The Foo Fighters release surprise live EP for ‘Area 51 Day’

Whether you’re “Naruto” running your way to Area 51 or watching the dumpster fire that is ‘Storm Area 51’ from the comfort of your computer screen, everyone is doing something.

Cue the Foo Fighters who decided to get in on the non-holiday by giving us some jams.

On Friday (Sept. 20), the Washington-founded act unleashed their 00050525 Live in Roswell live EP to celebrate the Facebook-created event.

Surprisingly, the concert where this show was recorded did not take place recently; it actually took place on June 18, 2005, at the now-defunct Walker Air Force Base in Roswell, New Mexico.

Now, you may be wondering what does the Foo Fighters’ show in Rosewell and Area 51 (which is in Nevada) have to do with one another? Well, all we can say is:

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But we digress.

The seven-song record features several, if not all, of their biggest hits such as “Learn to Fly,” “My Hero,” “Monkey Wrench,” “Everlong,” “Best of You,” and more.

Because the Foo Fighters are everyone’s favorite dads, they also uploaded a poster on Facebook with the proper way to act when invading Area 51/greeting your new “foreign” friends.

But in all seriousness, the Foo Fighters reveal on their website that the Roswell show was a special one for them; it was a one-of-a-kind tenth-anniversary gig.

“This was a special 10th-anniversary show held at a disused Air Force base close to the site of the supposed Roswell UFO incident in 1947,” the band posted online.

“The event was sponsored by Real Media with the company running a competition and flying winners to the airbase from across the United States to watch the show.”

To purchase the newly released EP, all you need to do is head on over to the Foo Fighters’ website.

For those who have been sleeping on the outrageous Area 51 invasion, it all started as a joke on Facebook, like almost anything nowadays.

Since jokes tend to get out of hand quickly, millions of people RSVP’d to the “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us” event which prompted the Air Force to get involved. They even warned attendees that they “always stand ready to protect America and its assets.”

All we have to say is:

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Watch Green Day take the dancy route in ‘Father of All…’ music video

Green Day are proving they are still the father(s) of all motherfuckers.

On Friday (Sept. 20), the California punk rockers unleashed the music video for their recently released single “Father of All…” The two-and-a-half-minute music video features the band —decked out in black and gold attire— performing in front of a red-lit background. Hidden in the shadows is an array of dancers giving the video a very “Chicago”-esque feel.

In between the shots of the band is footage of random people dancing circa different decades. While the video focuses on dancing, the clip also features some mosh pits, wrestling, and even a gorilla having a heck of a time in a kiddie pool.

“We wanted to make something about dancing. Anxiety. Tribalism. Joy.. and straight-up violence. It’s the history of us. Meaning all of us,” Green Day posted on Instagram.

But if for some reason you feel like all the dancing was choreographed, you’d be wrong…at least according to the trio.

“None of this is choreographed..(except the hotties in red) we don’t need to be choreographed,” the group jokes.

Watch the video for “Father of All…” above.

“Father of All…” is the first single off Green Day’s upcoming 13th studio album Father of All…The forthcoming release is due out Feb. 7 via the band’s longtime home of Reprise Warner.

The music video comes a week after Green Day announced not only the release of the new album but also a massive summer 2020 tour with Fall Out Boy and Weezer. Even though the Hella Mega world tour isn’t set to happen until next summer, tickets for the tour are already on sale and going fast.

We’re going to suggest getting yours ASAP.

The All-American Rejects return with their scathy new song ‘Gen Why? (DGAF)’

When a band has a song titled “Gives You Hell” in their discography, do you really expect them to lie low and not get petty with newer jams? Well, in the case of the All-American Rejects, the answer is “um…no.”

On Tuesday (Sept. 17), the Oklahoma-founded band unleashed the lyric video for another new song featured on their recently released EP. Titled “Gen Why? (DGAF),” the track finds the act getting a “little” shady during its three-and-a-half-minute runtime.

