18 Bands To Check Out In 2018

Every year I give a list of bands that are either up and coming or a band I recently found to check out. It’s been a re-occuring post I write every year. If you are interested in reading about bands I wrote about in 2016 and 2017, click on the year to read more. In this blog, you will get insight on 18 bands along with a song you should check out. Without further ado, let’s get into 18 band you should check out in 2018.

  1. The Gospel Youth (@TheGospelYouth) is a rock band from the UK. The group released their first full length album Always Lose on July 14, 2017 via. Rise Records. The group recently parted ways with vocalist Samuel Little this year, read the statement here.
    Song: “Moods Like English Weather.”
  2. A Will Away (@awillawayct) is a rock band from Naugatuck, CT.  The group released its first full length album Here Again in 2017. I saw A Will Away with This Wild Life in July and loved the vibe the group had. (Read more about my concert experience here.) A Will Away is signed to Triple Crown Records. The thing I like about A Will Away is the fact the group is fairly mellow but has a raw and edgy side with the help of vocalist Matthew Carlson. New music is teased for 2018.
    Song: “Gravity.”
  3. Banners (@BANNERSMUSIC) is Liverpool musician Michael Joseph Nelson. Nelson started Banners in 2015 and since has signed to Island Records.  Banners is a soft rock which reminds me of OneRepublic.
    Song: “Someone To You.”
  4. Homesafe (@homesafeIL) is a side project created by Knuckle Puck’s bassist Ryan Rumchaks. The rock group was formed in 2014 in Oak Lawn, IL. Homesafe’s latest EP Evermore was released in 2016. When I saw Knuckle Puck in November, Homesafe opened for Knuckle Puck. Ryan Rumchaks stated that Homesafe will have music soon. (Read more about my concert review at Knuckle Puck here.)
    Song: “Relapse.”
  5. Speak Low If You Speak Love (@SpeakLowMusic) is an acoustic solo project created by Ryan Scott Graham, the guitarist of State Champs. Graham is the vocalist and guitarist of the project. The thing I enjoy most about Speak Low If You Speak Love is that the songs are beautifully descriptive and have a simplistic and soothing sound. I would compare Speak Low If You Speak Love to Copeland for its instrumentals.
    Song: “Contrasting Colors
  6. Hot Mulligan (@HotMulligan) is an pop punk band from Michigan. Hot Mulligan released EP Opportunities in March of 2017. The group signs to No Sleep Records in May of 2017. If you like pop punk, definitely check out Hot Mulligan.
    Song: “Dary.”
  7. Oh, Weatherly (@Ohweatherly) is an alternative rock group from Dallas, TX. The group has been together since 2015 and dedicated their lives to music. The group released their second EP Make You Bright in October of 2017. Oh, Weatherly has a Mayday Parade vibe.
    Song: “Lost and Found.”
  8. Sleep On It (@SleepOnItBand) is a pop punk groups formed in Chicago. The group released the first studio album, Overexposed, on November 3, 2017 via. Equal Vision Records. Sleep On It changed vocalists from John Cass to Zech Pluister in 2016 and since released an EP and their latest LP. Pluister was the vocalist of Bonfires before joining Sleep On It.
    Song: “Distant.”
  9. Milestones (@UKMilestones) is a pop punk band from Manchester, UK. The group released its first full length album this year Red Lights via. Fearless Records. I would compare Milestones’ sound to Mayday Parade, All Time Low, and a bit of Every Avenue.
    Song: “Paranoid.”
  10. WSTR (@wstrband) is pop punk band from Liverpool, UK signed to No Sleep Records. WSTER’s sound is often compared to Neck Deep which makes sense because the guys in Neck Deep grew up in the same town. Vocalist of WSTR Sammy Clifford has spent time writing with Neck Deep’s vocalist Ben Barlow. (Read more on WSTR’s experience with Neck Deep here.) WSTR’s music is produced with the help of Seb Barlow.
    Song: “Eastbound & Down.”
  11. Trash Boat (@TrashBoatUK) is a pop punk band from Herts, UK. The group released two EPs before signing to Hopeless Records in 2014. Trash Boat’s sound is similar to The Story So Far. Trash Boat’s latest studio recording Nothing I Write You Can Change What You’ve Been Through released in 2016. Trash Boat will be on Vans Warped Tour this summer.
    Song: “Strangers.”

12. nothing, nowhere. (@nothingnowhere) is a emo rock project created by Joe Mulherin. The thing I like most about nothing,nowhere is that the songs are instrumentally and electronically driven. All of the music is written, produced, and performed by Mulherin. Nothing, nowhere made the cover of Rock Sound issue 236.1.
Song: “nevermore.”

