It’s a new week, which means a new edition of While You Were Away. This week we’re checking out new music from PVRIS and You Me At Six, lamenting over Day 1 of When We Were Young fest, checking out the tours on sale this week and more.
First day of When We Were Young festival canceled
Things got off to a shaky start for the highly anticipated When We Were Young festival over the weekend. The first day of the inaugural festival in Las Vegas was canceled due to severe weather conditions.
Emo/punk fest was set to kick off this past Saturday but was ultimately canceled by organizers following advice from the National Weather Service, which issued a High Wind Warning with winds of 60mph, and the local police.
“Under advisement of the National Weather Service and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, we have no other choice than to cancel today’s When We Were Young Festival. The safety of our fans, artists and staff will always be our top priority,” the organizers said in a statement.
“This was not a decision that came lightly. We know many of you traveled to the area to have a spectacular day with your favorite bands and have been looking forward to this day for months. We were equally as excited and are devastated to have to share this news.”
Ticketholders are eligible for a full refund. The remaining show scheduled for October 29th is still set to take place.
— When We Were Young (@WWWYFest) October 22, 2022
PVRIS returns with two new singles
PVRIS are back with two new singles: “ANYWHERE BUT HERE” and “ANIMAL,” both released on their new label Hopeless.
Talking about the former song, singer Lynn Gunn explains:
“At its core, ANYWHERE BUT HERE is about wanting to escape your surroundings. My whole life I’ve always found myself restless and eager to be somewhere else. I always imagine existing in different times and different places; everywhere and anywhere but where I am in the moment, even the good moments. I think a lot of us experience that to some degree, a longing to be somewhere or with someone you can’t necessarily identify.”
And of the latter, the singer reveals: “ANIMAL is all about defiance, breaking free of control whether it’s from other people, or from ourselves. It can even be looked at through a wider lens and interpreted as defiance towards ‘the man’, government, or the algorithms that run our lives, that ‘know us’. It’s about challenging the identity the outside world chooses to give you.
“It’s also a comment on fame and spectacle. I feel like we as a society are quick to dehumanize each other and hold people in fixed forms denying one another the opportunities to grow and evolve. I think this holds true especially those in any scale of a spotlight; artists, actors, influencers, models, athletes, politicians, etc… this can be true for personal relationships as well. We do each other a disservice by restricting one another to these metaphorical cages. ANIMAL is about challenging that.”
Watch the Jax Anderson-directed short film for the singles below.
You Me At Six announce new album ‘Truth Decay’
After releasing a couple of singles earlier this year, You Me At Six have finally announced the details of their new album, Truth Decay, out January 27th via Underdog Records/AWAL Recordings.
The follow-up to SUCKAPUNCH sees the band “doing all the things that we as a band think we’re good at and just embellishing them and finessing those ideas and just trying to do retrospective, quintessential YMAS but in 2022 and give that a new lease of life,” says frontman Josh Franceschi.
“For us we saw people around us, our peers and some new blood coming through that were doing emo rock music again and we thought, ‘Well, we know how to do that and we want the world to know how we do it.’”
Additionally, the band shared new single “Mixed Emotions (I Didn’t Know How To Tell You What I Was Going Through)” taken from the upcoming album. Listen to the song below.
Pre-order Truth Decay here.
Hawthrone Heights share new single ‘Dandelions’
Hawthrone Heights have released their new single “Dandelions,” their first new music since their 2021 album The Rain Just Follows Me.
Speaking about the new song, frontman JT Woodruff said “During the summer, I was walking through the most desperate and desolate place I’ve ever been, which is Bombay Beach, located in the Salton Sea area of California. It is a perfect example of how we are quite literally ruining the world we live in, for our own temporary amusement. This place was once a vacation destination for Hollywood celebrities in the golden age of America, and we ruined it because of over fertilization and chemical runoff. Now it is basically a cautionary tale of paradise being turned to dust.
“It made me realize how temporary we are, and how we must fight to protect the most beautiful parts of our world, and ourselves. I felt like it was a perfect metaphor for how we are all using the internet to ruin ourselves, and how the last few years have turned us against the ones we’ve loved, and turned us into something we never wanted to be. But hope is out there, and as we all work to rebuild and repair, we can’t help but feel like insignificant dandelion pods blowing in the breeze.”
Check out the new song below.
Tours on sale this week
We Came as Romans recently announced a headlining tour with Erra and Brand of Sacrifice set for early 2023. The trek kicks off January 19th in Pittsburgh, Pennslyvania, and wraps up February 18th in Detroit, Michigan. Tickets are currently on sale.
Rock icons Motley Crue and Def Leppard are bringing their co-headlining tour around the world next year. The new run of dates start February 18th in Mexico City and will run through the summer with the final show happening July 6th in Glasgow. Tickets for the UK/European jaunt go on sale October 25th, while Mexico and South American tickets go on sale October 27th. Get all the details here.
Journey and Toto will continue their 50th anniversary “Freedom Tour” well into 2023 with a new batch of dates starting February 4th in Allentown, Pennslyvania, and wrapping up April 25th in Palm Springs, California. Get all the details here.
Belle and Sebastian will hit the road for their 2023 North American tour in support of their latest album Bit of Previous. After a brief European run in early 2023, the band will kick off the North American leg in Guadalajara, Mexico on April 24th and wraps up May 19th in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Tickets are available now.