Records to get excited about in 2018

Here’s 15 albums to look forward to in 2018 including Fall Out Boy, Moose Blood and Brian Fallon. 

After looking back on the best albums of 2017, it’s not time to get excited about new music coming your way in 2018. The list is long and, boy, is it good. With new albums rumored from Arctic Monkeys and Bruce Springsteen, this year is going to be extra special.

Rock and punk albums out this year…

Fall Out Boy – MANIA
One of the most anticipated releases of 2018 is coming your way on 19 January via Island Records. Fall Out Boy’s MANIA was originally set for release in the fall of 2017 but was pushed back after the band decided to go back into the studio and work on the songs a bit more. In the end the band scrapped most of the tracks on the album with songs they recorded in the second session. Vocalist Patrick Stump explains: “The album just really isn’t ready and it felt very rushed. I’m never going to put out a record I genuinely don’t believe is at least as strong or valid as the one that came before it and in order to do that we need a little bit more time to properly and carefully record solid performances.”


Moose Blood – I Don’t Think I Can Do This Anymore
Canterbury emo rockers Moose Blood have revealed details for their new upcoming album I Don’t Think I Can Do This Anymore, which is set for release on 9 March 2018 on Hopeless Records. The band’s follow-up to 2016’s Blush and dives into the most complex emotional territory they’ve ever explored. Just before Christmas the band teased their new single Talk In Your Sleep by providing the sheet music to fans so they could interpret their own versions.

 


Brian Fallon – Sleepwalkers
Sleepwalkers marks Brian Fallon’s sophomore solo record and from what we’ve heard so far it is going to be a good one. Recorded at New Orleans’ Parlor Recording Studio with producer Ted Hutt, who also produced The Gaslight Anthem’s iconic The ’59 Sound record, Sleepwalkers promises to see Fallon take a more energetic direction with slightly (aka a lot) darker lyrics. When talking about the writing process, he said:”You just start putting the pen down and for me, a lot of the times it’s like music is there and then I’ll just kind of start. All of a sudden a line will come out or an idea will emerge and then I’ll realise, ‘yeah, that’s good.’”


Will Varley – Spirit of Minnie
Following 2016’s much praised debut album Kingsdown Sundown and a sold out show at London’s Union Chapel, Will Varley’s new effort marks a distinct change of direction for the singer songwriter, being the first time he has recorded with a full backing band. Produced by Cameron McVey (Massive Attack, Portishead, Neneh Cherry), it expands on the pared back musical palette of Varley’s previous sound, all the while retaining his gift for painterly, affirming and immediate lyric writing.

 


Waterparks – Entertainment
Texas pop punk trio Waterparks have shared news of their new album, Entertainment, set for release on 26 January 2018 via Equal Vision Records and produced by none other than Benji Madden of Good Charlotte.“THIS IS THE MOST HAPPY JASON MRAZ ASS SONG YOU EVER SAW. ALSO THE SADDEST. YOU DECIDE, I GUESS. COOL. YEAH. ART. ENJOY THIS METAPHOR.” Awsten Knight says about the band’s newest single Lucky People, which was released just before Christmas.

 


Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly. – Young Adult
Singer Sam Duckworth will be releasing his first album as Get Cape.Wear Cape.Fly since 2014’s London Royal. Titled Young Adult, the album will be out on 19 January via Xtra Mile, and Sam also shared newest singles Adults and Always, which are a first glimpse into the record. Moving from London to return to Essex, Sam built a new studio of his own in his hometown of Southend and set about creating a hub with enough room and scope to let his imagination run wild. “It feels good to be entering a new chapter in a new studio.” says Duckworth. “It’s nice to be home in Essex but it’s very nice to have found a new home creatively. This feels like the first of many here, which is very exciting.”


Xcerts – Hold On To Your Heart
Also out on the 19 January will be the Xcerts’ fourth studio album Hold On To Your Heart via Raygun Music. Follow-up to 2014’s There Is Only You, the new record includes latest singles Feels Like Falling In Love and Daydream, as well as title track Hold On To Your Heart which the band shared just last month. “Hold On To Your Heart is about finding a pinhole of light in the dark and turning it into the sun. We really did shoot for the stars with this one.” the band say about the album.

 


Paceshifters – Waiting To Derail / Live From GieSound
After a successful year signing to Hassle Records as well as touring the UK and Europe with Frank Iero and the Patience, Dutch alt-rockers Paceshifters will kick start the new year by releasing a new record, bringing together their highly acclaimed 2017 album Waiting To Derail, and their brand new live EP Live from GieSound, due for release on 19 January 2018. Inspired by the grunge movement that shook the foundations of alternative music, Paceshifters bring an innovative twist on the genre whilst also boasting the complete unadulterated attitude that it was renowned for.

Exciting country music releases coming for you in 2018…

Lucie Silvas – E.G.O.
After 2016’s very successful release of Letters To Ghosts, Lucie Silvas is back with new material and ready to share it with the world. E.G.O. doesn’t yet have a release date, but we sure are excited to hear it after getting a glimpse of the new tracks on her UK tour back in November. First Rate Heartbreak and Kite, were just two of the new tracks she played at London’s Islington Assembly Hall. “E.G.O. is influenced by Nashville, but also by what I loved listening to growing up, like Roy Orbison and Fleetwood Mac. Still it has got a very modern sound to it. There was nobody telling me what kind of album I should make. I want to take my music to the next level, as far as I can, but most importantly I recorded songs I like. For the first time I made an album without boundaries or limits.” Lucie recently said in an interview with A Bit Of Pop Music.


