[John Flynn is a News Editor and gentleman.]
My first full year as part of the editorial staff here on the site has been a great pleasure. I've enjoyed your many comments on my stories, most of them being "uh, I thought this was PUNKnews." No matter. It's been great, and I'm looking forward to the coming year. But in the meantime, there has been a huge amount of really great music that's come out this year.
Best Full-Lengths of 2012
Birds in Row: You, Me, and the Violence
France's Birds in Row have delivered a killer slab of hardcore that takes some influence from the screamo greats: pageninetynine and the like. "There is Only One Chair in This Room" in particular stands out, with a driving guitar and tortured, larynx-shattering vocals.
The White Wires: WWIII
More great garage rock/punk coming out of Canada. Is there something in the water? Who knows, but this is record is the Wires' most hook-laden yet, and that's saying something. Get up and dance!
Slang: Glory Outshines Doom
Pizza of Death
Japanese hardcore band Slang have been kicking it for a long time, and their music hasn't gotten any softer with age. On their latest, the band delivers 15 songs of heavy riffs and throat-destroying vocals. Moshtastic.
Now, Now: Threads
Trans Record / Atlantic Records
Indie rockers Now, Now were completely off my radar before this year, but their swirling, ethereal post-punk compositions were completely enthralling.
Toxic Pop Records
The New and Very Welcome: House Fires of the Modern Age
The New and Very Welcome (a.k.a. Jess McDermott) is calling it a day with this record, and what a way to go. Musically similar to last year's excellent What Will You Do When It Happens to You?
spare arrangements, mostly a an acoustic guitar and a bit of flair in places
the lyrics are still emotionally gripping and the singing is beautiful.
Hot Green Records
Sonic Avenues: Television Youth
Canada's Sonic Avenues are one of the snowy north's best young bands. Television Youth improves on their self-titled debut by upping the bouncy, poppy hooks and vocal harmonies. Lo-fi and garage-y, and all but impossible not to move along to.
Rockets on Wire: I Am Not Your Home
Beautiful, wrenching indie-punk from Long Island. This album came out of nowhere, for me anyway, and the shimmering guitars and the vocals from singer Marie Mayes
alternating between haunting and hoarse shouts
have lodged themselves firmly in my brain.
Music is Subjective/Fontana Di
- Hot Water Music - Exister
- 2:54 - 2:54
- Code Orange Kids - Love is Love // Return to Dust
- The Saddest Landscape - After the Lights
- Screaming Females - Ugly
- Hold Tight! - Blizzard of â96
- Mind Spiders - Meltdown
- Toys That Kill - Fambly 42
- Sick Fix - Vexed
- Old Flings - Spite
- The Sidekicks - Awkward Breeds
- Old Man Gloom - NO
By next year, I'm sure some of these will have moved up. My list is nothing if not fluid. ________________