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Atreyu Announce New Album, ‘Long Live’

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After revealing plans to release a new album in 2015, Atreyu have officially confirmed the name of the new record as well as the release date, well at least release month.

The band’s upcoming sixth studio album will be titled Long Live and is set to be released this September through their new record label, Search and Destroy Records, who they signed with back in November.

The California group revealed the new album information on Facebook when they posted an image which featured their name, the record’s title, and the words “new album September 2015.”

Exciting stuff.

The new album, according to frontman Alex Varkatzas will go back to their roots and will sound more like The Curse than anything else.

“Absolutely no melodic vocals on my end. AMEN! Happy to get back to my roots and still bring in some new tricks. My brothers and I have made our best record yet. Can’t wait to share it with you all,” wrote Varkatzas on Facebook back in February.

Apparently, the sentiments ring true throughout the band because even drummer Brandon Saller said the same during an interview.

“I think going away for a while and not being in this band and coming back and being able to think about what you love most about the band… I mean, those were conversations that we had… Like, what do we love most? What’s our strong suit? What do we feel most comfortable doing? ‘Cause that’s what we wanna do, ’cause that’s the most fun,” said Saller during an interview with Australian publication, Music Feeds earlier this year during Soundwave 2015.

“So I think, for him [Varkatzas], he was, like, ‘I just wanna f—ing come out and rip people’s heads off,’” he continued.

“So it was, like, ‘All right. Cool. You don’t wanna sing? You don’t sing. That’s how we started. I’ll sing. And you just f—ing go nuts.’ And everyone’s stoked on it. And he’s doing different s–t. He’s doing a lot of different stuff on the new record — different sh-t he’s never done before. But it’s brutal. It’s f—ing awesome.”

Atreyu’s last album, before their hiatus, was 2009’s Congregation of the Damned.

Earlier this month, they released their first ever Record Store Day contribution; a 7″ EP which featured their newest tracks, “So Others May Live” and “When the Day is Done.”

 
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Posted by on April 27, 2015 in Music News

 

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Refused are No Longer “Fucking Dead,” Reveal New Album

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Ladies and Gents, Refused are no longer “fucking dead.”

Seventeen years after the release of their last album, The Shape of Punk to Come, the Swedish band have officially revealed they are back, and it looks like for good.

The band, who recently announced they will be heading out on tour with Faith No More, will be releasing their new album, Freedom on June 30 through Epitaph Records. Check out not only the track list and album art below, but also the lead single off of the album, “Elektra.”

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FREEDOM TRACK LIST:

1. “Elektra”
2. “Old Friends / New War”
3. “Dawkins Christ”
4. “Françafrique”
5. “Thought Is Blood”
6. “War On The Palaces”
7. “Destroy The Man”
8. “366”
9. “Servants Of Death”
10. “Useless Europeans”

Refused will be heading out on an US club tour beginning on May 24 at the Punk Rock Bowling Festival in Las Vegas. The tour will wrap up at the Rock & Roll Hotel in Washington D.C. on June 5. After a few festival appearances, their tour with Faith No More will begin on July 30 at the Masquerade Music Park in Atlanta.

Full tour dates can be seen here.

REFUSED TOUR DATES:

May 2 -Meerhout, Belgium @ Grozerock
May 22 – Hünxe, Germany @Ruhrpott Roden Open Air Festival
May 24 – Las Vegas, NV @ Punk Rock Bowling Festival^^
May 25 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory^^
May 26 – West Hollywood, CA @ The Roxy Theatre^^
May 28 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall^^
May 29 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge^^
May 30 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile^^
May 31 – Chicago, IL @ Double Door^^
June 1 – Boston, MA @ The Sinclair^^
July 2 – Gdynia, Poland @ Opener Festival^^
June 3 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom^^
June 4 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg^^
June 5 – Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel^^
June 20 – Montebello, QC, Canada @ Amnesia Rock Fest
June 27 -Seinäjoki, Finland @ Provinssi
July 2 – Opener Festival @ Gdynia, Poland
July 11 – Collalbo, Italy @ Rock im Ring Festival
July 16 -Viveiro, Spain @ Resurrection Fest
July 17 – Slottsfjell, Tonsberg, Norway
July 18 –  Tromso, Norway @ Bukta Tromso Open Air Festival
July 30 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade Music Park**
July 31 – Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheater**
August 1 – Philadelphia, PA @ Mann Center**
August 2 – Columbia, MA @ Merriweather Post Pavilion**
August 4 – Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion**
August 5 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden**
August 7 – Toronto, ON @ Ricoh Coliseum**
August 28 – Leeds Festival, UK
August 29 – Gräfenhainichen, Germany @ Pure & Crafted Festival
August 30 – Reading Festival, UK

^^Refused US Club Tour
**with Faith No More

 
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Posted by on April 27, 2015 in Music News, Streaming

 

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All Time Low Bring Their ‘Future Hearts’ to Boca Raton

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Driving down a long, winding road surrounded by trees, the first thought to pop into your head would probably be “where exactly is this Sunset Cove Amphitheater?”

