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: 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: 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.

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.

Muse confirm release of ‘Simulation Theory,’ drop new single

After making fans wait almost two years for new music, Muse have finally confirmed the release of their ninth studio album. On Thursday (Aug. 30), the United Kingdom-founded band formally announced the title and release date for their forthcoming record. Titled Simulation Theory, the album is due out Nov. 9 through Warner Music.

The eleven-track record was produced by the band, along with producers Rich Costey, Mike Elizondo, Shellback, and Timbaland. Simulation Theory will be the follow-up to the group’s 2015 release, Drones. Pre-orders for the album are currently available on the band’s website.

According to an email sent to fans, the band will be offering three different versions of the record; standard, deluxe, and super deluxe. The standard version will feature 11 tracks, the deluxe version will feature 16 tracks, and the super deluxe will feature 21 tracks.

All pre-orders will receive instant downloads of the group’s previously released songs (“Something Human,” “Thought Contagion,” and “Dig Down”) as well as early access to tickets for their 2019 tour dates. In a response to a fan’s tour inquiry on social media, the band advised them to “stay tuned for tour details.”

In conjunction with the new album announcement, the band also released another new song from Simulation Theory; a tune titled “The Dark Side.” According to the band, fans should expect music videos for every song on the upcoming album. Watch the Lance Drake-directed clip above.

Back in July, fans began to debate whether the group’s new album would be titled Simulation Theory. Speculations began after the trio released the music video for “Something Human.” In the clip, frontman Matt Bellamy is seen putting a VHS titled “Simulation Theory” into a cassette player/VCR-looking item. The whole video revolves around Bellamy returning that VHS to a movie rental store before turning into a werewolf.

Against the Current announce ‘Past Lives,’ drop video for ‘Almost Forgot’

Months after dropping two new songs, Against the Current have finally announced the release of their brand new album. On Friday (Aug. 17), the New York-founded trio confirmed the title and release date for their  upcoming sophomore record. Titled Past Lives, the new record is due out Sept. 28 through Fueled By Ramen. Pre-orders for Past Lives are currently available on Against the Current’s website.

Past Lives will be the much-anticipated follow-up to the trio’s breakout debut, 2016’s In Our Bones.

In addition to unveiling the record’s title and release date, the group also unleashed its third single; a track titled “Personal.” Stream the new song here. As if the new album information and the new single wasn’t enough, the band also premiered the music video for their previously released song, “Almost Forgot.” Watch the new music video above.

Earlier in the year, Against the Current surprised fans by releasing not one, but two new songs: lead single “Strangers Again” and “Almost Forgot.” The springtime release of both tracks marked the trio’s first new material in more than two years. At the time of the two songs’ debut, the band had not confirmed or denied speculations over whether the new songs would be featured on their sophomore album.

As evident in their recent announcement, it looks like fans finally got their long-awaited confirmation.

In support of the record’s fall time release, the group will embark on a massive world tour which will find them performing at venues in Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, and France. The three-piece’s 2018 European tour will begin on Sept. 15 at the Academy in Dublin and conclude a couple of weeks later on Oct. 11 at the Yoyo in Paris. The complete tour itinerary can be found here.

Listen: The 1975 premiere ‘TooTimeTooTimeTooTime’

After a lot of online teasing over the course of the last couple of days, The 1975 have finally unleashed their latest single. On Wednesday (Aug. 15), the British band debuted “TooTimeTooTimeTooTime”; the third single off their long-awaited third album. The song made its worldwide debut on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show where it was also chosen as the “Hottest Record in the World.” In addition to the song’s exclusive premiere, fill-in host Phil Taggart spoke with frontman Matty Healy who gave the DJ some insight about the new track.

“This song is about, you know, fun and relationships and life and…this is the one 1975 I like listening to when I go out for a run,” Healy admits to Taggart.

When pressed by Taggart about whether he thinks this may be the band’s biggest song, Healy admits that he doesn’t really care as long as the fans like it.

“I don’t really know what constitutes a hit. I just know this is the song that I objectively listen to not necessarily as a ’75 song,” the singer explains.

“It’s just something that kind of makes me really happy and the video makes me the happiest. That’s my only metric as to why I would think it would be kind of…I don’t really care if it’s a hit. I just want the fans to hear it. “

“TooTimeTooTimeTooTime” can be streamed above while Healy’s complete interview can be heard here.

“TooTimeTooTimeTooTime” will join previously released tracks “Love It If We Made It” and “Give Yourself a Try” on A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships; the first of two upcoming albums from the band.

A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships is due out some time in October while Notes On A Conditional Form —the second album— will reportedly see a release time frame of early 2019. Both records will be released through the group’s longtime home of Dirty Hits / Interscope Records.

A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships will be the direct follow-up to the band’s hit 2016 record, I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it.

Listen: Pale Waves drop latest single ‘Black’

Almost a month after announcing the release date for their much-anticipated debut album, Pale Waves have returned with another new song from the forthcoming release. On Tuesday (Aug. 14), the Manchester-founded band premiered their sixth song off My Mind Makes Noises; a track titled “Black.” Heading over the Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show, the new song made its worldwide debut as the host’s World Record. While premiering the new song, Lowe sat down with the band to discuss the recently released new song.

During the sit down (which can be streamed here), Pale Waves frontwoman Heather Baron-Gracie admitted that “Black” is one of the band’s most problematic tunes, going through a lot of changes before arriving at its final incarnation.

“It started because I wrote the verse for the song, then I showed Ciara [Doran] and Ciara instantly fell in love with it. I just showed her on my acoustic and she started putting the music together,” reveals Baron-Gracie.

“To be honest, ‘Black’ is probably one of our most problematic songs. It’s been through a lot and it’s put us through a lot. It’s so good to have it finished because it feels like such a long journey with that song. Hopefully, everyone will be really happy with it.”

Listen to “Black” above.

“Black” will join previously released tracks “Eighteen,” “There’s a Honey,” “Television Romance,” “Kiss,” and “Noises” on My Mind Makes Noises. The impending record is due out Sept. 14 through Dirty Hit / Interscope Records. Pre-orders for the album are currently available on the band’s website here.

Back in June, the goth-pop quartet announced plans to hit the road during the months of October, November, and December in support of their at-the-time-not-confirmed album. Their headlining North American tour will begin on Oct. 26 at the Scoot Inn in Austin and conclude on Dec.6 at the Fonda in Los Angeles. Pale Waves’ complete tour itinerary can be found here.