• Listen to Lynks’ addictive new single ‘Everyone’s Hot (And I’m Not)’

    Lynks has shared a new song called ‘Everyone’s Hot (And I’m Not)’ – listen below.

    The track is taken from the NME 100 star‘s upcoming EP ‘Smash Hits Vol. 2’, set to be released on January 27.

    Speaking of the new song, Lynks wrote: “I wrote it on the bus home after a night out where I got pretty violently rejected by a guy I wrongfully assumed was gay. That’s a very specific feeling that I think only queer people will fully understand.

    “I looked around this room of young, hot, straight people and just felt so completely out of place. They were models, I was a librarian. They were classic Coke, I was diet Pepsi. They were hot, I was not. And bam – I sat on the top deck of the 185 bus and the song pretty much wrote itself.”

    Watch the video for ‘Everyone’s Hot (And I’m Not)’ below.

    Speaking to NME for a recent Radar feature, Lynks explained their evolution from a James Blake-influenced act into a self-described ‘masked drag monster’.

    “It was like night and day going from my sad, James Blake-ish thing to my drag, crazy pop-dance thing,” they said. “I was like damn, I guess when you’re performing you’re trying to make people have fun, right? I forgot about that.”

    The NME 100 list – 100 artists set to break through in 2021 – described Lynks’ music as “avant-garde queercore made club-ready,” adding: “Seizing on the tradition of queercore – see Le Tigre, Hunx & His Punx – and setting campy provocation to juddering dance beats, Lynks doesn’t just have razor-sharp wit.

    “Beneath the giddy, kitschy mayhem there’s also emotional heft: take a track like ‘Desperate and Lovely, in Desperate Need of Love’ as a prime example.”

  • Trapt Drummer Michael Smith Quits Band, Issues Statement

    Trapt drummer Michael Smith has officially quit the band and issued a lengthy statement detailing his decision.

    The move comes after a tumultuous year for Trapt, who were entangled in headlines concerning the social media outbursts of singer Chris Taylor Brown. The singer was heavily critical of the Black Lives Matter movement, spread misinformation regarding the coronavirus pandemic and was eventually booted from Instagram, Facebook and Twitter following his defense of adult women engaging in sexual relations with underage males as well as his use of hate speech.

    Smith, who did not play in Trapt’s 2020 record, Shadow Work (Adam Prentice is credited on the record, per a press release from May of last year), said his decision to step down from the group is “bittersweet” and that some of the public stances taken on behalf of the band (via Brown) were not representative of his individualistic views.

    The drummer further cited the reaction the band received from the public regarding these controversial stances as another contributing factor to his exit. “I do not agree with how certain things have been handled towards our fans and the music community who I have such an immense respect for,” said Smith, in part.

    Read the full statement below.

    After playing drums for Trapt for the past couple years, I have decided to step down from the band. This is definitely a bittersweet decision. There have been some ongoing issues (primarily political) throughout 2020 that many of you may know about, others may not. If you’re curious, it’s just a google search away. I respect everyone’s right to have an opinion on politics. But at the end of the day, I am a musician and my job is to play and create music. So that is what I plan on doing.

    As I still communicate and have great relationships with the guys in the band, I will only speak for myself. The stances taken, and publicity received as a result are not representative of myself. Not as an individual, nor fitting or aligned with my personal morals and beliefs. I do not agree with how certain things have been handled towards our fans and the music community who I have such an immense respect for.

    I would not be able to have a career in music and/or be fortunate enough to sustain my livelihood without the amazing support of everybody involved (from fans to venue staff, to musician peers, etc.) So thank you to those out there who have been a part of supporting and enabling me to use my gifts and talents, and allowing me to press forward in my musical journey.

    It has been one of the best periods in my life the past couple years. But when it comes down to it, I do not agree with a lot of things morally and the publicity the band has received, mainly this past year in 2020…It is time for me to move on and pursue other avenues and projects.