Past a golf course with a range, a school, and a dog park, a clearing with a shelter and lines of port-a-potties will appear right on the edge of a body of water. A scenic view, not something you’d expect for a concert venue.

Beyond the iron gates, the sun could be seen beginning to set, giving the impression that it had been nothing but a clear day in the city of Boca Raton.

That was not the case a few hours earlier, when the gates first opened and a torrential downpour threatened the rock show that was about to take place.

By the time the supporting acts of the evening State Champs, Tonight Alive, and Issues had taken the stage, South Florida had decided to give the rain a break and allow a clear evening sky for All Time Low to give their fans a part of their (future) hearts.

After a long set change, which required the crew to moving  all show equipment far from the edge of the stage in the event Florida weather decided to strike again, the stage lights turned dark signaling that the Baltimore-based band were ready to kick off the show.

The set opened up with “Satellite,” the first track off of their recently released album, Future Hearts. After the mellow song played out, they quickly launched into “The Irony of Chocking on a Lifesaver” off of 2013’s Don’t Panic followed by “In Stereo” and “Stella” both from 2011’s Nothing Personal.

After “Stella,” frontman Alex Gaskarth thanked the fans on behalf of the band for sticking around after the horrible rain they endured. He admitted that for a while, he thought the vast majority of the audience would have left due to the terrible weather.

Apparently, he underestimated the dedication of their “Hustlers.”

They continued with tracks like “Six Feet Under the Stars” which ended up with a large potion of the audience participating in a circle pit followed by “Damned If I Do Ya (Damned If I Don’t),” and “Runaways,” another new track from Future Hearts.

As Gaskarth and guitarist Jack Barakat spoke to the audience, they noticed there was a guy holding a sign, asking the band to help him ask a girl out to prom; you know, a promposal. Instead, Gaskarth jokingly asked the girl to go with him, but sadly, the girl not only turned the singer down, but also the guy.

Bummer.

Barakat quickly tried to turn the embarrassing moment into one that was funny by telling the audience about this story someone had told him earlier in the day. The story went that if you took off all your clothes and stood naked outside, the rain could not touch you.

For anyone familiar with Barakat and Gaskarth, both act like permanent teenage boys.

As he finished the story, the audience quickly erupted in a “get naked” chant. Nothing came from that, so they continued onto the next song on the list, “Weightless.”

As “Weightless” ended, thing went quiet for a bit.

Gaskarth emerged from the back with an acoustic guitar to play the acoustic song “Therapy” also from Nothing Personal. Once the slow song was over, the other three band members (Barakat, bassist Zack Merrick, and drummer Rian Dawson) returned and played “Missing You,” another song from Future Hearts which the band has repeatedly stated is their favorite on the record.

They quickly continued down the list with “Reckless and the Brave” and “Love Like War.” “Love Like War” originally features vocals from Pierce the Veil’s Vic Fuentes, but this version was given a special twist when Tonight Alive frontwoman, Jenna McDougall, came on stage to take over Fuentes’ parts.

As the song ended Gaskarth hugged McDougall and the band began “Backseat Serenade” followed by “Time-Bomb,” but this version of the Dirty Work song was different.

Before beginning, the band decided they wanted to bring some fans on stage to assist with the song. When they announced their plan, the crowd went crazy with everyone from the back to the front, trying to get the band members’, and their security’s, attention.

Somehow, they managed to have too many females on the stage (who were too busy taking selfies/videos) and Barakat started to complain there weren’t “enough penises” on stage. Eventually, they got the right balance and launched into the song.

Maybe the microphones weren’t plugged in or the fans couldn’t remember all the words, but the only vocals heard were Gaskarth’s.

With a quick shout out to some members of hometown band New Found Glory who were in the crowd (All Time Low’s name comes from a NFG song), they started on their last official song of the evening, “Something’s Gotta Give.”

Once the song wrapped, the band headed backstage and soon after, the “ONE MORE SONG” chants began. But the band didn’t give them just one more song; they gave them a total of four.

The encore began with “Kids in the Dark,” a fitting title considering everyone in the crowd at that moment were “kids in the dark.” They followed the new song up with “Jasey Rae,” an oldie, but a goodie they always dedicate to their longtime fans.

A surprise to the setlist came when they played Blink-182’s “All the Small Things.” At first, it seemed like they would just play the intro, but then they launched into the full song. As they wrapped, Barakat joked that it was a song they “just wrote” and had no idea how the audience knew the words.

But as everyone laughed at the joke, it soon became apparent the night was wrapping up. There was only one song left on the encore set list. The song that launched them from MySpace sweethearts to the band whose new album landed at the number two spot on the Billboard 200; “Dear Maria, Count Me In.”

Earlier in the week, the RIAA had revealed that the 2007 song had reached platinum status, quite a feat for a bunch of goofy guys from Maryland.

