• Listen to Green Day’s new song ‘Here Comes The Shock’

    Green Day have released a new song called ‘Here Comes The Shock’ – listen below.

    The trio announced the new track via Twitter on Thursday (February 17). It’s officially out in North America today (February 21) before releasing to the rest of the world tomorrow (February 22).

    Watch the song’s accompanying music video below:

    The track was also played as part of yesterday’s (February 20) NHL Outdoor Games at Lake Tahoe on NBC.

    ‘Here Comes The Shock’ marks the band’s first new material since 2020’s ‘Father Of All Motherfuckers‘ and frontman Billie Joe Armstrong’s recent solo covers record ‘No Fun Mondays‘.

    It comes just weeks after Green Day played their first live show in nearly a year, bringing a career-spanning three-song set to the annual NFL Honors show.

    The group played ‘Holiday’, ‘Basket Case’ and 2016 track ‘Still Breathing’ outside the SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California.

    Green Day, Billie Joe Armstrong
    Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong CREDIT: Timothy Norris/Getty Images for Live Nation

    Green Day are still set to return to the UK for their coronavirus-delayed Hella Mega Tour with Weezer and Fall Out Boy in June 2021.

    In a recent interview with NME, Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo said he believes the tour is still on as it stands. “My manager just told me yesterday that the US promoter is still saying it’s gonna happen,” Cuomo explained. “That could change, but I’m not making any other plans for the summer.”

    In other Green Day news, frontman Billie Joe Armstrong recently revealed that he’s been writing a lot of new music in recent months.

    Speaking to NME, he said: “I’ve been writing a lot. I’m always putting something together, whether it’s a full demo in my small studio or just some voice notes on my phone.

    “Whether we do a full-length album or an EP or just a song, we have a lot of different options. It’s a matter of whenever the right moment happens. That’s the beauty of the way you can put music out these days. You don’t have to wait for any gatekeeper to tell you that the timing is right.”

    Armstrong added: “With the new stuff that I’m writing, I don’t know – a lot of it is kind of more self-deprecating and funny [than the last album]. Not that I’m doing a comedy record or anything. On one hand it feels autobiographical and funny, but on the other when you look at it you can put a social commentary twist to it.”

  • You Should Listen to Tetrarch’s New Song ‘You Never Listen’

    Tetrarch, who released their debut album, Freak, in 2017, have just announced their second record, Unstable, will be released on April 30. The group teased what was to come last year with the song, “I’m Not Right,” and have just released a music video for the follow-up single, “You Never Listen.”

    The song is built around undulating, downtuned rhythms and a fluid drum beat that helps blur the line between modern day hard rock and industrialized heavy metal. Is djentrock a thing? It’s about to be with this futurist twist Tetrarch employ on their latest song.

    “‘You Never Listen’ is for anybody who has struggled or is struggling through a broken relationship – whether it be with a family member, friend, significant other, or even with themselves. So many times, we find that people we once were close with or felt like we knew well show a darker and different side of themselves that forces us apart. ‘You Never Listen’ is about having the strength to say enough is enough and to rid yourself of those toxic situations,” said frontman and guitarist Josh Fore.

    “We wanted to do something unexpected and approach the song from a different lens,” said Diamond Rowe of the “You Never Listen” video. “Conceptually, the video follows a young kid who is obviously living in a bad situation in a messed-up home. Throughout the video, the kid deals with the inner voices and visions in his head, represented by the band members appearing and disappearing, as he struggles to understand what’s real and what isn’t. As the song ramps up, we wanted to portray the kid as telling those voices to shut up as he takes control and rids himself of the negative energy around him.”

    Regarding what to expect from the Unstable record, the guitarist explained, “The album has an overall theme of self-reflection and really looking at the relationships or parts of yourself/your life that you don’t like and getting out of those situations. It’s an angsty record. Musically, we were not timid in showing that we refuse to be boxed in as artists, and I think we really came out swinging with showing the world the type of band that we want to be. Freak did great for us and showed us that the music we were making was something that people wanted to hear, and that gave us the confidence to write and record this beast of an album.”

    Watch the music video for “You Never Listen” toward the bottom of the page and read the lyrics directly below. You can view the complete track listing and Unstable album art beneath the video player as well. To pre-order the record, which comes out on Napalm Records, head here.

