Placebo are today sharing a brand-new single, ‘Happy Birthday In The Sky’. This is the bands is the final single that will be released ahead of the band’s highly-anticipated new album Never Let Me Go, which is due March 25th.
Check out ‘Happy Birthday In The Sky’ below.
‘Happy Birthday In The Sky’ follows recent singles ‘Beautiful James’, ‘Surrounded By Spies’ and ‘Try Better Next Time’, each of which offered its own unique glimpse into what has been weighing on the minds of the band in the near decade since their last album release. Where the album’s opening singles considered themes of personal accountability, tech-saturation, and humanity’s true place in the world, ‘Happy Birthday In The Sky’ is Placebo at their heart-breaking best. Brian Molko grips every word and releases it in a flurry of controlled expressive outpouring, revisiting dark emotions to tell a story of loss and the mechanisms we use to cope with it. He comments:
“Happy Birthday In The Sky for me, is one of the more heartbreaking moments on the album. Happy Birthday In The Sky is a phrase that I’ve been using for quite some time. When I say, happy birthday to people who aren’t with us anymore, it communicates the kind of heartbreak that we’re really, really good at communicating I think. You know that sense of loss, that sense of desperation. It’s as if a part of your body and your soul has been ripped from you unfairly. And you pine and you pine, and you wait.
What I am thinking is that this is kind of so visceral and so intense emotionally that it’s really going to communicate something very powerful to the listener. And that’s basically all I’m interested in. At what cost? Who cares. As long as the song really, really moves people, then whatever sacrifices you have to make in order to get there are fine with me. It’s not such a bad thing to inhabit these emotions – you’re very, very much alive and in the moment while you’re doing so.”
Check out the headlining tour dates for November / December below.
Fri 18 – Portsmouth – Guildhall Sat 19 – Brighton – Brighton Centre Mon 21 – Liverpool – Eventim Olympia Tue 22 – Manchester – O2 Victoria Warehouse Thu 24 – Cardiff – Motorpoint Arena Sat 26 – London – O2 Brixton Academy Sun 27 – London – O2 Brixton Academy – SOLD OUT Tue 29 – Leicester – De Montfort Hall Wed 30 – Leeds – O2 Academy Leeds – SOLD OUT
Fri 2 – Newcastle – O2 City Hall Sat 3 – Glasgow – O2 Academy Glasgow – SOLD OUT Mon 5 – Dublin – 3 Arena Wed 7 – Cambridge – Corn Exchange – SOLD OUT Thu 8 – Birmingham – O2 Academy 1
Baby Strange have announced a clutch of headline dates across the UK in May.
Vocalist and guitarist Johnny Madden says “We can not wait to get back out on the road to play some of our favourite cities. We’ll be playing some new songs that we’re buzzing for people to hear. There will be some very exciting supports on the bill too, it’s going to be a fun tour.” The live shows come ahead of the band’s second album which is due to land summer 2022 via Icons Creating Evil Art. More news soon.
A first official taster of new music from the Glasgow indie punk trio was released a couple weeks back in the form of the hypnotic ‘Under The Surface’, the lyric video for which has just been revealed. It followed on from the surprise drop of ‘Midnight’ at the strike of midnight on New Years Eve.
BABY STRANGE UK TOURING DATES 13 May Aberdeen The Tunnels 15 May Manchester Night & Day 16 May Birmingham Dead Wax 17 May Brighton The Hope & Ruin 19 May London The Shacklewell Arms
I Prevail have revealed that they are rescheduling their tour of the UK and Europe to 2023.
They will unfortunately no longer be joined by Wage War and Dream State as they have dropped off the touring schedule, but Trash Boat have been added to the dates.
There’s one more supporting band on the lineup there. Any guesses?
Below are the UK Touring dates for March 2023.
17th – PORTSMOUTH Guildhall 18th – BRISTOL Academy 19th – BIRMINGHAM Academy 21st – LEEDS Academy 22nd – GLASGOW Academy 23rd – LIVERPOOL Academy 25th – DUBLIN Olympia 27th – MANCHESTER Victoria Warehouse 28th – NOTTINGHAM Rock City 29th – LONDON Brixton Academy
Following on from last weeks announcement of their upcoming record, ‘Pure Evil’, which is set to be released on May 6th via Rude Records, PUPPY announced a full UK headline tour for May 2022, which includes the shows previously postponed from their December 2021 tour.
The band have also today revealed their latest brilliant, self-directed video for their single ‘…And Watched it Glow’, which is an exclusive with Brooklyn Vegan.
Check out the video below.
And as for the touring dates, check out where they’re playing below.
Sat 14th May – The Cavern, Exeter Mon 16th May – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff, Wales Tues 17th May – Voodoo Daddys, Norwich Weds 18th May – Tower, Hull Thurs 19th May – Firebug, Leicester Fri 20th May – Sidney & Matidla, Sheffield Sun 22nd May – Stereo, Glasgow, Scotland Mon 23rd May – The Cluny, Newcastle upon Tyne Tues 24th May – Dead Wax, Birmingham Weds 25th May – Lending Room, Leeds Thurs 26th May – The Deaf Institute, Manchester Fri 27th May – Jericho Tavern, Oxfiord Sat 28th May – The Joiners, Southampton Mon 30th May – The Exchange, Bristol Tues 31st May – The Garage, London
Avril Lavigne has announced that she has been forced to reschedule her upcoming touring dates of the UK and Europe to 2023.
The reason behind this is due to the ongoing complications with the COVID-19 pandemic.
A full statement can be read below.
“To my fans in Europe and the UK,
I have some unfortunate news to share with you all about my UK and European dates. I have to make the difficult decision to postpone this tour until 2023. Due to the ongoing issues surrounding the pandemic, there are a series of real and venue restrictions from country to country that have made the tour not possible to happen. It’s not an easy decision, but it’s one that will help ensure that we are able to play every single date of the tour, put on the best show possible at full capacity, and operate in a safe environment. It breaks my heart to do this, but I know it will be worth the wait.
The tour is now rescheduled for Paril-May 2023. All existing tickets are valid for the new dates. You can find all the updated info at www.avrillavigne.com“
And here are the new dates:
6th – Apollo, Manchester
7th – Brixton Academy, London
8th – Brixton Academy, London
9th – Brixton Academy, London
10th – Brixton Academy, London
The good news though is that Lavigne’s upcoming record, Love Sux’ is set to be released via DTA Records.
Her latest track, ‘Love It When You Gate Me (Feat. blackbear)’ is available to view below.