Finally it is out! Our very own Tom DeLonge, along with Ilan Rubin, released Angel and Airwaves' new album "The Dream Walker" today. It's only been out for a few hours, but it is already rising to the top of Rock Charts everywhere. Currently it is #1 in iTunes Rock! Be sure to check it out now. Congrats to our fearless leader on yet another fantastic album.
Posted on December 9, 2014
Posted on December 8, 2014
What is one of the best gifts you can give?!? MUSIC - duh! We figured we would share some of our favorite songs with you this Holiday season in the form of a FREE compilation. That's right - head over and get it now, and be sure to tell your friends. We were lucky enough to pull together 13 of our besties to create an eclectic mix of tunes that can serve as your soundtrack for the next month. These besties are: Taking Back Sunday, PUP, Angels and Airwaves, Circa Survive, The Growlers, Brass Bed, Hideout, Prayers, Eureka the Butcher, Mini Death, Modern Chemistry, The Maine, and The New Regime. GO LISTEN NOW!
Posted on November 26, 2014
The third and final entry of this blog post was supposed to chronicle the last few weeks of our first-ever headlining tour across North America. We were supposed to write about our journey from The Fest in Gainesville, FL as we wound our way up the southeast toward Cincinnati, through to Pittsburgh, over to DC, upward to Philly, further upward to New York and Boston, back south along the Hudson to Hoboken, and finally home to Ontario all culminating with a sold-out show in our hometown of Toronto.
Now don’t get me wrong – it was a blast and we are so, so lucky to be able to do what we do. The fact that we have visited some cities in America on three (or more) separate occasions this year is such a privilege and honour that it is difficult to accurately describe; but filling in Macbeth readers about that part of our lives doesn’t seem as important now as are the events that I just saw transpire in Ferguson, Missouri – where a jury decided not to file criminal charges against Darren Wilson for the killing of Michael Brown and streets in some of our favourite cities in America flooded with people shocked and outraged at this ruling.
PUP is by no means a political band. We have always considered ourselves nothing more than four dudes writing songs who are lucky to be doing what we do. We try to do as much as possible to help unite people… to help them find commonalities through the shared experience of an album or live show... to have fun and enjoy oneself regardless of what might be going on in the outside world… and to maybe enjoy a drink or smoke if it tickles them. That’s not to say that we don’t have our own political beliefs – we just tend to use other, more personal platforms from which to eschew those beliefs if we so choose. We also live in Canada where, although we consider the American people our first cousins, our customs and values are different – for better and for worse.
In the last fifteen months, we have been on the road touring more often than we have been at home. We have met amazing people throughout England, Europe, and especially in the United States. That being said, we cannot pretend to know the many nuances and contrarian forces operating in the dense reality of American society. We are, after all, just visitors. However, it sometimes seems as though our friends from coast to coast are left helpless and confused by the way in which their own country operates on a daily basis. And that is distressing to us because we love our friends.
At this point in time, all we can do is tell you all that we feel your pain. We feel your confusion and sorrow. It’s times like these where songs seem so inadequate and, yet, music is the only response we know; it’s the only way for us to persevere. So we’ll keep on playing, and keep on singing, and keep on touring because that is how a community picks itself up: by staring down the evil and hatred and insanity, all the while yelling, “FUCK! YOU!” through a cacophonous wail of distortion, sweat, empathy, and love.
Be excellent to each other in all that you do.
Posted on November 10, 2014
Wowow. These last few weeks have been crazier than we could have ever expected. Leaving Canada and heading into the States for our first-ever headline tour was a nerve-wracking endeavour to say the least...
We hit Seattle, where legalized marijuana is in full flight, and had a great time. We think. Probably.
We continued through Portland and into one our favourite states in America (and the home of Macbeth): California.
In San Francisco, we met up with our pals Hard Girls and Mini-Death (Tess from Macbeth's band!) - both rad bands that you should totally check out if you haven't already. San Francisco was in party mode 'cause the Giants has just won the NLCS (eventually winning the World Series a few weeks later) and it was cool to revel with people. There was whiskey and lego involved.
From San Diego, we drove to LA through all those weird factory farms on I-5. LA is the home of our amazing record label SideOneDummy and it's always rad to hangout with them because we always end up eating too much pizza.
From there, we hit San Diego - where we got some sweet new kicks from Macbeth - and got to hangout with Tess and her dog Creature and those smelly ass seals that totally took over the bay. We also played the legendary home venue of Swami Records, The Casbah.
From San Diego, we headed into the desert. A quick stop in Phoenix and then off to Texas where we met more dogs (aka the best part of touring).
From Texas, we headed to New Orleans where we spent two days with the Hard Girls and daiquiris.
From NOLA, it was onto our inaugural FEST in Gainesville and five days in Florida. But more on that next time...
Posted on November 1, 2014
Have a little peak into the life of artist Mitch Revs in the first of our video series covering our Australian ambassadors.
Posted on October 27, 2014
Just in time for the spookiness of Halloween, our golden children Night Riots just dropped this new haunting video, and it is already going viral! Watch, enjoy, get those bones moving, and share with your friends.
Posted on October 10, 2014
Posted on October 2, 2014
Posted on September 16, 2014
We are on a roll with great video premieres over here! And are super excited to bring you Violent Soho's here right meow...
In just a few weeks, Australia’s Violent Soho will see the U.S. release of their groundbreaking new album Hungry Ghost through SideOneDummy Records on September 30. The undeniable grunge gods have unleashed several new songs from the record and today they share one more— “Dope Calypso,” the slow burner intro track off Hungry Ghost, sets the stage for the record with its hypnotic grooves, lush guitar tones and droney melodies.
Check out this rad new video now!
Produced by Bryce Moorhead (“the Steve Albini of Brisbane”), the songs that wound up on Hungry Ghost (originally released by IOHYOU in Australia) are bound to excite the masses here in the states, too. Whether it's the throat-tearing chorus of "Covered in Chrome" or the rhythm-rich earworm "Saramona Said", the album is loaded with unforgettable hooks and sing-a-longs worthy of rock's gnarliest moments from down under.
Posted on July 8, 2014
Our friends in My Iron Lung released their album Relief today.
Check out their video for Commonwealth and catch them on tour this month with Being as an Ocean, Capsize and Counterparts.
Fort Worth, TX
The Loft @ Center Stage
Motorco Music hall
Voltage Lounge (This Is Hardcore Festival)
Revolution Bar & Music Hall
Hard Luck Bar
St. Louis, MO
The Marquis Theater
Salt Lake City, UT
The Murray Theater
Oakland Metro Opera House
Canoga Park, CA
San Diego, CA