Neuigkeiten von The Thermals: das neue Album der Portlander wird den Titel Now We Can See tragen und soll am 07. April kommenden Jahres veröffentlicht werden. Etwa einen Monat vorher wird außerdem eine 7" als Teaser erscheinen. Neue Heimat der Band ist übrigens das Label Kill Rock Stars, die ebenfalls in Portland sitzen. Außerdem wurde mit Westin Glass mittlerweile auch ein neuer Drummer gefunden, so dass die Shows im Dezember ein krachendes Erlebnis werden dürften. Apropos: purerock.de legt euch den Besuch der einzigen Deutschland-Show am 16. Dezember im Wiesbadener Schlachthof ans Herz. Alle Infos dazu findet ihr in unserem Thermals-Special.Das lang erwartete neue Album Chinese Democracy von Guns N' Roses kann momentan in voller Länge auf der MySpace-Seite der Band gestreamt werden.Mark Hoppus von (+44) hat sich mal wieder zu einer möglichen Reunion von Blink 182 geäußert. "Die Antwort ist, dass es keiner von uns weiß. Wir haben überhaupt nicht darüber gesprochen." Ansonsten seien momentan aber alle sehr froh, dass überhaupt wieder ein Kontakt bestehe. Das komplette Statement findet ihr in den Kommentaren.Michael A. Baker, der Sänger von Shadow Gallery ist verstorben. Ein Statement der Band findet ihr ebenfalls in den Kommentaren.Sideonedummy hat die Folk-Punks Fake Problems unter Vertrag genommen. Am 20. Februar soll mit It's Great To Be Alive das zweite Album der Band erscheinen. Außerdem sind die Jungs gerade mit Smoke Or Fire auf Tour. Alle Termine findet ihr noch einmal in den Kommentaren.Und die obligatorische Weihnachtsmeldung folgt zum Schluss: Austrian Death Machine werden am 25. November eine EP mit dem Titel A Very Brutal Christmas veröffentlichen auf der unter anderem eine Version von Jingle Bells und das Judas Priest-Cover Hell Bent For Leather zu finden sein werden.
Smoke Or Fire + Fake Problems 20.11. Kiel - Alte Meierei 22.11. Würzburg - Cafe Kairo 02.12. L-Luxemburg - Verso Club 03.12. Köln - Underground 04.12. CH-Basel - Hirschneck 07.12. A-Klagenfurt - Rockhouse 08.12. A-Graz - Musichouse 09.12. A-Wien - Arena 11.12. Berlin - Cortina Bob 12.12. Bielefeld - AJZ Bielefeld 13.12. Münster - Gleis 22
Statement von Mark Hoppus
"hello to you. it’s been a long time since i’ve posted anything here on the himynameismark site. i haven’t had it in me. these past two months have been the hardest times that i can remember, and i hope that we never see anything like this ever again. first losing our dear friend and longtime producer jerry finn, and then the plane crash that happened in september, taking our friends chris and che. even two months later, i still can’t believe what happened, and it’s too much to talk about. but let me say that i think about little chris every single day, and the world is not the same without him. he is one of the best people i’ve ever known. we travelled the world together, spending countless hours on busses and planes, in hotel lobbies and dressing rooms. we worked together, laughed, and played jokes on people. when i saw him in the studio, no matter if it were with blink-182, +44, or an unknown band i was producing, chris would walk right in, introduce himself, make some jokes, and make sure everyone was taken care of. he made everyone feel at home. like they were family. every person he met was a friend for life, and he could talk to anyone. it didn’t matter if it was the biggest star in the world or someone waiting to get into a show, little chris treated everyone as a friend. he was a dear friend to me. i’m so sad that he is not here right now. there are just no words.
i’m also so thankful that travis and DJ AM made it out of the plane that horrible night. travis is a brother to me, and since the crash he has gone through more than i can even imagine. from the day after the plane went down, when i saw him in the burn unit out in georgia, to the hospital here in LA, to seeing him at home, his recovery is nothing short of amazing. every day gets a little better. and not only is he my brother, but also the best drummer and musician i’ve ever seen. the man was born to play drums, and it is great to see him starting to get back into the studio and behind his kit.
as for me, i have been getting back to work as well. a couple of weeks ago i went into the studio with our lunar activities, to finish up their record. chris holmes and i recorded three more of their songs, and they are in the final mixing stage right now. then last week i went out to new york city to introduce all time low at the 2008 woodie awards for mtvu. the day i got back into town i went right into the studio with my friend richard gibbs, who scores films. he had a rough idea of a song for the movie he is currently working on, and he wanted me to come in and collaborate with him on it. we spent five straight days in the studio and came up with a really fun track for a movie called “fired up,” that comes out next year. it’s good to be singing again, and getting back into it. now this week chris holmes and i are working on a theme song for a tv show. today it passed the first round of approvals, and now it goes up to the big time producer people for their thoughts. hopefully it’ll be seen on a television near you very soon. check local listings.
in the midst of everything else that has happened lately, tom, travis, and i have all spoken together. first through a number of phone calls, and then a couple of weeks ago we all hung out for a few hours. they’ve all been great, very positive conversations. we’re just reconnecting as friends after four years of not talking. it’s a good thing. obviously the first question for a lot of people will be “does this mean a blink-182 reunion?” the answer is none of us know. we haven’t talked about it at all. right now it’s just good for the three of us to see one another, reconnect, and let the past be the past. the events of the past two months supersede everything that happened before. life is too short."
Statement von Shadow Gallery
It is with deep sadness and regret that we announce the passing of Shadow Gallery vocalist, Michael A. Baker. Mike suffered a heart attack, Wednesday afternoon, October 29th, 2008. He was 45 years old. Mike was a founding member of Shadow Gallery and for the past 16 years, helped shape the sound of the band with his magical voice. Additionally, he made many appearances on rock records around the world. Those who knew him best were moved by his gentle spirit, sincere kindness , fun nature and passion for both music and sports. He was a warrior in the studio, a true professional. Mike was our friend, our singer and our brother. We loved him and will miss him enormously, but he will always be remembered in our hearts and through his music.
Komm auch nicht so oft vor, dass eine erfolgreiche Indie Band wie die Thermals, von einem recht großen und bekannten Indie Label (Sub-Pop), zu einem recht kleinen aber feinem Indie Label (Kill Rock Stars) wechselt.
Find ich gut. Die hätten sicherlich fast bei jedem Label einen Vertrag bekommen.