This week on While You Were Away new music from Enter Shikari, Jay Weinberg speaks on Slipknot split, the 2024 Grammy nominations.
Enter Shikari join forces with AViVA for new single ‘STRANGERS’
Enter Shikari and AViVA have shared their new collaborative single “STRANGERS.”
Talking about the new song, Enter Shikari frontman Rou Reynolds says:
“AViVA has such a great voice – I can still hear her operatic warm-ups, echoing around the backstage rooms! – so it was a pleasure to sing with her on the track. Rob and I got to visit her at home on the beautiful coast of New South Wales and work together on what would become STRANGERS, the story of newly found freedom from a suffocating relationship.”
“Teaming up with Enter Shikari for this project has been an incredible experience,” continues AViVA. “After touring with them in 2022 we thought it would be fun to work on a song together and STRANGERS just seemed perfect.
“We all share a deep passion for music, and together, we’ve crafted something truly special that I believe our fans will love. The song has been worked on across multiple countries, and time zones, and we were even lucky enough to do the vocal recording together at my home studio.
“The song continues to explore a concept I see as a through-line in much of my artistic work. The loss of connection, and isolation that follows. the line ‘we’re just strangers now’ really sums it up, but I think people will really connect with the rawness of this song, be it the loss of a romantic relationship or losing a friend, that pain often lingers with us for a long time.”
Listen to the song below.
Porno for Pyros announce first new song in 26 years
Porno for Pyros have announced their first new song in 26 years. The track, “Agua,” will be released on November 16th and is the first single from their new EP set to arrive in February.
The song “Agua” was inspired by “the band members’ close encounters with dolphins on their globe-trotting surfing trips of the ‘90s” and “reflects their contemporary environmental concerns.”
Talking about Porno for Pyros’ return to the studio, singer Perry Farrell said “Now we’re here, and that same heart, that same desire to make music together, has returned. Getting together with these guys has been some of the most fun, the happiest times in my life.”
Check out the single artwork below.
Grammys reveal 2024 nominations
Taylor Swift earned six nominations, including Album of the Year and Record of the Year. Olvia Rodrigo, Billie Eilish, and Miley Cyrus also received six nominations. Meanwhile, SZA leads the pack with a total of nine nominations.
In terms of rock nominations, Foo Fighters, Metallica, and Arctic Monkeys each received three nominations. Queens of the Stone Age, Paramore, and Greta Van Fleet are vying for Best Rock Album, while Slipknot is going against Disturbed, Spiritbox, and Ghost for Best Metal Performance.
See all the nominees here.
The 66th annual Grammy Awards will take place on February 4th, 2024 at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles.
Jay Weinberg speaks on Slipknot departure
Jay Weinberg has finally shared a statement regarding his split with Slipknot. Much like the maggot fanbase, Weinberg was “heartbroken and blindsided to receive the phone call that I did on the morning of November 5th.” He adds that rest of the world learned of the news only “shortly after.”
Weinberg remains positive thought and shares that “this isn’t the end, and I’m thrilled to discover what the future has in store for us.”
Read his full statement below.
Tours on sale this week
Thirty Seconds to Mars will embark on a massive world tour next year, which includes a North American leg. With support from AFI, Poppy, and KennyHoopla, the tour starts July 26th in Auburn, Washington, and runs through a September 4th show in Mountain View, California. Tickets go on sale this Friday, November 17th.
Hozier will bring his “The Unreal Unearth Tour” to North America next year. The 37-date tour kicks off on April 20th in Raleigh, North Carolina, and concludes on September 17th in Los Angeles, California. Get all the details here.
Laura Jane Grace will hit the road next year in support of her new album Hole In My Head. The tour launches on January 2nd in Omaha, Nebraska, and runs through March 24th in Fort Worth, Texas. See all the dates here.
Alanis Morissette is teaming up with Joan Jett & the Blackhearts with support from Morgan Wade for a 31-date North American tour. The outing starts on June 9th in Phoenix, Arizona and wraps up on August 10th in Inglewood, California. Tickets go on sale Friday, November 17th.