Well, that was quick - - just a matter of months after announcing a reunion, At The Drive-In have confirmed that guitarist Jim Ward will not be partaking on their upcoming tour nor new album. In a statement on Facebook, the band wrote: "As our ship prepares for voyage, we announce that Jim Ward will not be joining us on future journeys. We wish him well and are excited to see you soon."
Sad news to report, LA's Funeral Party have broken up. The band, who released one kickass record, The Golden Age of Nowhere in 2011, took to Facebook to announce they are parting ways. They wrote: "We would like to thank you all for supporting us through the years and for making Funeral Party what it was. On that note we would like to officially announce that we are breaking up and pursuing our own musical endeavors. We are still good friends with each other and will continue to support each other on our paths. We thank you all for everything you have done for us! Long live Funeral Party!" Members of the band have gone on to form DYED and plan on releasing an EP this summer.
Saosin will release their first album with Anthony Green back on vocals since 2009 in May. The record will be called Along the Shadow. Take a look at the tracklisting, below:
1. The Silver String
2. Ideology is Theft
3. Racing Toward a Red Light
4. Second Guesses
5. Count Back from TEN
6. The Stutter Says A lot
7. Sore Distress
8. The Secret Meaning of Freedom
9. Old Friends
10. Illusion & Control
11. Control and The Urge to Pray
Bad Brains frontman HR has been diagnosed with a rare neurological disorder called SUNCT which causes extreme and crippling headaches at a moments notice. His wife posted on a GoFundMe page to help pay for medical bills that "he has no quality of life and cannot work." She wrote: "There is no known cure and no reliable medical treatment. To give you an idea of what he’s dealing with, cluster headaches are nicknamed ‘Suicide Syndrome.’ The headaches come randomly, with no warning, at all hours of the day and night; but for him, they are much worse at night. The intensity of the nighttime headaches is so great that he yells, cries out, groans, and sobs — repeatedly, every few minutes, for most of the night. He can’t work. He has no quality of life. If you call him and ask how he is, he will say, ‘Everything’s okay,’ because that’s just how he is. But everything is not okay." For more information and ways to donate, click here.
Prince has announced that he will release his memoir, The Beautiful Ones, in fall 2017.
Actor Jack Lowden has been cast as Morrissey in an upcoming biopic on the influential Smiths singer called Steven. The film is expected to be released next year.