Procrastinate! Music Traitors tease release of new Brand New song

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Now that it’s been a week since Brand New released a new song, how close are we to that new album fans have been promised? With each passing day, it seems we are not getting answers, but today, we got a little bit of good news to tide us over. On Monday (May 23), the band’s record label, Procrastinate! Music Traitors, release a report of what to expect from the Long Island band. The report details what’s the itinerary for the group which even includes things that have already happened.

To start off, the report makes reference to the “imminent release of single from forthcoming Brand New LP” which has a release date of May 17, 2016; the same day Amazon leaked the name, release date, and 30-second clip of “I Am a Nightmare.” The next bullet is dedicated to a limited-release shirt that went on sale last week and was up for only 24 hours while right after, the news that Brand New will be hitting the Canadian road with mewithoutYou and Greater Pyrenees was detailed.

But while all of that is great news, the best part is found in the last bullet which confirms that we will be getting a new song soon enough. “Additional song from aforementioned album scheduled for release, summer 2016,” it reads. There may not be specific release date for the new song, or even a real confirmation about the new album, but it’s still the best news we’ve gotten.

Check out the complete report from Procrastinate! Music Traitors below.

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The Civil Wars Officially Call It a Day

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The Civil Wars have announced before that the group were over, but then got back together to release a new album as well as a song for The Hunger Games soundtrack.

Now, the duo have announced that they have officially split; that means no more reuniting “for one more album.”

Joy Williams and John Paul White aka The Civil Wars, have been on an “indefinite hiatus” since 2012, but today they announced that the parting of ways is permanent this time around.

Though they had garnered a lot of great attention, praise and even a Grammy nomination, the duo called it a day in 2012, citing “internal discord and irreconcilable difference of ambition.”

Even with their internal issues, it did not stop them from recording their self-titled, sophomore record and releasing it last Summer. Apparently, the discord wasn’t that bad because they even a recorded a covers record this past November just for Record Store Day.

But all is not lost. Along with their parting words and farewells, the duo have released a cover of “You Are My Sunshine.” The song was originally a B-side to their limited edition Barton Hollow 7-inch. The song can be heard over at their website. You can read Williams and White’s individual release about the split below.

Joy Williams:

“I am saddened and disappointed by the ending of this duo, to say the very least. JP is a tremendous musician, and I will always be grateful for the music we were able to create together.

I sincerely hope that ‘You Are My Sunshine’ will be accepted as a token of my gratitude for every single person that has supported our duo throughout the years. I’m so thankful and my heart is full.

Looking ahead, I’m excited to share the music that I am writing and recording in the midst of this difficult transition. I’ve loved being back in the studio, and have missed performing live. I look forward to seeing you soon.”

John Paul White:

“I would like to express sincere thanks to all who were a part of the arc of The Civil Wars—from the beginning, to the end, and all points in between. My deep appreciation goes out to all who supported, disseminated, and enjoyed the music. Whatever shape or form the next chapter takes, thanks for being a large part of this one.”

Fest 12 Add More Bands

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Fest 12 is set to invade Gainesville, FL for Halloween and now the festival has added 38 more bands to their already big line up. The official press release for the new additions can be seen below:

“The Lawrence Arms, Polar Bear Club, Smoke or Fire, The Sidekicks, Ramming Speed, The World Is A Beautiful Place to Die & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die, Max Levine Ensemble, Creepoid, Dads, Real Friends, Annabel, The Catalyst, Sonic Avenues, Get Dead, Saddest Landscape, Prawn, Fucking Invincible, Burnt Books,Pity Sex, Soul Control, UNFUN, Gates, Calvinball, My Man, Safety, Spoonboy, Xerxes, The Detectors, Caravels, Empire! Empire!, My Fictions, Awkward Age, Andrew Cream, Karbomb, No Sir, Creative Adult, Fighting Fiction, The Sheds & Big Dick! 

Don’t forget about some of these big shots we have previously confirmed. 

Bouncing Souls, Knapsack (reunion), The Draft (reunion), Dillinger Four, Samiam, Night Marchers, Braid, Boy Sets Fire, Obits, Paint It Black, F.Y.P, Big D and the Kids Table, White Lung, Toys That Kill, Ceremony, Mustard Plug, The Menzingers, Andrew Jackson Jihad, Off With Their Heads, The Flatliners, Mean Jeans, Tenement, Masked Intruder, Torche, Code Orange Kids, Teenage Bottlerocket, Cobra Skulls, Retox, I am the Avalanche, A Wilhelm Scream, Lemuria, No Trigger, Iron Chic, The Copyrights, Bridge and Tunnel, The Swellers, and so many more. 

You can check out each band’s page to see if they are playing BIG PRE-FEST IN LITTLE YBOR (TAMPA) and FEST 12  (GAINESVILLE)! Several are making their trip to FEST special by making it their ONLY FLORIDA SHOW

That makes the grand total now at 277 bands confirmed for FEST 12 with many playing BIG PRE-FEST IN LITTLE YBOR (TAMPA) for a bonus show while they are in Florida. 

Just a reminder, ALL BANDS PLAYING PRE-FEST WILL BE PLAYING FEST 12. However, many of the bands will be playing “Special” sets at PRE-FEST in Ybor. We will be announcing this info hopefully next month as well as the BIG PRE-FEST IN LITTLE YBOR schedule!  So, if you can make it down for the long run, you will be in store for a treat. Or, if you can’t make it on FEST 12  weekend, here is a chance to attend PRE-FEST and see a big chunk of the bands playing FEST 12!

REMINDER: FEST 12 and BIG PRE-FEST IN LITTLE YBOR PASSES GO UP IN PRICE STARTING JULY 1st!!!  Grab your passes to either or BOTH FESTs on the TICKETS PAGE!!!  Right now you can get a pass to BIG PRE-FEST IN LITTLE YBOR and FEST 12 in Gainesville for one low price of $140. That is 6 days of FEST  for $24  a day! 

For those of you wanting to get from YBOR/TAMPA to GAINESVILLE, don’t forget about the shuttle option we are offering.  THE PORKCHOP FEST EXPRESS. You can book your seat here. We have sold out a second bus so now it will be a caravan of THREE buses making the trip. Also remember that if you ride the Porch Cop FEST EXPRESS you will receive some very special gifts from us and PBR.  

FEW HOTEL OPTIONS LEFT

For those of you still looking for hotel rooms, we have a few options left. KING (one big bed/ sleeps 2) is still available at THE PARAMONT (GAINESVILLE) and THE HILTON DOWNTOWN (TAMPA/YBOR). You can book the few rooms we have left through the HOTELS PAGE on the site. So get ready to find some snuggle buddies!

This concludes our update for today! We still have a few more surprises we are working on and will hopefully be able to share them with you all soon. We get to end a long long work week by seeing some of our good FEST buds tonight in Orlando (Menzingers, Restorations, Fake Problems & Captain We’re Sinking!), then we get some Cheap Gilrs & Make Do and Mend time on Sunday in Gainesville! My liver is gonna hate me come Monday. 

Til next time, 

Tony and The FEST 12 crew”