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Rock Icons Green Day, Fall Out Boy, And Weezer Announce Global Stadium Hella Mega Tour

Today Green Day, Fall Out Boy, and Weezer, three of the biggest acts in rock music, announced they will be heading out on the road together for the first time ever on The Hella Mega Tour presented by Harley-Davidson. To celebrate the tour reveal, all three bands will perform a historic show tonight at the legendary Whisky A Go Go in Los Angeles.

The global tour kicks off June 13, 2020 in Paris and will visit cities across Europe and the UK throughout the month including Glasgow, London, and Dublin. Produced by Live Nation, the 20-city North American outing will bring the bands to some of the most renowned stadiums including Dodger Stadium, Wrigley Field, Citi Field, Fenway Park, and more. Beginning July 17 in Seattle, WA, the outing makes stops in Houston, Miami, Toronto, New York and more, before wrapping August 29 in Philadelphia, PA. More dates will be announced. The Interrupters will appear as special guest on the tour.

View Tour Dates Below

Harley-Davidson and rock & roll have been synonymous throughout history,” said Neil Grimmer, President of Brand for the Harley-Davidson Motor Company. “So it’s only natural for Harley to present the most epic, full throttle rock tour in history!”

Concert-goers will see and experience the newest Harley-Davidson motorcycles, including the fully electric LiveWire and their new, exciting lineup of electric bicycles.

American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Monday, September 16 at 10am local time through Thursday, September 19 at 10pm local time. Tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, September 20 at 10am local time through Ticketmaster. VIP packages will be available next week.

Tonight will mark the beginning of a three-day music takeover on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!, with a first ever TV performance of the new music from Weezer followed by Fall Out Boy tomorrow night and Green Day on Thursday. All episodes begin at 11:35pm on ABC and can be found here. Additionally, each of the band’s new songs were serviced to all Rock and Alternative Radio stations today and will be featured once an hour on a three hour loop all day with Cumulus, Entercom, and iHeart radio chains.

In celebration of this announcement, all three artists are also thrilled to announce new singles which will be a first taste of their respective forthcoming albums. All three singles are available now and the respective albums are available for pre-order:


Green Day

Green Day
| Photographer:
Pamela Littky

Five-time Grammy Award-winning Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Green Day unleash their brand new single “Father Of All…,” which is the lead track on their forthcoming thirteenth studio album of the same name, out February 7, 2020 on Reprise / Warner Records.

Formed in 1986 in Berkeley, CA, Green Day is one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time, with more than 70 million records sold worldwide and 10 billion cumulative audio/visual streams. Their 1994 breakout album Dookie, which sold over 10 million and achieved diamond status, is widely credited with popularizing and reviving mainstream interest in punk rock, catapulting a career-long run of #1 hit singles.

Entertainment Weekly calls Green Day, “The most influential band of their generation,” while Rolling Stone attests, “Green Day have inspired more young bands to start than any act this side of KISS, and that doesn’t seem to be changing.”

In 2004, Green Day released the rock opera American Idiot which captured the nation’s attention, selling more than 7 million copies in the U.S. alone and taking home the Grammy Award for Best Rock Album. Mojo declared “It’s exhilarating stuff, the kind of record that sets new parameters as to what is possible from a punk rock’n’roll band in the 21st century.

In 2010, a stage adaptation of American Idiot debuted on Broadway to critical and commercial acclaim and now they’re taking the world stage once again with their new album and Hella Mega global stadium tour. Green Day will also be performing solo dates in 2020- click HERE for all dates.

Pre-order Father Of All… HERE | Listen to “Father Of All…HERE

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Fall Out Boy

Fall Out Boy
| Photographer:
Brendan Walter

Multi-platinum selling, Grammy-nominated Fall Out Boy’s new single “Dear Future Self (Hands Up)ft. Wyclef Jean will be featured on their forthcoming record Greatest Hits: Believers Never Die – Volume Two, out November 15 via Island Records.

The song marks the band’s first new music since the August 2018 release of the three-song Lake Effect Kid EP, a love letter to their hometown city of Chicago that featured the full version of the band’s previously unreleased title track demo along with two new songs “City in A Garden” and “Super Fade.” In January, Fall Out Boy was featured on the gold-certified track “I’ve Been Waiting,” a collaboration from Lil Peep and iLoveMakonnen.

Fall Out Boy’s seventh studio album M A N I A debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 in January 2018 and garnered a GRAMMY nomination for Best Rock Album. Their worldwide tour in support of the record included a hometown show at Wrigley Field.

