Bryan St. Pere, Drummer of HUM Has Died

Devastating news to report as drummer Bryan St. Pere of long running Alternative Rock band HUM has died. He was just 52. No cause of death has been revealed. The news was shared by Bryan’s bandmates on social media, and his death was unexpected. HUM returned with their first album in 22 years in 2020, Inlet, released a little over a year ago. We’ll continue to track this story as it develops . We send our condolences to Bryan’s family, friends, and many fans at this time.

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GUEST POST: Claire Simson of Mountain Caller -Top Albums of the Year 2020

Ghost Cult continues our “End of Year Guest Post Extravaganza” with a slew of posts from bands, industry, PR pros, and more! We’ll be sharing lists, memories, and other shenanigans from our favorite bands, partners, music industry peers, and other folks we respect across the globe. In this edition, Claire Simson, guitarist of Mountain Caller shares an in-depth review of her Top Albums List for 2020. Their excellent covers album The Truthseeker is out now (buy and stream it here!

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: June 26th New Music Releases

Purchase And Stream All The New Music Released Today!

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HUM Releases New Album “Inlet”, First New Release in 23 years

Seminal alternative rock/post-hardcore outfit Hum have released a new album, Inlet, their first since 1998’s Downward Is Heavenward on Bandcamp, streaming in its entirety. The new album was enginered by Hum members Matt Talbott and Tim Lash along with James Treichler. Released via Talbot’s own Earth Analog Records, the album is available via various digital platforms with vinyl due out late this summer.

Dios De Los Deftones 2 ft. Chvrches, Gojira, JpgMafia, Hum and Youth Code

Deftones’ wildly successful Dios De Los Deftones festival last fall has spawned a sequel! DDLD2 will feature Deftones heading up a bill featuring Chvrches, Gojira, JpgMafia, Hum, Youth Code, and Brutus. The fest takes place November 2nd at Petco Park in San Diego, California. Deftones are currently pressing towards the release of their ninth album later this year. Tickets start at $75 and are available at Exclusive VIP packages go on sale Tuesday, July 30 at 10 a.m. PST. Presale opportunities will be available on Wednesday, July 31 starting at 10 a.m. PST).

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Failure Announce US Tour, Add Troy Van Leeuwen To Lineup

Failure tour poster with Troy Van Leeuwen

Failure has announced a fall US tour as they continue to tour behind their June release The Heart is A Monster (InResidnece). Joining the group will be former member Troy Van Leeuwen (Queens Of The Stone Age, A Perfect Circle) who played on their landmark Fantastic Planet album, as well as four songs on the most recent release.

Ken Andrews commented on Troy Van Leeuwen’s return for the tour:


This is a very special tour to me for a couple of reasons.. One reason is the fact that we have some very cool bands joining us: Hum, Torche, Local H, And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead. The second reason this tour is so special to me is that we have managed to secure our dear friend and former band mate, Troy Van Leeuwen as the fourth member of Failure for this tour. I’m personally excited by this as it’s going to allow us to expand our live sound and repertoire. Think “Snow Angel” and “I Can See Houses” from The Heart Is A Monster, as well as a few gems from the past like our cover of “Enjoy The Silence.”


Failure has also confirmed appearances at The CMJ Festival, Aftershock Festival, and their Australian live debut an appearance at Soundwave 2016.


Soundwaves Founder AJ Maddah took to Twitter and personally confirmed Failure’s appearance, saying

Getting Failure to play Soundwave 2015 is my personal definition of success! Fantastic Planet changed my life.”

Failure, by Boston Chuck Photography

Failure, by Boston Chuck Photography

Failure tour dates with Hum, Torche, Local H, … Trail Of The Dead

Oct 09: Freebird Live – Jacksonville, FL *
Oct 10: Revolution – Ft. Lauderdale, FL *
Oct 11: House of Blues- Orlando, FL *
Oct 13: Norva – Norfolk, VA **
Oct 14: FLOODfest (CMJ) Brooklyn Bowl- New York, NY
Oct 15: Mr. Smalls Theatre – Pittsburgh, PA **
Oct 17: The Firebird- St. Louis, MO ***
Oct 20: The Rock- Tucson, AZ ***
Oct 21: Crescent Ballroom- Phoenix, AZ ***
Oct 22: Fremont Country Club – Las Vegas, NV ***
Oct 25: Aftershock Festival- Sacramento, CA
Oct 27: The Regent- Los Angeles, CA ****
Oct 28: TBA
Oct 29: The Music Box- San Diego, CA ****

Jan 23: Soundwave- Brisbane, QLD
Jan 24: Soundwave- Sydney, NSW
Jan 26: Soundwave- Melbourne, VIC

* – w/Hum and Torche
** – w/Torche
*** – w/Local H
**** – w/Trail of the Dead and Local H
The band will offering a Technical VIP package (in addition to their regular VIP fan experience) designed for the professional musician, engineer or technician interested in knowing the tech behind the show. With this VIP upgrade, Ken Andrews gives a limited number of fans a personal tour of the Failure live set up, the specific equipment used onstage, a live demonstration of the guitar/ bass rigs, monitoring system, as well as a tour of the front of house equipment, and a Q&A session with Ken. VIP packages are available via These packages, as well as general on-sales, are available this Friday, Sept. 4.


