019, WH Lung, and the founders of Sub Pop, the Seattle label that put grunge on the map. You'll also find an in-depth look at Talking Heads' 1979 classic Fear Of Music as well as 40 Essential Dream Pop albums to add to your collection. If all that's not enough, we bring you the most comprehensive range of new album, reissue, turntable and hi-fi reviews anywhere on the newsstand. Long Live Vinyl is THE magazine for vinyl lovers. Pick up your copy today…