Pre-order Believers Never Die – Volume 2 HERE

Listen to “Dear Future Self (Hands Up)HERE

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Weezer

Weezer
| Photographer:
Sean Murphy

Multi-platinum, GRAMMY award-winning Weezer’s new single “The End of the Game,” produced by Suzy Shinn, will be included on their forthcoming 14th studio album, entitled Van Weezer, due out in May 2020. The inspiration for this album derives from the deepest roots of Weezer – metal!

What has metal got to do with Weezer, you ask? In his earliest years, Rivers was a huge KISS fan; Brian was a big Black Sabbath fan; Pat worshipped at the altar of Van Halen and Rush; Scott loved Slayer and Metallica. The last time this vein of harder rock was mined by Weezer was on their much-loved 2002 album Maladroit; Van Weezer is primed to take that album’s sonics many steps further courtesy of producer Suzy Shinn.

The End of the Game” is Weezer’s first new song since this year’s release of Weezer (The Black Album), as well as their covers album, Weezer (The Teal Album), whose streaming numbers have surpassed 100 million. Weezer has sold 10 million albums in the U.S., and over 35 million records worldwide since their debut album’s release in 1994. Their catalogue has included such mega-hits as “Buddy Holly,” “Undone (The Sweater Song),” “Say It Ain’t So,” “El Scorcho,” “Hash Pipe,” “Island In The Sun,” “Beverly Hills,” “Pork and Beans,” and more.

Pre-order Van Weezer HERE | Listen to “The End of the GameHERE

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Tour Dates

The Hella Mega Tour Europe & UK Dates:

6/13/20 – PARIS, FRANCE La Defense Arena
6/14/20 – GRONINGEN, NETHERLANDS Stadspark
6/17/20 – ANTWERP, BELGIUM Sportpaleis
6/21/20 – VIENNA, AUSTRIA Ernst Happel Stadium
6/24/20 – GLASGOW, SCOTLAND Bellahouston Park
6/26/20 – LONDON, ENGLAND London Stadium
6/27/20 – HUDDERSFIELD, ENGLAND The John Smith’s Stadium
6/29/20 – DUBLIN, IRELAND RDS Arena

The Hella Mega Tour North American Dates:

7/17/20 – SEATTLE, WA T-Mobile Park
7/21/20 – SAN FRANCISCO, CA Oracle Park
7/24/20 – SAN DIEGO, CA Petco Park
7/25/20 – LOS ANGELES, CA Dodger Stadium
7/28/20 – COMMERCE CITY, CO DICK’S Sporting Goods Park
7/31/20 – ARLINGTON, TX GLOBE LIFE FIELD
8/1/20 – HOUSTON, TX Minute Maid Park
8/5/20 – MIAMI, FL Hard Rock Stadium
8/6/20 – JACKSONVILLE, FL TIAA Bank Field
8/8/20 – ATLANTA, GA SunTrust Park
8/11/20 – MINNEAPOLIS, MN Target Field
8/13/20 – CHICAGO, IL Wrigley Field
8/15/20 – PITTSBURGH, PA PNC Park
8/16/20 – HERSHEY, PA Hersheypark Stadium
8/19/20 – DETROIT, MI Comerica Park
8/21/20 – WASHINGTON, DC Nationals Park
8/22/20 – NEW YORK, NY Citi Field
8/24/20 – TORONTO, ON Rogers Centre
8/27/20 – BOSTON, MA Fenway Park
8/29/20 – PHILADELPHIA, PA Citizens Bank Park

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Tool Claims #1 Spot on Billboard Top 200 as Fear Inoculum Reigns Over Worldwide Charts 

Los Angeles – Tool celebrates their third consecutive #1 debut on Billboard’s Top 200, with Fear Inoculum (RCA Records) reigning over the U.S. sales charts, selling 270,000 units.

The news of Fear Inoculum’s impressive debut comes amidst news stories of the album release being met by lengthy lines at retailers as music lovers clamored to get a copy of the limited edition, physical version of the CD. The spectacular, groundbreaking packaging boasts a 4” HD rechargeable screen with exclusive video footage, charging cable, 2 watt speaker, a 36-page booklet and a digital download card.

The Coalition of Independent Music Stores (CIMS) released a rare statement, describing the event-like album release: “Several stores had well-attended midnight sales on Thursday (it was my store’s first midnight sale in 10 years). When we returned to work on Friday morning, there were lines at the door… the Tool release was the biggest thing to hit retail in years.”

