American rock duo ’68 has released a taste of what’s to come on their forthcoming album entitled Two Parts Viper which is set for release on June 2, 2017. Yesterday, the first single “This Life Is Old, New, Borrowed, And Blue” premiered on Crave and is currently streaming, HERE. Fans can also pre-order Two Parts Viper via iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and more, HERE.
When asked about “This Life Is Old, New, Borrowed, And Blue,” vocalist Josh Scogin said: “This is the very first song I wrote for the album. It definitely ‘connects’ more with my past than any of the other songs, so much so, that it almost didn’t make it into the album. It is one of my favorite jams but I had decided that if the other 9 songs didn’t balance it out a bit was going to leave it behind. I’m really glad I didn’t have to. “
The 10-track record is a compilation of what may be the pair’s strongest work to date – demonstrating more energy with a guitar and small drum set than an entire live band. Their performance and interaction with each other on stage make for a mesmerizing set.
Having toured with the likes of Bring Me The Horizon, Every Time I Die, and The Fall Of Troy to name a few and hitting festivals such as Louder Than Life, Carolina Rebellion, AfterShock, and Welcome To Rockville – the alt-rock veterans felt it was time to take a different approach to further define their brand. This time around, Josh Scogin (The Chariot, Norma Jean) and bandmate, Michael McClellan have signed with a new label – Cooking Vinyl America – to launch their full-length album which channels everything from the intensity of At The Drive-In to Jack White-like vocals to a setup similar to The Black Keys.
In addition, ‘68 will be hitting the road with Every Time I Die and Wage War this spring. The tour kicks off on April 28th in Wilmington, DE and wraps up on May 20th in Lansing, MI. Shortly after, the duo will be headlining a US tour with Listener beginning May 21st in Garwood, NJ. This will be the first leg of a world tour to come later in the year, making key stops in Europe, the UK, Australia, and Japan.
If you have followed Josh Scogin’s prior bands, Norma Jean and The Chariot, you have seen things set on fire, death-defying jumps from the rafters and swinging guitars that could take your head off if you were too close. Scogin spent more time in and on top of the crowd than on stage during their wild shows. When ’68 became Scogin’s new mode of expression, one would think the chaos would die down. He might be too busy onstage to think about jumping around. The subversive element of ’68 became something more subtle… the attitude. There is clever repartee between Scogin and the audience, wild interplay between Scogin and his ’68 bandmate, Michael McClellan and music that will stun audiences of alt/indie rock and hard rock varieties.
There are some wild song titles on Two Parts Viper, which is certainly different than their untitled songs from the previous album. “The Workers Are Few,” “This Life Is Old, New, Borrowed And Blue,” and “Without Any Words (Only Crying and Laughter)” are among them. The sound is equally unique – a rollercoaster of sonic emotion. Just when you think you know what will happen next, the song takes an unexpected turn. The headspace that Two Parts Viper puts the listener in, is one of constant discovery. Highs and lows, subtleties and blatant elements, things that require attention. This is just what Scogin was looking to achieve. Every step of this journey was designed to keep you on your toes… provoke thought… and, of course, entertain. Wild, inside and out. If you get it, you are ’68 too.
** w/ Every Time I Die
Apr 28 – Wilmington, DE – World Cafe Live **
Apr 29 – Spartanburg, SC – Ground Zero
Apr 30 – Augusta, GA – The Iron Heights
May 01 – Birmingham, AL – Zydeco **
May 02 – Memphis, TN – Hi Tone Café **
May 04 – Chattanooga, TN – Revelry Room **
May 05 – Bristol, TN – Patton-Crosswhite VFW
May 06 – Richmond, VA – Canal Club **
May 07 – Harrisonburg, VA – The Golden Pony **
May 08 – Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage **
May 09 – Erie, PA – Basement Transmissions **
May 10 – Toledo, OH – Frankies Inner City
May 11 – DeKalb, IL – The House Café **
May 12 – Iowa City, IA – Blue Moose Tap House **
May 13 – Lousville, KY – Trixies
May 14 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge **
May 16 – Springfield, MO – Outland Ballroom **
May 17 – Columbia, MO – Rose Music Hall **
May 18 – Nashville, TN – The End **
May 19 – Indianapolis, IN – Deluxe, Old National Center **
May 20 – Lansing, MI– The Loft **
May 21 – Garwood, NJ – Crossroads
May 23 – Cambridge, MA – Middle East
May 24 – New York, NY – Webster Hall
May 25 – Rochester, NY – Harmony House
May 26 – Pittsburgh, PA – Smiling Moose
May 27 – St. Louis, MO – Fubar
May 28 – Lawrence, KS – Jackpot Music Hall
May 29 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theater
May 30 – Salt Lake City, UT – Loading Dock
June 01 – Spokane, WA – The Big Dipper
June 02 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
June 06 – West Hollywood, CA – The Roxy
June 07 – Scottsdale, AZ – Pubrock
June 09 – Dallas, TX – The Prophet Bar
June 10 – Houston, TX – Walter’s
June 11 – Austin, TX – Grizzly Hall