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In this week’s edition of the Rock Report, 12 Stones returns with an infectious album, Jack White interrupts the scene with a lovely new video and Grouplove meets Reptar. Also, the London Olympics and Governor’s Ball are ready to rock out, plus an exclusive with High Society. This, and much more, in the Rock Report.
12 Stones Releases “Beneath The Scars”
The band 12 Stones have meaning behind their scars. The Louisiana-bred collective will release their fourth studio album “Beneath The Scars” on May 22 through Executive Label Group.
“The album title comes from knowing that we all eventually fall short of our expectations regardless of financial, emotional, physical well being,” front man Paul McCoy said in a press release. “But in the same breath, we all strive to find a way to better ourselves. That’s human nature. There are always two sides to people. It's all about realizing that we all bleed the same.” The 14-track offering will be fueled by the leadoff single “Infected.”
Grouplove Announces Tour
Grouplove is bringing the love to everyone. The five-piece band have announced plans for a headlining spring tour. It kicks off April 16 at the Lobero Theater in Santa Barbara, California, and runs through June 13 at the 930 Club in Washington, DC.
The band will be promoting their debut album “Never Trust a Happy Song” and their current single “Tongue Tied.”
One of the bands opening up for them is Reptar. The Athens, Georgia-based collective will support Grouplove and the timing couldn’t be any better as they are planning to drop their debut album “Body Faucet” on May 1. Company Of Thieves will also tag along for the trek.
Jack White Leaks New Single
Just a few weeks ago, Jack White revealed his intentions to release his solo debut album “Blunderbuss” and leaked he single “Love Interruption” online.
Now, the Third Man Records head honcho has unveiled the song’s official video. Directed by the White Stripe himself, the clip features him strumming the guitar and singing into the microphone alongside guest vocalist/guitarist Ruby Amanfu. To further promote the effort, White will perform on the March 3 installment of “SNL.”
2012 Concerts, Tours and Festivals
The 2012 London Olympic Games have heated up. Slated for August 12 is the Closing Ceremony Celebration Concert and Blur are confirmed to be headlining the prestigious occasion. Supporting them for the “Best Of British” lineup will be alternative rock troupe New Order and ska collective The Specials with another act to be added to the bill.
Speaking of celebrations, the 2012 Governor’s Ball will be held June 23 and June 24 at Randall’s Island Park, New York. The two-day event features Beck, Modest Mouse, Passion Pit, Cage The Elephant, Santigold, Built To Spill, Explosions In The Sky, Atmosphere, Art Vs. Science and more. Full lineup, ticket information and directions to the venue are available now.
Six more bands have been added to this year’s Warped Tour. The latest groups slated to perform at the summer’s hottest concert series are Breathe Carolina, Fireworks, Mod Sun, Hostage Claim, I Call Fives, Matt Toka and You Met At Six.
Part II of Red Bull’s exclusive with High Society
High Society went viral with their video “Shit Band Guys Say” and the YouTube.com clip helped expand the group’s namesake. Formed last September, the San Francisco-based collective meshed alternative rock with dance music and used that hybrid to spread positive messages.
The hard-hitting blend is showcased on “Human Condition,” the troupe’s three-track EP, which was recorded at Audio Active Studios with Jordan Park in their native San Francisco.
“‘Human Condition’ is basically a message that it is okay to feel uncomfortable about things. Everyone goes through what I'm talking about on this EP, but no one wants to talk about it,” vocalist and band leader James Guttman explains. “If there is a kid that can relate to anything I'm saying in these songs, I want them to know that there are tons of people just like them -- including me -- and that it’s okay to feel like things aren't right that seem like ‘the norm’ or whatever. This EP is also a personal outlet for me, because I have a hard time talking to people about this stuff.”
The EP features the dark party smash “Adrenaline,” the deeply emotional “Tyler Durden,” and the leadoff single “Disconnect (Everything Will Work Out),” which is a radio-friendly smash about having uncertainties about the situations and social circles someone becomes immersed in. “Human Condition” is just the start for High Society though. They have plans to build upon their foundation in a major way.
“As far as new music goes, I would ideally want a full-length record to be released on a label,” Guttman says. “The plan so far is to keep a constant stream of new content coming for our fans -- new singles, music videos, EPs, remixes, and maybe more ‘Shit Band Guys Say’-esque stuff to keep things interesting. I am also going to be working with my DJ Chris to release long mixes of our favorite electronic tracks with High Society music mixed in. ‘Human Condition’ is really just the beginning. I am so stoked for the next few months and what's to come.”
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