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Day in Rock Report for 07/29/2015



Puddle Of Mudd Singer Arrested After 100 MPH Police Chase

(TeamRock Radio) Puddle Of Mudd singer Wes Scantlin has been arrested following a drunken 100 miles per hour police chase in Minnesota. According to E! Online, an officer from Renville County Sheriff's Department observed Scantlin travelling at 30mph over the speed limit.

A 100mph chase then ensued before the singer was forced to pull over. When questioned, police say Scantlin was slurring his words and had "very watery and bloodshot eyes."

He's now been charged with DUI and fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, and he could also face charges of failing to agree to further tests while in custody. Read more here.

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Metallica Get Their Own Comic Book

(Radio.com) Metallica have been immortalized in comic form with StormFront Media's latest biography, Orbit: Metallica. David Frizell, a rock artist famous for his work with Avenged Sevenfold, jumped at the chance to illustrate the cover for the comic book.

'It's Metallica! What rock artist wouldn't jump at the chance to draw them? I've followed them their entire career. They are the most influential metal band ever." According to the artist, much care went into the concept for the cover. 'I spoke with my brother, brainstorming ideas until I came up with this. I wanted the cover to be iconic and to look like it could be their next album cover." Sample pages can be seen below.

Formerly known as Bluewater Comics, Stormfront's unique approach is designed to capture the attention of "reluctant readers," who might not otherwise read biographical material. "It's my hope that these books teach readers about the people behind the hype," says the company's President Darren G. Davis. Read more and see some images from the comic here.

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Dave Grohl Using Led Zeppelin To Heal His Leg

(TeamRock Radio) Dave Grohl is air-drumming to help his broken leg heal, he's revealed. And the Foo Fighters mainman says he's noticed a big different after being forced to change his drumming style to take account of the injury.

He's been performing in a custom-built throne since falling off a stage in Sweden last month. The incident forced the Foos to cancel a handful of shows including a headline spot at Glastonbury - but the band were soon back on the road.

Grohl tells Q: "I've been air-drumming along to Led Zeppelin three times a day." Real drumming involves playing the bass pedal with his left foot rather than his usual right. "Ever since I started playing, my right calf muscle has been twice the size of my left, from stomping the hell out of my pedal," he says. "Now it looks like a sad little chicken wing." Read more here.

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Puscifer Announce New Album and Release Grand Canyon Video

While fans wait for the new Tool album to arrive, Maynard James Keenan will be releasing new music this fall in the form a new studio album from his other band Puscifer.

The new Puscifer album will be entitled "Money Shot" and is set to be released on October 30th. The band has also given fans their first taste of the album with the release of a music video for the track "Grand Canyon".

Keenan had the following to say about the new album, "It's extremely satisfying to witness simple conversations and ideas transform into completed sonic landscapes.

"And to have these stories go above and beyond the initial ideas makes my grumpy heart swell three sizes." Watch the new Grand Canyon" music video here.

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Mastodon Announce North American Tour With Judas Priest

(hennemusic) Mastodon announced that they will be teaming up with Judas Priest for a fall tour of North America. The two bands will launch the run in Paso Robles, CA on October 16 as Judas Priest promote their latest album, "Redeemer Of Souls", and Mastodon support 2014's "Once More 'Round The Sun."

Mastodon will also mix solo headlining shows with a continuation of the Missing Link Tour, a trek co-starring Clutch and Corrosion Of Conformity. The Atlanta band recently cancelled their upcoming summer European tour dates due to "a personal family matter."

"Mastodon regretfully announce they must cancel their upcoming shows that were to take place from August 7th through September 3rd due to a personal family matter," said the band. "Mastodon will return to the road in Latin America in Late September. The September 5th show in Iceland has been rescheduled for December 5th."

The cancelled dates include a variety of festival appearances, headline shows and dates with Metallica in Europe as well as Canada's Heavy Montreal event. See the tour dates here.

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Dave Mustaine Reveals New Megadeth Album Details

(hennemusic) Megadeth have revealed the tracklist for their forthcoming 15th album, which is expected to be released later this year. Frontman Dave Mustaine unveiled the details during a special online chat at the Megadeth Cyber Army on Monday.

Megadeth's latest features 13 original tunes including "Death From Within", "Fatal Illusion," "Me Hate You", "Post American World" and the effort will also include two covers, "Melt The Ice Away" by Budgie and "Foreign Policy" by Fear.