The success wasn’t isolated to the U.S., with the album debuting at #1 in Australia, Norway, New Zealand, and Belgium, as well as Top 5 debuts in the UK, Germany, The Netherlands, Ireland, Italy and Finland.

Critically, the album was met with equal enthusiasm. NPR proclaimed Fear Inoculum was worth the 13-year wait,” NME awarded the 10-track offering a perfect 5 star score, The Atlantic dubbed it “precise and devastating,” Revolver declared it “a masterpiece that will be dissected for years to come” and Entertainment Weekly said the collection is “deeply satisfying, both as a distinct artistic statement and as accidental fan service to a base that expects nothing less than unflinchingly unique artistic statements.”

News of the Fear Inoculum’s impressive debut follows the announcement of Tool’s first North American tour in support of the album.

Tool North American Tour Dates:

  • October 13 Sacramento, CA Aftershock Festival
  • October 15 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
  • October 16 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
  • October 18 Salt Lake City, UT Vivint Smart Home Arena
  • October 20 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center
  • October 21 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center
  • October 23 Glendale, AZ Gila River Arena
  • October 25 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
  • October 27 Houston, TX Toyota Center
  • October 29 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
  • October 31 Milwaukee, WI Fiserv Forum
  • November 2 Indianapolis, IN Banker’s Life Fieldhouse
  • November 3 Chicago, IL United Center
  • November 5 Cincinnati, OH US Bank Arena
  • November 6 Cleveland, OH Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse
  • November 8 Pittsburgh, PA PPG Paints Arena
  • November 9 Detroit, MI Little Caesars Arena
  • November 11 Toronto, ON Scotiabank Arena
  • November 12 Toronto, ON Scotiabank Arena
  • November 14 Boston, MA TD Garden
  • November 16 Newark, NJ Prudential Center
  • November 18 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
  • November 19 Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center
  • November 21 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Casino Arena
  • November 22 Atlantic City, NJ Boardwalk Hall
  • November 24 Raleigh, NC PNC Arena
  • November 25 Washington, DC Capitol One Arena
Tool By Travis Shinn
Tool | Photographer: Travis Shinn

Tool formed in 1990, releasing four multi-platinum studio albums: Undertow (1993), Ænima (1996), Lateralus (2001) and 10,000 Days (2006); two EPs: 72826 (1991) and Opiate (1992) and the limited-edition boxset Salival (2000). The band has won three GRAMMY Awards®: Best Metal Performance (1998, “Ænima”), Best Metal Performance (2002, “Schism”) and Best Recording Package (2007, 10,000 Days).

Tool Is:

Danny Carey (drums)
Justin Chancellor (bass)
Adam Jones (guitar)
Maynard James Keenan (vocals)

​​​​​​​Tool Online:

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Bella Lune Release Their Sixth Studio Album “Stardust”, Title Track Music Video

Phoenix-based dreampop/darkwave group Bella Lune just released a new album, titled Stardust, on September 01, 2019. The album features 14 new original songs and is 59 minutes long. The album is a return to original form, with post-punk bass-lines, dreamy guitars, analog synthesizers, violin and ethereal vocals. Stardust is available on bellalune.bandcamp.com now! It will be on Spotify and other online distributors on September 15, 2019.

Several songs on the new album, including “Stardust“, “Charade“, “A Wish” and “Doomed“, have been well-received in clubs and on internet radio recently. Fans of The Cure, Clan of Xymox, Cocteau Twins, The Chameleons, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Drab Majesty and Lebanon Hanover will enjoy this album.

Stardust Tracklist

1. Stardust
2. Out of Time
3. Head in the Sky
4. The Trap
5. Unbearable
6. What’s Next
7. Charade
8. Doomed
9. Nothing Left
10. A Wish
11. How High
12. Games We Play
13. Stuck
14. Within Reach

Bella Lune also just released a music video for the title track,
which is streaming on YouTube!

The CD release party for Stardust will be at Club Shadowplay on September 21, 2019 at Rips Bar in Phoenix, AZ. Fuchsia and Hurley will be doing a post-punk, darkwave, dreampop & alt 80s DJ set at the event.

Biography

Bella Lune is an electronic/darkwave/dreampop band and dark alternative DJ duo that formed in 2007 in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. They have performed on three continents and released six full length studio albums. The band incorporates elements of electronic, post-punk, indie, synthpop, trip hop, shoegaze, and ethereal music to create a dreamlike trance throughout their sound. 