The word-based clip combines footage of teenagers circa the 1950s rebelling against everything while also incorporating some modern advances like text messages and social media.

In a note on Twitter, frontman Tyson Ritter reveals what inspired the song.

“When we were on Interscope, I wrote this to piss off people over there that wanted another ‘Give You Hell.’ So to me, this song is a special kind of monster created to leave a bad taste in your mouth and piss you off even for having heard it.”

Ouch. Talk about scathy.

Watch the video for “Gen Why? (DGAF)” above.

“Gen Why? (DGAF)” is featured on the All-American Rejects recently released EP, Send Her to Heaven. In July, the group unleashed the music video for the three-track record’s lead single (and title track) “Send Her to Heaven.”

The recently released album marks the band’s first new set of tunes since 2017’s “Sweat” and “Close Your Eyes.” It’s also the quartet’s first record through their new home of Epitaph Records.

As previously explained by guitarist Nick Wheeler, don’t expect these three songs to be a precursor to a brand new record. The foursome has no current plans of releasing the long-awaited follow-up to 2012’s Kids in the Street.

Thrice to celebrate 15 years of ‘Vheissu’ with an anniversary tour

Anniversary tours seem to be all the rage lately, and now, we can add Thrice to that growing list of anniversary-tour-loving bands.

On Tuesday (Sept. 17), the California-founded band announced plans to embark on the Vheissu 15th anniversary tour. The newly-announced outing will celebrate the 15th anniversary of the group’s fourth full-length record.

The month-long trek will find the act performing at venues across the United States during the first couple of months of 2020. The excursion includes stops in major markets such as Seattle, Denver, Chicago, Detroit, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and more. The Vheissu 15th anniversary tour begins on Jan. 23 at the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco and concludes a little over a month later on Feb. 29 at the Norvo in Los Angeles.

mewithoutYou, Drug Church, and Holy Fawn will join Thrice on the impending tour.

Pre-sale tickets for the Vheissu 15th anniversary tour are currently on sale on Thrice’s website while general ticket sales begin this Friday, Sept. 20, at noon local time.

Vheissu was released in October 2005 through Island Records. The release included tracks like “Music Box,” “Red Sky,” “Like Moths to Flame,” and its lead single “Image of the Invisible.” Vheissu peaked at the number 15 on Billboard’s 200 Chart and the number 24 spot on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Chart.

Vheissu went on to be regarded as Thrice’s best studio album to date and made several “Best of…” lists including Sputnikmusic‘s Top 100 Albums of the 2000s, Paste‘s 25 Best Punk Albums of the 2000s, and Kerrang!‘s Top 20 Albums of 2005.

VHEISSU 15TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR DATES:

Jan. 23 – San Francisco, CA – Warfield Theatre
Jan. 24 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
Jan. 25 – Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo
Jan. 27 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Union Event Center
Jan. 28 – Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
Jan. 30 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
Jan. 31 – Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall
Feb. 1 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrew’s Hall
Feb. 3 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
Feb. 4 – Rochester, NY – Anthology
Feb. 5 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
Feb. 7 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium
Feb. 8  – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel
Feb. 9 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
Feb. 11 – Philadelphia, PA – Franklin Music Hall
Feb. 12 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live
Feb. 13 – Norfolk, VA – The NorVa
Feb. 14 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
Feb. 15 – Columbia, SC – The Senate
Feb. 16 – Orlando, FL – House of Blues
Feb. 18 – Atlanta, GA – Heaven at The Masquerade
Feb. 20 – Austin, TX – Emo’s
Feb. 21 – Houston, TX – House of Blues
Feb. 22 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
Feb. 24 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
Feb. 25 – San Diego, CA – The Observatory
Feb. 27 – Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl
Feb. 29 – Los Angeles, CA – The Novo

Dashboard Confessional announces slew of intimate tour dates for 2020

Dashboard Confessional is hitting the road next year to celebrate the act’s China anniversary.

