King Mothership (Periphery, Etc.) Premiere New Song “Cosmic Meltdown”, Reveal Details For Debut Album “The Ritual”

King Mothership, the band featuring Spencer Sotelo (Periphery), Matt Halpern (Periphery), and Tai Wright (Slaves), have premiered a new song titled “Cosmic Meltdown.” This track is from the band’s debut album “The Ritual,” which will be released on October 2.

“The Ritual” Track Listing:

01. “Hope”
02. “Cosmic Meltdown”
03. “Gold”
04. “Only You”
05. “Babby”
06. “Goodnight My Darling”
07. “Death Machine”
08. “The Ritual”
09. “Ego 101”
10. “The Devil’s Train”
11. “Imminent Distortion”
12. “I Stand Alone” (feat. Plini)

Sotelo said the following about the new record:

“Very excited to finally share this record with the world. These ideas have been around for about eight years and it’s such an amazing feeling to have sculpted them into songs we’re all so proud of as a band. We had a blast making this record and I think it’s gonna be the first of many to come.”

“I just got sick of hearing it in the demo form. But I would have some Periphery fans hit me up every now and then, and they’d be like, ‘What happened?’ Somebody hit me up in my direct messages like, ‘What’s the deal with that?’ And I was like, ‘Yeah, what is the deal with that?’ A couple years ago, I went back and started opening the sessions. I was like, ‘This is fucking cool.’ I was re-inspired.”

Slaves To Change Their Name

Slaves have announced that they will be changing their name due to its racial connotations. The band’s new album, “To Better Days” (out August 7), will be their last release before they rebrand themselves.

The group issued the following statement:

“As individuals, as well as a collective, we hold certain virtues close to our hearts – honesty and transparency with our fans being some of the most important.

Early on in the process of writing and recording the new album ‘To Better Days‘, we discussed what this new iteration of our band should sound like, what it should look like, as well as what it should be called. We decided then, this would be our last release under the name ‘Slaves‘.

The name ‘Slaves‘ was conceived as a reference to the band’s battle with substance abuse in the past, to the idea that we become enslaved by our addictions and by our own demons. Our goal has always been to tackle these difficult subjects head on, as well as to build a community and share stories of hope to let others know that their inner demons can be defeated.

However, this definition of the name neglects to take ownership of its racial connotations. As obstinate supporters of the BLM movement, we cannot continue to tour our music and our positive message to a word associated with such negative weight and hurt.

‘To Better Days‘ will represent the closing of one chapter and the beginning of another for the band. This is something we have been planning for a while and are excited to start unveiling new music, new name, later this year.

We are thankful to our fans that continue to stick by us and we look forward to sharing this new era with you moving forward.

With love and gratitude,
Colin, Felipe, Matt, Weston, Zack“

In other news, Slaves have also premiered a new video for their new song “Like I Do”:

Slaves Premiere “Wasting My Youth” Video, Reveal Details For New Album “To Better Days”

Slaves have premiered a new video for their new song “Wasting My Youth.” This track is from the band’s new album “To Better Days,” which will be released on August 7.

Vocalist Matt McAndrew said the following about the new song:

“There is a lyric, ‘The feeling I’ve repressed is going out of style.’ It’s about finding the truth and holding it back [feeling] like coming to the brink of sneezing and then missing it. You have this build up, this realization, and these feelings that are coming to a head and need to be released. Maybe that release is pleasure or maybe it’s pain or maybe just catharsis. But it’s a relief to have it out. If you miss that opportunity for release, you don’t get it again. ‘Wasting My Youth’ is about that bottled up frustration that comes from staying in a situation past its expiration date and what that does to a person.”

He also added the following about the album:

“We’re excited to finally share our new album, ‘To Better Days’, with you. I’m so proud of how this record turned out and how well we all worked together to create these songs. We feel it’s the band’s best work to date and we hope you enjoy the music as much as we enjoyed making it.”

