Dead To Me have posted a lengthy update, including a song from their forthcoming full-length, African Elephants. The album was recorded without guitarist/vocalist Jack Dalrymple, though bassist/vocalist Chicken insists that Dalrymple is still in the band, writing:
“This record marks somewhat of a new era for us, it was recorded without our brother, best friend, founding member, and most importantly new father, Jack Dalrymple. Sometimes children get a father that loves them and actually wants to be a part of their life. Little baby Jack Dalrymple (the third!) is one such child. So, as much fun as being stuck in a van with immature, impolite and unhygienic boys can be at times, our guitar player has opted for fatherhood. A sabbatical from Dead To Me as it were… Of course Jack knows that once you’re in Dead To Me you’re in for life and that you can only be sexed out. As much fun as being sexed out in a van with immature, impolite, unhygienic boys can be at times, our guitar player has still opted for fatherhood. He will be back though, know that … Jack Dalrymple is not on the new record, but is still in the band and ALWAYS will be.”
Chicken also notes that many of the songs on African Elephants were written and sung by guitarist Nathan Grice, and that the band intends to tour extensively as a three-piece in the future. They have a show tomorrow, August 1, at 924 Gilman in Berkeley, CA and will be appearing at The Fest 8 in Gainesville, FL over Halloween weekend.
Say Anything have set a release date for their forthcoming self-titled album.
Max Bemis, the outspoken vocalist/songwriter of the band commented:
The running theme of the record is finding the mental superhero within yourself despite having seen some dark times. After all of the stuff you’ve heard me sing and write about that overtook me for the better part of a decade, I finally found a way to fight back, and this is the story of how.
Though it’s hard to describe the quote-un-quote sound, i can try; [It] is akin to Botch forcing themselves on the Beatles. and fathering a strange Larry David-esque midget, who is abandoned due to his freakish nature and adopted by Billy Joe Armstrong. This record is quite a bit more fun than our last record, but still expectedly evil.
Boston’s Have Nots have have kicked off a US tour in support of their latest album, Serf City USA. To celebrate the tour, the band has also launched a free download of the entire album and you can find that here.
In a new interview with Drowned In Sound, the recently reunited Get Up Kids‘ Jim Suptic talked a little about the band’s plans, as well as the “evolution” of emo from the genre they were ostensibly involved in:
Honestly, I don’t often think about the state of ’emo’. The punk scene we came out of and the punk scene now are completely different. It’s like glam rock now. We played the Bamboozle fests this year and we felt really out of place. I could name maybe three bands we played with. It was just a sea of neon shirts to us. If this is the world we helped create, then I apologise.
He also talks about the importance of his own influences:
Fugazi is the reason I am in a band today. When I was 14 I heard Fugazi and started a band the next day. We grew up on indie rock. Superchunk, Rocket from the Crypt, Sunny Day Real Estate, Cap’n Jazz. That’s the kind of stuff we were listening to when we started.
According to a recent tweet, Minus The Bear have begun mixing their new record. The band has been working with Grammy Award-winning producer Joe Chicarelli (My Morning Jacket, The White Stripes) and have financed the recording themselves, with a late fall release anticipated on a to-be-announced label.
Motion City Soundtrack has revealed the title of their fourth LP and first for Columbia. According to an interview on MTV News with frontman Justin Pierre and guitarist Joshua Cain – an interview conducted by the album’s producer, Mark Hoppus – the record will be titled My Dinosaur Life. No word yet on a track listing or release date, but we’ll keep you posted.
Don Giovanni Records has announced the signing of Black Wine. The band features former The Ergs! guitarist Jeff Schroek, along with Miranda Taylor and J Nixon of Hunchback. The label explained the band’s sound as “a mix of alternative and punk reminiscent of the early days of SST and Sub Pop” and added that the trio will be hitting the studio in the fall to record their debut, with a release expected by year’s end.
Weezer recently debuted three new songs at the Jisan Valley Rock Festival in South Korea, presumably from the band’s nearly completed seventh album. The songs are titled “I’m Your Daddy”, “The Girl Got Hot” and “Can’t Stop Partying” and videos of the songs have surfaced.
In a post on their website, the band remarked that the fans at the festival “sang along with every song, even the three brand new ones” and then added, “Granted, these songs are almost designed to sing along to, but it was pretty impressive that the crowd picked up on them so fast, especially with the language barrier.”
The band also seems to be pleased with their new five-piece lineup featuring Josh Freese on drums, adding:
“The five piece configuration is working out very well so far, with Josh Feese handling many of the drum duties, freeing up Pat (Wilson) to jump in on guitar and vocals, which frees up Rivers to do his thang, which he is doing quite well.”