    Tetrarch, “You Never Listen” Lyrics

    I can’t believe this is where we are
    You never listen
    I never thought we could fall this far
    I never listened

    There’s something I’ve been needing to say
    I’m getting sick of the fights and the shots you take
    It’s chilling the words you choose
    Now you’re hiding when they’re spit at you

    I can’t believe this is where we are
    You never listen
    I never thought we could fall this far
    Won’t change my mind
    I’ll never listen to you

    Don’t you know that you’re a burden on me
    You’re a monster I thought that I’d never see
    It’s a feeling that I won’t miss
    Are you happy that it’s come to this

    I can’t believe this is where we are
    You never listen (I never listen to you)
    I never thought we could fall this far
    Won’t change my mind
    I’ll never listen to
    Won’t listen to you anymore

    I won’t listen to you anymore
    I won’t listen to you anymore
    I won’t listen to you anymore (Why are you here)
    I won’t listen to you anymore (Get it through your head)

    I can’t believe this is where we are
    You never listen

    I can’t believe this is where we are
    You never listen (I never listen to you)
    I never thought we could fall this far
    Won’t change my mind
    I’ll never listen to you

    I can’t believe this is where we are
    You never listen (I never listen to you)
    I never thought we could fall this far
    Won’t change my mind
    I’ll never listen to you

    I won’t listen to you anymore
    I won’t listen to you anymore
    I won’t listen to you anymore
    I won’t
    Won’t listen to you anymore

    Tetrarch, “You Never Listen” Music Video

    Tetrarch, Unstable Album Art + Track Listing

    01. “I’m Not Right”
    02. “Negative Noise”
    03. “Unstable”
    04. “You Never Listen”
    05. “Sick Of You”
    06. “Take A Look Inside”
    07. “Stitch Me Up”
    08. “Addicted”
    09. “Pushed Down”
    10. “Trust Me”

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  • Listen to Hayley Williams’ new album ‘FLOWERS for VASES / descansos’

    After having teased its arrival in recent weeks, Hayley Williams has released her new solo album ‘FLOWERS for VASES / descansos’ today (February 5).

    The follow-up to Williams’ 2020 solo debut ‘Petals For Armor’ was recorded at the Paramore frontwoman’s home in Nashville with producer and engineer Daniel James. Williams wrote and performed all of the music on the album herself – a career first.

    The 14-track collection is a sparser affair than Williams’ previous album, and includes ‘My Limb’, the single Williams “leaked” by hand-delivering a CD to a fan’s house. It also includes a new version of ‘Find Me Here’, which appeared on Williams’ recent ‘Petals for Armor: Self-Serenades’ EP.

    Stream ‘FLOWERS for VASES / descansos’ below:

    In an accompanying statement, Williams said her new album was less a follow-up to ‘Petals for Armor’ than it is a prequel or “some sort of detour” between the first two parts of her previous album.

    “The meaning of the album as a whole is maybe entirely different from diving into each song in particular For me, there’s no better way to tackle these individual subjects other than holistically. The ways I’ve been given time (forcibly, really) to stew on certain pains long enough to understand that they in fact, need to be released…indefinitely,” she said.

    “I may never have been offered such a kindness; an opportunity to tend to the seeds I’d planted, to harvest, and to weed or prune what is no longer alive, in order to make space for the living.

    “I wrote and performed this album in its entirety. That’s a career first for me. I recorded it at my home in Nashville, the home at which I’ve resided since Paramore released After Laughter. 2020 was really hard but I’m alive and so my job is to keep living and help others to do the same.”

    The release of ‘FLOWERS for VASES /descansos’ follows on from Williams revealing last month that she was in the process of recording her equivalent of Taylor Swift’s surprise-released album ‘Folklore’.

  • Listen to A$AP Rocky’s lowkey new song ‘G-Unit Rice’

    A$AP Rocky has shared his first solo track of 2021 in the form of ‘G-Unit Rice’ – scroll down the page to listen to it now.

    The rapper is currently working on his next album, ‘All $mile’, which will be his first record since 2018’s ‘Testing’.

    ‘G-Unit Rice’ has been released with little fanfare and no promotion by Rocky. Instead, it was put out on AWGE member Hidji’s Instagram page.

    The instrumental was produced by Zach Fogarty and Jean Dawson, and sees the rapper go in some experimental directions. At one point, the track sounds as if it’s playing through blown out speakers before returning to normal.

