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Bastille Tackles the “Messy Confusion” of Personal Loss on “Good Grief”

Bastille Tackles the “Messy Confusion” of Personal Loss on “Good Grief”

Virgin RecordsBastille‘s sophomore album Wild World features the lead single “Good Grief.” While the track doesn’t reference Charlie Brown, it does sample a few quotes from the 1985 cult film Weird Science.

“It’s just quite a nice nod to how long we’ve kept some of our fans waiting for this album,” frontman Dan Smith tells ABC Radio.

Wild World, which will be released September 9, arrives three years after Bastille’s debut album, 2013’s Bad Blood. If you’re one of the many, many people who knows Bad Blood‘s massive hit “Pompeii,” an upbeat track with not-so upbeat lyrics, then you’ll recognize something familiar in “Good Grief.”

“In a typically us way…it feels uplifting, but then, lyrically, it’s sort of quite sad,” Smith says of “Good Grief.”

That dichotomy between happy and sad, of course, also exists in the title of “Good Grief.”

“I guess it’s kinda ironic, isn’t it? ‘Cause I don’t know if there’s anything good in the grief process,” Smith says. “And [‘Good Grief’ is] maybe about trying to find that, as well. But, I guess the song for me is like a series of snapshots from a kind of funereal scene, and then it’s sort of up to the listener to kind of impose whatever they feel on the song.”

Smith adds that “Good Grief” tries to “capture the sort of bizarre ups and downs — and mainly downs — of the process of loss, and kind of the weird feeling you get when you hear a song that completely transports you back to somewhere or to a person.”

“It’s trying to get that sort of messy confusion of that whole process in a three-and-a-half-minute pop song,” he says.

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Weezer to Headline Rhonda’s Kiss Benefit Concert

Weezer to Headline Rhonda’s Kiss Benefit Concert

Weezer to Headline Rhonda's Kiss Benefit ConcertCredit: Sean MurphyWeezer will headline this year’s edition of the Rhonda’s Kiss benefit concert. The event will be held November 3 at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles. For ticket info, visit RhondasKiss.org.

Rhonda’s Kiss is an organization supporting cancer patients in need, and has to date donated over $750,000 to hospitals in support of that mission.

Weezer recently wrapped up a tour in support of their 10th studio effort, Weezer (White Album).

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Of Mice & Men Shares New Track, “Contagious”

Of Mice & Men Shares New Track, “Contagious”

Rise RecordsOf Mice & Men has debuted a new song called “Contagious,” which appears on their forthcoming album Cold World. You can listen to the snarly track now via YouTube.
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Smash Mouth Frontman Recovering After Reportedly Leaving Show in Ambulance

Smash Mouth Frontman Recovering After Reportedly Leaving Show in Ambulance

Smash Mouth Frontman Recovering After Reportedly Leaving Show in AmbulanceABC/Kelsey McNealSmash Mouth frontman Steve Harwell left the band’s performance at the Sweetcorn Festival in Urbana, Illinois in an ambulance over the weekend, according to reports on Twitter.

On Smash Mouth’s own Twitter, the band says that Harwell is recovering. Responding to a fan asking if the singer is okay, the band wrote, “yes thx!”

Smash Mouth’s next scheduled show is September 3 in Las Vegas.

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Twenty One Pilots Reflects on First London Show

Twenty One Pilots Reflects on First London Show

ABC/Randy HolmesTwenty One Pilots has added a show at London’s Alexandra Palace for November 11. Along with the announcement, the band has shared a short video reflecting on their first, much smaller show in the English capital.
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Celebrities Mourn Gene Wilder

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“Bachelor in Paradise”: Caila Threatens to Leave

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Pentagon Calls on Turkey to Stop Fighting Kurds

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