While You Were Away: New Music From Alkaline Trio And Bring Me The Horizon, Plus Corey Taylor Cancels 2024 Tour, And More

Happy New Year! We’ve got a lot to cover in the first issue of While You Were Away of 2024! This week we’re checking out new music from Alkaline Trio and Bring Me the Horizon, talking about Corey Taylor’s canceled North American tour, and more.

Sleater-Kinney share new single ‘Untidy Creature’

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Sleater-Kinney have released their new single “Untidy Creature” from their upcoming album Little Rope.

“‘Untidy Creature’ was the first song we wrote for Little Rope, although we didn’t know it at the time; we weren’t certain we were even working on another record,” the band said in a press release. “We also worried it had come too easy, the song featured two elements that come very naturally to Sleater-Kinney: a big guitar riff, an even bigger vocal. But as the year wore on, and our choices and bodily autonomy shrank, our feeling about the song changed. It became a gift, somewhere to put our darkest fears, and our deepest hopes. We sometimes feel trapped or angry, and yet still we breathe.”

Talking about the video, which stars Australian freediver Amber Bourke, the band says we wanted imagery that spoke to the themes which permeate Little Rope: uncertainty, restlessness, urgency, all of the in-between and discomfiting states with which we’re forced to reckon,” the band added. “We love the tension created by an act that defies both custom and comfort.”

Watch the video below.

Corey Taylor cancels 2024 solo tour

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Corey Taylor has canceled his upcoming North American solo tour to focus on his “mental and physical health.”

The Slipknot singer broke the news on social media saying:

“It is with a heavy heart that I announce the cancellation of my upcoming North American tour. For the past several months my mental and physical health have been breaking down, and I reached a place that was unhealthy for my family and I. I know this decision will come as a shock to some and may be regarded as unpopular by others – but after taking a hard look at where I am and where I was going, I need to pull myself back and be home with my family for the time being. Those of you who bought tickets and VIP packages for this upcoming run will get a full refund.

I send my love to the fans, my band, my family & friends, and everyone who’s helped me get here thus far. I promise I’m doing everything I can to be as healthy as I can be. Until then, my apologies to everyone we would have seen on the tour – and hopefully we’ll see you again down the line.”

The Slipknot singer was set to launch the tour on February 3rd to support his latest album CMF2.

Read Taylor’s statement below.

Bring Me the Horizon drop new song ‘Kool-Aid’

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After some brief teasing, Bring Me the Horizon have finally released “Kool-Aid” the latest single from their upcoming album POST HUMAN: NeX GEn.

This marks the first release since the departure of keyboardist Jordan Fish in December. The now four-piece thanked their former bandmate for “the musical journey he took with us and wish him luck with everything in the future. Meanwhile, we continue to work on Nex Gen, with brand new music coming very soon. See you on our UK tour in January.”

Addtionally, frontman Oli Sykes has announced when the new album is going to be released. According to Sykes, Post Human: NeX GEn will come out this summer. “Thank u for all the love,” reads his recent Instagram caption. “Post human is coming this summer , I promise. I just want u 2 have more songs u haven’t heard than songs u have on the record, & it’s been a ruff ride recently. Thank u for sticking with us! We love u.”

Fingers crossed!

Alkaline Trio release new single ‘Versions of You’

Alkaline Trio drop new single, Versions Of You

Weeks before the release of their new album Blood, Hair, And Eyeballs, Alkaline Trio have shared their latest single “Versions of You.”

Bassist Dan Andriano, who handles lead vocals, explains how the song came together:

“From the start, there was something really exciting about this one, a raw energy we didn’t want to let go. I was playing guitar and showing a part to Cameron, Matt grabbed a bass and created this killer disjointed groove under what became the verse. It felt raw and ferocious, and we knew that’s what we had to capture, so that’s how we did it when the red light came on.”

Dan adds that it’s “a song about sorting through the rubble of a broken friendship and realizing there’s just nothing there to try and rebuild… that maybe the whole thing was artificial and driven by self-serving motives.”

Listen to it below.

Blood, Hair, And Eyeballs drops on January 26th via Rise Records. Pre-order it here.

Tours on sale this week

BABYMETAL announce special Japan shows to mark the end of their world tour

BABYMETAL will mark the end of their world tour a pair of special shows in Japan. The shows will take place at the Okinawa Convention Center on Saturday, March 23rd, and Sunday, March 24th. Get all the details here.

Totally Tubular Festival will hit 17 North American cities with a lineup featuring Thomas Dolby, Thompon Twins’ Tom Bailey, Modern English, Bow Wow Wow, Men Without Hats, The Romantics, and more. The touring festival kicks off on June 28th in Santa Barbara, California, and wraps up on July 27th in Cincinnati, Ohio. Tickets go on sale Friday, January 12th here.

Mouth Culture will embark on a 13-date UK headline tour next month. The trek starts February 28th in Huddersfield and through March 23rd finishing up with a show in Carmarthen. See all the dates here.

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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