Recorded in Nashville, the untitled album is co-produced by Mustaine and Toby Wright (Alice In Chains, Korn), and is currently being mixed by Lamb Of God producer Josh Wilbur.

Megadeth's 15th album features new guitarist Kiko Loureiro and guest drummer Chris Adler from Lamb Of God. The group debuted their new lineup during a performance at the Festival D'été De Québec (Quebec City Summer Festival), in Quebec City on July 18. See the full track list here.

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Obscura Forced To Pull Out Of The Summer Slaughter Tour

The Summer Slaughter Tour, which kicked off last night (July 28th) in Denver, is down another band as Obscura was forced to pull out of the trek at the last minute due to visa issues.

Obscura's departure from the trek follows news that After The Burial cancelled their appearance on the tour in the wake of the tragic death of guitarist Justin Lowe.

On Tuesday night, tour headliner Arch Enemy and the official Facebook and website for the tour were still showing both bands in the lineup which also includes Born of Osiris, Veil of Maya, The Acacia Strain, Cattle Decapitation and Beyond Creation.

Obscura's Steffen Kummerer explained their cancelation with the following message, "Obscura won't be able to participate in this year's Summer Slaughter due to visa issues. We started the visa process in April a few days after we confirmed the tour but it seems that US Immigration is a lottery to get a visa in time or not.

"We lost all of our flights, our gear is in Los Angeles, our US crew lost their job for a whole month and the $3000 we paid for visas are non-refundable. In total Obscura lost $15,000 with this stunt to be straight. This is an existential amount of money for a band of this size. And personally, I face this situation a second time after 2012's Death DTA disaster.

"We have been prepared, hired a professional agency to have all visas been applied for correctly and in time - starting in April. The immigration failed to file a necessary I-797 form (the final work permission) from June 3rd - this takes up to two weeks according to their official information but they did not even started at this point, so we won't get an estimate when we can pick up our passports/visas. To clarify, if we would try to get into the country with a tourist visa or without a visa at all the band will get deported on our own costs and get banned from the United States for 10 years.

"If we jump on the tour at a later point we will lose even more money since all of our gear, production and breakables arrived in Los Angeles two weeks ago. Also booking flights a second time costs us another $8000. Our coach is based in Los Angeles and paying $1000 per day until we finally would be able to enter the country would ruin the band completely.

"It is a bitter, frustrating situation we, our loyal fan base and all promoters and agents have to face right now. We won't give up and we will come back to the United States, but we have to drop off Summer Slaughter 2015." See the dates here.

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Iron Maiden's New Double Album Felt Right For The Band

(Classic Rock) Iron Maiden guitarist Janick Gers says the band's 16th album The Book Of Souls proves they're as valid now as they've ever been. The follow-up to 2010's The Final Frontier is their first double-length release, clocking in at 92 minutes and including an 18-minute track.

And they're not concerned if the extent of the work turns some people off. Gers tells Glide: "This is a time when people's attention spans are so limited. We just do what we want to do, and we've always done that. It wasn't that we set out to make a double album. It just ended up we had 11 songs in 92 minutes. If it feels right, that's what it is."

He adds: "I think this album proves we're still valid. The songs are powerful and edgy. There's all types of different songs and there's almost something for everybody - classically influenced, jazz influenced, rock and blues influenced. It's all there, and it's just indicative of what the band's about." Read more here.

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New Keith Richards Documentary To Premiere On Netflix

(hennemusic) Netflix will premiere the Keith Richards documentary, "Under The Influence", on September 18 - the same day his first solo album in more than three decades, "Crosseyed Heart", hits stores.

Directed by Morgan Neville (20 Feet From Stardom, Best Of Enemies), the film is billed as "an unprecedented look into the sounds and influences of rock and roll icon Keith Richards."

"If there's a Mount Rushmore of Rock 'n' Roll, Keith's face is surely on it," says Neville. "He has always represented the soul of rock music-for all of the light and dark shades that implies.

"To my relief, Keith Richards turned out to be a real man-full of humor, knowledge and wisdom. That's the real Keith we've worked to capture in our film and I'm honored to bring it to a global audience via Netflix."

The portrait of Richards pursues the origins of his sound as a songwriter, guitarist and performer, charting influences back to the music that inspired him then and now - electric blues, country honky-tonk, southern soul, and more - as he creates his first solo album in 23 years, "Crosseyed Heart." Read more here.

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People Taking Music For Granted Says Opeth Star

(Prog) Opeth mainman Mikael Akerfeldt fears that the general public take music and musicians for granted. And he believes that a traditional record label system is the only way new bands will find their way out of the cluster of self-powered acts who struggle to gain mainstream success.

