In today’s musical landscape, it is a popular assumption that rock music is all but dead. Giants like The Foo Fighters and U2 lumber on, but the fire that once raged in garages across the nation seems to have been doused by the water of modern society. If that sounds depressing to you, don’t worry! I’ve compiled a list of five newer rock bands with fantastic potential who sport recent releases which are simply must listens for true fans of the genre. So, as a great man once said, “Let’s Get Rockin’!”
1. Catfish and the Bottlemen
Of the bands on this list, Catfish is probably the most popular in the mainstream music world, but don’t let that scare you away. Their short but notable discography is filled to the brim with infectious melodies, witty drug references, and the vintage British attitude of their lead vocalist, Ryan McCann.
Having cut their teeth in the industry by playing loud and proud in the parking lots of other bands’ concerts, the group sounds at all times like they’re forcing you to pay attention, which makes for an exciting record! After the massive success of their 2016 sophomore release, The Ride, its safe to say that we’ll be hearing quite a bit more from the group in the coming years!
2. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
One of the most successful alt-rock groups in recent memory, King Gizzard boasts a massive discography and a fearless passion for experimentation. For example, 2015 saw the release of the groups entirely acoustic record, “Paper Mache Dream Balloon,” followed in 2016 by “Nonagon Infinity,” a record which played seamlessly as one long
track and even connected the final song directly to the first creating an infinite loop. 2017 then began with the release of “Flying Microtonal Banana,” the groups experiments with microtones in their instruments.
Not to be mistaken as gimmicky, Gizzard can also stand alone as a stellar garage/psychedelic rock band. Having released four full length records in 2017 alone, and with many more on the horizon, the time may come soon when we will all hail to the King.
3. Royal Blood
This group rose to prominence a few years ago thanks to a couple of powerful late-night performances and an incredible debut record. The two piece, if nothing else, will be teach listeners that you don’t need an electric guitar to rock; a bass and some drums do
the trick. Blood was one of the main acts at Bonnaroo this year, and have begun to amass quite a few followers thanks to their live skills.
2017 saw the release of their sophomore LP which was quite a success with fans and critics alike. They seem to be pegged as the next big thing in underground music, and don’t seem to be on any coarse to fail.
I’ll be the first to admit that I am quite late to the party on this one, but with a sound so unique, there is nothing else around that could desensitize you to the first time you hear a Protomartyr track. Their particular blend of spoken work, punk rock instrumentals, and biting political commentary sets them apart from the pack and establishes them as a major player in the underground scene. A particular interest in Greek philosophy and in depth intertextuality, they’re also quite an enlightening listen.
Their 2017 release, “Relatives in Decent,” is a master class in lyricism and atmosphere. Quite worth a listen for anyone who enjoys a bit of depth in their Rock and Roll.
It’s fitting that this modern punk outfit would name themselves in all capital letters, as anyone who’s heard them knows just how jarring of an experience they are. This year’s debut release, Brutalism was, simply put, awesome! With anger, talent, and writing ability to rival their 1970’s forefathers, IDLES proved with one of this years best albums that punk is still alive, and quite relevant today.
Following up on a release like Brutalism will be difficult, but with the impressive talent and massive attitude of this group it’s entirely possible in the next few years. Until then, all you punks are stuck with the debut LP and a few EPs, which will have to hold you over. Not to mention the notoriously loud and violent shows they’ve been known to put on!
Hear CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2xaAOVImG2O6lURwqperlD
Hear KING GIZZARD AND THE LIZARD WIZARD: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6XYvaoDGE0VmRt83Jss9Sn
Hear ROYAL BLOOD: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2S5hlvw4CMtMGswFtfdK15
Hear PROTOMARTYR: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2YFBqMMiIIL4XyiEwqySUQ
Hear IDLES: https://open.spotify.com/artist/75mafsNqNE1WSEVxIKuY5C\