Quick Hits: Foster The People, Sevendust, The Pixies, Gwar
March 24, 2014
Foster The People
Foster The People's new album, Supermodel, has finally hit stores in the U.S., and frontman Mark Foster says the album really shows the juxtaposition of life in the U.S. versus that in other countries. Foster traveled the world for inspiration for the 11 new songs, and then the trio moved into a home in Malibu, CA to record. "It's really about the difference between the culture that we live in in L.A. and looking at the rest of the world and seeing how other people live with the focus on community, communication, real connections, social media and how social media is affecting our culture now," Foster told Billboard.com. "I think it's looking at isolation in the U.S. and that being something that's kind of growing, and comparing that to other cultures that are really very in tune with how people have been living for thousands of years." The band's U.S. tour kicks off on April 8 in Pomona, CA.
Sevendust has added a second leg to their An Evening With Sevendust acoustic tour, which kicks off April 1 in Athens, GA. The trek is now set to run until June 28 in Kent, CT. The band is hitting the road to promote their forthcoming acoustic album, Time Travelers & Bonfires, which will be released on April 15 via 7Bros. Records, in conjunction with ADA Label Services. To craft the set, the group took suggestions from fans about which Sevendust songs they should re-record acoustically. The final choices that made the cut are: "Black," "Gone," "Denial," "Karma," "Trust," and "Crucified."
After some extensive reunion tours in recent years, the Pixies have decided it is time to release a new album as well. The band's new collection, Indie Cindy, will be their first full studio album since 1991's Trompe le Monde, and it will be released on April 29 in North America on the band's own independent label, Pixiesmusic. The album will be comprised of the previously released song "Bagboy;" the eight tracks from EP-1 and EP-2, released September 3, 2013 and January 3, 2014 respectively; plus the three new tunes from the just-released EP-3. "We started seriously talking about recording new music about four years ago," said drummer David Lovering. "New music seemed like something we just had to do, we just couldn't continue to go out and tour without anything new. So the talk evolved into writing and recording, and we're all very happy with the way everything worked out."
Gwar frontman Dave Brockie, known to fans of the theatrical shock rock band as Oderus Urungus, was found dead at his home in his Richmond, VA on Sunday. Brockie was only 50-years-old. Richmond police reportedly do not suspect foul play, and the Medical Examiner's officer has yet to determine the official cause of death. Gwar manager JackFlanagan issued a statement that reads: "It is with a saddened heart that I confirm my dear friend, Dave Brockie, artist, musician, and lead singer of GWAR, passed away at approximately 6:50 PM Sunday, March 23, 2014. His body was found Sunday by his bandmates at his home in Richmond, VA. A full autopsy will be performed. More information regarding his death shall be released as the details are confirmed."