    A huge thank you to everyone who has supported my musical journey thus far…

    In December, it was erroneously reported that Brown had been fired from Trapt after online trolls created fake Trapt accounts on the social media platform Parler.

  • TDE boss hints new Kendrick Lamar music is on the way

    Top Dawg Entertainment president Punch has hinted that new music from Kendrick Lamar could be on the way soon.

    The rapper hasn’t released an album since 2017’s ‘Damn.’, with his only new music since appearing on the Black Panther soundtrack.

    Podcast host Karen Civil extended an invitation to Punch on Twitter to come on her podcast Girl I Guess, asking at the same time: “Can we play that new Kendrick you played me?”

    “YES!” Punch replied. “Soon.” See the interaction below now.

    Lamar is due to headline Roskilde Festival in Denmark this summer. When he was confirmed to be part of the line-up, a post from the festival read: “Two albums later – and with new material along the way – he is once again ready to take Roskilde Festival’s main stage with a concert that is likely to be one of the absolute highlights of the summer.”

    In August, the rapper was spotted shooting what was believed to be a new music video in Los Angeles.

    Clips began to be shared online last summer of Lamar being filmed as he was suspended by a crane over the ocean, wearing a white outfit. Photos also captured the rapper sitting down, using a phone booth while wearing a white sweatshirt and yellow shorts.

    Around the same time, Thundercat also spoke about working with the rapper on new music. “When I was working with Kendrick, I was excited. Some of my favorite moments recording were spent with Kendrick… I think I worked on the new [album] a little bit too,” he told Neet Tokyo.

    Meanwhile, Lamar was confirmed in November to be headlining Irish festival Longitude in 2021. He will be joined at the top of the bill, coronavirus permitting, by Tyler, The Creator and A$AP Rocky.

  • Ratt’s Stephen Pearcy Wants to Reunite Classic Lineup for Album

    In the 10-plus years since Ratt’s last album, Infestation, was released, the band has undergone numerous lineup changes and sparred in court over which member(s) own the legal rights to the band name. A new album was expected to be released sometime soon, though singer Stephen Pearcy has now suggested that will not happen unless the surviving classic lineup gets back together to write and record it.

    The singer spoke with Sirius XM’s Eddie Trunk on the ‘Trunk Nation‘ program and offered a glimpse into that latest ongoings within Ratt, having stated (transcription via Blabbermouth), “I wouldn’t want to put a Ratt record out there without the original guys. I mean, it just wouldn’t make sense. We’ve tried it.”

    This stands in contrast of an October update from Pearcy, who had stressed that new Ratt music was indeed on the way and that he had been writing with guitarist Jordan Ziff, who joined the group in 2018 after longtime axeman Warren DeMartini stepped down.

    Pearcy acknowledged that Ratt’s direction had changed once guitarist Robbin Crosby left in 1991 (he later died in 2002). “He was my right-hand man creating this monster,” said the frontman, “And I knew it — I knew once he was out, we would be going through motions. It’s all cool, and it’s great, but how many replacements can you have in a band and still consider it legit? So if we’re going to have something on plastic, so to speak, forever, I’d rather have the original band do a record and just not do a Ratt record until that day comes — if it ever happens.”

    Despite DeMartini no longer being an active member of Ratt, Pearcy confirmed the two still talk and did so very recently as they had “some business” to discuss, as well as some ground to cover regarding “some of the stuff we wrote,” in reference to new material.

    “Warren and I actually had a song in the can, written, that we can actually play and release. And there was another one we were starting to work on that was amazing. So you get me and Warren in a room, and we’ll start writing immediately,” offered Pearcy.

    He also informed Trunk that he and former drummer Bobby Blotzer (who toured under his own version of Ratt while battling the other members in court over the name) still communicate as well and that their relationship is a “love-hate, brother kind of a gig”

    “We keep in touch and talk about positive things,” said Pearcy of Blotzer. “He still has interest, so there are some things to talk about. And Warren is the same.”

