Memphis May Fire announce ‘Broken,’ drop new single

With a couple of months left before they hit the North American touring circuit, Memphis May Fire have just confirmed that fans will have some new tunes to jam to during those gigs. On Friday (Sept. 21), the Texas-founded band announced plans to release their sixth studio album in the fall. Titled Broken, the new record is due out Nov. 16 through Rise Records. Pre-orders for the new album are currently available on the band’s website.

Broken is the follow-up to the group’s 2016 release, This Light I Hold.

In conjunction with the new album announcement, the band released the record’s lead single; the hard-hitting “The Old Me.”

In a press statement, frontman Matty Mullins describes the inspiration behind the new track. As it turns out, the song was primarily inspired by the singer’s struggle with anxiety and depression and how he wishes to one day return to the person he used to be before his symptoms began to manifest.

“‘The Old Me’ is about my struggle with anxiety and depression,” Mullins’ letter begins.

“What feels like a war between good and evil, loathing the person I become mentally when it consumes me, and trying to remember what life was like before I lived with the symptoms. Ultimately hoping to one day become that person —’The Old Me’— again.”

Listen to “The Old Me” above.

In support of the ten-track album’s November release, Memphis May Fire were previously confirmed as one of Atreyu’s supporting acts during the California band’s fall tour. The upcoming trek will begin on Nov. 9 at the Van Buren in Phoenix and conclude over a month later on Dec. 13 at the House of Blues in Anaheim. the full list of upcoming dates can be found here while the complete track listing for Broken can be seen below.

BROKEN TRACK LIST:

01. “The Old Me”
02. “Watch Out”
03. “Sell My Soul”
04. “Who I Am”
05. “Heavy is the Weight”
06. “Over It”
07. “Fool”
08. “Mark My Words”
09. “You and Me”
10. “Live Another Day”

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Listen: Weezer release new song from Patrick Stump-composed soundtrack

Weezer may have spent most of the summer playing their epic cover of Toto’s “Africa” around the country, but now the group is giving fans something new and original for the fall months. On Thursday (Sept. 20), the California-founded band unleashed a new, synth-pop tinged song titled “California Snow.” Though the new track may seem like a nice surprise single from the group who just recently took the stage at Riot Fest, the track was actually put together for an upcoming new film.

“California Snow” will reportedly be featured on the soundtrack for Spell, a thriller released by Crush Pictures, a division of the band’s management firm. The score for the forthcoming record was written and composed by Fall Out Boy frontman Patrick Stump. As if having a song on the soundtrack wasn’t enough, it looks like Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo will even have a cameo in the film.

According to a post on the band’s official Twitter account, Cuomo will play a therapist who’s “ready to help you solve all your thorny problems.”

“[Rivers] lends his voice as the therapist & he’s ready to help you solve all your thorny problems. Clearly the only prescription to make anyone better is a new song,” the band’s post reads.

Listen to “California Snow” above.

Spell follows Benny (Barak Hardley), a troubled 30-something American on a surreal journey through the Icelandic wilderness following the sudden death of his fiancée.

Spell will debut on Sunday, Sept. 23, at the LA Film Festival.

Last week, Weezer made headlines when Riot Fest organizers announced that they were one of three acts slate to replace Blink-182 at the annual music festival (Taking Back Sunday and Run the Jewels were also confirmed). During their set, the quartet paid homage to Blink by performing their own version of “All the Small Things.” Watch the performance here.

Listen: Avril Lavigne returns with new power ballad

Avril Lavigne has been through a lot since the days of “Sk8r Boi” blasting on TRL and pretty much every pop radio station known to mankind. Tours. Albums (some more successful than others). Marriages. Divorce. And then, she was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2014. Ever since her diagnosis, she’s kept herself rather under the radar, but now, it looks like everyone’s favorite former pop-punk princess is ready to return.

On Wednesday (Sept. 19), the Canadian singer unleashed her first new single in five years. Titled “Head Above Water,” the powerful ballad recounts Lavigne’s four-year battle with the infectious diseases.

In a press statement, she reveals how the song, and her forthcoming new record, came to be after her experience of being bed-ridden for months.

“I thought I was dying, and I had accepted that I was going to die,” the singer begins.

“My mom laid with me in bed and held me. I felt like I was drowning. Under my breath, I prayed ‘God, please help to keep my head above the water.’ In that moment, the song writing of this album began. It was like I tapped into something. It was a very spiritual experience. Lyrics flooded through me from that point on.”

Lavigne co-wrote the song with Travis Clark and Stephan Moccio who produced the track. Listen to “Head Above Water” above.

“Head Above Water” comes weeks after the “Complicated” singer began teasing the possibility of not only a new song, but also a new album.

Last week, she wrote a letter to fans in which she confirmed that not only was there new  music on the horizon, but that creating the new music was her way of coping and healing.

