Continuing with the plethora of content from last year, YUNGBLUD treats us all to third collab with rap-turned-pop punk legend Machine Gun Kelly, finally giving us the video that we all have waited so long for.
Mirroring the same vibe as previous video collab I Think I’m OKAY, but with a major apocalyptic twist – zombies are about.
The boys are both reaching the end of a long, heavy night of partying when suddenly zombies strike! But they don’t care, continuing to party and play for the dead, similarly to how they did in the last video, where they performed on a raise platform to adoring fans with their arms in in the air. This time, the “fans” arms are in the air for a different reason – they want their blood!
This video is a quintessential YUNGBLUD and MGK collaboration, with eccentric outfits and makeup, attitude and huge energy. The only thing missing is the two of them being able to be together…perhaps we can hope that by time they come round to filming something for their third collaboration – Bodybag – featured on Machine Gun Kelly’s latest album, things will be different, and the two of them can celebrate and rock out together.
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Glasgow based electro-rock duo der Mist is set to smash on to the scene with their brand new single ‘It’s Alright’, releasing on January 15. The unique blend of pop, indie, rock and synth sounds gives this band a super unique edge that is hard to find in today’s climate. The new single brings something fresh and acts as a precursor to the release of their debut self-titled album next month which is something you do not want to miss.
Composed of Craig McKissick and Ali Whitty, both based in Glasgow, the duo are armed with a plethora of instruments and skills, making them sound as though there’s more in the band than just two. Having previously playing in Crash My Model Car (signed to V2 Records) and Augusta Fireball, Ali was introduced to Craig through a local charity he set up to help young musicians. Their introduction clearly worked, as the two decided to miss out on being in a traditional full band to become something a bit different.
Covid-19 lockdowns may have separated the duo, but this only motivated them to do more, using YouTube to create vlogs about their musical developments and opinions, among practicing other exciting methods to promote their music. Touching on the common struggles of any musician – from picking out your band name to sorting out your artwork – these vlogs helped keep their morale up whilst helping others in the music community.
The single comes on January 15, accompanied with a brilliant video on the 22nd, capturing the essence of der Mist and putting them on the map as ones to watch. ‘It’s Alright’ really makes you feel like everything will be alright, combining rock, indie and synthetic sounds to produce something brand new and extremely interesting. Taking inspiration from some of the giants from the 80’s synth genres, and the classic charm of modern rock, the duo’s upcoming album should stir real excitement among any music fans.
Megadeth will be releasing new music in 2021 – that’s according to the band’s bassist David Ellefson.
In a new interview, Ellefson discussed the progress of the band’s forthcoming album, the follow-up to 2016’s ‘Dystopia’.
“Basic tracks are done. Overdubs now are continuing,” Ellefson told the Decibel Geek podcast. “I’m sure 2021 will see some new Megadeth music of some form – hopefully the whole album, because touring will open up and we can drop a record and the tour dates that we have rescheduled will all go forward as planned. That’s what we’re hoping.”
He added: “That’s about all I can say on it – just ’cause it’s not done yet, so it’s hard to talk about something that’s still in motion.”
Speaking about their forthcoming 16th studio album, Mustaine said: “Dirk [Verbeuren, drums] and David Ellefson [bass] both just finished their parts. And this was probably one of the strongest records we’ve ever had as far as duration.
“The other records we’ve done have all done been different lengths, and our [record] contract that we have [to deliver] for one company, it’s eight songs, for another company, it’s 11 songs, so, realistically, all we need to do is do an 11-song album and we’re done, right? That’s not the way old Uncle Dave is, though.”
November 26th saw YUNGBLUD’s 7th single release this year, bringing us an emotionally charged song mars, telling the story of a young trans woman fighting to be who she truly is, and spreading the message of self-identity and fighting for what is right. The song comes quickly after previous release Cotton Candy, which received a hugely positive reaction from fans and new listeners alike.
The video quickly followed, dropping 5pm yesterday. You can watch Below:
mars comes as one of the featured songs on the Weird!, which is releasing at the later date of December 4th, after being pushed back due to the delay in production of the Vinyl versions of the album.
YUNGBLUD has been teasing the content of this album, redesigning his style in a more liberating lyrical style with charged messages, as per for any of his releases. Earlier this year, he described the new album as “Inspired by Bowie”, the latest video clearly nodding its head towards the late performer.
I was lucky enough to get in touch with Jenna (Middle Bottom of the picture below), one of the featured actors in the music video, to ask about what the song means to her, the filming process and what it was like working with YUNGBLUD on set.
“The song to me means reaching out to each other. From the moment I read the lyrics I felt it was about the story of a young trans woman who has been through a hell of a fight to be who she knows she is, and this can connect with everyone in one way or another. Fighting for yourself and what you deserve, fighting for what you know others deserve and, in this case, ultimately prevailing with Bright coloured lipstick and a tougher skin. Support each other, love each other!“
“And the filming process was an absolute joy! Dom was so clear with what he wanted and that he wanted us to be OURSELVES. And you can see this in the video when everyone has a slightly different take on the fight. I felt completely supported and encouraged and most of the filming was done in one or two takes as it was made so clear what we were asked to portray.”