13. Story Untold (@StoryUntoldCA) is a pop punk band from Canada. The group is signed to Hopeless Records and will be hitting the road this summer on the last cross country Vans Warped Tour. If you like pop punk bands, you have to check out this group.
Song: “California.”

14. Locals Only (@wearelocalsonly) is a New York pop punk group. In March of this year, Locals Only released a music video for “Footsteps” through Alternative Press. The group has Locals Only is currently recording new music. Locals Only will be at select dates at this year’s Vans Warped Tour.
Song: “You’re Sick.”

15. Jetty Bones (@jettybonesmusic) has been touring a lot with Knuckle Puck, and. I saw Jetty Bones open for Knuckle Puck. I enjoyed the vibe and messages Kelc Galluzzo reflected. The group is from Ohio, and has a whimsical sound. (Check out my full review of the concert here.) Jetty Bones has simplistic instrumentals.
Song: “Innocent Party.”

16. Local Native (@localnatives) is an indie rock band from Los Angeles, CA. I saw Local Natives sets on Parahoy and fell in love with the sound. If you like the sound of Coldplay and Vinyl Theatre, this is the band to check out!
Song: “Coins.”

17. MAKEOUT (@makeoutofficial) is a rock group from Boston. I started listening to MAKEOUT when the group’s Twitter followed me. The group is signed to Rise Records and has been touring. Check out their sound if you’re into bands like As It Is and 5 Seconds Of Summer.
Song: “Ride It Out.”

18. YUNGBLUD (@yungblud) will be performing at various dates at Vans Warped Tour. I first heard of YUNGBLUD when listening to AltNation of Sirius XM and enjoyed the sound. YUNGBLUD’s sound reminds me of 2000s alternative with a hint of 3Oh!3.
Song: “I Love You, Will You Marry Me.”

Let me know what band you like from my list by tweeting me @ovictoriamedia.

In other news, State Champs released its first single “Dead And Gone” off of the upcoming album Living Proof set to release June 15 via. Pure Noise Records,  Taking Back Sunday released a statement stating the group has parted ways with guitarist and founding member, Eddie Reyes. Too Close To Touch parted ways with Thomas Kidd and Travis Moore (read the statement here.)

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

*Thanks to @BillyFitzz for his music input!

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My Current Jams

Last week I had a Twitter poll (@ovictoriamedia) asking if you wanted a blog post on songs I’ve been into, and 82% wanted me to post a list of favorite jams. My list of jams vary everyday, but here are some consistent songs that you should check out.

Bottom Of The Deep Blue Sea” by MISSIO. This song has been dominating alternative charts for a reason. There are various layers to this song, and I’m glad that “Bottom Of The Deep Blue Sea” and “Middle Fingers” are two songs that are bringing exposure to the duo. I especially like the meaning behind this song; its hauntingly alluring. In an interview, it was said that the lyrics were representative of the vocalist, Matthew Brue, and his battle with addiction, especially with the chorus of “Welcome to my cage, little lover.” This song is off of MISSIO’s album Loner which came out this year.

Someone To You” by Banners. I heard this song on AltNation on Sirius XM and immediately fell in love. This song is catchy, so upbeat, and the lyrics are delightful. If you have yet to check out Banners, I recommend it! Banners will be touring with Echosmith (and tickets and tour information can be found on my blog post here.)

Drown” by Bring Me The Horizon. Occasionally I put my iPod on shuffle, and I stumbled upon this song. I enjoy the fact this song is high intensity and is deep and beautiful lyrically. This song is off of their album That’s the Spirit that released in 2015.

Revolutions” by The Gospel Youth. This song is a power ballad that shows emotions on full display. Lets not forget to mention that Samuel Little’s vocal range is impressive in this song. Keep The Gospel Youth on your radar of bands to watch out for! Check out their latest album Always Lose for an album that shows obstacles and how to overcome them.

Beautiful Things” by Grayscale has been one of the songs that once I hear, I can’t get out. Grayscale recently released their album Adornment that features this track. Grayscale was signed to Fearless Records around the time the album was released. This song is one of many that you have to check out by Grayscale. Since the release of Adornment, Grayscale has been dominating (and touring with As It Is, Four Year Strong, Cute Is What We Aim For and more.) Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.

Break Me” by This Wild Life. This is their latest single that was released prior to their summer tour with A Will Away and Dry Jacket. I was fortunate enough to hear this song live during their set at Bowery Ballroom. This song pulls at your heart strings and is a great representation of the pop punk duo. For my review of that show and meet and greet, click here.

