While You Were Away: CHVRCHES Returns, New Music From L.S. Dunes, Gorillaz Canceled Flick, And More

What did you miss in the music news? New music from L.S.Dunes and the return of CHVRCHES, plus the canceled Gorillaz movie. Read all this and more in this week’s edition of While You Were Away.

Netflix cancels Gorillaz movie

Gorillaz 2022

2D and the gang won’t be making their movie debut anytime soon. Damon Albarn has said that the Gorillaz movie “will never happen” due to recent budget cuts at Netflix.

Albarn revealed the news during an interview with Belgian publican HUMO saying “The new record [Cracker Island] came about because Jamie [Hewlett, Gorillaz co-creator] and I were often in Los Angeles,” Albarn said, translated from Dutch via Stereogum. We were working on a Gorillaz feature film, which will never happen.”

The interviewer then asked Albarn if the film had been “permanently suspended.” “Yes,” he said. “That is to say, and without naming names because the whole matter has not yet been settled: the streaming platform for which we were making the film has withdrawn. They started to panic because they were making too much content and decided to cut back on their movie offerings.”

Well, at least Gorillaz have a new album out.

CHVRCHES share new song ‘Over’

Chvrches share new song ‘Over’

CHVRCHES have shared their new song “Over” their first new song in over a year. It’s also the first on their new label Island Records.

In a new interview with Billboard, the band explains how the song dates back to 2017. The band’s Martin Doherty came up with the first version of the track with producer Oscar Holter (The Weeknd). The band met up with Holter last year to revisit the track.

“[We] got it to a point where everyone was happy with it,” Doherty told Billboard. “And where it felt like somewhere that Chvrches could be going, potentially — that isn’t to say that’s where we’re going, but something that felt 2023, and not like something that’s been kicking around for a few years.”

Listen to the new song below.

L.S. Dunes share new live video ‘Past Lives’

L.S. Dunes, supergroup featuring Frank Iero, Travis Stever, Anthony Green, Tim Payne, and Tucker Rule, have shared their new live video for their latest single “Past Lives.” Additionally, the band have announced two special Southern California club dates happening this spring.

They’ll be playing on April 8th at Pappy + Harriet’s in Pioneertown, California, and April 9th at 1720 Club in downtown Los Angeles. “We couldn’t be more excited to announce our upcoming California shows,” Iero stated. “We’ve wanted to play at Pappy + Harriet’s since we started L.S. Dunes and we’re thrilled to finally make it a reality. Can’t wait to see all our lost souls out there.”

Check out the new video below.

L.S. Dunes’ debut album Past Lives is out now.

New Mark Lanegan book reveals singer co-wrote Nirvana songs

Mark Lanegan, Screaming Trees and Queens of the Stone Age Singer, Dies at 57 | Pitchfork

Mark Langeagn, the late Screaming Trees singer, allegedly helped write one of Nirvana’s songs, according to a new biography written by Greg Prato.

In a story told by Lanegan’s onetime Queens of the Stone Age peer Nick Oliveri, it’s revealed that he supposedly contributed lyrics to “Something In the Way” tale from Nirvana’s landmark album Nevermind.

“Mark said he wrote some lyrics on ‘Something in the Way’ with Kurt on Nevermind,” Oliveri explained. “But Kurt had played on some of Mark’s solo stuff, The Winding Sheet. So, instead of getting paid, they just did this thing where, ‘Hey man, I added a lyric on your song and you added a lyric on my song. Let’s just call it even. Whatever happens, happens.’ Little did Mark know, if he would have had publishing on ‘Something in the Way’ on Nevermind, he would have had a lot of money. I remember him kicking himself in the butt a little bit about that – ‘If I had that ‘Something in the Way’ publishing…’”

Elsewhere in the book, Screaming Trees bandmate Gary Lee Conner reveals that Courtney Love offered the band the then-unreleased Nirvana song “You Know You’re Right” after Coabin’s death. While the band learned the song, Lanegan couldn’t bring himself to sing the lyrics.

Lanegan by Greg Prato is out now.

Tours on sale this week

Guns N'Roses in concert at Paris La Défense Arena in July 2023 - Sortiraparis.com

Guns N’ Roses are heading out on an extensive world tour this summer, which includes a UK/European leg and a North American leg. The North American dates start in Moncton, New Brunswick on August 5th and wraps up on October 16th in Vancouver, British Columbia. Tickets are currently on sale.

Father John Misty and The Head and the Heart are teaming up for a summer co-headling tour, which kicks off in Salt Lake City, Utah on August 4th and concludes with a two-night stint in Madison, Wisconsin on August 21st and 22nd. Tickets are on sale now.

Feist is hitting the road this spring in support of her newly announced album, Multitudes. The tour kicks off in Maison, Wisconsin on May 2nd and wraps up on May 19th in Montreal, Quebec. Get tickets here.

Depeche Mode have once again expanded their upcoming North American tour with 35 new arena shows. The new fall leg kicks off September 21st in Mexico City and wraps up with a four-night stay in Los Angeles from December 10th to December 17th. Tickets available now.

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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