    These thoughts could fix your problems/ These thoughts could get me locked up,” he raps in the first verse, later adding: “Hope when the Lord decide to close my curtains/ Kanye West do Sunday Service.”

    Listen to it below now.

    The track follows Rocky appearing on Slowthai’s latest single ‘MAZZA’ last month. That song will appear on the British MC’s upcoming album ‘Tyron’, which will be released in the States on Rocky’s label AWGE.

    Meanwhile, Rocky was once again involved in Yams Day last month, the event launched in 2015 to honour A$AP Mob’s co-founder A$AP Yams.

    Traditionally held on the anniversary of Rodriguez’ death (January 18), Yams Day was broadcast online on January 18 due to the coronavirus pandemic. It featured the “Yammy Awards”, which celebrated the “artist[s] this year who we & the people feel honestly [earned] and deserve” recognition.

  • 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.”

  • Listen to Duran Duran’s Cover of David Bowie’s ‘Five Years’

    Duran Duran have released a new cover of the David Bowie classic “Five Years.”

    Originally released in 1972, the song served as the opening track on Bowie’s landmark album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars.

    “When we got the Ziggy Stardust LP and put the needle in the groove, our first taste of its perfection was the song ‘Five Years,'” Duran Duran singer Simon Le Bon explained during a conversation with People, admitting that his “life as a teenager was all about David Bowie.”

    “He is the reason why I started writing songs,” Le Bon confessed. “I can’t begin to explain how honored I feel for Duran Duran to be given the opportunity to perform this icon and to place our name alongside Bowie’s for this commemoration of his music.”

    You can listen to Duran Duran’s sleek, faithful cover of “Five Years” below, along with Bowie’s original version.

    The New Wave group’s cover arrives on what would have been Bowie’s 74th birthday, and just two days shy of the fifth anniversary of his death. The late legend is being honored with “A Bowie Celebration: Just for One Day!,” a virtual tribute concert streaming online today. The lineup features Joe Elliott, Peter Frampton, Nine Inch Nails, Billy Corgan, Rick Wakeman, Adam Lambert and Perry Farrell, in addition to Duran Duran.

    “Part of me still can’t believe in his death five years ago,” Le Bon admitted, reflecting on Bowie’s lasting influence, “but maybe that’s because there’s a part of me where he’s still alive and always will be.”

     

  • Listen to Joe Elliott’s Bowie-Inspired Song ‘Goodnight Mr. Jones’

    Joe Elliott has released a new song inspired by David Bowie, and UCR is pleased to have the exclusive premiere of “Goodnight Mr. Jones.”

    “I’ve been a fan ever since I saw Bowie perform ‘Starman’ on Top of the Pops in 1972 and was devastated when he passed away five years ago,” Elliott tells us. “‘Goodnight Mr. Jones’ was written as my sendoff / thank you song to a hugely influential artist. I wanted to mark the fifth anniversary of his passing with something that would celebrate the artistry of someone who remains a huge part of my life.”

    “Goodnight Mr. Jones” sees the Def Leppard frontman paying tribute to his idol in sprawling, anthemic fashion, accompanied by his side project, Down ‘n’ Outz.

    “So the Blackstar finally took you away / And the world seems very different today / As I woke to the news I was shivering inside / ‘Cos I knew that my feelings had no place to hide,” Elliott croons to open the track, initially backed only by a piano. Soon, the tune expands, with drums, guitar, bass and strings helping it build in dramatic fashion.

    The cathartic chorus erupts with vigor, as Elliott sings, “Goodnight Mr. Jones / The stars have your spirit, the Earth has your flesh and your bones / Goodnight Mr. Jones / You showed us that we’re not alone.”

    Lyrics throughout the track highlight various points of Bowie’s career, noting specific albums, name-dropping famous songs and alluding to key moments of the rocker’s iconic life. This theme continues in the accompanying computer animated video for “Goodnight Mr. Jones,” which features a timeline of some of Bowie most recognizable releases.

    Watch the music video for “Goodnight Mr. Jones” below.

    Elliott recently performed at the tribute event “A Bowie Celebration: Just for One Day!,” a virtual concert held in celebration of what would have been Bowie’s 74th birthday. Other performers at the event included Peter Frampton, Duran Duran, Nine Inch Nails and Perry Farrell.