Garbage announce 20th anniversary reissue of ‘Version 2.0’

Garbage may be in the process of beginning work on their new studio album, but now fans may have something to hold them over until then. On Wednesday (March 28), the group unveiled plans to reissue their breakout sophomore album, Version 2.0. The reissue will come in two different forms; standard and deluxe.

The standard version of the record will include remastered versions of the album’s track on either CD or on two, orange vinyls. The deluxe version of the reissue will also include remastered version of the album’s tracks as well as ten B-side bonus tracks, a poster, and stickers.Like with the standard version, the deluxe edition will be available on CD or vinyl. Both versions will also be available as digital downloads as well.

The Version 2.0 reissue is set to be released on June 22. Pre-orders can be found here.

The reissue of Version 2.0 will be in celebration of the album’s 20th anniversary. The record was released on May 11, 1998 and sprouted several of Garbage’s biggest hits including “Push It,” “I Think I’m Paranoid,” and “When I Grow Up.” It went on to win favorable ratings and managed to peak at the number 13 position on the Billboard 200 chart.

Accompanying the reissue announcement, Garbage unleashed one of the B-side tracks, “Lick the Pavement.” Listen to the song above.

Earlier this year, Garbage frontwoman Shirley Manson revealed in a radio interview that the group would be hitting the recording studio in April to begin recording the follow-up to 2016’s Strange Little Birds.

“We’re going to live together… we haven’t done this since the first record. We’re all going to live under one roof,” Manson explained to Louisville’s 91.9 WFPK DJ Kyle Meredith.

She adds: “We’re going to record during the day, then go out to dinner, and then we’ll come back and have band movie sessions like we did back in the day.”

For now, check out the complete track listing for the upcoming reissue below.

VERSION 2.0 DELUXE REISSUE TRACK LISTING:

Disc 1 – Version 2.0 remaster
01. “Temptation Waits”
02. “I Think I’m Paranoid”
03. “When I Grow Up”
04. “Medication”
05. “Special”
06. “Hammering in My Head”
07. “Push It”
08. “The Trick is to Keep Breathing”
09. “Dumb”
10. “Sleep Together”
11. “Wicked Ways”
12. “You Look So Fine”

Disc 2 – Bonus tracks
01. “Can’t Seem to Make You Mine”
02. “13x Forever”
03. “Deadwood”
04. “Get Busy with the Fizzy”
05. “Soldier Through This”
06. “Thirteen”
07. “Lick the Pavement”
08. “Medication (Acoustic)”
09. “Tornado”
10. “Afterglow”

Muse to release new song on Thursday

Almost a year after releasing “Dig Down,” Muse have finally confirmed its follow-up single. On Tuesday (Feb.13), the United Kingdom-founded band announced the title and release date for their brand new single. Taking to social media, the trio announced that the name of the new song will be “Thought Contagion” and that fans should expect the track’s debut this Thursday, Feb. 15. the Twitter announcement was accompanied by a ten-second clip that features a poster that could have easily belonged to any 1980s hair metal band. Check out the band’s announcement, and the video, here.

Muse’s release of “Thought Contagion” comes almost a year after the band released “Dig Down.” According to the group back in May of 2017, there are not plans to release a new studio album any time soon, but rather a set of singles. At the time, they had recorded a total of three songs with one being a “heavy” track while the other two were not. As if the new song wasn’t enough, it looks like the band is already in the process of filming the music video for the track.

The band recently posted a casting call for people to appear in the new song’s video. The casting call included several requests including a couple of super edgy guys to play punk/street guys (wild hair, tattoos, and piercings welcomed), an elderly gal between the ages of 58 and 75, and a “huge bouncer” who must be comfortable in a hazmat suit.

In conjunction with the release of “Thought Contagion,” the band will be holding a live Q&A session through the Guardian. Fans are encouraged to send in question here as soon as possible.

“Dig Down” and “Thought Contagion” are the first set of new songs from Muse since the release of 2015’s Drones.

