Polar Bear Club's new album, Death Chorus, hits stores tomorrow (you will be able to read my review on the record later tonight), and a lot of discussion has focused on vocalist Jimmy Stadt's cleaner vocal delivery. So Stadt released a statement about the new vocal direction, which you can read in the replies.
Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t an excuse or an apology, we in PBC back this record 100 percent including the vocals. If it isn’t your thing then that’s fine, it’s completely fine if you prefer older records to this one! What isn’t fine though is the idea that we’re trying to “get big” or “go mainstream” or “Rise Records changed us” yadda yadda yadda. I feel stupid that I even have...
The Story So Far is currently on their headlining tour with Stick To Your Guns, Such Gold, Rotting Out, and Heart to Heart, and I got the chance to sit down with Stick To Your Guns drummer George Schmitz and The Story So Far bassist Kelen Capener and had them interview each other. The resulting conversation can be listened to in the replies.
In celebration of Terror's upcoming direct support slot on Suicidal Tendencies "Slam City" tour, we're giving away two merch packs, courtesy of Victory Records. Each pack includes an autographed t-shirt, copy of the band's new album Live By The Code, and an autographed poster. Just write a comment on this post (one per user), and we'll choose a couple of winners.
Update: We have a couple winners - Thanks for playing!
Even with Brand New's shows in California being will-call shows -- it looks like there's a loophole that's led to some tickets showing up online. Now, we've just been informed by AP.net user "Mister Lyrical" that people are selling fake tickets to the shows by posting relatively cheap prices on Craigslist and trying to scam people with counterfeits. His story is below and we just want to urge everyone to be careful out there -- don't want anyone getting fucked over.
Multiple "sellers" sent me pictures of the tickets they supposedly possessed. For starters, hard printed tickets aren't being sent out until two weeks before the shows. Both told me they had bought through TicketMaster....
Keenan acknowledges the band doesn't necessarily need to release new material to fill an arena – they took their dark, psychedelic show on the road as recently as earlier this year. "But as an artist you don't want to become a greatest hits version of yourself, either," he says. "You want to push the boundaries. You want to figure out how can you challenge yourself to discover something new, discover something different about yourself. What are your limitations? What avenues can you push and expand? That is life. I don't have any interest in coasting yet."
According to three or four news submitters, Kevin Devine and the Goddamn Band had their car broken into in Washington DC over the weekend. I haven't seen any mention of this on Twitter or Facebook though, has anyone heard anything or found a way to donate some money to the band?
The Ataris have cancelled their Australian tour dates. The booking agent posted a message on the band's Facebook page.
I don't particularly feel comfortable speaking for the band right now, but someones gotta say something. Point blank. The Ataris will not be performing on any dates of the Hits & Pits Festival 2.0 in Australia. I realize the rumors will start to swirl so here are the simple facts. Fact #1. It's very known amongst Ataris fans that Kristopher Roe of The Ataris has an extreme fear of flying. Fact #2. On Sunday night, his original flight out of LAX had engine failure and needed to return to LAX- everyone was safe. Fact #3. I have three members of The Ataris that are in...
Mark Hoppus was a special guest at the London showing of the Descendents documentary, FILMAGE. During a Q&A with both Mark and the filmakers, Mark revealed that he's been talking to Bill Stevenson about possibly producing the next Blink-182 album.
Over the weekend at the UK Warped Tour, Watsky stage dove from about 35 feet up off the lighting rig and broke a girl's arm. Photos and video footage can all be found here.
He added: 'I feel f****** terrible. I made a boneheaded decision that got people hurt, and it's extremely lucky it wasn't worse. Putting your own body on the line is one thing, but putting other people in harm's way is inexcusable. I let down my supporters, I let down the Warped Tour and I let down my band and the people who work their asses off behind the scenes to make these shows happen. My #1 priority right now is to somehow make this right for the folks who were hurt.
According to the LA Times, Blink-182 will be recording new material "within 90 days."
After leaving longtime home Interscope Records, Blink is in talks for a new deal. It expects to record new material within the next 90 days. Nostalgia surrounding the 10th anniversary of "Blink-182" notwithstanding, the idea is to channel the 2003 mojo into the new material.
Step 1: shack up in some opulent SoCal spot for the duration of recording. This time, Hoppus said, they're thinking Malibu.
The band on the new album is Brian Bequette (Bass), Brian Fallon (Guitar), Joe Magistro (Drums), Kevin Salem (Production, Guitars and batting clean-up), and of course yours truly. The album will be released next year, but not until I feel it has a snowball's chance in hell. It's too good. Stay tuned, I'll keep you posted.
We have decided to take Ocean Avenue Acoustic back out on the road! From January 16th until February 7th, 2014 we will be playing some of the cities we missed the first time around. The show will still consist of Ocean Avenue Acoustic all the way through, followed by an electric set of songs from our other records.
Kanye West gave a talk at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. You can watch a video of it here, and a transcript has been typed up here. After the talk Kanye gave the entire class tickets to his show.
"We’re talking a lot about it, trying to figure out what we want to do," the frontman says. "We knew we wanted to focus on the anniversary for now and have that be our stepping stone into the right mindset. I think we’re going to be writing and sharing ideas throughout the touring, then see where we are and focus after that. We don’t want to rush anything; it’s been awhile since we put out a record of all new songs, so we want to make sure we do somethign we love and go in the right direction and know what we’re doing. So we’re not gonna rush it but, yes,...
The Lawrence Arms will release Metropole, their sixth studio album, first for Epitaph Records and first in eight years, on January 28, 2014. The first song released from that album, "You Are Here," is streaming on Noisey (read an interview there, too) and in the replies.
From Knoxville, Tennessee, Skytown Riot will be releasing their new EP, Soul Or System, tomorrow. Today, we are streaming the whole thing. Fans of more atmospheric material with haunting pianos and elements of Muse should enjoy "Sensational" or even their rendition of "House Of The Rising Sun," while "The Afterglow" could be played on soft rock radio. Even though it only has six tracks, this EP pulls from a lot of places, making it hard to really categorize. Be sure to give it a listen in the replies.
This week on the Self Promotion Spotlight, I'm came across the wonderful New Manners. The indie-pop five-piece from Upland, CA have released their debut single, "Don't Mind It" and their self-titled debut EP is due Decemeber 3. The single is an upbeat cut of sophisticated and catchy indie with more than a hint of Bombay Bicycle Club to it. Have a listen to it here. Interested in being a part of the Self-Promotion Spotlight? It's easy, just sign up for an AbsolutePunk.net account and post in the Self-Promotion forum.