On Monday (Sept. 16), the Florida-founded band announced plans to embark on a spring 2020 tour to honor their 20th anniversary. Dubbed the “Celebrating 20 Years of Dashboard Confessional” tour (yes, we know it’s quite a mouthful), the outing will find the group performing at venues across the United States during February and March.

The month-and-a-half outing will include stops in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Salt Lake City, Chicago, Detroit, and more. The upcoming tour begins on Feb. 4 at the House of Blues in Dallas and concludes on March 28 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

The tour will include several two-night engagements, allowing them to perform some of their classic albums in full.

The Get Up Kids and Piebald will join Dashboard Confessional on select dates.

Tickets go on sale this Friday, Sept. 20, at 9 a.m. local time.

To coincide with the upcoming tour announcement, Dashboard Confessional also announced the pending release of their greatest hits album. Titled The Best Ones of the Best Ones (yes, a direct lyric from 2006’s “Stolen”), the compilation is due out Jan. 31, 2020. The record will include some of the group’s biggest hits such as “Screaming Infidelities,” “Hands Down,” “The Swiss Army Romance,” some newer tracks like “Heart Beat Here,” and yes, the Sam Raimi “Spider-Man” song “Vindicated.”

The announcements come after the group wiped their social media pages, leaving only a video of frontman Chris Carrabba singing “Screaming Infidelities” circa 2000 and a faux AOL messenger screen with a caption reading “BRB! #DC20.”

The full list of upcoming tour dates can be seen below.

DASHBOARD CONFESSIONAL 20TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR 2020:

Feb. 4 – Dallas, TX – House Of Blues*
Feb. 5 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s*
Feb. 7 – Phoenix, AZ – Van Buren*
Feb. 8 – Anaheim, CA – House Of Blues*
Feb. 11 – San Diego, CA – Observatory North Park*
Feb. 14 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern*
Feb. 15 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore* %
Feb. 16 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore* +
Feb. 18 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox*
Feb. 19 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom*
Feb. 21 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot*
Feb. 22 – Denver, CO – Ogden*
Feb. 23 – Kansas City, MO – Truman^
Feb. 25 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue^
Feb. 26 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave^
Feb. 28 – Chicago, IL – House Of Blues^ %
Feb. 29 – Chicago, IL – House Of Blues^ +
March 3 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrews %
March 4 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrews +
March 6 – Columbus, OH – Express Live^
March7 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
March10 – New York, NY – Webster Hall^ %
March11 – New York, NY – Webster Hall^ +
March13 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom^
March14 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club^ %
March15 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club^ +
March17 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre Of Living Arts^ %
March18 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre Of Living Arts^ +
March 20 – Boston, MA – Paradise^ %
March 21 – Boston, MA – Paradise^ +
March 26 – Orlando, FL – House Of Blues^
March 27 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade^
March 28 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium^

% Performing The Places You Have Come to Fear the Most
+ Performing A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar
Performing a mix of songs from both albums on all other dates

* Support from Piebald
^ Support from The Get Up Kids

Lana Del Rey, Ariana Grande, and Miley Cyrus team up for ‘Angel’

Charlie’s Angels are back and deadlier than ever.

On Friday (Sept. 13), the much-anticipated “Charlie’s Angels” collaboration from Ariana Grande, Lana Del Rey, and Miley Cyrus was finally unleashed. In a bid to compete with Destiny’s Child’s “Independent Women Part 1” (which was THE song of the early 2000s version of the franchise), the three pop stars joined forces for “Don’t Call Me Angel.”

The almost-four-minute cinematic music video finds all three musicians taking on the different Angel positions. Cyrus is the first to appear on screen in a dark boxing ring. In the room, we watch as she practices her boxing skills with a partner, rolls around the ring, and holds a guy hostage. We can safely assume she’s “the muscle” of the group.

