Alt rockers Dawes have announced that they will be returning to the road this fall with a North American tour in support of their latest album "Good Luck With Whatever."
The tour will feature both fall and winter legs with the first part kicking off on September 9th in Charleston, SC at the Charleston Music Hall and wrapping up on October 2nd in Nashville, TN at The Ryman.
The second leg will get underway on November 17th in Vancouver, BC at The Vogue and will run until December 12th where it will conclude in Houston at the Heights Theater. See the dates here.
Quicksand have returned with a brand new single and music video called "Inversion." The song is the follow up to the band's 2017 studio album "Interiors".
frontman Walter Schreifels had this to say, "The music to 'Inversion' was very squatter punk at first. "o get something going vocally I started singing in an English Niel Nausea kind of vibe (Nausea are a peace/squatter punk band from the Lower East Side of Manhattan).
"The lyrics reflect the push and pull of being very connected through technology while at the same time being the most emotionally isolated group of humans to ever walk the planet and fun stuff like that." Watch the animated video here.
Evanescence and Within Temptation have announced that they have decided to postpone their Worlds Collide coheadlining tour until the spring of next year due to the Covid-19 restrictions.
Evanescence had this to say, "Well guys, we have to push this back one more time. We hate to make you wait longer but we are absolutely determined to make this tour we've all been looking forward to happen, so check out the new dates.
"We will be counting the days till we finally get to celebrate all this new music together. In the meantime, stay safe, stay sane, and keep your head banging to The Bitter Truth! You will have no excuse not to know every word by next spring! We love you!"
Within Temptation added, "This is definitely not what we've wished for, but reality tells us otherwise: we have to postpone the Worlds Collide Tour. Although we can't make the current situation better than it is, we hope to put a BIG smile on your faces again soon, because... We haven't been sitting still and we have a LOT of cool stuff coming up for you!
"Until then, stay safe. And you know what? Third time's a charm, so see you in March or April 2022!" See the rescheduled dates here.
Moonspell have released a live video for their track "The Greater Good" to celebrate the news that they will be teaming up with Paradise Lost for a UK tour next year.
The Obsidian Moon Tour will be kicking off on February 5th in Leeds at The Warehouse and will be wrapping up on February 18th in London at the Electric Ballroom.
Frontman Nick Holmes had this to say, "We're looking forward to doing a full UK tour again and playing some long-awaited shows in support of 'Obsidian', and who better to bring along for some of the ride than our old friends from Portugal, Moonspell? Thanks to you all for your continued support during these crazy times, and we hope to see you there. Until then, stay safe and stay well. Cheers, x!"
Fernando Ribeiro added, "We couldn't think of a more perfect way of getting back to touring than to join forces with the mighty Paradise Lost, a group we always looked up to and that helped ignite our very own existence as a band." Watch the video and see the dates here.
(hennemusic) UK rockers Royal Blood are have released a video for the Josh Homme-produced single, "Boilermaker", as the latest preview to their forthcoming album, "Typhoons."
Following its live debut in 2019, the duo of bassist/singer Mike Kerr and drummer Ben Thatcher brought in the Queens Of The Stone Age frontman to oversee the song named after the legendary drink that sees a shot of whisky followed immediately by a glass of beer as a chaser.
"This is written a report from the front line of my own self destruction. Chasing all things toxic no matter how grotesque the combination," explains Kerr. "However, the marriage of talent involved in its creation was a delicious one. Its bones discovered in I Know I Know's bedroom. Produced by the Jedi master Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age. A life changing experience we will be forever grateful for. And finally a massive thank you to Liam Lynch for creating such a stone cold masterpiece of a video."
"Boilermaker" follows "Trouble's Coming", "Typhoons", and "Limbo" as the fourth preview to the project ahead of its release on April 30.
"Typhoons" will be available in digital, black and colored vinyl, and CD formats; the official Royal Blood store offers a deluxe vinyl packaged with a bonus 7" single (featuring the extra track "Space") and an art print, and a picture disc. Watch the videohere.
New Model Army vocalist Justin Sullivan just released a new track called "Clean Horizon" from his forthcoming solo album "Surrounded" (out May 27th) and to celebrate we asked him to tell us about the track. Here is the story:
I think that unaffected simplicity is the holy grail for songwriters, but of course you can't make it happen by force of will or by hard work. I think that it's more a case of being open to what comes.
Just occasionally there are songs that kind of write themselves. I fall into conversation with a person - it might be someone I know well or a complete stranger - and in the course of the conversation I can suddenly see directly into the person's heart, I can read their story and I 'feel them' and I want to write it. Combine this with a simple melody and it's done.
'Clean Horizon' was one such song written very quickly the morning after one of these conversations, recorded at home with just a guitar and voice and with the later addition of my friend Tobias Unterberg's emotive cellos.
