After a lengthy vacation, While You Were Away returns! This week we’re talking about new music from Bullet For My Valentine and Gorillaz, plus Metallica’s long-awaited music video for one of their iconic songs, Pulp’s 2023 reunion and more.
Bullet For My Valentine unleash new song ‘No More Tears’
“We’re super happy to announce our new single No More Tears is out now!! The song is a dark but colourful story about dealing with mental health struggles,” Bullet For My Valentine share. “Musically the track is very different from the other tracks on the album and has a lot of surprises on there, including slide guitar…”
Listen to the song below.
Pulp to reunite in 2023 according to Jarvis Cocker
Pulp’s iconic album This Is Hardcore celebrates its 25th anniversary next year and to commemorate the occasion, the band will reunite for a series of shows next year. During a Q&A at a Guardian-hosted event with Jarvis Cocker about his new memoir Good Pop, Bad Pop, a fan asked about a cryptic clip Cocker posted on Instagram on July 20th. The video shows the words “What exactly do you do for an encore?” over a black screen.
“It was deliberately cryptic,” Cocker said. “It’s a line from ‘This Is Hardcore’… Next year Pulp are going to play some concerts!”
No other information about the upcoming shows were given. If the shows do happen, it would mark Pulp’s first shows since 2012. Hopefully, more details are revealed soon.
Gorillaz share new ‘Cracker Island’ music video
Gorillaz have shared the music video for “Cracker Island,” their latest banger featuring Thundercat.
Directed by artist and Gorillaz co-creator Jamie Hewlett and Nexus Studios director Fx Goby, the video sees the virtual band in hot water as 2-D is questioned by police while fighting hallucinations of Thundercat. Meanwhile, Russ watches news reports of occult activity in a stupor and Noodle watches the scene while handcuffed. The video ends with Murdoc arriving dressed in occult robes and greeting his latest recruit.
Gorillaz bassist Murdoc explained the meaning of the visual in a statement. “Think of it as the final scene in the movie, the bit after the grand finale when the hero (me) is about to stride into the sunset, credits rolling,” he said. “That’s right, we’re starting at the end. Why? COS I WORK IN MYSTERIOUS WAYS.”
Watch the video below.
Gorillaz are currently on their world tour which continues through October. Check out where they’ll be next here.
Metallica shares ‘Master of Puppets’ lyric video
Riding off the wave of popularity thanks to Stranger Things, Metallica have released a new lyric video for their iconic song “Master of Puppets.” The video comes 36 years (!) after the song’s original release.
Though it doesn’t feature the band themselves, it does have eye-catching visuals from ILOVEDUST, who’s previously done work for Ozzy Osbourne and Foo Fighters.
Watch the video below.
Tours on sale this week
Silversun Pickups have announced the second leg of their 2022 tour in support of their upcoming album Physical Thrills. The fall leg kicks off September 28th in San Deigo, California, and runs until November 18th with a show in Nashville, Tennessee. Get tickets here.
Pinkshift will embark on their first ever headline tour in support of their debut album this fall. The tour starts October 20th in their hometown of Philadelphia, Pennslyvania, and wraps up November 18th in Boston, Massachusetts. Tickets on sale here.
Girltalk has announced the fall leg of his tour in support of his new album Full Court Press. Shows kick off September 16th in Las Vegas, Nevada, and wraps up on December 17th in Nashville, Tennessee. You can find tickets here.
UK indie rock band Pale Waves will head to the states for their fall North American tour. The trek kicks off with their set at Chicago’s Riot Fest on September 16th and continues to make stops in Washington, Denver, Los Angeles, and San Diego before wrapping up October 6th in Pomona, California. Tickets are available here.