Florence + The Machine Unveils Stunning New Song, “Big God”

Following “Sky Full Of Song” and “Hunger,” Florence + The Machine just shared a third new song from their upcoming fourth album, High As Hope. With only one week to go before the album drops on June 29th, “Big God” is the most impressive song we’ve heard yet. While the first two singles were delicate and empowering respectively, “Big God” dives into that other side of Florence + The Machine we love so much: It’s a song that starts off unassumingly minimalistic, but it quietly grows into something epic and intricate. It sneaks up on you so that the horns and crashes that join in later catch you by surprise.

Lyrically, it tackles a subject so many know all too well: ghosting. As Florence Welch told DIY:

“Big God was written about that feeling when someone has not replied to your text, the modern phenomenon of ‘ghosting’ which is one of my favourite words but not my favourite feeling. I was describing it to someone and they said to me “you need a big god,” as if the need in me were so cavernous it would take something enormous to fill it. Probably something bigger than a text message.

She also talked about how to music video for “Big God” came about:

It’s always been a very physical song, I saw a dance piece  in my head as I was writing it, so to co choreograph something with Akram Khan was a huge honour. Autumn de Wilde fully understood what I was trying to do. The power of the desire within the void. Left with yourself to rage and wonder. And really it is yourself you are raging against. Not the ghost.

Choreographer Akram Khan also spoke about the video:

For me, this encounter with Florence and her powerful song somehow navigated itself towards the element – water. But the direction of the dance also became a resistance to all things that wish to oppress, a sort of protest dance and yet a celebratory one towards a new found freedom.

Indeed, the video centers on Florence Welch and a group of women dressed in sheer, brightly colored skirts. They dance and pound the air as their images are reflected in the water at their feet. With its black backdrop, shallow pool of water, and vivid colors, it’s a visually stunning video for an audibly stunning song.

Watch the music video for “Big God” below. It was directed by Autumn de Wilde, choreographed by Florence Welch and Akram Khan, and produced by Somesuch.

“Big God” will appear on Florence + The Machine’s upcoming album High As Hope, due out on June 29th. You can stream “Big God” on Spotify or download it from iTunes now. You can also pre-order High As Hope; check out all the digital and physical preorder options here. Pre-orders come with instant downloads of all three singles.

You can also look forward to seeing Florence + The Machine live this year! The band has a few dates in Europe and North America this summer, with a full tour kicking off in September and extending well into 2019. Check out all of the tour dates and get tickets before it’s too late!

Enjoy the new songs as we count down the final days until High As Hope is out. Keep checking back here for all the latest Florence + The Machine news.

Evanescence Announces “Synthesis Live” Tour, “Bring Me To Life” Out Friday

Evanescence promised an exciting announcement, and today they delivered. We know the band has been recording their new album, Synthesis, since spring. It’s a reimagining of Evanescence songs we know and love, plus two brand new songs. The album is due out this fall. Now we know a little more:

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Today, Evanescence shared the tour dates for their North American “Synthesis Live” tour. The tour kicks off in Las Vegas on October 14th and finishes on December 19th in Portland, Oregon. Fans may also be interested in the meet-and-greet packages available. Tickets go on sale this Friday, though VIP pre-sales start tomorrow, August 15th. All ticket sales will come with a digital download of Synthesis upon its release date, as well as first listens of select songs leading up to that date.

The first song we’ll get to hear from Synthesis is a re-worked version of their hit, “Bring Me To Life.” The new recording will be out this Friday, August 18th. Let’s all revisit this classic ahead of its new release:

Check out all the “Synthesis Live” tour dates below:

