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Deftones Reveal Rescheduled North American Tour Dates

10th July 2020 | Category: Concerts

Like many other artists, Deftones are unable to go on their planned 2020 summer tour with Gojira and Poppy. However, they’ve rescheduled the dates with the same two openers for 2021. 

In an announcement, the band has said the following:
“If you bought tickets for one of the 2020 shows and cannot make the rescheduled show, you will receive an email directly allowing you to request a refund.” 

“Please hold on to your tickets, as they will be honored for the 2021 dates”, they added. “Thank you for your patience and understanding.”

The newly-announced tour starts on August 12, 2021 in Minneapolis, and wraps up on September 22. Some of the stops include LA, Chicago, Boston, Philly, Denver, San Francisco, Seattle, Houston, Atlanta, and more.

In the meantime, Deftones have been talking about the highly anticipated followup to 2016’s Gore and in a new interview on Primus drummer Tim “Herb” Alexander’s Herb’s Happy Hour show, Chino Moreno strongly hinted at a September 2020 release. 

“We have a record that we finished maybe — I don’t know — about a month ago, we finally got all the final mixes of it. It’s supposed to come out in, I think, September,” he said.

“We’re really happy with it. We worked with one of our longtime producer buddies, Terry Date, who did our first three albums. We hadn’t done a record with him in a while, and we went back in the studio with him, and it was super awesome.”

In another Deftones news, the band’s classic third album White Pony turned 20 a few weeks ago, and to celebrate, Deftones will reissue it alongside a remix album called Black Stallion.

All Deftone tickets can be purchased here.

Deftones, Gojira & Poppy 2021 Tour Dates

Show Date and Time: August 12, 2021 – September 22, 2021

Show Location: The Armory, Minneapolis, MN – Theatre Of The Clouds at MODA Center, Portland, OR

Animal Collective Share New EP and Apologize for Using ‘Racist Stereotype’ in Artwork

9th July 2020 | Category: Concerts

Animal Collective have released a new EP titled Bridge to Quiet.

Assembled in April and May, it comes from a series of improvisations recorded over the previous year. 

“We remixed them, collaged them, and built them into songs,” they wrote, adding that the “cathartic process” also pushed them to begin another “new project in the same fashion.”

The majority of the band’s catalog is available on Bandcamp, including all of their LPs and the digital debut of several deep cuts.

In a recent newsletter to fans, the experimental Brooklyn group has addressed racist connotations of some of their older work.

They’ve decided to change the album artwork of their 2006 ‘People’ EP, labeling it a “racist stereotype”, and the title of their 2003 album ‘Here Comes The Indian’. 

The artwork for the ‘People’ EP is a cartoon depiction of a black nanny with two white children, identified as an offensive “mammy” US stereotype, rooted in slavery.

“There is no way to excuse using a “mammy” on our artwork, and so we have decided to remove it,” Animal Collective wrote.

“We understand now that using a racist stereotype at all causes more damage than an explanation can repair, and we apologize. Moving forward, we will be donating a portion of our royalties from this record to the Equal Justice Initiative.”

Animal Collective have also said they would change the title of ‘Here Comes The Indian’ to its working title, ‘Ark’.

The band then committed to donate a portion of the royalties to their 2017 ‘Meeting of the Waters’ EP to Cultural Survival. The EP included samples of the Tatuyo tribe in Brazil playing music for the Viceland program Earthworks.

“With utmost respect to Indigenous people we feel that having the word Indian in our record title sends the wrong message by objectifying the American Indian people which is not what we were intending with the music,” they said.

“Because we have drawn countless inspiration from Indigenous people in America and around the world, moving forward, we will be donating a portion of our royalties from this record to Seeding Sovereignty, and changing the title to its original working title, Ark.”

Additionally, they’ll be splitting a donation of $10,000, along with all of the proceeds from their 7/3 Bandcamp sales, between Cultural Survival, Equal Justice Initiative, Seeding Sovereignty, Southerners on New Ground, and The Okra Project.

The tickets for Animal Collective shows can be found here.

Fontaines D.C. Announce 2021 European Tour Dates 

4th July 2020 | Category: Concerts

Fontaines D.C. have recently announced UK tour in support of their upcoming second album ‘A Hero’s Death’. The new album comes out on July 31, 2020. 

Now the band has announced an extensive run of European tour dates for next year.

Their European run will begin in early March 2021 and finish a month later, before they head out across the UK in May.

They have also shared another new track from their second album on June 30, ‘Televised Mind’. It follows the album’s title track, which was released upon its announcement last month, and recent second single ‘I Don’t Belong’. 

Grian Chatten, frontman of Fontaines D.C. said in a press release:

“This song is about the echo chamber, and how personality gets stripped away by surrounding approval. People’s opinions get reinforced by constant agreement, and we’re robbed of our ability to feel wrong. We’re never really given the education of our own fallibility. People feign these great beliefs in order to appear trendy, as opposed to independently arriving at their own thoughts.

We were listening to a lot of the Prodigy and the Brian Jonestown Massacre, specifically their song “Open Heart Surgery.” I was interested in extrapolating those types of chord progressions and capturing this droning, hypnotic feel. That last line repeated over and over [“What ya call it”] is a buffer expression that people used here in Dublin. It’s sort of like “umm” or “well…”—it’s what people say when they’re distracted.”

The band also recently announced that they would be donating all proceeds from sales of their merchandise to the Black Lives Matter movement and other charities.

Once the tickets for Fontaines D.C. upcoming shows go on sale, you’ll be able to purchase them here.

Fontaines D.C.’s UK and European Tour

Show Date and Time: March 10th, 2021 –  May 27th, 2021

Show Location: La Riviera, Madrid, ES – Alexandra Palace, London, UK

Suicide Silence Are Launching Virtual World Tour

3rd July 2020 | Category: Concerts

Livestream music concerts can air globally, but a growing number of artists experiment with geofenced online concerts. These can only be viewed by fans in a particular part of the world and are sometimes a part of virtual ‘tours’ with a string of performances.

Deathcore band Suicide Silence have partnered with Bandsintown to bring what they’re calling “the most extensive geofenced virtual tour experience to date”. 

That means a series of concerts between July 2nd and July 30th, each one a 90-minute performance filmed with multiple cameras, geofenced for 39 cities.

Video Q&As, skits and chatrooms for song requests are all promised as part of the experience. There’ll be exclusive merchandise for sale, and the shows will be ticketed: the details are also geofenced, but the tickets are priced at $10.

The tour will include Mexico City, Bangkok, Jakarta, Tokyo, and Moscow, as well as major cities in Europe and North America. 

In a recent interview with Forbes, Suicide Silence guitarist, Chris Garza, talked about the band’s “Virtual World Tour” and its concept.

“What’s cool about this idea is that there’s no band or artist on the planet that’s doing anything like this, or even close to the caliber that we’re doing it. And let’s say touring does pick up, we could still do this because it’s still its own thing. I think once it evolves and people see what’s actually going on, I think the word of mouth is truly going to start spreading around to where even when touring starts we could still be doing this.

I’m doing my best to be optimistic, but I think artists are going to be forced to think outside the box and start evolving when they realize how far away a show in person is going to be. This is going to transcend us, and hip hop artists and pop artists going to start looking at what a death metal band is doing. We’re kind of the only one’s paving this way, this is not a livestream which is why we coined “Virtual World Tour.” So we’re talking about a way to make things fresh and worth peoples while to actually sit down and watch this.

The tickets for Suicide Silence shows are available here

Suicide Silence Virtual World Tour

Show Date and Time: July 2, 2020, 7pm EDT – July 30, 2020, 9pm MSK

Show Location: New York, NY – Moscow, RU

Hurts Announce New Album ‘Faith’ and Release Single ‘Suffer’

26th June 2020 | Category: Concerts

Hurts have announced details of their brand new album titled Faith. The new record will come out in September.

Along with news of the album, Theo Hutchcraft and Adam Anderson have also shared a brand new track called ‘Suffer’.

Last month, the pop duo returned with new single ‘Voices’. This was their first music since 2017 when they released their fourth studio album Desire.

Now set for release on 4th September, ‘Faith’ will include the following songs:

  1. Voices
  2. Suffer
  3. Fractured
  4. Slave To Your Love
  5. All I Have To Give
  6. Liar
  7. Somebody
  8. Numb
  9. Redemption
  10. White Horses
  11. Darkest Hour

The band’s Adam Anderson spoke about the new album:

“If you’d have told me when we started it, how coherent, powerful, and authentic it is, many months later, I probably wouldn’t have believed you. At one stage, I thought we had no chance.”

Speaking of his experiences of depression and exhaustion, which he spoke of in an open letter in 2017, vocalist Theo Hutchcraft adds: “I was physically and mentally absolutely exhausted. To the point where I was at breaking point.

I had to stop and not do anything for a while because I couldn’t think, I couldn’t focus, or anything. And I didn’t know what the future held really. I didn’t know if we’d make another album again.”

Speaking to NME recently, Hutchcraft also discussed the band’s time away, and why they’ve gone back to “the essence of who we are” on the new album.

“We had to fall in love with the type of music we originally set out to make. We’ve always been drawn in by the darker elements of pop music.”

Tickets for all future Hurts’ shows can be found here.