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Exclusive Premiere | The ’68 Prove that Less is More When it Comes to Hardcore

If you like early Nirvana or classic Black Keys, check out this two-man band's latest single off their forthcoming album.

Patrick Greenby Patrick Green

In a genre built on rebellion, nothing sticks a middle finger in the face of convention than a two-person rock band. Dynamic duos from Suicide to the White Stripes to The Black Keys to the Kills to the Japandroids prove that a dynamic duo can pack more punch than a full band.

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The latest two-man wrecking crew to get the blood flowing are the ‘68Josh Scogin (vocals/guitar) and Michael McClellan (drums) make music like they mean it. Combining hardcore with blues, it is the audio equivalent of a Boilermaker — a simple, refreshing slap in the face. 

Crave is exclusively premiering the ’68’s new single “This Life Is Old, New, Borrowed, And Blue.” The fast and furious track sounds like if a Bleach-era Kurt Cobain took in his favorite cardigan to the dry cleaners and had to don his rock ‘n roll leather jacket to a dive bar gig.

Here’s what Scogin had to say about “This Life Is Old, New, Borrowed, And Blue”: “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 nine songs didn’t balance it out a bit was going to leave it behind. I’m really glad I didn’t have to.”

Speaking of, the ’68’s upcoming album Two Parts Viper is set for release on June 2nd via Cooking Vinyl America (you can pre-order it HERE).

’68 Tour Schedule

** 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