The 1975’s manager discusses band’s upcoming double release

The 1975 surprised fans last month when they announced plans to release not one, but two new studio albums between now and early 2019. While their longtime followers were grateful for the announcement, it makes some wonder how this decision was reached. During a recent interview with Music Week, Jamie Oborne —the band’s longtime manager— discussed how the decision to release two albums was accomplished.

“We’re doing things a little bit differently in this campaign,” Oborne begins. “Very early on, Matthew [Healy, frontman] noted that the promotional window on music is shorter than ever, and the time that people consume it is infinite. He felt very strongly that, if we have a tour cycle that’s going to last 18 months to two years, we have to release two records in the time that we would have previously have released one.”

Prior to the announcement, which came after months of cryptic teasing from the band, the group’s fans were just happy to finally get some new music. The fact that the four-piece decided to given them some extra new tunes was just an added bonus.

The two-album release comes more than a year after Healy unveiled the name and potential time frame for the new LP. During an interview in April of 2017 with Zane Lowe on his Beats 1 show, he told the DJ: “The next record’s called Music for Cars. That’s the title and it references our second EP or our third EP.”

While the original title for the forthcoming album was supposed to be Music for Cars, Healy decided to give the monkier to the band’s new era. The quartet’s third studio album will be titled A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships while their fourth studio album will be titled Note on a Conditional Form.

According to Oborne, the 1975 will release a new song a month leading up to the release of A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships. The impending release is slated to be debut some time during the fourth quarter of this year. The third studio album’s release will coincide with the group’s live return in January. While A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships should be released some time this year, Note on a Conditional Form will reportedly see a release time frame of spring 2019. Both albums will be released via Dirty Hit in conjunction with Polydor.

The 1975’s manager sounds off on new record, tour

It’s been months since fans to the 1975 have been given any kind of information pertaining to their much-anticipated third studio album. As of now, fans have only been told that it will be titled Music for Cars and that it will be released sometime in 2018. Late last month, the band’s longtime manager, Jaime Oborne, took to social media to drop some hints and answer some questions about the impending record and the touring that will revolve around the new release.

For fans who have had the opportunity to see the 1975 live, their shows are a dream of staging and lighting. According to Oborne, this time around, the band is going to push the envelope by  making this “the biggest live spectacle in the world.”

“No we want the first shows to be the biggest live spectacle in the world,” Oborne posted on Twitter much to the delight of excited fans. But like with life, with the good news comes the not-so-good news.

The major good news come in the form of Oborne telling fans that they should expect some major tour announcement to be made sometime in the summer. The not-so-good revelation came when Oborne revealed that the group’s United Kingdom fans would be the first to experience the “big spectacle” in all its glory.

“Yes will be UK to start,” he responded to a fan who asked if the group’s still-not-announced tour will kick off in their home country.

Like with most fans and music publications, the one question they wanted answered was when Music for Cars would be released. Sadly, Oborne was unable to answer that question because the new record is reportedly “not finished.” He followed it up by stating that fans will “get a lot in 2018.”

Music for Cars will be the follow-up to the 1975’s hit sophomore album I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It which was released in 2016.

Thrice Officially Working on New Album


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.

Of Mice and Men Frontman “Closer to 100%”

Of Mice and Men frontman Austin Carlile has given fans a major update about his health; he’s “closer to 100%.”

The frontman, who was hospitalized at the beginning of June, has had to undergo several serious surgeries during the last month due to Marfans Syndrome, a genetic disorder that affects the body’s connective tissues. But through the horrendous ordeals, one thing stayed constant, Carlile’s goal of getting better and making sure fans were updated on his recovery.

Last weekend, Carlile posted a major update for fans in which he revealed that he is getting closer to 100%.

He followed up the good news by revealing that he is also undergoing physical therapy and that even though it’s hard, “nothing comes easy.”

It also appears that getting better isn’t the only goal the singer has set. Taking a look at Of Mice and Men’s website, it appears that they have some upcoming shows still scheduled for 2015. The first has the band performing at the Louder Than Life Festival in Louisville, KY on Oct. 3 and 4. A little over a month after that, they are scheduled to head overseas to play at Ozzfest Japan on Nov. 21.

Austin Carlile Updates Fans on Hospitalization

It’s been several days since Of Mice & Men broke the news to fans that the final two stops of their “Full Circle Tour” had been cancelled due to frontman Austin Carlile being hospitalized for unknown reasons.

Now, four days later, Carlile has taken to Twitter to thank the fans for their dedication and well-wishes. He also updated his followers that he will be transferred to Stanford University sometime this week to get the “health situation at hand under control” and to be in the care of his cardiologist and a Marfan specialist.

One silver-lining in all of this; Carlile’s promise that he’s “never giving up.”

Check out the slew of tweets from the singer and a picture update from the hospital on Instagram below.

Of Mice & Men were supposed to wrap up their “Full Circle Tour” earlier this week (June 9) at El Plaza Condesa in Mexico City. The tour was in support of the reissue of 2014’s Restoring Force, Restoring Force: Full Circle which came out earlier this year.

Simple Plan Aiming for ‘Late Summer, Early Fall’ Release

After what feels like years of posting pictures and video from the making of their new album, Simple Plan have now dropped a big hint as to when their fifth studio album is set to drop and it looks to be soon(ish).

Speaking with Tribute Magazine, drummer Chuck Comeau revealed that despite not having an official release date or title (it’s being referred to as “SPAlbum5”) for the record, the group are currently aiming for a “late Summer/early Fall” release date.

“We’re still in the studio, so we’ve probably got another month of recording,” Comeau explained to the publication.

“I think we will definitely have new music out this Summer, that’s for sure. That’s the goal we’ve been working super hard towards. As far as the actual record release, we don’t have an official date yet, but I’m thinking end of Summer, early Fall is our target, so we are working every day making sure we can meet that deadline.”