The Art of Eye Contact” by Too Close To Touch. Too Close To Touch released a music video this week for this song. The track is one of many off of Too Close To Touch’s latest album Haven’t Been Myself which features songs like “Sympathy” and “What I Wish I Could Forget.” I like the way the song opens, and the music video was visually and artistically pleasing.

Other songs that I’ve been into have been: “Hidden Colors” by Broadside, “Don’t Take The Money” by Bleachers, “Cloud 9” by Emarosa, and more. If you’re interested in hearing more songs I’ve been into, check out my radio show here that is two hours of alternative music.

If you want updates on music I’ve been into posted on my blog, tweet me @ovictoriamedia letting me know you’d want another blog post.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

 

Top Tours To Get Excited For

There are new tours that are being announced within the next couple of months. Here is a list of tours to get excited for in the coming months in the United States:

  • “North American Tour 2017” starring PVRIS featuring Lights, Party Nails, and Flint Eastwood. The tour begin in September and ends a month later in October and travels across the United States. Tickets and tour information can be found here.
  • “Connect The Dots Tour” with Misterwives headlining and Smallpools and Vinyl Theatre opening. The tour begins Sept. 21 in Nashville, TN and finishes Oct. 27 in Washington, D.C. Tickets and tour information can be found here.
  • “Fall Of The Summer Gods” tour by Third Eye Blind. The upcoming tour has a large variety of dates that are announced throughout the United States. There is no word as to if there will be any supporting acts, but tickets and tour information can be found here.
  • “Paramore Tour Two” hosted by Paramore and Best Coast accompanying them. The tour will be a month long across the United States. For tickets and tour information, click here.
  • “USA 2017” headlined by Turnover featuring Elvis Depressedly and Emma Ruth Rundle that will begin in October and will continue until November. Tickets and tour information can be found here.
  • “Modern Nostalgia Tour” hosted by The Maine with DREAMERS and Night Riots. The tour is unique from prior tours because The Maine will be playing Lovely Little Lonely and American Candy in its entirety. Tickets and tour information can be found here and keep an eye out because more tour dates are TBA.
  • Touché Amoré released information on their “Fall 2017 Tour” that will begin in Phoenix, AZ in September and continue until Oct. 17 in Los Angeles, CA. Supporting Touché Amoré will be Single Mothers and Gouge Away. More information about this tour can be found here.
  • “Made In America” headlined by Waterparks accompanied by As It Is, Chapel, and Sleep On It. The tour was announced this week and will begin on Nov. 6 through Dec. 7. Tickets and tour information can be found here.
  • “Gone Now Era” announced by Bleachers who is bringing Bishop Briggs and Tove Styrke as supporting acts. Bleachers tour begins Sept. 8 in Lewiston, NY and wraps up in Nov. 20 in New York, NY. Tickets and tour information can be found here.
  • “Inside A Dream Tour” starring Echosmith supported by Banners. The tour will be across the United States between October and November. Tickets and tour information can be found here. (Check out Banner’s song “Someone To You,” it’s been my current jam.)
  • A tour was recently announced that is co-headlined between The Early November and The Movielife with Heart Attack Man as an opening band. Select dates for this tour and information can be found here.
  • “How Will You Know If You Never Try Part 2 Fall 2017” hosted by COIN will begin in September and end in November. Check out their tour dates here.
  • “Headspace Tour” headlined by Issues with Volumes opening. The tour will begin in Florida on Sept. 24 and continue until Nov. 2 in Louisiana. Tickets and tour information can be found here.
  • “USA Tour 2017” was recently announced on Knuckle Puck’s page. The tour begins in Oct. 11 in Minneapolis, MN and will convert to a European tour at the end of November. The opening bands for the US portion of the tour will be accompanied by Movements, With Confidence, and Homesafe and the tour in Europe will be accompanied by Tiny Moving Parts, Have Mercy, and Movements. Tickets and tour information can be found here.
  • A Day To Remember will be headlining a Fall tour supported with Moose Blood and Wage War. There are sporadic dates throughout August until October. Tickets and tour information can be found here.
  • If you can’t attend A Day To Remember’s tour, you can always check them out at their festival, Self Help Festival. The tickets and information of locations can be found here. The bands that have been announced include Silverstein, Real Friends, Mooseblood, and more depending on location). More bands will be announced in the future.
  • Riot Festival in Chicago will commence Sept. 15-17 with a variety of bands including: Taking Back Sunday, New Found Glory, The Orwells, and more. Band information for each day can be found here.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

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