While You Were Away: Arctic Monkeys And Lorna Shore Drop New Music, Plus NOFX’s Final Album And More

October is finally here! Kick off the new month by catching out on the stories you probably slept through with this week’s edition of While You Were Away!

Arctic Monkeys share new song ‘Body Paint’

Arctic Monkeys have given us another taste of their upcoming album The Car with their new song “Body Paint.” Similar to previously released single “There’d Better Be a Mirrorball,” singer Alex Turner croons softly throughout this anthemic, slow-burning track. Watch the video directed by Brook Linder below.

Arctic Monkeys’ new album The Car drops October 21st. Pre-orders can be found here.

NOFX announce what may be their final album ‘Double Album’

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After hinting that NOFX could be soon coming to an end, the punk rockers have announced what will presumably be their last album, Double Album, the counterpart to February’s Single, out December 2nd via Fat Wreck Chords. As a preview, the band have shared lead single “Darby Crashing Your Party.”

Frontman Fat Mike describes the upcoming album as “very enjoyable” and “maybe [their] funniest” release.

He continues in a press release “you have to laugh at everything because the world is just falling apart and you have to have a good attitude not to take things seriously. So this is how I’ve always done it. I make people laugh every day. I usually do it in a self-deprecating way, it’s just how I go through life: I have as much fun as I can. That’s what life is — trying to find all the happiness you can. And spreading happiness. Which is what I feel like is supposed to be my job in life — spreading joy.”

Check out the new single below. Pre-order Double Album here.

Lorna Shore releases the second installment of ‘Pain Remains’ trilogy


Lorna Shore returns with the second installment of their Pain Remains song trilogy, “Pain Remains II: After I’ve Done, I’ll Disappear.” Similar to the first part of the trilogy, the new song comes with an emotionally crushing video directed by David Brodsky for MyGoodEye. Watch it below.

The band explains the intent behind the “Pain Trilogy” in a statement saying:

“‘The Pain Trilogy’ is a three-part tale focusing on the stages of grief and vulnerability and exemplifying it through a love story. The first song, ‘Pain Remains I: Dancing like Flames’ begins with the main character becoming enamored by the person within his dreams. He decides to turn to this reality as a sense of purpose despite knowing that the closer he gets to his goal, the further it seems to drift away. This leads to the second song, ‘Pain Remains II: After All I’ve Done, I’ll Disappear’. This is the part where the person vanishes and the main character struggles to accept the pain. He as well wishes to disappear and seeks to throw it all away.

Lorna Shore supports suicide prevention and support. We encourage all to speak to their issues and spark conversations that help and mend us all.

National suicide prevention hotline: 800-273-8255″

Lorna Shore’s new album Pain Remains comes out October 14th. Pre-orders can be found here.

CONTRACULT Collective tease new song ‘Drown’

After dropping their brutal new single “The Glutton” a few weeks ago, CONTRACULT Collective is already gearing to drop their next single “Drown” out October 7th.

The band teased the song on Instagram saying “We’ve been patiently waiting to drop this one since we wrote it in deep isolation back in 2020. Don’t sleep.” Pre-save the single here.

“Drown” and the previously released “The Glutton” are taken from their upcoming album The New Torment, out November 4th.

Tours on sale this week

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Death Cab for Cutie have expanded their tour with a new US leg and UK/European dates for early next year. Momma and Slow Pulp will join them as support. The US leg kicks off on January 27th in Louisville, Kentucky, and wraps up in Nashville, Tennessee on February 14th. The band will then make their way over to Europe on March 1st by playing Milan. Find all the details and tickets here.

Sleep Token recently revealed details for their biggest UK tour yet. The headline tour kicks off January 17th in Birmingham and runs through January 22nd in London. Northlane will support all shows. Get tickets here.

John Mellencamp will embark on a massive 76-date North American tour in 2023. The “Live and In Person 2023 Tour” launches with two nights in Bloomington, Indiana on February 5th and 6th. The outing will also include multiple nights in New York, Chicago, Nashville, and San Francisco. Check out the full schedule here. Tickets go on sale Friday, October 7th.

Helloween recently announced their 2023 North American tour “United Forces,” which kicks off May 13th in Dallas, Texas, and wraps up June 3rd in San Francisco, California. Tickets and details here.

Ultra Q are hitting the road once again joining as support on Barns Courtney’s tour. Fall dates start October 15th in Garden Grove, California and concludes with a solo show in Oakland, California on November 26th. Tickets are currently on sale.

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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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