As Christmas approaches, the album releases slow down but next year is already looking shockingly good for new records.
Just around the corner are 12 fresh months of new music to look forward to for 2018
1. Jack White
Can’t wait to see what he’s whipping up as he’s trying to think of good activities that people haven’t written songs for yet [apparently]. “It’s good gardening music or roofing music or, you know, back-alley stabbing music.” Serious LOLZ.
2. Vampire Weekend
Or rather, solo-ish music from Ezra Koenig but he promises it to be worth the five year wait [or has it been LONGER?] and says writing for Kayne West influenced it big time, in fact Ezra wanted to get 200 artists to write for him for the record. “You want to age gracefully and not boringly.”
— Mia ♡ (@mtim08) September 3, 2017
Get ready for “middle-of-the-night torch songs with slightly nostalgic rave beats from the Fatboy Slim and Prodigy era.” Sounds too good to be real Dan! Almost as good as your stellar t-shirt collection. Give us more: “Sometimes it’s necessary for your sanity to hone in on the things that you love and the people you enjoy hanging out with. It’s going to be a much more intimate, probably slightly more inward looking and fun record. It’s an apocalyptic party record.”
4. The 1975
1st June – The 1975
— matty (@Truman_Black) July 9, 2017
Matty of The 1975 blasted out the news about new tunes almost a year in advance. What we do know is that the new album will be called Music for Cars and, according to Matty, is going to be more socially and politically-motivated. He threw up in a garbage can one time in The PEAK studio so we think he’s a champ.
I really loved the comeback tune from MGMT this year called “Little Dark Age.” The band played a couple other new tunes as part of their summer tour set list. But apparently these new songs are so magical that it’s been worth the wait: “We felt like we had reached a flow, it was the sort of chemistry, the kind of magic feeling we had when we started the band.” – Ben Goldwasser
6. Franz Ferdinand
Franz Ferdinand were just back in Vancouver for two sold out shows before the end of the year, and if you were there you maybe got a taste of some of their new jams like “Always Ascending” which we’ve been loving. “This one sounds quite different from our previous records – it’s a bit wider and less of a “straight up guitar” album. It’s just a taster. There are many more surprises to come.” Get ready for it February 9th.
“Passion” was the new jam for 2017 that I didn’t like at first… but it was clearly a grower not a shower. AWOLNATION also released another tune “Miracle Man” just in time for Chrimace, but we’re looking forward to hearing more new tunes next year [Feb 2nd Here Come The Runts] and see how the rest of the record stacks up against this fat one.
8. Vance Joy
New music from everybody’s boyfriend is coming out February called Nation of Two. We’ve already been loving “Lay It On Me” this year and were lucky to have him play our PEAK Secret Show at UBC.
9. Arctic Monkeys
Yes, for real… apparently, although they’ve kept the details pretty a-hush hush. Bassist Nick O’Malley [who I once fed his first ever Canadian poutine to in Squamish] leaked that the band have been recording at a “top secret location.”
This one might be a bit of a stretch but they did mention releasing a new record for 2018 this year after tossing out their one-off single “Dig Down.” Lead crooner Matt Belamy says: “Even though the overall album will be a long wait some of the songs are going to be available way ahead of that.”
11. Twenty One Pilots
This one hasn’t been confirmed per-se; however Rivers Cuomo [who worked with up-and-comers AJR on a huge modern rock tune “Sober Up” that snuck in at the end of 2017] has started rumours with a tweet when he was hanging out with Tyler of the band.
Met @tylerrjoseph yesterday and got his iphone password.
— Rivers Cuomo (@RiversCuomo) July 11, 2017