Bella Lune Online:

Website | Bandcamp | Facebook
Instagram | YouTube

Featured photo (top) by Jeremiah Toller

Tool Releases First Album in 13 Years, Fear Inoculum; Announces North American Tour

Los Angeles – Fear Inoculum, Tool’s fifth studio album, and 2019’s most anticipated release, is available now. Listen HERE.

Tool’s Fear Inoculum is a masterpiece to be dissected for years to come.” – Revolver

The news arrives as the band announces a six-week North American tour, launching the trek on Oct. 13 at the Aftershock Festival. Tickets are on-sale Sept. 6 at 10 am local time, with a limited number of tickets will be available to Tool Army members on Sept. 4. Tool Army information, as well as VIP package details, can be found HERE.

Fear Inoculum is a beast of an album” – Consequence of Sound

Fear Inoculum’s release caps off over a decade of speculation and anticipation, with confirmation of the release arriving in May as the band flashed “August 30” from the stage as they performed two new songs: “Descending” and “Invincible.”

absolutely gobsmacking” – Kerrang!

As August arrived, Tool released their back catalog via digital service providers, seeing Opiate, Undertow, Ænima, Lateralus and 10,000 Days rack up in excess of 20 million streams in the subsequent 48 hours and occupy the top five spots on iTunes’ Top 10 Album Charts. 23 years after its initial release, Ænima re-entered Billboard’s Top 200, arriving at #10, with Lateralus (#16), 10,000 Days (#18) and Undertow (#19) landing in the Top 20. Tool’s debut release, 1992’s Opiate EP, made its Billboard chart premiere, arrived at #59. The band also broke records that week: taking four of the top five spots on Billboard’s Hard Rock Albums chart (the first act to achieve that feat upon digital release) and claiming 15 (of 25) spots on Billboard’s Rock Digital Song Sales chart.

A languid and blissful work.5 Stars NME

The title track arrived as details surrounding the collection surfaced, including a limited-edition CD version of Fear Inoculum. The collectible offering, which was conceived by and directed by Adam Jones, features a 4” HD rechargeable screen with exclusive video footage, charging cable, 2 watt speaker, a 36-page booklet and a digital download card. A list of retailers who have remaining stock of the groundbreaking package can be found HERE. A vinyl release will be announced soon.

TOOL’s Fear Inoculum is a transcendent return” – SPIN

Tool Fear Inoculum Cover
Fear Inoculum Cover

Tool North American Tour Dates:

October 13 Sacramento, CA Aftershock Festival
October 15 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
October 18 Salt Lake City, UT Vivint Smart Home Arena
October 20 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center
October 21 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center
October 23 Glendale, AZ Gila River Arena
October 25 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
October 27 Houston, TX Toyota Center
October 29 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
October 31 Milwaukee, WI Fiserv Forum
November 2 Indianapolis, IN Banker’s Life Fieldhouse
November 3 Chicago, IL United Center
November 5 Cincinnati, OH US Bank Arena
November 6 Cleveland, OH Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse
November 8 Pittsburgh, PA PPG Paints Arena
November 9 Detroit, MI Little Caesars Arena
November 11 Toronto, ON Scotiabank Arena
November 12 Toronto, ON Scotiabank Arena
November 14 Boston, MA TD Garden
November 16 Newark, NJ Prudential Center
November 18 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
November 19 Brooklyn, NY Barclay’s Center
November 21 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Casino Arena
November 22 Atlantic City, NJ Boardwalk Hall
November 24 Raleigh, NC PNC Arena
November 25 Washington, DC Capitol One Arena

Tool formed in 1990, releasing four multi-platinum studio albums: Undertow (1993), Ænima (1996), Lateralus (2001) and 10,000 Days (2006); two EPs: 72826 (1991) and Opiate (1992) and the limited-edition boxset Salival (2000). The band has won three GRAMMY Awards®: Best Metal Performance (1998, “Ænima”), Best Metal Performance (2002, “Schism”) and Best Recording Package (2007, 10,000 Days).

Tool Is:

Danny Carey (drums)
Justin Chancellor (bass)
Adam Jones (guitar)
Maynard James Keenan (vocals)

Tool Online:

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


Featured photo (top) by Travis Shinn



Mike Patton and French Composer Jean-Claude Vannier Share The Track “Browning”

Mike Patton (Faith No More, Mondo Cane) and renowned French composer Jean-Claude Vannier, share the final glimpse into their new album by way of the album track “Browning” ahead of the release of Corpse Flower (Ipecac Recordings, Sept 13). Listen to “BrowningHERE.