The All-American Rejects drop two new songs

For what has seemed like years, The All-American Rejects have repeatedly promised fans that new music was on the way, but sadly, never came through. On Friday (July 7), the Oklahoma-founded band changed things when they released not one, but two new songs from their upcoming new album. To accompany the release of the two new songs (“Sweat” and “Close Your Eyes”), the band released an 11-minute music video that should be considered a short film with its time length, story line, and camera shots.

The first three and a half minutes of the clip is for “Sweat” and finds frontman Tyson Ritter dressed up as a streetwalker named “Betsy” as she tries to find some clients in the dead of night. When she finally gets a client, things take a turn for the worse when the cops barge in and catch her in a room with the client. Betsy, alongside her fellow streetwalkers, is arrested, but after a random dance number, she manages to get loose from the cops and run away.

The rest of the clip is dedicated to the group’s second single, “Close Your Eyes.” The video opens with Ritter, now going by Robert instead of Betsy, in a fluorescent-lit bathroom removing his Betsy persona. The viewer watches as Robert starts to go back to his normal self, donning a suit and tie and getting into a sports car to head home. Once he gets there, it appear like he has the perfect life, but sadly, it’s all an illusion. Watch the “Sweat” short film above.

In conjunction with the double-song premiere, Ritter spoke with Billboard about the band’s new music, their desire to take an unofficial hiatus, and of course how the two news songs came to be.

“When I was in L.A. with my feet at my little red piano, I established this relationship with a guy down the street named Benny Cassette. For ‘Close Your Eyes,’ he had a handful of tracks — he is a great producer — and he called me up. I was like, ‘This is great. This is makes me feel uncomfortable, you just proposing something like this, so send ’em my way. I’ve never tried anything like this.’ The closest I had ever gotten to co-writing before was with [Weezer’s] Rivers [Cuomo] for the Raditude record,” reveals Ritter to the publication.

He continues: “Benny’s track had this groove where I felt like I was pulling myself back into the ’90s in a fun way. Something felt really nostalgic about ‘Close Your Eyes’ for me, so I went with it. Even lyrically, I’m proud of finding some sort of depth with that song that I don’t think I’ve grabbed on with previous Rejects tracks.” Read the full interview over at Billboard.

While the band has yet to formally announce a specific release date or title for their upcoming fifth studio album, the group has revealed that the record will reportedly see a release tine frame of this fall.

In support of the new set of songs, the All-American Rejects are set to hit the road alongside Dashboard Confessional this summer. The joint summer excursion will kick off on July 13 at the Pacific Amphiheatre in Costa Mesa, California and conclude a month later on Aug. 15 at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, Illinois. The complete list of tour dates can be found here.

This upcoming album will be the group’s first set of new tunes since 2012’s Kids in the Street. Back in 2015, the group contributed a new song for the Drew Barrymore/Toni Collette-starring film, Miss You Already titled “There’s a Place.”

Sum 41 Post Snippets of New Songs

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It’s been months since we’ve heard anything from the Sum 41 camp. Last time the Canadian band updated fans, they already had “six or seven songs recorded.” Now, the group has given fans a little snippet of what to expect from their impending record. On Friday (Dec. 25), Sum 41 took to their Instagram page to post two short snippets of new songs.

In the captions for the two snippets, the group confirm that these are just work in progress (one caption reads “Just a rough mix” while the other one reads “Unfinished”) it’s nice to see how much work they have been doing since their last update. Listen to the two snippets below.

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Earlier this year, Sum 41 revealed that they would be hitting the studio to record a new album; the much-anticipated follow-up to 2011’s Screaming Bloody Murder. The new album announcement came over a year after frontman Deryck Whibley was admitted to the hospital for kidney and liver failure. This time last year, the singer had posted images on Facebook showcasing him in the studio which only began talks of a new Sum 41 album.

