From First to Last confirms return of Sonny Moore

For the past couple of months, fans of From First to Last have been debating whether or not vocalist Sonny Moore had officially returned to the outfit following a decade since his departure. Last summer Moore who we all know better as Skrillex, ignited the rumor fire when he played a snippet of a new song that sounded very From First to Last-ish on his Beats 1 radio show. Then, in January, the group and the DJ released a joint song titled “Make War.”

A few days after the song’s debut, which happened on Moore’s 29th birthday, the group performed the new song live for the first time during Los Angeles’ popular Emo Night LA event. That night, the group surprised the group by bringing out Moore for a several songs. On Tuesday (Feb. 28), the group may not officially confirmed the DJ’s return, but it might as well be. All From First to Last’s social media profiles now sport a brand new image of the band which features Moore front and center. In addition to the new photo, the band’s biography section has been updated to now to include Moore’s handle. Alongside the new image, the group posted a simple caption which reads “2017 Vibes <3,” on Instagram.

It’s not like there hasn’t been much teasing for the From First to Last or even Moore. During a pre-Grammys interview in early February, Moore spoke to Alternative Press where he gave a coy response to their question about being back in the band. “I left the band, but I would say I’m not left anymore.”

Moore’s return to the group comes almost a decade after he exited the lineup; in 2007, he decided to leave the band due to a vocal cord injury. His last show with From First to Last took place in October of 2006 in Orlando. Moore is mostly remembered for contributing vocals to the group’s two biggest albums, 2004’s Dear Diary, My Teen Angst Has a Body Count and 2006’s Heroine. In 2009, Moore made his debut in the EDM world with his first solo album, Gypsyhook. Then, in 2010, he re-emerged as Skrillex and released My Name is Skrillex.

As for From First to Last, after Moore’s exit, the band released a total of three other albums; 2008’s self-titled, 2010’s Thorne to the Wolves, and Dead Trees. A couple of months after the release of Thorne to the Wolves, vocalist/guitarist Matt Good announced the band would be going on hiatus so everyone in the group could pursue other endeavors.

Three years after the announcement, Good, drummer Derek Bloom, bassist Matt Manning, and guitarist Travis Richter reunited to launch a Kickstarter campaign for their new record which would go on to become Dead Trees.

Saosin Sign with Epitaph Records, Announce New Album

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Can you hear that noise? It’s the sound of Saosin fans cheering and crying over the band’s latest announcement. On Wednesday (Feb. 3), the California group took to the internet to announce several big pieces of news. To begin, the band revealed that they had signed to Epitaph Records. Then, they followed that up by confirmed that they will be releasing a brand new album, their third studio record, later this year.

Because confirming a new record and signing to a new label wasn’t enough, Epitaph posted a 30-second clip on their YouTube page which featured what sounds like a new song with the slowed-down footage of frontman Anthony Green in front of a recording studio microphone. Can you feel the chills yet? Check out the clip below.

“Making this record was such a sentimental thing for me,” explained Green about the new record. “You can literally hear us making amends with each other while lamenting on our experiences together. It was very healing and cathartic, and might be the heaviest thing I’ve been a part of since the first EP. Epitaph is a perfect fit for this band.”

In support of the good news, Saosin previously announced a short tour for March. The tour will kick off on March 11 at The Fillmore on Silver Spring, MD and wrap up on April 2 at Extreme Things in Las Vegas. Young & Heartless have been announced as Saosin’s special guest for the trek. The list of impending tour dates can be seen below.

SAOSIN SPRING 2016 TOUR DATES:

03/11 Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
03/12 Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
03/13 Charlotte, NC @ Amo’s South End
03/16 St. Louis, MO @ The Ready Room
03/18 New Orleans, LA @ Howlin’ Wolf
03/19 Grand Prairie, TX @ QuikTrip Park
03/20 Grand Prairie, TX @ QuikTrip Park
03/22 Jacksonville, FL @ Mavericks
03/23 Orlando, FL @ The Beacham
03/24 Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution Live
04/02 Las Vegas, NV @ Extreme Thing

The confirmation of the new record comes more than two years after rumors began. Back in 2014, the band reunited with Green for Skate and Surf 2014 and a handful of shows. During an interview with Alternative Press, the band hinted that there might be a future with Green. Then, hints became a reality when the band, with Green, went on tour in early 2015 only to play a few new songs and confirm that they were in the process of recording a new record.

Thrice Officially Working on New Album

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It’s official, work on Thrice’s new album has begun. Over the weekend, an image on Instagram got fans of the California-based band super excited and ready to pre-order the still-untitled record. On Friday (Jan. 8), drummer Riley Breckenridge posted a collage on the social media platform which featured three images of his drum kit and one from outside the recording booth. In the caption, he revealed that he had completed tracking the drums for the impending new album. Breckenridge also confirmed that “guitars, bass, keys, and other goodies” will be recorded “next week” aka this current week.

Check out the image below.

