Credit: Errick EasterdayThe Unlikely Candidates have been working on new music amid the COVID-19 pandemic to follow their chart-topping hit single, "Novocaine." But as frontman Kyle Morris tells ABC Audio, you shouldn't necessarily expect a "Novocaine" sequel.
"It's a departure," Morris says of the fresh material's sound. "It honestly is."
"[If] there's one thing about this band, it's we've never really stuck on one particular thing," he explains. "Sometimes I definitely lament that...[but] most of the time I just really enjoy bouncing around from sound to sound, style to style."
Morris does admit he tried to come up with some more "Novocaine"-esque songs, but they "didn't stick."
"Honestly, I usually don't try [to replicate a sound], but this time I was, like, 'Alright, let's try guys. Here we go. Let's get some other 'Novocaine'-type stuff, let's get a whole album of slacker stadium jams,'" Morris recalls. "And, of course, it did not work. We just kind of kept doing what we do, which is just, like, musical ADD."
From a lyrical standpoint, "Novocaine" ties to a very specific point in Morris' life, a point from which he's since moved on.
"It's a song that I wrote before I knew I was gonna get broken up with," Morris says. "It was kind of like the precursor to that. Then I also wrote a bunch of songs after I got broken up with that are the same character, except sadder."
"It's been almost two years since I wrote 'Novocaine,'" he continues. "The character's changed and I changed and now I'm writing about different stuff. So it would feel a little more forced to go back to that specific vibe."
ABC/Randy HolmesFall Out Boy has teamed up with more than 50 other celebrities from the worlds of entertainment, sports and fashion in support of the Call for Code climate change and COVID-19 awareness campaign.
The initiative is advocating for "new tech solutions to help people suffering from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change."
"Let's fight back against #COVID19 #ClimateChange," Fall Out Boy tweeted. "Join @callforcode @unhumanrights to help create solutions for the world's most vulnerable people." They also added the hashtag #TechforGood.
Other celebrities participating include Sammy Hagar, Rod Stewart, Barbra Streisand, Quincy Jones, Celine Dion, Ellen DeGeneres, Cher, Michael Bublé, Jeff Bridges, Jonas Brothers, Carole King, Gigi Hadid andPitbull.
Credit: Danny ClinchPearl Jam will be performing during a virtual concert next month to raise money for All in WA, a relief fund for the grunge band's home state of Washington.
The show will stream live on Wednesday, June 10 at 7 p.m. PT. Other artists and celebrities participating include Washington natives and figures such as Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard, frequent Gorge Amphitheatre headliner Dave Matthews, Macklemore, couple Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and R&B star Ciara, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, Sir Mix-a-Lot, and comedian/actor Joel McHale.
While you watch the concert, you'll be able to donate to the All in WA fund. Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos will match individual donations under $1 million, up to a total of $25 million.
Credit: Andreas NeumannJosh Homme has premiered two new videos from his collaborative Desert Sessions project.
The Queens of the Stone Age frontman teamed up with two students from the New York Film Academy's Los Angeles campus to create visuals for "If You Run" and "Move Together," tracks off the latest Desert Sessions release, Volumes 11 & 12.
"If You Run" was directed by Gabriele Fabbro from Italy, and comments on the rash of violence against European journalists, while "Move Together" was filmed in director Jonathan Samukange's home country of Zimbabwe, and is described as a "psychedelic take on the story of Adam and Eve."
Desert Sessions Volumes 11 & 12 was released last October. It includes guest spots from artists such as Royal Blood's Mike Kerr, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Les Claypool of Primus, Jack White drummer Carla Azar, and Jake Shears of Scissor Sisters.
ABC/Eric McCandlessBillie Eilish has shared a new short film, titled Not My Responsibility.
The clip finds the "bad guy" singer delivering a spoken word performance on the dangers of body shaming as she herself removes layers of her clothing, all while sinking into a dark liquid.
"We make assumptions about people based on their size," Eilish says. "We decide who they are. We decide what they're worth. If I wear more, if I wear less, who decides what that makes me? What that means? Is my value based only on your perception? Or is your opinion of me not my responsibility?"
The film originally premiered during Eilish's North American tour earlier this year, which got cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic. You can watch it now streaming on YouTube.
Credit: Tom PallantYungblud has been on a collaborating tear over the past year or so, working with artists including Machine Gun Kelly, Blink-182's Travis Barker, Imagine Dragons' Dan Reynolds, Halsey andMarshmello. Speaking with ABC Audio, the U.K. rocker -- born Dominic Harrison -- shares who he enjoys working with another artist.
"I always think two brains are better than one," Harrison says.
"I love collaborating," he explains. "I just love the whole process of it, 'cause I'll make something that I wouldn't have [made on my own], I'll go down a road that I didn't even know existed."
Yungblud has developed an especially strong musical kinship with Machine Gun Kelly, with whom he recorded the joint single "I Think I'm OKAY." The pair has also reunited -- remotely, of course -- for covers of Oasis' "Champagne Supernova" and Sublime's "What I Got" amid the COVID-19 quarantine.
The reason Yungblud and MGK work so well together is also quite simple: they're "best mates."