In contrast, Grande’s appearance is light, airy, and bright. Decked out in a white bustier and wings, Grande gallivants around the foyer of a brightly lit mansion. She slowly makes her way to an open-air space of the estate, armed with a pair of binoculars to keep an eye on the sky. We can only assume that her role in the group is both lookout and leader.

Del Rey is the last to appear on the screen and can be found in two different locations; a room lined with fire pits and a hacker’s paradise. Del Rey gives off the impression of two different characters; the “femme fatale” when she’s in the fire pit room and a ruthless assassin when she’s in the hacker’s paradise (hello, did you see her aim when she threw that dagger?!).

Watch the Hanna Lux Davis-directed music video for “Don’t Call Me Angel” above.

“Don’t Call Me Angel” will be featured on the upcoming “Charlie’s Angels” soundtrack. It was previously confirmed that Grande would be an executive producer on the album. Because of this, it’s only fitting that her song is the record’s lead single and movie’s theme song.

“Charlie’s Angels” punches its way into theaters on Nov. 15 while the soundtrack is due out Nov. 1 through Republic.

The film stars Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska as Charlie’s famous agents and Elizabeth Banks as Bosley.

In late June, a snippet of the new song was featured in the movie’s first official trailer introducing us to the new agents.

R.E.M. share previously unreleased track to benefit Hurricane Dorian victims

Fascinating by R.E.M.

While everyone is doing their part to help the Bahamas with the devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian, R.E.M. has jumped on board to help the struggling chain of islands with the power of music.

On Thursday (Sept. 12), the Georgia-founded band unleashed a previously unreleased song titled “Fascinating.” Proceeds from the track, which is available on Bandcamp, will be donated to the Mercy Corps’ Hurricane Dorian relief and recovery efforts in the Bahamas.

“We first became aware of Mercy Corps around the time of Hurricane Katrina, and we supported their efforts to help in that situation,” bassist/vocalist Mike Mills told Bandcamp Daily.

He continues: “I spend a lot of time every year in the Abaco Islands, which was literally ground zero for this disaster. I know a lot of people who lost everything—their homes, their businesses, literally everything they own is gone.

“I approached [R.E.M. manager] Bertis [Downs], and said, ‘I want to do something as a band to help out however we can.’ He suggested Mercy Corps, and I said, ‘That’s great—they’re a great organization.”

He adds: “I have been fortunate to spend many weeks working and playing in the Bahamas, making friends and lots of music there. It breaks my heart to see the damage wrought by Hurricane Dorian.”

According to a press statement from the band, “Fascinating” was initially set to appear on 2001’s Reveal. Ultimately, the group decided to cut the track from the list at the last minute. The song didn’t stay on the cutting room floor very long. In 2004, they re-recorded the song at Compass Point Studios (now closed) in Nassau with the goal of including it on their 13th studio album, Around the Sun.

Once again, it was omitted from the album because “the lush ballad ultimately didn’t jibe with that spare, atmospheric album.”

But now it looks like the song will be seeing the light of day (officially) and for an excellent cause.

See the band’s full announcement here.

If you would like to help out those affected by Hurricane Dorian, there are a slew of organizations, fundraisers, and charities where you can start. All you really need to do is find one near your location or head on over the Bahamas’ official tourism page where a medley of donates links are available.

We’ve personally donated to the Bahamas Humane Society and Baark! Bahamas so the sky really is the limit.

Ice Nine Kills channel ‘Texas Chain Saw Massacre’ for ‘Savages’ lyric video

Halloween is right around the corner, which means Ice Nine Kills is getting ready to make their annual spooky way across the country. But before they can take their favorite horror film characters on the road, the band has unleashed the lyric video for their latest single.

On Tuesday (Sept. 10), the Massachusetts-founded band unleashed the lyric video for their latest single “Savages.” Taking visual inspiration from the slasher film that inspired the lyrics (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre), the look of the video is very similar to that of the 1974 movie. The clip includes footage of Ice Nine Kills performing for a packed house as well as footage that looks like it came from the “based on a true story” thriller flick.