As the song wrapped, confetti was blasted into the air signaling the end of the show. As confetti rained down on the fans, as opposed to the rain from a couple of hours earlier, Barakat, who was rocking a hot pink frilly bra during the song, could be seen through the screen of smoke and paper dancing along to Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk” as the audience members began to shuffle their way out the gates. Soon, the house lights came on, signaling the end of the South Florida stop of the “Future Hearts Tour.”

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Posted by on April 24, 2015 in Concert Reviews, Photography

 

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Green Day Have New Music in the Works

According to source before the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, Green Day were going to make a big announcement at the event.

Sadly, the event has now come and gone and no announcement was made. Like most, we assumed that the announcement would be confirmation that the California band had returned to the recording studio and were in the process of putting together a new album.

Today, it sounds like our guess might have been on the right track.

Speaking with Kerrang! for an interview, longtime Green Day producer Rob Cavallo revealed that the band (more like frontman Billie Joe Armstrong) currently have five songs written for this still unknown record.

“I recently heard five new songs that Billie has written and demoed,” begins Cavallo.

“Let me tell you, they were just fantastic. He is absolutely at the top of his game. Fans can be sure that when they do return, the music will be amazing.”

Considering that Green Day’s last project, 2012’s ¡Uno! ¡Dos! ¡Tré! trilogy was met with lukewarm reception from both the media and fans, here’s hoping that the break has helped bring out the best in them.

 
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Posted by on April 24, 2015 in Music News

 

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Brand New Frontman Forgets Lyrics, Gives Hilarious Response

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It happens.

Singers sometimes forget the lyrics to their own songs and sometimes need the help from their fans to remember a line or at least finish the song.

When you have a discography that span over a decade, it’s not surprising that a “brain fart” will happen. It’s normal.

But, Brand New frontman Jesse Lacey is not normal.

During the band’s show in Albuquerque earlier this week (April 21), Lacey and the rest of the band had started their song, “Millstone” from 2006’s The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me. Things began okay with Lacey singing the lyrics until he couldn’t remember them. He began to mumble into the microphone and then all together stepped away.

Instead of letting the audience pick it up for him, he stopped the song, telling the crowd “I can’t remember, give me a second.”

He even asked someone in the crowd, “do you have the lyrics on your phone there, bro?”

Hysterical.

Don’t worry, the band were able to restart the song from the beginning and it went off without a hitch.

Check out the footage below.

 
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Posted by on April 24, 2015 in Music News

 

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New Blink-182 Album to Feature Matt Skiba?

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Could a new Blink-182 album be coming our way sooner than we thought?

Maybe.

During an interview with Alternative Nation, Alkaline Trio frontman and current guitar fill-in for Blink, Matt Skiba had been asked about the possibility of him joining the band permanently and even recording a new album with them.

“It’s something I would be very excited to do and I’ve known the Blink guys for about 15 years and we’ve become good friends,” said Skiba.

“Playing songs I haven’t written with Mark [Hoppus] and Travis [Barker] is a blast, so to go in and create music with them would be amazing.”

Skiba joined the pop-punk band a few month ago after inner band turmoil reached an all time high with founding member Tom DeLonge leaving or being kicked out, depending on which story you believe, of the band.

Since DeLonge’s departure, Skiba has been filling in for all the gigs the band had previously schedule. But don’ think this is the end of Alkaline Trio. The band is slated to tour the country this Spring beginning today (April 24) at the Summit Music Hall in Denver.

Skiba’s sentiments about joining and recording an album with the remaining members of Blink-182 mirror those of drummer Travis Barker who said in an interview, “If we did make an album with Skiba, it would be unreal.”

Until then, we’ll just wait and see.

 
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Posted by on April 24, 2015 in Music News

 

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Riot Fest Reveals New Denver Location

After having issues with their venue last year, Riot Fest Denver has officially found a new home, at least for the 2015 festivities.

This year, the festival will call the National Western Complex home during the weekend of Aug. 28-30. Also, the name of the event will be getting an update to match. Unlike last year, Riot Fest Denver will now be known as Riot Fest & Rodeo.

Interesting.

Check out the official flyer below.

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Early bird tickets will go on sale tomorrow (April 24) at noon, MST on Riot Fest’s website.

Last year, the Denver incarnation of the annual music festival had issues securing a location after Arapahoe County refused to let the weekend-long festival secure May Farms in Byers, CO for a second time. The county refused the petition citing “traffic impacts and public safety concerns” during the last-minute negotiations.

Instead, the festival was moved to the Sports Authority Field at Mile High where some who had made camping arrangements were not given the similar accommodations like the previous location. But that’s a thing of the past now. The National Western Complex will be allowing fans to stay in RVs on site.

Rumor has it there might even be a barbecue cook-off and other new events this year.

Hey Riot Fest, where can we sign up?

 
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Posted by on April 23, 2015 in Music News

 

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