“To Better Days” Track Listing:

01. “To Better Days”
02. “Prayers”
03. “Witch Hunt”
04. “Talk To A Friend”
05. “Eye Opener”
06. “Bury A Lie”
07. “Heavier”
08. “Footprints”
09. “Cursed”
10. “Wasting My Youth”
11. “Clean Again”
12. “Secrets”
13. “Like I Do”

Slaves Premiere “Bury A Lie” Video

Slaves have premiered a new video for their new song “Bury A Lie.” This track is from the band’s upcoming album “To Better Days.” Vocalist Matt McAndrew commented:

“‘Bury A Lie’ is one of the heavier songs off the album. It packs a punch and we’re excited to play it live. Like many songs on the album, the lyrics deal with the feelings of a troubled relationship. The past won’t stay dead and you’re haunted by it.”

Jonny Craig (Ex-Slaves) Threatens Legal Action Against His Rape Accusers

As previously reported, Jonny Craig (ex-Slaves, etc.) was accused of rape back in 2017 and issued a statement to deny the allegations. Now, during a recent livestream, he threatened legal action against some of his accusers.

Craig said the following [via The PRP]:

“…You’re a bunch of fucking liars and I can not wait for this new year. ‘Cause I am about to fucking unload on you. You thought you were just gonna get away with saying some bullshit on me? Yeah… Enjoy it. Enjoy it while it lasts.”

He also added the following about one of the women:

“…I hope I get her mom in it [presumably a lawsuit] too. I hope I take the fuck out of her house. I hope I take her for everything. I hate to be petty and shit. But you wanted to play the game and now you got it.”

A couple of the women have since responded:

This news comes after another woman recently made similar accusations against Craig:

Craig also seems to have tweeted about seeking legal action against his accusers:

Slaves Premiere “Prayers” Video

Slaves have premiered a new video for their new song “Prayers.” Vocalist Matt McAndrew commented:

“‘Prayers’ seemed like the best single to lead with from the upcoming LP. It’s flashy, upbeat, and comes in swinging. There are so many different vibes on the album that it would be impossible to pick one that represents the record as a whole, but ‘Prayers’ is one of our favorites. It’s a song about being in a relationship with someone that’s going off the rails.”

Slaves Announce New Frontman, Premiere “Heavier” Music Video

Slaves have welcomed Matt McAndrew to the band as their new frontman. The singer, who was a runner-up on season 7 of “The Voice”, is replacing Jonny Craig, who was kicked out of the group in January. With this news, Slaves have also premiered a new video for their new song “Heavier”:

McAndrew said the following about the new single:

“To me, ‘Heavier‘ is about being trapped in a thought loop of worry, paranoia, and ultimately shame. I have a hard time letting my demons go and when they start affecting relationships, I really feel down on myself. It’s like a physical weight. I never thought I’d be in another band.

After all, being solo offers complete artistic control and freedom. It’s only now that I’ve realized how lonely I’ve been by myself. Working with such a tight knit group is a blast, and meeting other bands that show such love for each other makes me feel accepted in a way that I haven’t experienced before.”

Drummer Zack Baker added:

“Our new single came together so quickly. We all collaborate extremely well with each other and we feel that is represented in this new track. The song itself has a dark lyrical vibe encompassing everything Slaves has been about since our debut. Having Matt around has been a great time; he meshed well with us from the first day we met him. His extensive song writing background as well as his all-around musical knowledge have been a huge asset in the studio. I know we’re all excited for this new chapter of Slaves.”

Furthermore, the band are also selling a new shirt in an effort to raise money for non-profit charities to help people that are battling addiction.

Blessthefall Announce Spring Tour With Slaves, Capsize, & Glass Houses

Blessthefall have announced a spring tour with Slaves, Capsize, Glass Houses, and another to be announced band that is assumed to be Palisades. Blessthefall frontman Beau Bokan commented:

“We’re excited to go out with some awesome support bands and hit a lot of cities we don’t normally play. It’s going to be hot and sweaty smaller clubs — just like the old days. This will be our last tour for quite a while, some come out and party with us.”