“I spent the last few years at home sick fighting Lyme Disease. Those were the worst years of my life as I went through both physical and emotional battles. I was able to turn that fight into music I’m really proud of. I wrote songs in my bed and on the couch and recorded there mostly as well. Words and lyrics that were so true to my experience came pouring out of me effortlessly. Truly…by keeping my spirits up, having goals to reach and a purpose to live for, my music helped to heal me and keep me alive.”

To coincide with the new song’s release, Lavigne and her the Avril Lavigne Foundation launched a charitable t-shirt campaign to help raise money for individuals affected by Lyme disease who cannot otherwise afford treatment. If you would like to participate in the campaign, head on over to the foundation’s website here.

“Head Above Water” will reportedly be featured on Lavigne’s still-in-the-works sixth studio album. The singer unleashed her self-titled album back in 2013.

Listen: Lana Del Rey releases ten-minute tune ‘Venice Bitch’

A week after treating fans to her first new song in over a year, Lana Del Rey has given her followers more good news than they can handle. On Tuesday (Sept. 18), the New York-born songstress not only premiered another new song, but she also formally announced the release of sixth studio album. Titled Norman Fucking Rockwell, the new record is produced by Bleachers head honcho/super producer Jack Antonoff.

Though no official release date has been given for the upcoming record, Del Rey did confirm that it will see a release time frame of 2019. Norman Fucking Rockwell will be the follow-up to 2017’s Lust for Life.

As previously promised, Del Rey also unleashed her second single from the impending album; a track titled “Venice Bitch.” Heading over to Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show, Del Rey debuted the almost ten-minute tune. While speaking to the host about the lengthy track, the musician revealed that her managers were a little apprehensive when she decided on this song as one of her singles.

“I played it for my managers and I was like, ‘Yeah, I think this is the single I want to put out.’ [And] They were like, ‘It’s ten minutes long. Are you kidding me? It’s called Venice Bitch. Like why do you do this to us? Can you make a three-minute normal pop song?’ I was like, ‘Well, end of summer, some people just wanna drive around for ten minutes, get lost in some electric guitar.'”

Listen to the ten-minute track above and maybe do like Del Rey suggests and put it on in your car and just drive.

“Venice Bitch” will join previously release single “Mariners Apartment Complex” on Norman Fucking Rockwell.

Listen: Ice Nine Kills pay homage to ‘The Crow’ in new single

A month or so after taking fans on a visual trip to their own version of Camp Crystal Lake for “Thank God It’s Friday,” Ice Nine Kills have returned with yet another new song from their much-anticipated new studio album. On Friday (Sept. 14), the Massachusetts-founded group debuted “A Grave Mistake”; the third single from their impending record, The Silver Scream. The new song made its worldwide premiere on Sirius XM’s hard rock station Octane.

Instead of the hard-rock-hitting tunes that were previously released, “A Grave Mistake” seems to go in a different direction as a mellower song (at least by Ice Nine Kills standards). Some fans have even compared this tune to the group’s song “Star-Crossed Enemies” from 2015’s Every Trick in the Book.

“A Grave Mistake” was reportedly inspired by the 1994 cult classic The Crow which starred Brandon Lee in his final role; the actor died during the filming of the movie when a stunt with a gun went horribly wrong. Listen to “A Grave Mistake” above.

“A Grave Mistake” will join previously released track “Thank God It’s Friday” and lead single “The American Nightmare” on Ice Nine Kills’ fifth studio album. The Silver Scream is due out Oct. 5 through Fearless Records.

In support of the new record’s release, the band was confirmed as one of the many bands set to open for Atreyu on their upcoming fall tour. The excursion will find the four-piece joining the California-founded band on the road throughout the months of November and December.

The forthcoming tour will will begin on Nov. 9 at the Van Buren in Phoenix and conclude over a month later on Dec. 13 at the House of Blues in Anaheim. Memphis May Fire and Sleep Signals will join Ice Nine Kills as Atreyu’s opening acts during the month-long tour. The full list of upcoming tour stops can be found here.

Listen: Boston Manor stream ‘England’s Dreaming’

Boston Manor’s new album is just a couple of days away from being in the palms (and ears) of fans, so what is a band to do? Release another new song from it, of course. On Tuesday (Sept. 4), the English band dropped another new song from Welcome to the Neighbourhood. Titled “England’s Dreaming,” the new song follows the band’s theme with the new record; bleakness.

“[“England’s Dreaming” is] probably my favorite track on the record,” admits vocalist Henry Cox. “The song’s about waking up one day and realizing you have nothing in common with your fellow man.” listen to “England’s Dreaming” above.

“England’s Dreaming” will join previously released tracks “Bad Machine” and “Halo” on Boston Manor’s sophomore effort. Welcome to the Neighbourhood is due out this Friday, Sept. 7, through Pure Noise Records. The upcoming album was produced by Mike Sapone whose resume includes Taking Back Sunday, Mayday Parade, and Public Enemy. Pre-orders for the record can be found here

Welcome to the Neighbourhood is the follow-up to the group’s debut record, 2016’s Be Nothing.

In support of the new album’s release, they recently announced plans to hit the road alongside Real Friends, Grayscale, and Eat Your Heart Out. The upcoming tour will find the bands performing at venues across the country during the months of October and November.

