Atlanta-based rock duo ‘68 has launched their new video directed by Bobby Bates for their latest single “The Workers Are Few,” that fans can watch now, HERE. Just a few weeks ago, the band dropped the track over on AXS as they prepared to hit the road with Every Time I Die and Wage War. Pre-orders of the upcoming record Two Parts Viper (due out June 2nd via Cooking Vinyl America) are available for purchase and instantly come with both singles “The Workers Are Few” and “This Life Is Old, New, Borrowed And Blue” (which premiered on Crave) via iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and more, HERE.
When asked about the making of the video for “The Workers Are Few,” vocalist/guitarist Josh Scogin said: “This film noir, shadow influenced music video captures our performance with a bit of grittiness that we enjoy. We started out with a very loose direction leaving a lot of room for impulsive and candid shots that revealed themselves the day of.”
‘68 has been praised endlessly for their live performance. Fans can catch a glimpse of the irrepressible interplay between Scogin and McClellan on their current tour with longtime friends Every Time I Die and Wage War, set to wrap up in Lansing, MI on May 20th. Shortly after, the band will be headlining a US tour with Listener beginning May 21st in Garwood, NJ and hitting major markets including New York City, Denver, Seattle, Los Angeles, and Austin. This is only the first leg of a world tour extending throughout Europe, Russia, the UK, Australia, and Japan. North American dates can be found below.
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.
Two Parts Viper – Track Listing
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.
Upcoming North American Shows
** w/ Every Time I Die
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 03 – Portland, OR – Analog Theater
June 04 – Santa Rosa, CA – The Arlene
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