Patton and Vannier prove to be a perfect match.” – 8/10 UNCUT

A variety of musicians, both in Los Angeles and Paris, took part in the recording of Corpse Flower with the Los Angeles team including Smokey Hormel (Beck, Johnny Cash), Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Beck, Air, Nine Inch Nails) and James Gadson (Beck, Jamie Lidell). The Parisian players are Denys Lable, Bernard Paganotti (Magma), Daniel Ciampolini, Didier Malherbe, Léonard Le Cloarec and the Bécon Palace String Ensemble. The lyrics for “Ballad C.3.3.” are drawn from Oscar Wilde’s “The Ballad of Reading Gaol” poem, which was initially published using the name C.3.3.

Corpse Flower is available now for pre-orders HERE, including special embossed versions featuring Kenro Izu’s stunning cover photo. The album will be available on 180gram colored vinyl, a CD digipak and digitally.

With seemingly no end of ambrosial atmospherics and devilish sense of humour, Corpse Flower is sophisticated, adventurous pop music. Seductive and opulent, it also delights in being crass. As proud of its stench as it is of its blooms, the record is perfectly framed.” – 5* RECORD COLLECTOR

Corpse Flower Track List:

Ballade C.3.3
Camion
Chansons D’Amour
Cold Sun Warm Beer
Browning
Hungry Ghost
Corpse Flower
Insolubles
On Top Of The World
Yard Bull
A Schoolgirl’s Day
Pink and Bleue

Mike Patton’s resume is virtually limitless, having kicked off his musical career as a teenager in the band Mr. Bungle, joining Faith No More in 1989 and going on to create a smorgasbord of bands and solo releases including Fantômas, Tomahawk, Mondo Cane, Dead Cross, Lovage and Peeping Tom. Jean-Claude Vannier, born in Paris during World War II, The Guardian dubbed him “the sound sculptor in Serge Gainsbourg’s shadow,” referencing his extensive work with the French musician including Histoire de Melody Nelson. His career has spanned nine solo records, countless contributions to film and TV scores, and his influence has been cited by numerous musicians including Beck, Pulse, Portishead, Massive Attack, Air and Tricky.

Mike Patton shall be performing two Mondo Cane shows in Italy during the summer – dates and details below.

Mondo Cane Live Dates:

Aug. 31 – Prato, Italy @ Prato Piazza Duomo
Sept. 2 – Milan, Italy @ Teatre degli Arcmboldi

Mike Patton Online:

Facebook

Featured photo (top), Corpse Flower cover by Kenro Izu



Tool Stream Fear Inoculum Title Track; Pre-orders Available

Los Angeles — Fear Inoculum, the fifth studio album from Tool, arrives on Aug. 30 via RCA Records. Stream the album’s title track HERE.

Continuing their affinity for pushing the boundaries of physical packaging, the GRAMMY Award® winning outfit has created a deluxe, limited-edition CD version of Fear Inoculum. The collectible offering, which was conceived by and directed by Adam Jones, features a 4” HD rechargeable screen with exclusive video footage, charging cable, 2 watt speaker, a 36-page booklet and a digital download card. Pre-orders for both the special package and digital downloads are available HERE. A vinyl release will be announced soon.

Tool Fear Inoculum Cover

The 85-minute collection was produced by Tool, with Joe Barresi engineering and mixing the release. Barresi also worked with the band on 10,000 Days.

The song stream and pre-order news arrives as the Los Angeles band recently made several of their previous releases, Opiate, Undertow, Ænima, Lateralus and 10,000 Days, available for the first time on digital service providers. The releases racked up over 20 million streams in the first 48 hours of release, as well as quickly claiming five spots on iTunesTop 10 Albums chart.

Tool formed in 1990, releasing four multi-platinum studio albums: Undertow (1993), Ænima (1996), Lateralus (2001) and 10,000 Days (2006); two EPs: 72826 (1991) and Opiate (1992) and the limited-edition boxset Salival (2000). The band has won three GRAMMY Awards®: Best Metal Performance (1998, “Ænima”), Best Metal Performance (2002, “Schism”) and Best Recording Package (2007, 10,000 Days).

Tool Is:

Danny Carey (drums)
Justin Chancellor (bass)
Adam Jones (guitar)
Maynard James Keenan (vocals)

Tool Online:

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


Featured photo (top) by Travis Shinn



Emerging Modern Metal Outfit Absence of Despair to Release New Album, “Desolate”, on 9-13-19

Providence, Rhode Island-based modern metalcore upstarts Absence of Despair have made waves in the scene since their formation in 2008, but are set for national acclaim with their brand new album, Desolate, scheduled for release on September 13, 2019. The album features 12 brand new, heavy-hitting anthems that showcase this hard working up-and-coming band’s undeniable raw talent. Ripping, intense metal grooves blended with addictive hooks poise Absence of Despair‘s Desolate as an undeniable metalcore favorite of 2019.

