2017.

2017 was a pretty healthy year for some new music, and a pretty terrible year on a personal level so those things work well together. Having spent 1/3 of the year confined to my flat with a double fracture of the knee, I thought I’d get the chance to listen to a lot of new music – however I just played a lot of Fifa and watched a lot of The Sopranos. Anyway, here are some releases from 2017 you might enjoy…

The Menzingers – After The Party
Hands down the best album that has come out this year. ‘After The Party’ is probably the best song of the year, on the best album of the year. It’s honestly astonishing how this band manage to improve their output consistently. The lyrics to ‘Midwestern States’ are some of the greatest of the bands career, who else writes and delivers a verse like “We both got worthless diplomas from worthless universities, two bachelors in worthless studies, but at least it made our parents happy, and cost a whole lot of money” immediately connecting with the ridiculous number of people like me who feel similar.

The Baby Seals – s/t
EP of the year for me. Every song is catchy beyond belief with some incredible body-positive feminist subject matter. Listen to it once and you’ll love it.

Fresh – s/t
I’d been waiting for a while for another UK band to come along that would fill me with the same excitement that the likes of Great Cynics did when they released ‘Don’t Need Much’ and this year I got it!

ONSIND – We Wilt, We Bloom
Years of ever deepening divisive politics and despair, step forward ONSIND. A band who always manage to find the words and songs to say what a whole generation are feeling.

Creeper – Eternity In Your Arms
I’ve loved following the rise of Creeper, from the early gigs to the pre-album hype. I listened to the record at midnight along with everyone else and it was even better than I expected.

Iron Chic – You Can’t Stay Here
A slow burner for me, I wasn’t immediately hooked as I’m in the ‘OH MY GOD NOT LIKE THIS WAS JUST TOO GOOD FOR THIS BAND TO EVER FOLLOW’ but a few listens over time has really cemented this album as one of my favourites of the year. The lyrics for me are the best thing about Iron Chic, and there’s some absolute gold on this record.

Throwing Stuff – Fit, Fine & Well
If you’re into Paint It Black, The Steal, Cold Ones and not into Tories, long songs, guitar solos – check out the Throwing Stuff album. It’s 22 minutes across 15 songs.

Grand Collapse – Along The Dew
This band were personal highlights of mine from the two previous Manchester Punk Festivals and I was eagerly awaiting an album. It’s ferocious, pounding and angry as fuck. I love it.
Martha – The Winter Fuel Allowance Ineligibility Blues
Another incredible pop song about a horrible situation of cold winters and no money delivered with a rye smile. Martha can do no wrong in my eyes, cemented by their Minutemen cover on the B-side. 
I also really, really enjoyed new albums from The Smith Street Band, The Flatliners and The Front Bottoms. New singles from The Bennies and Boston Manor. Let me know if I’ve missed any great records this year please @movingnorthuk.

Our last gig of the year is tonight at Partisan with Apologies, I Have None / Kamikaze Girls / The Sour Taste / Don Blake, hope to see ya there!

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