Breckenridge isn’t the only one to have posted something from the recording studio. Guitarist Teppei Teranishi had also posted an image from the recording studio, captioning it, “this is fun,” making reference to the hot mess of cables. One thing that should be pointed out is that both musicians used the hashtag, #TBEITBN in each of their images. We reserve the right to assume that this is the acronym for the new album. Coincidentally, many commentators agree with us because in the comments section, you can see several of them taking guesses as to what the acronym may actually mean.

No matter what, thrice fans can rest assure that a new album will be out this year, after all, the band confirmed that news back in December. This new record will not only be Thrice’s ninth studio album, but also their first album since they came out of their short hiatus. Their last album was 2011’s Major/Minor.

Sources Confirm Guns ‘N’ Roses Reunion at Coachella

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After what felt like weeks of speculation, it sounds like Guns ‘n’ Roses’ original lineup will indeed be reuniting in 2016. Over the last couple of weeks, rumors that the original GNR lineup would be reuniting in 2016 had been floating around the internet, though there was no official confirmation or even a denial. On Tuesday (Dec. 29), Billboard reported that some sources have confirmed that the 80s band will be making their long-awaited reunion at 2016’s Coachella Music and Arts Festival.

In addition to the one-of-a-kind reunion, which will take place in the spring, the sources have also unveiled that there is currently talk of the band hitting the road in the summer of 2016 for a stadium tour. The sources reveal that the original lineup, which will include Slash and Axl Rose, are in the middle of negotiations with concert promoters. If the band has their way, they can be playing at least 25 North American football stadiums in the summer including a show at the new Las Vegas Arena. In total, they can make up to $3 million per show.

The somewhat confirmation comes 22 years since the last time Slash and Rose played together at the River Plate Stadium in Buenos Aires in July of 1993. Speculations of their reunion began last week when a cryptic update was made to the band’s website. The second cryptic hint came via a video teaser that played before screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. the video shows a crazed crowd cheering while Rose’s “You know where you are?” from “Welcome to the Jungle” is heard over the loud cheers.

GNR will follow a slew of big artists who made their big reunions on the Coachella stage. Rage Against the Machine reunited there in 2007, My Bloody Valentine in 2009, Pulp in 2012, and OutKast in 2014.
Coachella 2016 is set to hit Indio, CA during two weekends in April; April 15-17 and April 22-24. Tickets are currently available, and if the rumors are 100% true, then, it might be a good idea to get them now than wait.

A Static Lullaby to Reunite After Three-Year Hiatus

A Static Lullaby may have called it a day a couple of years ago (three years to be exact), but now, the band has confirmed plans to reunite. On Monday (Dec. 28), the group announced their slight reunion with a handful of shows in early 2016. The four shows will take place at different venues in the band’s home state of California and will feature them performing their debut album …And Don’t Forget to Breathe, in its entirety.

The first two …And Don’t Forget to Breathe shows are scheduled to take place in late February. On Feb. 26, the band will perform at the Soda Bar in San Diego while on Feb. 27, they will hit the stage at The Glasshouse in Pomona. After a month off, the band will finish the shows in late March. On March 25, they will perform at Orangevale’s The Boardwalk and on March 26, they will wrap it all up with a show at San Francisco’s Social Hall SF.

Check out the official poster for the shows below and don’t forget to refresh your minds with the lyrics for “The Shooting Star That Destroyed Us.”

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A Static Lullaby announced their official disbandment back in 2012. Longtime guitarist/co-founder Dan Arnold was the first to announce the news of the separation in early 2012. A couple of days later, the group confirmed the news and even announced that their last show together would take place in Indonesia July 7, 2012.

A Static Lullaby’s final album before the hiatus was 2008’s Rattlesnake!

Alexisonfire Clear Up “Officially Back” Declaration

When news hit that Alexisonfire had confirmed they were “officially back,” fans around the world rejoiced. Now, several days after the declaration was made at Riot Fest Toronto, the Canadian band is backtracking about the declaration. In a statement released on behalf of the group, it explains just what their version of “officially” being back means. Spoiler: it does not include a new album or a tour.

Read Alexisonfire’s statement below.

“It was an unforgettable summer. All of us are extremely grateful to have such loyal and dedicated fans who were willing to stick with us. That being said, we feel the need to clarify something.

‘Alexisonfire is officially back’ may well be true, but it seems some may be reading more into this than they should. The truth is, nothing has really changed. We all have our own careers and families which require our attention and as far as Alexisonfire is concerned, there are no immediate plans.

What ‘Alexisonfire is back’ does mean is that the 5 of us are back in each other’s lives and are as good friends now as we’ve ever been. If we’re lucky, we’ll see you out there again. Thank you for sharing in the moment with us.”

While the glimmer of hope that an immediate tour or album have been squashed, it might be a good time to point out that they said in the released that “there are no immediate plans.” Maybe, in the near future something will happen. Considering the group announced their breakup in 2011 and did their whole farewell tour thing in 2012, it’s good to know that there’s hope for new music and other things.

The Academy Is… Reunion Tour Dates Unveiled

After a killer reunion show pre-Riot Fest Chicago last Thursday and an even bigger set at Riot Fest on Saturday, The Academy Is… has officially announced the highly anticipated tour dates for their “Almost Here Tenth Anniversary Tour.”