"We just love each other's company and love making music together," Harrison says. "It's one of our favorite things to do ever."
Yungblud recently dropped his new single, "Weird!", and has been working on his sophomore album, the follow-up to 2018's 21st Century Liability. However, you won't find any collaborations on the upcoming record.
"I want to keep this album pretty straight," Harrison says. "I collaborated a lot last year, and I love collaborating, but I wanted this album to be, like, me."
Credit: Dan WintersIt'll be a bit before we hear Kaleo's Surface Sounds.
The Icelandic rockers have announced that their upcoming new album, set to arrive on June 5, has been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Due to the global impact of COVID-19 travel bands and mandates, we are unable to complete our original plan to release Surface Sounds on June 5," Kaleo writes.
"We know you have waited a long time for new Kaleo music and want to thank you for your continued support and patience," the band adds. "We are still so excited to share this album with you when it is ready."
Surface Sounds is the follow-up to 2016's A/B, which spawned the singles "Way Down We Go," "No Good" and "All the Pretty Girls." Kaleo has so far released four new songs from the upcoming record: "Break My Baby," "Alter Ego," "I Want More" and "Backbone."
Credit: Parker DayOliver Tree has released a new song called "Bury Me Alive," a track off his upcoming debut album, Ugly Is Beautiful.
The track, which is available now for digital download, is accompanied by a video showing Tree running down a railroad track while wearing a mask of his own face and sporting a rather NSFW prosthetic hanging from his chin. You can watch that streaming now on YouTube.
Ugly Is Beautiful will be released June 12. It also includes the single "Hurt," which peaked at number four on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart.
Randy Holmes/ABC via Getty ImagesFaith No More's summer European tour has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the "Epic" rockers have announced a fundraising campaign to benefit members of their live crew.
"There's been plenty of attention about the collapse of the concert industry, how it has been impacting musicians, artists, agents," says bassist Billy Gould. "But very little coverage has focused on the impact it's made on a crucial element of live music and touring: the crew."
"We have been working with these folks for years, and we feel very close to them," Gould adds of the FNM crew. "Since shows are not an option, we are trying to do what we can to offset this unfortunate turn of events with a special merch sale."
Available merch includes autographed posters, drum heads and vinyl albums, as well as a Faith No More-branded face mask, and a limited edition t-shirt with the band's logo and the slogan, "Wash Those Hands."
As for the tour, which was scheduled to be Faith No More's first live run in four years, those dates have been moved to the summer of 2021. Previously purchased tickets will be valid at the rescheduled dates, and refunds are available upon request at point of purchase.
In August, Faith No More is supposed to launch a co-headlining tour with Korn. A press release promises information about that outing is "forthcoming."
Fueled by RamenTwenty One Pilots is adding another level to "Level of Concern."
The "Stressed Out" duo has released "Level of Concern (Live from Outside)," an alternate version of the single recorded amid quarantine. The new take on the tune also features contributions from Mutemath's Paul Meany, Jesse Blum of MisterWives, and jazz fusion artist Simon Jefferis.
You can download "Level of Concern (Live from Outside)" now via digital outlets.
The original "Level of Concern" dropped in April, and it currently sits at number one on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart. Twenty One Pilots gave the song its live debut on The Tonight Show last week.
Meanwhile, a new Twenty One Pilots album, the follow-up to 2018's Trench, is in the works.
Courtesy of GorillazWell, the inevitable finally happened: an official Gorillaz comic book is coming.
The Damon Albarn-fronted digital band has teamed up with publisher Z2 Comics to create the first annual Gorillaz Almanac, due out this October. According to the publisher, the hardcover book features over 120 pages of exclusive artwork, puzzles and games, plus "special guest appearances" by Gorillaz collaborators.
"Every fan of comics and animation has dreamed of seeing the Gorillaz make their comic book debut, with the Z2 team chief among them," says Z2 publisher Josh Frankel. "The artwork, the music and the mythos all add up to what is destined to be one of our most buzzed-about releases in history, and when fans see just what we have planned, I know everyone will agree it was well worth the wait."
ABC/Randy HolmesShinedown's Deep Dive tour has officially been canceled after the band had initially only postponed the run.
The Deep Dive tour was originally set to kick off in April before being moved to August and September. For the outing, Brent Smith and company had planned to perform deep cuts, B-sides and rarities from throughout their career.
"The Deep Dive tour was an idea the four of us collectively came up with to do something special for you in a way we don't often get to do," Shinedown says in a statement. "But, with the weight of everything happening in the world today, it has come to light that it's impossible at this point to continue to move the tour forward this year."
"Trust us, we've tried anything and everything to make these shows happen while always keeping the health and dafter of our fans, crew, and local venue staff as our #1 priority," the band continues. "Instead of stinging everyone along who pays their hard-earned money through endlessly postponing and rescheduling, we've had to make the difficult decision to cancel the shows."
Shinedown still promises that the Deep Dive tour will "come alive at a different time when it's safe for all."
Andrew Chin/Getty ImagesLana Del Rey has shared a new video continuing to defend her controversial Instagram post from last week. Oh, she also revealed the name of her new album.
