It’s finally spring! Too busy basking in the sun to keep up with the latest music news? GENRE IS DEAD! has you covered! This week on While You Were Away we’re talking about new music from Motionless In White and Pale Waves, Children of Bodom members speak out, Apple kills the iPod and more.
Apple discontinues iPod after 20 years
All good things must end. Last week, Apple announced that it was finally discontinued the iPod and will only be available “while supplies last.”
“Music has always been part of our core at Apple, and bringing it to hundreds of millions of users in the way iPod did impacted more than just the music industry — it also redefined how music is discovered, listened to, and shared,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.
“Today, the spirit of iPod lives on. We’ve integrated an incredible music experience across all of our products, from the iPhone to the Apple Watch to HomePod mini, and across Mac, iPad, and Apple TV. And Apple Music delivers industry-leading sound quality with support for spatial audio — there’s no better way to enjoy, discover, and experience music.”
Pick up an iPod touch while you still can here.
Motionless in White share new song ‘Slaughterhouse’ featuring Knocked Loose’s Bryan Garris
“ONE MUTILATION, UNDER GOD 🔪 Slaughterhouse is out now! These are top 3 favorite screams I have performed in my entire career,” frontman Chris Motionless wrote on Twitter. “Especially the last 25 seconds. Loved getting to scream alongside the icon, @BryanGarris_”
Listen to “Slaughterhouse” below.
The song follows previously released singles “Masterpiece” and “Cyberhex.” Scoring the End of the World drops June 10th.
Children of Bodom members reveal reason behind band split
In 2019, Children of Bodom keyboardist Janne Wirman, drummer Jaska Raatikainen and bassist Henkka “Blacksmith” Seppala officially left the group. At the time, Alexi Laiho told Finland’s Helsingin Sanomat that his former bandmates left due to family reasons. Now, the three former members have revealed to the same newspaper the reason behind their departure: Laiho’s destructive behavior.
“Addiction is an illness, and he destroyed our trust in him with his actions in our business venture,” Wirman, Raatikainen and Seppala said this week. “But he apologized for a lot of things, and we did work together even after the band broke up.”
Things came to a head in October 2019 when Bodom was touring in Russia, weeks before the three members left.
“I told Alexi that you don’t usually drink starting at breakfast before a gig,” Raatikainen recalled, “and now you don’t even warm up with the guitar before going onstage like you always do.”
Once the band’s manager was forced to intervene, Laiho threatened to fire the manager as well as the band members. He later apologized and stopped drinking for the last concerts of the tour.
Read the full interview here.
Pale Waves announce new album ‘Unwanted’
Pale Waves have announced their new album, Unwanted, out August 12th via Dirty Hit.
Produced by Zakk Cervini, the album is”bold and unapologetic” according to Heather Baron-Gracie. “That’s what the Pale Waves community is about,” the singer explains. “We don’t need to fit a perfect mould, we don’t need to apologise for being ourselves, and we won’t change for anyone. That acceptance is what connects us.”
To preview the album, the band have shared lead single “Lies,” which Baron-Gracie says is about “someone who built up my trust and destroyed it like a wrecking ball. It caused some real trust issues, but fortunately for me that person is no longer in my life. Once you do me wrong you’re gone!”
Listen to the song below and pre-order Unwanted here.
Tours on sale this week
Wilco will head out on tour this summer in support of their upcoming album, Cruel Country. The tour kicks off August 14th in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and includes stops in San Diego, New Orleans, and Colorado. Get tickets and details here.
Circle Jerks have rescheduled their North American tour after previously postponing spring shows due to singer Keith Morris’ bout with COVID. The new shows start July 7th in New York City and wrap up September 6th in Austin, Texas. Get tickets here.
Sleeping With Sirens will embark on the “Ctrl + Alt +Delete” tour with special guests Don Broco, Point North, and Garzi. The tour launches July 14th in Chicago, Illinois, and wraps up August 14th in Kansas City, Missouri. This marks Sleeping with Sirens’ first full tour since 2020. Get tickets here.