The YA world:
Compared to last week there were a lot less new releases to keep track of, but there was still a series finale and another addition to the Star Wars universe.
My jaw dropped when I saw the covers for ‘Our Dark Duet’ by Victoria Schwab and ‘Wondrous’ by Travis M. Riddle (and I’ve received an advanced copy of the latter from the author, so I’m looking forward to diving in!).
In other bookish news, Anna James signed a three book deal with HarperCollins Children’s and Lisa Lueddecke announced her book deal with Scholastic (and showed off the beautiful ARCs for ‘A Shiver of Snow and Sky’).
The music world:
New releases aren’t as bountiful as last week, but still include exciting albums like:
There have, however, been a heck of a lot of exciting tour announcements, including:
- Hands Like Houses have announced two shows playing ‘Dissonants’ in full at the end of October
- The LaFontaines also giving the UK short notice for their November headline run
- The Hunna headlining UK again in January
- Circa Survive celebrating the 10th anniversary of ‘On Letting Go’ by touring with Turnover and mewithoutYou in America during January, February and March
- Busted playing intimate shows (for them!) throughout the UK – also in January, February and March
- Underoath‘s rebirth finally continuing with an Australian tour in February (still playing two albums in full, still no UK news…)
- Sum 41‘s UK return in February and March
- Green Day and Against Me! touring North America and Canada through March and April
There’s also been a load of new songs released this week:
- Deaf Havana premiered ‘Trigger’ on last week’s Radio 1 Rock Show, and released the video to accompany it on Friday:
- Avenged Sevenfold finally released their comeback single ‘The Stage’, first song released from rumoured seventh album ‘Voltaic Oceans’:
- Enter Shikari released another standalone single, the politically charged ‘Hoodwinker’:
Also released: Death Cab For Cutie‘s anti-Trump ‘Million Dollar Loan’; another new As It Is song (that sounds exactly the same as all of the others); the title track from Beach Weather’s ‘Chit Chat’ EP; the first track from Emmure’s new line-up; and the first single from SAINTE, risen from the ashes of We Are The In Crowd.
- System of a Down look like they might headline Download in 2017.
- You Me At Six are trying to stop ticket touts.
- Beach Slang have removed guitarist Ruben Gallego from the band following sexual assault allegations (and he’s issued a statement in response).
- We Are Defiance have reunited!
- Of Mice and Men‘s Austin Carlile is in hospital once again…
- …as were two of Frank Iero‘s band mates, following a “serious traffic accident” in Australia…
- …and Slipknot‘s Jim Root shared that he had back surgery last week.
- Ben Barlow had to leave Neck Deep‘s American tour following a family bereavement, but the shows will go on with friends filling in.
- Ray Toro announced his debut solo album, ‘Remember The Laughter’, which will be released on November 14th (with a new song to accompany it).
- And Green Day were announced as this month’s Rock Sound cover stars.
Phew, that was a lot of news! I’ll see you next week.