Some variety in genres this week.

Rock Band 4s downloadable content update for this week comprises three songs: a track by American pop band AJR, one by American post-hardcore band Chiodos, and another by Irish-American punk band Flogging Molly.

The following songs will be available from 18th July:

  • AJR – “100 Bad Days”
  • Chiodos – “Caves”
  • Flogging Molly – “Requiem for a Dying Song”

Tracks can be purchased individually.

The descriptions below are taken from this week’s release notes:

“100 Bad Days”, the lead single from AJR’s recently released album Neotheater, shows the band in peak form. Neotheater debuted a short time after the single and became AJR’s first top ten album on the Billboard 200. Meanwhile, “100 Bad Days” became the band’s highest charter on the Hot Rock Songs chart and reached #3 on the Alternative Songs chart. The song’s perfect for summer, with its anthemic choruses proving tons of fun to play. Drums and harmonies are the standouts here, with drums having quick hi-hat bursts. Harmonies take on several roles, frequently unique lines from what the main vocals are doing.

Chiodos’ “Caves” joins Rock Band 4 this week, hot on the heels of last month’s “Lexington (Joey Pea-Pot With a Monkey Face)” DLC release. “Caves” is featured on the band’s third album Illuminaudio, which reached the top five on both the Billboard Independent Albums and Top Alternative Albums chart. Drums pounds on the toms during the early verses, but don’t think you’ve got it down with just that. There’s plenty of fills and tough hand/foot patterns to practice on. Strings will both hit blasts, with guitar getting a few HOPO licks in during the strumming.

Debuting at #4 on the Billboard 200, Flogging Molly’s Float kicked off with “Requiem for a Dying Song”, the first track and first single from the album. Showcasing the album’s tilt towards more politically infused subject matter, “Requiem for a Dying Song” hits hard the whole way through. Bassists will be moving around the fretboard, while guitarists get strummy chords. Drummers won’t face anything too complex, but there’s some quick double snares and occasional bass pedal change-ups to be had.

To get a better idea of the songs’ pacing and structure, watch the latest DLC trailer.

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