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen and watch for yourself right here!
(hennemusic) Myles Kennedy has issued an animated music video for his song "Get Along", as the latest preview to his forthcoming second solo album, "The Ides Of March."
The song follows the set's title track, and follow-up single, "In Stride", as the third song that has been issued in advance of the record's arrival on May 14th.
The project sees the Alter Bridge and Slash vocalist regroup with longtime friend and drummer Zia Uddin and bassist/manager Tim Tournier - who worked on Kennedy's 2018 debut, "Year Of The Tiger" - for the 2021 record, which was recorded in Florida with producer Michael "Elvis" Baskette.
"The Ides Of March" will be available in a variety of formats, including digital, CD, black and colored 2LP vinyl, including Die Hard Limited Edition and Limited Deluxe Box options available via Napalm Records. Watch the videohere.
(hennemusic) Heart singer Ann Wilson has released a lyric video for her new single, "Black Wing." The tune comes on the heels of a pair of new singles - "Tender Heart" and "The Hammer" - with all three following Ann's recent cover of Steve Earle's 2004 track, "The Revolution Starts Now."
Wilson offered the following comments about that the track, saying that the song "talks poetically about a river and a seabird cruising above it, riding the air currents.
The bird is soaring over the landscape below and bringing news of the crazy world to the watcher who is cut off from civilization. I sometimes felt that way during Quarantine!" Watch the lyric videohere.
Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger has released a surprise collaborative song with Foo Fighter's Dave Grohl entitled "Eazy Sleazy" along with an accompanying music video.
Mick penned the song during the pandemic lockdown and he had this to say, "It's a song that I wrote about coming out of lockdown, with some much needed optimism. Thanks to Dave Grohl for jumping on drums, bass and guitar, it was a lot of fun working with him. - hope you all enjoy Eazy Sleazy".
Grohl added, "It's hard to put into words what recording this song with Sir Mick means to me. It's beyond a dream come true. Just when I thought life couldn't get any crazier......and it's the song of the summer, without a doubt!!" Watch the video here.
Train have a big reason to celebrate as their 2009 hit song "Hey, Soul Sister" has just been certified Diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
The Diamond Award is given for surpassing 10 million in sales and stream equivalents in the U.S. "Hey Soul Sister" is only the 49th song to ever reach that milestone.
The song came from the band's multi-platinum album "Save Me, San Francisco" and it spent over a year on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and an impressive 22 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot AC chart.
Frontman Pat Monahan had this to say, "Hey, Soul Sister being the 49th song certified as a Diamond Record is such a surreal honor. Thank you to all of you who own a copy. We all love and appreciate you.
"What a weird trip it's been. Here's to being around each other soon so we can all dance and sing this one loud and together. Love, Pat". Watch the video for the song here.
Thomas Rhett has released a music video for his new single "Country Again." The song comes from his forthcoming double album, "Country Again: Side A."
Rhett had this to say about the new track, “I’ve been counting down the days to get this one out to y’all.“It’s one of my favorite songs I’ve written yet and honestly just feels full circle in so many ways... it’s about the crazy journey I’ve been on over the last decade and ultimately finding my way back home.”
The song was written by Rhett, Zach Crowell and Ashley Gorley and the accompanying music video was directed by T.K. McKamy. Watch the video here.
Emperor have announced that they will be celebrating their 30th anniversary by staging a livestream event entitled A Night of Emperial Wrath 2021.
The band had this to say. "2021 marks 30 years since the formation of Emperor. With the current state of the world, it's been impossible to go ahead with scheduled plans. We now welcome you to join us in an exclusive streaming event. The show will take place at Notodden Theatre, 23rd of May.
"The setlist will feature tracks from the entire catalogue, as well as very special guest appearances from original bass player Mortiis, who appeared on the 'Wrath of the Tyrant' demo, 'As the Shadows Rise' EP and 'Emperor' mini album, and ex-drummer Faust, who appeared on the 'As the Shadows Rise' EP, 'Emperor' mini album, as well as the landmark album 'In the Nightside Eclipse'." Find tickets here.
Daughtry have released a performance video for their new single "Heavy Is the Crown." The track follows their 2020 song "World On Fire" and 2019's "Alive".
Chris Daughtry had this to say, "No one truly knows the responsibility of any one given person. We all possess heavy responsibilities of our own castles, our own families, our own worlds and circles. So it's easy to look elsewhere and think someone has it better or believe that one is less significant than the next person. But we are all as significant as it gets," he continued.
"When you really see that you are 100 percent responsible for your life and the vision you want to come to fruition, that's heavy. However, it's also liberating to know, you are fully in control of that, while also being aware of the burden that comes with carving your own path and not conforming to societal norms." Watch the video here.