Tour Dates:

05/10 Tucson, AZ – Club XS
05/11 El Paso, TX – Rockhouse Bar & Grill
05/12 Austin, TX – Come and Take It Live
05/13 Oklahoma City, OK – 89th Street OKC
05/15 Springfield, MO – The Complex
05/16 Nashville, TN – Exit/In
05/17 Charlotte, NC – Amos’ Southend
05/18 Richmond, VA – Canal Club
05/19 Easton, PA – One Centre Square
05/21 Hartford, CT – Webster Underground
05/22 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
05/23 Amityville, NY – Revolution
05/24 Buffalo, NY – Rec Room
05/25 Columbus, OH – Woodlands Tavern
05/26 Grand Rapids, MI – The Stache
05/28 Detroit, MI – The Shelter
05/29 Indianapolis, IN – Citadel Music Hall
05/30 Joliet, IL – The Forge
05/31 Milwaukee, WI – Miramar Theatre
06/01 Minneapolis, MN – Amsterdam Bar & Hall
06/02 Iowa City, IA – Gabe’s
06/04 Colorado Springs, CO – Black Sheep
06/05 Grand Junction, CO – Mesa Theater
06/07 Sacramento, CA – Holy Diver
06/08 Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction
06/09 San Diego, CA – SOMA

Slaves Part Ways With Jonny Craig Following Relapse

Slaves have parted with frontman Jonny Craig. The singer was removed from the group following a relapse.

The band issued the following statement:

“To Whom It May Concern:

It’s with a heavy heart that we announce that Jonny Craig has been removed from the band Slaves.

We all have struggles in our daily life, but for some, those struggles are personally and physically dangerous. It is no secret that Jonny has battled with addiction in his personal life, sometimes those battles are won, and most recently lost.

It’s also unfair for a band to rely on someone who just can’t rely on themselves. Addiction is a disease, and we hope Jonny gets the help that he needs. Unfortunately, Jonny chose his addiction over the band and left them high & dry while checking in for their international flight while he boarded a plane back home.

As a band we’ve worked too hard to stop now. Fans that have been touched by our music, everyone that has enjoyed our songs, to anyone that has met us as a band we will continue on with Slaves.

Unfortunately, due to this, we are forced to cancel our Bristol, UK show tonight. Never fear, thankfully, our good friend Matt McAndrew (who you’d recognize from The Voice) will be filling in on all remaining England & European dates to help us in this trying time. We also have some exciting news on the future of Slaves (we think you will be excited) coming soon.

To everyone, thank you for your continued support.

–Slaves“

Craig commented as well:

“First before I say anything I just want everyone to know how much I love and appreciate all the support I have had through these years of an amazing career.

I am not here to make a statement addressing drama or starting any. These last few months have been super overwhelming and unfortunately I have let myself break and get back to a dark place.

I wanted to wait for the band to release what they were going to say so that you guys had the info you needed to make sure you can still catch them on the ETF tour dates.

Every single person in the band put in a lot of work to make that set and it should be seen. I don’t want to make this long so I’ll get right to it. I relapsed and used and it is the reason I am stepping down from Slaves at this time.

For the first time in my career and in my life I will be doing what’s best for me and my sobriety and health and I stayed home to focus on a program and medications that will help me get back to feeling like I honestly belong out here touring and making beautiful music for each and everyone of you.

This was the right choice and I’m sorry to the band for the tight position but they have been left in at such short notice.

Again I love all of you and this isn’t me quitting music.. This is simply me just putting everything on pause like I should have done in the past and take a real honest and aggressive approach to my disease.

Thank you all for the support and love and please respect the silence that will follow this message.

Yours truly Jonny Craig“

Sum 41, Pennywise, Thy Art Is Murder, Etc. Added To 2019 Australian Download Festival

More bands have been added to the 2019 Australian Download Festival. The event will take place in Sydney (March 9 at the Parramatta Park) and Melbourne (March 11 at the Flemington Racecourse) and the newly announced acts include: Sum 41, Pennywise, Thy Art Is Murder, Polaris, Twelve Foot Ninja, Slaves, and Voyager. Previously announced artists include: Ozzy Osbourne, Slayer, Judas Priest, Alice In Chains, Ghost, Rise Against, The Amity Affliction, Anthrax, Halestorm, Behemoth, Me First And The Gimmie Gimmes, I Prevail, Converge, Frenzal Rhomb, Luca Brasi, Code Orange, Andy Black, The Fever 333, War On Women, High Tension, Outright, Ruins, and Alien Weaponry.