The new edition of While You Were Away is here! This week we’re talking about the new Darker Waves festival, the prospective end of Ministry, new music from The Struts and more.
Coheed and Cambria share animated video for ‘Ladders of Supremacy’
“Mirroring the depth and complexity of the source material, the animation seeks to interpret chapter 8 of Vaxis 2 in a collage of high-fidelity 3D scenes, employing the subjective perspectives of each character’s mind’s eye,” says animator and video director Pi3lface. “In this frozen moment in time, the characters bear witness to a comprehensive array of past and future events, intricately woven into the very fabric of their most crucial decisions.
This artistic endeavor fosters a loose interpretation, strategically designed to resonate with true Coheed and Cambria fans who possess an intimate understanding and profound adoration for the story. The animation invites viewers to merge their profound love and extensive knowledge of the narrative, allowing them to vicariously immerse themselves in the minds of the characters. This interaction grants fans an opportunity to contribute their personal insights, further enriching the multifaceted tapestry of the Coheed and Cambria universe.”
Watch the video below.
New Order and Tears For Fears headline the inaugural Darker Waves festival
New Order and Tears for Fears are set to headline the inaugural Darker Waves Festival in Huntinging Beach, California this fall. The new wave festival takes place on November 18th, 2023.
The lineup also features The B-52’s, Echo and the Bunnymen, Soft Cell, Devo, Violent Femmes, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, The Psychedelic Furs, The Cardigans, X, Molchat Doma, The English Beat, She Wants Revenge, and more. ††† (Crosses) will also perform marking their first show in nine years.
Check out the full lineup below. Get tickets and details at the festival’s website.
Al Jourgensen says he’ll end Ministry “in an album or two”
Al Jourgensen says the end is near for Ministry (again). In a new interview with Yahoo! Entertainment he revealed plans to end the band within the “next couple of years” after recording another album or two.
“I view it as almost like karmic, where my career is winding down with Ministry,” he said. “I’m going to stop Ministry in an album or two. I have other things I want to do and I’m really kind of now shackling myself [to the band] … So, I figure there’s only maybe one more Ministry album to go.”
“Maybe two,” he continued, “but probably one; the second one might actually be a remake of [Ministry’s debut album] With Sympathy, to tie a bow on the whole thing. I think this next year or two is going be really transformative, in the sense that I’m wrapping a bow on my entire career and saying, ‘Drop mic. Thank you. Thank you for buying our T-shirts.’ … It’s gonna be an interesting next couple of years.”
This isn’t the first time Jourgensen has threatened to end the band. Check out the full interview below.
The Struts announce new single ‘Too Good at Raising Hell’
The Struts have announced their new single “Too Good at Raising Hell” will arrive Friday, June 30th. This marks their first new release since their Unplugged At EastWest EP from earlier this year.
The band has already debuted the song live and judging from fan recordings, it’s another rollicking good time anthem the band is known for. If you can’t wait for Friday, check out the live version from their appearance at BottleRock Napa below.
Pre-save the single here.
“Too Good at Raising Hell” follows the previously released single “Fallin’ With Me.” Hopefully, this means a new album isn’t too far off.
Tours on sale this week
Cradle of Filth and DevilDriver are joining forces once again for a new leg of the “Double Trouble Live Tour.” Shows starts October 4th in Los Angeles and run through October 29th in Riverside, California. Ill Nino, Black Satellite, and Savage Existence will provide support. Tickets on sale now.
The Hives will embark on a UK and Ireland headline tour in 2024 in support of their upcoming album The Death of Randy Fitzsimmons. The tour launches March 27th in Leeds and wraps up April 13th in London. Get tickets here.
Intergalactic barbarians GWAR recently announced a series of summer headlining shows, with support from Nonpoint, Crobot, and 200 Stab Wounds on select dates. The tour kicks off August 27th in Lincoln, Nebraska, and wraps up September 1st in San Antonio, Texas. Find tickets and details here.
Sunny Day Real Estate have expanded their 2023 reunion tour with new US shows. New shows start August 18th in Portland, Maine, and run through November 1st with a show in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Find tickets here.