Hiding inside to avoid the brutal summer heat? Take a moment and catch up with the latest music news with the latest edition of While You Were Away! This week we’re talking about new music from I Prevail and Erasure, plus Reading and Leeds newly expanded lineup,
Reading & Leeds add over 40 artists for 2022 festival
Reading & Leeds just got even bigger. The festivals have made their final lineup announcement with over 40 new artists added. New acts added to the bill include Cassyette, Ho99o9, Taipei Houston, Daisy Brain, De’Wayne, phem and Alissic.
Other recently added artists include Anorak Patch, Ashnikko, Barns Courtney, Beauty School Dropout, BEMZ, BILK, Caity Baser, CASPR, Christian, Alexander, Claudia Valentina, Corella, Courting, Dan D’Lion, Dayglow, DEADLETTER, Dolores Forever, DYLAN, EMBY, Flowerovlove, Gabe Coulter, Glaive, Grove, Honeyglaze, Jazmine Flowers, JBee, Joe Unknown, Joesef, Jords, Just Wondering, Lice, Luude, Mallrat, Meduulla, Miso Extra, Panic Shack, Police Car Collective, Priestgate, SISI, Stone, The Native and The Skinner Brothers.
They join headliners Dave, Megan Thee Stallion, Arctic Monkeys, Bring Me The Horizon, Rage Against The Machine and Halsey.
Check out the full lineup below.
— Reading & Leeds Fest (@OfficialRandL) June 16, 2022
Erasure announce new album ‘Day-Glo (Based on a True Story)’
Erasure returns with their 19th studio album, Day-Glo (Based on a True Story), out August 12th via Mute Records.
The album serves as a companion piece to 2020’s The Neon. Vince Clarke started working on the new album spending unscheduled studio time remixing and manipulating the tracks from The Neon. During this work, he revealed tracks within tracks and used this to create an entirely new album.
A press release describes the album as ” an alternative look at Vince and Andy’s world, something that could only have been created when the artists were confronted with circumstances that allowed a little introspection to create something entirely new.”
Listen to a brief snippet from the album titled “Chapter 1” below. Pre-order Day-Glo (Based on a True Story) here.
I Prevail announce new album ‘True Power’
I Prevail have announced their new album True Power, out August 19th via Fearless Records. The band have also dropped the record’s lead single “Body Bag.” Listen to it below.
The new album sees the band teaming up once again with long-time producer Tyler Smith to create “stadium-sized riffs that will rattle your teeth loose from your gums and unforgettable, supremely catchy melodies that will camp out in your brain for weeks at a time,” according to a press release.
“Trauma was a very reflective record,” vocalist Brian Burkheiser said in a statement, referring to the band’s previous album. “I’d struggled with a major vocal injury and had been wondering whether I wanted to continue doing this thing at all. [Fellow vocalist] Eric [Vanlerberghe] had also lost his best friend over that same time, so there was a lot of heartache behind it.”
He added, “With True Power, we were going into a new phase. After taking that trauma and figuring out how to channel it, you find this sense of newfound confidence and an ability to grow as a person: to become truly yourself. We took a ‘no rules’ mentality into the songwriting, and a lot of it is heavy as f**k, but the songs sound as diverse as they’ve ever been, too. There is a song on the record called ‘There’s Fear in Letting Go,’ and that became a huge mantra for us. Yeah, it can be scary letting go of things, but it can also help you take back everything that’s yours: which is exactly what we’ve done on this album.”
Pre-order True Power here.
PUP, The Weeknd, and Arcade Fire longlisted for 2022 Polaris Prize
Organizers of the Polaris Prize, Canada’s annual event awarded to the best album released by Canadian artists that year, have revealed projects longlisted for 2022.
Up for the award include previous nominees PUP, Arcade Fire, and The Weeknd, previous winners Tanya Tagaq and Backxwash, plus BadBadNotGood, Charlotte Day Wilson, Luna Li, Orville Peck, Hubert Lenoir, Men I Trust, and Destroyer.
The longlist will be reduced to a smaller selection in July before the winner is announced at a ceremony in September. The winner is awarded $50,000 and is chosen is determined by a group of writers, programmers, and broadcasters. Last year, Cadence Weapon won for his album Parallel World.
Check out the longlist below.
Polaris Music Prize Long List 2022:
Ada Lea, One Hand on the Steering Wheel the Other Sewing a Garden
Adria Kain, When Flowers Bloom
Arcade Fire, WE
Backxwash, I Lie Here Buried With My Rings and My Dresses
BadBadNotGood, Talk Memory
Basia Bulat, The Garden
Cedric Noel, Hang Time
Charlotte Day Wilson, Alpha
Chiiild, Hope for Sale
The Garrys, Get Thee to a Nunnery
The Halluci Nation, One More Saturday Night
Haviah Mighty, Stock Exchange
Hubert Lenoir, Pictura de Ipse : Musique Directe
Jean-Michel Blais, Aubades
Joyful Joyful, Joyful Joyful
Julie Doiron, I Thought of You
Kelly McMichael, Waves
Les Louanges, Crash
Lisa Leblanc, Chiac Disco
Loony, soft thing
Luna Li, Duality
Lydia Képinski, Depuis
Men I Trust, Untourable Album
Myst Milano, Shapeshyfter
Ombiigizi, Sewn Back Together
Orville Peck, Bronco
Ouri, Frame of a Fauna
Pierre Kwenders, José Louis and the Paradox of Love
P’tit Belliveau, Un homme et son piano
PUP, The Unraveling of PUPTheBand
Sate, The Fool
Sister Ray, Communion
Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Life After
Stars, From Capelton Hill
Tanika Charles, Papillon de Nuit: The Night Butterfly
Tanya Tagaq, Tongues
The Weeknd, Dawn FM
Tours on sale this week
Lacuna Coil will head out on a fall headlining tour with Butcher Babies, Uncured, and Lions at the Gate. The tour kicks off on September 8th in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and wraps up on September 23rd in Joliet, Illinois. Get tickets and details here.
Slipknot recently announced the second leg of their Knotfest Roadshow featuring Ice Nine Kills and Crown the Empire. The tour starts September 20th in Nashville, Tennessee, and wraps up with a show in Irvine, California on October 7th. Tickets available here.
Clutch will embark on a fall North American tour with Helmet and Quicksand starting September 13th in Toronto. Tickets are on sale now.
In support of their new album, Life Is Yours, Foals will head out on their North American tour starting October 28th in Las Vegas. The outing wraps up in Portland, Maine on December 18th. Get your tickets here.