Up close with the alt-pop auteur...

Will Joseph Cook is on the move.

The alt-pop auteur is working on new material with a fresh direction, with the aim of completing work on a new album shortly.

New single 'Hey Brother' leads the way, and it's part of a period where Will begins to reflect on the events in his life over the past 12 months.

Out now, it's a vivid, colour-laden return, one that brims with optimism, resulting in a potent, cohesive, and above-all catchy return.

Will explains...

“This album is about my life from the last year and a bit and ‘Hey Brother’ chronologically is the start of it. It made sense to release it first thematically because it's kind of about days blurring into one another and not knowing how to find fulfilment in music and creativity. But it's also very optimistic in the face of that.”

To celebrate his return Clash caught up with Will Joseph Cook to chat cultural touchstones in Culture Clash.

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I don’t really read books but I do have a great new coffee table book called Crap Taxidermy. The book has compiled pictures of the world’s worst taxidermies and categorised them all. It’s a real hit with guests.


I really enjoyed the Chernobyl series. That said, I did feel like I my TV was emitting cancerous radiation the whole time. It was uncomfortable yet thrilling.


The recent animated Spider-man movie was very dope. I’m not usually a fan of super hero movies but the art direction on it really won me over. Live action marvel films always come across a little cheesy, where as this looks and feels like the comic book roots.


Recently I’ve been listening to Grace Ives a lot, she has a very sick new album called ‘2nd’. It’s synth-scapes remind me of first album era Calvin Harris, which I love.

Metronomy’s new releases have been on rotation for me too, particularly ‘Walking In The Dark’. I’ve also only just got into Now, Now’s 2018 album saved, I’m quite obsessed with the track ‘AZ’. It’s such an angsty road trip anthem.


This is pretty lame but I used a trouser press for the first time recently and it blew my mind. It’s like a microwave for your clothes, so convenient. I don’t own one personally but its definitely a life goal now.

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Catch Will Joseph Cook at the following shows:

13 Bristol Louisiana
14 Nottingham Bodega
16 London Omeara
17 Manchester Deaf Institute

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