Thursday Discussion: Most Anticipated Albums For The Second Half Of 2012
It’s hard to believe that the year’s almost halfway through, but that still means we have half a year of great new music releases to come. For this year’s Thursday Discussion, we’re teaming up with our friends over at AbsolutePunk to discuss our Most Anticipated Albums For The Second Half Of 2012. It’s been a decent year for music so far, but I’m hoping the second half of 2012 will push us over the edge. Feel free to reblog this with your most anticipated releases for the second half of 2012 or comment on the AP.net thread here!
Yellowcard - Southern Air - August 14th (Hopeless Records)
It’d be difficult to dislike a Yellowcard album. The band keeps on making it harder to top their last release, but they continue to follow through. After hearing “Always Summer,” it is clear that Southern Air is going to give When You’re Through Thinking, Say Yes a great run for its money - and that’s great for fans. After reading what the record means and represents to frontman Ryan Key, anticipation can only grow. There’s little to dislike more than when bands “reunite” and release a lackluster album. WYTTSY proved that Yellowcard are here to stay, and this new record will be the icing on the cake.
The Gaslight Anthem - Handwritten - July 24th (Mercury Records)
The Gaslight Anthem, among a slew of 90’s emo bands, are one of those bands that I had always felt the need to love, but never could quite go crazy for. I enjoy a few songs on The ‘59 Sound and American Slang, but nothing ever stuck. That all changed when I heard “45” for the first time. That is one hell of a song, and it has truly put Handwritten in the front and center of my most anticipated list for the rest of 2012.
The Early November - In Currents - July 10th (Rise Records)
This is going to be a grower for many. The Early November hold a close and dear place in many of our hearts, and that makes it all the more difficult when judging a new release from a reuniting band like TEN. That being said, In Currents is certainly much developed and different from the band’s past releases, but is diverse and powerful. The sequencing on the album is one of the best I’ve heard in a while in terms of balance between acoustic and harder songs, and that plays a big part into the magic of the record. There’s a nice female vocal spot on the last track of the record as well.
The American Scene - Safe For Now - August 7th (Pure Noise Records)
I’ve had the pleasure of hearing this bad boy, and boy do I like what I’ve heard. The band’s first full-length left me underwhelmed, but their recent split with Daybreaker really made me take notice of The American Scene. To say I had high hopes for Safe For Now is an understatement, but the record manages to meet and surpass what I was looking for. Take this how you will, but much of the record is a truly interesting mixture of sounds similar to mid-Brand New and The Dangerous Summer. It’s so very good, and features those guitar tones that hit fans just right. This is going to put Pure Noise on the map in 2012.
Circa Survive - TBA
This is going to be a good one. Circa has been playing three or four new songs live for months now, and I’ve liked what I’ve heard. I thought that Blue Sky Noise was a brilliant record, and while it will be tough to beat, I have faith in Anthony Green and co. The band seems more content and aggressive as ever in their live show, and I can only hope that rubs off on the actual record.
Bad Books - TBA
Kevin Devine and Manchester Orchestra are two of my favorite musicians/bands. Naturally, I freaked out when Bad Books became a reality in 2010, but I was underwhelmed with the band’s first release. It turns out the live performance on Bad Books’ brief tour hit the nail on the head, and that’s because both parties gelled better together. Both Kevin Devine and Andy Hull have stated that the material for the first Bad Books record was written separately and then brought together. For the new record, Bad Books collaborated much more, which is what I’m banking on for a little extra edge of excellence.
Troubled Coast - TBA
Another Pure Noise Records band. Troubled Coast’s EP, I’ve Been Thinking About Leaving You, that was released earlier this year will most likely end up being my EP of the year, which is why I am so excited for the band’s new record. They’re often compared to the sound of Touché Amoré and La Dispute, which is completely fair, but this band has the ability to expand past that. Troubled Coast are currently in the studio with Sam Pura at The Panda Studios, and I’ve been told it’s going to be a good one.
Basement - TBA
I Wish I Could Stay Here is a great emo record. It’s a good thing that Run For Cover put it out last summer because I might have missed it otherwise, but I am so glad I didn’t. With the band’s next record, I have high hopes of a more developed and thought out sound that will leave fans, and myself, with a satisfied musical palette.
Paramore - TBA
This one’s a little up in the air. With each day that passes, I believe less and less that this record is going to come out in 2012, but I can still have hope. brand new eyes was one of my favorite records of 2009 and I believe that it is Paramore’s best album yet. The singles series the band released last year was a good way of shaking off the dust after the Farro departures, but there’s still a giant shoe to fill. What I’m most curious about is whether or not the band shifts to a more radio-friendly sound after the success of “The Only Exception.”
Brand New - TBA
Who knows? Crazier things have happened, I suppose. I don’t expect a full-length release from Brand New, but I would be as unsurprised as I will be surprised if Brand New releases one or two songs by the end of the year. It does seem like they want to release music, just that the gears aren’t clicking into place yet. Here’s for hoping that they do.
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