    “Look, life goes on,” he explained. “Life’s short. Hate’s not a good thing. There’s communication. But I can’t say anything.”

    Returning to the idea of a new album, Pearcy reiterated it is something he wants to do with the classic Ratt members. “I really wouldn’t wanna have guys that weren’t really in the band on the record and I think that was Warren’s sentiment a long time ago — without having me on a record — so I’m just giving back the courtesy consideration,” he elaborated.

    For now, the plan appears to be to connect with DeMartini some more and finish up one song to be released.

    “If we ever do a record, let it be the real guys, and call it a day. If that’s the last thing we do, well, let’s do it. If not, hey, we’ve got the records. That’s all I can say,” he explained before suggesting Ratt are “not the most dysfunctional band on the planet.”

    “The smart [bands] make an effort to take care of business,” asserted the frontman. “Motley [Crue] — I don’t know if they even talk to each other, but they’re getting the business done. And that’s where I’m at. What are you — punishing somebody? You’re getting back at somebody? You’re holding a grudge, vendetta… It’s all bullshit. We’re all gonna die anyway. Go figure it out.”

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  • DJ Spinderella criticises upcoming new Salt-N-Pepa biopic

    DJ Spinderella has criticised the upcoming new Salt-N-Pepa biopic.

    Spinderella, real name Deidra Muriel Roper, was the group’s former DJ and third member. Yesterday (Jan 22), she took to social media to criticise the biopic, saying she was “disappointed” she was excluded from “every aspect of development and production.”

    “Sorry but I gotta speak on this Lifetime special…” she wrote on Twitter.

    “Too often, Black women who have made meaningful contributions in their industry are left out of historical narratives. Back when Salt n’ Pepa was building our legacy, which is rooted in empowering women, I could not have dreamed that this same group would one day disempower me.

    “Words cannot fully express my disappointment when I learned a decision was made to move forward with a Lifetime biopic that wrongfully excluded me from every aspect of development and production… all the while using my image throughout, given that I played an integral role in the group’s story and success.”

    You can see the thread below:

    Spinderella continued, “There’s nothing more unacceptable than a woman being silenced by another woman.

    “It is for this reason, I will not be supporting it. I do, however, want to offer a huge congratulations to the talented actresses that represented us, including Monique Paul, who I wish would’ve been given an opportunity to share my true perspective with.”

    She concluded: “In reflection, I’m grateful I’ve managed to uphold a 30-year career of truly empowering women with my gift, against all odds.

    This will continue in my work and in my service. The great news is I’m in the final stages of writing my memoir, a personal journey navigating through life, relationships, and the industry that raised me. 30+ years is a lot of content and I’m ready to share.”

    The three-hour film will tell the story of Cheryl ‘Salt’ James (played by G. G. Towwnson) and Sanda ‘Pepa’ Denton (Laila Odom) and their rise to fame after recording a song for friend Hurby ‘Luv Bug’ Azor (Cleveland Berto). Monique Paul plays Spinderella.

    The biopic will feature their greatest hits, including ‘Let’s Talk About Sex,’ ‘Whatta Man,’ ‘Shoop’ and ‘Push It’.

  • Jim Root Got a Guitar Over 10 Years Ago + Never Opened The Box

    Apparently, guitarists don’t always play the guitars they get right away. Sometimes, it sits in the box it came in for over a decade. This is the case with Slipknot’s Jim Root, and a Gibson that he’s had for 11 years.

    “Ship date May 2010. So. 10 year anniversary… seems like a good reason to open it, right? Oh. Wait. It’s ‘21. ‘20 just shouldn’t fucking count. So yeah. I stand by it. 10,” Root wrote in the caption for his Instagram post, which showcases the guitar still in its box.

    “Nah. I don’t think I will. I like this game. I like the mystery of that guitar… Hidden away in it’s original packing. Could be the best guitar I ever played. Could sound the best. Could have that ‘thing.’ Could not. Could just be another Firebird that happens to be Silverburst. Maybe I’ll never know.”