During their set at Riot Fest Chicago, the Chicago-based band told the overly excited audience that they will be hitting the road this December for the anniversary of their debut album even though the album technically turned ten back in February. But, to keep the suspense going a little more, the group decided to wait until Monday (Sept. 14) to release not only the tour dates, but also the tickets and much more.

Check out the tour dates for the “Almost Here Tenth Anniversary Tour.”

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Currently, VIP packages are on sale while general ticket will go on sale beginning this Friday, Sept. 18, at 10 a.m. local time.

Underoath Confirm Tour for Spring 2016

After teasing that there was a possibility of a tenth year anniversary tour in support of Define the Great Line and several 2016 shows confirmed, Underoath has finally given their dedicated fan base just what they were waiting to hear; the band will be touring in early 2016.

A few short hours after the Florida-based band were confirmed to be playing at Dallas’ South By So What?! Festival, the band released an over a month-long tour itinerary for the new year. The tour which has been named the “Rebirth Tour,” will kick off at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, FL on March 16 and wrap up on April 23 at the Tabernacle in Atlanta. The predominately United States-based tour will feature one stop in Toronto on April 19.

But if them going on tour wasn’t good enough, the formerly defunct band has also revealed that they will play 2004’s They’re Only Chasing Safety and 2006’s Define the Great Line in its entirety while also tossing in some “extra goodies.”

In a press release, guitarist Tim McTague said: “I think the thought of Underoath playing again seemed really exciting. We never thought we’d ever even want to play together again, much less be as excited to do so. It was a really cool feeling, and when discussing what this tour could be, it just felt right to play the two albums that our fans have held dearly for so many years. I think it’s going to be really special.”

Tickets for the tour will go on sale beginning this Friday, Aug. 28. For more information, head on over to the band’s website here.

UNDEROATH’S THE REBIRTH TOUR DATES:

March 16 – St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Live
March 19 – San Bernardino, CA @ 2016 Self Help Festival
March 20 – Dallas, TX @ South By So What?!
March 21 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
March 22 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
March 23 – San Antonio, TX @ The Aztec Theater
March 25 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Marquee
March 26 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
March 28 – San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
March 30 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SODO
March 31 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom

April 1 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
April 2 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
April 3 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
April 4 – Kansas City, MO @ Arvest Bank Theatre
April 6 – Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway Theatre
April 7 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
April 8 – Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
April 9 – Grand Rapids, MO @ Orbit Room
April 10 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
April 11 – Nashville, TN @ Rocketown
April 13 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre
April 14 – New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater
April 15 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
April 16 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
April 17 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
April 19 – Toronto, ON @ The Phoenix
April 20 – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
April 21 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVA
April 22 – Charlotte, NC @ Amos Southend
April 23 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle

Underøath to Reunite at Self Help 2016

The Underøath hiatus is now off.

A couple of weeks after a mysterious and cryptic video was uploaded onto the band’s Facebook page, the once defunct group has now announced that the hiatus is over. Thanks to a poster for A Day to Remember’s Self Help Festival, the status of the band was pretty much confirmed to be “on.” Speaking exclusively with Alternative Press, vocalist Spencer Chamberlain and drummer/vocalist Aaron Gillespie revealed a lot of information about the reunion which fans can all agree was a longtime coming.

When asked about why they decided to reunited at Self Help, Gillespie told the publications that it was offered to them and decided to do the festival when they noticed that a lot of bands that were inspired by them were playing it. They also felt that playing the show was some form of comradery with A Day to Remember.

“A Day To Remember started in the same town that Underøath started in, so I think it’s going to be dope. I’m really excited,” said Gillespie.

When the subject about one of their albums being played in full was addressed, Chamberlain answered with what a lot of fans were hoping to hear.

“Yeah, it’ll probably be [Define The Great Line in full] and then, depending on how much time we have, some songs off of They’re Only Chasing Safety and some songs off Lost In The Sound [Of Separation],” explained Chamberlain.

He continued, “We haven’t worked on the set for it yet, but I’ve talked about doing it like that with Tim, because 2016 will be 10 years [since] Define The Great Line. That way we wouldn’t go too far over on time.”

But when the topic about this being a one-time gig or a full-blown tour, Chamberlain was a little more mum about the topic, but did give some kind of hope when he said that he would love to play shows for those fans who were not privy to see them during their farewell tour.

“I would absolutely love to celebrate that record with our fans across the world if I could. The opportunities we’ve had as Underoath came from those fans, so I would love to play for them and the ones that we missed [on the farewell tour].”

And while the tour talk was kind of cryptic, the response to getting back together and creating new music was even more broad. While they would not confirm or deny getting back together to write new music, Chamberlain and Gillespie did agree on one thing; there’s always that possibility.

“I want to leave things open-ended. I don’t think we’re ever going to be a full-time band again, but I don’t like the idea of being so closed off to things,” said Chamberlain.

“I would never rule that out,” said Gillespie.

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.