A Year In Review...

A year in review…

 

2017- a year that I consider has revolutionised our music scene and displayed some pivotal moments in artists careers.

Rock music this year is bigger and better than it's ever been with brilliant new tracks released from each and every corner of the rock world. Bands both old and new have used the first half of 2017 to inject innovative new sounds into the world, having shown no signs of slowing down in the second half of the year. This is apparent from the anthemic standout You Are We by While She Sleeps to Latin and summer pop from what we have so far of Fall Out Boy’s The Last Of The Real Ones.

Below is what I feel is some of the most pivotal pieces of art released in our scene - from young and upcoming bands starting out on what I hope will be a long and successful journey, to well-established artists who are rejuvenating themselves to be as exciting as ever.

 

 

Creeper-

Hitting it off with Black Rain by Creeper. An angsty spoken-word vocal and near gothic, choral backing vocals, Creeper have defiantly established themselves with their own stand out sound. If Black Mass hadn’t elevated this band to a household name, Black Rain most certainly has. Gothic and Punk like theoreticals such as these have not been seen since My Chemical Romance left the scene done so well. This gives me hope for this style writing after Set It Off’s not so great return in 2016

 

While She Sleeps -

The Album You Are We has most defiantly saved this band from being lost in BMTH’s shadow with it’s powerful anthemic sound. It’s given this five-piece the right to be compared to their hometown counterparts, and reinforces the idea that they are still embarking on the journey that Bring Me did 13 years ago to becoming icons for teens embracing what the metal scene is offering. We can’t wait to hear what these guys come up with in years to come.

 

Paramore -

Paramore’s After Laughter carries a different vibe from the pop-punk attitude that came with Misery Business, something we have seen them drift away from every since - but by no means am I implying that this is a bad thing.

Though their sound is ever changing, their lyrics are still the angst-fuelled verses we’ve always loved them for. Despite a summer vibe to the point you feel the uncontrollable urge for sunglasses and ice cream just listening to it, the lyrics tell a very different story. The track Fake Happy speaks for the whole album, because that’s exactly what this record is - fake happy. And on that note, this is easily something you can bop to with us on a Saturday night or get down to in solo-bedroom-jams.

 

Mallory Knox -

A Band you never really had a bad word to say about, and their latest album Wired is not here to mess around - its stand out sound has finally given the lads an identity of their own, with many past releases just not packing enough of a punch to land them in the limelight they so desperately deserve. Lyrically, although creative it leaves little to the imagination on what Mikey and Co are writing about, telling us the depths they have gone to find inspiration. However where they really risk it all is on the music, straying from their usual style to something darker, and rougher. Remaining to sound as big as Mallory always have, this is really where they’ve thrown caution to the wind, and dear god did it pay off. It really caught me off guard last November leaving me initially not knowing what to think, but once over that, it’s a sound I can’t get enough of.

 

All Time Low - 

Can I say that they’ve finally grown up? Last Young Renegade is an indicator that the foursome has chosen 2017 to be their year to merely evolve, and just like so many others they’ve done it well. I’m struggling to find another way to put this, but Rocksound describe their evolution perfectly, “The quartet just sound more like a band of grown men approaching their 30s arguably should sound.” I mean it would be embarrassing to be ‘those’ guys that put on the foolish act faking to be something they no longer are – angsty, testosterone-fuelled teenagers.

Though the single Dirty Laundry filled me with doubt due to its slow start with a build-up that never got the drop I felt it would get, its lyrics compensated enough to set the rest of the album up to be a success.

 

Enter Shikari-

Their latest release The Spark gives us more space and sophistication than ever before from Enter Shikari. Like their track, Take My Country Back, the band are forever taking themselves forward just as they describe wanting to do the same for their country. You can never accuse the guys of not being fresh and exciting. The one thing I love about Enter Shikari is they’d rather sing about global warming and corporate greed than write about a doomed relationship and daddy issues, and The Spark does it beautifully. This brilliant, imperfect record gets under your skin more than Enter Shikari have ever managed before and subverts what the entire band is all about.

 

 

Linkin Park-

To get one thing straight, Linkin Park are not, and never have been a Nu-Metal band.

Though many fans have called for a new release to echo the style present on Hybrid Theory, this simply is not an option. It would no longer makes sense for Linkin Park to whine on about daddy issues, teen breakups, and general youth angst.

One More Light is a well-written record, but in the fan’s need for the release of another Hybrid Theory, they seem to have forgotten to listen to One More Light with their ignorance. If you listen to it wanting to hate it, you’ll be missing out on the strongest hooks to date, with guest vocals that sync so well with their style (unlike what we heard in The Hunting arty) and soaring lyrics that’ll rip your heart to pieces.

 

Many articles and blogs call Linking Park sellouts, claiming that they are straying from the ‘brand’ and the record is undesired angers me. Not only is it hypocritical in that giving people what they want by what’s in trend could be considered being ‘in it for the money’, but from Meteora’s release we can see that Linkin Park is a group of artists building a career on exploring different forms of music - except they’re not hiding behind a side project. What I love about this record is that Linking Park have produced an all-out different record, with no apologies hidden behind a couple of heavy songs thrown into every other album they have released since their debut.

 

I can’t write about Linkin Park without bringing up the legend that is Chester Bennington. His musical genius not only served as a lifeline for a generation, but will continue to inspire for years to come.

 

I look forward to next year on the alternative music scene as we are due some music from some of our favourite artists, but I’ll leave you to put your money on who they’ll be. For sure, it’s going to be another epic year.

 

To live in the hearts of others is to never die”   

 

Nathan x