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'68 is an American noise punk duo from Atlanta, Georgia. Formed in 2013 by guitarist and vocalist Josh Scogin—formerly of the hardcore punk band The Chariot—and drummer Michael McClellan, the band currently comprises Scogin and drummer Nikko Yamada.[1]

History[edit]

Josh Scogin's former band, The Chariot, played their final show in November 2013.[2] Just over a week later, Scogin teased an announcement with a countdown timer on the website theyare68.com;[3] when the timer ended in December 2013, Scogin revealed that he had formed a new band named '68 and posted a two-song EP titled Midnight for sale online.[4] The title of the EP and its two songs—"Three Is a Crowd" and "Third Time Is a Charm"—are significant to Scogin;[5] the use of the number three in the song titles represents the third act of his life following his stints in Norma Jean and The Chariot, and Scogin also explained that three represents "that thought process of continuing on in my head: 'Three's a charm,' oh, this is gonna be great or 'three's a crowd,' like we should've stuck with The Chariot."[5] The initial pressing of Midnight sold out in less than one day; independent record label No Sleep Records re-released it with new artwork on 1 April 2014.[6]

'68 toured in April and May 2014, opening for Chiodos, Emarosa, Our Last Night, and Hands Like Houses,[7] and in May 2014 announced their signing to Good Fight Music and eOne Music to release their debut album In Humor and Sadness, which was released two months later on 8 July 2014.[8][9] To promote the album, '68 released "Track Two: e" on YouTube as a pair videos that had to be played in unison in order to hear the song correctly.[10] Scogin said of releasing the song this way: "[S]omeone will have one computer and invite a friend over that has another computer, they will spend several minutes struggling and laughing at trying to sync up the two videos perfectly."[11] The song "Track One: R" was also available for online streaming ahead of the album's release,[12] and in August, '68 released a music video for "Track One: R" directed by former Norma Jean and Underoath member Daniel Davison.[13] The band's first tour in support of In Humor and Sadness featured Listener (whose vocalist Dan Smith previously guested on The Chariot's 2010 album, Long Live) and Homeless Gospel Choir.[14]

Scogin and McClellan entered the studio in January 2016 to work on their second album,[15] and a few months later posted a demo from the then-upcoming album to YouTube on 14 March 2016.[16] The album, Two Parts Viper, was released over a year later on 2 June 2017.

A few months after the release of Two Parts Viper, McClellan was revealed to have parted ways with Scogin. During the tour, Nikko Yamada replaced McClellan as the band's new drummer.[17][18]

In September 2020, the band released their second EP, Love Is Ain't Dead.

In January 2021, they announced their third album, Give One Take One, which was released on March 26.[19]

Members[edit]

Current members

  • Josh Scogin – vocals, guitar (2013–present)
  • Nikko Yamada – drums (2017–present)[18]

Former members

  • Michael McClellan – drums (2013–2017)

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US[20] US
Alternative
[21]
US
Hard Rock
[22]
US
Heatseekers
[23]
US
Indie
[24]
US
Rock
[25]
In Humor and Sadness 109 19 10 2 19 27
Two Parts Viper 5 22
Give One Take One

EPs[edit]

Compilation appearances[edit]

  • Warped Tour 2015 Compilation – "The Human Calculus" (2015, SideOneDummy)

Music videos[edit]

  • "Track 1 R" (2014)
  • "Track 2 E" (2014)
  • "Track 5 E" (2014)
  • "Track 7 N" (2015)
  • "Track 9 T" (2015)
  • "The Workers Are Few" (2017)
  • "Eventually We All Win" (2017)
  • "Whether Terrified or Unafraid" (2018)
  • "Without Any Words (Only Crying and Laughter)" (2018)
  • "Bad Bite" (2021)
  • "The Knife, The Knife, The Knife" (2021)

References[edit]