Then, this past July, the news was confirmed when they posted a link to a Pledge Music page. On the page came the announcement Sum 41 fans had been waiting for; there was new music on the horizon. If that wasn’t enough, there was a reunion on the stage at the Alternative Press Music Awards and a month later it was revealed that former guitarist Dave “Brownsound” Baksh had returned to the band. As of now, there is no projected released date or title for the new album. If you’re interested in still donating to the new album fund, then head on over to Pledge Music and help out. You can also check out some updates from the band as they work their magic in the studio.

Travis Barker Gives Update on New Blink-182 Music

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It’s been several months since we’ve heard anything from team blink-182, not to say that we’ve been worried because it looks like each member has been keeping themselves busy since that update.  Now, thanks to a recent interview with drummer Travis Barker, we’ve gotten a really nice update on the band as well as the state of potential new music. During his recent sit down with NME, Barker revealed that the band currently has a couple of songs done.

“Matt’s killing it,” Barker told the magazine about newly added guitarist/vocalist Matt Skiba (Alkaline Trio). “He’s fun to play with and write with. We’re just getting started, but I think we’ve got like four or five songs right now that I’m really, really happy with. There’s a song called ‘Punk Rock Cliché’ which I love the most right now. It’s about friends of ours and their relationships.”

We don’t know about you, but that sounds like some shade may have been thrown.

But if you’re worried that the band will sound different now that an original members has been replaced, Barker admits that the sound is different, but at the same time, the same. “They sound different, but still the same,” the drummer revealed. “Obviously, it’s Matt Skiba singing, so there’s hints of Alkaline Trio or at least Matt’s contributions to Alkaline Trio, mixed with my drumming and Mark’s voice and stuff. It’s really cool and I really love what we’ve done so far.”

To read the complete interview, head on over to NME here.

Barker’s revelations in the interview also mirrors bassist/vocalist Mark Hoppus’ claim back in July. While being interview by Billboard, the publication had nonchalantly added a couple of lines about blink-182 heading into the studio with Skiba. “In the meantime, Hoppus continues with Blink-182. He said the threesome — with Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba replacing guitarist Tom DeLonge — will head back into the studio in August.”

Guess they weren’t wasting any time with creating some new music.

The Arcade Fire to Release Never-Before-Heard Tracks

With their Reflektor Tapes documentary set to be officially released next week, the Arcade Fire has unveiled that they will be dropping a new 7-inch record to coincide with the documentary’s release. The record will feature previously unreleased tracks that did not make it onto the Canadian group’s last album, Reflektor. The songs to be featured on the LP will be “Get Right” and “Crucified Again.”

While the two songs did not make it onto the much regarded record, it hasn’t stopped the band from performing the songs live. On YouTube, there are several audio posts of the band performing both tracks live, though at different events. The vinyl release of the two songs will be the first time high-quality versions of the songs will be available to the public. Listen/watch some of the live performances below.

The Arcade Fire’s documentary, The Reflektor Tapes is set to be released in the United States on Sept. 24 while the film made its official debut last weekend during the Toronto International Film Festival. The documentary follows the band as they record their 2013 album, Reflektor. The 7-inch will reportedly be released later this month.

Sum 41 Add Former Guitarist, Have Several Songs Recorded

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With all the good Sum 41 news that has been coming our way over the past few months, frontman Deryck Whibley has revealed some more.

Last week, Whibley sat down with Alternative Press to discuss the resurrection of the band following the health issues that almost killed him last year which, in a way, resulted in the band’s reunion.

Making their official performance reunion at the Alternative Press Music Awards last month and before that announcing a new album was currently in the works, Whibley confirmed that former guitarist Dave “Brownsound” Baksh had returned to the group and will be featured on the new album; the first since 2004’s Chuck.

When discussing Baksh’s return, Whibley admitted that somethings have changed since Baksh left the group in 2006 like them getting a little bit wiser and maturing some.

“I would say the only thing that’s different now is we’re just a little bit wiser — a little bit. We’re just a little bit more mature. We’re a little bit more experienced in life in general.”

“It’s the answer to ‘What if?’ The answer to ‘Why?’ The chance to prove that that was just a moment in time where I got overwhelmed. I took a lot of time to … really wrap my head around the responsibility of being in a band,” added Baksh.

