Last year the music world provided us with the bare minimum to scratch by on when it came to new releases. It seemed like most bands hid their selves away in recording studios while the few who released new material put out some of their best work to date. This year will hopefully be the turnaround that fans have been holding their breath for. Here is a list of ten bands you should keep an ear out for this year.
One of the most talked about releases is Paramore’s upcoming fourth album. The trio locked their selves away in a recording studio in Southern California for better part of the last year and a half. Paramore had people on edge when founding members Josh and Zac Farro departed from the band back in 2010. One of the questions on most people’s minds where how would the band sound now that the brothers were gone. ‘Now’, the first track off of the self-titled album, proved not only that the band still had it and could live on. The track is more pop-punk than their previous release ‘Brand New Eyes’. The album will be out April 9.
Fall Out Boy
After denying all rumors that the band would return from their hiatus, Fall Out Boy surprised their fans the morning after Super Bowl Sunday with a brand new song, tour dates, and an official statement saying they had returned. Based on how the new track sounds, it seems that FOB has picked up right where they left off. ‘My Songs Know What They Did in The Dark (Light Em Up)’ could be called
the next song you get tired of hearing on the radio but that will take quite awhile considering the last time the world heard something new from the group. You can hear the new album ‘Save Rock and Roll’ March 6.
Tempe, AZ natives, The Maine, are back out on the ranch recording their follow up to their self-produced album ‘Pioneer’. The band has been posting updates on their YouTube feed that have small subliminal clips of what they have been working on. Their last album broke all of the rules, legally and sound wise, when they decided to make music that had been shut down by their major record label. The album was a hit and it will be interesting to see how they will top what could be their best album to date. There is no set date yet to when we will get to hear the new material, but one thing is for sure they have big shoes to fill.
A Day To Remember
While we were soaking in the summer sun A Day To Remember was in Orlando recording their latest edition to their discography ‘CommonCourtesy’. The group announced in May that they would be releasing a new album and in December they released their first single off of the album ‘Violence (Enough is Enough)’. This is by far the heaviest the band has ever been, lyrically and sound wise. “You can call this a warning. It’s a warning that we’re drowning in our malcontent” These lyrics are far from the bands ‘Homesick’ days where the band mostly focused on life on the road and the journey of where they were at the time. This is clearly a new chapter in the bands book and it should be interesting to hear the rest of the album. There is no word of when the album will drop but you can check out the band in early May in Tampa, Orlando, and Miami. Tickets are on sale now.
Of Mice and Men
One of the lucky bands touring with A Day To Remember is none other than Of Mice and Men. The band took some time off at the end of last year from their non-stop touring schedule to record a full-length album. This past summer the band reissued their album ‘The Flood’ which contained four new songs that were heavy and vengeful. Austin Carlile, front man of the group, did an interview with Alternative Press and said that this album would have more of a structured sound, “…They’re a lot deeper and the tunings are even lower. I kind of wanted to touch on that and have our songs to have more of a rock and roll feel.” It sounds like Shayley Bourget’s, vocals and bass, departure had quite and effect on the bands sound based on the reissue and the updates that band has been providing. OMAM have yet to say when we can hear the new material but this is going to be one that will not slip passed us.
And then there were two. Versaemerge has gone through quite a few lineup changes over the past years but it seems like Sierra Kusterbeck, vocals, and Blake Harnage, guitar, are in it for the long haul. The duo released a four-song preview to their upcoming release ‘Another Atmosphere’. The EP is the most different the band has ever sounded. There were glimpses of synthesizers on the last album ‘Fixed At Zero’ but these new songs are heavy reliant on them. Their new sound makes them almost unnoticeable except for Kusterbeck’s undeniable belting vocals and quirky lyrics. This is definitely a new direction for the band but fans seem to be responding well to the new sound. Maybe this is what Versa has always been trying to sound like but could due to past members. There is
no saying when the we will get the hear the rest of this science experiment but you can check out the band this summer on the Van’s Warped Tour.
Sleeping with Sirens
You might want to put your earplugs in for this next one and no it’s not because Kellin Quinn’s voice is higher than most female singers. Rather it is because thirteen-year-old girls around the world are squealing that Sleeping with Sirens has a new album coming out. This semi-Orlando native group burst on to the scene a few years ago with their catchy lyrics and heavy breakdowns. After a few go’s on the Vans Warped Tour the band had built a rather large following, most of which tend to be younger girls. The group has not released much information about their upcoming record, but there is a good possibility it will be coming out this summer while they headline Warped Tour.
After what seems like forever we can finally expect to hear a brand new album from Kissimmee based band Broadway. The band’s first
album ‘Kingdoms’ was released in 2009, which featured Craig Owens of Chiodos, and Jonny Craig of Dance Gavin Dance. Last year the band confirmed that they would be releasing new material. That went on to be the much delayed and softer ‘Gentlemen’s Brawl’. January 25 of this year the band posted on their Facebook page that this tour with Red Jumpsuit Apparatus would be their last for a bit because they are going to be “focusing solely on writing our new record.” It will be interesting to see where the band is going to head now and if there will be any fun guest appearances.
Stand Well Among Giants
Stand Well Among Giants hit the studio last year and we can expect to hear is very soon. Right now the tracks are being mixed and finalized for release. This group has been pounding the Orlando club scene for quite a few years now and are self described as, “Mind-poking lyrics, entangled in catchy choruses and verses accompanied by synths that are ready to slice, guitar that are ready to explode, bass that is ready to crush, and drums that are ready to bring you to your knees.” There is no word of when the album will be complete a ready for our ears, but while you wait you can listen to a few of their demos on their Facebook page.
Last but not least, our friends in Exotype are set to release their first full-length some time this year after releasing their groundbreaking EP in October. They have been posting various pre-production song ideas on their individual Facebook pages and things are starting to sound pretty exciting. Listen below for one of the pre-production demos from their Soundcloud page. The end of this track tentatively titled “Idea33″ shows a lot of Linkin Park influence coming through. And the numbering just shows how many other awesome ideas are in the works for the band to choose from. Don’t miss Exotype’s live shows this month at Bombshell’s Tavern in Orlando on February 26th, and at The 321 Local in Cocoa on February 28th. Click here to read our show review from the last time these guys played at The Beacham in Orlando, and here to read our review of their first EP, “Emerge”