Desolate pre-orders are available here via the band’s website, and will be available via all digital retailers very soon.

Desolate album artwork

Today, Absence of Despair are thrilled to reveal the first single cut from their upcoming album, entitled “Bite My Tongue”. Fans can witness the brand new, high octane music video for the headbang-inducing track now:

Watch New Music Video for “Bite My Tongue”

The “Bite My Tongue” video was shot by Matty LaBonte of Crown Media Collective.

Bassist Rob Bryant says:“The main concept of the video is to not be taken over by anxiety, but to overcome, and breakthrough it. Crown Media Collective did a fantastic job on the video. They were able to purge the anxiety concept well with the static televisions placed around us.”

Desolate immediately bursts into a brutal assault of fast-paced grooves on the album’s opener, “ESC”, and continues to traverse a melodic-yet-darkened metalcore landscape on tracks like “Bite My Tongue” and “Godkiller”. Anthemic tracks such as “Fearless” and “This Reckoning” solidify the band’s keen ability to write unforgettable hooks without sacrificing sinister riffage, while “Lost & Hopeless” provides an example of Absence of Despair‘s more extreme side. Beyond these tracks, there’s even more to love on Desolate.

Vocalist Joe Reynolds says: Desolate is focused on gaining the strength to look at obstacles in your life and overcome them. Each song represents a different side or emotion of a person and tells the story of what’s going through their head. At the end of the day, we want the listener to find meaning in themselves and the world around them.”

Desolate was recorded, mixed and mastered by Josh Schroeder (For The Fallen Dreams, King 810, The Color Morale) at Random Awesome Studios in Midland, Michigan.

Bassist Rob Bryant says:“Josh Schroeder really brought possibilities to light for us musically, helped shape the songs the way we needed them to be, and brought us out of our comfort zone. He pushed us, and helped us push ourselves into creating what we feel is our most dynamic and heavy hitting project yet.”

Desolate Track Listing:

1) ESC
2) Bite My Tongue
3) Wild
4) Godkiller
5) Fearless
6) Lost & Hopeless
7) This Reckoning
8) Die Primitive
9) Shadowbreaker
10) I Am Catastrophe
11) The Skin We Live In
12) Pathwalker

Absence of Despair will perform at the Providence, Rhode Island date of the Summer Slaughter tour, taking place on August 2 at Fete Music Hall. For more information, visit this link. The band is currently booking fall tour dates in support of Desolate.

Absence of Despair endorses Fishman, GHS Strings, Empire Ears, Coldcock Whiskey, InTune Guitar Picks and Sennheiser.

Stay tuned for more tracks and videos coming from Absence of Despair soon!

Absence of Despair Is:

Joe Reynolds: Vocals
Tyler Caruso: Guitar/Vocals
Dillon DeSimone: Guitar/Vocals
Rob Bryant: Bass
Mike Perrotta: Drums

Absence of Despair Online:

Website | Facebook | Twitter
Instagram | YouTube

Featured photo (top) by Eric Hooker (Hook U Photography)

The Faim Reveal New Single, “Humans,” from Upcoming Debut Album

First Full-length Record, State of Mind,
to Be Released September 13 via BMG

Los Angeles, CA — The Faim have shared “Humans,” the first single from their forthcoming debut album, State of Mind, which will be released on Friday, September 13 via BMG. The track was produced with Patrick Morrisey (Weezer, Pharrell, Hayley Kiyoko) and David Dahlquist (Aurora, Fletcher) in New York and Los Angeles, and includes a great balance of unique pop-rock sounds, rounded out with lush live band elements and a massive, resonant chorus. Stream and download “Humans” HERE, and pre-order/pre-save State of Mind HERE.

“ ‘Humans’ is about embracing the unique qualities that make up who we are, from our individual character and personality traits, to our strengths and weaknesses. These diverse characteristics, and how they evolve throughout our lives, show us what it means to be human and how connected we all actually are,” the band explains.

The Faim unveiled their debut EP, Summer Is a Curse, last year and wasted no time creating music for their first full-length effort, State of Mind. Over the course of two years, the group worked with numerous writers and producers to craft a collection of songs that showcase a vast range of styles and tones. The tracks, recorded mostly in Los Angeles in various studios, reveal how The Faim has evolved since their inception. The lyrics come from emotions or experiences personal to the musicians as a whole, with each song centering on an idea that’s relatable to both themselves and their listeners. Overall, State of Mind reveals a band on the rise, and a group of artists who are all about making genuine songs that bring people together and create a community.