The forthcoming excursion will begin on Oct. 17 at the Garage in Minneapolis and conclude over a month later on Nov. 25 at the House of Blues in Chicago. The complete tour itinerary can be found here.

Listen: Alkaline Trio drop ‘Demon and Division’

With just a few days left until the release of their long-awaited new album, Alkaline Trio just unveiled another new song from it. On Tuesday (Aug. 28), the California-founded band unleashed a third new song from their upcoming ninth studio album; a track titled “Demon and Division.” Listen to “Demon and Division” above.

“Demon and Division” will join “Blackbird” and the record’s title track “Is This Thing Cursed?” on the forthcoming record. Is This Thing Cursed? is due out Aug. 31 through Epitaph Records. Pre-orders for the album are still available on Alkaline Trio’s website which now includes pre-orders for a special vinyl due out Oct. 19.

Is This Thing Cursed? is the follow-up to the group’s last studio album, 2013’s My Shame is True.

In support of the new album’s release, the band just concluded the first leg of their North American tour itinerary. Following a month or so off where frontman Matt Skiba will re-join Blink-182 for a mini tour during the month of September, the band will jump-start the second leg of the tour on Oct. 4 at The Observatory in Santa Ana, California. A few weeks alter, the tour will come to an end on Oct. 18 at The Catalyst in Santa Cruz, California.

Garage rock outfit PANGEA will open for Alkaline Trio during both legs of the tour. For now, Alkaline Trio’s full tour itinerary can be found here.

Listen: Twenty One Pilots get funky on ‘My Blood’

Twenty One Pilots have returned with another new song. On Monday (Aug. 27), the Ohio-founded duo unleashed a fourth single from their upcoming new studio album. Titled “My Blood,” the tune is unlike the previous three as it’s a little more funky and upbeat with a killer bassline. But since it is a Twenty One Pilots song, you know that the upbeat, funkiness is just a facade for more serious lyrics.

The almost-four-minute tune is accompanied by a video which shows frontman Tyler Joseph seated in a dark  studio, playing his bass and nodding his head to the new song. Listen to “My Blood” above.

The new song’s debut does not come as much of a surprise for some fans who watch the MTV Video Music Awards earlier this month. During one of the many breaks, a commercial for Twenty One Pilots‘ new album played. At first, the commercial features a snippet of “Nico and the Niners,” but it quickly changes to a new songs fans had never heard before (now we know it’s “My Blood”).

“My Blood” will join previously released songs “Levitate,” “Nico and the Niners,” and lead single “Jumpsuit” on Twenty One Pilots’ highly anticipated fifth studio album Trench. Trench is due out Oct. 5 through Fueled By Ramen. Pre-orders for the new album are currently available here.

Trench is the follow-up to the group’s Grammy-winning record, 2015’s Blurryface.

In support of the new album’s fall time release, Twenty One Pilots previously announced plans to hit the road during the final months of 2018 and early months of 2019. The Bandito world tour will begin on Oct. 16 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville and conclude five months later on March 17, 2019 at the Altice Arena in Lisbon, Portugal. The complete list of tour dates can be found here.

Listen: Atreyu return with two new songs, announce seventh studio album

If you’re a fan of Atreyu, then get ready because the quartet just unveiled a slew of good news. On Friday (Aug. 24), the California-founded group announced the fall time release of their seventh studio album. Titled In Our Wake, the new record is due out Oct. 12 through Search and Destroy Records / Spinefarm. Pre-orders for the new album are currently available here.

In a press statement, singer Alex Varkatzas reveals how the deaths of two fellow musicians influenced the impending album.

“It’s a deep one. We looked up to Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington, and their deaths were fresh during the writing process. It made us think of what we’ll leave in our wake. We have a choice to change the lives of others for the better.”

“The album title In Our Wake comes from the idea that every day we humans have two roads we can go down: Do you choose to inspire, uplift, and enhance each others lives? Or do you prefer to belittle, shit talk, and tear down each other down?,” bassist Porter McKnight explains.

“With each choice made, you leave a ripple that reflects across your community, then onto your city, to your nation, and eventually all across the globe. Who do you leave in your wake?”

In addition to the new album announcement, the five-piece also unleashed two new songs from the upcoming record; “Anger Left Behind” and the record’s title track “In Our Wake.” Watch the music video for “In Our Wake” above while “Anger Left Behind” can be streamed here.

In Our Wake is the follow-up to 2015’s Long Live and finds the group reuniting with Lead Sails Paper Anchor producer John Feldmann. The complete tracklisting for the 12-song record can be seen below.

IN OUR WAKE TRACK LIST:

01. “In Our Wake”
02. “House of Gold”
03. “The Time is Now”
04. “Nothing Will Ever Change”
05. “Blind Deaf & Dumb”
06. “Terrified”
07. “Safety Pin”
08. “Into the Open”
09. “Paper Castle”
10. “No Control”
11. “Anger Left Behind”
12. “Super Hero”