DateCityVenue
Sat 10/14Las Vegas, NVThe Pearl Concert Theater
Sun 10/15Los Angeles, CAGreek Theatre
Tue 10/17Phoenix, AZComerica Theatre
Fri 10/20Houston, TXRevention Music Center
Sun 10/22Irving, TXThe Pavilion at Irving Music Factory
Mon 10/23New Orleans, LAMahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts
Wed 10/25Nashville, TNRyman Auditorium
Fri 10/27Atlanta, GAChastain Park Amphitheatre
Sat 10/28Charlotte, NC Ovens Auditorium
Mon 10/30Pittsburgh, PAHeinz Hall for the Performing Arts
Tue 10/31Oxon Hill, MD MGM National Harbor
Thu 11/2Upper Darby, PATower Theater
Fri 11/3Mashantucket, CTFoxwoods Resort Casino – Grand Theater
Sun 11/5Boston, MAOrpheum Theatre – Boston
Tue 11/7Bethlehem, PASands Bethlehem Event Center
Wed 11/8Baltimore, MDHippodrome Theatre
Fri 11/10Brooklyn, NYKings Theatre
Thu 11/30Chicago, ILChicago Theatre
Sat 12/2Carmel, INThe Palladium
Tue 12/5Minneapolis, MNState Theatre
Wed 12/6Madison, WIOrpheum Theatre
Fri 12/8Toronto, ON CanadaSony Centre for Performing Arts
Sat 12/9Windsor, ON CanadaCaesar’s Windsor
Mon 12/11Kansas City, MOKansas City Music Hall
Wed 12/13Denver, COParamount Theatre
Fri 12/15Reno, NV Grand Theatre at The Grand Sierra Resort
Sat 12/16San Francisco, CAMasonic Auditorium
Tue 12/19Portland, ORArlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

The band should be done recording Synthesis in the next few weeks. The album is expected out this fall, most likely by the time the tour kicks off in mid-October.

Synthesis will be the band’s first album in six years. Their next album of all-original material should come out in 2018. Evanescence’s last full album, 2011’s Evanescence, produced singles like “What You Want” and “My Heart Is Broken”. After touring for that album, the band went on hiatus.

Frontwoman Amy Lee had a son with her husband and pursued a number of music projects without the band. In 2014, she released a solo album called Aftermath, comprised of music she had written for the independent film War Story. Late in 2015, she shared four covers of well-known songs before releasing them as an EP the following January. In September 2016, Amy released a second solo album, this time made up of children’s music. Called Dream Too Much, it included some original songs mixed with covers. In early 2017, Amy released an English-language cover of an Italian song called “Love Exists,” followed by an original song called “Speak To Me” for the new film Voice From The Stone. Amy has also composed a new song “Through Your Eyes” for the new film Blind.

Evanescence, meanwhile, had some significant internal changes. The band left Wind-up Records, making them independent for the first time in over a decade. Guitarist Terry Balsamo left the band in 2015, and was replaced by Jen Majura. In early 2017, the band released a vinyl boxset of all their albums – including Origin and a collection of previously released bonus tracks and two new recordings.

Synthesis will be out this fall. Stay tuned for announcements about the tracklisting and exact release date. Catch up on all we know about the album so far. Keep checking back here for all the latest on Synthesis and the band’s next album.

Garbage To Release 7th Album & Celebrate 20 Years Of ‘Version 2.0’ In 2018

In 2015, Garbage celebrated the 20th anniversary of their eponymous debut album with a massive reissue and their 20 Years Queer tour. In addition to a remastered version of Garbage, the reissue also included all of the era’s b-sides as well as tons of remixes. Now, with the 20th anniversary of their second album, 1998’s Version 2.0, looming on the horizon, the band is figuring out how to celebrate it.

In a new interview with The Current, drummer Butch Vig confirmed that they will do a tour to honor Version 2.0. They’ll play the full record front to back in addition to performing the b-sides. They’re planning to tour from summer through fall. However, they did not confirm if there will be a reissue of Version 2.0 the way there was for Garbage. Let’s hope that there will be one!

But that’s not all we’re getting in 2018! Garbage is also working on brand new material for their 7th album. Although they just released Strange Little Birds last year, the band is already working on new songs. They just released their new single, “No Horses,” in conjunction with their tour with Blondie and the publication of their new book. Earlier this year, they confirmed that they have about five songs in the works.

Yesterday, Butch Vig told The Current that they hope to get the new album out next summer. He admitted, “We’re still early on in the record, but we’ve got some sparks for some songs”. He promises next year will be busy but cool.

“No Horses” is our first taste of the new music, and may be a good indication of what we can expect to hear on album #7. You can buy “No Horses” on iTunes or stream the song on Spotify now. All profits from sales and streaming of this song will be donated to the International Committee of the Red Cross through the end of 2018.

The band also just released an incredible biography. Be sure to pick up their book, This Is The Noise That Keeps Me Awake.

2018 is set to be an exciting year for Garbage fans. With a celebration of Version 2.0 and a brand new album in the works, we have plenty to look forward to! Keep checking back here for all the latest Garbage news.