“We write from an honest place, and that’s something we always want to stay true to,” says frontman, Josh Raven. “It has to resonate with us for it be relatable to our fans. On this album it was about connecting with ourselves and exploring our influences and our own talent. If we stick to who we are and what we feel, hopefully everyone else will find something in the music too,” he elaborates.

State of Mind album artwork

State of Mind includes eight brand new tracks in addition to previously-released singles“Summer Is a Curse” and “Amelie.” If you were able to catch The Faim on tour earlier this year, you may have also heard them play “Beautiful Drama” and “Infamous,” two additional standout songs on the album. The complete track listing can be found below.

State of Mind Track Listing:

1. Tongue Tied
2. Humans
3. Summer Is a Curse
4. Beautiful Drama
5. Buying Time
6. Infamous
7. Amelie
8. Words Apart
9. Where the River Runs
10. State of Mind

About The Faim:

Over the past year, The Faim has built up a strong following around the world, from Australia to Europe to the States. They’ve performed at Download Festival, Slam Dunk, and Reading & Leeds, and toured with PVRIS, Against the Current, Sleeping With Sirens, and Andy Black. In 2018, The Faim performed 100 shows across three continents and 13 countries, while in 2019 the band embarked on their first headline tour, selling out shows in cities like London, Sydney, Amsterdam, and Hamburg. “Summer Is a Curse” has become a bona fide hit Germany, hitting No. 12 on the airplay charts after being played 24,000 times on German radio in 2018. The track, which appears in a Jeep commercial in France, hit No. 2 at radio in the Czech Republic. The group also scored the soundtrack to Coca-Cola’s global advertising campaign for Coke Zero, which was shown in 18 countries worldwide.

The Faim Is:

Josh Raven / Lead vocals
Sam Tye / Guitar
Stephen Beerkens / Bass, keyboard
Linden Marissen / Drums, percussion 

Follow The Faim:

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube

Summer Is a Curse EP – Stream and Download:

Spotify | Apple Music | Amazon | Pandora
Google Play | Deezer | TIDAL

Featured photo (top) by Michelle Grace Hunder

Covet Release Acoustics EP Today Via Triple Crown Records; Kick Off North American Tour

San Jose, CA – Covet, the talented Bay Area trio of Yvette Young, David Adamiak and Forrest Rice, released a three song EP simply titled Acoustics, today via Triple Crown Records HERE.

“We wanted to create some mellower, more laid back versions of some songs on Effloresce, and also breathe new life into them with new accompaniments such as piano, violin, and even light vocals,” explained Young. “’We hope that with the new accompaniments, tempos and additional layers, ‘Glimmer’ and ‘Shibuya’ will feel entirely different and take people someplace new.”

Covet Acoustics EP Album Cover
Covet “Acoustics” EP Album Cover

Acoustics, which features new song “Predawn” as well as stripped down versions of “Glimmer” and “Shibuya,” arrives as the band prepares for a North American headlining tour, kicking off this Friday at Schuba’s in Chicago. The two week outing features openers Vasudeva and Triple Crown label mates, Holy Fawn. Covet join Periphery this fall (Sept. 9 to Oct. 13) on their North American outing.

Covet Tour Dates:

July 12 Chicago, IL Schuba’s
July 13 Detroit, MI Pike Room
July 14 Toronto, ON Sneaky Dee’s
July 16 Brooklyn, NY Elsewhere Roof
July 17 Hamden, CT Space Ballroom
July 18 Boston, MA Great Scott
July 19 Philadelphia, PA PhilaMoca
July 20 Washington, DC Songbyrd
July 21 Chapel Hill, NC Local 506
July 23 Orlando, FL Soundbar
July 24 Atlanta, GA Purgatory
July 25 Nashville, TN High Watt
July 26 Indianapolis, IN Hoosier Dome
July 27 Columbus, OH Big Room Bar
August 15 Bristol, UK Arctangent Festival
September 9 Pittsburgh, PA Roxian Theatre
September 10 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of Living Arts
September 12 Boston, MA The House of Blues
September 13 Montreal, QC Le National
September 14 Toronto, ON The Phoenix
September 16 Cleveland, OH House of Blues
September 17 Chicago, IL House of Blues
September 18 Minneapolis, MN Skyway Theater
September 20 Winnipeg, MB Garrick Centre
September 21 Saskatoon, SK Louis
September 23 Edmonton, AB Union Hall
September 24 Calgary, AB The Palace Theatre
September 26 Vancouver, BC Rickshaw Theatre
September 27 Seattle, WA Showbox at the Market
September 28 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
September 30 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex
October 1 Denver, CO Summit
October 2 Kansas City, MO The Truman
October 3 St. Louis, MO The Pageant

