While You Were Away: The Return Of Melt-Banana, Bring Me The Horizon Finally Drop New LP, New Cage The Elephant, And More

Cap off your long, relaxing weekend by catching up with the news you missed. This week While You Were Away, it’s the return of Melt-Banana, Bring Me the Horizon quietly release their long-awaited new album, Cage the Elephant released their new video, and more.

Melt-Banana announce first new album in 11 years

Melt-Banana Announce New Album 3+5, First Full-Length in 11 Years

Japanese noise rock duo Melt-Banana have announced their first new album in 11 years. Dubbed 3+5 the album will arrive on August 23rd via the band’s A-Zap Records.

A press release states the upcoming album “showcases the duo’s visionary musical approach and extraordinary abilities as performers: Yasuko Onuki’s giddy, hyperactive vocalizing and Ichiro Agata’s glitchy, cyberpunk guitar, delivered at dizzying speed, bathed in aggressive electronic sounds… 3+5 provides a fresh experience and perhaps inspiration for all.”

While no singles from the record have been released, the band has shared an album trailer. Watch it below.

Pre-order 3+5 here.

Bring Me the Horizon surprise release new album ‘POST HUMAN: NeX GEn’

Bring Me the Horizon Surprise Release New Album POST HUMAN: NeX GEn

The wait is finally over. Bring Me the Horizon released their highly anticipated new album POST HUMAN: NeX GEn on Friday (May 24), only letting fans know it was coming hours before its release. The record makes their first full-length in five years.

The 16-track album was originally due to arrive last September, but was delayed due to “unforeseen circumstances.” Leading up to its release, Bring Me the Horizon shared a handful of songs from record including, “DiE4u,” “sTraNgeRs,” “LosT,” “AmEN!,” “DArkSide,’ and “Kool-Aid.”

Stream POST HUMAN: NeX GEn below.

The Hives unleash new cover ‘Hooked on a Feeling’

The Hives Cover Björn Skifs’ “Hooked on a Feeling”: Stream

The Hives have shared their cover of Björn Skifs’ classic “Hooked on a Feeling” as part of Spotify’s “Spotify Singles” collection.

As expected, The Hives transformed the iconic tune into a fast-paced, high-energy garage rock anthem.

“I think there’s a synergy effect of Swedish music having made it abroad, and you feel like it’s possible,” Hives vocalist Pelle Almqvist said. “We can’t make it more perfect than the original is, so we went the other way instead: ruined it but made it sound exciting.”

Listen to their cover below.

Watch Cage the Elephant’s stark video for ‘Neon Pill’

Cage the Elephant Release 'Out Loud' Off 'Neon Pill,' Tour Dates

Cage the Elephant have shared their eerie new video for “Neon Pill,” the lead single from their latest album.

The clip, directed by Loris Russier, features several people in distress as they see something disturbing, unrecognizable in their own reflections. Elsewhere in the video, frontman Matt Shultz performs the track in a confined room.

Watch the video below.

The track comes from Cage the Elephant’s recently released album, Neon Pill. The band will head out on tour in support of the record next month. See all their dates here.

Tours on sale this week

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Senses Fail and Saves the Day have announced their “New Jersey vs. The World” fall North American co-headlining tour. The tour starts November 5th in Austin, Texas, and runs through December 8th in Tempe, Arizona. Narrow Head joins as support. Tickets on sale now.

Nas will celebrate the 30th anniversary of his debut album, Illmatic, with a series of orchestra shows in Las Vegas. The rapper will team up with the Las Vegas Philharmonic on August 29th, August 31st, and September 1st at the Encore Theatre at Wynn Las Vegas. Get all the details here.

Dropkick Murphys will head out on tour with Pennywise and The Scratch this fall. The tour kicks off on September 24th in New York and wraps up on October 27th in Amherst, Massachusetts. See all their dates here.

You Me At Six have announced their final tour across the UK and Ireland for 2025. The shows start in Dublin on March 7th and will conclude in London on April 4th. “We want to celebrate this with as many of our fans as possible,” says frontman Josh Franceschi. “We’ve put in the work for two decades and I want this band to be remembered for being one of the good ones that came in, did their fucking thing, and fucked off before they got kicked out.” Get all the details here.

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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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