Keeping this year busy with announcements, we are blessed with three different tours over the next year, firstly with the Weird Time Of Life tour, an online event which sees both old and brand new songs performed in a location specific livestream, which is currently ongoing. Concert-goers can buy tickets for any location across the world, talk with fellow fans and be introduced to new bands through the support acts. You can still buy tickets here, with the run ongoing until the 7th December. The next announcement is the Intimate As F*CK, shows brought to fans in tiny venues across smaller cities in April and May of next year. Unfortunately these tickets have already sold out due to high demand! But if you still would really like that live event to see the new album releases in person, the Life On Mars tour is taking place late 2021. You can view dates and tickets here.
With the United Kingdom slowly coming out of national lockdown after the Coronavirus Pandemic slows, we as listeners can only hope with baited breath that these concerts can still go ahead, and it not, we hope a plethora of new music can come instead.
The Foo Fighters performed their latest single, Shame Shame, on the latest episode of SNL, hosted by Dave Chappelle ahead of the release of their next album, Medicine at Midnight. The album is set to drop February 5th next year. The single was released at the same time as the performance on all music platforms.
“[Shame Shame] kind of stands out on the record,” guitarist Chris Shiflett tells The Brag. “It’s definitely a little different than anything we’ve ever done before and it’s a little bit different than anything else on the record, although the record has a lot of songs that are, you know, groove-based like this one is.”
Their evening of performance also included a rendition of the 2009 hit Times Like These, which became synonymous with the Covid-19 Pandemic after the BBC Radio 1 Stay At Home Live Lounge, which was dubbed the biggest live lounge yet. Take a look at the star studded cover here.
“MeMe Detroit bridges the gaps between grunge, indie and Blues rock…” Louder than War
“This is the kind of person you get jealous of because they’re an incredibly talented singer, multi-instrumentalist and composer…”Janice Long – BBC Radio
“Great voice” – Johnny Doom
MeMe Detroit teases new track following the overwhelming positive reaction from the previous releases. Mean Rock n Roller Promises to be a rebellious anthem for anyone who just wants to be themselves rather than conforming to societal norms, lead by a woman who wears these values not just on her sleeve, but in her clothes and artistic makeup.
Pure passion and feelings are poured into each of MeMe’s records and live performances, which are self described as “Uplifting Angst” by the British/Columbian artist, perfectly capturing her Riot Girl energy whilst also keeping something super unique, combining gritty-grungy vocals with power-indie.
MeMe is also one of those insanely talented people that are just stupidly good at everything, with her featuring on the vocals, as well as guitar, bass and synth, with bandmate Kallum McEwen backing up the track with the drums.
The band are well known for their explosive energy both on the stage and off, with hundreds of positive reviews from their live shows, and raving critiques from BBC Introducing, while the band have landed regular airtime on Kerrang! Radio, Janice Long’s show on BBC Radio Wales and have featured on Fresh on the Net’s‘Fresh Faves’.
If you are looking for a new punk track that makes you want to don your creeper boots and stick on a spiked collar, watch this space, or check out some of their previous releases if you just cant wait! A favorite is “How she Runs”, which you can watch the video for below.
MeMe is currently rallying fans from around the globe to crowdsource and put together a new music video for Mean Rock n Roller, which, if anything like some of their previous videos, features a short introductory story before the music kicks in, giving us more insight and context to the track.
Keep an eye on their socials for updates on this, along with exclusive live streams on their social media, full of high powered grunge and attitude.
“Mean Rock N Roller is a bit of a tongue-in-cheek song that we had written as a bit of fun but at the same time says “fuck you” to the limiting beliefs that are pressed on us by society as we grow up. You can basically be, do or have anything you want in life when you put your mind to it, so never settle. It’s pointless”.
Keep up to date with all news related to MeMe Detroit, including the release of the single on the 30th October this year!
Named thanks to enduring love/fear of the vaunted mythical creature, Yeti Love is the musical moniker of songwriters Peter Hamilton and Dave Sears – the folk two who view the genre as this generation’s punk music, able to articulate about issues and press all the right buttons in all the wrong places.
Hamilton is also influenced by his own ancestry, being half Spanish and, at a young age, falling in love with the folk traditions of home town Galicia. Having started out as a drummer before expanding his own musical horizons, his talent for finding good rhythm was informed by this specific branch of celtic roots music. Married to Sears’ intricate, multi-instrumental approach, the result is a hybrid sound unlike any other act on the circuit today.
New single, ‘Lonely Road’, is set for release on June 15th, and you can hear it here.
The pair have labelled their unique combination as ‘alt-rogue-folk-rock’, which is as fitting a description as any. Based in South London, they have been performing and creating together since 2012 and ‘Lonely Road’ is the latest fruit of their labours.