Akerfeldt tells Music Business Facts: "It's so hard being a creative person. You put out a product, and people throw the 'sellout' thing at you because you depend on some kind of income.

"It's like, 'You're lucky to be in this position. You shouldn't complain. Get a real job, just like the rest of us.' Which is fair enough - but I think people underestimate how much they need music. Once it's gone…"

He adds: "It's really difficult for bands starting out today to get their names out there. I think the filter that was provided by a record label back in the day was ultimately good."

Akerfeldt argues that bands like Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Kiss had to go through a process where they were compared against competing artists, meaning they knew what they had to deliver if they wanted success.

"Bands today start their own YouTube channel and put out their own record. But they're fighting," he says.

"They're rubbing elbows with millions of bands - and quite frankly, many of them are sh*t. For a band who have something, starting out today would be very difficult. They'd be caught in that stream of sh*tloads of bands." Read more here.

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Roxy Music and The Clash Icons In New Supergroup

(Prog) Roxy Music's Phil Manzanera has formed a supergroup to perform at an Italian festival next month. They'll play at La Notte della Taranta in Salerno on August 22, alongside local musicians and dancers.

Along with violinist Anna Phoebe, it also includes Clash bassist Paul Simonon, Afrobeat pioneer Tony Allen, Italian singer Ligabue and Colombian guitarst Andrew Eche.

Manzanera - who co-produced David Gilmour's upcoming solo album Rattle That Lock - says: "I'm delighted that La Notte della Taranta has attracted such wonderful artists." Read more here.

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Peter Frampton Announces His Very First Acoustic Tour

(hennemusic) Peter Frampton has announced dates for his first-ever acoustic tour. The guitarist will be joined by Gordon Kennedy - longtime collaborator and co-producer of his Grammy Award-winning album "Fingerprints" - as well as his son, singer and guitarist Julian Frampton.

The 12-show run opens in Greeneville, TN on October 8. "This is a first for me and I'm very excited about doing a whole show acoustically," says Frampton. "I couldn't do it without the help of, my writing partner of 15 years, Gordon Kennedy who will be joining me for these shows.

"I see this show being 'me' performing the songs just as I wrote them on acoustic guitar or piano. I have done a lot of shows including 2 or 3 acoustic solo pieces and always enjoy the way it draws the audience and myself closer together."

"I couldn't be more ecstatic about the opportunity to support a legend while simultaneously spending time with family," adds Julian. "Two birds, one stone." See the dates here.

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Punk Supergroup Great Collapse Release New Song, Announce Album

(TeamRock Radio) Punk supergroup Great Collapse have announced they'll release their debut album Holy War on October 2 via End Hits Records. They've also released a stream of their track New Abolition.

The band feature frontman Thomas Barnett (Strike Anywhere), bassist Joe Saucedo (Set Your Goals), drummer Todd Henning (ex Death By Stereo) and guitarists Chris Chasse (ex Rise Against) and Tom Arnott (At Risk/Love Equals Death).

Barnett says: "We build this road by walking on it, no matter how many steps or lifetimes it may take. This is our small contribution aimed to destroy the story of powerlessness that history builds on the backs of our lives. New Abolition is only the beginning." Stream the new track here.

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Bernie Torme Releasing New Album This Fall

(Classic Rock) Bernie Torme has announced that he plans to release his latest album in October. He'll issue Blackheart at the start of the month - although no firm date has been given.

It was made possible thanks to a successful PledgeMusic campaign which began earlier this year. He says: "This album will have loads of guitar, some killer songs, and will again move from classic heavy rock into psychedelia and blues."

In 2014, he launched a similar incentive for Flowers & Dirt which smashed its target in just 24 hours. 10% of cash raised will once again go to the Teenage Cancer Trust. Read more here.

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Prince Releasing His 38th Studio Album

(Classic Rock) Prince is gearing up to release his 38th studio record, his band 3rdeyegirl have revealed. And they described the Hit And Run Album as "super-experimental."

Named after his recent touring activities, which has seen him announcing shows on the day they're to be played, it's to be launched in the very near future.

The band heard Prince's latest work at a private party following a concert at the US White House last month. 3rdeyegirl guitarist Donna Grantis tells the BBC: "We were all dancing and Joshua Welton was DJing. He started playing all these super-funky songs. He's throwing out joint after joint and they're all funky - each one is funkier than the last.

