’68 Announce New Album, “Yes, and…,”

Revered Atlanta rock ‘n’ roll duo ’68 will make their awaited return next month for the release of their 4th full-length album, “Yes, and…” Due out September 29th from Pure Noise Records, Pre-Order Here. ’68’s latest offering is their hardest rocking record to date. A sonic explosion of heavy riffs and frantic rhythm abound on the band’s massively anticipated follow up to 2021’s critically acclaimed “Give One Take One.”

Commenting on the upcoming album, vocalist/guitarist Josh Scogin says:

“This is by far the heaviest album ’68 has ever done.  It wasn’t on purpose, it just sort of evolved into what it is.  As soon as we could see the full gravitas of the album, we just leaned into it. Many of the bluesy tracks didn’t find a home and some of the parts that were on the fence, we doused with gasoline.  For us, the pendulum has never been extended so far, in one direction. This is exciting because it was obvious how this album needed to turn out and it pretty much solidifies how the next album will end up as well.”

Today, ’68 has revealed details of the record and the record’s first single, “Removed Their Hooks,” which is accompanied by the music video seen here: https://youtu.be/_AxpBIw-Azk

Scogin explains how the savory new song came together:

“One day while I was in the kitchen making a sandwich, I could hear the news in the distance.  They were telling the same ol’ tales of negativity and fear that keep their ratings up and viewers engaged. In response to one of their comments I just said out loud, “Well, tell me something that I don’t know.” This immediately set things in motion. The dominos were already stacked up nice and neat, I just needed to push the first one over.  By the time I was done cutting the avocado I was humming a version of the riff.  As soon as I was done sprinkling some Tajin seasoning on the avocado, I had the basic outline of the song. Once I was mixing the Sriracha in with the Ranch I had the basic lyrics for the first couple of verses.  As I was adding the Gouda cheese, sliced tomato, and cilantro, I could imagine the bridge. The heavy part came to me while I was flipping the sandwich on the grill. Finally, once it was plated, I had the whole song sorted. Well, all except the last minute of the song. That’s a different story altogether. That journey, I could write a whole book about…and maybe I will. ”

Stream “Removed Their Hooks”: https://purenoiserecs.lnk.to/68stores

Pre-Order “Yes, and…” now from Pure Noise Records:

“Removed Their Hooks” Music Video:

“Yes, and…” Tracklist:
1. With Distance Between
2. The Captains Sat
3. Removed Their Hooks
4. Removed Their Hats
5. “Let’s Be Friends”
6. “End This War”
7. They All Agreed
8. Then Got Bored
9. Within The Hour, They Were No More

’68 will take their new album on the road this fall with a performance at Aftershock 2023 and a run of dates with THRICE on their “The Artist In The Ambulance” 20th Anniversary Tour. Tickets are onsale now at https://thrice.net/tour/.

’68 Tour Dates:
Sept 16 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrew’s Hall
Oct 5 – Sacramento, CA – Aftershock 2023
Oct 6 – Indianapolis, IN – Old National Centre*
Oct 7 – McKees Rocks, PA – Roxian Theatre*
Oct 8 – Wantagh, NY – Mulcahy’s Pub and Concert Hall*
Oct 9 – Hartford, CT – Webster Theater*
Oct 11 – Boston, MA – Big Night Live*
Oct 12 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom*
Oct 13 – Norfolk, VA – The NorVa*
Oct 14 – Charlotte, NC – The Underground*
Oct 15 – Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works*
Oct 17 – Houston, TX – House of Blues*
Oct 18 – Fort Worth, TX – Tannahill’s Tavern & Music Hall*
Oct 20 – Tucson, AZ – The Rialto Theatre*

About ’68:
The raucous duo Josh Scogin demurely undersells as “rock n’ roll with a kick in the pants” is named ’68, after the Camaro the Atlanta, Georgia native grew up working on with his dad. Already a young hardcore scene vet with a handful of influential albums under his belt by his twenties, Scogin introduced ’68 to the world in 2013, barreling forth into the unknown with noisy, bluesy abandon. ’68 is a ride for everyone on both sides of the speakers as the hurricane swirls around the frenzied duo. The obstacle is the goal. Inventive, disruptive, frantic, even at their quietest, ’68 is urgent.

The provocative, impulsive, controlled chaos unleashed by ’68 is a musical conversation between artist and audience. Armed with his guitar, copious pedals, and percussive partner-in-crime Nikko Yamada, the former frontman for The Chariot conjures a spirited sound of ambitious raw nerve. The Midnight EP (2013), In Humor and Sadness (2014), and Two Parts Viper (2017) began an inviting catalog of confessional angst and combustible energy. Kerrang! described Give One Take One (2021) as “an album dense with tunes, meaning, desperation, and danceability.” The kinetic conversation continues with the appropriately titled Yes, and…, a densely packed and diverse indie rock romp in which Scogin and Yamada crib cues from improvisational ideology. ’68 fills album number four with howling exposition, tangential dirges, and unbridled honesty. It’s the second consecutive ’68 album produced by Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Rush, Code Orange)

Often splitting up exhaustive van drives between them, ’68 brings their traveling carnival worldwide, from Moscow to Tel Aviv. The duo triumphs in intimate club environments and is no less explosive on giant festival stages or the road, supporting their friends and contemporaries in Bring Me The Horizon, Korn, Staind, Stone Sour, Beartooth, Thrice, Avatar, August Burns Red, The Amity Affliction, Underoath, The Devil Wears Prada, and Every Time I Die, among others.

The year Yes, and… arrives marks ten since ’68 emerged. “I was in high school in Norma Jean, and everything was a blur. The Chariot broke up after ten years. It’s so crazy because when I think about ’68, it feels like I’m still figuring it out,” Scogin says. “In fact, I’m just getting started.”

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