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I have discovered some of my favourite bands of all time by going to a show where I only know one or two bands in the line-up.  I always just assumed that was the point in having a thousand opening bands, ya know?  So when I headed to the Joyce Manor/Wavves joint headliner at the Danforth Music Hall here in Toronto, I had high hopes.

KROQ Coachella House 2015 - Joyce Manor

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I’ve loved the California sun-drenched punk vibes of Wavves since high school, but even though their name came up more than once, I never really got around to checking out Joyce Manor.

It turns out that was a mistake.

As soon as the band took the stage I could just tell this was a band that meant something to its fans.  It wasn’t a guilty pleasure band, or the sort of music you put on in the background when your friends come over — this was poetry, and it was moving.  Emotionally and physically, tbh, because I also could not stand still for their whole set.

Reminiscent of Brand New (though I hate to say it what with the latest news about Jesse Lacey), these guys had all the fun emo vibes with just enough maturity to make you take it seriously.  So YES, it is confirmed, you need Joyce Manor in your life — like, yesterday.

my faves:
Constant Headache, Angel In The Snow, Over Before it Began, Catalina Fight Song

check their spotify here!

Truth be told I had a feeling I’d love Party Nails as soon as I read the name.  PARTY NAILS, guys.  It sounds so fun — and it is.

I love a good new female artist to obsess over, don’t you?

 

Party Nails is fuelled by a lot of electronic beats, but at its core I can hear the influence of old school rock’n’roll — even if it’s mainly in the form of a devil-may-care attitude and a badass vintage wardrobe.  The songs drip LA sass and demand that you dance along.  So what are you waiting for?

The song One by One will make you feel like you’re dancing along to the credits rolling over your own personal movie, while Come Again (the title track off her 2017 EP) is sexy and sweet.  My personal favourite, though, is still So Broke — “one day I’ll make it from the record I wrote // right now I’m so damn broke”.  Isn’t that the eternal artistic struggle?

If you’re into Charli XCX or Now, Now, then you need Party Nails in your life.

Like, yesterday.

check out her Spotify here.

xoxo

 

Well friends, they say in the blogging world authenticity is key, and it wouldn’t be authentically me if it weren’t a day late, am I right?
Technical difficulties abound, but IT’S OFFICIAL, I am HERE, and I am so excited about it.

I have tried a thousand times to write a “here is what my blog is about” transitional paragraph, but it’s… hard?  so why don’t we just start with this:

if you like winged eyeliner, sleeping in, and every emo band that was popular in 2009… then we’re going to get along just fine.  So grab a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, and let’s chat about the best albums of the year.

 

paramore: after laughter after_laughter_paramore_album_cover

I’m not exactly an unbiased reviewer anyway, but when it comes to Paramore, they can do no wrong.  I have loved every phase since the angsty heavy rock of 2005’s All We Know Is Falling, right up to the synth-fuelled 80s inspired bubblegum sounds of this year.  There is officially something for everyone in the Paramore discography!

I think it’s safe to say they’ve been showing their “dark side” for years now (what is it about having a woman centre stage that makes everyone so shocked by angry songs?) but this record really shows the complicated interactions between emotions; no song (or person) is really just sad, or angry; it’s a good reminder, a valuable lesson, and an epic fifth release from my all time favourite band of all time ever.

harry styles: self titled 220px-harrystyles-albumcover

I’ve never felt any guilt over my abundant love for Harry Styles, and this album proved it was worth it all along; it’s dynamic, deep, and full of bops.  A vintage, indie vibe and lyrics that will leave you scouring tabloids for any mention of Styles (IS he having a baby?!) make Harry’s self titled album an incredibly strong debut.  Is it getting too wild to compare his to Fleetwood Mac, or even Neil Young’s Harvest Moon?  Yes?  Sorry, I’m doing it.

If you’ve been studiously ignoring this album on the premise of Harry’s association with One Direction (and your superior music taste — boy bands?  ick!), it’s time to get on board.

the maine: lovely little lonely 8f19652ce9eb91baaea98b5a7f677650

I’ve always respected the way the Maine can change their sound at the drop of a hat without losing what makes them so… special.  This album sounds totally different than any of their previous work, but somehow it’s still just distinctly… them.  I love love love the upbeat pop-y songs (Bad Behaviour, AM I RIGHT?), but I’m a sucker for a bit of melancholy too, and Taxi really delivers.

Oh, and those interludes???  I am here for the interlude trend.

you me at six: night people 220px-ymas-night_people

I distinctly remember the day this album came out, because I spent an hour wandering aimlessly through my neighbourhood listening to it.  It is intense.  I’ve loved ymas for years, but even I was starting to forget about them until Night People came out.  At the risk of sounding like my dad, it just… rocks.  No ifs, ands, or buts.  I swear Josh’s voice gets deeper and more.. growly?  with every album, and I am NOT complaining about it.  If you need a soundtrack to an epic party, or maybe just an angry stomp around the block, look no further.

 

the front bottoms: going grey front-500x500

If you follow me on instagram you may have already figured out how I feel about this album.  If not, I will tell you: I love it.
Putting this album on is like seeing a friend you haven’t seen in a long time.  It’s not exactly ground breaking, but it’s familiar, and sweet, and well put together, with just enough evolution to make things interesting.  Plus we all know the real beauty of the Front Bottoms is their oddly specific and yet somehow totally relatable lyrics, and Going Grey has no shortage of those.  My personal favourite song is Peace Sign.  

neck deep: the peace and the panic 600x600bf

Okay so we all know the generic pop-punk bands all sound the same.  I get it, you’re way too cool for that…  but, like, I’m not?  And this album has some great tracks on it — some of which even introduce a little something different.  This album mostly made the list because of the song In Bloom, tbh — I must have listened to it a thousand times this year, and I’m still not sick of it.  Between that and 19 Seventy Sumthin’, I think this record deserves to be on the list.

 

++ of course, a few honourable mentions:
all time low: last young renegades
halsey: hopeless fountain kingdom
sleep on it: overexposed

There was no shortage of bullshit this year, but 2017 did give us some pretty epic tunes, and this is in no way a comprehensive list.  Where were you jamming this year?  And who are you most looking forward to hearing from in 2018??