For the uninitiated, this saga began when Del Rey shared a post asking why Doja Cat, ArianaGrande, CamilaCabello, Cardi B, Kehlani,Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé charted hit singles with "songs about being sexy, wearing no clothes, f***ing [and] cheating," while she felt she was being criticized for "glamorizing abuse." Buried in the post was the announcement that she'd be releasing a new album on September 5.
Her comments quickly went viral, with many people on social media calling her out for naming primarily women of color to illustrate how she was allegedly being victimized.
After sharing a number of comments attempting to clarify what she wrote, Del Rey has shared a black-and-white video reiterating her original intention.
"I don't wanna beat a dead horse...but I just wanna remind you that in that post...was about the need for fragility in the feminist movement," she said. "It's gonna be important."
She added that with her initial comments about there needing to be a "place in feminism for women who look and act like me," she didn't mean to suggest "white women like me."
"I meant the kind of women who other people might not believe because they think, 'Oh, look at her, she f***in' deserves it,' or whatever," she said.
Speaking about how she feels she's compared to other artists, Del Rey said, "The difference is when I get on the pole people call me a w****, but when [FKA] twigs gets on the pole it's art."
At the end of the video, Del Rey revealed her upcoming album is called Chemtrails Over the Country Club.
Highly Suspect's video for their current single "These Days" stars Tony Cavalero, who played Ozzy Osbourne in the Mötley Crüe biopic, The Dirt. That, of course, raises the question, who should play Highly Suspect in a Highly Suspect biopic?
Frontman Johnny Stevens tells ABC Audio that he'd like to see himself played by Call Me by Your Name and Lady Bird actor Timothée Chalamet.
"I just think he's an amazing actor," Stevens says. "I think he could probably pull it off, I really do."
As for bassist Rich Meyer, his ideal choice would be Tom Hanks. "I would love to see his interpretation of who I am," he says. "I'm sure he could figure it out."
Beyond the strangeness of seeing Timothée Chalamet and Tom Hanks as band mates in a film, Stevens promises that a Highly Suspect biopic, if it ever happened, would be a "wild movie."
"I think we have an extremely, extremely Cinderella story," Stevens says. "It's real, it's super real. We're not some put-together band, we're not some Craigslist band."
"The stories that I could tell you, you wouldn't even be allowed to air them at all," he adds. "We've had some insanely crazy times."
While you wait for Hollywood to get on a Highly Suspect biopic, you can listen to "These Days" on the band's latest album, MCID.
Tim Mosenfelder/Getty ImagesBy JOSH JOHNSON, ABC News
My Chemical Romance guitarist Frank Iero, Rival Sons drummer Michael Miley and The Darkness frontman Justin Hawkins are among many artists who've teamed up to record a joint charity cover of the Ramones song "I Believe in Miracles."
The collaborative performance is part of the #RockforHopeProject, which aims to raise money for medical equipment worldwide amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Other artists who participated include Plain White T's frontman Tom Higgenson, Flogging Molly bassist Nathen Maxwell, Gogol Bordello members Eugene Hutz and Boris Pelekh, and folk-punk singer-songwriter Frank Turner.
You can listen to the cover streaming now on YouTube, and you can donate to the #RockforHopeProject cause via its GoFundMe page.
With their summer tour postponed due to COVID-19, what better time than to dig into the Guns N' Roses archives?
The "Welcome to the Jungle" rockers have launched the "Not in This Lifetime Selects" series, featuring footage from past shows on their Not in This Lifetime reunion tour.
The first installment showcases an October 2019 show in Salt Lake City, Utah. You can watch it now streaming on YouTube.
GN'R first launched the Not in This Lifetime tour in 2016, which featured the reunion of Axl Rose, Slashand Duff McKagan for the first time since 1993. By the time it wrapped in November 2019, it had become the third-highest-grossing tour ever.
While watching "Not in This Lifetime Selects," be sure to keep on eye out for an announcement on GN'R's rescheduled tour, which will arrive "as soon as the dates are finalized," the band says.
Shinedown has premiered a lyric video for the band's recently released charity single, "Atlas Falls."
The black-and-white clip features footage of front-line workers amid the COVID-19 pandemic, while frontman Brent Smith's words flash across the screen. You can watch it now streaming on YouTube.
Shinedown first released "Atlas Falls," a song that dates back to the sessions for 2012's Amaryllis, back in March to raise money for Direct Relief, which supplies personal protective equipment to healthcare workers. The track was previously available exclusively as part of a t-shirt bundle as part of the fundraising campaign, but is now out widely on all digital platforms.
So far, the "Atlas Falls" campaign has raised over $300,000 for Direct Relief, including a $20,000 donation from the Shinedown members themselves.
In a statement, Smith says the response to the song has been "overwhelming."
"[We] cannot say thank you enough to Shinedown Nation and everyone around the world that has supported Direct Relief during the COVID-19 response," Smith says. "The faith, the love, and the showing of humanity has just been incredible. 'Atlas Falls' is a reminder that we are at our best when we need each other, and the only way through this is together."
The "Atlas Falls" t-shirt, which will continue to raise money for Direct Relief, is still available via Shinedown's web store.