While You Were Away: New Music From Pendulum And Empire State Bastard, Static Dress’ Surprise New EP, And More

As you mourn the end of spooky season, check out all the music news you missed in this week’s edition of While You Were Away. This week we’re talking about new music from Pendulum and Empire State Bastard, plus Static Dress’ surprise new EP and more.

Empire State Bastard share reworked version of ‘Tired, Aye?’

Empire State Bastard: 'it's been so long since someone with a brain was in  charge'

Empire State Bastard have shared an updated version of Rivers Of Heresy track “Tried, Aye?” called “Tired, Naw?”

“We’re delighted to share the fully suited, original version of Tired, Aye?: Tired, Naw?,” the band shares of the full-band rendition. “The magical Mike Bourne has created another outstanding, mind-bending video for the song. It’s pure nightmare fuel. Sweet dreams.”

Watch the video below.

Static Dress surprise release new ‘Redux’ EP

Static Dress surprise-release new Redux EP featuring Creeper and more

Static Dress have surprised released their third and final Redux EP entitled vol.3. The four-track EP features reworkings of Rouge Carpet Disaster tracks with some help from special guests, including Creeper, Carl Bown, Bobby Wolfgang, and Sølv. Stream the EP below.

Addtionally, the band shared a new Olli Appleyard-directed video for “Push Rope redux.” Watch it below.

Pendulum team up with Scarlxrd on ‘Mercy’

Listen to Pendulum’s new single with Scarlxrd, Mercy Killing

Pendulum has joined forces with Scarlxrd for their new single “Mercy Killing.”

“We generally get bored very easily and suffer from artistic ADHD, so when the opportunity came through to work with an artist as different as Scarlxrd, we jumped at the chance,” said frontman Rob Swire. “We met on a chilly afternoon in March and set Ableton to a whopping 184 bpm, a tempo so shocking that we’d surely be thrown in the gulag if drum’n’bass was a totalitarian regime.

“It very quickly became clear that Scar was one of our favorite people that we’ve ever had in the studio. He’s pure energy. Nothing was off-limits. Trap verse? Let’s do it. Slightly-more-pop-punk-than-usual chorus? Fuck it, let’s go. Hell, at some point even Be My Lover by La Bouche was in there somewhere and we had to delete it out of concern for public safety… and also the impending copyright issues.”

Listen to the song below.

Silent Planet share action-packed video for ‘Offworlder’

Silent Planet Power on With 'Anunnaki' Off Fifth Record Superbloom

Silent Planet recently released their new album Superbloom and to celebrate, they shared the action-packed music video from “Offworlder.”

“‘Offworlder’ is the first chapter of Superbloom, where you wake up in an alternate reality, your consciousness inhabiting the body of a mysterious dissident,” the band said in a press relese.

“Considered a dangerous terrorist, legions of swat teams have been programmed to shoot on sight, controlled by a central hive-mind. Wielding powers from a different dimension, you must end the radio frequency before the madness becomes complete. Good luck.”

Watch the video below.

Tours on sale this week

Creed 2024 tour

New Kids on the Block will replicate their 1990 tour next year on “The Magic Summer Tour.” The outing will see the group performing their smash hits, deep cuts, and “magical surprises.” Special guests include Paula Abdul and DJ Jazzy Jeff. It kicks off June 14th in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, and wraps up August 25th in Noblesville, Indiana. Tickets are on sale now.

Creed recently announced their 2024 reunion tour dubbed “Summer of ’99 Tour” with 3 Doors Down as support. The 40-city trek kicks off July 17th in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and runs through a September 28th show in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Get tickets and details here.

Rock Am Ring and Rock Im Park have announced their 2024 lineup with headliners Avenged Sevenfold, Queens of the Stone Age, Green Day, Billy Talent, Maneskin, and Parkway Drive. The festivals will take place over the June 7th and 9th weekend. Get all the details including tickets here.

A Perfect Circle, Puscifer, and Primus have further expanded their joint “Sessanta” tour. The tour now kicks off April 2nd and 3rd with a two-night stand in Boston, followed by shows in Mashantucket, Connecticut (April 5th) and Atlantic City, New Jersey (April 6th). Additional stops include Bonner Springs, Kansas (April 30th); Chicago (May 1st); Clarkston, Michigan (May 2nd); and Forest Hills, New York (May 4th). Tickets available 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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