A new trailer for the forthcoming indie game Sable has been released, featuring the first sliver of Japanese Breakfast’s original soundtrack for it.
Titled ‘Better The Mask’, the new cut is a stirring, operatic slow-burner with soaring strings and a bright grand piano lead. It’s a fitting sonic accompaniment to the themes present in Sable, which is described on the Xbox storefront as “a coming-of-age tale of discovery through exploration across a strikingly rendered open world desert”.
Watch the new trailer for Sable, featuring Japanese Breakfast’s ‘Better The Mask’, below:
Developed by Shedworks and published by Raw Fury, Sable will be available to download September 23 for Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One and PC. It features an entirely original soundtrack written and performed by Japanese Breakfast (aka Michelle Zauner), who in an interview with Uproxx confirmed only three of its tracks feature lyrics.
“It’s definitely a different vibe,” Zauner told the publication. “You have to approach it from a place that’s not necessarily personal to you. It has to be this kind of universal feeling and it has to feel like it lives within the game.”
Japanese Breakfast has a history with the world of gaming. To promote 2017’s ‘Soft Sounds From Another Planet’, an 8-bit game titled ‘Japanese BreakQuest’ was released. It was co-developed by Zauner herself, and featured chiptune recreations of all tracks from the LP.
Last week, Japanese Breakfast released a redux of the single ‘Be Sweet’ performed in Simlish, tying in with a new expansion for The Sims 4. The track was pulled from Japanese Breakfast’s just-released third album, ‘Jubilee’, which landed on June 4.
Reviewing the record for NME, writer Will Richards said: “After making her name writing about the most difficult topics possible, Zauner proves here that it’s within your grasp to grab joy from that pain even when it feels impossible. Let ‘Jubilee’ be your guide.”
Earlier this month, it was announced Zauner’s memoir, Crying in H Mart, would be adapted into a feature film.
The 2021 Summer Game Fest has officially kicked off, and with it, a jammy new song from Weezer.
The band teamed up with indie developers Funktronic Labs to debut ‘Tell Me What You Want’, performing it live from inside Funktronic’s new game Wave Break. The game is described as “the world’s first skateBOATING game, inspired by arcade skateboarding classics”, and features a mode inspired by Weezer, fittingly titled Weezy Mode.
‘Tell Me What You Want’ first surfaced as a B-side cut from Weezer’s recently released 15th album, ‘Van Weezer’, and simmers with a sharp, metal-via-surf-rock edge. The track also takes a bold swing at fellow music site Pitchfork, with frontman Rivers Cuomo singing: “Don’t be influenced by an office full of dorks/I won’t mention any names, [cough cough], Pitchfork”.
Watch the live debut of ‘Tell Me What You Want’ below, along with a teaser for the Weezy Mode of Wave Break:
— Summer Game Fest – LIVE Today! (@summergamefest) June 10, 2021
Wave Break is available to download on PC (via Steam), Google Stadia and Nintendo Switch.
Summer Game Fest is currently being streamed live on Twitch and YouTube. It’ll see a swathe of exclusive announcements, updates and demos for upcoming video game releases, including a rumoured Borderlands spin-off titled Wonderlands, and season four of Call Of Duty: Warzone.
Weezer have released two albums for 2021 (thus far): ‘OK Human’ in January, and ‘Van Weezer’ last month.
Both albums received three-star reviews from NME, with writer Kevin EG Perry calling the former “an evocative, intimate record that’ll make you pine for the old world”, and Mark Beaumont saying, “the bull-snorting hellchords and squealing solos of ‘Van Weezer’ clash so hard with [Cuomo’s] style that the retro metal elements often just feel like slapped-on gimmickry”.
The band have already confirmed plans to usurp their 2021 output with a monolithic four albums next year. Dubbed the ‘Seasons’ saga, each album is due to be released on the first day of every season in 2022, and will feature its own unique style. For example, one of the four records will be inspired by Elliot Smith. Another will be inspired by Weezer.
Weezer are also set to join Green Day and Fall Out Boy on the long-delayed Hella Mega Tour next year, with new dates for North America locked in last month, following a rescheduled slate of UK and European dates in April. Weezer and Green Day are also scheduled to perform at the Rock Am Ring and Rock Im Park festivals next June.
Take a look at the new lot of Hella Mega Tour dates below:
19 – Vienna, Ernst-Happel Stadion
21 – Antwerp, Sportpaleis
22 – Groningen, Stadspark
24 – London, London Stadium
25 – Huddersfield, John Smith’s Stadium
27 – Dublin, Venue TBA
29 – Glasgow, Bellahouston Park
2 – Paris, La Defense Arena
24 – Dallas, TX @ Globe Life Field
27 – Atlanta, GA @ Truist Park
29 – Houston, TX @ Minute Maid Park
31 – Jacksonville, FL @ TIAA Bank Field
01 – Miami, FL @ Hard Rock Stadium
04 – Flushing, NY @ Citi Field
05 – Boston, MA @ Fenway Park
08 – Washington, DC @ Nationals Park
10 – Detroit, MI @ Comerica Park
13 – Hershey, PA @ Hersheypark Stadium
15 – Chicago, IL @ Wrigley Field
17 – Columbus, OH @ Historic Crew Stadium
19 – Pittsburgh, PA @ PNC Park
20 – Philadelphia, PA @ Citizen’s Bank Park
23 – Minneapolis, MN @ Target Field
25 – Denver, CO @ Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
27 – San Francisco, CA @ Oracle park
29 – San Diego, CA @ PetCo Park
01 – Milwaukee, WI @ Summerfest
03 – Los Angeles, CA @ Dodger Stadium
06 – Seattle, WA @ T Mobile Park
The Offspring have teamed up with online video game World Of Tanks to celebrate the release of their new album.
The veteran band released their new album ‘Let The Bad Times Roll’ last week (April 16), and had previously teamed up with the video game for the Wargaming Fest in 2019.
The new collaboration sees the creation of special limited edition in-game content featuring the band’s four members, and a new ‘TL1 LPC Pretty Fly tank’, which features “everything the band needs to put on an impromptu show, including all their instruments, stagelights, and more”.
Announcing the new content, World Of Tanks said: “Take the tarpaulin hood off the VIII TL‑1 LPC , crewed by The Offspring band members, don the signature Pretty Fly 3D style, and release your youthful energy on the battlefield, criss-crossing it as if you had a nitro boost!
“Or jump in another vehicle of yours which proudly wears The Offspring-themed Turn it up! 2D style, or is adorned by other customisation elements related to the famous band.”
Today, @offspring released their long awaited new album ‘Let the Bad Times Roll’. To celebrate, we’ve added the TL-1 LPC with the Pretty Fly Style & the Turn It Up Style to the Premium Store with Discounts!
Let us know your favorite song from the album!https://t.co/AH9UNn9td5
— World of Tanks (@worldoftanks) April 16, 2021
The explainer added: “Wait, what? You don’t have Pretty Fly or any of the other stuff? We’ve got you covered! The tank and the customisations are back on sale (until April 26) to mark the return of true Californian punk rock to every living room (and every pair of headphones) on the planet. Check out all The Offspring-themed content bundles available, find the one you like, and say, ’I choose’!”
Other rock heroes to feature within the game include Korn, who collaborated with World Of Tanks Blitz last year for a special Halloween event and to mark the release of their music video for ‘Finally Free’.
“After nearly two years of not playing for our fans, the idea of getting in front of the UK crowds is beyond exciting!” they said in a statement.