Watch the video for “Savages” above.

“Savages” is featured on Ice Nine Kills horror film-inspired album The Silver Scream. The record, the act’s fifth full-length album, was released on October 2018. Late last month, the band announced plans to release a deluxe version of the record. The reworked album will feature all 13 previously released tracks as well as a cover of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and a song inspired by the 1996 slasher flick Scream.

In support of the re-released work, Ice Nine Kills previously announced a set of fall tour dates. The “Octane Accelerator” tour begins on Oct. 29 at the House of Blues in Cleveland and concludes a little over a month later on Dec. 1 at Webster Hall in New York.

Supporting acts include Fit for a King, Light the Torch, Make Them Suffer, and Awake At Last.

THE OCTANE ACCELERATOR 2019 TOUR:

Oct. 29 – Cleveland, OH @ House Of Blues
Nov. 2 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave Club
Nov. 3 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater
Nov. 5 – Dever, CO @ Summit Music Hall
Nov. 6 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
Nov. 8 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
Nov. 9 – Los Angeles, CA @ Belasco Theater
Nov. 10 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren
Nov. 12 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
Nov. 14 – San Antonio, TX @ Aztec Theater
Nov. 16 – Pensacola, FL @ Vinyl Music Hall
Nov. 17 – Tampa, FL @ Ritz Ybor
Nov. 18 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
Nov.20 – Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theater
Nov.21 – Charlotte, NC @ The Underground
Nov.22 – Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
Nov.23 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Roxian Theater
Nov.25 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theater Of Living Arts
Nov.26 – Detroit, MI @ At. Andrews Hall
Nov.27 – Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues
Nov.30 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
Dec. 1 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall

Green Day to embark on a ‘Hella Mega’ tour with Weezer, Fall Out Boy

The good news?

Green Day, Weezer, and Fall Out Boy ARE totally hitting the road together for a massive (and epic) tour.

The bad news?

The tour isn’t happening until summer 2020.

Cue the groans of fans across the world.

On Tuesday (Sept. 10), the California punkers finally confirmed what fans have been speculating for a week or so. Dubbed the “Hella Mega” tour (a worthy name, if we say so ourselves), the upcoming trek will find Green Day, Weezer, and Fall Out Boy sharing the mantle of headliners while the Interrupters will play the role of supporting act throughout the long journey.

The lengthy outing will include shows in the United Kingdom, Europe, the United States, and Canada during the summer months of 2020.

“It’s kind of a Green Day idea. And we talked about how we weren’t really wanting to do stadiums and do something that was like [a] throwback to Monsters of Rock Tour. There was, of course, Fall Out Boy and Weezer and now we’re stoked,” Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong tells Zane Lowe on his Apple Beats 1 show.

Tickets for the “Hella Mega Tour” go on sale next Friday, Sept. 20, at 10 a.m. local time.

Watch the ridiculously creepy announcement video for the tour here.

The “Hella Mega” tour will be in support of Green Day’s recently announced new album, Father of All… (its official title is Father of All Motherfuckers). The record, their 13th full-length LP, is due out Feb. 7, 2020, via their longtime home of Reprise/Warner.

To coincide with all the announcements, the group has unleashed the album’s first single and title track “Father of All…” Listen to the new song above.

According to Armstrong, Green Day’s new album is going to be relatively short, clocking in at under 30 minutes.

“[The album] is only 26 minutes long, so it’s the shortest record we’ve made, I think since Dookie or Insomnia,” the frontman told Lowe.

“I realized I hate long songs.”

Father of All… is the follow-up to 2016’s Revolution Radio.

Later this month, the trio will release their new graphic novel Last of the American Girls (yes, it’s named after a track from their eighth studio album, 21st Century Breakdown). The book is due out Oct. 29 through Dey Street Books.