As for new music, which seems to be the biggest question since they confirmed a new album was in the process of being made, Whibley admits that they currently have several songs recorded.

“Recording-wise, there’s about 6 or 7 songs recorded. But the thing is, I just keep writing new ones … but I am going to stop it at a point. It’s not going to keep going. For the next few months, it’s just writing and recording and then I hope it should be getting ready to be done. Then we have to figure out our label situation. I just really want to get back on the road. I hate being in the studio.”

Six to seven new songs is a great start especially for a band that could have considered DOA this time two years ago.

Disturbed Premiere Title Track from New Record

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It’s been a month since Disturbed announced their return from their four-year hiatus in a big way; with a new album, lead single, and complete track list for the album.

Today, the metal band continues their return with another new song from their upcoming new record. The new song is the title track from the band’s sixth studio album, Immortalized.

“Immortalized” joins first single “The Vengeful One” on the impending record due out on Aug. 21 through Reprise Records.

Immortalized is the follow-up to 2010’s gold-certified Asylum, the last album they released before deciding it was a good idea to go on a hiatus.

Pre-orders for Immortalized are currently available on Disturbed’s website where they are still offering fans limited edition bundles of the record.

CHVRCHES Debut Three New Songs at Show

UPDATE:

Check out CHVRCHES new single, “Leave a Trace” below.


After someone leaked the information surrounding CHVRCHES’ new album, the Scottish pop trio decided to go ahead and confirm the news themselves on Tumblr.

In the post, they confirmed the new album will be titled Every Open Eye and is set to be released in September. In addition to the name of the sophomore record, the group also revealed the track list, cover art, and that the lead single from the impending album would make its debut on Thursday (today, July 16) on BBC Radio 1.

But before the band could get to debuting the lead single on the radio, they went ahead and debuted three new tracks during their set at Ottawa’s RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest on Wednesday.

The three tracks, which can be seen below, are “Make Them Gold,” “Clearest Blue,” and “Leave a Trace.”

As the uploader warns, it’s not the best audio in the world due to where they were stand (in front of the speakers), but something is better than nothing.

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1. “Never Ending Circles”
2. “Leave a Trace”
3. “Keep You on My Side”
4. “Make Them Gold”
5. “Clearest Blue”
6. “High Enough to Carry You Over”
7. “Empty Threat”
8. “Down Side of Me”
9. “Playing Dead”
10. “Bury It”
11. “Afterglow”

Every Open Eye is the follow-up to 2013’s The Bones of What You Believe and is set to be released on Sept. 25.

Disturbed Return with ‘Immortalized’

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After a four-year hiatus, Disturbed have returned.

Over the past few days, there had been rumors circulating that the hard rockers had recorded a brand new album without anyone’s knowledge. Turned out that the rumors were actually true because today they released a slew of good news for their fan base.

The band will be releasing their sixth studio album, which has been titled Immortalized on Aug. 21 through Reprise Records.

But if that wasn’t enough to get your head banging, they also released the album cover art, track listing, and the first single from the impending release, a track tilted “The Vengeful One.”

Immortalized is the follow-up to 2010’s gold-certified Asylum.

Pre-orders for the album are currently available on the band’s website where they are offering several limited edition bundles for the record.

Watch the music video for “The Vengeful One” which was directed by filmmaker Phil Mucci, as well as the complete track listing for Immortalized below.

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IMMORTALIZED TRACK LISTING:

01. “The Eye Of The Storm”
02. “Immortalized”
03. “The Vengeful One”
04. “Open Your Eyes”
05. “The Light”
06. “What Are You Waiting For”
07. “You’re Mine”
08. “Who”
09. “Save Our Last Goodbye”
10. “Fire It Up”
11. “The Sound of Silence”
12. “Never Wrong”
13. “Who Taught You How To Hate”
14. “Tyrant*”
15. “Legion of Monsters*”
16. “The Brave And The Bold*”

*Deluxe only