Following on from our Top 50 list released earlier this year, we’ve had our thinking caps on and put together another 50 favourites that have had us hooked for the remainder of 2018!
Don’t be daft – Keep an eye on our lists to come and make sure you don’t miss out on some of the year’s biggest bangers!
Pottery – ‘Hank Williams’
A late entry from Canadian post-punk outfit Pottery, the bright and breezy ‘Hank Williams’ is an infectious blast of wonky-pop. Dust off your dance shoes and expect big things from the lads – they’ve already been linking up with the likes of Parquet Courts and Oh Sees!
Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs – ‘GNT’
(King Of Cowards, Rocket Recordings)
Whilst Newcastle’s Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs would make any End of Year list based on name alone, they’ve also got the musical chops to back it up. From the brilliantly titled LP ‘King Of Cowards’ comes this heavy, Sabbath-esque howler in a digestible (for them) running time. Brutal.
Pigs x7 talked us through inspirations on this record – read all about them here.
Dead Tenants – ‘Not Walking’
(LPII, Buzzhowl Records)
Album number two from New York City natives Dead Tenants, which we had the pleasure of premiering a few months back. ‘Not Walking’ reminds us of Chicago trio Meat Wave, if they were noisier and more unfiltered. Solid bit of noise-rock.
BMX Bandits – ‘Way Of The Wolf’
(BMX Bandits Forever, Elefant Records)
As much as the mere mention of them will cause some to roll their eyes, I really get a kick out of The Beatles’ output like ‘Ob-la-di ob-la-da’ and ‘Don’t Pass Me By’; harmless, upbeat and unashamedly catchy. For BMX Bandits and ‘Way Of The Wolf’, it’s really hard not to hear ‘Ob-la-di ob-la-da’, which is no bad thing. It bounces along and is so pleasing to the ears, with a chorus that’s super infectious.
To retain our street cred, Kurt Cobain is alleged to have said that if he could play in any other group, it would be in BMX Bandits!
Iceage – ‘Pain Killer’
The brass on ‘Pain Killer’, released earlier this year as part of the fourth album from Danish art punks Iceage, gives the song such a boost, giving it a proper big match feel. It’s nothing new to have a blast of brass in post-punk, but here it elevates it above and beyond.
Kagoule – ‘Balance’
(Strange Entertainment, Alcopop! Records)
Old favourites of ours on Birthday Cake For Breakfast, with ‘Balance’ very much being a live favourite of old. This year saw them follow up their fantastic debut album with eagerly anticipated second album ‘Strange Entertainment’. Banger central – Kagoule are brill!
Read our review of ‘Strange Entertainment’ here!
You Tell Me – ‘Incantation No. 1’
(You Tell Me, Memphis Industries)
The b-side to stunning debut single ‘Clarion Call’, You Tell Me sees Admiral Fallow’s Sarah Hayes team up with Field Music’s Peter Brewis. Brother Brewis takes the lead on ‘Incantation No. 1’ and it very much feels like Field Music territory here, so we’re in hog heaven! Debut self-titled LP out early next year on Memphis Industries.
Protomartyr – ‘Forbidden’
(Telemetry at Howe Bridge, Domino)
Detroit’s Protomartyr recently embarked on a run of American shows with the brilliant Canadian post-punk outfit Preoccupations. The thought of that pairing making its way over to the UK together suddenly made my trousers become very tight around the crotch… To placate us until then, Protomartyr have released a split 7” with Preoccupations, electing to cover ‘Forbidden‘ from the excellent S/T Preoccupations LP out in 2016. The outro has been extended much further to thrashed out, pulse-racing joy.
Pom Poko – ‘My Blood‘
(Birthday, Bella Union)
It says wonders for this lot that I thought this was experimental, genre hopping Deerhoof when I first heard it! Box fresh out of Norway, ‘My Blood’ is getting the regular rotation treatment on BBC Radio 6 Music and with good cause – Full on energy and that mega riff is top notch.
BODEGA – ‘How Did This Happen?!’
(Endless Scroll, What’s Your Rupture?)
Straight talking NYC punks BODEGA have been a constant in our house since our discovery of them back in July. Their brilliant debut LP ‘Endless Scroll’ has been on heavy rotation and it’s the opener from the record that first caught our attention. The Parquet Courts vibe runs strong with this lot, likely due to the record coming out on the Parquet Courts affiliated What’s Your Rupture? label. Strong Album Of The Year contender!