Like Green Day, Weezer and Fall Out Boy have some new tunes on the way. Weezer is set to drop their 14th studio album Van Weezer in May 2020 while Fall Out Boy will release a complication album titled Greatest Hits: Believers Never Die – Volume Two in November.

THE HELLA MEGA SUMMER 2020 TOUR feat. GREEN DAY, WEEZER, AND FALL OUT BOY

June 13, 2020 – Paris, France @ La Defense Arena
June 14 – Groningen, Netherlands @ Stadspark
June 17 – Antwerp, Belgium @ Sportpaleis
June 21 – Vienna, Austria @ Ernst Happel Stadium
June 24 – Glasgow, Scotland @ Bellahouston Park
June 26 – London, England @ London Stadium
June 27 – Huddersfield, England @ The John Smith’s Stadium
June 29 – Dublin, Ireland @ RDS Arena
July 17 – Seattle, WA @ T-Mobile Park
July 21 – San Francisco, CA @ Oracle Park
July 24 – San Diego, CA @ Petco Park
July 25 – Los Angeles, CA @ Dodger Stadium
July 28 – Commerce City, CO @ DICK’s Sporting Goods Park
July 31 – Arlington, TX @ Globe Life Field
Aug. 1 – Houston, TX @ Minute Maid Park
Aug. 5 – Miami, FL @ Hard Rock Stadium
Aug. 6 – Jacksonville, FL @ TIAA Bank Field
Aug. 8 – Atlanta, GA @ SunTrust Park
Aug. 11 – Minneapolis, MN @ Target Field
Aug. 13 – Chicago IL @ Wrigley Field
Aug. 15 – Pittsburgh, PA @ PNC Park
Aug. 16 – Hershey, PA @ Hersheypark Stadium
Aug. 19 – Detroit, MI @ Comerica Park
Aug. 21 – Washington, DC @ Nationals Park
Aug. 22 – New York, NY @ Citi Field
Aug. 24 – Toronto, ON @ Rogers Centre
Aug. 27 – Boston, MA @ Fenway Park
Aug. 29 – Philadelphia, PA @ Citizens Bank Park

As It Is founding member exits band, group announces ‘going-away’ tour

As It Is may be down a member going into 2020, but they’re going to make sure to give him one hell of a going-away celebration.

On Monday (Sept. 9), the British band announced the departure of founding member and longtime guitarist Ben Langford-Biss. The news came on the same day that the group was supposed to make a huge announcement. Considering the impact Langford-Biss’ departure will have on the future of the band, it was definitely a massive reveal.

After releasing a saddening (and lengthy) letter from Langford-Biss, the remaining members made it known that they weren’t going to let the guitarist leave so easily.

Instead, they’ll honor his decision to walk away by embarking on one final tour. Dubbed the “Ben Today, Gone Tomorrow” tour, the November-centric journey will find the group performing at venues across Europe.

The tour will begin on Nov. 4 at the Baroeg in Rotterdam and conclude a couple of weeks later on Nov. 15 at Dingwalls in London. The outing will act as both Langford-Biss’ final trek and a tour in support of their recently released record, The Great Depression.

Tickets for the newly announced shows go on sale this Wednesday, Sept. 11, at 9 a.m. local time.

As evident by the tour plans, there are no hard feeling between the remaining band members and Langford-Biss. The letter to fans reveals that the guitarist felt that it was time to “pursue other paths and projects” and that his passion for “music has waned.”

He jokes that even though he’s leaving “his brothers” after this difficult decision, he’s hopeful that “they’ll still let me guest when I undoubtedly ask for a guest list spot to a show.”

Read Langford-Biss’ letter to fans here.

Last week, the group teased that there was a massive announcement and that it would be “the end of an era.” For some fans, they speculated that the band would be dropping their current emo look that came with the release of The Great Depression and begin a new chapter in the band’s history book.

Well, it looks like they weren’t THAT off after all.

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