Say Anything announce release date, track listing for final album

It’s been over a month since Say Anything frontman Max Bemis broke the news to fans that the band would no longer be his main focus. In his lengthy, ten-page letter, he explains his reason for putting the group on the back burner while also revealing that they will receive one final album before the disbandment becomes somewhat permanent. On Monday (Sept. 24), the California-founded act gave fans a little more information about that upcoming final record.

Previously confirmed to be titled Oliver Appropriate, the album is due out Jan. 25, 2019 via Dine Alone Records. Pre-orders for Oliver Appropriate are currently available on the band’s website. According to Bemis, the act’s eighth studio album is the proper sequel to their sophomore album, 2004’s …Is a Real Boy.

“This record is the story of what would happen to the ‘Real Boy’ many people thought I was. His band did well but then fell off hard,” Bemis writes. “He’d be my age, of course, but he’d still be living in Brooklyn, struggling with financial woes, single and strung out.”

While the official details for the forthcoming record have just been released, the group already treated fans to two songs from the upcoming album; “Daze” and “Pink Snot.” “Daze” can be streamed above while “Pink Snot” can be streamed here.

For fans hoping the band would embark on one final tour before calling it a day, those wishes were dashed after skimming Bemis’ letter.

“There will be no full U.S. tour to support the record or in the near future. I am done being a touring musician as my main profession.”

Bemis’ “Say Anything: A Goodbye Summation” letter can be found here while the official track listing for Oliver Appropriate can be found below.

OLIVER APPROPRIATE TRACK LISTING:

01. “The Band Fuel”
02. “Daze”
03. “Pink Snot”
04. “Greased”
05. “Ew Jersey”
06. “Mouthbreather”
07. “When I’m Acid”
08. “Captive Audience”
09. “Your Father”
10. “Send You Off”
11. “Fired”
12. “It’s a Process”
13. “The Hardest”
14. “Sediment”

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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”

Listen: Disturbed give fans ‘A Reason to Fight’ with new single

With the rise of addiction becoming a borderline epidemic, Disturbed have returned to tell fans who are struggling that things will get better. On Friday (Sept. 21), the Illinois-founded band unleashed “A Reason to Fight”; the second single off their upcoming new album. In a press statement, frontman David Draiman and guitarist Dan Donegan explain that the acoustic ballad is about fighting your inner demons no matter what those demons may be.

“The message behind ‘A Reason to Fight’ is a personal one,” begins Draiman. “We’ve all seen people that we care about fall victim to addiction. Dan [Donegan] sent me a rough idea for the song and it hit home particularly hard.”

“I know people who’ve battled addiction and have seen it in their face — the shame they have — feeling they’ve let themselves and others down,” adds Donegan. “We wanted to write a song with a positive message for people in that situation to stay hopeful and not give up the fight, as challenging as it may be. It’s an everyday struggle, but there can also be a light at the end of the tunnel.”

The music video for the new song was directed by Matt Mahurin whose resume includes U2, Metallica, and Disturbed’s music video for their cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence.” Watch the music video for “A Reason to Fight” above.

“A Reason to Fight” will join “Are You Ready” on Disturbed’s upcoming seventh studio album Evolution. Evolution is due out Oct. 19 through Reprise Records. All pre-orders of the forthcoming record will include instant downloads of the two single.

Evolution is the follow-up to 2015’s Immortalized.

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.

Report: Maroon 5 to headline Super Bowl LIII Halftime Show

If you had Maroon 5’s “Girls Like You” on repeat this summer, then the latest news about who may be headlining next year’s Super Bowl halftime show will have you bumping and grinding all over again. On Wednesday (Sept. 19), rumors began circulating that the California-founded band had been confirmed as the halftime show performers for the 2019 incarnation of football’s major event.

Variety was the first to report that the Adam Levine-fronted act had secured the highly sought-after position. In their report, the publication also noted that the group’s lengthy list of collaborations including hits like “Girls Like You” with Cardi B., “What Lovers Do” with SZA, “Cold” with Future, and “Don’t Wanna Know” with Kendrick Lamar could open the door for similar appearances during the show.

Similarly, Us Weekly also reports that “the offer has been extended and they’ve pretty much accepted.”

This isn’t the first time that the band’s name has been thrown around as potential performers for the in-demand slot. During an interview in 2015 with Howard Stern, Levine told the host that the group had been on the short list for quite some time.

“We very actively want to play the Super Bowl,” the Voice coach admitted to Stern during the broadcast.

A representative for the band has yet to comment on the reported confirmation. While it looks lie it’s pretty much a done deal, Maroon 5 are still on the road touring behind 2017’s Red Pill Blues.

Super Bowl LIII will take place at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta in Feb. 3 2019.

Watch: Weezer cover Blink-182 at Riot Fest

Blink-182 may have had to cancel their headlining gig at Riot Fest this year, but leave it to Weezer to pay homage to the absent band. During Weezer’s Riot Fest set —originally Blink-182’s time slot— the former decided to cover arguably one of the latter’s biggest hits, “All the Small Things.” It’s not like Weezer are any strangers to covering hit songs. Earlier this summer, the “Buddy Holly” crooners took on Toto’s “Africa” and made it one of the biggest alternative songs of 2018, so why not honor their former tour mates by covering one of their songs.

