Yellowcard announce new album and tour

Following their two-year hiatus, breakthrough pop-punks Yellowcard have announced that they will be releasing their seventh studio album, titled ‘When You’re Through Thinking, Say Yes‘ on March 21st 2011 through the revered indie label Hopeless Records.

The band have also announced that they will embark upon their first UK tour with All Time Low next year.

They play the following dates in March:

1st – Dublin, Olympia
3rd – Nottingham, Rock City
4th – Birmingham, 02 Academy
5th – Newport, Newport Centre
6th – Liverpool, Liverpool University
7th – Leeds, 02 Academy
9th – Glasgow, Barrowlands
10th – Newcastle, UK – O2 Academy Newcastle
11th – Manchester, UK – O2 Apollo *SOLD OUT*
12th – London, UK – O2 Academy Brixton *SOLD OUT*
13th – London, UK – O2 Academy Brixton *Extra Added Date*

Gorillaz to release new album on Xmas Day

After much speculation, Damon Albarn of Gorillaz confirmed in an interview with Triple J that the album made – for the most part – entirely on an iPad will be called ‘The Fall‘ and will be given away for free on Christmas Day as part of the virtual band’s online advent calender.

While you’re here, watch and listen to ‘Doncamatic’ with Daley below because it’s frequently on repeat in Crossfire HQ and it’s bloody rad.

Grinderman

Grinderman
Mute Records

Mental breakdowns and crises can occur at any point in an existing person’s lifetime, most commonly when confronted with the concepts of existence, or indeed a limited time in which one can be alive and exist. Shit, I’m constantly surprised that we’re not in a constant state of anxiety-ridden madness, I know I’m flirting with the idea just writing about it. And listening to the latest disc of fuzz-fuelled fantasy and anti-serious garage rock from Nick Cave’s Grinderman project almost tempted me to indulge in a balls-out illicit affair with insanity.

That is not to say that Grinderman is Cave’s outlet to just lose his shit; though shoving on some Roman garb and thrusting lasers at the earth while a wolf circles a girl in a bathtub would almost have you thinking otherwise. And I’m certainly not going green-text imply that The Bad Seeds isn’t the music he truly wants to make. What Grinderman 2 is, is an informed soundtrack of celebration for the natural impulses that linger in our sub-conscious that make us occasionally want to thrust lasers from our dick while wearing armour and shout ‘HERE COME THE WOLFMAN’ while walking into a cinema. It’s the reason why we celebrate Halloween.

Musically, it’s bitter, gorgeous and somehow more sonically expansive then the first collection of impromptu sleazy, visceral rock. Cave’s absurdist saturation of sexual, violent, hilarious lyrics penetrate harder than ever as he scowls on Worm Tamer, ‘My baby calls me the Loch Ness Monster, two great big humps and then I cum’ while the perpetual bass fuzz makes you want to just get up and throw shit. One can only imagine how fun the Grinderman recording sessions are as they surf through high and low culture on an impossibly badass selection of bluesy riffs and guitar noise that can only be made by the monster that lives in the garages of tacky US horror flicks.

So dive in and embrace the wonderful breakdowns that are imminent when listening to one of the most raw albums you’ll hear in 2010. And if you thought your big husband would protect you, YOU WERE WRONG.

The Wolfman

Grinderman – Heathen Child by Crossfire Music