Shirley Manson Sings On New ‘American Gods’ Song, “Queen Of The Bored”

Garbage’s Shirley Manson is making her return to television. Not as an actor this time, but rather as the voice singing over the American Gods soundtrack. Starz just premiered a new show called American Gods, based on Neil Gaiman’s 2001 novel of the same name. Composer Brian Reitzell teamed up with Shirley Manson for “Queen Of The Bored,” a sarcastic and sassy rock song about being too cool for school.

Listen to “Queen Of The Bored” below:

Shirley Manson recently spoke to On Top Magazine about her two American Gods contributions. In addition to recording “Queen Of The Bored,” Shirley also recorded a song, “Tehran 1978,” with Debbie Harry of Blondie. We can expect to hear that disco duet soon.

I read that you recently recorded a disco track for the season finale of American Gods with Debbie.

I was asked if I wanted to come in and sing with her, and of course, who turns that opportunity down? It was an incredible honor for me and phenomenal to be on a disco track with her, queen of that scene. Even though we think of Blondie as sort of post-punk, they were also one of the first to start to incorporate disco into that post-punk sound. They’re real pioneers.

And you provided the vocals for the show’s title music.

I did. It’s all been such a crazy ride. The show is phenomenal. It’s kind of
mind-blowing and something very new, and so to get landed that opportunity to come and sing on the main title sequence for something that feels very exciting was most unexpected. I’m so proud to be working with Brian Reitzell, the composer, and [executive producer] Bryan Fuller, who is just an incredible mind.

American Gods just premiered on Stars on April 30th. The show airs each Sunday. Its soundtrack album will be available June 16th via Milan Records. In addition to Shirley Manson and Debbie Harry, it also features Mark Lanegan on three songs. See the full tracklist below. You can buy “Queen Of The Bored” on iTunes or stream it on Spotify now.

  1. “Main Title Theme”
  2. “Out Of Time”
  3. “Gumball”
  4. “In The Pines” (ft. Mark Lanegan)
  5. “Shopping”
  6. “Bilquis Gets To Work”
  7. “Salim Waits”
  8. “Salim And Jinn”
  9. “St. James Infirmary Blues” (ft. Mark Lanegan)
  10. “Queen Of The Bored” (ft. Shirley Manson)
  11. “Laura’s Affair”
  12. “Nunnyunnini”
  13. “Media Bowie”
  14. “Wednesday Heals Shadow”
  15. “Vulcan”
  16. “I Put A Spell On You” (ft. Mark Lanegan)
  17. “Essie Accused”
  18. “Bilquis Orgy”
  19. “Tehran 1978 (ft. Debbie Harry and Shirley Manson)
  20. “There Here Finale”

Meanwhile, Garbage is touring North America with Blondie this summer. Check out all dates and get tickets before it’s too late!

Garbage released their last album, Strange Little Birds, one year ago. It gave us singles “Empty” and “Magnetized.” Garbage is already working on new music. The band also has a new book coming out this summer. Be sure to pick up This Is The Noise That Keeps Me Awake on July 4th.

Muse Announces New Single “Dig Down,” Out May 18th

Earlier this week, Muse revealed that a new single was “coming soon” when they released a pair of video teasers. They have now confirmed that “Dig Down” will be out on May 18th. This will be Muse’s first new song since they released their album Drones in 2015. “Dig Down” may also be the first taste of Muse’s upcoming 8th studio album, expected out by 2018.

“Dig Down” comes out on May 18th, just two days before Muse kicks of their tour with 30 Seconds To Mars and PVRIS. It’s a great way to get the tour started!

 

Watch the two teasers of the “Dig Down” music video below:

 

 

Will “Dig Down” be a standalone single? Or the first preview of an upcoming album?

The song is being released in conjunction with Muse’s upcoming tour with 30 Seconds To Mars and PVRIS, which kicks off on May 20th, just two days after the song’s debut. (Check out tour dates and tickets before it’s too late!)

Last November, Muse hinted that the new album may be more stripped down and acoustic… or hip-hop. They also said the new album most likely won’t be ready until 2018. At the time they only tentatively mentioned a new song or two could be ready in 2017. Luckily for us, that part came true, and only a few months into the year!

“Dig Down” may be the first hint of Muse’s upcoming 8th album, which will serve as the followup to their 2015 record, Drones. Get excited for the new single and music video coming next week! Keep checking back here for all the latest on Muse’s new music.