  1. "Instagram post by @theyare68 • Sep 29, 2017 at 12:25am UTC" (in en). https://www.instagram.com/p/BZmtB-RAGS2/.
  2. Whitt, Cassie (August 16, 2013). "'All's Well That Ends Well:' the Chariot break up, announce farewell tour". Alternative Press. http://www.altpress.com/news/entry/alls_well_that_ends_well_the_chariot_break_up_announce_farewell_tour. Retrieved July 1, 2014.
  3. Crane, Matt (December 3, 2013). "Josh Scogin (The Chariot) launches countdown to '68". Alternative Press. http://www.altpress.com/news/entry/josh_scogin_launches_countdown_to_68. Retrieved July 1, 2014.
  4. Crane, Matt (December 16, 2013). "Josh Scogin (The Chariot) reveals new project '68, releases vinyl". Alternative Press. http://www.altpress.com/news/entry/josh_scogin_the_chariot_reveals_new_project_68_releases_vinyl. Retrieved July 1, 2014.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Jones, Janelle (April 18, 2014). "Interview: Josh Scogin Talks About His New Project '68". New Noise Magazine. http://newnoisemagazine.com/interview-josh-scogin-talks-project-68/. Retrieved July 1, 2014.
  6. Crane, Matt (January 13, 2014). "No Sleep Records to re-release '68's 'Midnight' EP". Alternative Press. http://www.altpress.com/news/entry/no_sleep_records_to_re_release_68s_midnight_ep. Retrieved July 1, 2014.
  7. Crane, Matt (February 18, 2014). "Chiodos release new song, announce headlining tour". Alternative Press. http://www.altpress.com/news/entry/chiodos_release_new_song_announce_headlining_tour. Retrieved July 1, 2014.
  8. Sharp, Tyler (May 28, 2014). "'68 announce debut album, 'In Humor And Sadness'". Alternative Press. http://www.altpress.com/news/entry/68_announce_debut_album_in_humor_and_sadness. Retrieved July 1, 2014.
  9. Sharp, Tyler (May 15, 2014). "'68 sign to eOne/Good Fight Music; to release debut album later this year". Alternative Press. http://www.altpress.com/news/entry/68_sign_to_eone_good_fight_music_to_release_debut_album_later_this_year. Retrieved July 1, 2014.
  10. Sharp, Tyler (June 20, 2014). "'68 release 'Track Two' paired music videos". Alternative Press. http://www.altpress.com/news/entry/68_release_track_two_paired_music_videos. Retrieved July 1, 2014.
  11. Carter, Emily (June 20, 2014). "The '68 release insanely cool double-video". Kerrang!. Bauer Media Group. http://www.kerrang.com/19387/68-release-insanely-cool-double-video/. Retrieved July 1, 2014.
  12. Sharp, Tyler (June 2, 2014). "'68 debut new song, 'Track One'". Alternative Press. http://www.altpress.com/news/entry/68_debut_new_song_track_one. Retrieved July 1, 2014.
  13. 13.0 13.1 Kraus, Brian (August 4, 2014). "'68 – 'Track 1 R' (Video Premiere)". Alternative Press. http://www.altpress.com/aptv/video/68_track_1_r_video_premiere. Retrieved August 8, 2014.
  14. Sharp, Tyler (May 22, 2014). "Listener, '68 announce tour with the Homeless Gospel Choir". Alternative Press. http://www.altpress.com/news/entry/listener_68_announce_tour_with_the_homeless_gospel_choir. Retrieved July 1, 2014.
  15. Ryken, Atreyue (January 4, 2015). "'68 are back in the studio". Alternative Press. http://www.altpress.com/news/entry/68_are_back_in_the_studio. Retrieved January 4, 2015.
  16. brownypaul. "'68 just dropped a Brand New Song unexpectedly". https://wallofsound.org/2016/03/15/68-just-dropped-a-brand-new-song-unexpectedly/.
  17. "'68 Reportedly Part Ways With Drummer Michael McClellan | Theprp.com" (in en-US). Theprp.com. October 3, 2017. http://www.theprp.com/2017/10/03/news/68-reportedly-part-ways-drummer-michael-mcclellan/.
  18. 18.0 18.1 "Interview with Josh Scogin's of 68' on the Fall Headlining Tour With Stolas, Whores., and Alistair Hennessey". December 8, 2017. https://shockwavemagazine.com/interview-with-josh-scogins-of-68-on-the-fall-headlining-tour-with-stolas-whores-and-alistair-hennessey/.
  19. Bruce, Jasper (January 28, 2021). "'68 announce details of third album, share lead single". NME. https://www.nme.com/news/music/68-announce-details-of-third-album-share-lead-single-2866654.
  20. "Billboard 200: '68 Chart History". Eldridge Industries. https://www.billboard.com/music/68/chart-history/TLP/.
  21. "Alternative Albums: '68 Chart History". Eldridge Industries. https://www.billboard.com/music/68/chart-history/ALT.
  22. "Hard Rock Albums: '68 Chart History". Eldridge Industries. https://www.billboard.com/music/68/chart-history/MTL.
  23. "Heatseekers Albums: '68 Chart History". Eldridge Industries. https://www.billboard.com/music/68/chart-history/TLN.
  24. "Independent Albums: '68 Chart History". Eldridge Industries. https://www.billboard.com/music/68/chart-history/IND.
  25. "Top Rock Albums: '68 Chart History". Eldridge Industries. https://www.billboard.com/music/68/chart-history/RCK.

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