Helmet Release 7-Inch Box Set “Move On”

Helmet have released a new 7-inch box set titled “Move On.“ The effort, which can be purchased HERE, features the following tracks:

7” #1: “Move On” (David Bowie cover) and “More Bad News” (live)

7″ #2: “Mercy” (Wire cover) and “Rollo” (live)

7″ #3: “E.T.I.” (Blue Öyster Cult cover) and Blacktop (live)

7″ #4: “I’m Only Sleeping” (The Beatles cover) and “Crisis King” (live)

Helmet Stream Cover Of Gang Of Four’s “In The Ditch“

Helmet have released their cover of Gang Of Four’s “In The Ditch.“ This track is from the new Andy Gill tribute album, “The Problem of Leisure: A Celebration Of Andy Gill And Gang Of Four,” which will be released on June 4.

Helmet’s Page Hamilton commented:

“My old pal Henry Rollins reissued ‘Entertainment!‘ and ‘Solid Gold‘ back in the 90’s and asked me to do liner notes for ‘Solid Gold‘. I don’t remember what I wrote but I know it was glowing, corny and fanboy. Their songs, feel, energy, inventiveness made an indelible imprint on my musical soul.

All of our peers that formed bands in the late 80’s were influenced by Go4. I chose ‘In the Ditch‘ for this tribute cause it’s a great song even though it was challenging (thank you to my band!). It feels improvised and random at times but holds together as a composition. The guitar part feels like spontaneous scratchy funk, the angular bass and drum groove grooves hard but sounds like there’s a spoke missing.

The vocal is somehow beautiful but scary, urgent and dangerous. There’s no room for limp dick, mail-it-in, non-musical moments in any of these songs. How the hell did they put this together? We could only try to capture the intensity of the original. This band changed me. Thank you Andy, Dave, Hugo & Jon.”

Gill‘s widow Catherine Mayer added:

“Helmet has recorded a superb version of ‘In the Ditch‘, such a powerful song for these paranoid times. Andy and the other members of the original line-up came of age during an era of Public Information Films issued by the UK Government in case of nuclear attack.

Even then it was clear that the instructions given in these films, such as taking shelter under tables or diving into ditches, were designed not to save lives but to quieten public nerves. It was propaganda, and as such grist to Gang of Four’s preoccupations. How eerily relevant the lyrics seem, recalling Prepper ideologies and also the claustrophobia of our locked-down world.

Of course I also stumble over the lyrics about ‘beyond the cares of the world’ and ‘six feet under’, things that apply to Andy metaphorically if not, in the second case, literally. His ashes are at home with me, high on a shelf where he can observe, with pleasure, preparations for this wonderful album.”

[via Brooklyn Vegan]

System Of A Down, Korn, Faith No More, Etc. Postpone Los Angeles Shows To October

System Of A Down, Korn, Faith No More, Helmet and Russian Circles have postponed their Los Angeles stadium shows once again due to the coronavirus pandemic. The concerts are now scheduled take place at the Banc Of California Stadium on October 22-23. System Of A Down commented:

“Our shows at the Band Of California Stadium in May have now been rescheduled to October 22 and 23. Your ticket will be honored accordingly. If you cannot make the new date or prefer a refund, you should have received an email with your refund options. If you did not receive an email, please contact your point of purchase. For more information please visit: livenation.com/refund. Hopefully this will be the last time the dates are moved because we’re very excited to see you all ASAP.”

Helmet Planning New Covers Release And Early 90s Live EPs

During a recent appearance on the “Thunder Underground” podcast, Helmet’s Page Hamilton revealed that the band have several releases planned. This includes a covers record and two 90s live EPs.

Hamilton said the following [transcribed by The PRP]:

“I’ve wanted to do an album for a couple of years—a new album. But we’re sort of at the mercy of the record label. I’m talking to my managers like ‘Okay can we go to another label? They’re not stepping up and labels are having a hard time figuring out how to make money off of album sales and I’m sympathetic.

I understand that. But I have a deal with them and I’m supposed to, so what we’re doing is right now, is I also have a live album, we have a live album on the deal so we’re gonna release a CBGBS show from ’90 and a ‘Big Day Out‘ show from I think ’92, something like that—the first time we played Australia… It had to be maybe ’93, it was post-‘Meantime‘, pre-‘Betty‘.

