Fireworks all over the world have already subsided weeks ago, but the ones coming from the music industry are still shining bright in the entertainment scene. That’s a great thing because that just says that music is still as stronger than ever. It’s proof that come what may, music will always be here. As long as there is love and feelings flowing through our systems, music will always be a thing. It’s one of the hallmarks of being a human being and most especially a citizen of this planet.

We’ve seen proofs of this all through this January, and it continues with the duo placebo (rhyme intended). Where they shared last January 18th, that their song “Try Better Next Time” from their upcoming album “Never Let Me Go” will be released in streaming platforms worldwide. Not only that, but this also includes video releases in the form of their MV and visualizer which can be found on YouTube. All these comes after previously releasing “Beautiful James” and “Surrounded by spies” all of which included in their still unreleased album.

When looking at their newest single up close, “Try better next time”. We are first greeted by its upbeat tempo and their oh so catchy chorus “Wake up. Wake up. Try better next time”. With that alone, it’s easy to get that positivity high while listening to this bop. That’s not entirely a bad thing but it just tells half the story of what the song is truly about. It’s not cryptic whatsoever, but it can easily be missed because the song is just so addictive. It’s one of those tunes that’s so head bangable and oh so danceable. So, no blaming there.

Amidst all this positive energy that this song emits, within its core lies the sad reality about our times and what state we constantly find ourselves in. Here’s a rundown of some these issues as mentioned in the song: “At the core of the earth, it’s too hot to breathe. There’s nothing much to eat.”, “… everybody leaves”, “animals dance… so they laugh, and they dance around mahogany trees. Completely unaware they’re gonna end up as meat.”, “It’s a gas, it’s a party. On this planet of flakes. Somebody take a picture before it’s too late.”. Sounds familiar right? It’s quite a mind blow to find all these in one song, let alone a modern day one.

This isn’t a knock to today’s lyricism, but most lyrics nowadays are geared toward topics with regards to love, drugs, sex and or alcohol. All are fine to talk about don’t get me wrong, but it can get a bit tiresome. So, to hear this from first to last note is really refreshing. It’s more than just something to sing along or to rock along, it’s a statement. It’s a challenge to try and be better, to be the change we want to see. You can’t just sit on the sidelines and complain, you’re capable of changing the world’s course bit by bit.

Diving deeper and looking at the video itself, we see them playing and rocking out to their hearts content. No symbols hiding here, just a band at the throes of their passion and love for music. Before you judge it and say it’s boring, hold up. This is still worth the watch because their energy is contagious, and it hypes you up to the nth degree to “Try better next time”.  Every lyric emanating from their mouths and tunes through their instruments plead their case effectively to make a difference now rather than later.

As far as their album is concerned, “Never let me go” is their long awaited eight studio album and will be released this March 25th. Tracks for this gem include: “Forever chemicals”, “Beautiful James”, “Hugz”, “Happy Birthday”, “In the sky”, “The prodigal”, “Surrounded by spies”, “Try better next time”, “Sad white reggae”, “Twin demons”, “Chemtrails”, “This is what you wanted”, “Went missing”, “Fix yourself”, and “###”. Preorders are now available and could be via this link.

All these already in the forefront and Placebo isn’t done by any means whatsoever. Just like what every late-night infomercial would say “wait, there’s more.”. They’re about to embark on a tour when the “ber” months roll around. So, mark those calendars because this is gonna be wild one!


Sat 1 – Frankfurt, Germany – Festhalle ,Tue 4 – Stuttgart, Germany – Schleyerhalle, Thu 6 – Berlin, Germany – Mercedes-Benz Arena, Sat 8 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega, Mon 10 – Oslo, Norway – Sentrum Scene, Tue 11 – Stockholm, Sweden – Cirkus, Thu 13 – Helsinki, Finland – Ice Hall Black Box, Fri 14 – Tallin, Estonia – Saku Arena Black Box, Mon 17 – Warsaw, Poland – Expo XXI Hall 3, Wed 19 – Leipzig, Germany – Quarterback Immobilien Arena, Sat 22 – Hamburg, Germany – Barclaycard Arena, Mon 24 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Ziggo Dome, Wed 26 – Munich, Germany – Olympiahalle, Thu 27 – Milan, Italy – Mediolanum Forum, Sat 29 – Zurich, Switzerland – Samsung Hall, Mon 31 – Prague, Czech Republic – O2 Universum


Wed 2 – Vienna, Austria – Stadthalle, Fri 4 – Esch El Azette, Luxembourg – Rockhal, Mon 7 – Cologne, Germany – Lanxess Arena, Tue 8 – Antwerp, Belgium – Sportpaleis, Thu 10 – Nancy, France – Zenith, Fri 11 – Paris, France – Accorhotels Arena, Sun 13 – Bordeaux, France – Arkea Arena, Mon 14 – Rennes, France – La Liberte, Fri 18 – Portsmouth, UK – GuildhallSat 19 – Brighton, UK – Brighton Centre, Mon 21 – Liverpool, UK – Eventim Olympia, Tue 22 – Manchester, UK – O2 Victoria Warehouse, Thu 24 – Cardiff, UK – Motorpoint Arena, Sat 26 – London, UK – O2 Brixton Academy, Sun 27 – London, UK – O2 Brixton Academy, Tue 29 – Leicester, UK – De Montford Hall, Wed 30 – Leeds, UK – O2 Academy Leeds


Fri 2 – Newcastle, UK – O2 City Hall, Sat 3 – Glasgow, UK – O2 Academy Glasgow, Mon 5 – Dublin, Ireland – 3 Arena, Wed 7 – Cambridge, UK – Corn Exchange, Thu 8 – Birmingham, UK – O2 Academy 1

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Illustrator and writer who loves music, arts and pop culture as a whole.
Illustrator and writer who loves music, arts and pop culture as a whole.