2011 was full of some great surprises in new bands, and confirmation of the
deserved and continued success of others. I've kept my list at a simple 10, as these
were the releases I found myself continuously listening to throughout the year.
Highly anticipated, and living up to the hype, Samiam delivered by releasing one of the best post-hardcore/punk records of the year. Every song on this record is infectious, and will have you singing along after the first few listens.
I'll admit, I've been a huge Face to Face fan for years and anticipated this record more than any other release in 2011. I think of it as a "greatest hits" collection of new songs in the sense that everything on the album is reminiscent of prior material (in a good way).
Banner Pilot started 2011 as one of the most underrated bands in punk rock. This year's release seemed to have finally garnered the attention they deserve. They are the long-lost Epi-Fat band, 10 years too late to the party, but not really giving a shit.
For a band that rarely tours and does this for fun, Banquets sound like a well-seasoned group on their debut LP. Great pop punk/Americana record. If you take anything away from my top 10 list, get this record--I promise you'll thank me later.