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The 69 Eyes share new song ‘Drive’
Veteran goth rockers The 69 Eyes return with their new song “Drive” from their 13th album, which is currently being recorded for a 2023 release.
“The inspiration came from the same pool of music I have always liked, mostly from the ’80s,” Bazie said in a press release. “I never plan anything; just grab my guitar and see what comes up. We jammed a lot more as a band this time and came up with song ideas from all the guys. ‘Drive’ started from one little riff, which I had for a long time. It took a while, but it was worth it. It still sounds exciting, and that was the goal.”
Added singer Jyrki 69: “Bazie delivered this music, and I was blown away by how fresh it felt again. Sounded like some rock radio stuff. Our songs are on daily rotation on the rock channels here in Finland, but they are the ones that we did 15 years ago. So, I thought that we could have some fresh options now, let’s take the airwaves! ‘Drive’ is a traditional 69 Eyes sounding, fast rocker with a Sunset Strip slap on it!”
Watch the music video below.
Tim Feerick, Dance Gavin Dance bassist, dies
Tim Feerick, the bassist for post-hardcore group Dance Gavin Dance, passed away on Wednesday night (April 13th).
“We are absolutely devastated to share the news that our friend and bass player, Tim Feerick, passed away last night,” read the statement from the band on Instagram. “We ask that you respect our privacy and that of Tim’s family while we deal with this heartbreaking and untimely loss. We will share further updates on Swanfest and our upcoming touring schedule as soon as we have them.”
At this time, the cause of death has not been revealed.
Feerick first joined Dance Gavin Dance in 2009 after original bassist Jason Ellis left the band. After a brief break, Feerick rejoined the band for good in 2012 and remained with them until his passing. His work can be heard on the band’s last five albums, including their latest release 2020’s Afterburner.
Our condolences go out to Feerick’s family and friends during this difficult time.
Interpol release new song ‘Something Changed’
Interpol have released their new song “Something Changed” taken from their upcoming album The Other Side of Make-Believe.
“In ‘Something Changed,’ part 2 of our short film with Van Alpert, reality and reverie converge and our two lead characters find themselves in a kind of dream state — being pursued inexorably by an ominous figure (played by myself),” Interpol singer Paul Banks explained in a statement. “The lives of the three are intertwined in a nebula of fear, retribution, desire, and defiance.”
Watch the first part of the accompanying short film below.
Interpol’s new album, The Other Side of Make-Believe, drops July 15th. Pre-orders can be found here.
Deftones recruit former Marilyn Manson bassist Fred Sablan
Sablan made his live debut with the band last Thursday (April 14th) as their kicked off their spring 2022 tour. Sablan has an impressive resume having previously played bass for Marilyn Manson from 2010 to 2014. He’s also worked with Chelsea Wolfe and Peter Hook and the Light. He’s currently a member of the supergroup Heavens Blade featuring Sara Taylor (Youth Code), Piggy D. (Rob Zombie), and Alex Lopez (Suicide Silence).
Check out Sablan making his debut with Deftones via fan-recorded footage below.
Tours on sale this week
The Melvins will embark on their headline tour this summer with Helms Alee and Harsh Mellow. Dubbed “The Electric Roach Tour” the outing kicks off June 15th in Long Beach, California and wraps up July 20th in Berkeley, California. Find tickets and all dates here.
Five Finger Death Punch, Megadeth, and The HU are teaming up for a joint tour that kicks off August 19th in Portland, Oregon and concludes October 15th in Salt Lake City, Utah. Tickets are available here.
Grunge icons L7 will celebrate the 30th anniversary of Bricks Are Heavy with a nationwide tour this fall. The outing starts October 3rd in Nashville, Tennessee, and ends with a two-night stint in Los Angeles on October 27th – 28th. Tickets are on sale now.
Dashboard Confessional and Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness have announced their “Hello Gone Days” co-headlining tour. The trek kicks off July 31st in Minneapolis, Minnesota and concludes with a show in Phoenix, Arizona on September 7th. Tickets available here.