"Little did we know we were jamming to a completely new album that Joshua and Prince had done." Read more and listen to a track here.

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Jon Anderson And Jean-Luc Ponty Announce North American Tour

(Prog) The Anderson Ponty Band have announced a run of North American shows for later this year. Former Yes frontman Jon Anderson and jazz-fusion violinist Jean-Luc Ponty launched a Kickstarter campaign last year to help support the production of an album. The as-yet-untitled record is expected to be released in October.

Anderson said of the collaboration: "A breakthrough feeling came as I sang with Jean-Luc's music. To be in a band again is exciting on so many levels. We'll play and sing our way round the world and have fun."

Joining Anderson and Ponty in the lineup are keyboardist Wally Minko, guitarist Jamie Dunlap, drummer Rayford Griffin and bassist Baron Browne. The band say they'll announce further dates in December. See the announced dates here.

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Arcane Roots Release New Video and Reveal New EP Details

(Prog) Arcane Roots have revealed full details of their upcoming EP, which is entitled Heaven And Earth. They've launched a video for lead track If Nothing Breaks, Nothing Moves, which appears on the October release via Easy Life / Sony Red. It's their first release since drummer Daryl Atkins announced he'd remain part of the band but wouldn't continue touring with them.

Frontman Andrew Groves says: "If Nothing Breaks, Nothing Moves is a promise to our fans to give it our all every single show. I purposely made it the first on the record, and the first single, so I would have to make that promise each night.

"I wanted the video to embody and reflect the song entirely, to show all the struggle and frustration but, also show the internal fight to be who I'd always wanted to be. Everything you then see on the screen is real - I just concentrated on singing the words and holding my breath." Watch the new video here.

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Tim Bowness Scores His Biggest Hit Yet With Stupid Things Album

(Prog) Tim Bowness' third solo album Stupid Things That Mean The World has given him his highest-ever chart positions. The follow-up to 2014's Abandoned Dancehall Dreams was released earlier this month via InsideOut and reached number 10 in both the UK National Rock Albums chart and the National Vinyl Chart. It also made number 75 in the physical sales listing.

It features a core of Bowness and members of the No-Man live band - Stephen Bennett, Michael Bearpark and Andrew Booker - plus guest appearances from Anna Phoebe, Peter Hammill, Pat Mastelotto, Phil Manzanera, David Rhodes, Rhys Marsh and Bruce Soord, who also mixed the project.

Bowness recently said: "Stupid Things That Mean The World is a bolder and more dynamic extension of Abandoned Dancehall Dreams. It's a logical step forward, with some surprises, I hope." Read more here.

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Amorphis Say New 'Under The Red Cloud' Album Is 'Tense'

(Prog) Amorphis have described upcoming album Under The Red Cloud as "uptempo" and "tense." The follow-up to 2013's Circle is due for release on September 4 via Nuclear Blast. And frontman Tomi Joutsen says it offers a musical development from their last title.

He tells Metal Wani: "Some of the people who've heard this album said it's more heavy. Vocal wise it's a little bit heavier than Circle. We only have 10 songs so it makes the album really solid - every song is tense."

Guitarist Esa Holopainen previously credited producer Jens Bogren for getting the most out of the band in the studio. He says: "It's definitely much more uptempo than some of the previous albums. That's one of the things Jens wanted us to do."

He admits: "It felt a bit silly at first - but later it felt really natural. I'm really happy that he did it because there's some catchy things there." Read more and watch the video clip here.

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Jimmy Page Explains Why Led Zeppelin Released 'Coda'

(Radio.com) On Friday (July 31), Led Zeppelin will release expanded reissues of their final two albums, 1976's Presence and 1979's In Through the Out Door, as well as the posthumous outtakes collection, Coda. Thus bringing to a close a project that the band's guitarist, producer and leader, Jimmy Page, has been working on for the past few years.

Many artists of his generation are content to allow their record label to repackage and remaster their seminal albums; others have no choice in the matter, as their labels are legally able to do whatever they want. But Page has always been firmly in charge of Led Zeppelin the band and the brand, and takes that responsibility exceedingly seriously. Indeed, over the course of three interviews in the past year and a half, I always detected a combination of irritation and disbelief that his former bandmates, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones weren't very involved in working on, or promoting, the reissues.

Although now Page may be ready to move on, satisfied that the definitive versions of Led Zeppelin's albums are now available in varying formats. In our interview discussing the upcoming three reissues, he also spoke about the possibility of releasing the long-abandoned XYZ project (which featured former Yes members Chris Squire and Alan White) and hinted at some new music, which would be his first group of new songs since his 1998 collaboration with Robert Plant, Walking Into Clarksdale.