    Perhaps the best part is that the serial number of the instrument is 00004. Get it? Number 4? Good.

    See the post below.

    Instead of opening the guitar on its 10th anniversary, Root told us that he spent time during the quarantine in 2020 planning a solo project. The ‘Knot likely won’t be returning for a while once they are done touring in support of We Are Not Your Kind, so he has the creative freedom to explore new ideas during that gap.

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  • Tomahawk announce first album in eight years, ‘Tonic Immobility’

    Tomahawk will release a new album, ‘Tonic Immobility’, after an eight-year absence – listen to the album’s first single ‘Business Casual’ now.

    The rock supergroup – comprising Matt Paton (Faith No More, Mr Bungle), Duane Denison (The Jesus Lizard, Unsemble), Trevor Dunn (Mr Bungle, Fantômas) and John Stanier (Helmet, Battles) – will share the follow-up to 2013’s ‘Oddfellows’ on March 26.

    Denison said of the record: “‘Tonic Immobility’ could just be something in the air we’re feeling. It’s been a rough year between the pandemic and everything else. A lot of people feel somewhat powerless and stuck as they’re not able to make a move without second guessing themselves or worrying about the outcomes” [quote via Blabbermouth].

    He continued: “For as much as the record possibly reflects that, it’s also an escape from the realities of the world. We’re not wallowing in negativity or getting political. For me, rock has always been an alternate reality to everything else. I feel like this is yet another example.”

    ‘Tonic Immobility’ tracklist:

    01. ‘SHHH!’
    02. ‘Valentine Shine’
    03. ‘Predators And Scavengers’
    04. ‘Doomsday Fatigue’
    05. ‘Business Casual’
    06. ‘Tattoo Zero’
    07. ‘Fatback’
    08. ‘Howlie’
    09. ‘Eureka’
    10. ‘Sidewinder’
    11. ‘Recoil’
    12. ‘Dog Eat Dog’

    Vocalist Mike Patton, meanwhile, continues to juggle many music projects.

    Last year, his band Mr. Bungle released their first album in 21 years, ‘The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny Demo’, which featured re-recorded versions of songs from their 1986 demo and two covers. And in 2021 it looks as if his other band, Dead Cross – his group with Slayer’s Dave Lombardo, The Locust/Retox’s Justin Pearson, and Retox’s Michael Crain – will also release an album.

    Patton told Consequence Of Sound last October that: “Tomahawk is done, and Dead Cross is in process.”

  • Chevelle Singer Says Band’s New Album May Be the Last for a While

    After spending over 25 years in a band, sometimes musicians want to take a break and pursue other endeavors. Chevelle are on the brink of releasing their ninth studio album NIRATIASand frontman Pete Loeffler remarked that if fans do not like it, it’ll probably be the band’s last release for a while.

    “I don’t think I’ve ever had a more difficult time writing music,” the singer explained to Loudwire Nights regarding the making of Chevelle’s upcoming record. “If they like it, awesome. If they don’t, I get it. It’s fine. It’s not as easy as it used to be. And I look back at some of our albums, and I’m not exactly proud of every song I’ve written.”

    Loeffler admitted that he felt pressured and overworked when writing some of the band’s material in the past, mainly due to their “tyrant of a manager.” That’s why it’s taken them about five years since their last album The North Corridor came out to release a new one — they simply took their time.

    And, of course, the pandemic had an impact on it as well, as they initially wanted to release NIRATIAS in June of 2020.

    “If people like this one, then I’m gonna continue on,” Loeffler assured. “And if not, it may be many years before we put out anything else. I may move on to some other side projects and let Chevelle sit for a minute. This is pretty much everything we could throw at it over four years’ time.”

    Chevelle dropped the first song from NIRATIAS, “Self Destructor,” earlier this month. The album will arrive March 5 and can be pre-ordered here now. For more details about the record, listen to the full interview above.

