This week on While You Were Away we’re rocking out to new music from While She Sleeps and Architects, losing our minds over the Cruel World 2024 lineup, and more.
Architects share new song ‘Seeing Red’
Architects recently shared their new single “Seeing Red,” their first new material since 2022’s the classic symptoms of a broken spirit, and the first since the departure of guitarist Josh Middleton.
“We’re so happy to release Seeing Red,” says vocalist Sam Carter. “This marks another very important and exciting time for our band and we can’t wait to have rooms of people enjoy this song with us.”
Watch the Dan Searle-directed video below.
Cruel World Festival unveils 2024 lineup
Cruel World Festival has announced its lineup for 2024, with headliners Duran Duran. Also appearing at the one-day festival are The Jesus and Mary Chain and Blondie. Other acts on the bill include Interpol, Simple Minds, Placebo, Soft Cell, Adam Ant, Ministry, Gary Numan, DREAMCAR, Lol Tolhurst x Budgie, and Tones and Tails, who will be reuniting for the first time since 1984. Surprisingly, Ministry will perform songs from their first two albums, With Sympathy and Twitch.
See the full lineup below.
The festival takes place at The Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California on May 11th. Tickets are currently on sale.
While She Sleeps teams up with Alex Taylor on ‘DOWN’
While She Sleeps have released their new single “DOWN” featuring Malevolence’s Alex Taylor on guest vocals.
Guitarist Sean Long reveals the new song “has been a central pillar in the new album throughout the writing process of SELF HELL. Loz [Taylor, frontman] was completely on fire and it gave a reminiscent early Sleeps style to the track. The working title for this song was Film-Riffs simply because it sounded like it could be in an action movie. And it will. That’s exactly what it is. A high-intensity new sound that you can’t not bang your head to.
“It was one of the first demos that we knew would be an integral part of the album, it houses all elements of the last 10+ years, yet we have also taken steps to excite ourselves in new areas and introduced new sounds to our advantage. The unmistakable MS20 has made its footprint on the new sound of Sleeps and gives the song an instant identity as soon as it starts.
“The song is about our deepest desire to feel free from the grips of our own compulsions; trauma, past, society, and everything in between,” Sean continues. “While we all face this journey in life there are always obstacles that hinder our progress on the path. More often than not these manifests in the form of people who simply get in the way of your freedom and bring you down.”
Stream the song below.
Fall Out Boy announce 15th-anniversary edition of ‘Folie à Deux’
Fall Out Boy will celebrate the 15th anniversary of their fourth album, Folie à Deux, with a special vinyl edition, which they’ve dubbed Folie à Bleu due to its new blue cover.
“The label changed the color of the album cover to blue without asking us and we didn’t want it all to go to waste,” the band says. “Only 2,500 of these were pressed. once they’re gone, they’re gone! The vinyl along with Folie à Deux anniversary merch will drop on Monday, the 11th at 9:30am PST.”
Order a copy here.
Introducing Folie à Bleu, the 15th anniversary vinyl edition.
the label changed the color of the album cover to blue without asking us & we didn’t want it all to go to waste. only 2,500 of these were pressed. once they’re gone, they're gone!
The vinyl along with Folie à Deux… pic.twitter.com/TPkkEGxHy8
— Fall Out Boy (@falloutboy) December 7, 2023
Tours on sale this week
Taking Back Sunday will hit the road with Citizen as support next spring. The 37-date outing kicks off May 19th in New Orleans, with the first leg wrapping up on June 21st in Minneapolis. Then they’ll get back to it on July 24th in Pittsburgh before wrapping up in New York City on August 17th. See all the dates here.
Queens of the Stone Age will bring “The End is Nero Tour” to Canada next spring with special guests The Struts. The tour starts April 1st in Calgary and runs through an April 17th show in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Tickets are on sale now.
Red Hot Chili Peppers are touring next year and they’re bringing a bunch of special guests with them. Joining them on this outing are Kid Cudi, Ice Cube, Ken Carson, Otoboke Beaver, Seun Kuti, Wand, and IRONTOM on select dates. The tour kicks off on May 28th in Ridgefield, Washington, and wraps up in St. Louis, Missouri on July 30th. Get all the details here.
Jane’s Addiction will embark on their first UK/European tour in over eight years. Following their next at Bearded Theory festival, the band will play two nights at London’s Roundhouse starting May 27th. The tour ends on July 3rd at Rockhal in Luxembourg. See the dates here.