Favourites of 2016… so far!

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2016 has been a massive year for the indie music scene, so I thought I would take some time to reflect on some of my favourite releases of the year so far.

DMA’s – Hill’s End

Australia based indie trio DMA’s released their debut album Hills End in February this year. I recently came across this band after watching their set from T in the Park, and immediately they stuck out to me. It is clear the trio have developed a sound that is much alike to the indie-rock scene in Manchester back in the 90s, with likeness to Oasis, Happy Mondays and Primal Scream.

The album’s 12 tracks long, opening track (and debut single) Delete is among my favourites, along with Feels Like 37 and In The Moment. 

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Viola Beach

On July 29th, Viola Beach’s self-titled album was posthumously released, after their deaths earlier this year. The album is filled with energy, positivity, and cheery vibes, a set of tracks that were clearly made to spread happiness; but due to the tragic circumstances, this isn’t quite the case.

Call You Up has received a lot of response on social media due to the melancholic tone of the song, and the devastating events that have taken place since it was written.

Tracks such as Boys That Sing, Really Wanna Call, and Swings and Waterslides just clarify the band were tailor-made for festivals and performing, and that they really did write music to make people happy in a world that is going insane.

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Catfish and the Bottlemen – The Ride

After what felt like an eternity Catfish and the Bottlemen finally gave us album number twoThe band had done what felt like hundreds of tours on the back of their debut album, and we were starting to get impatient; but on 27th May 2016 they finally released it, The Ride.

It was always going to be hard for them to follow up the quality and subsequent popularity of The Balcony, but perhaps this is one reason the wait was so long. The Ride has a nice blend of upbeat, feel good songs, alongside one or two slower, more chilled out tunes. “She was a different league, and I was nothing much.” is just a snippet of the angst which infuses many of the lyrics in the tracks on the album.

The Ride more than lives up to what were inevitably high expectations given how impressive The Balcony was as a debut album.

the ride

The Stone Roses

As many of you will know, 2016 has seen the comeback of iconic Manchester band The Stone Roses. They played a string of tour dates, released 2 singles and announced their third album, after over two decades.

On paper, All for One wasn’t exactly the next I Am The Resurrection. Many found the lyrics cliched, and comments were made on Ian Brown’s vocals. However, having seen it played live at the Etihad in June, this was definitely meant as an anthemic song for the crowd to sing along to; and with such memorable and positive lyrics, it worked. Anyway, if they’ve listened to anything from his solo career, everybody knows that Ian Brown is still a masterful lyricist.

The release of the next single Beautiful Thing only made it clearer the Roses have in fact not lost it.

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Blossoms

Back in May, Stockport band Blossoms announced the release of their self-titled debut album. The album will be released on August 5th 2016, and was recorded at Liverpool’s Parr Street Studios. It was produced by Rich Turvey and The Coral’s James Skelly.

The tracklist consists of a number of tracks, including three of the bands hit singles Getaway, Charlemagne, and At Most A Kiss. Other tracks include Blown Rose, Cut Me and I’ll Bleed, and their most recent track Honey Sweet. The tracks i’ve heard off the album are some class tunes, so if you’ve not yet checked this band out, now is the time!

Blossoms artwork

More favourites:

  • I Like It When You Sleep For You Are So Beautiful, Yet So Unaware Of It – The 1975
  • On My One – Jake Bugg
  • The Getaway – Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Are We Ready? – Two Door Cinema Club (Single)

There have been numerous releases in 2016 already which I have loved; and with The Courteeners having finished their latest album, Two Door Cinema Club announcing the release of their 3rd album this October, and Rat Boy announcing his  EP… it’s looking like there are going to be many more.

Oh, and if you think i’ve missed anything out, please don’t hesitate to comment!

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