If asked to condense Brand New’s career into one word, that word would be “reactive.” From the title of their second album, Deja Entendu, translating to “already heard” to the abrasive, pedal-infused guitars that dominate their fourth album, Daisy, Brand New have always been a band known to react to critics, fans, and perhaps most importantly, themselves.
For many readers of AbsolutePunk.net (R.I.P.) and now this site, August 17th was a day eight years in the making. It started in typical Brand New fashion with fans receiving cryptic packages in the mail, sparking internet confusion and excitement. This time, however, that package contained the band’s fifth (and presumably final) album, Science Fiction – a fitting goodbye to fans who waited just as long for lyric booklets, let alone a new album. After all, frontman Jesse Lacey has been uncommonly direct about the band’s whereabouts this past year, announcing things like, “We’re done,” at shows, selling shirts predicting the band’s end (2000 – 2018) and even ribbing the band’s bad habits on standalone single “I Am a Nightmare” (“I’m not a prophecy come true/I’ve just been goddamn mean to you”).
Kesha has the number one album this week:
The set, which was released on Aug. 11 through Kemosabe/RCA Records, earned 116,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Aug. 17, according to Nielsen Music.
All Time Low were recently in the studio recording something for a “future project.”
ROAM will release their new album, Great Heights and Nosedives, on October 13th. They’ve debuted a music video for the first single, “Playing Fiction,” and pre-orders are now up.
Capsize have released a video for “Cold Shoulder.”
Tiger Army have debuted a video for “Dark and Lonely Night.”
I still spin this album pretty frequently, it’s a real gem.
Sainte’s Tay Jardine is the latest guest on the Rock Sound Podcast:
I didn’t realise how important that break was for me mentally and physically. I decided to take that time and work a lot on my voice, so the physical time off was incredible for that and then just mentally to be like a real person and not be on the road all the time was just really fun and eye-opening for me.
Modern Baseball have announced three shows in Philadelphia in October.
Chvrches will appear in an upcoming Archie comic book:
This October, Archie Andrews is hitting the road with his best friends in The Archies, a new ongoing comic book series from Archie Comics. The series will pick up right where The Archies One Shot, by writers Alex Segura and Matt Rosenberg, with art by Joe Eisma, left off: with Archie and his bandmates Betty, Veronica, Jughead, and Reggie pursuing their rock and roll dreams as The Archies.
Dan O’Gorman, guitarist and vocalist for Much the Same, has been diagnosed with cancer:
Hey friends, we are really saddened to announce that our guitarist Dan has been diagnosed with Stage 3 cancer. He will be starting chemotherapy in September and then having an operation to remove the tumor in his abdomen. Everyone is optimistic that he will make a full recovery, but of course this will be a very difficult time for Dan and everyone that cares about him.
St. Vincent sat down with The New Yorker to talk her upcoming Jack Antonoff produced new album:
Clark and Antonoff had met casually around New York but hardly knew each other until they somehow wound up having what he described as an emotionally intense dinner together at the Sunset Tower in Los Angeles. “She was very open about the things in her life,” Antonoff said. “That’s what I was interested in. Continuing to reveal more and more. I said, ‘Let’s go for the lyrics that people will tattoo on their arms.’”
Paramore’s “Hard Times” has hit the 50 million milestone on Spotify.
Beartooth have released a video for “Rock is Dead.”
All Time Low will be playing a special show to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of So Wrong, It’s Right.
The War on Drugs have released a video for “Pain.”
Bon Iver have announced new tour dates.
I Prevail have released a video for “Lifelines.”
The Used have announced new tour dates with Glassjaw.
Taylor Swift has begun teasing something on social media.