The band have not been shy about updating fans on the progress of the new record. The Canadian group are constantly updating their individual Instagram profiles with images and videos from behind the scenes of the recording sessions which sometimes includes them goofing off like their ping-pong tournament.

This marks the band’s new album since 2013’s Get Your Heart On-The Second Coming! EP, the continuation to 2011’s Get Your Heart On.

VERSA Frontwoman Updates Fans on New Album Status


It’s been over a year since VERSA (formerly VersaEmerge) released any new material, even though they had promised fans that they would be working on some new music since the slight taste they from the duo’s Neon EP.

In the year since the three-song album was released, the band have been quiet with no information on whether or not they were currently working on new music or if they had called it a day. Now, after such a long pause, it seems the duo might be working on some new material.

In response to a question a fan posted on Tumblr, frontwoman Sierra Kusterbeck revealed that they would be starting a crowdfundng campaign to help fund their new full-length album; the first full-length under their new name.

“hi! thanks for being a long time fan of the music. of course we want to come to brazil, we’re always mentioning it when we talk about touring. just need to release the rest of our music and then get it in the works. we plan to do a crowd funding campaign for our full length and extra money will get us down to brazil for sure! <3”

Back in 2013, fans of VersaEmerge were given a big shock when the band abruptly dropped off of the Vans Warped Tour. Soon after the departure from the traveling rock show, news hit that the band had been dropped from Fueled by Ramen even though no actual reason was given. Following that, they deleted all social media accounts associated with VersaEmerge and re-emerged with new social media accounts for VERSA.

Mark Hoppus Responds to Tom DeLonge’s Twitter Claim


It’s day three of the blink-182 soap opera and things seem to be getting a lot more dramatic with every passing day.

Yesterday, Tom DeLonge revealed that he and Mark Hoppus spent a week discussing with managers if it would be a good idea to let go of drummer Travis Barker, a very low blow to Barker if it turned out to be true, considering he and Hoppus have been on the same side since news broke on Monday.

Now, Hoppus is once again speaking out against his former bandmate exclusively with Alternative Press. In the one-on-one, Hoppus was asked about the tweet DeLonge posted, and quickly deleted, about replacing Barker. He responded by saying that the conversations weren’t about replacing Barker indefinitely, but more how issues arose during their 2013 Australian tour when Barker and the tour promoter were in the middle of feud with the latter claiming they were duped. This resulted in a lot of stress on the band especially with the idea that the promoter could sue them.

Check out the complete, newly released statement from Hoppus below.

There was a post of Tom’s on Twitter—since taken down—that said you and he once talked about replacing Travis.

[For the 2013] Australian tour in January, Travis obviously didn’t go on that tour because he didn’t feel comfortable flying, which was a possibility that we had known about from day one. When we agreed to do the tour of Australia Travis said, “I will do everything in my power to get back on an airplane, but if it gets to the day and I’m not ready to go, we need a back-up plan.” As it [came] closer to the time, Travis called me and Tom and said, “I’m not ready yet, I don’t think I’m going to be able to make the flight. We should go with a back-up drummer.” With Travis’ blessing we enlisted Brooks Wackerman and completed the tour.

However, during the course of the tour, Travis and the promoter got into a Twitter argument back and forth that was very contentious and was a lot of stress. Tom was upset, I was upset because it was happening while we were on this tour, and the tour was going very well. Everything should’ve been cool. The promoter thought that Travis had never intended to come to Australia and felt that he had been duped. Of course, that wasn’t the case.

After the tour, Tom was very upset about being put in that situation on tour, where people were threatening to sue, the promoter was angry and everything else. But he was really just blowing off steam. We got back from tour and Tom was having these calls where he was talking about “can we replace Travis, can we do whatever,” but it was really just Tom blowing off steam. There were a few days of calls where I listened to Tom, commiserated with Tom and, immediately afterwards, called up my manager and [said], “Tom’s upset right now, he’s talking about trying to replace Travis, but I’m not into it. That’s not going to happen.” And sure enough, Tom, after a month, called back up and was like, “Hey you know what? I was just angry about it. It was a bad situation, and of course I don’t want to kick Travis out of the band.” I don’t think Tom was ever truly serious about it. Even at the time, I felt he was just angry and he just needed to vent.

Ke$ha Updates Fans From Rehab


When Ke$ha had revealed that she was going into rehab, fans of the pop star were concerned and a little surprise by the news that came out of nowhere at the beginning of the month.

A close friend of the pop star’s took to her official Twitter to thanks fans on behalf of Ke$ha, who is currently at the rehab facility voided of all types of internet access. On the social media page, the friend wrote the following to her 3.53 million followers.

“This is Kesha’s friend. She asked me to tweet an update for her because she doesn’t have access to twitter right now. she says “THANK YOU. SOOO MUCH. I’m overwhelmed to tears by all of the love, letters, and support!! I’ll be back soon and better than ever. ohhh and she can’t believe Timber is still number one! “Fck YEAH animals! PARTY ON!!!!”

Pepe Sebert, the singer’s mother revealed that the tipping point in her daughter’s eating disorder was when her longtime producer, Dr. Luke allegedly called her a “fucking refrigerator” and urged her to lose a lot of weight following sometime off from tour.

“I’m a crusader for being yourself and loving yourself, but I’ve found it hard to practice. I’ll be unavailable for the next 30 days, seeking treatment for my eating disorder… to learn to love myself again, exactly as I am,” Ke$ha said in a statement after being admitted to Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center.

Following her daughter’s check into the Knolls Treatment Center, Pepe Sebert, Ke$ha’s mother, followed in suit and admitted herself into the same facility for post-traumatic stress disorder.