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  • Michael Eavis says Glastonbury could still hold a “smaller” event in September

    Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis has said he is considering holding a smaller event in September after it was confirmed that the coronavirus pandemic has forced the festival’s cancellation for the second year running.

    Speaking to LBC, Eavis said he hoped to hold a smaller event later in the year to belatedly mark the 50th anniversary of Glastonbury – which was originally set to take place last year.

    “I would like to do something in September. I would like to do something smaller somewhere around the anniversary date of when we started, which was the 18th of September 1970,” he said.

    “I would like to consider possibly doing something around that time.”

    When asked if it could involve big-name acts who have previously performed at Glastonbury, Eavis said: “Yes, but I do need to get reassurance from the ethics people.”

    A smaller event could potentially take the form of Glastonbury’s annual Pilton Party – a one-off concert held at Worthy Farm every September to thank workers and local people for their help in organising the festival.

    Announcing yesterday’s cancellation, Michael and Emily Eavis said: “In spite of our efforts to move Heaven & Earth, it has become clear that we simply will not be able to make the Festival happen this year. We are so sorry to let you all down.

    “As with last year, we would like to offer all those who secured a ticket in October 2019 the opportunity to roll their £50 deposit over to next year, and guarantee the chance to buy a ticket for Glastonbury 2022.

    “We are very appreciative of the faith and trust placed in us by those of you with deposits, and we are very confident we can deliver something really special for us all in 2022!”

    The cancellation announcement came after Michael Eavis said recently that he hoped that Glastonbury would be able to return this summer providing that the “majority” of the UK’s population is vaccinated against coronavirus by June.

    MPs have since spoken out in the wake of the festival’s cancellation to warn that the future of festivals could be threatened.

    “The news that the UK has lost the Glastonbury Festival for a second year running is devastating,” said DCMS Committee Chair Julian Knight MP. “We have repeatedly called for Ministers to act to protect our world-renowned festivals like this one with a Government-backed insurance scheme. Our plea fell on deaf ears and now the chickens have come home to roost.

    “The jewel in the crown will be absent but surely the Government cannot ignore the message any longer – it must act now to save this vibrant and vital festivals sector.”

    UK Music shared a report, Let the Music Play: Save Our Summer 2021, earlier this month outlining their recommendations for how to restart the UK’s live music industry once it is safe to do so with government support.

  • Social Media Is ‘Very Narcissistic’ + ‘Not Very Healthy’

    Maynard James Keenan is a man who likes to unplug from the increasing pace of everyday life, which is largely fueled by cell phones and social media. He often ponders the consequences and cultural shifts attributed to human behavior on the Internet and in an October interview with Metal Hammer, which was just published online, the Tool, Puscifer and A Perfect Circle frontman explained why these habits are unhealthy.

    This latest criticism should come as no surprise to fans, who know all too well that Keenan’s bands outright ban the use of cell phones at their shows. When Puscifer’s livestream concert where they performed their latest record, Existential Reckoning, in full, viewers did not have the usual chat options at their disposal. Even at home, Maynard wants you engaged and fully immersed in the moment.

    The singer goes through great lengths for his art and demands the attention of those who consume it — it’s that simple.

    Concerning social media, Keenan views these various communication platforms as something that limits user experience.

    “I feel like social media and the internet has really driven a wedge in between people,” the singer asserted. “Just the whole concept of liking a thing, or not liking a thing, and then having whatever you see for the next several months be exactly what you want see and not what you don’t want to see… It’s like staring into a mirror — very narcissistic and it’s not very healthy.”

    Because of these customized user experiences, Keenan stressed, “So that division gets wider and wider, the polarization; every conversation online starts with an argument.”

    Despite his disdain for social media and rampant cell phone usage at live concerts (remember those?), Keenan is not incapable of offering a reward to those who oblige his rules. Just watch this crowd at an A Perfect Circle show in 2018 erupt when the frontman gave them his blessing to take their phones out of their pockets.