Watch the full, fan shot video above.

Prior to hitting the Riot Fest main stage, Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo did a solo show in San Francisco where he gave the August Hall audience an acoustic rendition of “All the Small Things.”

“Weezer always has Blink’s back,” Cuomo told the audience in attendance.

In 2009, they joined Blink-182 on the road for their reunion tour, confirming that the camaraderie is real. Watch Cuomo’s acoustic version of “All the Small Things” here.

Earlier this month, Riot Fest confirmed that Blink-182 had to cancel their appearance at the annual Chicago-based rock music festival due to Travis Barker’s health concerns. The band not only cancelled their appearance at the annual music festival, but were also forced to cancel all their September headlining gigs. After revealing that the trio would no longer perform, Riot Fest organizers were quick to enlist Taking Back Sunday, Run the Jewels, and Weezer to fill the vacancy.

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.

The Struts to release ‘Young & Dangerous’ in October

After months of patiently waiting, the Struts have finally confirmed some important information concerning their second studio album. On Friday (Sept. 14), the English band unveiled the title and release date for the much-anticipated follow-up to Everybody Wants. Titled Young & Dangerous, the new record is due out Oct. 26 through Polydor Records. Pre-orders for the forthcoming album are currently available on the band’s website.

“Finally, we can reveal our second album, Young & Dangerous,” frontman Luke Spiller announced via a press release.

“We have poured our blood, sweat, and tears into this album and I know you are all going to love it. This is dedicated to all of our amazing fans who have waited so long for this record. I hope these songs provide the perfect soundtrack to this crazy thing called life.”

In conjunction with the new album announcement, the band also unleashed the record’s latest single; a tune titled “Bulletproof Baby.” Listen to the new track above.

The 13-track album will include “Bulletproof Baby” as well as previously released tracks “Primadonna Like Me,” lead single “Body Talks,” and a special version of “Body Talks” featuring Kesha.

Back in July, the glam rockers announced plans to embark on a massive North American tour during the months of September, October, and November. The “Body Talks” tour will begin on Sept. 21 at St. Andrew’s Hall in Detroit and conclude a month and a half later on Nov. 9 at the Fillmore in San Francisco.

White Reaper, Spirit Animal, Thunderpussy, and the Wrecks will open for the band during the fall time excursion. Spirit Animal and White Reaper will play opening acts from Sept. 21 to Oct. 25 (White Reaper will not perform on Oct. 6) while Thunderpussy and the Wrecks will take over for them from Nov. 2 – 9 (Thunderpussy will not perform on Nov. 3). The full list of tour dates can be found here.

Young & Dangerous is the follow-up to the group’s breakout debut, 2016’s Everybody Wants. Their debut record features some of their massive hits including “Put Your Money on Me,” “Kiss This,” and “Could Have Been Me.”

For now, the complete track listing for Young & Dangerous can be found below.

Young & Dangerous Tracklist:

01. “Body Talks”
02. “Primadonna Like Me”
03. “In Love with a Camera”
04. “Bulletproof Baby”
05. “Who Am I?”
06. “People”
07. “Fire (Part 1)”
08. “Somebody New”
09. “Tatler Magazine”
10. “I Do It So Well”
11. “Freak Like You”
12. “Ashes (Part 2)”
13. “Body Talks” (feat. Kesha)

Listen: The 1975 drop ‘Sincerity is Scary’

A few days after finally confirming the release date and track listing for their much-anticipated third studio album, the 1975 have treated fans to yet another new song from the upcoming record. On Thursday (Sept. 13), the British band headed over to Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show where they premiered the fourth single off A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships.

While speaking to the DJ during the song’s worldwide debut, frontman Matty Healy revealed some information about the new song and the album as a whole.

“‘Sincerity is Scary’ is about me trying to denounce all of that postmodern fear of like being real. You know? Like, ‘Irony first. Make sure you’re ironic because then you can’t be judged on being a person,'” explains the musician.

“[and] I’ve become so aware of the shtick that exists within my kind of lyrical narrative as well because I obviously love everything I’ve done previously, but now as I get older, I see these kind of defense mechanism whether they be like jokes or being slightly sardonic or like here’s the big emotional bit of the song, but I’m not going to be really emotional. All those kind of things…and I think, this record is slightly more…it’s a bit more open and a bit easier and genuinely sincere.”

Listen to “Sincerity is Scary” above.

“Sincerity is Scary” will join previously released singles “Give Yourself a Try,” “Love If We Made It,” and “TOOTIMETOOTIMETOOTIME” on the band’s forthcoming new record. Originally set for an October release date, the 1975 surprised fans earlier this week by pushing its release time frame to late November (Nov. 30 to be specific).

A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships will be released through the band’s home of Dirty Hits.

As previously unveiled by the band, A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships is not the only new record the 1975 have under their sleeves. Back in June, the quartet announced plans to release their fourth studio album in 2019. Notes on a Conditional Form will reportedly see a release time frame of early 2019, though some publications are speculating that the album will see a May 2019 release.

A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships is the follow-up to 2016’s I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it.