Some rock music and synth-pop this week.

This week’s downloadable content update for Rock Band 4 includes the opening track of Scottish synth-pop band CHVRCHES‘ third album Love Is Dead, and the lead single from American rock band Halestorm‘s latest album Vicious.

From 11th October, the following songs will become available:

  • CHVRCHES – “Graffiti”
  • Halestorm – “Uncomfortable”

Songs can be purchased individually and both tracks are part of the Rock Band Rivals Season 8 Spotlight Pass.

The following descriptions are taken from the release notes:

Pulled from one of the hottest albums of the summer, CHVRCHES’ “Graffiti” joins Rock Band this week! The band’s music is already featured in DropMix, and “Graffiti” makes for a great track in Rock Band 4Love Is Dead, the band’s third album, has been well received both critically and commercially, with a strong showing on the Billboard 200 and another top 10 entry in the UK album chart (full disclosure: Love Is Dead has been on constant rotation here in the office – it’s great!) “Graffiti” is tons of fun to play, with harmonies that complement the main line through the song. The focus, however, is all on Lauren Mayberry’s vocals for this one. Bassists can expect quick clusters of notes broken up by sustains, while guitarists will have the toughest part, following fast lines of notes all across the neck.

Fans of Rock Band 4 are no doubt familiar with Halestorm as their huge hit “I Miss The Misery” is featured on the core RB4 soundtrack. Pair that with this week’s release of “Uncomfortable” and you’ve got quite the duo. The lead single from Halestorm’s summer album Vicious, “Uncomfortable” is Halestorm at their hard rocking best. In fact, the whole album is Halestorm at their best as “Uncomfortable” peaked at the top of the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart and Vicious reached the top 10 of the Billboard 200. No one slouches on this, with every chart being tough. Guitar and bass both have a fast, dense main riff, and the drums are full of rapid fills and grooves. Even outside those parts, the song doesn’t slow. Vocalists have the spotlight here even then, as Lizzy Hale’s range is huge and she can fly all over it. It’s as fast as the rest of the band, doing runs and shifts as it goes, so it’s gonna require a lot of control from both your pitch and your breathing. This is a great song to prove yourself on.

For a better understanding of the songs’ pacing and structure, watch the latest DLC update video.

Developed and published by Harmonix, Rock Band 4 is available for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.