Faith No More, Motorhead, Rancid, etc Confirmed For Riot Fest Chicago 2015

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The Chicago Riot Fest 2015 will be happening on September 11-13, 2015 at Douglas Park. More artists are expected to be announced, including one more headliner who has yet to be announced.

No Doubt
Faith No More
Iggy Pop
Snoop Dogg (performing Doggystyle)
Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley
Rancid (performing …And Out Come The Wolves)
Tenacious D
Billy Idol
Ice Cube & Special Guests (performing Straight Outta Compton Remix)
Alkaline Trio
Coheed And Cambria
Taking Back Sunday
Rodrigo y Gabriela
Drive Like Jehu
Merle Haggard
Flogging Molly
Slightly Stoopid
The Dirty Heads
Stephen “Ragga” Marley
The Academy Is… (performing “Almost Here“)
The Lawrence Arms
Cypress Hill
Echo & The Bunnymen
Bootsy Collin’s Rubber Band
The Devil Wears Prada
The Airborne Toxic Event
Manchester Orchestra
Eagles Of Death Metal
De La Soul
The Damned
Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness
New Politics
Mayday Parade
Jimmy Cliff
Against Me!
Babes In Toyland
Ok Go
Andrew W.K.
The Joy Formidable
The Dead Milkmen
American Nightmare
Lee Scratch Perry
Less Than Jake
The Expendables
Living Colour
The Thurston Moore Band
Morgan Heritage
Benjamin Booker
Tarrus Riley
Mariachi El Bronx
Joyce Manor
Every Time I Die
The Movielife
The Dwarves (performing “Blood Guts And Pussy“)
Tommy Stinson
Steve Ignorante & Paranoid Visions
Real Friends
The Dear Hunter
Kevin Devine
Mustard Plug
The Ataris
Jo Mersa
Into It. Over It.
The White Buffalo
Skip Marley
Knuckle Puck
Post Mallone With FKI
Jazz Cartier
Modern Life Is War
Fit For Rivals
Barb Wire Dolls
The Coathangers
Flatfoot 56
Teenage Bottlerocket
Have Mercy
Speedy Ortiz
White Mystery
Direct Hit!
Main Attrakionz
Ground Up
Skinny Lister
Beach Slang
Alex Wiley
Dirty Fences
Sleep On It
The Brokedowns
Meat Wave
Psalm One
Northern Faces
Indian Handcrafts
Skating Polly
Signals Midwest
Modern Chemistry
Gateway Drugs
Tasha The Amazon
Twin River
Indian School
Die Selloutz
The Municipal Drainage Project
Special performances will also be made by The Rock-Afire Explosion and the Hellzapoppin Circus Sideshow Revue.

CHICAGO: FIRST WAVE of lineup announcements for Riot Fest & Carnival are here!TICKETS ON SALE NOW!!!…

Posted by Riot Fest on Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Sweet Cobra Signs To Magic Bullet, New Album Soon

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Chicago’s Sweet Cobra have signed to Magic Bullet Records and they have also completed their long-awaited new album, Earth, due out later this spring. The album was created with producers Matt Talbot of Hum and Kurt Ballou of Converge. Recorded at Talbot’s studio Earth Analog Studios near Chamapign Illinois, and mixed at Ballou’s Godcity Studios in Salem MA, Earth also features guest musical contributions from each producer/artist. This will be the first album of new music from the group since 2010’s acclaimed Mercy album.

Magic Bullet Records Owner Brent Eyestone commented on Earth:

“Holy hell… it’s completely badass! Kind of a new sound for the band; catchier, and I can see the appeal of the sound being much broader than their previous output. I get similar feelings from the best Queens of the Stone Age, Quicksand, and Young Widows records… super catchy slabs of heaviness.”

Sweet Cobra Tour Dates

March 27th Drunken Donut – Joliet, IL

March 28th Melody Inn – Indianapolis, IN w/ Kvlthammer

April 4th The Burlington – Chicago, IL w/ Auxes

April 25th Pyramid Scheme – Grand Rapids, MI w/ Hum, Cloakroom (SOLD OUT)