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New Music Friday: The Killers, Enter Shikari and more

Here are our highlights from today's album release schedule.

New Music Friday is the new release fix you need! We’ve been listening to The Killers, Enter Shikari, Sleeping With Sirens and more.

What’s even better about New Music Friday is that you can listen to a lot of the new music live. We’ve also found a few artists who’ve got new records out and are about to take them on tour. Double win!

RELEASE OF THE WEEK: The Killers Wonderful Wonderful
This week’s New Music Friday kicks off with The Killers’ first record in five years. Wonderful Wonderful marks the band’s fifth studio album and will see them returning to the UK for a full arena tour in November. It’s another wonderfully bonkers release and will have you fall in love all over again with the Las Vegas rockers. Have All the Songs Been Written is the last track on the album and actually reflects an email conversation Brandon Flowers had with Bono (yes, U2’s Bono) when a rush of writer’s block was troubling him. Bono’s response was a) answer is no and b) it would make a great song title. So there you go, The Killers as you know and love them…goofy and hard-hitting at the same time. [Tickets] [Buy album]

Enter Shikari – The Spark
Hertfordshire four-piece Enter Shikari have released their new album The Spark today. Their first full-length record since 2015’s The Mindsweep is one of the band’s most melodic albums yet and delivers a more personal point of view. Rou Reynolds says, “The Spark is a new connection, a new beginning. It can be short and insignificant, but it can create something so significant. The spark is that light at the end of the tunnel – when everything seems to be falling apart, but you’re able to see some sort of path out of the dark.” Enter Shikari will be touring the UK with their new tracks in November. [Tickets] [Buy album]

Sleeping with Sirens – Gossip
Sleeping with Sirens return with their latest effort Gossip which is the band’s fifth studio album since 2010’s debut With Ears to See and Eyes to Hear. Kellin Quinn recently said that this is the album where he found his voice after spending time across the last records trying to find it. Gossip is unlike anything the band have ever released with a softer sound following a current trend in rock music. They’ll be touring the UK supporting Rise Against later this year. [Tickets] [Buy album]

Van Morrison – Roll with the Punches
Northern Irish blues legend Van Morrison has released album number 37 with Roll with the Punches. With a 50-year career to draw inspiration from, Van Morrison delivers a record packed with covers of old blues and soul classics alongside five new recordings. He’ll be heading to the UK in November for an extensive tour. [Tickets] [Buy album]

The Horrors – V
V is the latest release frm goth rockers The Horrors. The new record offers synthesised guitar-pop sprinkled with Faris Badwan’s intense vocals. Critics agree this is one of the band’s best records yet. Their UK tour kicks off next month in Glasgow with seven more dates following. [Tickets] [Buy album]

METZ – Strange Peace
More new music comes courtesy of Canadian punkers METZ and their new release Strange Peace. Working with Steve Albini in Chicago, singer Alex Edkins said, “Yeah, we did it live-to-tape off-the-floor with Steve and he was a lovely guy. He’s a total genius; the precision and knowledge of his room and his equipment is pretty wild to witness.” The band are set to play London’s Garage on 22 November. [Tickets] [Buy album]

Black Country Communion – BCCIV
Cali-based hard rock band Black Country Reunion release BBCIV today. What can you expect from the record? It’s loud, it’s full of rock riffs and most of all it’s powerful rock’n’roll. With Dream Theatre’s Derek Sherinian on percussion and the legendary Joe Bonamassa on guitar, the record is a magnificent adventure. You’ll be able to hear the new stuff live in the UK next January. [Tickets] [Buy album]

Josh Ritter – Gathering
Singer-songwriter Josh Ritter shares his ninth studio album with Gathering. It’s packed with stories and prolific folk-rock songwriting. Josh Ritter and the Royal City Band will be touring the country in early December. [Tickets] [Buy album]

