Placebo is back with a new EP, B83, due out digitally on October 16. A limited edition CD will be available as of October 30.
Judging from the Soundcloud clip of the title track (embedded above), it seems like the band is returning to the dramatic, rock sound that earned them legions of fans with albums like WIthout You, I’m Nothing and Black Market Music. However, this might not be what fans will hear on their forthcoming full-length, due out next year. In fact, the press release I received specifically says of the EP, “While not a reflection of the direction of the new album, the band felt strongly that their fans should get to hear new music in the interim.” Hmmm, I’m quite curious to hear that new album.
In the meantime, Placebo is hosting a contest for fans to produce their own covers of the B83 EP. You can either submit your work via Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #B3KISS or you can do it through the contest’s designated website. The deadline is October 31and the winner will receive a test print of the art signed by the band.