Covet released their Triple Crown Records’ debut, Effloresce, in July of 2018. Gear Gods said upon the album’s release, “all three of these talented musicians form what is an incredibly musical, lush, and thoughtful sound,” while Brooklyn Vegan noted the band’s knack for writing “sugar sweet melodies.Guitar World premiered the video for the band’s track “Glimmer”, while Revolver marked Halloween 2018 with the debut of the band’s video for “Howl”.

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Torche Stream “Admission” Via Billboard; North American Tour Begins July 8

Miami, FL – Torche reveal a third track “Admission” (July 12, Relapse Records), debuting the album’s title track via Billboard HERE.

“This is a song where the music and the lyrics are a perfect match,” explains guitar player Jon Nunez in the accompanying article. “It’s as if they were meant to go together. What I was going through at the time really came through in the song, and the music I gave Steve definitely brought out some rather painful emotions for him [regarding] losing loved ones and the process you go through after. You could even hear a quiver in Steve’s voice, and it was like, ‘Wow, this is something we haven’t done before.’ Steve tends to be really secretive with his lyrics. He needed a little bit of a push, but I think deep down inside he wanted to get this off his chest.”

The band has given two previous previews of music from the 11-song album with streams of the songs “Slide” and “Times Missing”. The trio of tracks are available as instant downloads with digital pre-orders. Admission is available in various formats (CD/LP/CS/Digital) with several limited edition vinyl versions already sold out. More information can be found via Relapse’s webstore. Admission’s cover art was created by Richard Vergez, a Cuban-American visual artist, whose work has been shown at No Romance Galleries (TriBeCa), Urban Arts Society (Chicago) and Kids of Dada (London).

Torche released their fourth album, and Relapse Records’ debut, Restarter in 2015. The collection found the band on most year-end best of lists with Entertainment Weekly describing the album as “gloriously fuzzy, sludgy, hard-hitting” and calling the band members “four of loud rock’s most adroit genre-benders.” The Washington Post called Restarterotherworldly” and the Chicago Tribune saying “Torche’s music connects muscle, songcraft and drive in a way that few bands of recent vintage can match.

Torche Tour 2019

Touche Tour Dates:

July 8 Tampa, FL Crowbar
July 9 Jacksonville, FL The Justice Pub
July 10 Chapel Hill, NC Local 506
July 11 Lancaster, PA The Chameleon *
July 12 Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance *
July 13 Huntington, NY The Paramount *
July 14 Hartford, CT Webster Theatre *
July 15 Winooski, VT Monkey House *
July 16 Buffalo, NY Town Ballroom *
July 17 Pittsburgh, PA Mr. Smalls *
July 18 Cleveland, OH Now That’s Class
July 19 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall
July 20 Detroit, MI The Majestic *
July 21 Indianapolis, IN Deluxe *
July 22 Grand Rapids, MI Pyramid Scheme
July 23 Palatine, IL Durty Nellies *
July 24 Des Moines, IA Wooly’s *
July 25 Minneapolis, MN Fine Line
July 26 Omaha, NE The Waiting Room *
July 27 Lawrence, KS Granada Theater *
July 28 St. Louis, MO The Ready Room *
July 31 Washington, DC Black Cat ^
August 1 Philadelphia, PA Underground Arts ^
August 2 Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn Bazaar ^
August 3 Allston, MA Great Scott ^
August 4 Providence, RI The Met ^
August 5 Asbury Park, NJ Asbury Lane ^
August 6 Harrisonburg, VA Golden Pony #
August 7 Wilmington, NC Reggie’s 42nd Street Tavern #
August 8 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade #
August 9 Orlando, FL The Plaza &
August 10 Miami, FL Las Rosa’s (FREE SHOW) #
September 21 Asheville, NC Heavy Mountain
November 1-3 Gainesville, FL The Fest
November 9 Austin, TX Levitation

^ (w/ Wear Your Wounds)
# (w/ Whores.)
* (w/ Baroness)
& (w/ Baroness & War On Women)

Touche Online:

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Featured photo (top) by Dan Almasy