We’re just about one month into 2018 now, and with a new year comes new music for a lot of artists. It’s looking like this year could be massive for new albums, which is why I thought i’d write about the 5 i’m most looking forward to already.
5. Catfish and the Bottlemen
The lads from Llandudno will watch their debut album ‘The Balcony’ turn three in September this year, which if you ask me has flew by. With that being said, its been relatvely quiet on the music front for them since the release of second album ‘The Ride’, probably due to the non-stop touring schedule which has taken foursome around the world at this point. Their catchy rock tunes have become loved by most, and their popularity only continues to grow.
However, like I just mentioned, things have been more quiet with them lately after various dates around the world and a slot supporting Green Day in the US, and its beginning to feel like we’re long overdue a new album. An interview in March of last year confirmed that it’s in the works, so here’s hoping that the long wait brings us their best album to date, and a massive tour to accompany it.
It feels like an eternity since we’ve been given a substantial amount of new music and a full tour from groovy rock quartet Peace, but the release of ‘From Liquid Under Glass’ and statements on their social media tell us that a new album is well and truly on its way to being released.
After a severe lack of shows being announced, and Peace only appearing sparingly rather than on a consistent tour schedule, combined with a lack of information to suggest new material on any of the lads’ seperate social media pages, people began to speculate about the future of the band. Although a split seemed unlikely, the statement to say that this wasn’t true – as well as the quashing of the rumours that ‘1998’ had been dropped from the setlist – was reassuring and reignited all of our excitement. In my opinion, Peace are seemingly incapable of releasing bad music, and if the release of ‘From Liquid Under Glass’ is anything to go by, the album three is going to be nothing short of beautiful.
Loved by some yet still unheard of by others, the DMA’s certainly made rumbles within the indie music scene throughout 2016, the year in which debut album ‘Hills End’ was released, and 2017. Often drawing comparisons to the sound of Oasis and the general Britpop scene, the Aussie trio of Tommy O’Dell, Matt Mason and Johnny Took combine accoustic guitar with electric, and top it off with lyrics that make you feel an entire range of emotions, sung by O’Dell whose vocal ability leaves you amazed.
I don’t think the constant comparisons to Oasis do DMA’s any justice; while incredibly flattering, it carries the danger of them being stuck in their shadow, and their music shows that they’re much better than that. Spending the year travelling the world playing a mixture of festivals, being support for people such as The Kooks, and playing their own headline shows, new music releases haven’t been as frequent as many would’ve hoped for. But with the release of new single ‘Dawning’ in October, and their cover of Cher’s ‘Believe’ taking the number 6 spot in Triple J’s Hottest 100, it was a solid end to 2017.
The release of their second album feels ever closer, being teased more and more on social media by the lads, and if the first is anything to go by, then 2018 could be a very big year for the DMA’s.
After constant touring and several EP’s being released, including a compilation of these EP’s, ‘Young, Dumb and Full Of…’, Cabbage have finally shared details (literally as I write this) on their highly anticipated debut album, ‘Nihilistic Glamour Shots’. We can expect the album on 30th March 2018, with pre-ordering available here.
After the release of debut EP ‘Le Chou’ (French for cabbage, if you were wondering) in 2016, its fair to say that our favourite neo post-punk band from Mossley have played a total of well over 200 gigs since then, as well as releasing 36 songs. If you follow me on my socials (which you definitely should do) you’ll know that i’ve been a long time admirer of thee lads. They provide unique, politicised tones which are putting them aside from the usual expectations of the industry, and their creativity is second to none, with their fashion sense being wild and each tour seemingly having its own theme, such as the previous ‘Healing Brexit Towns Experiment’ and the recently announced ‘Glamour at thee Ritz’ show announced alongside their new album.
If you havent given Cabbage a listen before now, their music is available on all major platforms, and if you can’t wait for the album, then you can go and listen to the first single released from it, ‘Arms Of Pleonexia’ here, which may I just say, is massive.
It’s now been 5 years since we’ve had a new Miles Kane solo album, and while I love his and Alex Turner’s work as The Last Shadow Puppets, 5 years is far too long to go without Miles Kane material. However, since the quiet shelving of the Shadow Puppets projects, both Kane and Turner have been using this time to write new stuff.
With all the hype surrounding the comeback of the Arctic Monkeys, who’ve just announced their festival tour dates for 2018, Miles Kane seems to have gone under the radar. The mod turned rocker from Merseyside has been writing with various people, including fellow solo artist Jamie T, which already tells us that his new album, dubbed MKIII for the moment, is going to be something special, similar to that of ‘Colour of the Trap’ (2011) and ‘Don’t Forget Who You Are’ (2013).
I love everything about Miles Kane. His voice is so soothing but also so eccentric, his style has always been second to none and most importantly, he bloody loves the wrestling. Mint. Don’t let the Monkeys comeback blind you, as Kane’s new album is definitely one to look out for this year, and judging by his instagram and twitter activity, might not be far off (I hope).
Before I end this, an honourable mention goes to Black Honey. The quartet from Brighton create groovy beats, topped off with vocals from lead singer Izzy Baxter. Their music combines groovy beats with an alternative rock attitude, demonstrated in songs like ‘Corrine’ and newest single ‘Dig’. They’ve become one of my favourite bands in recent months, especially after seeingtheir performance at Neighbourhood Festival in October, which makes me all the more exicted for the release of their debut album in 2018.
Be sure to watch out for new music creeping out from the people mentioned, as well as from others I haven’t mentioned. 2018 is going to be big for music releases, but for now we can only sit tight and wait.