The YA world:
I couldn’t find many new releases this week, but the ones I did find were all exciting:
- Jolly Fish Press closed their doors.
- Walker Books have acquired two more Lauren James novels.
- Hot Key Books signed Irfan Masters.
- Paste Magazine released a list of the 30 best YA novels ever. (I’ve only read 5 of them, can you beat my total?)
- Harlequin Teen are releasing an anthology called ‘All Out’ in 2018, featuring historical LGBT+ short stories from a variety of authors.
- Harlequin also announced that there are another two books coming from Robin Talley.
- The second Zoella Book Club collection features much more diversity.
- Ransom Riggs is writing a new Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children trilogy.
- Melissa Albert, Barnes and Noble teen blog editor, announced her debut novel ‘The Hazel Wood’.
- And Sophie Cameron announced that her debut, ‘Out Of The Blue’, will be released in spring 2018 by Macmillan Children’s.
The music world:
New releases this week include:
The new blink-182 video pays homage to the classic ‘What’s My Age Again?’:
- First up, we have Kill It With Fire, a new pop-punk band featuring Matt Good (From First To Last, ex-D.R.U.G.S), Ben Bruce (Asking Alexandria) and Zack Hansen (The Word Alive). Matt announced the news on Monday, claiming that they were going to be “pretty pop punk, but not too pop punk. Just the right amount”.
Oh, and talking of Ben Bruce, did you hear that Danny Worsnop has reunited with Asking Alexandria a year and a half after their separation, following the departure of Denis Stoff? There’s no confirmation that they’ll be working on new music, but the original vocalist will be performing with the band during the ‘10 Years In The Black‘ tour over the next month and a half.
- We also have the arrival of Speak The Truth… Even If Your Voice Shakes, a new project from three ex-members of Finch, fronted by Buddy Nielsen from Senses Fail. The group was announced back in May but premiered their debut track earlier this week.
This release was quickly followed by Nate Barcalow announcing that Finch have split up again and releasing the demos for what would have been their fourth album. The other members responded, claiming that his statement was actually Nate’s way of quitting the band… Awkward.
- Cage The Elephant are returning to Europe in January and February.
- Frank Turner‘s going to America in January and February, taking Will Varley with him.
- While August Burns Red are treating America to a 10-year anniversary tour of ‘Messengers’, supported by In Hearts Wake, Protest The Hero and ’68, also in January and February.
- Kings of Leon are back in the UK in February – surprisingly without a London date on the cards.
- Pinegrove are also returning early next year, with dates in February and March.
- All Time Low announced a full UK run in March, just as I expected.
- I Prevail‘s bus caught fire, they lost all of their belongings and they STILL played the show that night.
- But Frank Iero and the Patience cancelled all upcoming 2016 tour dates after members were injured in an accident in Australia.
- Neck Deep finished the Made To Destroy tour in style, with guest appearances from two members of State Champs and a certain Mr. Vic Fuentes
- Neil Milan, violinist of Clean Bandit, announced via Twitter that he’d quit the band.
- New Found Glory were announced as main support for A Day To Remember‘s January arena tour.
- AFI have disappeared. Yawn. When will this trend die?
- Black Veil Brides finished their new album.
- And Melanie Martinez was announced as this month’s AltPress cover star?