17 Albums To Get Excited For In 2017

2017 is rapidly approaching, and they’re many albums to get excited about. Here are my top 17 albums to get excited about in 2017…

  1. The Maine has a new album coming out in the spring or summer of 2017. The Maine had a docu-series on their YouTube page called “Miserable Youth” where fans can watch the band work on the upcoming album. It’s awesome to see a band become interactive with the recording process and let fans see how much work goes into an album. The last album that The Maine released was in 2015 titled American Candy via. 8123, and one of my favorites off of the album is “(Un)lost.”
  2. Zombie On Broadway by Andrew McMahon In The Wildnerness is expected to be released Feb. 17, 2017 via. Vanguard Records. A popular single off that album is “Fire Escape.” Andrew McMahon was the lead singer of Jack’s Mannequin, and I thoroughly enjoyed the music that the group had. I got the chance to see Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness open up for Panic! At The Disco and Weezer in June, and the energy of the performance was high and positive. Check out my review of that show here.
  3. The British trio, The xx, will be releasing a new album on Jan. 13, 2017. I See You is the indie pop group’s fourth album released on the Young Turks label. One of the singles released is “On Hold,” and I’ve been jamming out to this song for a few weeks now. If you haven’t given them a listen yet, I recommend it.
  4. New Found Glory will be releasing a new album in 2017. The band finished recording their ninth record and their drummer, Cyrus Bolooki, shared an Instagram photo of the accomplishment. The band thanked their producer Aaron Sprinkle for his contribution to the album. Their last album released, Resurrection, released in 2014.
  5. Motionless In White is releasing the new album under a different record label from their previous label, Fearless Records. There is no release date, but the upcoming album is anticipated to be their best yet.
  6. Neck Deep is one of those bands where I can listen to their pop-punk jams for hours on end. I’m excited to see that Neck Deep will be releasing a new album in 2017. There is no release date on the album’s debut, but if it’s anything like Life’s Not Out To Get You, the album will be outstanding. With the loss of Ben Barlow’s dad, I bet that there will be one song off that album dedicated to him.
  7. White Noise was PVRIS first album, and we can expect in 2017 a new PVRIS album. PVRIS’ latest album will be released under Rise Records, and the date of the album is TBA. If you haven’t heard any of PVRIS’ songs before, listen to White Noise in its entirety. Usually when I’m listening to an album, there’s one song that I’m not completely fond of, but White Noise does not have that. The album certainly does not disappoint, and  I enjoy every song off the album and the transition from song to song is great.
  8. Broadside will be back in 2017 with a new album. Old Bones is Broadside’s first full length album released via. Victory Records, and one of my favorites off of the album is “Human Machines.” I’m excited to see what Broadside has in store for new music. Oliver Baxxter tweeted that he wrote a ukulele intro for the upcoming album, and the band tweeted that they’re going to be recording in a few days. Check out Broadside if you haven’t already. They’re up and coming!
  9. One of my most anticipated albums that I’ve been waiting for is Paramore’s upcoming album. Both Hayley Williams and Taylor York have worked hard on their latest album. There is no release date on the album, but I’m expecting great things. Paramore is one of my favorite bands, and I’ll always support their music. Fingers crossed!
  10. 30 Seconds To Mars has been teasing their upcoming album Interscope for a few months. One of the first teases was on Aug. 1 via. Twitter. The band has not released when the album will be coming out in 2017, but their last album, Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams was fantastic.”City Of Angels” is one of my favorites off that album.
  11. Sleeping With Sirens will have an album out sometime in 2017. The band is evolving, growing their fanbase, and writing their own music. One of my favorite EP’s from them is If You Were A Movie, This Would Be Your Soundtrack that released in 2012 via. Rise Records. I love that album for the fact each song is stripped down, and Kellin Quinn’s voice is vulnerable.
  12. I The Mighty posted on their Facebook page a photo telling fans that they are working on new music for 2017. There is no word on when the album will be released, but we can expect the album to come out sometime near summer. I feel like I The Mighty will  keep a similar vibe and simplicity of Connector,  but add their own spin.
  13. The Denmark band, New Politics, is expecting to release a new album in the new year. Their latest album, Vikings, allowed New Politics to tour multiple times around the United States. There is no set date to when New Politics will be debuting their album, but I’m looking forward to it. A popular song that New Politics is known for is “Harlem.”
  14. There is not 100% confirmation that Brand New will have a new album out in 2017, but according to Alternative Press, an e-mail was sent out stating there might be a new album for Brand New. Every Brand New listener hopes for a new album from them. Their last album release was in 2015, Leaked Demos 2006. Maybe the band has more in store for us.
  15. okay. is the second full-length album that As It Is will be releasing. The 11 songs on the album will be released on Jan. 20, 2017 via. Fearless Records. Three singles that are released by the group are “Pretty Little Distance,” “Okay,” and “No Way Out.” I wrote a post about As It Is a few weeks ago, and you can read up on it here.
  16. The Front Bottoms has a new album that will come out in 2017. There is no release date on the album, but we can expect it soon. The Front Bottoms have been hesitant with this new record, but the band is getting popular with songs like “Twin Size Mattress” and “Maps.” The group will find their remedy and produce a great album for 2017.
  17. 2017 is the year that The Killers will be releasing a new album as a group. The last album released was in 2012, and I’m excited to see what The Killers have in store for 2017. The band originally stated that the album would come out at the end of 2016, but the release will be in 2017. The most iconic album from The Killers is Hot Fuss in 2004. Lets hope that The Killers new album will have great hits.

