Brian Fallon: New Gaslight Anthem album has “completely different vibe”

Gaslight Anthem Band Shot

Brian Fallon, frontman with New Jersey rockers The Gaslight Anthem, has said that fans should be prepared for their new album to have a “completely different vibe.”

Speaking in this week’s issue of NME, Fallon says the band have undergone a period of change whilst making new album, Get Hurt.

“You get a realisation at some point in your career that whatever it is you do, you can no longer continue to do it. You just realise you can’t put out the same records forever,” he said.

“I think people are going to be like, ‘Wow, I didn’t know a band that play punk rock could play something that heavy, or something that pretty. I think also there are some sings that are realy calm, and I don’t know if people knew that we could do that. I didn’t know that we could do that.”

Get Hurt will be released on the 18th of August, with the tracklisting as follows:

Gaslight Anthem Get Hurt Cover“Stay Vicious”
“1,000 Years”
“Get Hurt”
“Stray Paper”
“Helter Skeleton”
“Underneath The Ground”
“Rollin’ And Tumblin'”
“Red Violins”
“Selected Poems”
“Ain’t That A Shame”
“Break Your Heart”
“Dark Places”

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Listen! The Drums reveal new single and announce new album

The Drums 2014

The Drums have announced that they will release their new album, Encyclopedia, this Autumn.

Encyclopedia is full of magic and surprise while maintaining a serious, more weighty tone throughout,” frontman Jonny Pierce said in interview with Spin. “We were feeling very angry, confused and alone when we made this album, and we wanted to be very honest this time around, even if being honest meant making some people uncomfortable. We’ve left the beach for higher ground, always searching for hope.”

The band, which now consists solely of founder members Pierce and Jacob Graham, played a short set on top of the Novotel Hotel in New York on the 16th of July, 24 hrs after debuting new song “Magic Mountain.”

“Playing outdoors, always makes us super nervous,” Pierce told NME before the set. “I don’t know why – especially playing on the rooftop of a hotel. It’s a really intimate set and everyone’s right in front of us. On top of that, this is our first time playing any of these songs, so it’s pressure upon pressure upon pressure.”

The full tracklisting for Encyclopedia is as follows:

“Magic Mountain”
“I Can’t Pretend”
“I Hope Times Doesn’t Change Him”
“Kiss Me Again”
“Let Me”
“Break My Heart”
“Face of God”
“U.S. National Park”
“Deep in My Heart”
“Bell Laboratories”
“There Is Nothing Left”
“Wild Geese”

You can listen to the first song from the album, “Magic Mountain”, below:

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La Roux’s Ben Langmaid: “I’m truly saddened that it has ended this way.”


Ben Langmaid, former musical partner of La Roux’s Elly Jackson, has issued a statement about his departure from the band.

During the course of the making of new album Trouble In Paradise, Jackson and Langmaid parted ways, with Jackson saying “there wasn’t a great deal of understanding” between the two during the writing and recording process.

Langmaid has now responded in a statement published in this week’s NME.

“When we began writing again in 2011 the early ideas we had needed a lot of work,” he says. “We were on the same page and both wanted to improve on the first album. We were united in that. ‘Let Me Down Gently’ is one of my favourite tracks. I don’t remember having a problem with it. But I do remember asking our manager if we could start things with this song when we first played it to him two and a half years ago.”

“We’ve had creative differences in the past (what band hasn’t?) but we always got through them and usually the music benefits,” he continues. “I am truly saddened that it has ended this way, but I am immensely proud of what we achieved together. We wrote five great songs together, all of which are on the album. I’m looking forward to the record being a great success and I shall enjoy watching it unfold. I have immense pride in the part I played; no one can take that away from me.”

The statement details that Langmaid has co-written five of the nine songs on Trouble In Paradise, and has second-line production credits on a further two, including ‘Let Me Down Gently’.

The album is scheduled for release on the 7th of July.

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Michael Eavis: ‘No band has been as keen to play Glastonbury as Metallica’

Michael Eavis

Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis has said that no band has been as keen to play the festival as Metallica.

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live Eavis said: “”There’s no other band in the whole history of the festival that has been so keen to play, they will do the best set of their lives here.”

Earlier this year Metallica were announced as the headline act for the Saturday night of the festival, sparking immediate controversy at the choice of a heavy metal band.

“We have been going for so long that people don’t expect us to put on a heavy metal band,” Eavis continued. “We had Rage Against The Machine and we have had lots of fairly heavy metal bands in the past, but this is not a typical headline.”

Further controversy sprung up around Metallica’s set when frontman James Hetfield revealed that he would be narrating a documentary series about bear hunting, indicating that he was a keen hunter himself. A petition was started to try and have the band removed from the festival bill, stating that hunting was not in the spirit of the Glastonbury ethos.

Speaking to NME, festival organiser Emily Eavis said: “”They [Metallica] are an incredible live force. It’ll be an incredible show here and we’re totally up for it.” She also spoke about the debate concerning their set, saying: “The more opinion the better, in a way. It’s great people are talking about it, it’s going to make for something really interesting. And that’s what people should be doing, talking about it.”

Lars Ulrich Live ShotMeanwhile, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich has been defending their appearance. “Glastonbury is like the Holy Grail in England and we’re respectful to that,” Ulrich told Metal Hammer, “but when somebody sits there and talks about petitions or what some other guy says, there’s a point that it just becomes ridiculous. We’re fairly thick-skinned and turn a blind eye to it or whatever, but if Mick Jagger, or Alex Turner, or the very nice guys in Kasabian who I love, it’s cool. But at some point, when there’s some guy in some other band… it’s like ‘Huh? What? Who are you?'”

“We’re definitely on a roll. We’re warmed up, loosened up and fit for a fight. We’re ready to go!” he concluded.

Glastonbury festival takes place between the 25th and 29th of June, with Metallica headlining the Saturday night. Their fellow headliners are Arcade Fire and Kasabian.

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The Birds of Satan stream full album via NME

Birds Of SatanThe Birds Of Satan are streaming their eponymous debut album via an exclusive stream on the NME website.

You can listen to the stream here.

The Birds Of Satan is the side project of My Ruin’s Mick Murphy, Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins and Chevy Metal’s Wiley Hodgden. The album is due for release in the UK on the 14th April.

As NME describes it: “It’s a frenetic blast of sick guitar riffs, epic guitar solos and propulsive drums that was recorded in less than a week. Produced by John Lousteau, The Birds are joined by a bunch of guest artists including Dave Grohl, Foo Fighters and Nirvana guitarist Pat Smear and keyboard player Rami Jaffee. Enjoy.”

Find out more about the band and pre-order exlusive album packages at the official Birds Of Satan website.

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