With festival season underway and Glastonbury on the horizon, now is the time for bands to tease their new material before they grace countless packed fields across the globe. This week features some of the biggest bands slated to be releasing new music in 2017. From intricate indie pop to angry grunge here’s Bored Suburbanite’s pick of the week’s new music.
Wolf Alice – Yuk Foo
The North London four piece return with this sharp, snappy shot of distorted guitars clocking in at just over two minutes. Rowsell’s gnarling vocals add to the angsty mix of grunge indebted power chords and thundering drums to provide a visceral insight into what the band have in store for sophomore album Visions of a Life. With more expletives than an episode of Gordon Ramsey’s Kitchen Nightmares I pity the person who has to produce the clean edit for BBC Radio 1.
Arcade Fire – Creature Comfort
After the Abba-esque ear-worming indie pop of ‘Everything Now’ it was a wonder which direction the band would head in for their impending new album. For ‘Creature Comfort’ the panpipes are out and we’re back to the more archetypal Reflektor-era Arcade Fire. There seems to be a sense of gravitas to this cut from Everything Now that neatly offsets the uplifting pop of the previous song. The track sees Butler and the band weave their way through an experimental backdrop of whirling synthesisers and references to mortality whilst still managing to maintain their anthemic and melodic sensibilities. Further proof that this is going to be one of the biggest albums of the year!
Rostam – Bike Dream
Former Vampire Weekend member/producer Rostam Batmanglij shares the second track from his forthcoming debut album Half-Light. A swirling mix of dreamy synths and anthemic strings, ‘Bike Dream’ perfectly showcases Rostam’s keen eye for the sort of precise baroque pop that made his former band such a breath of fresh air when they arrived on the scene back in 2008. A hazy and whimsical tale of love’s woes.
The Horrors – Machine
Having been relatively inactive over the last couple of years, new music from The Horrors came as somewhat of a surprise. On ‘Machine’ the Southend quintet have created an immersive industrial soundscape set with shoegaze-esque guitar lines and glitchy synth breakdown. An intriguing and archaic new direction from a band not afraid of reinventing themselves.
Queens of the Stone Age – The Way You Used To Do
Mark Ronson? The same guy who made ‘Uptown Funk’ with Bruno Mars is producing the eagerly anticipated new album from stoner rock royalty Queens of the Stone Age? You wouldn’t have guessed from lead single ‘The Way You Used to Do’. Homme and the gang pretty much pick up from where they left off after 2013’s …Like Clockwork, but perhaps for the slightly sleeker sheen somewhat reminiscent of Era Vulagris. It’s dark, it’s seductive, it’s pretty much everything you’d want from the first snippet of a new QOTSA record.
Everything Everything – Can’t Do
Another surprise thrown out by the last week in music was the first look at the latest record from Manchester art-pop four-piece Everything Everything. Wrongly left off the 2014 Mercury Prize shortlist for Get to Heaven, the band don’t look to be short on confidence as ‘Can’t Do’ weaves an intricate patchwork of pop hooks, surreal lyrics and the underlying dark tone sugar-coated in immaculate studio production that they’ve become synonymous with. Worth a listen.
The Killers – The Man
I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that news of a new song from Las Vegas stadium rockers The Killers didn’t fill me with a sense of dread. Five years after a woefully disappointing Battle Born and ten years on from their mid-noughties heyday it seemed hard to envision a place for the gleefully anthemic indie rock of The Killers. ‘The man’ however sees them tread new ground as they indulge in 80s New York era synthpop to produce possibly some of their catchiest hooks to date.
Julia Jacklin – Eastwick
Following the critical acclaim of last year’s Don’t Let the Kids Win, Australian songstress Julia Jacklin bounces back with this reflective country-folk ballad. Before building to an epic slacker rock crescendo, ‘Eastwick’ sees Jacklin ponder the concept of reality TV, something reportedly inspired by a night watching ‘Dancing with the Stars’. Big things are to come from this one!