While You Were Away: New Music From Hanabie., The Return Of Sunny Day Real Estate, Corey Taylor’s Mental Breakdown, And More

We’re starting the week with a new batch of music news you missed, including the return of Sunny Day Real Estate, Hanabie.’s new single, and an update from Corey Taylor. All this and more on this week’s While You Were Away.

Ministry call out misogynists on new single “B.D.E.”

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Ministry have shared another new song from their upcoming album HOPEIUMFORTHEMASSES” The song called “B.D.E. (“Big Dick Energy”) calls out toxic misogyny and violence against women.

“The incel subsect and general misogynistic tendencies in our society are dangerous yet seem to fly under the radar so we figured it’s time to shine a light on it” said frontman Al Jourgensen of the song. “In true Ministry fashion, we battle it with sarcasm.”

“B.D.E.” follows previously released singles “Just Stop Oil” and “Goddamn White Trash.”

Listen to the song below.

HOPEIUMFORTHEMASSES drops on March 1st. Pre-order it here.

Hanabie. are trapped in a video game in new ‘OTAKU Lovely Densetsu’ video

Watch the video for Hanabie.’s whirlwind new single OTAKU Lovely Densetsu

Hanabie. have shared their chaotic new video for “OTAKU Lovely Densetsu.”

The song is a celebration of video game culture. Vocalist Yukina says it’s a way to “express my gratitude to all the fans, staff, and bands that I met and played with on our world tour, and to express what I felt on the tour. One of the things I felt was ‘Japanese culture, such as anime and video games, is truly loved’! We love Japanese culture, but not only about Japanese culture, this is a chaotic and Harajuku-core-like song that makes you think it’s cool to be faithful and straight up to what you like.”

The video features over-the-top visuals showing the band moving across various video game-inspired worlds, including a vibrant arcade. Watch the video below.

Corey Taylor opens up about mental breakdown in new video to fans

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Corey Taylor recently shared a new video with fans where he opens up about his recent mental health struggles which led to the cancellation of his 2024 solo tour.

In the video, Taylor talks about the mental breakdown that nearly led him to relapse. “The truth of the matter is I understand why so many of you are upset, and I’m just gonna break it down for you,” said Taylor in an Instagram reel [as transcribed by Blabbermouth]. “I, over the last year, have had a complete and utter breakdown of boundaries, mental health, ego, entitlement, the whole nine yards, culminating in a very, very real, very near relapse that I kind of don’t recognize myself.”

He continued: “So, again, I wanted to address this and just tell people that I needed time to reset, I needed time to start working on my heart and my mind and get straight. The reason I’m keeping the Southeast Asia run, it’s literally four shows, it’s literally a week. I’m gonna see how I do with that and just take it day by day, basically. I’m working on self-care right now, getting the help that I need and surrounding myself with my family.”

Watch the video below.

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Sunny Day Real Estate share first new single in 10 years

Sunny Day Real Estate Release “Novum Vetus,” First New Single in 10 Years: Stream

Sunny Day Real Estate have returned with their new single, “Novum Vetus,” their first in 10 years.

The song originates from recording sessions for 1998’s How It Feels to Be Something On. Original members Jeremy Enigk, Dan Hoerner, and William Goldsmith decided to flesh out the song in Seattle’s London Bridge Studio with Greg Suran and Chris Jordan. During their visit, they also recorded a live, track-by-track re-recording of Diary, which comes out on May 3rd. Pre-order it here.

Listen to the song below.

Tours on sale this week

Justin Timberlake Announces 2024 North American Tour

LCD Soundsystem will embark on their “Kinda Tour 2024” in March starting on the 21st with a pair of shows in Guadalajara, Mexico. The tour concludes with a multi-night stint in Chicago starting May 24th through Mary 27th. Tickets go on sale this Friday.

Justin Timberlake will hit the road this spring in support of his upcoming album, Everything I Thought It Was. Timberlake’s first tour in five years kicks off in Vancouver on April 29th and wraps up on July 9th in Lexington, Kentucky. Tickets go on sale Friday, February 2nd. A fan club presale starts today.

André 3000 recently announced a series of shows in support of his debut solo album New Blue Sun. The tour starts on January 29th, in Brooklyn, New York followed by a three-day residency at the Blue Note Jazz Club. Tour wraps up with a five-night stint in Los Angeles starting March 5th and concluding on March 9th. Get all the details here.

Cake has announced a 2024 tour that will hit up cities in the Midwest and East Coast. The tour starts on May 10th in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and wraps up on June 22nd in Cooperstown, New York. See all the dates here.

Ashley Perez Hollingsworth

Ashley Perez is a freelance music journalist based in Chicago. Her work has appeared on AXS, Chicago Innerview, New City, The Millions, and Illinois Entertainer. She also runs her own music blog at Radio Not Found. Some of her favorite bands include Nirvana, The Cure, Muse, Creeper, and Green Day.

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