Radio.com: Coda was the first Led Zeppelin album that I bought when it was new; I was too young to really be aware of the band when you were around, but it was so exciting to know that a "new" Zeppelin album was coming out. But what prompted you to release a collection of outtakes in 1982?

Page: Coda had to be put together, it was a sort of' we owed the record company another album. I don't even know how [Led Zeppelin's late manager] Peter Grant managed to broach the subject to me, it was quite a while after we'd lost John [Bonham]. But to me, it still felt like we'd just lost him yesterday. So it was a difficult album to put together, but there was the backbone of it: "Bonzo's Montreaux," which was recorded between Presence and In Through the Out Door. I'd worked on it with John. The other members weren't there. That, for me, was the backbone of the album. Under the circumstances, there couldn't be anything better than having a drum orchestra of John Bonham.

Compiling the music for these companion discs, I knew I wanted to arrive at two extra discs for Coda. To make it a total celebration of Led Zeppelin and its music, and the quirkiness of it. I'd surprised the band with some of this stuff, because they'd not heard it. I just really wanted to show so many colors and textures, and it does.

Radio.com: How involved were Robert Plant and John Paul Jones in the reissue process, did you send them tapes?

Page: I'll tell you how it worked. I knew there were some key pieces [that I wanted to include], but this was going to be such a complete picture [of the band]. The whole depth and length of the project became quite clear, but I couldn't invest hundreds of hours of listening to tapes without the help of the others.

What I did was, I played them the companion disc for Led Zeppelin III separately: Robert first. And then the companion disc for Presence. I outlined what the project was going to be. Robert thought it was great. Then I played it for John Paul Jones, and same deal. Robert sent a few tapes that he had, he had a couple of those things were of use.

Read the rest of the interview here.

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U2 Play Rare 'War' Era Track For First Time In 26 Years

(hennemusic) U2 performed their 1983 single, "Two Hearts Beat As One", for the first time in 26 years on Monday during their sixth show at New York's Madison Square Garden and fan filmed video taken from the front row has surfaced online.

Last played at Dublin's Point Debut in December 1989, the song was the second single issued from the band's third album, 1983's "War." Upon its release, "Two Hearts" was a No. 2 smash in their native Ireland and a Top 20 hit in the UK.

It's not the first rarity of the "Innocence + Experience" tour: the group delivered their 1981 track, "Gloria", for the first time in 10 years during a June 28 show in Chicago.

Monday's concert is one of 8 shows at Madison Square Garden that will see U2 wrap up the North America leg of the 2015 tour on July 31. Watch the fan video of the "Two Hearts Beat As One" performance here.

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Pierce The Veil Release Pink Vinyl for Breast Cancer Awareness

(Radio.com) Pierce The Veil will release a limited edition pink vinyl of their 2012 album Collide With The Sky on September 26th. The release is a part of Ten Bands One Cause to benefit Gilda's Club NYC. $1 from each sale will be donated to Gilda's Club NYC to benefit Breast Cancer Awareness month in October.

The Ten Bands One Cause program includes limited pink vinyls from Run The Jewels, Sturgill Simpson, Ingrid Michaelson, Joey Bada$$, Between The Buried and Me, Chet Faker, Clutch, Al Green, and Primus.

The band recently released "The Divine Zero," the first single from their new album which is expected to drop this year. Fontman Vic Fuentes wrote a statement on the band's site dedicating the track to their fans. Read it here.

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Northlane Release Music Video For 'Impulse'

(Radio.com) Northlane have released a video for their track Impulse. The song appears on Node, their latest album which was launched this week. It's their first record with frontman Marcus Bridge, who took over from Adrian Fitipaldes last year.

Video director Jason Eshraghian says: "The video isn't a total bash of the digital media age, it's symbolically trying to look at both sides of the coin. The pros are pretty obvious - communication is made easy, loads of online resources for research and educational tools, Northlane's able to spread its reach.

"On the downside, people tend to abuse it, they get super obsessive over it, end up isolating themselves (anti-social network). Personally, I think it's made people dumber. Our attention spans have become shorter and we can't take in info like we used to." Watch the video here.

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The Doors And Journey Songs Back On BBC Radio

(Classic Rock) The BBC have lifted a ban on playing songs from the Doors, Journey and a number of other artists after securing a new arrangement with the artists' rights managers.