Exodus' drummer Tom Hunting has shared the news that he has been diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma and that he has begun treatment. He issued a statement hoping to raise awareness and to encourage fans to get checked out if they experience stomach and esophageal issues.
Tom had this to say, "Today I will be starting treatment for a squamous cell carcinoma. It's a gastric tumor that was diagnosed in my upper stomach in February. I'm making this public to raise awareness for people to pay attention to symptoms of stomach and esophageal issues.
"If they persist, please go get it checked out. I'm not gonna be sheepish talking about it. I feel that if I can help someone with what I've learned, or someone out there has information to share with me, it's a win-win! When you can name the enemy, it's empowering, and you're 1 step closer to killing it!
"Ok, you've heard the bad news. The good news is he feels great physically! I'm gonna beat this like a f***ing snare drum that owes me money!!! I've had great doctors and a great support system that is an army in itself. I'm ready for the fight!
"We have a lot to celebrate this year with the release of what will be a career-defining album and tours to follow! I'm stoked for everyone to hear it, and even more excited to get out there and play some of it! I will see you all very soon! CHEERS!!!"
Iron Maiden have announced that they have been forced to push back their summer of 2021 Legacy Of The Beast Tour to the summer of next year due to the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions.
The band had this to say about the postponement of the European trek, "The postponement of the Legacy Of The Beast Tour does however bring the good news that Maiden can now return to headlining the European festival dates initially planned for 2020 which were cancelled due to the pandemic.
"This includes Graspop in Belgium so therefore the own-show date in Antwerp (which had also not gone onsale) will no longer take place. Furthermore, we are in the process of finalizing a further couple of own-shows in other European territories and will update you about those as soon as they are confirmed."
Their manager Rod Smallwood added, "Naturally the band are hugely disappointed, a second summer without touring, especially with this very special Legacy show, is very hard to take. They send their best wishes to you all, knowing full well you fans will feel the same.
"As we all know, realistically there is no alternative so we will all make the best of it and spend the time preparing for a very memorable and even more spectacular Legacy tour next year, we promise! Until then keep safe and keep smart." See the rescheduled dates here.
Livingmore recently released their brand new single and video called "Sharp" and to celebrate we asked frontwoman Alex Moore to tell us about the track. Here is the story:
The idea for "Sharp" started when I borrowed some thigh high boots from my mom (yes, she's stylish) and she asked me if I was going to wear them with a skirt and I said, "no I'm going to wear them with a blazer and tie." That got me thinking about how clothes match with our different energies as people and my own history of self-expression. I wanted to make a song about one of the first things that made me feel comfortable showing my personality growing up, since social anxiety has been a thing that I've had to work on. It's funny how wearing certain clothing can really become part of who you are. I remember the first day in middle school when I decided to wear something more unique and I got made fun of the whole day, but I never ran home crying because as a quieter kid at that time, it made me feel like I was winning against the bullies by standing my ground. That was definitely a feeling that has stuck with me and I wanted the song to be there to hopefully help make the uncomfortable to feel more comfortable.
After the initial song idea, I had a vocal melody in my head and I sort of just kept it to myself for a while before I felt it was ready and I then showed it to Spencer (lead guitarist/writing partner) with what I would call "jankey piano playing". So, Spencer and I both worked on it, keeping the initial vocal melody the same throughout and working on the structure but music wise, it was sounding more organic and "Velvet Underground-esque" at first. We knew we wanted it to be more of a dance song though. Our drummer Mike, who we live with, stepped in and was like, "oh, I know what we should do" and he then just created this awesome dance-y back beat and it was like bam! That is how the song is supposed to be! Rodrigo then added his bouncy bass line and it all really came together. It ended up sounding so much bigger than how it started once the whole band joined in on it.
Before this, we had moveable tunes but this is definitely one of our most danceable songs, which was a little bit of a different direction for us at the time. We always love taking chances in this band though. The whole album Take Me (out May 21st) was recorded at our own studio and produced by our drummer Mike Schadel. During the beginning of the pandemic working on the album felt like tunnel vision. We went to the studio for hours at a time and then straight back to our apartment for days on end. We then had it mixed and mastered by Josiah Mazzaschi (Built to Spill, the Jesus and Mary Chain) and he added that cool synth intro to the song you hear with keys which we didn't expect but loved. Josiah is kind of like a fifth member of the band at this point.
The music video was shot by my brother Dillon Moore, who always gets our vibe. He had the idea for us popping out of a sunroof because when he heard the song, he wanted it to have this fun, free feeling which I definitely think he captured. We basically drove around for two days, specifically in the San Fernando Valley, because that's where we are from and had a blast with our heads in the wind! Honestly, it made me feel giddy like a kid on a rollercoaster ride. A feeling I realized I haven't felt in a while especially since the pandemic started and I'm thankful for that wind in the hair experience! Spencer and I were not faking those smiles.
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen and watch for yourself right here!