Loretta Lynn – Wouldn’t It Be Great
Wouldn’t It Be Great is set to be Loretta Lynn’s forty-first studio album. The country music legend post-poned the release from August 2017 to 2018 due to the singer suffering a stroke in May 2017 and her focus being on her recovery. “I now want to wait to release it next year because the record is so special for me. It deserves me at my best and I can’t wait to share it.” she wrote, adding “I’m just letting everybody know that Willie ain’t dead yet and neither am I.” Produced by Lynn’s daughter Patsy Lynn Russell and John Carter Cash, son of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, Wouldn’t It Be Great’s new release date is yet tba.


Kacey Musgraves – Golden Hour
Kacey’s debut album Same Trailer Different Park was so good it won her a Grammy in 2014 for best country album. The Texas-born singer-songwriter began singing at age publicly at age 8 and wrote her first song at age 9. And if you’re still not impressed, she has also co-written and cut tracks for Miranda Lambert and Martina McBride. Now, she’s releasing her third studio album with original material – Golden Hour – set for release in early 2018. About the album she told EW “None of the masks are solely us, but they’re all us. On this record, there’s the lonely girl, the blissful girl, the new wife, the girl that’s missing her mom, the angry girl, the sarcastic girl, the Sixties-sequined Cruella de Vil with the beehive, the shy girl, the life of the party, the winner, the loser – they’re all characters on this record. None of them alone are me, but the golden hour is when they all come together and you see me as a whole.”


LANCO – Hallelujah Nights
Rooted in the southern storytelling of Country music with the modern punch of rock & roll, Hallelujah Nights serves as LANCO’s debut record is set for release worldwide on 19 January 2018. Equal parts nostalgic and forward-thinking, lead singer Brandon Lancaster wrote all eleven songs. “We all go through more of the same experiences than we realise and songwriting is a process of observing those moments,” said Lancaster. “Our stories have different people, different names, different places, but they all have the same emotions attached to them. It’s not fantasy-related. To me, this album is about glorifying the reality of life” he continues.

New albums are also in the pipeline from…

Real Friends
Illinois pop-punk quintet Real Friends are working on a new album as confirmed by the band via Twitter in August 2017: “Sorry we haven’t updated social media all day. We were busy writing a new record. Leave us alone.” The record would be the follow up to 2016’s The Home Inside My Head. In November they released the first piece of new music with single Get By. “This is truly about the music and the music only,” says bassist Kyle Fasel about the new single “We focused on having higher energy and more melodic vocals with this track, and we hope everyone enjoys it and can take something away from it.”


Plain White T’s
Chicago quintet Plain White T’s kicked off their career in 1997 playing a mix of pop, punk, and melody-driven rock and roll in basements and clubs across the Chicago metropolitan area. In the two decades to follow they have thousands of shows, a string of multi-platinum hit singles and one of the most downloaded songs of all time under their belts: GRAMMY-nominated Hey There Delilah. The band have been busy recording their latest record which will include single The Land Of The Living and is set for release in early 2018 via Fearless Records.

Records rumored for release in 2018 (and, boy, do we hope the rumours are true!)

Arctic Monkeys
One of THE hottest albums rumored for 2018 is a new Arctic Monkeys record. The album would come five years after the band’d massive success with AM – a tough one to follow up, but we have faith in Alex Turner since the follow-up to his solo project with Miles Kane, The Last Shaddow Puppets, Everything You’ve Come To Expect was extraordinary with eight years since the debut release. In an interview with motorcycle magazine The Ride, bassist Nick O’Malley said the album should be out next year and “if it isn’t, we’ve got problems”.


Bruce Springsteen
One thing I’ve learned from being a Springsteen fan most of my life is that you can’t know when he will release a new album. There are no cycles, no tell-tale signs. However, the rumor mill has been running hot ever since the boss kicked off his residency at New York’s Walter Kerr Theatre with his intimate acoustic shows that have now been extended until June. Rumor has it, Springsteen is using the theatre during the daytime to record an acoustic album. Plus, the man has a never ending arsenal of unfinished songs as he quotes in his memoir Born To Run. In an interview with Variety he recently confirmed that the record is complete but it doesn’t have a title yet. “It’s connected to my solo records writing-wise … but it’s not like them at all. Just different characters living their lives.” he says, adding “It’s influenced by Southern California pop music of the ’70s. Jimmy Webb, Burt Bacharach, those kinds of records. I don’t know if people will hear those influences, but that was what I had in my mind. It gave me something to hook an album around; it gave me some inspiration to write. And also, it’s a singer-songwriter record.”


State Champs
New York pop-punkers State Champs have announced that they’ll be releasing new music in 2018. Working with All Time Low’s Alex Gaskarth, who they first recruited to help on their two latest singles Hurry Up And Wait and Slow Burn from the deluxe version of Around The World And Back, which was released in May 2017. In late 2017, the band toured the UK with Don Broco including a huge show at London’s Alexandra Palace.

 


Panic! At The Disco
“The stuff I’ve been writing is very party…There’s a song that’s just piano and vocal that’s an ultimate favourite that I love right now…then a lot of it I’ve been working with some fun party production and it’s fucking fun as shit. Some really big bombastic songs” Brendon Urie has said about Panic! At The Disco’s new album rumored to be released in 2018. 

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