Other bands that will be releasing albums are: AFI, Circa Survive, Hey Violet, and more. If you want new music, 2017 has great albums in store for you! Pick up a copy of the latest albums digitally or physically. It’s always important to support music.

In other news, the dates for the 2017 Vans Warped Tour Presented By Journey’s have been released! Be sure to check out which date you’ll be attending. Be sure to let me know which date you’ll be going to what album you’re most excited about at @ovictoriamedia on Twitter. Thank you for all of your support with reading my blog. It’s very humbling to know that people are interested in the things that I write. Wishing you a wonderful 2017, cheers!

As always, rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

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Top Five Bands That Broke Up In 2016

2016 is coming to an end, and for many it could’ve been the best, worst, or average year. In the music scene, many bands and artists have decided to go on one last tour before breaking up. Here is the list of bands that broke up this year

  1. Man Overboard

Well known for songs like “Where I Left You,” and “How To Hide Your Feelings,” the New Jersey Pop punk guys announced that they are breaking up on January 28th via. Facebook. The band released 8 tour dates in California, New York, Pennsylvania, and Maryland that began in April. As an listener of Man Overboard, it’s important to “Defend Pop Punk” for them.

Check out their songs: “Decemberism” and “Rare

2. Major League

Known for songs like “From States Away,” and “Homewrecker,” the punk group from New Jersey announced that they were embarking on their last tour, the “Spring 2016 US Tour.” The tour was co-headlined with Forever Came Calling and Sudden Suspension as their opening band. They released a statement on February 10th stating that they’re breaking up. The last “note” that Major League wrote on Facebook is that “if you have a sliver of passion deep in your gut to do ANYTHING in life, go for it. Whether it’s in music or not. I mean anything in life,” and ends the statement with “There’s a whole world out there. You may not master it all, but it’s a hell of a time exploring it.”

I got the chance to see Major League the last time they performed on Long Island at Amityville Music Hall in Amityville, NY. I was in tears when Major League played “Seasons” as their last song. After the set, I was fortunate enough meet and interview Brian Joyce, and he was such a sweet heart.



Check out their songs: “Need I Remind You” and “Seasons.”

3. Motion City Soundtrack

The beloved band that put out music since 1997, the group is well known for their songs “Everything Is Alright,” and “The Future Freaks Me Out.” The Minnesota natives have decided to announce that they’re breaking up on Facebook. Their “So Long, Farewell” tour started in May and ended in August.

Check out their songs: “Even If It Kills Me” and “This Is For Real.”

4. Transit

Known for their songs “Young New England” and “The Only One,” the Boston pop- punk band released that they were breaking up as a band on Facebook on Feb. 29. They said that they’d be touring one last time on the “I’m getting good at saying goodbye” tour. The 12 date tour kicked off in Rhode, Island and ended in their hometown, Boston.


I saw Transit perform last at Amityville Music Hall in April. Their last show had old and new songs that the band played that gave nostalgia to fans. I’m really going to miss Transit.

Check out their songs: “Too Little, Too Late” and “I’ve Never Told That To Anyone.”

5. Yellowcard

For almost 20 years, Yellowcard has released well-known for “Way Away,” and “Ocean Avenue.” The Jacksonville group announced that they were departing via. Facebook on the first day of the 2016 Vans Warped Tour. Yellowcard announced a tour across the United States and across the world in 2017 stating that will be their last tour as a group.

Check out their songs: “Believe” and pick up their last album that debuted this year that’s titled Yellowcard.

Another band that broke up this year is Chiodos. I’m sure I’m missing a few bands along the way since I gave only five, but this year had a big loss of great bands. In other news, the series finale of The Maine’s “Miserable Youth” was released on Tuesday, Brendon Urie was on Spike TV’s show Lip Sync Battle, and Silent Planet is having their fans choose their setlist for their first headlining tour.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

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This Week’s In Case You Missed It

This week…

  1. Vans Warped Tour announced the dates for Vans Warped Tour 2017 Presented by Journey’s. The dates are found on their website, and tickets and band announcements will be in March.
  2. Nine Inch Nails announced a new EP.
  3. Polyphia’s song “Lit” has a new music video out via. YouTube.
  4. Dani Abasi, the drummer of Neck Deep, announced a clothing store in his hometown that will be opened next month.
  5. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness has a new song “Walking In My Sleep.”
  6. State Champs announced a tour with Against The Current, With Confidence, and DON BROCO in the United States from April 7- May 14. Tour information can be found here.
  7. ATTILA announced a tour with New Years Day, Bad Omens, and Cane Hill opening for them. The tour kicks off on Valentine’s Day and goes around the US. Tickets and tour information can be found on their website.
  8. AFI added three more dates to their “The Blood Tour.” Ticket and tour information can be found here.
  9. Oliver Baxxter announced via. Twitter that his novel Into The Setting Sun is restocked in a second batch online.
  10. Panic! At The Disco will be on TV on New Year’s Eve. Their performance will be in New Orleans for Rockin’ Eve. The band announced the performance via. Twitter.