Cold Specks – Fool’s Paradise
Ladan Hussein, aka Cold Specks, further evolves on her new album Fool’s Paradise and for the first time, she sings in her native language of Samiali. The title single of her new record was inspired by the legend of Araweelo, the mythical Somali queen. You can see her live in London and Glasgow in ealy October. [Tickets] [Buy album]

The Bronx – V
LA hardcore punks The Bronx have new music for you as well. V is the band’s fifth album (and album number nine if you include the band’s mariachi alter ego Mariachi El Bronx). Produced by Rob Schnapf (Beck, Fidlar), V delivers the classic Bronx confrontational punk. “It has the angst and social commentary that has characterised us from the beginning, only now the angst is aimed at more than just superficial things and the social commentary is directed at more than just people who like different music than us,” says guitarist Joby J. Ford. [Buy album]

Counterparts – You’re Not You Anymore
Counterparts’ fifth album opens with the band’s unmistakeable melodic-hardcore sound before the middle of the album blasts the listener with hardcore aggression during their most intense song to date, Thieves. Throughout the album intricate guitar work is broken up with hard riffs and breakdowns, making it a great accomplishment from the band’s new line-up. Catch them when they open for Architects in London next February or on their own headline tour in November. [Tickets] [Buy album]

Circa Survive – The Amulet
Cult goth emo rockers Circa Survive return with their sixth album The Amulet, their first album since 2014’s Descensus. The album features the single Rites of Investiture, whose video features a short film from 1994 with frontman Anthony Green as a 12-year-old. [Buy album]

Fergie – Double Dutchess
Former Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie released her new solo record Double Dutchess, including first single You Already Know with Nicki Minaj. With her 13-track album she returns after over a decade and there’s even a visual album to top it all off! [Buy album]

Macklemore – Gemini
With his first solo record since 2005’s The Language of My World and after amicably parting ways with Ryan Lewis, Seattle rapper Macklemore invited a whole army of guest vocals on his new album. There’s so many of them that only one song doesn’t feature a guest appearance. But with Ke$ha, Lil Yachty and more appearing, we aren’t complaining! [Buy album]

Moses Sumney – Aromanticism
On his debut album Aromanticism, California artist Moses Sumney challenges the standard perception of love and romanticism. “I wanted to have these songs about isolation and sadness, which there’s tons of in the world, but be able to put them in context, to point in a specific direction towards something that’s never talked about,” says Moses. He’ll be playing the Brighton Komedia on 30 October 2017. [Tickets] [Buy album]

Phoebe Bridgers – Stranger in the Alps
23-year-old indie folk singer Phoebe Bridgers shares a record full of beautiful sad songs with Stranger in the Alps. Her 2015 EP Killer was recorded by Ryan Adams when they met through a mutual friend. Catch her at Manchetser’s Soup Kitchen next month and hear all the new tracks live. [Tickets] [Buy album]

Wolves in the Throne Room – Thrice Woven
Wolves in the Throne Room return with their latest album Thrice Woven, which sees them going back to their old blackened sound. The five-track album is everything you’d want from a black-metal band, featuring blast beats overlaid with ear-piercing and intercepted with ethereal moments of clarity in the form of hymn-like harmonies. See them live across the UK in early December. [Tickets] [Buy album]

The Movielife – Cities in Search of a Heart
Cities in Search of a Heart is the band’s first release since their breakup in 2003, and with it their triumphant return to the Long Island rock scene they established before there was Brand New, Taking Back Sunday or Bayside. It’s packed with catchy sounds and rough guitars. In November you can hear it all live as they tour the UK for three shows in London, Liverpool and Manchester. [Tickets] [Buy album]

Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Luciferian Towers
Luciferian Towers, Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s new album, takes on a much more sinister sound since the band reunited in 2011. Featuring giant sonic structures of guitars, drums and violins, each song guides you further along into the Canadian band’s most impressive and hauntingly beautiful compositions ever recorded. Catch them live on tour next month. [Tickets] [Buy album]

Check back next week for the latest album releases.

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