While You Were Away: New Music From I Prevail And Rancid, Blessthefall Returns, Depeche Mode’s New Video, And More

Enjoy the long holiday weekend by checking out the music news you missed with the latest edition of While You Were Away. This week, new music from I Prevail, Depeche Mode, and Rancid, plus the return of Blessthefall, and more.

Blessthefall unveil first new song in five years

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Blessthefall have returned with their first new song in five years titled “Wake the Dead.” The track harkens back to classic Blessthefall, which isn’t lost on the band.

“To all the fans… we’ve seen you and heard you over the last five years,” says frontman Beau Bokan. “We’re back and this one’s for you. ‘Wake the Dead’ has all the elements that define our band. We took our time writing it but didn’t overthink. We wanted the first song to melt your faces from the beginning and drag you to the end without slowing down. We hope you love it as much as we do.”

Listen to the new song below.

Rancid release new song ‘Devil in Disguise

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Ahead of the release of their new album, Tomorrow Never Comes, Rancid have released their new single “Devil in Disguise.” Check out the performance video below.

Rancid’s new album Tomorrow Never Comes arrives June 2nd via Epitaph. This marks their first album in six years. Once again the album was produced by Epitaph Records owner and Bad Religion guitarist Brett Gurewitz.

Pre-order it here.

Depeche Mode share stark video for new single ‘Wagging Tongue’

Depeche Mode recently shared the music video for their latest single “Wagging Tongue” taken from their latest album Memento Mori.

The black and white clip, directed by longtime collaborator Anton Corbijn “tells the story a young couple from a small remote village who join their neighbors for a confrontational ritual — one that draws in participants from all walks of life: lawyers, businessmen, priests, policemen, even Martin Gore and Dave Gahan of Depeche Mode.”

Watch it below.

I Prevail share video for stripped version of ‘Deep End’

I Prevail have shared the music video for the stripped version of their single “Deep End.”

“‘Deep End’ felt special from the day we wrote it,” the band says. “Being one of the most introspective tracks on the record, it became a reflection on an attempt to stop battling certain things about yourself and instead learning to accept them as a part of who you are. There’s a peace to be found in that. Overall, this track allowed us to evolve the softer side of our band and we’re incredibly proud of it.”

Watch it below.

“Deep End” is taken from last year’s True Power.

Tours on sale this week

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Rock icon Billy Idol recently added a new batch of dates to his 2023 North American tour. The new leg starts August 27th in Vancouver and wraps up September 17th in Washington D.C. Tickets are on sale now.

Danzig is hitting the road this summer to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the band’s 1988 self-titled debut album. Danzig will perform the album in its entirety, with support from Behemoth, Twin Temple, and Midnight. The tour starts August 25th in Las Vegas and wraps up September 17th in Chicago, Illinois. Pre-sales start Wednesday, May 31st. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 2nd.

Dinosaur Jr. will celebrate the 30th anniversary of their fifth album Where You Been with a pair of residencies in London and Brooklyn. The band will play London’s The Garage from November 12th through 15th. After that, they’ll play Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg from December 1st through 8th. Tickets are on sale now.

Escape the Fate have announced a summer tour to support their new album Out of the Shadows. The trek kicks off August 31st in Salt Lake City, Utah and wraps up with a performance at Aftershock festival on October 7th. D.R.U.G.S., Point North, Stitched up Hear, and Garzi join as support. Get all the details here.

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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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