My apologies for the day late post. Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

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10 Year Anniversary Tours for We The King and Mayday Parade

Mayday Parade announced on Monday Dec. 5 that they will be touring on a 10 year anniversary tour for their album A Lesson In Romantics. This was their first full-length album and it was released July 10, 2007. Knuckle Puck and Milestones will be supporting Mayday Parade throughout the tour. The tour travels across the United States and Canada. The tour begins March 23 in New Orleans, LA and finishes in Orlando, FL May 26. Tour dates and ticket information for “A Lesson In Romantics 10th Anniversary Tour” can be found here.

We The Kings self titled album We The Kings will be performed in its entirety on the “We The Kings 10” or “WTK 10.” We The Kings was released Oct. 2, 2007. Currently, We The Kings is touring solo. There is no word yet if they’re touring with any other band. The tour begins in Nashville, TN on Feb. 17, 2017 and commences in Hatfield, UK in May of 2017. Tickets and tour information can be found here.

I’ve been to anniversary album tours before for Mayday Parade’s Tales Told By Dead Friends and Cartel’s Chroma, and both bands played the album they toured for in its entirety. Going to anniversary tours gives nostalgic feelings to me when I go. If a band you like announces an anniversary tour, I highly recommend going to a date on the tour.

In other news, The Maine’s latest “Miserable Youth” was released, New Found Glory announced a 20 year anniversary tour to play classic albums that begins in March of 2017. Ticket information and tour dates can be found here, and the nominations for The Grammy’s were announced including Twenty One Pilots, Panic! At The Disco, and more. Information on nominations for The Grammy’s are here.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

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Song Review: “No Way Out” by As It Is

Forming in 2012, As It Is is an up and coming pop-punk band from Brighton, England. The band is composed of five members whose names are: Patty Walters, Patrick Foley, Benjamin Langford-Biss, Andy Westhead, and Alistair Testo. The band has been supporting major bands in the scene such as: Mayday Parade, ROAM, Sum 41, Sleeping With Sirens, and more. The band has also played at Warped Tour in 2015.

On Thursday Dec. 1, As Is It released a new song off of their upcoming album okay. The single “No Way Out” is the second released by As It Is. The first single, “Pretty Little Distance” was released on Oct. 13.

“No Way Out” does not have a music video, but shows artwork similar to their album artwork. The lyrics to “No Way Out” is raw and emotional explaining how pain can make you feel like you can’t escape. The song brings up the idea of mental health affecting things that you do. It’s so important for people to realize that mental heath affects so many people and that a smile can truly hide a lot of underlying emotion.

Personally, I’m so excited to hear okay. because Never Happy Ever After was a great album. I love the way that Patty and Ben sing together. Patty has a higher pitch than Ben, but Ben has a refreshing raspy voice. I’ve seen As It Is open up for Mayday Parade in 2015 for the AP Tour, and I got a setlist from Patty Walters. Also, I saw As It Is at the 2015 Vans Warped Tour. As It Is has a lot of energy live, and Patty Walters can kick impressively high. The drumming by Patrick Foley leads the song and keeps th rhythm of the entire song. I enjoyed “Pretty Little Distance” and “No Way Out.” I like the vulnerability “No Way Out” has. Vocally and instrumentally, As It Is is gaining more recognition for their music in the scene. The great thing about As It Is is that they care about the people who support their music. In their Facebook post from yesterday, you can read about how thankful they are for people to listen and appreciate their music.

 okay. is As It Is’ second full length album and with Fearless Records. According to a post on their Instagram:

“One of the inner pieces of artwork from the physical version of ‘okay.’ We live in a world where we hide from the problems in ourselves, in our family lives and in the world around us. We gloss over and constantly avoid issues saying that everything is okay. This record is us at our most honest, bringing all the issues that we force behind a smile to the forefront. We cannot wait to share it with you on January 20th. Pre-order at asitisofficial.com”

Their first album was released in 2015 by Fearless Records titled Never Happy Ever After featuring songs such as “Dial Tones,” and “Concrete.” The upcoming album okay. will be released on Jan. 20, 2017. You can pre-order the album on iTunes or on As It Is‘ website. As It Is will be supporting State Champs in early 2017 in Australia and Japan and tickets and tour dates can be found here.

In other news, Falling In Reverse announced their upcoming tour will be with Motionless In White that will begin on Jan. 13, 2017 across the United States, The Maine released episode 5 of “Miserable Youth” via. YouTube that can be seen here, and Neck Deep performed “December” for APTV, you can see the performance here.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria