Devin Townsend is currently working on new music for a kids show in the UK. The frontman revealed the news in the below tweet. In other news, Townsend has also launched the 12th episode of his “Devin Townsend Podcast.” The latest episode focuses on “Addicted” and it can be found HERE.
Yesterday (December 23), Devin Townsend played a virtual holiday show. You can check out that set below. Townsend commented:
“Heres a rough upload, I will mix it better when we release it all in a box set next year… I hope you have a happy holiday =) Dev”
During a recent interview with Guitar Interactive, Devin Townsend discussed his upcoming album “The Puzzle.” According to the frontman, the effort is “abstract, stream-of-conscious, super-complicated, complex, ambient nonsense.”
Townsend said the following:
“By being as honest with yourself as possible, what’s gonna come out of you is gonna be a reflection of your current reality. The current reality we’ve had this year is a fucking gong show. It’s abstract, unpredictable, fearful, chaotic nonsense. And so that’s what I made.”
“‘The Puzzle’ is abstract, stream-of-conscious, super-complicated, complex, ambient nonsense. And it has a movie and a graphic novel. If it was anything other than abstract, chaotic nonsense, I think I would have been full of shit. If I came out of this being, like, ‘Hey, man, here’s a bunch of songs. This is about everybody needs to get together,’ and all this sort of stuff, I’d be, like, ‘Well, you’re not paying attention then.’ Because how I feel is abstract and chaotic and fighting for emotional equilibrium. And so that’s what I wrote. And as a result of that, it’s exactly what I should have written… It’s a narrative about what I perceived as the human condition, but through my own filter… And there’s an animator and a graphic artist and this crazy four-dimensional type of artwork that I’ve been working on. And it’s beautiful and so strange, but that’s what this year was, man.”
He also revealed that the record will be released alongside an hour-long film that he is trying to get on Netflix:
“I took these abstract pieces of art that Travis Smith had done, and I put a filter on them in Premiere [software] that basically fills in all the negative space with colors and shapes. And we do massive zooms on parts of it, and that becomes a landscape, and then we make it three-dimensional. And we take these pieces of art and turn them into environments, and then we animate them with stick people, and those stick people are meant to represent really basic, mundane human activities amidst these imposing, terrifying landscapes. And then the music becomes the soundtrack to that.”
Townsend went on to say the album will be released through his own label in 2021:
“InsideOut, or Sony, or whoever is responsible for it at this point, they said, ‘We don’t want you to release a record until 2022. So we want you to spend this year writing it.’ And I have been. I’ve written a ton of songs. It’s right yet. But I’ve been writing songs — good songs, actually, with screams and heavy riffs and whatever. But it’s not where I’m at.
Because I’m not supposed to start recording [the next album for InsideOut] until August [of 2021], ‘The Puzzle’ was sort of like a sideline. So it’s not necessarily like the next record, but it is. So I called up Sony. I said, ‘Listen, I’m gonna send you ‘The Puzzle’, and I think you’ll figure out pretty quick that you’re not gonna wanna spend a load of money trying to promote this, because it’s gonna have a limited throw. But I have to do it. So can I do it on my own?’ And they said yes.”
Jason Bieler (Saigon Kick) has premiered a new song titled “Bring Out Your Dead.“ The track, which features David Ellefson (Megadeth), Devin Townsend, and Edu Cominato (Jeff Scott Soto, etc.), is from Jason Bieler And The Baron Von Bielski Orchestra’s new album, “Songs For The Apocalypse,” which will be released on January 22.
“Jason Bieler is the modern-day Frank Zappa of our time. This record shows incredible diversity, melodies for days and an incredibly sophisticated view of the world through the eccentric lyrics and music of Mr Bieler. This record took me to new musical voyages I had never before explored and for that alone I’m thankful for the privilege of playing on this album.”
“As someone who tends to avoid guest appearances, I had to make an exception for the hyper-snuggly Jason Bieler as a direct result of a show he played in Vancouver I saw when I was 18 that I found super inspiring. Its my honor to be involved with such a snuggly, talented dude. =)”
Devin Townsend has shared a demo version of his new song “Equinox” as part of his “Quarantine Project.” The track, which features Morgan Ågren, Nathan Navarro, Che Dorval, and Diego Tejeida, can be streamed below. Townsend commented:
“I wrote this one a few months ago, its a work in progress and this is a demo. I may use it for an album at some point, but Its cathartic, this one… Hang in there folks…no shame in feeling what we feel.”
Devin Townsend has released a cover of the Christmas classic “Silent Night.” You can check that out below:
“I know it’s early, but I guess the plan is to record songs over the next month so I just kind of started. I dunno…been a year 🙂
Such a tired old song… tried to make it nice. There have been people in my immediate family asking me to do Christmas songs for years, and I just haven’t had the energy… but its a rough year, so here you go. =)
If Youtube isn’t sufficient, I’ve put it up on Bandcamp for a dollar if you’d like.
Hope you guys are doing ok, hang on through the season, it can be rough on some of us I know. take care of yourself.
On another note, the frontman has also further commented on his “A Very Devy Christmas” acoustic performance. That set will stream live on December 23 and tickets can be found HERE. Townsend said the following:
“Hey all, as this year grinds to a chaotic close, I think it would be nice to do a more chilled out show for the holidays. If any of you caught the acoustic tours I had been doing over the past few years, I would like to do something like that for this stream… it has been five Quarantine concerts so far this year, and I’m wanting to bring this one back to the vibe of the first few.
I know it’s a trying time lately and it’s easy to let the thoughts get away from us, but let’s try to have a lovely afternoon and Ill play you some songs 😊
Half of the proceeds will go to the food bank, as they need it now more than ever in many ways. I hope to see you there 😊”
Devin Townsend has shared a new quarantine track called “Precious Sardine.“ The song, which features drummer Morgan Ågren and backing vocalists Aman Khosla and Tanya Ghosh, can be found below. In other news, Townsend is also planning to play a Christmas livestream concert on December 23.
[via The PRP]
Devin Townsend has shared some more info on his upcoming album “The Puzzle.” That effort is tentatively set to be released in the spring and Townsend tweeted the following about it:
[via The PRP]
Jason Bieler (Saigon Kick) will be releasing a new solo album titled “Songs For The Apocalypse“ on January 22. That effort, which will be released under the name Jason Bieler And The Baron Von Bielski Orchestra, will feature a number of guests including members of Megadeth, Queensrÿche, Sevendust, Skindred, and more.
Here’s the full list of guests:
– Devin Townsend
– Todd La Torre (Queensrÿche)
– David Ellefson (Megadeth)
– Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (Asia/Sons Of Apollo)
– Jeff Scott Soto (Sons Of Apollo)
– Clint Lowery (Sevendust)
– Benjie Webbe (Skindred)
– Pat Badger (Extreme)
– Butch Walker (ex-Marvelous 3)
– Kyle Sanders (HELLYEAH)
– Andee Blacksugar (KMFDM)
– Emil Werstler (Dååth, ex-Chimaira)
– Ricky Sanders (ex-Saigon Kick)
– Steve Gibb (ex-Black Label Society, ex-Crowbar)
Here’s the track listing:
01. “Never Ending Circle”
02. “Apology” (feat. Todd LaTorre, Kevin Scott, and Andee Blacksugar)
03. “Bring Out Your Dead” (feat. Edu Cominato, David Ellefson, and Devin Townsend)
04. “Annalise” (feat. Kevin Scott)
05. “Stones Will Fly” (feat. Ricky Sanders, Pat Badger, and Butch Walker)
06. “Down In A Hole” (feat. Edu Cominato, Kyle Sanders, and Stephen Gibb)
07. “Anthem For Losers” (feat. Ricky Sanders and Clay Cook)
08. “Horror Wobbles The Hippo” (feat. Emil Werstler)
09. “Beyond Hope” (feat. Benji Webbe, Ricky Sanders, David Ellefson, and Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal)
10. “Crab Claw Dan”
11. “Born Of The Sun” (feat. Edu Cominato, Kyle Sanders, and Clint Lowery)
12. “Baby Driver”
13. “Alone In The World” (feat. Ricky Sanders and Jeff Scott Soto)
14. “Very Fine People”
A video for the record’s first single, “Apology,” can be found below:
Devin Townsend recently offered an update on his new album “The Puzzle.” The musician tweeted the following about the effort, which he is hoping to release in the spring:
[via The PRP]