It means the musicians represented by Wixen Music can be heard again on the corporation's radio stations - but not on TV. The dispute arose earlier this month when Wixen removed its artists from a group licensing deal arranged by the Mechanical Copyright Protection Society, meaning the BBC paid a flat rate for any and all uses of its choice.

Wixen boss Naomi Asher said at the time: "The BBC can use Neil Young and the Doors any time they negotiate a license with us to do so in any given programme." They added that standing up for the principle at stake was "basic respect for artists wishing to determine how their work is used, and at what fees."

The corporation had previously said they wouldn't negotiate a unique deal with Wixen, arguing that "single blanket collective licensing remains the most efficient way to license music." Read more here.

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Halo Tora Streaming New Song 'Ruins'

(Prog) Halo Tora have premiered their track Ruins with Prog. It's taken from the Scots quintet's debut album Omni\One, set for release on September 4, and featuring material influenced by Karnivool, Oceansize and others.

Guitarist and vocalist Chris Alexander tells Prog: "Ruins is one of the heavier tracks on the album - and it's a good one to start with as it's got quite a lot of what we are about in there.

"One of our goals is to marry various styles together, and in Ruins we've combined the heavy sounds with hooks and melody. This is one of my favorite tracks to play live, especially when we hit the end section." Stream the new song here.

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Charley Crockett Releases 'Trinity River' Video

(The Blues Charley Crockett has released a video for his track Trinity River, taken from latest album A Stolen Jewel. It was made after the Texan returned home following a negative experience with a record deal.

He and trumpeter Charlie Mills were signed after busking on the New York subway - but the contract required them to make up jingles on a talk show. Crockett tells the Dallas Observer: "My soul wasn't in it. So I went to California for two years to sit out my contract."

He recorded A Stolen Jewel and put it out himself - mostly giving it away free, he says, "to people who will believe in me." Soul singer Leon Bridges is one of those. He says: "I was instantly drawn in by every song on the record. I love how he was able to capture a simple blues-folk sound." Watch the new video here.

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Singled Out: Beauty Queen Autopsy's Pumps

Today Erica Mulkey (Unwoman) and Matt Fanale (Caustic) from Beauty Queen Autopsy tells us the story behind the song "Pumps" which comes from their brand new album "Lotharia". Here is the story:

Matt: 'Pumps' came from a few unlikely places-- the line in the chorus of "these f**k me pumps don't come guaranteed" was originally a line I came up for in a song I started about a friend who has been going through transition. The lyric originally had a completely opposite meaning to the one in Pumps. Initially it was reflecting on how she would meet a man and he'd be into her until she told him that she was in transition, and then he'd back off (which was his loss-- she's amazing). I found it incredibly sad and lonely, as there was no guarantee for HER, but in the BQA version it's of course the other way around.

A lot of the verses themselves were inspired by my hard drinking days in my 20s when I was dumb and single and felt invulnerable. "Tonight I'm breathing fire/tonight I'm a Molotov" is something I think a lot of us feel when we're in that phase. Nothing can touch us. I think a little of the attitude in the lyrics also came from listening to a bunch of Pink at the time. It's nice writing about a woman who just doesn't give a s**t if you think she looks hot.

A big part of Beauty Queen Autopsy is my writing in a female voice but channeling my own experiences and emotions into what I'm trying to share, and that's universal in my mind so I don't feel like some fraud imagining what it's like being a woman. This track almost has a country vibe to it-- I'm a big Hank III fan and this could be his female counterpart in some ways-- it's about partying and drinking and getting high and turning down idiots (male or female-- I enjoy the gender neutrality of most of the BQA lyrics) who think they can buy you a few drinks like that means you owe them anything. One of my favorite things about Erica is her ability to project her confidence when she's singing. She's nobody's fool, and I really wanted to play into those characteristics in her personality with Pumps. It's not meant to even be callous or cruel-- this is simply a woman she just knows what she wants and when she wants it. To me, that's simply hot. That's someone I'd want to be friends with.

I also enjoyed tossing in a GnR reference for good measure. Because everyone's got a little Axl in them when they're out getting' their drank on.

Erica: This is one of my favorite to sing of all the BQA tracks. I can relate very well to the lyrics -- "your approval don't mean much to my self-esteem" is an important thing for people I interact with in bars to understand, because I'm not there for them. And though wearing wicked high heels definitely gets me lots of attention, it's always my choice (whether I'm wearing what I call my 'femme armor' or not) who I want to pay attention to.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and get your copy of the album here and learn more about the band right here!

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