And then the CB show, we didn’t have an album out yet. Those were the very early songs like ‘Impressionable‘, which was an AmRep 7″, I can’t remember what else is on there. One song didn’t have a title and I turned it into an intro to ‘Impressionable‘. And we did ‘Sinatra‘ and ‘Murder‘. So, there were songs that were going to be on ‘Strap It On‘.

So yeah, but we’re still releasing those two live EPs and then we did these all these cover songs during the recording of ‘Dead To The World‘.

And it was kind of like, we’re gonna release, then somebody at the management office screwed up so that set us back a year. It was like all this, one thing after another. So now we’re finally, the label’s like, ‘Oh, we’d like to be involved in that. We’ll release those.’ Because I’ve had the artwork done. They’ve been mixed.

And you know one song was mixed by Jay Baumgardner and mastered by Howie [Weinberg] during the ‘Dead To The World‘ mixing and mastering sessions.

And so we thought we had it ready to go. It’s just kind of like it’s, I, I understand. I mean the music business is looking for you know an instant hit. instant gratification. We put this out like Taylor Swift, and she puts a million dollars in our pockets on day two. That’s not Helmet.

But it’s nice to have our stuff out there to kind of expand the catalog, because I feel good about the catalogue that we’ve built, you know, over the all these years.”

Page Hamilton & M’lumbo Share Video For Reworked Version Of Helmet’s “In The Meantime”

Helmet frontman Page Hamilton and M’Lumbo have shared a video for their reworked version of Helmet’s “In The Meantime.“ That track appears on their collaborative album “Fairytale Aliens.“

System Of A Down, Korn, Faith No More, Etc. Announce Rescheduled Los Angeles Shows

System Of A Down, Korn, Faith No More, Helmet and Russian Circles have officially rescheduled their Los Angeles stadium shows. The concerts will now take place at the Banc Of California Stadium on May 21-22, 2021. System Of A Down commented:

“We’re excited to announce that the rescheduled dates for our double-header with Korn, Faith No More, Helmet, and Russian Circles have been confirmed for May 21 & 22, 2021. Existing tickets will be honored for the new dates. We look forward to bringing this weekend to life next year when it is safe for our fans, crew, and venue staff. Thank you for your patience and understanding. For refund inquiries, please visit livenation.com/refund.”

System Of A Down, Korn, Faith No More, Etc. Postpone Los Angeles Stadium Shows

System Of A Down, Korn, Faith No More, Helmet and Russian Circles have postponed their Los Angeles stadium shows due to the coronavirus pandemic. The following statement was issued:

“Our upcoming Banc Of California Stadium shows on May 22 & 23 are proactively being rescheduled out of an abundance of caution for our fans, crew, and venue staff. As soon as we have the new dates finalized, we will inform everyone, and all the tickets will be honored accordingly. For further ticket information, visit livenation.com/ticketrelief or your point of purchase. To our amazing fans, thank you for understanding.”

Helmet Announce Rescheduled Dates For Australian/New Zealand 30th Anniversary Tour

Helmet have postponed the Australian/New Zealand leg of their 30th anniversary tour due to the coronavirus pandemic. The trek will now take place in November.

Tour Dates:

11/04 Hobart, AUS – Republic Bar & Cafe
11/05 Melbourne, AUS – The Croxton Bandroom
11/06 Melbourne, AUS – The Croxton Bandroom
11/07 Adelaide, AUS – The Gov
11/08 Perth, AUS – Rosemount Hotel
11/11 Newcastle, AUS – The Cambridge
11/12 Sydney, AUS – The Metro Theatre
11/13 Brisbane, AUS – The Triffid
11/14 Brisbane, AUS – The Zoo
11/16 Auckland, NZ – Studio The Venue
11/17 Wellington, NZ – Meow
11/19 Christchurch, NZ – Cassels Blue Smoke

System Of A Down, Korn, Faith No More, Etc. Announce Second Los Angeles Stadium Show

Due to popular demand, System Of A Down, Korn, Faith No More, Helmet and Russian Circles have announced a second show at the Banc Of California Stadium in Los Angeles, CA. The concerts will take place on May 22-23 and tickets will go on sale February 7 at 10am PST.

System Of A Down, Korn, Faith No More, Etc. Announce Los Angeles Stadium Show

System Of A Down, Korn, Faith No More, Helmet and Russian Circles will be performing at Banc Of California Stadium in Los Angeles, CA on May 22. Tickets for the show will go on sale February 7 at 10am PST,